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Politics

HDB flats – S’poreans come first?

Dear TOC, While the government keeps saying “Singaporeans come first”, my experience in trying to have a house of my own shows me otherwise. In fact, being a Singaporean doesn’t mean you will automatically be able to have a home of your own. I am single and above 35, the age at which you are allowed to purchase a HDB …

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Burma’s election and ASEAN’s inaction

Ravi Philemon – Any election has to adhere to the norms of international principles guiding an election process. But a number of developments in Burma before and after the announcement of the election date are cause for concern.  As Burma (like Singapore) is part of ASEAN, Singaporeans have to make our position clear on the “multi-party elections” called by the …

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Meet your “walkover” MP

Koo Tsai Kee MP, Tanjong Pagar GRC Walkover MP since 1991 Never won a single vote outright ————– Vivian Balakrishnan MP, Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Minister for Community Development, Youth & Sports Walkover MP since 2001 Never won a single vote outright —————- Davinder Singh MP, Toa Payoh / Bishan-Toa Payoh Entered politics in 1988. Retired from electoral politics in 2006 …

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Stop using the poor for your political agenda – Part Two

The following is Part Two of a two-part response to Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong’s remarks on 4 September (see here) where he urged S’poreans to see things in perspective and to think of the poor. Leong Sze Hian – More hospital beds for the poor In almost every survey done on the elderly and the poor, one of their greatest …

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Foreign influx – Government “caught by surprise”, says SM Goh

In the September 7 issue of the Straits Times, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said that “the surge of immigrants in 2007 and 2008” had “caught the Government by surprise”. Is this true – or is SM Goh just trying to make excuses for the Government? Lets go back to the period between 2006 and 2009 and look at some …

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S’pore needs a new game plan, a new “miracle”

Rajiv Chaudhry – The two objectives, Singapore as a business and Singapore as a nation society appear to be on divergent paths. With a general election due to be held in little over a year’s time (and possibly a lot earlier given the strong performance of the economy this year), it is not surprising that the government is finally taking …

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Stop using the poor for your political agenda

Andrew Loh – It is upsetting to see when politicians hijack the plight of the poor for their own selfish political agenda. On 4 September, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong was quoted by Channelnewsasia, in a report titled “SM Goh asks Singaporeans to view problems in perspective”, as having said the following: “It’s important for those who are facing problems …

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How about a Yellow Noose Project?

– By Gangasudhan – We have heard so much about the Yellow Ribbon Project – how it has roped in a multitude of supporters and businesses to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society. While it is a laudable initiative with many grateful beneficiaries, one might wonder why there is no complementary Yellow Noose Project. Perhaps it is due to the fact …

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PAP “fighting its biggest political battle”

From The Star Online: Seah Chiang Nee As Singapore’s infrastructure groans under the weight of a five million plus population – more than a third of them foreigners – there’s rising resentment against the island state’s immigrant policy. BURSTING at our seams. This is a frequent phrase used to describe Singapore these days, after its population crossed the five million …

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Is he addressing the issue – 12 years on?

In his National Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attempted to address Singaporeans’ concerns over the large influx of foreigners, both as workers and as new citizens and permanent residents (PRs). The Prime Minister said he understood these sentiments which are, he said “legitimate concerns”. He said the government took these concerns “seriously”. Nonetheless, he admitted that the …

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