Politics

BREAKING NEWS: Parliament dissolved, Polling Day 7 May

UPDATE: This year’s Polling Day will be on May 7. President S R Nathan, on the advice of the Prime Minister, has dissolved Singapore’s 11th Parliament. A General Election will have to be held within the next three months. A Writ of Election will have to be issued next, setting up Nomination Day, as well as the announcement of Polling …

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TOC Editorial: Why the double standards, Dr Ng?

TOC Editorial: We all knew it was coming because we’ve seen it before: slime-slinging, full frontal personalized assaults on character are par for the course in any election. The first shot has been fired across the bows by the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), targeted squarely at the man most likely to shake its grip on power. Chen Show Mao …

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Scrutiny of manifestos – PAP’s double-standards?

“Like in all brochures the companies put out, it is beyond just what’s being written there. You’ve got to drill down to the details as to what exactly do they mean by their specific recommendations. When people look at all these items, they should perhaps look into the details or perhaps ask for better explanation as to how these policies …

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Take responsibility, we are a meritocratic society

Brandon Ngo It used to be the case when we knew how to take responsibility. When I came home from school with a less than satisfactory grade on my test paper, I would be punished by my parents. I accepted it, because I knew that I was the reason why I failed, and I had to take the blame. The …

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Did Tin Pei Ling contravene elections rule?

On 28 March 2011, the People’s Action Party (PAP) introduced one of its new candidates, Ms Tin Pei Ling, which it intends to field in the upcoming General Election. Shortly after the formal introduction of Ms Tin at a press conference, a video of Ms Tin was made available online, on Youtube and on the PAP website. In the video, titled …

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PAP 2006 election manifesto promise – success or failure?

The following article was published on 2 Novermber 2010. With the release of the PAP election manifesto 2011, we thought it’s a good time to re-post this article. Andrew Loh / Leong Sze Hian In its 2006 General Election manifesto, the People’s Action Party (PAP) outlined, in rather brief details, its plans for the nation the next five years. The …

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Why cry over spilt milk?

Dr Wong Wee Nam Mr Lim Boon Heng, the  Minister without Portfolio and Chairman of the People’s Action cried. Many saw it on TV and many others saw it on the internet. He was introducing another batch of PAP candidates when one reporter asked if there was a potential group-think in the type of candidates that the PAP had chosen …

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Put Mah Bow Tan on “live” TV

Andrew Loh / The Prime Minister has been on national television twice in the past one week to field questions from members of the public. The Finance Minister too was featured in a televised debate with opposition members. As a result, Singaporeans perhaps have a clearer picture of what the political parties’ views are on various issues, and the public …

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Dr Lim Hock Siew

By Dr Wong Wee Nam I first met him at the wake of the late Dr Lee Siew Choh in July 2002. That was 20 years after he was released from an almost 20-year detention. I saw a friend sitting at another table and went up to say “hello” to her. He happened to be sitting at the same table …

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PAP’s Janil Puthucheary: “I did not do NS… those are the facts”

Andrew Loh / New People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate, Dr Janil Puthucheary, says that he “felt it was important to step up and stand forward to advocate on behalf of those who can’t do so for themselves, or aren’t heard.” He was responding to a question posed to him on his Facebook page on what he thought of Mr Chen …

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