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Proposed change on disregarding vote count for polling station if ballot box lost or destroyed, wouldn’t it be prone to abuse?

I note that certain changes have been proposed to the Parliamentary Elections Act (PEA) which would provide for the Singapore Elections Department (SED) to disregard the vote count for a polling station if the votes in a sealed ballot box are lost or destroyed before the ballots are counted. A fresh poll can only be called if the election officials consider the …

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SDP: Standards of journalism should not be benchmarked at the PAP’s standards

The Singapore Democratic Party has issued a statement to express its concern towards the recommendations put forth by the Select Committee on Deliberate Falsehoods. In particular, SDP notes that the call for alternative news sites to adopt the professional journalistic standards of the “mainstream media” to ensure “fairness, accuracy and integrity in reporting”, for example, cannot be taken seriously, as …

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Is knowingly accepting perks and privileges related to one’s position of power (even if legal) tantamount to an arguable case of state sanctioned corruption?

Is accepting perks and privileges which you know are related to your position of power (even if legal) be tantamount to an arguable case of state sanctioned corruption? The Singapore government frequently waxes lyrical about its lack of corruption and its zero tolerance to any form of corruption. Unsurprisingly, Education Minister, Ong Ye Kung has repeated this line at an …

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Anwar Ibrahim: Singaporeans should decide whether the country should move on to a more vibrant, democratic reform

De facto president of Malaysia's Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR - People's Justice Party) and Prime Minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim revealed that watching Dr Mahathir Mohamad's inauguration as Prime Minister on television in May made him think that he should have been sworn in instead of his former political rival. Speaking in response to a Raffles Institution student's query as to what he …

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Goh Chok Tong clarifies that he does not receive ministerial pay as ESM

Former Prime Minister and Emeritus Senior Minister, Goh Chok Tong has taken to his Facebook page to clarify that he does not receive a ministerial salary even though he has the title of ESM. ESM Goh pointed to the recent post by Factually, the website managed by Ministry of Communication and Information, which sought to debunk online falsehood on the …

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SDP questions latest amendment to election rules regarding ballot boxes

Statement by the Singapore Democratic Party on the proposed amendment to the Parliamentary Elections Act (PEA)  The proposed amendment to the Parliamentary Elections Act (PEA) regarding ballot boxes announced last week raises troubling questions. The amendment provides for the Elections Department (ELD) to disregard the vote count for a polling station if the votes in a sealed ballot box is lost …

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The irony of the smart nation that was outsmarted by hackers

A cyber-security centre has opened in Thailand with the objective of  training personnel from countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in a bid to combat the threats of cyber attacks in the region. As Singaporeans will no doubt be aware, Singapore was the victim of a huge data breach earlier this year with the personal details of …

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13 bonus months for the Prime Minister in 2017? PM Lee skirts questions filed by WP NCMP Leon Perera about total bonus months paid to ministers

In a written reply to Workers' Party Non-Constituency Member of Parliament, Leon Perera, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong answered that the average Performance Bonus (PB), and the range of PB received by Political Office Holders of all grades in 2017, was 4.1 months. Sharing a table that showed the range of PB over the past five years : PM Lee wrote: The pay …

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