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Tag Archives: PAP

DPM’s promise for a clean campaign broken: PAP Smear in full swing

On Nomination day, DPM Tharman and Dr Paul Tambyah were spotted chatting and shaking hands. In an interview with TOC, Dr Paul revealed that during the conversation, the DPM gave him his word to have a clean campaign. Just over three days since that conversation, that promise seems to have been broken. To his credit, it wasn't him but his …

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Condition, conditioning, conditioned – the vicious cycle

By Reperio Simon Cherian George's blog, aptly named “Air-conditioned Nation” gives us a hint of exactly what governance in Singapore is all about. We truly are an air-conditioned nation, in a bubble of our own. The political, economic and social conditions in Singapore are dictated by the government. None of us really have any say in this. They alone decide …

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Lee Hsien Loong’s two challenges to voters and the opposition

By Reperio Simon Watching Lee Hsien Loong at his lunch time rally on 8 September, I deduced that he has issued two challenges. The first challenge was to voters, the second was to the opposition parties. His challenge to the opposition parties: "Don't go into Parliament to check us. If you want, dare to govern, or else don't bother". On all counts, …

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In search of election issues, and the arrogance of the PAP

By Howard Lee When you attend a forum discussion that is titled “GE2015: The Big Issues” featuring election candidates, you might reasonably expect it to see some talk on what they feel are the current issues that plague Singaporeans, that will in turn have a deciding factor on how they vote. I mean, any Singaporean would know what specific issues …

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Battle for Hong Kah North SMC – A lesson to be learnt on Polling Day

By GS The best performing result in General Elections 2011, at 70.6% of the vote share (i.e. 18,149 votes out of 25,702), Hong Kah North’s 28,131 constituents seem to be strongly on the side of the current Member of Parliament, Dr Amy Khor, of the People’s Action Party (PAP). Singapore People’s Party (SPP) candidate, Mr Ravi Philemon, is currently challenging …

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Why is it so hard to talk to the PAP?

By GS Seeing the uninspired speeches delivered at the rallies, only one thing is certain – the incumbent People’s Action Party MPs are all incredibly pleased with their performance and since it is a sure thing that municipal matters will carry on as normal after the elections, they deserve to be voted into parliament. It appears as though none of …

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Ignore opposition’s empty promises, trust PAP’s track record

By Howard Lee Rallies by the People’s Action Party are beginning to follow a certain format, and the latest at the open field next to Buangkok MRT station, held on 3 September evening for the Pasir Ris Punggol GRC team, was no exception. The standard script seems to be: The world is in trouble, we have the track record, opposition …

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PAP vs WP – Political blindspots and a credible opposition

By Ghui It has been four years since seven elected opposition MPs from the Workers' Party claimed victory in GE 2011. Opposition party supporters celebrated this high point in the political landscape in Singapore and much was made of this milestone. The backdrop against the 2011 election results was bubbling discontent within the populace at rising house prices and growing …

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A mandate for SG100, but with a compelling vision?

By Howard Lee “I called this general election to seek your mandate to take Singapore beyond SG50, into its next half century. You will be deciding who will govern Singapore for the next 5 years. More than that, you will be choosing the team to work with you for the next 15-20 years, and setting the direction for Singapore for …

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