Striking POFMA could be “bold, dramatic move” that sets new PM apart: SDP chair
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by Anna Maria Romero
18h ago
SINGAPORE: Singapore Democratic Party chairman Paul Ananth Tambyah said in an interview that he was optimistic that newly-minted Prime Minister Lawrence Wong could bring about positive change. Although the interview was published on May 15, the day Mr Wong was inaugurated into office, Dr Tambyah shared it on his Facebook page on Wednesday (June 12), writing, “Many people are hoping that the new PM will bring a fresh wave of confidence and openness for the good of all Singaporeans.” The SDP chair was interviewed on The Newsmakers, a current affairs programme from Turkish public broadcast servi ..read more
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PAP Minister showered with praise for getting down and dirty in helping elderly hoarder
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by Jewel Stolarchuk
2d ago
SINGAPORE: National Development Mimister Desmond Lee is being showered with widespread praise on social media for his hands-on involvement in helping an elderly hoarder in West Coast GRC. Joining the volunteers from various community partners, the Minister actively participated in the physically demanding task of cleaning and transforming the senior citizen’s home from a cluttered hazard into a liveable space. The initiative was spearheaded by Helping Joy Ltd, a volunteer group dedicated to assisting lower-income families in decluttering and sprucing up their homes. They often respond to urge ..read more
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Ex-WP MP Leon Perera elected to HOME board
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by Jewel Stolarchuk
2d ago
SINGAPORE: Former Workers’ Party (WP) parliamentarian Leon Perera has been elected as a board member and treasurer of the Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME). Founded in 2004, HOME is dedicated to empowering and advocating for migrant workers facing abuse and exploitation. The charity offers immediate crisis intervention as well as long-term support to promote the well-being and employment prospects of migrant workers, aside from helping to amplify their voices in Singapore. Mr Perera, who left the WP last July, wrote on a Facebook post that he is proud to have been elect ..read more
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Could the opposition party capitalize on the foreign talent issue against PAP in the next GE?
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by Anna Maria Romero
2d ago
SINGAPORE: After the Singapore Democratic Party placed foreign workforce and immigration policies front and centre last month during its campaign launch for the next election, some analysts are saying that these are among the main issues the opposition will use to criticize the ruling People’s Action Party, the South China Morning Post reported on June 11. SDP’s secretary-general Chee Soon Juan said that immigration policies have contributed to widened income inequality and eroded the nation’s sense of identity, urging the government to commit to a detailed roadmap and timeline for reducing S ..read more
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Senior Counsel dubbed Workers’ Party’s “trump card” as election approaches
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by Anna Maria Romero
1w ago
SINGAPORE: Senior Counsel Harpreet Singh’s commentary on how the country needs a stronger opposition has gotten much attention online since it was published in the online magazine Jom on May 31. Mr Singh, who joined the Workers’ Party and who has been seen on the ground at WP activities, was even dubbed “WP’s trump card” in a June 4 post on r/SingaporeRaw, which is perhaps unsurprising, given his high profile. WP’s trump card, Harpreet Singh on the need for stronger opposition. byu/louiebails inSingaporeRaw While he has been seen along with fellow lawyer Fadli Fawzi and WP Youth Wing Presid ..read more
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Sylvia Lim reveals WP MPs paid tribute at funeral of ‘driving force’ Lim Ee Ping
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by Anna Maria Romero
1w ago
SINGAPORE: In a video posted earlier this week, Workers’ Party chair Sylvia Lim showed the WP MPs paying tribute at the funeral of Lim Ee Ping, who died on May 29. Mr Lim had joined the WP at the age of 20 over six decades ago and was still an active member when he passed away. In Ms Lim’s Instagram video, former WP Secretary General Low Thia Khiang can be seen leading mourners, including many of the current WP MPs, in bowing thrice before Mr Lim’s coffin, in keeping with Chinese traditions. “We bid our final farewell yesterday to our beloved and most respected Honorary Member, Mr Lim Ee Ping ..read more
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Hefty $235M cost of Founders Memorial and $599M cost of NS Square raises concerns on use of taxpayer dollars
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by Jewel Stolarchuk
1w ago
SINGAPORE: The hefty projected costs of the Founders Memorial and NS Square has raised critical questions on the use of taxpayer dollars, among Singaporeans online. Concerns erupted in the hours after the ground-breaking ceremony of the Founders’ Memorial took place on Wednesday (5 June). The memorial, which is designed to commemorate the founding fathers of Singapore as well as cover the country’s history from after World War II to its first few decades of independence, has begun construction and it is slated to open its doors to the public in 2028. The memorial at Gardens by the B ..read more
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Lee Hsien Yang signals continued support for Singapore opposition
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by Jewel Stolarchuk
1w ago
SINGAPORE: Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s youngest son, Lee Hsien Yang, has signalled his continued support for the opposition in Singapore, days after he was ordered to pay damages to two Ministers for alleged defamation. Mr Lee has aligned himself with the opposition, in the years after a feud with his elder brother, former Singapore premier Lee Hsien Loong, became public. He is a member of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) and campaigned for the party ahead of the 2020 general election, although he did not contest the polls himself. He also indicated interest in contes ..read more
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President Tharman’s point about the benefit of a strong opposition resurfaces as election looms
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by Jewel Stolarchuk
1w ago
SINGAPORE: President Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s 2011 remark, about how having a strong opposition is beneficial to the country, has resurfaced online as speculation about the timing of the next election gains heat. In a televised multi-party forum ahead of the 2011 general election, Mr Tharman – who was then-Finance Minister – had said: “I think a strong opposition is good for the PAP, and for Singapore, as well.” Then-Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo echoed Mr Tharman’s views a day later, saying: “It is important to have a credible opposition so that should the PAP turn corrupt or become fl ..read more
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Paul Tambyah says desire for diversity of voices in Parliament also extends to new citizens
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by Anna Maria Romero
1w ago
SINGAPORE: Singapore Democratic Party chairman Paul Tambayah has recounted interactions with residents of Bukit Panjang, who see the need for diverse of voices in parliament, in a social media post published against the backdrop of the looming polls. Dr Tambyah, who contested the ward in the 2020 General Election and lost by a slim margin, has continued to be active and regularly does outreach activities on the ground at Bukit Panjang. In a Facebook post on Thursday (June 6), the SDP chair wrote about visits to residents the night before where he and his team of volunteers met many new and so ..read more
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