Tag: Singapore politics

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...

Revising the Elected Presidency, and a promise broken

By Howard Lee Former President S R Nathan’s “innocent quip” might have drawn both indignation and peals of laughter, but the context of his interview is surely no laughing matter. Singapore – or more specifically, the current Singapore government – is seeking to review the conditions...

More social media use, but impact on GE2015 uncertain: IPS study

By Howard Lee While there might have been a noticeable trend in increased social media usage during the 2015 General Elections in Singapore, this does not necessarily mean that it has a significant impact on how voters voted, shared researchers at the symposium on media...

GE2016: PAP & the Opposition as Marketplace Competitors

Singapore Elections
Economics and politics make for strange bedfellows. Economics functions on the interplay of supply, demand and patterns of production, distribution and consumption of good and services. Politics exists on the interplay of political philosophies, power and public policy. Both disciplines run into the problem of...

World Cup and Singapore

By Michael Y.P. Ang Only 77 countries have ever qualified for the World Cup finals. But 132 of Fifa's 209 member countries, nearly two-thirds of the football world, have yet to savour the elite tournament for football's holy grail. Since World Cup qualifying is organised according...

Reframing debates and renegotiating contracts

By Pravin Prakash In recent weeks, much of the debate in the public space has revolved around both the defamation case lodged by the Prime Minister against blogger Roy Ngerng as well as the use of CPF savings. In parliament there has been much talk...

Unconstructive Singapore politics, Italian fascism and the World Cup

by Michael Y.P. Ang Since it began in 1930, the World Cup has been linked to political, economic, social and cultural developments. Using FIFA's premier event to serve political ends is commonplace. Goh Chok Tong tried to do it when he was prime minister. So...

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...

First comment on Catherine Lim- by Singapore’s consul-general in HK

The consul-general of Singapore in Hong Kong wrote in to the South China Morning Post (SCMP) after the paper carried an article based on Singapore writer Catherine Lim’s open letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on trust in Singapore’s government and the country’s...

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...