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Politics

Governments, authorities, and political parties decide if elections are “free and fair”, not tech firms such as Facebook: Facebook’s EMEA vice president for public policy

While tech giants such as Facebook want to do what is necessary using the tools they have engineered in order to contribute to a democratic and just election process in the age of online disinformation surrounding politics, Facebook’s vice president for public policy for Europe, Middle East and Africa Richard Allan said that ultimately the governments and political parties of …

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SDP member Khung Wai Yeen: PM Lee suing Leong Sze Hian over sharing article akin to “suing” an “auntie who fell prey to a scammer” for scamming

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s act of suing blogger Leong Sze Hian for defamation over the latter’s sharing of a Facebook post is akin to suing an “auntie, who fell prey to a scammer, for scam because she unknowingly roped in her friends on that “good deal” she found”, said Singapore Democratic Party member Khung Wai Yeen. In a Facebook post …

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MP Tin says MacPherson estate has rich heritage but avoids mentioning declining asset value of flats there

Channel News Asia published a news on Tuesday (4 Dec) highlighting that MacPherson estate is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It marked the occasion with a community event last month, unveiling a new mobile app with functions that connect residents to digital doctors and volunteers. “Some people may think MacPherson is very old… With an old estate, things obviously …

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Why hold discussions with Singaporeans only after budget announced? Should we consider it as a discussion or propaganda exercise?

Current Finance Minister and alleged future Prime Minister-to-be, Heng Swee Keat (Heng) has indicated that the Fourth Generation (4G) ministers will launch their planned series of discussions with Singaporeans after next year’s Budget. The Budget is something that will have far reaching effects on the lives of all Singaporeans. With that in mind, why not consult Singaporeans now? Why wait …

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Potential issues in a Heng succession

The murky waters in and around political succession in Singapore seems to have cleared up somewhat. Speculation on whether former army man Mr Chan Chun Sing (Chan) would take top spot has cooled with the announcement by current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (PM Lee) that the 4G political office holders have chosen Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat (Heng) as …

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ESM Goh’s CNA interview reveals rather telling of seemingly prevalent attitude within the ruling establishment

The various answers that Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong (ESM Goh) gave at an interview for Channel News Asia (CNA) are rather telling of the seemingly prevalent attitude within the ruling establishment in Singapore. While ESM Goh was comfortable waxing lyrical on the “negatives” of others in politics, he was rather light on detail for himself. He had opinions …

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Singapore has to be “aware of its weaknesses and strengths” – Does the government apply this logic on themselves?

Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing (Chan) has called for Singapore be “aware of its weaknesses and strengths, which include its long-term perspectives and strategies, as well as rule of law and predictable business environment where people can thrive“. While I agree broadly with with the sentiments of his words, I wonder what he really means? Surely for Singapore …

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