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President Halimah Yacob was sworn-in this evening at a ceremony at the Istana. In her swearing-in speech, the 63-year-old welcomed the government’s changing of the constitution so that presidential elections can be reserved for minority-race groups only – a move which has been hugely unpopular among the Singaporean populace. President Halimah was appointed after her walkover win in PE2017, in...

The public votes, and their vote is reliant on perception. Come the next General Election (likely 2020), the PAP will likely drop points after the whole process in which Mdm Halimah Yacob’s PE2017 walkover win. The negative reactions to her appointment has been overwhelming, to an extent which has not been seen in the past 4 presidential elections. Data intelligence firm Meltwater The Meltwater...

The Singapore Democrats have filed a lawsuit, challenging the PAP-led government’s decision not to hold a by-election in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC. Instead of a by-election to elect a new candidate to replace President-Elect Halimah Yacob, who resigned to run for president, the government installed an advisor in Marsiling-Yew Tee. That advisor, Zaqy Mohamed, is already an MP with Chua Chu Kang GRC and...

President-Elect Halimah Yacob lives in a jumbo flat, a 4-rm and 5-rm flat combined, in siao lang town aka Yishun. And the 63-year-old has no plans to move to the Istana after being sworn-in tomorrow. For 30 years now, Mdm Halimah has been staying in the jumbo flat with her husband, Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, and her 2 sons and 3 daughters, aged between 26 and 35. She says she will leave it to her...

There’s been much controversy surrounding the reserved Presidential Election this year, even before candidates started campaigning. Well, that’s possibly because there’s only 1 candidate and as such there won’t be any campaigning. Mdm Halimah Yacob is set to be appointed Singapore’s next president, after her 2 closest competitors were barred from running. We’ll let you take a look at the...

Whether they like it or not, the next President of Singapore will not be voted into office by Singaporeans. Rather, she will have been elected by means of a walkover – other Malay candidates were allowed to contest despite their sterling credentials. The Presidential Elections Committee paved the way for Mdm Halimah Yacob to be appointed president, after it barred businessmen Salleh Marican and...

Mdm Halimah Yacob will be announced as Singapore’s next President in 2 days time. This, after she was the only candidate to be approved to run by the Elections Department, making it a walkover. The public has expressed both anger and disgust at Mdm Halimah’s impending appointment. One of her first task once she is declared President in 2 days time on Nomination Day (13 Sept) would be to...

Workers’ Party leaders Low Thia Kiang, Sylvia Lim and Pritam Singh have been hit be their second lawsuit involving Aljunied-Hougang Town Council’s finances. This comes after Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council announced today that it has started High Court proceedings against them for alleged improper payments. Pasir-Ris Punggol Town Council’s legal action comes after AHTC’s independent panel...

The Elections Department has announced that only 1 Certificate of Eligibility has been issued. As such, Presidential Election 2017 will be a walkover and Singaporeans will not have to vote. We will know the identity of our new president on Nomination Day – this coming Wednesday (13 Sept). That’s expected to be former Speaker of Parliament and PAP MP Halimah Yacob. Mdm Halimah is the only presidential...

Former Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin has been officially appointed Speaker of Parliament. In his first speech addressing the House, he pledged to facilitate good, free-flowing debate and to be impartial, fair and firm. Mr Tan replaces for Speaker Halimah Yacob, who will be appointed the next President of Singapore this month, after she was the only PE2017 candidate approved...

The original plan when it came to having “reserved” elections, was to have them only for minority race groups in Singapore. This was revealed by Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam today at a Institute of Policy Studies forum on the reserved presidential election. Mr Shanmugam said that the plan was to reserve elections for just two groups: the Malay community, as well as Indian and other...

If not now, then when? The Workers’ Party had intended to raise the “counting of presidents” issue in parliament on Monday (11 Sept). This would have been a relevant discussion, considering that Singapore is set for Nomination Day on 13 Sept and Singaporeans will elect their next President on 23 Sept. However, parliamentarians chose to scupper debate on the validity of the PE2017 reserved election,...

Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin will be the new Speaker of Parliament. He will resign from his current post as MSF chief, so he can be nominated by PM Lee Hsien Loong as Singapore’s 10th Speaker. This comes after PAP MP and former Speaker Halimah Yacob resigned from her post to run for the presidency. Commenting of his nomination of Mr Tan for the Speaker position, PM Lee...

ELSON: If you’ve run a business, you’ll know how tough it is. It’s not just the operations, but the risk and fear of loss after all that money pumped in that could possibly kill you instead of diabetes. Not to mention, the one-man-show efforts to get everything up and running. Now, there’s a Mr Salleh Marican who’s hoping that he will be granted leniency by the Election Dept so he can run...