Opinion

Some Reflections on the Presidential Election 2011

~By: Dr Wong Wee Nam/~ The Presidential Election 2011 is interesting and intriguing for many reasons. For the first time in its 18 year history, there was no walkover and there were no reluctant candidates. In fact the candidates were so keen that what was expected to be a boring affair turned out to be a race as interesting as …

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A lapse not befitting

By Howard Lee/ cartoon by Joshua Chiang I have always had faith in institutions of public service. To me, the public service has always represented the very best of human nature – service to fellow citizens. Yes, some would call it the iron rice bowl, although those in the rank and file now would attest that it is hardly true …

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Ministerial Salaries – can economics explain?

~ by Dr Ivan Png ~ Since 1994, when they were first pegged to the pay of the highest local earners in six professions, salaries of our government ministers have been a very controversial issue. But while listed companies benchmark their executives’ pay against comparable businesses, ministerial pay has no such market reference. As Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean …

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Elected Presidency may be Tony Tan’s toughest challenge yet

By Joshua Chiang/ I ran into an academic/blogger at Toa Payoh Stadium in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The recounting was ongoing, but by then it was becoming clear that Dr Tony Tan would win the Presidential elections by the narrowest of margins. So we talked about what was the foremost thing in our minds – did Tan Jee …

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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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