Chan Chun Sing on Hsien Yang possibly contesting in Tanjong Pagar: We don’t focus on who is coming or going

Responding to a media question yesterday (26 Jun) on the prospect of Lee Hsien Loong’s estranged brother, Mr Lee Hsien Yang, contesting in Tanjong Pagar GRC in the upcoming GE, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said he welcomes anyone to come and stand against him. Chan said, “For Tanjong Pagar, we welcome other … Read more

Tan Cheng Bock or Lee Hsien Yang – is someone eyeing Tanjong Pagar?

Progress Singapore Party (PSP) seems to keep hitting headlines. First with the bombshell of Lee Hsien Yang, estranged brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, joining PSP on Wednesday (24 June), and now, the indication that Dr Tan Cheng Bock, chief of PSP, may drop West Coast group representation constituency (GRC) to contest in Tanjong … Read more

Another alternative party, NSP, moves aside for PSP after Lee Hsien Yang announced membership

Alternative party unity, “alliances”, and organisation seem to be going strong and taking firmer shape in this coming General Election (GE).  The National Solidarity Party (NSP) announced on Wednesday (24 June) that it will not be contesting in Pioneer single-member constituency (SMC), so as to provide leeway for Progress Singapore Party (PSP) to go up … Read more

Lee Hsien Yang joining alternative party makes world news

It was reported yesterday that the estranged brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Mr Lee Hsien Yang, has joined the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) (‘Lee Hsien Yang joins Progress Singapore Party, uncertain if he will contest in GE2020‘, 24 Jun). PSP was set up by former Presidential candidate and Member of Parliament, Dr Tan … Read more

It is possible to be loyal Singaporeans and yet not vote for PAP, says Lee Hsien Yang, PSP’s newest member

“It’s possible to be loyal Singaporeans, to be proud of what has been accomplished in the past, to recite with pride ‘We, the citizens of Singapore’, to love Singapore and yet, to not vote PAP,” said the Progress Singapore Party (PSP)’s newest member Lee Hsien Yang in a live message on Wednesday evening (24 June). … Read more

Lee Hsien Yang and Leong Mun Wai of PSP share heartfelt connection between their fathers at Tiong Bahru Market

Lee Hsien Yang, who has joined the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) recounted a heartfelt connection with party assistant secretary-general Leong Mun Wai on the way to the breakfast announcement at Tiong Bahru Market this morning when Mr Lee was presented with a PSP membership card. The market is located in the Tanjong Pagar GRC which … Read more

Lee Hsien Yang joins Progress Singapore Party, uncertain if he will contest in GE2020

The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) has welcomed Lee Hsien Yang into the fold, according to an announcement by the party on Wednesday (24 June). Mr Lee is the estranged brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, with whom he has been embroiled in a dispute over their father’s house on Oxley Road. The announcement comes … Read more

Why are public sector appointments shrouded in secrecy?

Rajiv Chaudhry

When democratic governments make public appointments, it is expected that the candidates will be selected on merit through processes that are fair, open and transparent.  Care must be taken not to discriminate on any grounds.

It is extraordinary then, that public sector appointments in Singapore appear to be made with very little transparency and with little or no accountability to those who ultimately pay the wages and to whom the public servants report: the people.

The Online Citizen has managed to obtain a copy of the minutes of the deliberations of the Select Committee (“the committee”) that met between 2 April and 3 July this year to select and recommend the new batch of Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs) to parliament. The minutes can only be described, charitably, as “cosmetic”. They are an exercise in opacity and the antithesis of what minutes should be.

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