Singapore’s success not about PAP or opposition

EDITOR’s NOTE: On 26 July, the Straits Times forum page (print edition) published a letter by Mr Lee Choon Wah entitled “Opposition yet to show it can deliver, unlike PAP”. In that letter, Lee said that he hoped JBJ would “retire graciously“, and he slammed other Opposition candidates for merely criticising government policies and fighting… Continue reading

Goh Chok Tong’s remarks on role of opposition raises many alarm bells

Written by Ng E-Jay 27 July 2008 Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong’s recent remarks on the role of the opposition in Singapore are certainly thought-provoking. But in my mind, they also raise many alarm bells which concern me deeply. Goh Chok Tong was speaking about the role of the opposition at a National Day dinner… Continue reading

Minister affirms light touch approach to Internet, but makes little headway otherwise

The Government’s light-touch approach to regulate the Internet has served Singapore well, and this has led to much public discourse and buzz in cyberspace, said Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Lee Boon Yang in Parliament on Monday 21 July (ST Online, 22 July). ‘It has helped to foster the growth of the Internet… Continue reading

Ministry of Home Affairs in the Parliamentary spotlight again

Written by Ng E-Jay 22 July 2008 Not surprisingly, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has hogged the Parliamentary spotlight again, and justifiably so as the litany of security lapses have left a sense in Singaporeans’ hearts that perhaps our Government does not quite deserve the all-pervasive aura and perception of competence that it has… Continue reading

Challenges facing political parties — recruitment, quality of candidates, visibility between elections

Many people recognize that the biggest challenge for all political parties — both ruling and opposition in Singapore — is to recruit credible members. Certainly I can agree with that. Opposition parties in particular need strong leaders, good orators, as well as people able to dissect Government policies and propose alternative viewpoints in an intelligent… Continue reading

By-election not needed by law under GRC system if member dies or resigns — is it fair to the electorate?

The death of Dr Ong Chit Chung raises the question of whether a by-election should be held in Jurong GRC, where he was an MP. According to Mr Lim Boon Heng, also an MP in Jurong GRC, and constitutional law expert Kevin Tan, no by-election is mandated, and the workload can be shared by the… Continue reading