Opinion

GRC system: Wool Over Eyes (Part 2 of 6)

In the second part of a series of articles on the GRC system, Rajiv Chaudhry examines some of the ways in which the GRC system has caused an uneven playing field in favor of the incumbent. You can read Part 1 here.   Are Singaporeans having the wool pulled over their eyes? Let us look at some of the ways in …

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Is Mediacorp shutting out the SDP in reports?

Andrew Loh – “Let me also assure you that there is no attempt to discriminate against the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP),” said Ms Han Chuan Quee, Vice President, Corporate Services at Channel NewsAsia. She was replying to the SDP’s Dr Chee Soon Juan who had written to Mediacorp – the company which runs TV station Channel NewsAsia – on why …

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From budget to elections – diversion tactics?

by Howard Lee It seems almost deliberate. The announcement of the revised electoral boundaries came right smack in the heat of the budget debate. What’s the big deal, you might ask. On the surface, nothing much, until you start examining the news. The printed conversation seems to keep the budget debate strictly in Parliament, while coverage on the opposition parties …

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Lending the Poor a Helping Hand

By Dr Wong Wee Nam Dr Vivian Balakrishnan disappoints me. In a recent debate in Parliament with Dr Lily Neo he could have done much better. But he didn’t. The MP for Jalan Besar GRC, Dr Lily Neo, had urged the minister to provide a permanent and constructive safety net so as to improve the plight of the children from the lowest income …

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Are We a Nation?

by Constance Singam   SIngapore: Home, truly? We Singaporeans are Schizophrenic. Why is it that we can’t agree whether we are a ‘nation’ or not? This disparity in our understanding of whether we are a ‘nation’ or not was highlighted by recent comments by MM Lee in the book “Hard Truths” where he is said to have claimed that it …

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Comcare: Moving statistics?

by Leong Sze Hian I refer to the Committee of Supply debate for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. According to the article “CDCs help 6 in 10 people find jobs” (ST, Feb 25), “39,500 or 71 per cent of approved applications (for financial assistance) were successful, up from 42,100, or 67 per cent, in 2009”. But according …

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Dr Lily Neo – a rare PAP breed

by Andrew Loh “[I] just felt I needed to shout for these people,” MP for Jalan Besar GRC, Dr Lily Neo, told The New Paper in 2008. She was referring to her questions to the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) in Parliament over its assistance schemes for the needy. Dr Neo estimated that the number is some …

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A lesson in citing irrelevant statistics

by Leong Sze Hian I refer to the articles “School system ‘still best way to move up’”, “MPs speak for kids from poorer families” and “New chapter in the Singapore story” (ST, Mar 8). These articles were page after page (four pages) of statistics cited by the Education Minister to more or less dismiss MPs’ concerns that kids from poorer …

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Letter Comparison: Plugging for TV debate before GE

This is the letter that appeared today on ST forum. I HOPE the political parties contesting the general election will agree to televised debates. Every political party should be represented in the debates, which should be aired on prime time. The information that Singaporeans will get out of the debates will be invaluable in helping us decide on who to …

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Where’s the apology, MM?

by Andrew Loh “I have to speak candidly to be of value, but I do not want to offend the Muslim community,” Minister Mentor (MM) Lee Kuan Yew said in the book, “Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going”. The book, published by the Straits Times Press, is based on interviews MM Lee gave to seven Straits Times journalists “over a …

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