Tag: PAP

10 reasons why nobody should be surprised about WP’s town council accounts

By Augustine Low When the Ministry of National Development expressed concern with the Workers’ Party town council accounts, it created a buzz. But it hardly came as a surprise. Here are 10 reasons why no one should be surprised at the latest turn of events: 1. You...

Cheng Bock fiasco: Where is the CPR?

By Mary Lee The People’s Association needs CPR. Not cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but credible public relations. The recent brouhaha arising from Dr Tan Cheng Bock shows it has none. The PA is chaired by PM Lee Hsien Loong. The decision to withdraw the invitation to Dr...

Who will PM pick for Aljunied?

By Augustine Low The more you think about it, the more it appears that Aljunied GRC is presenting the PAP with one big headache. The GRC system seemed like such a foolproof way for the PAP to secure its dominance. Who would have thought that...

Low's Low-Down on Opposition Politics

Ex-Reform Party candidate Frankie Low says that opposition political parties must form an alliance if they wish to be elected, even as he insists “the parties will never unite.” “Singapore's opposition parties run like Chinese businesses. There's no way they would give up their...

SEA Games surprise wins a wake-up call

By Michael Y. P. Ang There has been much talk about how SEA Games champion rower Saiyidah Aisyah heroically overcame the odds to win Singapore's first-ever individual rowing gold last Tuesday. There is similar buzz about golden milestones in equestrian, cycling, judo, men's marathon, etc. The unexpected victories in less-popular ...

Square Moon not a full moon

By  Ng Yi-Sheng Another  day, another Mas Selamat satire... But really, this show comes with its own  baggage. It's a play about political detention written by an actual former  political detainee, Wong Souk Yee, and it’s inspired by the trials not only of  Singapore's favourite...

Dr Koh on his Punggol East defeat

By Elias Tan Finally, the defeated PAP candidate in the Punggol East by-elections has given one of the reasons why he lost.  Colorectal surgeon Koh Poh Koon -- who has no problem calling himself the "arsehole doctor" -- diagnosed his defeat this way: being parachuted into a constituency...

That Shanmugam smile

By Augustine Low Singer Cheryl Cole, actress Angelina Jolie and the Duchess of Cambridge have been voted as having the world’s best smiles. If such a poll is conducted in Singapore, the smart money is on the public figure with the most disarming of smiles –...

PAP has to break free of the past

By Augustine Low   The PAP is a product of its past, and mightily proud of the fact. But there is the danger that the past can prove burdensome. By constantly invoking the spirit, successes and strategies of old, the PAP betrays signs that it is...

A Minister called Shanmugam and a puppy called Tammy

K Shanmugam's involvement in a dispute between the rescuer of a dog and its adopter has thrust  the Law and Foreign Minister into the spotlight again. Not all are surprised because he has also met people involved in gay/lesbian issues and those with housing and...