Politics

SDP warned about EIP and PAP’s racial politics years ago

Below is a blog post by the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) It was reported yesterday that minorities are having a hard time selling their flats because, under the Ethnic Integration Policy or EIP, they cannot sell them to Singaporean Chinese families under certain conditions. This means that they are only able to sell the flats to people from minority races, a situation …

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“Elections may be free, but not necessarily fair”: Singaporean historian Dr Thum Ping Tjin cautions against being overly reliant on elections as the sole legitimate tool for political change

Updated on Sunday, 7 Oct 2018 at 8:44 p.m. Singaporean historian and Managing Director of Southeast Asian journalism and research platform New Naratif, Dr Thum Ping Tjin, has cautioned against being “overly reliant” on elections as the ultimate mechanism for political change. Speaking at a panel discussion titled “The Appeal of the Southeast Asian Strongman” on the second day of the …

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Easy for govt to accuse WP for a breach of fiduciary duties but what about SingHealth’s fiduciary duties to safeguard the data of its patients?

As the high profile Worker’s Party (WP) lawsuit dominates the press headlines, accusations are fast and furious. Senior Counsel, Davinder Singh who acts for the Pasir Ris Town Council implied in court that the WP had in some way misused town council monies to benefit their own family and friends thereby breaching their fiduciary duties while lawyers for the WP …

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In taking up the NCMP seats, the WP is being responsible, not disingenuous

I disagree with Trade and Industry Minister, Mr Chan Chun Sing’s opinion that it is disingenuous on the part of  the Workers’ Party (WP) to take up seats pursuant to the Non-Constituency MP (NCMP) scheme despite having long standing objections to the scheme. The NCMP scheme was approved by Parliament and as such part of the system. Even if the WP disagree …

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While saying that Malaysia and Singapore are not the same, Anwar also listed qualities that transcend both sides of the causeway 

At a lecture at the Singapore Management University (SMU), Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim made some rather interesting observations about leadership. When speaking about the qualities of leadership needed for the 21st century, Anwar said that “beyond leading by example, modern leaders should also demonstrate compassion and forgiveness”. Given that this is from a man who had been incarcerated on suspected …

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PAP should select its next leader by an open vote within its party.

Recent reports have emphasised the leadership selection that is soon going to take place within the Peoples’ Action Party (PAP). Given that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (PM Lee) has announced that he will be stepping down within the next few years, Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam has indicated that a new Prime Ministerial candidate will be named before …

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