Tag Archives: GE2016

FORMER NSP CHIEF JUMPS SHIP TO JOIN CHIAM SEE TONG

51-year old lawyer Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss has resigned from National Solidarity Party (NSP) last week and applied to join Singapore People's Party (SPP) which is helmed by veteran politician Mr Chaim See Tong. Mrs Chong-Aruldoss failed in her bid for NSP Presidency in party elections last January and left along with former council members Ravi Philemon, Bryan Long, and party member Osman Sulaiman. She acknowledged that their decision to leave came in the wake of the central executive committee (CEC) election results.

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RUMOUR: CHAN CHUN SING MAY BE CONTESTING IN SEMBAWANG GRC?

The PAP has planned to introduce Chan Chun Sing into Sembawang grc and move its current popular anchor minister khaw boon wan to a grc which is more vulnerable (PAP volunteers have speculated it to be East Coast GRC because Lim Swee Say is unpopular due to his poor people skills.).

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THE POLITICAL FORCES SHAPING OUR FUTURE

Liberalism demands an informed and interested citizenry that accepts and is better for its differences. This is a tall order, but is a worthy goal and a mark of a mature and humane society. However, we cannot be naive and ignore the realities of our economic condition. Populism is the real threat among the three forces. It throws up weak leaders with no normative vision. We need confident leadership that can accept feedback from the ground, offer a vision to the people and develop a plan to realise our collective aspirations.

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THE SUCCESSION – AFTER LEE, WHO?

On this day, 12 august 2014, marks 10 years for Lee Hsien Loong’s tenure as Prime Minister. Naturally as in politics, the talk goes into who is going to succeed him. It is a very tricky issue, as it ties the fact that it is unclear when the Prime Minister himself is going to step down and how.

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SINGAPORE’S GROWTH IN A DECADE OF SHOCKS

The intense pressure of globalisation, relocation of factories to China and Asean as well as technological progress have exerted strong downward pressure on wages of the unskilled and semi-skilled workers, while the international arbitrage pressure on the highly skilled workers at the top has pulled up wages at the top end. This is not unique to Singapore. Data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development indicate that the same phenomenon was observed in the US, Canada, Britain, Germany and Australia, but was much less acute in the Nordic countries like Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

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LEE HSIEN LOONG’S MILESTONES AS PRIME MINISTER

2013 Jan: A White Paper on Population sets out plans to accommodate up to 6.9 million people here by 2030, drawing backlash. June: Websites that regularly report Singapore news and have significant reach are asked to put up a performance bond of $50,000 and be licensed under new licensing rules.

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HOW HAS LEE HSIEN LOONG’S TIME AS PRIME MINISTER SHAPED YOUR LIVES?

It was a decade of peaks and troughs. Just out of the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome crisis, the economy went on to record robust growth of over 7.5 per cent a year until 2007, only to face the sharpest recession since independence during the global financial crisis. Growth plunged sharply to 1.8 per cent in 2008 and shrank 0.6 per cent in 2009. A year later, the economy rebounded, growing 15.2 per cent. Leading Singapore relatively unscathed through the global financial crisis was cited by several observers as among Mr Lee's top achievements in the decade.

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DEVADAS KRISHNADAS: THE MAKING OF NEW POLITICS

Government policies are well intentioned. The Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme, healthcare subsidies, the Pioneer Generation Package are all examples of policies aimed at addressing the long-term needs of Singaporeans. But they are also complicated and hard to understand. This leads to a high “wash-out” of goodwill because what people do not understand or relate to, they tend not to trust easily. The highly competent government officials who think of every category of need and every contingency are to be applauded. However, the complicated nature of policies is not only a function of sound policy making. It is also a function of two legacy issues in the policy landscape, The first is the need to work within systems that have been in place for a long time and which have been periodically adjusted.

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