POLITICS

SDP: LET'S WATCH WHAT THEY SAY AT THE NEXT PARLIAMENT SITTING

THEREALSINGAPORE 1 October 2014 - 5:12pm

Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Mr Teo Ser Luck, chastised Mr Roy Ngerng and Ms Han Hui Hui for frightening the children with special needs during the protest at Hong Lim Park on Saturday. He said: "The children are my utmost concern." His party mates wasted no time in piling it on, waxing eloquent about how special needs children need to be protected.


DR CHEE SOON JUAN: CRITICISE IF WE MUST BUT LET US ALSO ENCOURAGE

THEREALSINGAPORE 30 September 2014 - 9:18pm

Much acrimony has emanated from the Return Our CPF protest at Hong Lim Park last Saturday. As complex and difficult as things are, let us focus on what we can all learn from the episode. First, Mr Roy Ngerng and Ms Han Hui Hui should offer an apology to the children and parents who were present at the event and were affected by the protest.


SDP: OUR MPS WILL FIGHT FOR POLICIES THAT WILL MAKE YOUR LIVES BETTER

THEREALSINGAPORE 29 September 2014 - 5:10pm

The SDP continued our visits to residents at the Marsiling estate in Sembawang GRC yesterday. We were there to listen to the problems they expressed and also to explain to them the solutions we had drawn up in our alternative policies. An elderly man who spoke in English and Mandarin said that the Lease Buy-Back Scheme was not helpful. His flat was fully paid up but he needed some income to live on. "The HDB asked me to buy a studio flat nearby which cost $150,000," he said. "But after I sell my present flat and pay CPF back the interest, I still have to top up my Medisave and retirement fund.


SCMP: BEIJING'S CLOSED DOOR MEETING WITH HONG KONG TYCOONS ERODES TRUST

THEREALSINGAPORE 29 September 2014 - 1:25pm

We all know how busy Chinese president Xi Jinping can be, so when he calls for a meeting, it must be top priority. For the richest Hong Kong tycoons, it is unusual to meet Xi in a group meeting, particularly to discuss politics rather than business. Last week, Xi greeted a delegation of senior figures from Hong Kong's business sector, including Asia's richest man Li Ka-shing, whose relations with Beijing were believed to be at a turning point after his business empire apparently tried to offload assets in the world's No 2 economy and shift more focus to Europe.


PAP MP INTAN: WHAT HAPPENED AT HONG LIM PARK WAS UNJUSTIFIABLE

THEREALSINGAPORE 28 September 2014 - 4:58pm

There is nothing wrong in disagreeing with policies, issues or even ways of doing things. However, the way of discourse to share our different views must be constructive and carried out with decorum and respect for one another, and in a way where the safety and interests of the more vulnerable in our society are being protected. What happened in Hong Lim Park yesterday was unjustifiable by those who claimed to be carrying out a "peaceful protest".


TIN PEI LING: THE CPF PROTESTERS' HECKLING IS "UNACCEPTABLE"

THEREALSINGAPORE 28 September 2014 - 4:00pm

This is unacceptable behaviour if the Police investigations confirm it. Heckling is wrong. Heckling at special needs children is doubly wrong. What has these special needs children done to deserve being heckled down? There are a few issues here beyond this act of heckling. 


WORKER'S PARTY MEMBER: ROY AND HAN HUI HUI DOES NOT REPRESENT ALL SINGAPOREANS

THEREALSINGAPORE 28 September 2014 - 8:35am

The heckling was uncalled for. The waving of the Singapore flag was shameful and self-righteous. It does not in any way make their cause larger than the other. The ascribing of erroneous identities to a voluntary welfare organisation borders on hysteria and demonstrates a severe lack of comprehension of the realities.


3 REASONS WHY NEW ZEALAND HAS THE BEST-DESIGNED GOVERNMENT IN THE WORLD

THEREALSINGAPORE 26 September 2014 - 4:20pm

On Saturday, September 20th, New Zealand held its 51st general election, in which the center-right National Party and its leader, Prime Minister John Key, made some modest gains. If this all sounds rather dull — a country of less than 5 million people having an election in which no power changes hands — that's fair enough. But it's worth paying attention, as New Zealand's parliament is better designed than just about any other developed country government.


SDP: WHERE YOUR TREASURE LIES...

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 September 2014 - 2:27pm

Our post Perfect example of the government not listening has stirred the PAP nest, triggering a spirited defence of the F1 event by the party's supporters. The common refrain that runs through their rationalisation of the grand prix is that it would put Singapore on the global map, give us international recognition and bring us tourist dollars. And, besides, Singaporeans enjoy watching the sport.


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