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Former PAP MP Hri Kumar Nair will be appointed as Deputy Attorney-General from 1 March 2017. This will make him the first former politician to be appointed as an Attorney-General since Singapore’s independence. And that appointment has raised the ire of Workers’ Party chairman Sylvia Lim, who is concerned with potential political partisanship. Mr Nair’s appointment was announced...

Could Halimah Yacob, current Speaker of Parliament and MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee, be the next President of Singapore? If you’re the kind who believes in slip of the tongues are spontaneous and truthful, then that’s a very strong possibility. You see, Maj-Gen Chan Chun Sing, who’s the PAP party whip, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, and MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, addressed...

Singapore’s first prime minister could have quit the PAP, according to recently declassified documents by America’s Central Intelligence Agency. The year was 1957, when Singapore was still a colony of the British, and the PAP was at the time an opposition party. The party in power at the time was the Labour Front, led by Singapore’s then Chief Minister Lim Yew Hock. By the time, the British...

Tan Kah Kee is known as a local philanthropist, but before that, he was just a successful Hokkien businessman in Singapore with roots in China. He was also a social activist, whom America’s Central Intelligence Agency suspected of building rubber mills in Canton (Guangzhou today) and Hainan to supply rubber to the Soviet Union in 1950. Tan was also suspected by the British of supporting communists...

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim has ruled himself out of the race to become Singapore’s next president. He also admitted in an interview with local Malay newspaper Bertia Minggu that he was “very uneasy” at first about having a “reserved election” for Malay candidates only. Dr Yaacob said he is presently happy with his role, and does not see himself contesting...

GOH MENG SENG: It is NOT a RESPONSIBLE decision to put a person with KNOWN SERIOUS Health Problem up as a candidate for GE. Worse still, did not disclose or declare his serious health conditions during the GE. To have a known liver problem which needs liver transplant is a SERIOUS health issue and it may end up with a MP who may not be able to carry out his duty as MP effectively most of the time....

RONALD LEE: He had the charm, the grace, and even a lucky name. And win in Punggol-East SMC did Charles Chong You Fook (“got luck” in Mandarin). It looked almost impossible, but the PAP man laid the smackdown on the WP’s Lee Li Lian and left her with a tearing face full of Punggol-East dirt. But was the decision to send a sick Lucky Charlie a sign of the PAP’s desperation, and even irresponsibility? Veteran...

OSMAN: The government has set a new standard by allowing the next Presidential Election to be reserved for Malay candidates only. So don’t you think it’s only right that this be extended to the General Election too? The present GRC system is supposed to ensure minority representation in parliament, and it is a commendable effort. But with the government’s new benchmark for racial representation,...

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that a non-Chinese person could become prime minister one day. He was speaking to Malaysian newspaper Bernama in an interview involving Singapore’s hotly-debated upcoming presidential election, which has been reserved for Malay candidates only. The presidential election must be held by August 2017. Delving more into the prospect of a non-Chinese being elected...

A petition that was started asking Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to apologise to China has increased in scope. Now, petitioners are also demanding that our PM say sorry to the US too! To date, 31 people have signed the petition. Brendan Zhong, who started the petition, said: “It also seems that PM Lee also offended Donald J. Trump after he won the US election. So those that say we are traitors...

KOK FEI: Almost half of Britons voted to stay in the EU, but that wasn’t enough because a little more than 50 percent voted to leave. In the US, Donald Trump won the hard-fought contest to be president, even though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. That’s democracy in action, where the minority group yields to the will of the majority. Several commentaries have been written here decrying...

RONALD LEE: The government has gone on and on about the need for Singapore to have a representative from the Malay community as president. It has cited barriers, such as Singaporeans’ covert racism. If there are other barriers mentioned, I haven’t heard of them. But it’s the government itself which reeks of that, not Singaporeans. Look at the history of the presidential election: Wee...

In the aftermath of PM Lee Hsien Loong’s announcement yesterday that the Presidential Election 2017 will be reserved for Malays only, Singapore’s online realm has been flooded with angry comments from almost all factions of society, regardless of race or religion. But what’s perhaps most jarring for the government is the opposition it has faced from the Malay community itself, with...

The Online Citizen editor Terry Xu has struck out at Dr Tan Cheng Bock for not giving face at a Hong Lim Park event he had organised which was aimed at speaking against changes to the Elected Presidency. Dr Tan, a former presidential candidate, didn’t show up at the event on Saturday (5 Nov) even though Xu had invited him to attend. Xu was angry at being rebuffed as the event had been organised...