Tag: Singapore politics

Xenophobia? Tharman doesn’t think so

The PM and his deputy seem to differ on how to describe some Singaporeans’ growing resentment against foreigners. Lee Hsien Loong has used the word “xenophobic” a couple of  times  to describe how some Singaporeans have reacted, especially in social media,  to the actions...

Vandalism and political defiance

By Trinity Chua and Tan Yong Heng Defiance and dissent is taking on a slightly violent streak. Vandals have struck by scrawling anti-PAP words on top of a Toa Payoh block of flats, painting on the war monument and attacking posters at bus stops. We spoke...

Gerald Giam vs. Dr Koh

Gerald Giam’s call for a better match between medical insurance premiums collected and payouts in claims has an opponent outside Parliament. The defeated PAP candidate in the Punggol East by-election and medical director of Capstone Colorectal Surgery Centre, Dr Koh Poh Koon, said Giam had...

Singapore’s elephant in the room

For the naysayers and soothsayers, the clearest indication that Singapore’ centre of gravity  is shifting to the left came when President Tony Tan opened the second session of the country’s 12th Parliament with a rare promise to his people: You will have enough money...

PM vs Roy: Why it is necessary

By Tan Bah Bah Some netizens may disagree with me, and I hope not to be proven wrong. Roy Ngerng has so far gotten off lightly, in monetary terms (aggravated damages) though not necessarily in public standing. At issue was an allegation that CPF funds...

Replaying the dissident voice

An interview with the author of Dissident Voices, Clement Mesenas How and why did you write the book? I was commissioned by the publishers, who told me that they had a grant for such a book. The idea was that that such a book would help...

Roy Ngerng – from loner to polarising figure

It is hard to imagine this is the same man who has become today’s polarising figure in Singapore politics. He comes across as a loner. It won’t be far-fetched to say that Roy Ngerng’s only friends are his computer and those who read his Heart...

Where are the political changes?

The President pressed all the right buttons to show that Singapore’s centre of gravity as far as social policies are concerned is shifting to the left.  But what about political changes? Zilch. The only mention came when Tony Tan spoke of “divisive politics”. Now, where...

National Day awards need a rethink

By Augustine Low At around this time, the National Day honours list is being drawn up. When it is announced in August, there will hardly be any surprises. Top bureaucrats get the top awards. Also a shoo-in are civil servants (past and present), military personnel, people...

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...