POLITICS

NICOLE SEAH: IT WAS A PAINFUL AND DIFFICULT DECISION TO LEAVE NSP

THEREALSINGAPORE 29 August 2014 - 4:01pm

The National Solidarity Party just announced that Nicole Seah had resigned from the party. To explain her decision further, Nicole Seah released a statement about her decision describing it as an "extremely difficult" and "painful" decision. Read her full statement here.


NICOLE SEAH RESIGNS FROM NSP

THEREALSINGAPORE 29 August 2014 - 1:56pm

The National Solidarity party explained today that Nicole Seah has resigned from the party. According to Yahoo Singapore, Ms Seah quit the party but there was no incident or animosity which lead to her resignation, NSP Secretary General Jeanette Chong-Aruldoss explained that Ms Seah had been more quiet and less active in party duties since she moved to Thailand for her work. 


SDP: S'POREANS DON'T WANT HANDOUTS, JUST WHAT BELONGS TO THEM

THEREALSINGAPORE 28 August 2014 - 1:01pm

For more than half-a-century, Singaporeans have kept their heads down, toiled and sacrificed to build our economy. They said little when the Government insisted that they put aside a portion of their wages for retirement. They protested not when the Government increased that portion to 40% (even reaching 50% at one point), making Singaporeans the biggest savers in the world. They watched in silence as they kept paying for their HDB flats through their CPF even as prices leapt, depleting their kitty.


SINGAPOREANS FIRST PARTY SUCCESSFULLY REGISTERED AS SOCIETY, NOW TAKING REGISTRATIONS

THEREALSINGAPORE 26 August 2014 - 10:34am

Dear fellow Singaporeans, friends and supporters, I am pleased to announce that SINGAPOREANS FIRST has been successfully registered as a society by the Registry of Societies. Following the registration, we submitted our proposed party symbol for approval. We expect the process to take a few weeks. Until it is approved, we cannot make use of the party logo. We can now conduct activities of an approved political party. 


SDP: THE REASON WHY SINGAPOREANS ARE LOSING TRUST IN THE PAP

THEREALSINGAPORE 23 August 2014 - 5:12pm

In his 2014 National Day Rally, PM Lee Hsien Loong stressed that having relevant and deep skills rather than degrees can lead to good jobs that pay well. The SDP welcomes such a change of attitude – if it is genuine. We have reason to be doubtful. In 2007, Wikileaks leaked a cable that revealed that the Government “does not plan to encourage more students to get a higher education. The university enrollment rate will continue to be maintained at 20-25 percent because the Singaporean labor market does not need everyone to get a four-year degree.”


NG ENG HEN: WE 'RECOGNIZE' PEOPLE WITH NO DEGREE IN SAF, THEY JUST GET LESSER PAY

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 August 2014 - 1:54pm

SAF has many examples of commanders without degrees or even diplomas who rose up the ranks because of the value they bring to the SAF. Bobby Lin, 43, is one fine example. When Bobby joined the Army 25 years ago, he only had 3 "O" level passes. Not for want of trying – in fact, he took the exam four times. Bobby decided to change tack, stop the paper chase, and focused instead on doing his job well.


CONCERNS ABOUT THE TPP’S INVESTOR-STATE DISPUTE SETTLEMENT PROVISION

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 August 2014 - 9:02am

By Gerald Giam Source: Gerald Giam's blog (20 Aug). I asked the Minister for Trade and Industry this parliamentary question on 4 August 2014. There are concerns about the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement (FTA), which could grant foreign investors (usually MNCs) the right to sue national governments in an international tribunal if they believe TPP commitments have been breached. 


GERALD GIAM: THOUGHTS ON NATIONAL DAY RALLY 2014

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 August 2014 - 7:24am

1. While I understand the PM’s explanation that sufficient CPF balances are needed for people to have a decent monthly pay out after retirement, many low-income (or no-income) Singaporeans simply cannot save up enough to meet the Minimum Sum of $155,000 or $161,000, even with the property pledge included. We need to do more to help those who cannot meet the Minimum Sum.


LAWYER FOR MALAYSIA'S OPPOSITION LEADER ANWAR CHARGED WITH SEDITION

THEREALSINGAPORE 19 August 2014 - 6:13pm

A lawyer for Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was charged with sedition on Tuesday for comments alleging that his client's controversial conviction on a sodomy charge was politically motivated. The charge against N. Surendran, also an opposition parliamentarian and vice president of Anwar's political party, was immediately denounced by rights groups as a further betrayal of the government's vow to scrap the tough sedition law. Prime Minister Najib Razak made the pledge in 2012 as part of broader election promises to relax his now 57-year-old government's authoritarian ways.


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