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In the report Shanmugam Criticise a minister but don’t sling mud, the Minister for Law said that PAP leaders was not about to stop suing its critics for defamation, but added that lawsuits do not curtail political discussion. He could not be more wrong. Defamation lawsuits have had a chilling effect on political discussion in Singapore. Through the decades,...

Is MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC Inderjit Singh trying to be a maverick? His surprising rant against the ruling powers spans about 8 pages and 4400 words. For those who aren’t inclined to read the full post, here’s Redwire’s take on the Top 10 Criticisms of Singapore in Singh-lish.   On Government Failure: We are fixing the symptoms of the problems...

A long rant against the ruling powers in Singapore — of which he curiously happens to be a part of He’s unable to attend parliament sitting because he’s not in Singapore. But, he posted this on his Facebook Page on Monday.     Response to the President Address At the Re-Opening of 2nd Session of Parliament May 2014 Introduction 1. Parliament...

Ms Indranee Rajah has implied in parliament that the Worker’s Party (WP) lacked integrity in running its town council. The Senior Minister of State for Education and Law also implied that the WP has flip-flopped on its position on issues.   Sparking this – WP chief Low Thia Kiang’s call for building a political culture amongst Singaporean youth....

ingaporeans First Party (SFP) chief Tan Jee Say is indeed a polarising figure.   Some consider him an intellectual, with a sharp mind and keen sense for economics and policy-planning who would be perfect for the position of parliamentarian, if not, cabinet minister.   Others consider him a government pariah who left the civil service because he just couldn’t...

Former presidential candidate Tan Jee Say has formed a new political party – Singaporeans First Party (SFP) – together with 10 other members.   In a statement released to the media, Tan said, ” People are important. They are the soul of a nation. For the past 50 years, Singaporeans have become secondary to the relentless pursuit of economic growth....

The 11 founding members of SFP are: Dr Ang Yong Guan, psychiatrist and ex-grassroots leader Michael Chia, retired engineer and volunteer social worker Fahmi Rais, communications professional and ex-Young PAP and Legislative Assistant Fatimah Akhtar, architect Dr David Foo Ming Jin, chemist, logistics professional and ex-Young PAP Jamie Lee Swee Yan, certified SAP...

In 2008, Mr Lee Kuan Yew told the media that “without [foreigners], the jobs will not be there to begin with.” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reiterated this view in 2011: “Without the foreign workers, we would not have attracted [investments].” The irony is that these statements are the gravest indictment of the PAP’s education policy. The party has...

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are concerned about manpower and hope that the government’s restriction on foreign workers will be relaxed, noted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Malay Muslim Business Conference 2014 at Orchard Hotel yesterday. However, he said that the government has to manage the “total numbers” and what Singapore can accommodate. To...

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Chief Dr Chee Soon Juan is planning to contest in the next General Election. Dr Chee will be qualified to run, as his bankruptcy status was annulled 2 years ago. The next election is expected to take place by the year 2016. “The PAP is taking us down the wrong path. We need to change course. The next General Elections are crucial...

The PAP’s Dr Lily Neo says the PAP is doing a good job planning ahead to do what’s right for Singaporeans, and that it’s not the PAP’s style to go for the popular vote. This is a recent interview which the MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC gave to the Straits Times, where she talks more about the implications of the Pioneer Generation Package. How are...

This is an excerpt from a speech delivered in parliament given by the Worker’s Party’s Gerald Giam. The points Mr Giam raised are in response to the issues addressed in Singapore’s 2014 budget. PIONEER GENERATION PACKAGE Madam, it is important that we honour our pioneers and do so before it is too late. Last year, over 13,000 people aged 65 and over...

Every year the Government Budget registers the highest expenditure for the Ministry of Defence. This year is no different with $12.3 billion or 20 percent of the national budget going to the Ministry of Defence. After Israel, Singapore spends the most money per capita on the military in the world. But while Israel is at war with its neighbours, who are we fighting...

MP for West Coast GRC Ms Foo Mee Har shares the case of one of her residents who was helped through a very difficult time by the community around her. Madam J’s husband was in prison, leaving her to care for their two young children alone. The community rallied around her to help make her 2-room HDB flat more comfortable by installing necessary fixtures such...