WP LEON PERERA: CAN WE TRUST A ONE PARTY SYSTEM TO SOLVE S'PORES PRESENT & FUTURE PROBLEMS?

A one party system makes it very hard for such an alternative party to exist. A one party system makes it likely that the ruling party – facing no viable competitors – will eventually lose its way. A one party system makes it likely that the ruling party will get away with changing the Constitution and changing Singapore to something other than a democracy, to keep itself in power forever. So that the system becomes practically uncontestable.

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HONG KONG TO RELEASE S'PORE TERREX & BLAMES LICENSING ISSUES, NO DATE FOR RELEASE GIVEN

After being held hostage for 2 months, the 9 SAF Terrex armoured vehicles will be returned to Singapore after investigations were completed by Hong Kong customs. Singapore's MFA said that the military vehicles and other equipment will be shipped to Singapore through APL, the shipper who screwed up the paperwork in November and led to licensing issues.

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WILL A MINORITY PAP REFUSE TO BE PARTY OF MULTI-PARTY SYSTEM?

Will PAP refuse to be part of a multi-party system? It is a strange thing to hear the Minister of Education, Ong Ye Kung, claim that a “multi-party political system could ruin Singapore.” Besides the fact that there are many examples of small countries with just such a system which are thriving, Mr Ong’s claim raises the question of whether his own party would then decline parliamentary seats if they only formed the minority.

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SG SPORTS HUB LOSE HOSTING PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY TO HK,

Another blow to the Singapore Sports Hub, as reports have emerged that the most successful event staged at the New National Stadium, the Barclays Asia Premier League Trophy, will not be coming back to Singapore this year. Instead, they will move back to Hong Kong and Shanghai.

This despite a successful run here in Singapore in 2015 that saw a record turnout of 82,000 fans, with Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore hailing the 2015 event as the "best ever". This will represent another blow to the Singapore Sports Hub and its consortium, which had promised Singapore fans to bring the best sporting spectacle to the stadium.

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SURBANA JURONG BACKTRACKS, SAID PROCESS OF SACKING COULD HAVE BEEN DONE BETTER

A week after their sacking of 54 employees went viral, the Temasek-owned company, Surbana Jurong, acknowledged that they could have handled the process better. They have also released a statement indicating that they are working closely to provide an "equitable and mutually agreeable arrangement" for the affected workers and to help them find new employment.

This comes after the company came under fire from everyone after it was reported that Surbana Jurong group chief executive Wong Heang Fine told employees in an email that the 54 affected workers were poor performers who could not be allowed to affect the rest of the organisation negatively. It does seem like the company was forced to backtrack on their strong armed policy, after their tactics received widespread condemnation. The Manpower Ministry said in a statement that the move to resolve the matter amicably is “positive and constructive”.

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USS WELCOMES 25 MILLIONTH VISITOR, STILL COMPETITIVE AGAINST THEME PARKS IN MALAYSIA

Read that Universal Studios welcomed their 25 millionth visitor, when two lucky Korean students on holiday in Singapore after completing their school term walked through the USS gates yesterday.

25 million visitors in a space of slightly less than 7 years! Not bad, if anything, it shows that the decision to build the USS was a very good economic plan. Singapore is a very land scarce country, so to be able to use a huge space to cater for a theme park of this size was a big decision.

Lately, we have seen our neighbours from across the causeway go all out to attract tourists by building all sorts of theme parks, including Lego Land. Singapore has to do all it can to make sure that we don't lose out in terms of tourists numbers to other newer and better theme parks. We have the capabilities to attract millions to our attractions, we cannot lose this edge.

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AMOS YEE'S MOTHER: MY SON SHOULD NOT BE JAILED FOR CRITICIZING RELIGION AGAIN

However, like all the previous times he was sent to jail, I think he shouldn’t be in there. I’m glad that this case is highlighting Singapore’s anti-free speech laws and the flawed immigration policies in the USA. I knew Amos was going to escape Singapore to seek asylum in the USA and I respect his decision and encouraged his decision to leave. He should not be sent to jail for criticizing religion again. If any reporter has any other questions to ask, private message Melissa Chen on Facebook and I might answer them in another post.

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COMFORT TAXI NOT REDUCING RENTAL TO CLEANSE FIRM OF BAD EGG DRIVERS?

I took a Comfort cab today and had a very interesting conversation with the cabby. I asked him how come Comfort is not lowering their rentals for their cabbies in light of stiff competition from fellow cab companies and Uber? His reply was that Comfort has a different "strategy". They are doing "Bad Eggs Cleansing" right now. For those good drivers, they load them with calls, incentives and "revised-competitive" rental schemes to make sure their revenue does not fall too drastically.

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