Politics

Elections: Singapore’s PAP has hands full

The following is an excerpt of an article published on 1 April 2011 at FreeMalaysiaToday. by Maxwell Coopers It is election season in Singapore! And there is good reason why the ruling Peoples’ Action Party (PAP) should be thinking of calling a snap election before June. As always the economy always gives the best clue. To everybody’s surprise it romped …

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Get passionate: Dr Chee Soon Juan

Political Boy / Chee Soon Juan. The name itself, though carrying diverse connotations, still bears a certain weight in Singapore’s political sphere. On the one hand, you have the political maverick who has been sued, bankrupted and even jailed in the course of his political career. An opposition leader whose actions in public have been perceived as rash, emotional and …

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Field Tin Pei Ling in an SMC and let voters decide

From sgpolitics.net Ng E-jay/ I am glad that Mr Siew Kum Hong has come out to defend PAP candidate’s Tin Pei Ling’s right to privacy. With that out of the way, however, it is now time to address a serious political issue. If the PAP fields Tin Pei Ling in a GRC like Marine Parade, for instance, it would only …

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Let the people decide: Mrs Lina Chiam

Vicki Yang / Benjamin Cheah / Lina Chiam is proud of the office of the Potong Pasir Town Council.  Located at Block 121 in the Single-member Constituency, it was fought for by Mr Chiam See Tong in 1984, when he first won the elections in that ward. It was only five years later that the Housing and Development Board (HDB) …

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GRC system: Wool over eyes (Part 6 of 6)

In Part 5 of a series of articles on the GRC system, Rajiv Chaudhry refutes the justifications the Government has given for the need for GRCs. In this final installment, he calls for a return to the SMC system as a step to bring about true democracy Part 6: We don’t need the wool Why was there a need to make changes to …

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TOC Editorial: Will Tin Pei Lin backfire?

The following excerpt is from TOC GE 2011. TOC Editorial/ Let’s get this out of the way: private photos of recently unveiled 27 year-old PAP candidate Ms Tin Pei Lin procured from her Facebook site are not fair game. Neither is insinuating Ms Tin married the Principle Private Secretary (PPS) of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the age of …

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I’ve never left Singapore – SDP’s Dr Vincent Wijeysingha

Joshua Chiang/ “I’ve always thought that period from ’68 onwards was the period that PAP started consolidating and regrouping because ’67 all the Barisan walked out,” Dr Vincent Wijeysingha tells me. “Then ’68 when they brought in the Employment Act and the Industrial Relations Amendment Act, that was the time when they really began to consolidated their power.” Dr Wijeysingha …

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“There will be more significant things to come”: WP’s Low

Mr Low Thia Khiang, secretary general of the opposition Workers’ Party (WP), keeps things very close to his chest. He has been rather coy about who his party’s prospective candidates are, or where they might be fielded in the General Election. In the previous two walkabouts which his party has held in as many weeks, Mr Low divulged little. On …

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MM Lee’s views a “generational thing”: Michael Palmer

The Online Citizen’s Andrew Loh catches up with PAP MP Michael Palmer at the side of the NUS forum last Wednesday. Mr Michael Palmer called his grassroots leaders immediately upon reading about Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s controversial remarks about the Malay Muslim community. As their Member of Parliament, he wanted to reassure them that he did not share MM …

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GRC system: Wool Over Eyes (Part 5 of 6)

In Part 4 of a series of articles on the GRC system, Rajiv Chaudhry calls for the Government to truly ensure proportional representation for minority races. In Part 5, he refutes the justifications the Government has given for the need for GRCs.   Part 5: Don’t follow the sheep It is debatable as to whether GRCs, being super-constituencies with voter numbers ranging …

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