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Politics

The next General Election “will be a new test for the PAP”: PM Lee

While he believes that the People’s Action Party (PAP) had managed to garner overwhelming support from Singaporeans in the last General Election (GE), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has also expressed his reservations about falling into complacency, and cautions the party against taking such support for granted. Delivering part of his address in Mandarin during the recent PAP conference on …

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Five members of PAP CEC step down including Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam; PM Lee to reshuffle cabinet within a fortnight

The retirement of five of People’s Action Party (PAP)’s top guns has paved the way for their successors, namely a crop of fourth-generation leaders, as announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the party’s biennial conference last Sunday (11 Nov). The five heavyweights who have stepped down from the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) are: first secretary-general and Deputy Prime …

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How much did GIC actually lose investing in Nielsen?

On Thursday (8 Nov), Straits Times published a news report today saying that it “continues to be Singapore’s best read newspaper”. Quoting the latest annual Singapore Media Index Report released by Nielsen, ST said that 29.8 per cent of Singapore residents aged 15 and above read ST everyday. Nielsen had polled 4,688 people aged 15 and above in its survey. …

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The ISD, Dr Chee, and Gandhi Ambalam walk into a restaurant

Below is a humorous anecdote of how Dr Chee first met the late Gandhi Ambalam, SDP’s former chair and long-time member, who recently passed away. Dr Chee first shared this story at Mr Gandhi’s funeral at Mandai Crematorium, and it was subsequently published at yoursdp.org. We reproduce it full here with permission. I received a call one evening and the …

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Ho Ching attends meeting with China’s VP Wang Qishan

China’s Vice President Wang Qishan made an official visit to Singapore from Mon to Wed (5-7 Nov). Wang Qishan is seen as one of the closest and most feared ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping. He is one of the leading figures behind China’s Foreign Affairs. Between 2012 and 2017, Wang served as the Secretary of the Central Commission for …

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Does the PAP feel entitled to call an election anytime they want?

The premise of having an election in a democratic country is to give voters a fair choice. For that choice to be fair, voters have to have the ability to make an informed choice. The factors that would ensure an informed choice would include the voters to have equal access to all contestants from all contesting parties and their message. …

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Singapore’s GE13 could be held in 2019, say PM Lee

The general elections may be called as soon as next year, says Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. While speaking at the welcome dinner dialogue of the Bloomberg New Economic Forum, PM Lee was asked if Singpore’s bicentennial celebration of Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival next year might be a reason to bring forward the general election which is due to be …

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