Monthly Archives: July 2008

Month: July 2008 Point/Counterpoint

Point Mr Low argued that if the PAP wanted more from the opposition, it should give them more political space. “The PAP should allow the opposition more space in political participation, and not anyhow redraw the (electoral) boundaries,” he said. (Straits Times article “Hougang residents keeping me on my toes: Low to SM Goh“, 31 July 2008) Counterpoint I think

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Month: July 2008 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 for freedom of speech, but

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Month: July 2008 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 in Hougang SMC on Saturday

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Month: July 2008 My prochoice stand on abortion laws

Written by Ng E-Jay 25 July 2008 A Straits Times review article penned by Tan Seow Hon asked for a review of Singapore’s current laws on abortion in light of changing demographics and advances in medical science. In this article, I give a critique on Tan’s analysis, and assert that any review of abortion laws must preserve the right of

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Month: July 2008 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 given itself all these years.

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Month: July 2008 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 fashion. Minister Mentor Lee Kuan

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Month: July 2008 ST Letter by Clement Wee: Human rights are universal

ST Forum letter by Mr Clement Wee, 16 July 08 IN THE light of Ms Chua Lee Hoong’s commentary last Saturday, ‘Speak up and say what human rights mean to you’, I wish to say that human rights are a universal standard of rights all societies must uphold. Political freedoms should not overshadow economic and social rights, but the converse

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