Tag: PAP

Lim Chin Siong story: Clash of the Singapore historians

By Tan Bah Bah An on-going debate on the role and status of Lim Chin Siong, one of the People's Action Party's founding leaders, in the struggle for independenc can be seen as part of a wider attempt to unravel Singapore Story 101. Let's recollect the...

Catherine Lim: responding to comments on my open letter

First published on Catherinelim.sg Here's Catherine Lim response to all the comments- critical or supportive- of her recent open letter to the Prime Minister. She wrote the Q and A session with herself on her blog earlier today: Q: Has the PM replied to your letter...

Parliament speech that went unnoticed

By Tan Bah Bah One significant speech almost went by unnoticed last week in Parliament. The heated exchange between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Workers Party chief Low Thia Khiang over the definition and need for constructive politics had everyone's attention. Observers who watched the...

Let’s have a Democracy Wall

What turns an angry anti-social into a vandal? Frustration. An inability to channel anger into something useful. Is it significant that expletives against the PAP be spray-painted 22 storeys up on an HDB block? Not really — similar sentiments have been expressed online. What...

My mid-term verdict on govt/PAP

By Tan Bah Bah In "taking the pulse" of Singaporeans on the mid-term performance of the government, a survey by The Straits Times revealed that the two most important factors were the need for checks and balances and the candidate's attributes. Analyses of the 500-person survey's...

PM hints of coalition politics

It was a very direct question loaded with possibilities, something no Singapore journalist would ask of his/her PM. With the results of the 2011 election as a backdrop, Financial Times journalist Gideon Rachman asked: So can you envisage a day when the  PAP is not...

Cheng Bock on WP’s chances, PAP’s problem and Tharman’s charisma

Former PAP man and a contender for the last presidential elections, Tan Cheng Bock, thinks the Workers' Party is likely to win more seats in the next elections. That analysis is based on his view that the government has got itself into a "very tight...

Little India Bill: What activists should have done

The civil rights of residents in Little India won out over the civil rights of the larger Singapore society. So much for the “bad law” arguments put forth in a detailed background paper by a handful of civil rights activists, including former opposition politician...

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...