Politics

Have we lost our ability to appreciate?

The title of this article is a question which I have been pondering on for some time now. Have we lost our ability to appreciate the good things which Singapore offers? And to be sure, there are good things about Singapore. In fact, there are many of them. Yet, when we visit the Internet, it would seem, as Mr Lui …

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Differentiating between PRs and S’poreans?

I refer to the report, “HDB to spend $1 billion on upgrading; 85,000 households to benefit” (Today, Apr 19). It reported: “Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng said this comes up to nearly $12,000 of upgrading benefits per household. The funds come on top of HDB’s contribution of $3.4 billion for the eight towns since 1990. When asked, …

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Astroturfing – a nuisance, or a brave new world of activism?

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently said that the government has allegedly received numerous emails demanding it to lower property prices, or face voter pull-out at the next election. However, it was deduced that these emails were the effort of astroturfing, as a number of such writers have purportedly “borrowed” the identity of real-life grassroots leaders to mount the campaign. …

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That RP CEC meeting – Ng Teck Siong reveals more

On the 26th of April, 2009 there was supposed to be a Central Executive Committee meeting at 11 pm and on the Attendance List were ten names of CEC members. They were Ng Teck Siong (Chairman), G Prabhakaran (Vice-Chairman), Jeremy Lim (member), Mohd Affendy B Abdul Rahim (member), Kenneth Jeyaretnam (member), Quek Teow Chuan (member), Balraj Naidu (member), Edmund Ng …

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PM Lee Hsien Loong with Charlie Rose

This is a partial transcript of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s interview with Charlie Rose. —————————— CHARLIE ROSE:  Tell me what your philosophy is for the relevance and the future of Singapore. LEE HSIEN LOONG:  If we want to make a living for ourselves, we’ve got to be extraordinary.  There are any number of cities with a million, two million …

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Problem-solving, MOM-style

It’s an open secret. The global trade in low-level labour is a dirty one. And Singapore is a willing participant. We import tens of thousands of migrant workers each year ostensibly because no other Singaporean will do the jobs they do, for the kind of pay they’re willing to accept. But the truth is that for years now, dozens of …

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Opposition alliance will force openness and democracy

“If I were a citizen of Singapore, I would want to speak and vote freely. And this would be what I would demand from all political parties”, says Mr Hans van Baalen, Member of European Parliament and the current President of Liberal International (LI), the worldwide federation of liberal and progressive organizations and political parties. Mr van Baalen, is in Singapore …

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Former RP chairman refutes Kenneth Jeyaretnam’s claims

Mr Ng Teck Siong, former Chairman of the Reform Party, intends to provide a formal response concerning remarks recently made by Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam that implied the Reform Party was an empty vessel devoid of leadership when Mr Jeyaretnam took over as Secretary-General last year. In an exclusive interview with TODAY freelance reporter Loh Chee Kong published on 08 Apr (see …

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Anti-PAP sentiments take a new turn

Anti-People’s Action Party (PAP) sentiments seem to have taken a new turn. The local press has reported that a “poison letter” has been “stuffed into letter boxes” in HDB heartland areas such as Sengkang, Punggol and Marine Parade. The flier, headlined “The truth that every citizen must know”, is said to be critical of the PAP. According to the Straits …

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Impose economic and diplomatic sanctions against Myanmar: ASEAN lawmakers

Asean should impose economic and diplomatic sanctions against Myanmar for ignoring calls to commit to free and fair elections, a group of Asean lawmakers said Wednesday. Myanmar should also be immediately suspended from Asean and its expulsion considered, the parliamentarians urged in a petition to government leaders gathering for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations annual summit this week in …

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