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Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has acknowledged that the PAP sometimes “falls short” when it comes to when it comes to “character”. Mr Tharman, who is also the 2nd Assistant Secretary General of the People’s Action Party, said this at the Nanyang Technological University Majulah Lecture yesterday. He was addressing a question from audience member Kenneth Lin, who asked...

The Workers’ Party has re-filed its motion in parliament regarding the reserved election. It hopes to discuss the issue, “Counting from President Wee Kim Wee or President Ong Teng Cheong for Reserved Presidential Election – Policy Decision or Legal Question?” when parliament convenes next on Mon, 2 Oct. WP chairman Sylvia Lim had intended to raise a debate on that issue in parliament...

Dr Tan Cheng Bock arrived at today’s reserved election protest to shouts of “Our President”, “President Tan” and “Mr President” from the crowd. Hordes of supporters crowded around him, and that group hardly dwindled as he shook hands and happily posed for pictures for the one hour that he was at Hong Lim Park. The reception Dr Tan was given by the 2000-strong crowd was almost fit for...

“What happened over the last one and a half years and culminating on Wednesday and on Monday when the walkover was announced amounted to a massacre of our democracy.” Former National Solidarity Party chief Lim Tean has condemned the PAP-led government’s move to change the Constitution to turn PE2017 into a reserved-for-Malays-candidates-only election. Speaking this evening at the protest against...

The protest against this year’s reserved presidential election will go ahead tomorrow after police approved a permit for the event. Social-political activist Gilbert Goh, who organised the protest, urged dissatisfied Singaporeans to turn up and make a stand. “Fear has crippled you all this while you are burnt up inside and its time to unlease that frustration by showing up with like-minded Singaporeans...

President Halimah Yacob was sworn-in this evening at a ceremony at the Istana. In her swearing-in speech, the 63-year-old welcomed the government’s changing of the constitution so that presidential elections can be reserved for minority-race groups only – a move which has been hugely unpopular among the Singaporean populace. President Halimah was appointed after her walkover win in PE2017, in...

The public votes, and their vote is reliant on perception. Come the next General Election (likely 2020), the PAP will likely drop points after the whole process in which Mdm Halimah Yacob’s PE2017 walkover win. The negative reactions to her appointment has been overwhelming, to an extent which has not been seen in the past 4 presidential elections. Data intelligence firm Meltwater The Meltwater...

The Singapore Democrats have filed a lawsuit, challenging the PAP-led government’s decision not to hold a by-election in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC. Instead of a by-election to elect a new candidate to replace President-Elect Halimah Yacob, who resigned to run for president, the government installed an advisor in Marsiling-Yew Tee. That advisor, Zaqy Mohamed, is already an MP with Chua Chu Kang GRC and...

President-Elect Halimah Yacob lives in a jumbo flat, a 4-rm and 5-rm flat combined, in siao lang town aka Yishun. And the 63-year-old has no plans to move to the Istana after being sworn-in tomorrow. For 30 years now, Mdm Halimah has been staying in the jumbo flat with her husband, Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, and her 2 sons and 3 daughters, aged between 26 and 35. She says she will leave it to her...

There’s been much controversy surrounding the reserved Presidential Election this year, even before candidates started campaigning. Well, that’s possibly because there’s only 1 candidate and as such there won’t be any campaigning. Mdm Halimah Yacob is set to be appointed Singapore’s next president, after her 2 closest competitors were barred from running. We’ll let you take a look at the...

Whether they like it or not, the next President of Singapore will not be voted into office by Singaporeans. Rather, she will have been elected by means of a walkover – other Malay candidates were allowed to contest despite their sterling credentials. The Presidential Elections Committee paved the way for Mdm Halimah Yacob to be appointed president, after it barred businessmen Salleh Marican and...

Mdm Halimah Yacob will be announced as Singapore’s next President in 2 days time. This, after she was the only candidate to be approved to run by the Elections Department, making it a walkover. The public has expressed both anger and disgust at Mdm Halimah’s impending appointment. One of her first task once she is declared President in 2 days time on Nomination Day (13 Sept) would be to...

Workers’ Party leaders Low Thia Kiang, Sylvia Lim and Pritam Singh have been hit be their second lawsuit involving Aljunied-Hougang Town Council’s finances. This comes after Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council announced today that it has started High Court proceedings against them for alleged improper payments. Pasir-Ris Punggol Town Council’s legal action comes after AHTC’s independent panel...

The Elections Department has announced that only 1 Certificate of Eligibility has been issued. As such, Presidential Election 2017 will be a walkover and Singaporeans will not have to vote. We will know the identity of our new president on Nomination Day – this coming Wednesday (13 Sept). That’s expected to be former Speaker of Parliament and PAP MP Halimah Yacob. Mdm Halimah is the only presidential...