Politics

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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Question Time, but with no answers

Howard Lee / After a round of drinks, a friend commented that this coming general election would be decisively different. I began to nod my head in agreement, but caught myself deciding that maybe a pint each was a little too much, whereupon I posed her the question with no end – why? “Because the quality of opposition candidates has …

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HDB upgrading – holding voters to ransom

Andrew Loh / “Upgrading ‘an incentive to vote for the Govt’” – Straits Times headline, 13 April 2011. The headline was referring to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s answer to polytechnic student Matthew Zachary Liu’s question about fairness in HDB upgrading programmes during a forum on Channel NewsAsia. “Mr Lee replied that the programmes were national ones that applied to …

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The significance of Lim Boon Heng’s tears

Ng E-Jay / On Monday, during a 90-minute press conference to introduce three new PAP candidates, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Mr Lim Boon Heng broke down when addressing a question about groupthink in the PAP. During the same press conference, Mr Lim had earlier announced his decision to retire from politics. A reporter had directed a question at …

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PAP ministers failing to relate cause and effect

Joseph Teo Two articles in the Sunday Times 10 April 2011, demonstrate the inability by members of the ruling party to link cause and effect. Uh… but you control the campaign period, wat! In the first (“Aljunied GRC is in good hands: Lim Boon Heng”, Eglin Toh, p. 4), Mrs Lim Hwee Hwa criticizes the Worker’s Party for not revealing …

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MM Lee speaks again on Malay-Muslim integration

In January 2011, the Straits Times Press released the book, “Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going”. The book is an account based on interviews by several Straits Times journalists with Minister Mentor (MM) Lee Kuan Yew. In the book, MM Lee spoke candidly about various issues facing Singapore, among which was the integration of Singapore’s Malay-Muslims into society. MM Lee’s …

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Unconvinced by PM Lee’s arguments

Andrew Loh / Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed about 1,200 tertiary students and guests at the annual Kent Ridge Ministerial Forum on Tuesday. The forum was titled: “Leadership Renewal: The 4thGeneration & Beyond”. Mr Lee’s main point was summarized in the leading front page headline in Wednesday’s Straits Times report. “2-party system not workable here: PM”, it says. His …

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