“Greater uncertainty” as to whether 4G leadership has “what it takes to be as competent and farsighted as their predecessors”: ST editor-at-large Han Fook Kwang

While the attribution to “a general slacking in the public service” is “too sweeping”, there will be “grave consequences” if the pattern of serious lapses in public service in the recent months is not rectified, opines Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and Editor-At-Large with The Straits Times Han Fook Kwang. Chinese-language daily Lianhe Zaobao, in …

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Thai court dissolves Thai Raksa Chart party over Princess Ubolratana’s candidacy; Party supporters to field ‘Vote No’ campaign

In the aftermath of Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi’s nomination by the Thai Raksa Chart party for the Prime Minister post in the upcoming election, Thailand’s Constitutional Court has ruled on the dissolution of the Thaksin Shinawatra-linked party on Thursday (7 Mar). The ruling, which is final and binding, was delivered at the court “amid 1,000-strong security in a 500m …

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Should an MP be furthering business interests?

It would be fair to say that at a grassroots level, most people would look to their elected Member of Parliament (MP) as their representative in Parliament on their bread and butter issues. In this regard, it is therefore important for the MP in question to be deeply engaged with the sentiments, concerns and needs of his or her constituents …

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SDP: Ong Ye Kung adopts its proposal to abolish secondary school streaming

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has released a statement claiming that the People’s Action Party (PAP) has followed SDP’s lead when Education Minister Ong Ye Kung proposed to abolish secondary school streaming. It appears that, in its policy proposal Educating for Creativity and Equality: An Agenda for Transformation, SDP mentioned that, “Therefore under the SDP’s education plan, the PSLE will …

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The Singapore government’s apparent sensitivities for foreign interference would hold a lot more weight if it didn’t have apparent loose canons like Kausikan muddying the waters.

Singapore is certainly no stranger to being sensitive about so called “foreign interference” in our domestic affairs. It is after all in name of the foreign bogeyman that our former Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) has sued numerous foreign publications for commenting on the domestic affairs of our nation state. LKY had also used the alleged threat of …

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