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Workers’ Party should aim to win one-thirds of Parliamentary seats to avoid “a wipe-out with no elected opposition”: WP chief Pritam Singh

Workers’ Party (WP) should target and secure at least one-thirds of Parliamentary seats to prevent a “wipe-out” of the elected opposition and subsequently risking giving the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) “a blank cheque to govern”, said the Party’s Secretary-General Pritam Singh. In his speech at this year’s WP Members’ Forum on Sunday (13 Jan), Mr Singh revealed that he …

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Chee Soon Juan: SDP to double their effort to bring a positive change in 2019

Secretary-general of Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Chee Soon Juan posted on his Facebook page on 2 January that the party is renewing its commitment and redoubling its efforts to provide positive change for Singapore and its people. He said that the party will be taking things a notch higher before the upcoming general election by embarking on a series of …

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Notable absence of General Election mentions in LHL’s New Year Speech

There was a notable omission in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s (LHL) New Year message to the nation. While he talked about a wide range of issues ranging from our strained relationship with neighbour, Malaysia to our economy to our international standing, he failed to mention anything in relation to the rumoured year-end general elections. This silence on the topic …

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“PAP’s response” to growing inequality within Singapore’s society “has been largely defensive”: Associate Professor Bridget Welsh

Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP)’s response to the growing inequality in the Republic has been “largely defensive,” according to Bridget Welsh, an Associate Professor of Political Science at John Cabot University. In her summary of 2018, which was published on 31 Dec on East Asia Forum, Welsh wrote: “With the blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians featuring the Singaporean super-wealthy in the backdrop, …

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Singapore’s 2018 Year-in-Review by PM Lee is surprisingly upbeat

In his 2019 New Year’s message, PM Lee uses quite a lot of positive adjectives to describe Singapore’s growth this past year. Describing 2018 as a ‘productive year for Singapore’, PM Lee first noted that the local economy grew steadily at 3.3%, exceeding expectations. He then moved on to review Singapore’s year on three fronts: international, domestic, and local leadership. …

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Organising for future politics in Singapore

by Tan Wah Piow What does it tell us about the state of world affairs when politicians need to appeal to Facebook and other social media giants, to censor contents which are deemed problematic? It means that In this digital age, dictators can no longer enjoy the monopoly of the tools of information dissemination, or rely on their controlled media …

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LKY’s advice to Hong Kong in 1989, potentially reveals an insight on Singapore’s governance and how PAP stayed in power after so many years

At a meeting with the late Margaret Thatcher on 20 October 1989, former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) had suggested that the people of Hong Kong should not directly confront Beijing but rather, “they should organise themselves so that they could do potential damage to China’s interests,” He went on to say that there were about 200,000 people in Hong Kong …

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