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Candidates with more finance experience than Halimah Yacob disqualified

Candidates with more finance experience than Halimah Yacob disqualified

In what is not an unexpected outcome on Monday, Halimah Yacob was the only candidate for the Reserved Election to be given the green light by the Presidential Elections Committee (PEC). By default, and since the other two candidates’ application to contest the election were […]

Presidential farce

Presidential farce

The Reserved Election is “quite unpopular with a large proportion of the population because it goes against the principle of meritocracy”. So said Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong at a dialogue session to mark the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy’s (LKYSPP) 13th anniversary. ESM […]

President, Speaker, next PM – all from MSF  – points to a more compassionate S’pore?

President, Speaker, next PM – all from MSF – points to a more compassionate S’pore?

In what would be an interesting turn of events, Singapore’s President, Speaker and the next Prime Minister may all have come from the same ministry – the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), previously known as the Ministry of Community, Youth and Sports (MCYS). […]

E-cigs will lead young to smoking? Fear unfounded, largest UK study finds

E-cigs will lead young to smoking? Fear unfounded, largest UK study finds

The fear that e-cigarettes will lead young people to smoking has been found to be unsubstantiated, says the largest study in the United Kingdom on the issue. In a report published in the International Journal of Research and Public Health, researchers found that of the […]

Tan Chuan-jin’s demotion – “from Cabinet to Speaker-Plus can be an upgrade”?

Tan Chuan-jin’s demotion – “from Cabinet to Speaker-Plus can be an upgrade”?

Opinion Editor of the Straits Times, Chua Mui Hoong, has made a desperate attempt at salvaging some dignity for Tan Chuan-jin, newly demoted Cabinet Minister. Mr Tan is being nominated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for the Speaker of Parliament role. This comes after […]

PAP will not lose political capital over Elected President changes

PAP will not lose political capital over Elected President changes

Contrary to what Mr Chan Chun Sing said on Friday, the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) will not pay or lose political capital over the changes made to the Elected President scheme. Mr Chan, speaking at a forum on the issue organised by the Institute […]

There is no decency in harassing those who mourned the death of a fellow human being

There is no decency in harassing those who mourned the death of a fellow human being

“I take off my hat to the pragmatic ability of our government but there is no soul in our conduct,” said David Marshall in an interview in 1994. Marshall was, of course, the first Chief Minister of Singapore, and was widely recognised as a brilliant […]

Chan Chun Sing’s straight face can’t hide strange nomination of Tan Chuan-jin

Chan Chun Sing’s straight face can’t hide strange nomination of Tan Chuan-jin

[Feature picture: TODAY] “We need somebody with the stature, who is open-minded, who is fair, balanced, and can command the respect of all parliamentarians,” said Chan Chun Sing, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). “From what I know of Chuan-Jin personally, I think he […]

Halimah Yacob would not have qualified, if Gov’t had accepted Constitutional Commission’s recommendation

Halimah Yacob would not have qualified, if Gov’t had accepted Constitutional Commission’s recommendation

Now that the campaign for the Elected Presidency is under way, it is also perhaps a good time to recall some of the changes and recommendations made by the Constitutional Commission in 2016. The commission, chaired by the Chief Justice, was appointed by the Government […]

People should also look past race, says Halimah; but the RE is about race!

People should also look past race, says Halimah; but the RE is about race!

In an interview with the mainstream media, reported on 28 August, election applicant Halimah Yacob urged Singaporeans to “look past race” in the upcoming presidential election in September. Mdm Halimah made the call “despite this being a reserved election for the candidates from the Malay […]