Politics

The “freak result” bogeyman

Ng E-Jay The old playbook of the People’s Action Party (PAP) has been brought out again. After failing in their attempt to cast aspersions on the Worker’s Party’s (WP) star candidate Chen Show Mao, the PAP has once again resorted to the politics of fear. On Saturday, Education Minister Ng Eng Hen warned Bishan Toa-Payoh residents at the launch of …

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Families of death row inmates gather at private forum

Joshua Chiang / The closed-door meeting addressed an issue not many in Singapore consider worrying enough to talk about: drugs and the death penalty. But the room was packed as more than 40 showed up to listen and share their views at a private forum organized by Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign (SADPC) and Second Chances on Saturday. Among them, relatives …

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Voters are left wondering about PAP manifesto

Andrew Loh Senior members of the People’s Action Party (PAP) have been calling on Singaporeans to scrutinise the manifestos of the opposition parties. Mr Wong Kan Seng, in particular, had urged voters to “drill down to the details as to what exactly do they mean by their specific recommendations.” Mr Wong, who is also the 1st Assistant Secretary General of …

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GE 2011 – going down the sewers already?

Howard Lee/ And so it begins. Lacking the reasonable position to call into doubt the quality of opposition candidates, the ruling People’s Action Party has resorted once again to slime-balling. In 1997, the target was Tang Liang Hong, allegedly a Chinese chauvinist. In 2006, James Gomez allegedly dishonest. And now, on the same day when nomination day for the 2011 elections were …

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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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