Opinion

President guards Reserves: Really?

Leong Sze Hian/ I agree with Presidential candidate Dr Tony Tan’s remarks (“PE: President’s custodial responsibilities are important: Tony Tan”, Channel NewsAsia, Aug 19) that the custodial responsibilities of the president are an extremely important part of Singapore’s economic governance, especially over the use of the country’s financial reserves. Used more than 27 times, but nobody knows? In this regard, President Nathan revealed recently …

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Political gridlock or sterility, PM?

Howard Lee/ It would not likely be the last comment from the ruling People’s Action Party leading up to the Presidential elections, but the latest comments from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong just happen to strike a raw nerve. For your benefit, here is the quote extract from the Straits Times (emphasis mine): “We must have a harmonious political system …

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Leopards and spots

by: Siew Kum Hong/ It is as if the PAP is determined to prove that leopards cannot change their spots. The People’s Association can try its best to spin the truth, but the latest revelation from the Workers’ Party completely destroys any plausible deniability that could possibly be left. The Workers’ Party’s revelation has to be read to be believed, …

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PE: An Unsatisfactory Election

by: Jen Tai/ Photos: Shawn Danker/ There are many things that are Uniquely Singapore, some of which are not positive. One of these things is taking part in highly unsatisfactory elections. For many Singaporeans, we didn’t get to vote for years/decades till May 2011 and even then it was most unsatisfactory as residents in Tanjong Pagar still didn’t get to …

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Saddest statistic ever: 200,000 families helped?

Leong Sze Hian / I have analysed hundreds of statistics over the last ten-plus years, but the Comcare cumulative assistance statistics given on 14 August were the ‘saddest’ statistic that I have ever had to analyse. 34% increase in a year I refer to the article “CDCs gear up for uncertain economic climate” (Today, Aug 11). It states that “the …

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Measuring the Mandate of the People: Approval Voting

Jeremy Chen/ The Elected Presidency is an office where the President is directly elected by the people. In our current elections, there are four “approved” candidates, which makes it tough for a single candidate to garner more than 50% of the electoral vote in a First-Past-the-Post (a.k.a. one-man-one-vote) voting system. With 50% being the default standard for “having the mandate …

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Much a-boo about nothing?

Joshua Chiang/Photos by Shawn Danker The jeers that greeted Presidential candidate Dr Tony Tan as he took to the stage to give his speech on Nomination Day were loud enough that those who were watching the live broadcast on Channel Newsasia could here. “I think it is deeply disappointing to have people who will not even listen. I hope that …

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Migrating from the lunatic fringe to cowboy towns

Howard Lee / In the aftermath of the general election, you would have seen continual efforts by the ruling People’s Action Party to discredit and cast suspicion on the intent and quality of the online media. We should have guessed, then, that this would culminate in the National Day Rally being, once again, an opportunity for the Prime Minister to …

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What percentage of students in our universities are Singaporeans?

I refer to the National Day Rally speech about ‘Singaporeans First’ in the universities (“At a glance, key points from Prime Minister Lee’s speech“, ST, Aug 15). Calls have been made in the past for the Government to continue monitoring carefully the proportion of foreign students in our educational institutions to ensure that the proportion matches the present and future …

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PM’s National Day rally: Points for discussion

The following is a letter from a TOC reader on issues raised during Prime Minister’s National Day Rally 2011 speech in English Bill Tng/ I like to raise some issues that I like all Singaporeans to discuss that are pointed out by the PM during his National Day Rally Speech in English. I will keep my points short. Pt 2: …

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