Politics

Has Singapore over aligned itself with “Chineseness”?

For once I agree with former diplomat Bilahari Kaukisan who has said at a recent conference that: “When the Chinese try to impose a Chinese identity on Singapore, we must resist, because modern Singapore is based on the idea of being a multiracial country.” In some ways, Singapore has inherited the “divide and rule” system from Colonial times. The British found …

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Lim Tean: A disgraceful chamber of horrors

Lawyer and politician, Lim Tean wrote a Facebook post on Tuesday (26 June) regarding the statement by Ministry of National Development that said that elected Members of Parliament (MPs) pay S$365 for an annual permit that allows them to park at Housing & Development Board (HDB) car parks when doing constituency work and at Parliament House when on official business. He linked …

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Singaporeans not permitted dual nationality but foreigners are

I note that Briton, Sir Andrew Witty was made an honourary citizen* of Singapore for his contributions to the pharmaceutical industry. While I am glad that individuals regardless of their race or nationality are being honoured for their contributions, I wonder if that is fair to Singaporeans who are not permitted to hold dual nationality? Witty has been conferred this …

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Former Ambassador-at-large Bilahari accuses Dr M of raising water issue to avoid paying HSR compensation to SG

In a Bloomberg interview published today (Jun 25), Dr Mahathir said that the water deal with Singapore is “too costly” and added that his government needs to renegotiate the agreement with Singapore. “We will sit down and talk with them (Singapore government), like civilized people,” he said in the interview. Bloomberg quoted Dr Mahathir as saying that he would be …

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MFA: Trump-Kim Summit cost $16.3M instead of $20M

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday (24 Jun) that the actual cost of hosting the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by Singapore is now calculated to be about S$16.3 million, less than the earlier estimate of S$20 million. Most of the money was spent on security, it said. PM …

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To imply that opposition politicians have a better deal is woefully ignorant

Victor Lye Thiam Fatt (Lye), People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate for Aljunied Group Representation Constituency in the General Election of 2015 (GE2015)stated in a Facebook  post that opposition politicians had a better a deal because while the best opposition losers were given a paid seat in Parliament as a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament  (NCMP), his team who were the best losers …

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What do Singaporeans mean when they say change is coming?

by Augustine Low Change is overdue! Change is coming! Change by 2020! There is the accelerated cry of change in the aftermath of the recent political tsunami in Malaysia, reinforced by festering unhappiness and resentment among a section of the population. But we ought to then ask the question: Change for what? What is the alternative for Singaporeans? In Malaysia, …

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