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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...

SDP chief Dr Chee Soon Juan has alleged that fake news published by local Chinese press Lianhe Wanbao worked as a platform for PAP MPs to attack his integrity during the 2016 Bukit Batok by-election. He said this in response Deputy PM Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s clarification that the PAP did not engage in gutter politics during BB2016, and that “blaming the mainstream media for electoral losses...

SDP chief Dr Chee Soon Juan has written a scathing account of why the PAP’s “elitist model”  of leadership is the “biggest threat” to Singapore. Dr Chee cited examples of scholars-turned-military-men like SMRT’s Desmond Kuek, the man who oversaw the obliteration of Neptune Orient Lines Ng Yat Chung, and LTA’s Chew Meng Leong, whom he claims were utter failures thrust into the private...

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shamugaratnam has denied saying that the PAP engaged in “gutter politics” during the 2016 Bukit Batok by-election, in a NTU lecture organised last week. Mr Tharman said that some factions online have been claiming that he had said so, especially with regards to the character assassination of Dr Chee Soon Juan by PAP MPs. During the lecture, Mr Tharman had...

Dr Tan Cheng Bock has urged his supporters and the public at large who are angry at the “Selected Presidency” walkover in which Mdm Halimah Yacob was appointed president to ask their “PAP MPs” to take the matter up in parliament. His call comes the same day as the PAP-dominated parliament quashed a 2nd attempt by the Workers’ Party to question the element of discretion which the government...

The Workers’ Party just can’t seem to get a break when it comes debating the issue of this year’s elected presidency in parliament. The party’s motion has been blocked a 2nd time, after a PAP-led parliament voted to discuss the  “Preserving Green Space and Heritage in Jalan Kayu Constituency” motion filed by PAP MP Dr Intan Azura. The first time the WP tried filing the motion “Counting...

(UPDATE: DPM Tharman Denies Claiming that PAP Engaged in Gutter Politics during Bukit Batok By-Election) 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...

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...