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Your Letters: Heckled again by Vincent Wijeysingha

  The narrative below was sent to us by Jackson Lee:   I saw this circulating on Facebook earlier and it amused me:     I was onsite when Vincent Wijeysingha heckled the journalist entourage at a press conference. Actually what Vincent did was very uncalled for. The general media questions were these: 1. Are […]

Appointments by Members of Parliament

  There has been accusation that some MPs hold too many appointments, perhaps too many for them to focus on the resident. The latest shows the appointments held by one PAP MP, Yeo Guat Kwang. Let’s organise the list a little and let’s see how time consuming these appointments are: Member, Government Parliamentary Committee on […]

iron fist

*Gasp* Has the iron fist gone soft?

Suddenly, it seems as though our Government has turned from an intimidating grizzly bear to a cuddly teddy bear. Both the budget and national day rally this year seem to have a significant change in approach in many areas. What some would describe as hard policies and the relentless pursuit of growth at all costs […]

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What’s in a scandal?

As a foreigner in Singapore I find the recent Aljunied-Hougang Town Council affair quite interesting to follow. I won’t pretend I understand all the nooks and crannies of the Singapore GRC/Town Council system, but I do think it’s a positive development that issues such as political influence, conflict of interest, and responsibility with citizens’ money […]

Does political debate make policy-making inefficient?

The recent policy roll-outs – particularly the population white paper and budget 2013 – have led to such heated debate that some have raised doubts on the effectiveness of a cacophonous political debate. Political differences are to be expected, and they can even be part of a healthy and mature political environment. But that’s only […]

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Your Letters: Frustration with political un-savviness

It is not my desire to lash out at any politician, but I think what was said of Mr. Mah yesterday was disappointing. What kind of politician would say something like: Singapore needs a bigger population, with better educated citizens and talented non-residents for growth “Where will the revenue come from”? (in response to calls […]

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The individual is never above society

The following is contributed by one Ryan Tan:   The individual is never above society.   This came to my mind after reading the SDP’s emotionally charged article about the termination of SMRT bus drivers.   This is a matter of Compassion vs Facts.   Do I feel sorry for the drivers? Indeed I do. […]

Strawberry Generation

Politics divide people, leaders unite people

    The previous post made by Darryl introduced a new term to me: Inclusive Politics. My immediate thoughts were, “Wouldn’t that be sort of an oxymoron?” No offense to Darryl who coined it, but politics, in my mind, is necessarily divisive. That’s the truth about politics and power struggle. You divide the people against your […]

There was a time, when people said that Singapore won't make it…

Inclusive Politics, anyone?

Inclusiveness has been a central theme of politics and governance in Singapore for the past few years, and it has gained currency especially over the past year where socio-economic inequalities have been thrown into sharp relief. Schemes have been put in place and the Government is committed to spending more on items such as income […]

Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment Insurance – For Better Or For Worse?

Our Prime Minister sat down to address a list of 10 questions that Singaporeans voted on as topics they were concerned about. One that caught our eye centred upon unemployment insurance, loosely defined as monetary assistance by authorised bodies to those who are unemployed. PM Lee mentioned that Singapore does not have in place a […]