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SINGAPORE DEMOCRATS: During the general elections in 2015, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam denied the SDP’s warnings that the government would raise the GST. At that time, he said that “there is no basis” to claims that the GST would be increased to fund increased public spending. But Mr Lee Hsien Loong finally admitted yesterday at the PAP conference that it was inevitable that taxes would have...

Reform Party chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam has lashed out at Workers’ Party’s NCMP Leon Perera, saying Perera isn’t prepared to sacrifice himself for “real democracy” unlike the late Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam. This, after an exchange between Perera and Senior Minister of State for Health and PAP MP Chee Hong Tat, in which Chee insinuated that Perera had vested interests in mind when he raised...

The contempt of court case against Li Shengwu, the nephew of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will go ahead Li has appointed lawyer Abraham Vergis, the managing director of Providence Law, to represent him. A pre-trial conference was held today. The Attorney-General’s Chambers, helmed by PM Lee’s former private lawyer and current AG Lucien Wong, involves a private Facebook post made by Li on 15...

The Phantom of Oxley Castle was supposed to be launched at the Arts House this Saturday (18 Nov). But that launch has since been cancelled abruptly, with the book’s publisher, Epigram, and the Arts House blaming each other for the cancellation. Both the publisher and the venue operator each say the other was responsible for the cancellation. Yesterday, Chief Executive of Epigram Books, Edmund Wee,...

The hearing for the legal action on whether the government needs to hold a by-election in the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC is set for a half-day hearing on 15 January 2018. This, announced the Singapore Democratic Party, was determined at the pre-trial conference this morning. It was also decided at the pre-trial conference that the SDP, which had filed the legal challenge, will not be a party in the matter. This,...

ELSON: Let the casting of aspersions continue – for the PAP, unwarranted personal attacks are nothing new. Workers’ Party NCMP Leon Perera was the latest victim of the PAP’s below-the-belt tactics, courtesy of Senior Minister of State for Health, Chee Hong Tat. In parliament, Chee attacked Perera when the latter had asked to “allow confirmed smokers access to e-cigarettes, at least for a certain...

“The biggest irony is that the WP, or rather the leadership triumvirate of Low, Sylvia Lim and Pritam Singh, are now facing lawsuits from an independent committee that they appointed. If they lose and end up being bankrupted and losing their seats, like JBJ, this will be poetic justice.” Reform Party chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam has hit out at the Workers’ Party for downplaying the significance...

Workers’ Party secretary-general Low Thia Khiang announced to a shock crowd at the party’s 60th anniversary dinner last night that he will not seek re-election as WP chief next year. He said he was leaving the post after 17 years having achieved 2 goals which he had set out for himself – electoral success and party renewal. It appears that Low’s decision is aimed at having a younger generation...

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Maj-Gen Chan Chun Sing, said today at a dialogue with the Foregn Correspondents Association that the Singapore government tackles difficult issues head-on without dodging responsibility. He was referring to the government’s management of the 38 Oxley Road saga – a public tussle between the late Lee Kuan Yew’s house by his children, including Prime Minister...

Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shamugam says Dr Tan Cheng Bock “may be bitter” and that’s why he embarked on “elaborate charades” regarding the recent parliamentary debate on the reserved election. Over the weekend, Dr Tan had raised 2 issues regarding the parliamentary debate, accusing Mr Shanmugam of going back on his word, and questioning why Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shied away...

He’s not an MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC – he’s a grassroots adviser. Zaqy Mohamad was put flown in by the PAP as a stop-gap measure to replace President Halimah Yacob who resigned from her MP position to run for president. Still, he is not possibly the first grassroots advisor in recent times to get his own giant banner in Marsiling-Yew Tee. And, he’s also listed on the Marsiling-Yew...

“Did the government all along make a policy decision itself to count from President Wee Kim Wee? Did the government merely use the AGC’s advice as a cover to avoid full parliamentary debate on why the count was not starting from President Ong Teng Cheong?” Workers’ Party chairman Sylvia Lim raised the issue of the reserved election count yesterday in parliament, saying that the government...

“The government has always been clear that when it comes to the counting, it is a policy matter for parliament to decide and Ms Lim protests far too much.” Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam  tried to put Workers’ Party MP Sylvia Lim in her place when she raised the issue of the count leading to PE2017 being a reserved election in parliament yesterday. He succeeded in repeating the points...

Okay, we know that many Singaporeans (online, at least) are sore at the way recent “selected presidency” that was PE2017. Their main gripe is with the process, namely the government’s amendment of the Constitution, barring of independent candidates, and starting the count for our first elected president from an earlier appointed president. The Prime Minister’s Office yesterday released an...