Tag: Singapore politics

DPM Heng: The country cannot be going in 10 different directions, because then we go nowhere

Singapore—The country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Heng Swee Keat, said that if Singapore develops a more “adversarial” political system, complete with “plenty of disagreements”, this would not be good for the country. Mr Heng said this on Saturday, July 27, to visiting journalists from Malaysia. Eight...

Leong Sze Hian: “Where is the transparency? Where is the accountability?”

The Abuse of Process Rally held Jan. 26 at the Hong Lim Park, would never be completed without the presence of socio-political activist Leong Sze Hian, who demanded transparency and accountability from the government regarding expenditures. In his 10-minute speech at the rally, he did...

Heng Swee Keat on Tan Cheng Bock’s Progress Singapore Party: “Singaporeans have to decide who can serve them better”

The election may still be far away but it seems the battle has already begun. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat responded to Tan Cheng Bock’s return to politics saying, “Singaporeans will need to decide who can better serve them”. The finance minister was the first...

Activists strike back with letters to PM Lee and Charles Chong

Historian Pingtjin Thum, activist Jolovan Wham and journalist Kirsten Han are taking another step in striking back at their detractors. The three activists were among a group who met with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad at the end of August, along with Tan Wah...

Bilahari Kausikan asks of PJ Thum, “Which is his country and who are his people?”

Mr. Kausikan took to Facebook again to air his views concerning the controversy surrounding Dr. Thum, considering that he and other ‘activists’ (the word is put in quotes by the former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) recently met with Malaysian Prime Minister...

The cult for LKY's image, and calling a spade a spade

By Ghui It has been just over a year after the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew whose name has always been linked to the development of post independent Singapore. Given the overwhelming outpouring of grief at his death last year, it is no surprise...

Is The Straits Times character-assassinating The Online Citizen?

By Ghui After I wrote my article yesterday in relation to what constitutes "friendly" websites, I thought it was time to perhaps give the Benjamin Lim case a little respite. The family deserves the some time to grief without the constant media glare and given the...

Feedback wanted on Elected Presidency – send us yours!

The Constitutional Commission to Review Specific Aspects of the Elected Presidency has issued a media release last week to call for public feedback on proposed changes to the Elected Presidency. The proposed changes are expected to tighten the qualifying criteria for any Singaporean who wishes to...

GE2015 not a return to “old normal” – book launch panel

By Howard Lee While many might fear that the massive vote swing to the ruling People's Action Party during the 2015 General Elections signalled a return to the politics of old, there is reason to believe that the “new normal” that was touted to be...

Singapore story cannot masquerade as history of Singapore: Dr Poh Soo Kai

By Howard Lee "One may have different interpretations of the facts, but the facts must be there," said Dr Poh Soo Kai to a room packed with more than 300 participants, at the launch of his book, Living in a Time of Deception on 13...