Politics

Renewing Perspectives on the MDP

By Howard Lee – Jointly organised by the National Solidarity Party and the Think Centre, the Public Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Mandatory Death Penalty drew a crowd of more than 100, packed into a tight room to hear from both the legal and human rights perspectives. The event follows on the trail of the Singapore government’s announcement on …

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Singapore's US$4 Billion loan to IMF challenged in Court by Mr. Kenneth Jeyaretnam – Originating Summmons No. 657/2012 – AFFIDAVITS FILED

PRESS RELEASE Dear All,   IN THE MATTER OF KENNETH JEYARETNAM & THE IMF LOAN COMMITMENT ORIGINATING SUMMONS NO. 657 OF 2012 With reference to the above matter, kindly find attached the Attorney-General’s reply affidavit (dated 1 August 2012) to Kenneth Jeyaretnam’s original affidavit (dated 6 July 2012) and the latter’s reply thereto (dated 10 August 2012) Executive Summary In …

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MOM is not the only one buying expensive designer chairs

By TR EMERITUS – You know there was this hooha on Ministry of Manpower and their ergonomic chairs right? [Link to story] In short, they “spent almost $272,000 to buy a total of 472 Herman Miller chairs for its staff.” One chair costs $575 – sparking public debate whether the chair is too expensive and excessive. That was last year …

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Workfare: We want CPF, not cash?

By Leong Sze Hian – I refer to the article “Many low-wage workers prefer cash plus CPF mix” (Straits Times, Aug 11).   Only 14% prefer cash? It states that “Of the respondents, 47.8 per cent always picked the CPF combination package, regardless of the total sum. Only 14 per cent always preferred cash payments, found the study, which polled …

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Hatchet job on Tan Jee Say

By Tan Jee Say – I wish to thank all my friends and netizens for your very kind words of support with regard to the misleading report in the Straits Times of 21 July 2012. Quite a few articles have been written following my initial FB posting on 13 August 2012, for example,  The story behind Jee Say's exchange with …

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Workers’ Party CEC Elections 2012

Workers' Party Members of Parliament at the National Day Parade.   The Workers’ Party held its Conference of Organisers on 12 August 2012 at the Party Headquarters on Syed Alwi Road. The Organising Members elected the following as Party Chairman and Secretary-General:  Chairman: Ms Sylvia Lim Swee Lian (林瑞莲), 47 Secretary General: Low Thia Khiang (刘程强), 55   The following …

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Think Centre – 2012 National Day Message

Media Release Think Centre – 2012 National Day Message Strengthen our collective spirit to sustain our home 10 Aug, Singapore – Think Centre (TC), Singapore's oldest political association, calls on all to work together to strengthen our collective spirit to sustain our home, as the nation celebrates its 47th year of independence. This is especially crucial in the context of …

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The Constitution and the need for Straightforward Simplicity

By Ghui – I read about the High Court ruling against the application of Hougang resident Vellama Marie Muthu for a declaration that the Prime Minister does not have "unfettered discretion" in determining when to hold by-elections with some consternation.  I am certainly no expert on Constitutional law but it would appear to me that the reasoning behind that decision …

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The Constitution and the need for Straightforward Simplicity

By Ghui – I read about the High Court ruling against the application of Hougang resident Vellama Marie Muthu for a declaration that the Prime Minister does not have "unfettered discretion" in determining when to hold by-elections with some consternation.  I am certainly no expert on Constitutional law but it would appear to me that the reasoning behind that decision …

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