Singaporeans quip baby who nestled in Pritam Singh’s arms knows whom to trust
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by Anna Maria Romero
21h ago
SINGAPORE: A very small Singaporean found himself in the arms of Leader of the Opposition and Workers’ Party Chief Pritam Singh during a recent estate walk. Mr Singh wrote in a Facebook post on July 18 (Thursday) that he and fellow Aljunied GRC MP Gerald Giam had visited Serangoon before holding house visits and MPS, adding that they had had nice chats with residents. Fb screengrab/Pritam Singh One encounter was particularly heartwarming. Many infants, quite naturally, grow shy and ill at ease when parents pass them to Mr Singh to carry, he wrote, adding that they usually start crying, even ..read more
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Jamus Lim for WP Youth Wing head role raises eyebrows given his age
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by Anna Maria Romero
4d ago
SINGAPORE: While many have welcomed economist and opposition MP Jamus Lim’s newest role as head of the Workers’ Party’s (WP) Youth Wing, some have asked whether a younger candidate couldn’t have secured the position, given Assoc Prof Lim’s age. The questions come in the days after the WP announced important changes to its Central Executive Committee (CEC) on Wednesday (17 July). Aside from announcing Assoc Prof Lim’s role as Youth Wing President, the WP also revealed that it has co-opted an additional member, Fadli Fawzi, into its CEC. The Youth Wing head post was occupied by former WP r ..read more
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PAP mouthpiece’s article against anti-death penalty activists slammed as “low-quality drivel”
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by Anna Maria Romero
4d ago
SINGAPORE: A prominent lawyer who supports the use of the death penalty in the context of drug trafficking lambasted an article in Petir, the official organ of the ruling People’s Action Party. In a Facebook post on July 17 (Wednesday), Yeoh Lian Chuan described the article as “terribly low-quality drivel”, adding, “It is quite disappointing that this level of thinking is what the PAP’s mouthpiece stands for.” The piece, which has no author indicated, is titled “The delusions of the anti-death penalty activists,” and was published on May 10 this year. It criticized the actions of individuals ..read more
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“Nepo baby” tag follows Goh Jin Hian in the wake of latest High Court ruling
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by Jewel Stolarchuk
4d ago
SINGAPORE: Former Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong’s son Goh Jin Hian is being called a “nepo baby” in online forums after the High Court ruled that he is liable to pay US$146 million (S$196 million) plus interest for losses suffered by the now-insolvent marine fuel supplier Inter-Pacific Petroleum (IPP). Justice Aedit Abdullah’s comprehensive 170-page judgment outlines the gravity of Goh’s negligence as IPP director, particularly his lack of awareness regarding IPP’s cargo trading business, which the court identified as a “vehicle of fraud” leading to disastrous consequences for the co ..read more
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Jamus Lim is new WP Youth Wing President, Fadli Fawzi appointed to CEC
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by Anna Maria Romero
5d ago
SINGAPORE: The Workers’ Party announced in a statement on Wednesday morning (July 17) that its Central Executive Committee (CEC) has co-opted an additional member, Fadli Fawzi. The statement also said that Sengkang MP Jamus Lim is the party’s Youth Wing President. Mr Fawzi, a lawyer with Inkwell Law Corporation, has been with the WP team and active on the ground at Marine Parade over the past few years. He was fielded as part of the WP slate in Marine Parade GRC in the last General Election. FB screengrab/Fadli Fawzi The release from the WP Media Team also announced the following appointments ..read more
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Lawrence Wong expresses shock at alleged attempted assassination of Trump
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by Jewel Stolarchuk
1w ago
SINGAPORE: Singapore Premier Lawrence Wong has publicly condemned the alleged assassination attempt involving former US President Donald Trump, labelling it as a deplorable act of violence. In a statement released on social media this afternoon (14 July), Mr Wong asserted that violence is never a solution, no matter what differences there may be. He wrote: “I was shocked to hear about the assassination attempt on Mr Donald Trump. I am relieved to hear reports that he is safe and recovering well. Our thoughts are also with the family of the deceased and those injured and impacted by the sensel ..read more
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Veteran diplomat Tommy Koh says NCMP scheme has been “helpful to the opposition parties”
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by Jewel Stolarchuk
1w ago
SINGAPORE: Singapore’s ambassador-at-large and eminent international law professor, Tommy Koh, has sparked discussion with his recent comments on the Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) scheme, stating it has been beneficial for opposition parties in the country. The 86-year-old diplomat and international law professor made this observation as he spoke about writing the foreword to a book on the scheme, co-written by ex-NCMP Yee Jenn Jong and historian Loke Hoe Yeong. Speaking about how he met Mr Loke, Prof Koh noted that the NCMP scheme was invented by Mauritius, not Singapore, and ..read more
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Branch chairman claims PAP’s presence in Aljunied is “felt by online trolls hiding behind false identities”
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by Jewel Stolarchuk
1w ago
SINGAPORE: Former People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate and branch chairman in Aljunied GRC, Victor Lye, has claimed that the ruling party’s presence is “felt by online trolls hiding behind false identities,” as he called out commenters making “vile and rude” comments online. Mr Lye was a member of what has been dubbed the PAP’s “suicide squad” for the Workers’ Party-held Aljunied GRC in both the 2015 and 2020 general elections. Despite his consecutive defeats at the polls, he serves as an unelected PAP branch chairman in the opposition ward and regularly leads grassroots events in the opposi ..read more
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NTUC’s PSP designation highlights law’s impartiality in Singapore politics, analysts say
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by Jewel Stolarchuk
1w ago
SINGAPORE: Some political analysts have welcomed the Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) plan to designate the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) as a “politically significant person” (PSP) under the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Act (FICA), calling this move an indicator of the impartiality of the law in Singapore politics. MHA revealed on Thursday (11 July) that the designation aims to bolster transparency and safeguard against potential foreign interference, due to NTUC’s “close nexus and symbiotic relationship” with the People’s Action Party (PAP). NTUC’s designation as a PSP woul ..read more
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Ex-ST journalist’s claims on censorship about opposition politicians recirculates online as election looms
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by Jewel Stolarchuk
1w ago
SINGAPORE: A former mainstream media journalist’s allegations about censorship when it comes to reporting on opposition politicians are recirculating online, as speculation about the timing of the next election heats up. Back in 2020, ex-Straits Times journalist Eliza Teoh said that she and her colleagues “were not allowed to report on good opposition candidates or highlight anything good about them.” She added that “news of silly minor things that made them look bad” were “played up.” Asserting that the media helped perpetuate the image that “opposition candidates are not good,” Ms Teoh ..read more
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