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The government has accepted in principle recommendations to the changes in the election presidency, which were put up in a report yesterday. This means that its being set in stone is a formality away. Here are the most important changes you need to know about (especially before you punch the air and shout “Tan Cheng Bock” because it looks like he can’t qualify after these changes). (1)...

ELSON: Barry would have difficulty becoming president today if he was Singaporean instead of American. It isn’t about skin colour or race anymore, but the qualifying conditions that make it almost impossible for many to even qualify to contest for the head of state position. Back in 2005, the Prime Minister’s press secretary estimated that only 700 to 800 people could potentially meet the...

Is Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong desperate for a minority president to get elected after Tony Tan’s reign? The PM has given what looks to be the clearest hint of proposed changes to the law to guarantee that ethnic minorities are elected president from time to time. In an interview on race and politics with MediaCorp over the weekend, he said that a special provision may need to be used if there...

RONALD LEE: He seemed gleeful, almost, that PM Lee took a tumble. Even though Reform Party chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam later deleted his tweet which had much of the public within both the opposition and Men in White ranks crying foul, the damage was done. Yet, Kenneth J had a point, though his way of putting it across wasn’t exactly the most tactful for the situation – you can’t mock...

ELSON: The media has been making a pretty big meal out of how insensitive/cruel/heartless/(insert own swear word here) Kenneth Jeyaretnam is after his tweets last night when his “arch-nemesis” Lee Hsien Loong collapsed midway through his National Day Rally speech. What you see above, that’s the line that’s been bandied around to stick the knife in deeper into Kenneth J, even...

DERRICK: I’ve been reading the flame war between Shanmugam (Law and Home Affairs Minister) and various Workers’ Party members with great disgust. Here we have a minister using Facebook to launch so many accusations of fraud and corruption against the WP for its handling of AHPETC. Why is a minister being so childish? Is social media really a place for ministers to carry out such activities? Personally,...

Posted on Jul 18 2016 - 6:44pm by Redwire Singapore
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Png Eng Huat isn’t just dissatisfied with his Malaysia durians. The Workers’ Party MP for Hougang GRC is also very unhappy that Singapore customs cleared the way for PAP MP and Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan Jin and his “entourage of grassroots leaders and members with shopping bags” on the way home. In a Facebook post, Ah Huat said that it isn’t right for the Minister...

Workers’ Party Assistant Secretary-General Pritam Singh has made fresh accusations that the PAP is using grassroots ceremonies to promote its political cause. Referring to a Citizenship Ceremony at Kaki Bukit Community Centre, he said the People’s Association packed their Guest of Honour lists with PAP “kaki langs”. Included in that list were ex-PAP candidates and PAP MPs such...

Human rights activist Teo Soh Lung has shared more about her brush with police officers who raided her home as they investigate her for violating election regulations relating to the Bukit Batok by-election. Teo is accused of posting material during Cooling Off Day that promoted a particular party or candidate. According to rules laid down by the Elections Department, individuals can only share their...

Local human rights activist Teo Soh Lung was understandably upset when plainclothes police officers turned up at her home out of the blue and seized her computer and handphone. But what really riled her up was the presence of police officers who had no means of proving their identity as cops, or who flat out refused to identify themselves at first instance. The cops had gone to search her home and...

HAROLD CHAI: Scary stuff, the arrest of Teo Soh Lung and Roy Ngerng. But there’s something more frightful than the perceived abuse of power by the police. That’s the vulnerability of the system of “Cooling Off Day” to abuse, by individuals and higher powers. Let’s get to the gist of the arrest and the outcry. Teo and Ngerng were arrested after the Elections Dept filed a police report against...

Following his narrow victory over party cadre Chen Show Mao to retain his post as Secretary-General, Low Thia Khiang as assured supporters that leadership renewal is in progress. Speaking to the media, he said that he is happy that there is a young core of leaders who will have the experience to take over the baton, and who will be well-blooded to do so when the times comes. “There are people in...

A swing of 8 percent was all that the Workers’ Party’s Chen Show Mao needed to displace Mr Low Thia Khiang as Secretary-General. As the party’s internal election yesterday, Mr Chen scored 45 votes to Mr Low’s 61. That gave Mr Low a winning average of 57 percent of the votes. This is the first time Mr Low faced a contest for his position since he became Secretary-General in...

Police reports have been filed against socio-political website, The Independent Singapore, as well as Teo Soh Lung and Roy Ngerng. The website and duo have been accused of publishing several online articles and postings that may have amounted to “election advertising”, on Cooling-Off Day and Polling Day of the recent Bukit Batok by-election. The Elections Department says that TISG continued to...