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IDRIS: Zagy Mohamad has been appointed as a “grassroots adviser” in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, in place of MP Halimah Yacob, who resigned to pursue her dream of being elected as President of Singapore. Mr Zaqy, a scholar, is also a business development director with accounting firm Ernst and Young, MP for Chua Chu Kang GRC, and chairman of Chua Chu Kang Town Council and Hong Kah North Town Council. For...

Former Deputy Speaker of Parliament Seah Kian Peng has been tipped as one of the possible replacements for Halimah Yacob, who has resigned as Speaker of Parliament to run for president. Seah, who is currently MP for Marine Parade GRC, served as Deputy Speaker of Parliament for 5 years until he stepped down last January. Speakers of Parliament preside over sittings and enforce rules for the orderly...

MP for Chua Chu Kang GRC Zaqy Mohamad, has been appointed as adviser to Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC Grassroots Organisation. This comes after former MP Halimah Yacob resigned to run for president. A press release stated that he will work concurrently with MPs from Marsiling-Yew Tee to serve the residents there. At the same time, Mr Zaqy is also expected to fulfill his MP responsibilities to Chua Chu Kang...

SINGAPORE DEMOCRATS: Ms Halimah Yacob has announced that she will contest in the coming Presidential Elections and has resigned as MP for the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC. The GRC system was introduced in 1988, the official reason being “to ensure that Singapore’s parliament would always be multiracial in composition and representation.” As such, section 8A(1) of the Parliamentary Elections Act requires...

ELSON: Halimah Yacob has resigned as Speaker of Parliament and MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee so she can run for president next month. With that, 3 MPs remain in the GRC Ex-Mdm Speaker has left behind: Lawrence Wong, Alex Yam and Ong Teng Koon. They’re all Chinese, in case their names aren’t obvious enough for you to figure that out. What Marsiling-Tew Tee residents will get as replacement for Mdm Halimah...

Oh, it’s been a long time coming. We’ve waited for weeks while Mdm Halimah mulled, and she’s finally announced her much-expected decision to run in Presidential Election 2017. So why a “bittersweet” decision, as she described it? Mdm Halimah, in an interview with the press this evening, said that she wants to make the step up after 40 years of serving in the public service. But at the same...

Cambridge-educated lawyer and former National Solidarity Party chief Lim Tean has weighed in on the legal challenge mounted by Dr Tan Cheng Bock against the legitimacy of PE2017 being a reserved election. Lim, who has plied his trade in a host of prestigious law firms such as Drew & Napier and Rajah & Tann, attended today’s hearing at the Court of Appeal. He said that it is absurd that until...

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon has reserved judgment on former presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s appeal against the basis of the upcoming Presidential Election being “reserved” for Malay candidates only. Dr Tan’s appeal was head this morning by a 5-judge panel of the apex court, which included CJ Menon. The hearing has been adjourned. Dr Tan had contested the timing and grounds...

SINGAPORE DEMOCRATS: The latest scheme adopted by the NTUC to provide professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) who are retrenched with financial assistance is a modified version of the SDP’s proposal launched 2010. The PAP’s idea, called Returner Work Trial, will assist employers to offer job training for the individuals who have been unemployed for at least two years....

People’s Power Party chief and former Workers’ Party election candidate Goh Meng Seng has spoken out against the WP after an interview held by WP’s top brass tonight regarding the impending AHTC court battle. Goh said that the saga has resulted in a “crisis of confidence” that would lead to a setback for opposition politicians in Singapore. The WP’s leaders –...

“I don’t think Singaporeans have lost faith in us”, said Workers’ Party chief Low Thia Khiang during a media interview earlier tonight. Together with AHTC chairman Sylvia Lim and vice-chairman Pritam Singh, he is facing a lawsuit by the independent panel appointed to represent AHTC, which alleges that the WP trio breached their duty of care and allowed improper payments to be made from the...

Workers’ Party leaders who have been taken to court over their role in alleged improper payments in the AHPETC/AHTC saga have rubbished allegations against them. In a statement today, WP chief Low Thia Khiang, party and AHTC chairman Sylvia Lim and AHTC vice-chairman Pritam Singh said they have acted in good faith in their dealings, and have not benefitted “a single cent” from the...

AHTC Independent Panel takes Workers’ Party Top Brass to Court over Improper Payments The independent panel which was appointed by Aljunied-Hougang Town Council to look into the issue of improper payments is taking the town council’s heads to court. These include Workers’ Party chief Low Thia Khiang, party and town council chairman Sylvia Lim, and town council vice-chairman Pritam Singh. The...

SINGAPORE DEMOCRATS: The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has refused to look into Dr Lee Wei Ling’s and Lee Hsien Yang’s allegations that PM Lee Hsien Loong had abused his powers and made false statements in Parliament. In its reply to the SDP on 21 July 2017, the AGC said that it “does not undertake investigations into the matters alleged in the letter. The persons who are the...