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Democracy, despite its shortcomings, is the best system of governance to have, relative to other systems: Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad

Democracy, despite its shortcomings, is the best system of governance to have in relative to other systems of governance, as citizens have the power to overthrow their government “with a stroke of the pen” at the polls, in contrast to authoritarian systems in which violent revolutions involving wars and bloodshed have to occur for a change to take place, said …

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SDP: Budget 2019 – When the party ends and the music stops playing

At a rally during the General Elections in 2015, SDP Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan said: “The PAP has pulled out all the stops, giving concessions here, rebates there and getting everyone drunk with SG50 merriment. But what happens when the party is over, my friends? What happens when the music stops playing and all the guests go home? Your housing …

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Former DPP chief Benjamin Pwee submits application to join SDP

Following an announcement regarding his intention to join a “bigger” and “more effective” party earlier this month, former secretary-general of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Benjamin Pwee has submitted his application to join the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) after heading DPP for six years. Earlier in a Facebook post, Mr Pwee revealed that the decision was made “after much internal discussion …

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ST: Singaporeans from older folk and young people give thumbs-up to budget

After the Budget 2019 announcement by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat yesterday (18 Feb), ST wrote an article today saying that Singaporeans from older folk to young people are giving the thumbs-up to the budget (‘Budget gets thumbs-up from older folk and young people‘, 19 Feb). Yesterday, Minister Heng announced the $1.1 billion “feel good” Bicentennial Bonus for Singaporeans. Some …

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Dr Tan Cheng Bock: I’m entering Parliament to hold PAP Govt accountable

A recent video of a short speech by Dr Tan Cheng Bock has been circulating on social media. In the video, he had expressed his wish to re-enter parliament because he wants to seek accountability and transparency over the reserves and the Central Provident Fund (CPF) from the government. “I go in because I want accountability. I want transparency. What’s …

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Former PM, Goh Chok Tong takes a dig at Chan Chun Sing in his Facebook post

In his Facebook post on Tuesday, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong made a surprising remark of his view on Minister of Trade and Industry, Chan Chun Sing’s ability to present himself in public. Referring to a speech and answers to questions at a dialogue, the former Prime Minister wrote: I attended the Middle East Institute-NUS conference not just as …

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Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

It just seems like “more of the same” as the saying goes. I don’t want to sound jaded but I am. I am not ungrateful for the various financial incentives that are being doled out to citizens ranging from the Merdeka Generation Package to bonuses being handed out to 2.8 million Singaporeans. However in lieu of the rumoured general elections …

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Tan Kin Lian: Did not think Tan Jee Say would qualify as candidate in PE2011

Singaporean businessman and former Chief Executive Officer of NTUC Income Tan Kin Lian revealed that after seven years, he is still being attacked for his participation in the 2011 presidential election results. Expressing this on his Facebook page on 7 February (Thursday), Mr Tan noted that the attack came from two groups – members of the Internet Brigade and supporters …

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Heng Swee Keat: “where individuals are found culpable or wanting, we do not hesitate to take action.”

Statement from Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat which was first published on Straits Times in response to the editorial from Zaobao about accountability of public services. Is complacency the cause of our recent spate of distressing failures – from training deaths in national service to the SingHealth cyber attack; from power failures to misplaced postal mail? Have we become so …

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