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  1. Reported in today ST About 30,000 public servants appointed as election officials, to undergo training SINGAPORE - The Elections Department (ELD) has appointed about 30,000 public officers as election officials and has called them up for training. For the 2015 General Election, public servants were called up for training about 11 months before the polls were held. Link : https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/about-30000-public-servants-appointed-as-election-officials-to-undergo-training
  2. Tan Cheng Bock forms a new political party - Progress Singapore Party.
  3. kobayashiGT

    GE2020: Singapore General Election - 10 July 2020

    GE2020: PM Lee calls for general election, says he decided to 'clear the decks', give new government fresh mandate source: https://www.asiaone.com/singapore/ge2020-pm-lee-calls-general-election-says-he-decided-clear-decks-give-new-government SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday (June 23) said he has decided to call the general election now, while the Covid-19 situation is relatively stable, to "clear the decks" and give the new government a fresh five-year mandate. In a televised address to the nation, Mr Lee set out why he has advised President Halimah Yacob to dissolve Parliament and issue the Writ of Election. A Writ of Election, which specifies the date of the polls, is expected to be issued shortly. After the election, the new government can focus on the national agenda - which include handling the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and jobs - and the difficult decisions it will have to make and to carry, he said. The alternative is to wait out the pandemic, he said, noting however that there is no assurance that the outbreak will be over before the Government's term ends next April. Experts say a vaccine will not be available for at least a year. This general election will be like no other that Singapore has experienced, he said, not just because of the special arrangements to deal with Covid-19, but also the gravity of the situation and the issues at stake. "The government that you elect will have critical decisions to make," Mr Lee said. "These decisions will impact your lives and livelihoods, and shape Singapore for many years to come, far beyond the five-year term of the next government." The Prime Minister noted that under the Constitution, the term of the 13th Parliament must end by January next year, and the election held by next April at the latest. GE2020 will take place in phase two of Singapore's reopening after a two-month circuit breaker that was imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Mr Lee said he had to be certain of two things before calling the election - that voters can vote safely, and political parties can campaign effectively. "After studying the issues, I am satisfied that both of these can be done," he added. Additional precautions will be in place on Polling Day, he noted, including more polling stations to reduce crowding, specific time slots for voting and safe distancing measures. Election candidates can still go on walkabouts, livestream e-rallies and get more opportunities to speak directly to the electorate on TV in lieu of physical election rallies. Mr Lee made the point that Singapore is not the first to hold an election during the Covid-19 pandemic - South Korea, Taiwan and several European countries have done so. "With our arrangements and precautions in place, I am confident we can hold a proper and safe election," he said. Addressing the Covid-19 pandemic during the speech, Mr Lee said the Government has been fully occupied with the Covid-19 outbreak since the beginning of the year. It quickly grew into a global crisis, killing nearly half a million people worldwide and disrupting the lives of countless more. Singapore imposed a two-month circuit breaker when the number of coronavirus cases here spiked, he said, and "made strenuous efforts to care" for migrant workers - who account for the vast majority of cases here. He added that steady progress has been made in the dormitories, though it will take a few more months to resolve the problem. New community cases have come down sharply as well, and, most importantly, the number of fatalities has been kept low. The pandemic has also caused a deep economic crisis, which Singapore has sought to mitigate through "massive fiscal action", he said, pointing to the how the House has passed four Budgets amounting to nearly $100 billion in support measures. These decisive emergency actions have kept retrenchments and company closures low, and helped Singaporeans take care of their families and see through the immediate crisis, he said. But while Singapore is now in a stable position after great effort, a long struggle lies ahead, he cautioned. Many other countries, including South Korea, China and Germany, have successfully brought their cases down, only to experience fresh outbreaks after opening up again, he added. And Singapore has not yet felt the full economic fallout from Covid-19, he said, warning of more business closures and retrenchments in the coming months. But the Government is determined to save as many jobs as it can, create new jobs and help businesses survive and restructure, Mr Lee said. Singapore faces external uncertainties as well, he noted, citing tensions between the United States and China, border clashes between China and India, as well as political developments in Southeast Asia. Diplomatic skills, and a deft touch, are needed for Singapore to navigating safely through these challenges and protect its national interests, he said. "To overcome these challenges, we must stand completely united as one people. Singaporeans and the Government must work closely together, with full trust and confidence in each other. "The Government must be able to respond promptly and decisively to the Covid-19 outbreak and the economic situation, and to external developments. "We need a capable Government, with the strong backing of the people, to do all that needs to be done on your behalf, and see us through the tumultuous times," he said. The prime minister noted that during the election period, the Government will continue to govern, and the ministerial task force will still lead Singapore's response to Covid-19, and essential work will go on throughout. "Soon, you will have the chance to decide whom to entrust with the responsibility of working with you to take our country forward," Mr Lee said. "I have every confidence that you will think carefully, and vote wisely, to secure our lives, our jobs, and our future."
  4. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/general-election-delay-unconstitutional-covid19-teo-chee-hean-12574796 It is extremely disturbing to read such comments from our Government. Can they freaking focus on the issue at hand? "When you are sailing into a storm, you want to be certain who your captain is and that he will not be changed halfway. You want to make sure that he is there - together with you, working with you, guiding you through the storm," he added. Minister Teo, if you haven't noticed, we are ALREADY in the MIDDLE of the STORM. And now you are considering asking for a change of captain which is what an election is? If an election is called, I know who to vote for
  5. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-must-reject-extreme-positions-on-foreigners-in-workforce-chan-chun-sing-093912997.html
  6. Hui ge jit pai siao liao http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/prime-minister-lee-hsien/2154802.html meanwhile..... "HENG AH"
  7. https://www.vice.com/en_asia/article/ev3jjz/singapore-suicide-elderly-senior-citizens?utm_source=vicefbus
  8. Friend shared with me. Quite fun for those interested. 1544433287345_Car_Prefix.pdf
  9. Aventador

    Singapore to Fail without PAP?

    After seeing the change of government in Malaysia after 60 years, obviously many people have talked about could it happen in Singapore? And the way some of the younger leaders talk and handle issues leave me feeling disappointed with the situation. Josephine Teo comes across very arrogant, Ng chee meng too. Now Ong ye kung says teachers must have self discipline and pay parking... Singapore is being run as a business, with annual price increases to maximise profits everywhere. And i disagree with it Anyway this topic is not to bash the government, there are enough threads on this. What i hope to see is your views on what will happen if there was a change in government in the next 1-2 elections. How will it affect Singapore. Will we fail as a country? Will our women become maids in other countries as LKY once claimed? Give your analysis of what you think will happen if the PAP is no longer the government. Ideally put the worse case scenario of how bad things will be. Can we survive it? Or do you think that it won't mean the end of Singapore as the PAP likes to claim
  10. Duckduck

    Bukit Batok bi-election!

    from LHL FB... wah what has caused this saga siah? Can anyone CSI out reason y he quit? Juicy anot?
  11. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-26/life-without-lee-for-pap-clouds-outlook-after-50-years-of-power have to agree. look at all the GRCs, once lao goh and a couple other stalwarts step down at the upcoming GE, who are the heavy weights left? Only finance minister can cut it. the rest like TCJ, kee chiu, vivian... are so lightweight. even education minister seems soft.
  12. Here we go again & the spin doctors are hard at it doing window dressing; http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/from-april-a-2-8-hike-in/1605426.html SINGAPORE: There will be an overall increase of 2.8 per cent to public transport fares following the conclusion of the 2014 Fare Review Exercise, the Public Transport Council (PTC) announced on Wednesday (Jan 21). How the 2.8 per cent figure was calculated: By aggregating the 3.4 per cent fare adjustment quantum carried over from the 2013 Fare Review Exercise with the -0.6 per cent figure from 2014, the PTC said. But fares for senior citizen, and existing monthly travel concession prices will not rise, said the PTC. The Transport Ministry separately announced on Wednesday that fares for lower-wage workers and persons with disabilities will not increase, while the monthly concession pass for persons with disabilities will remain at S$60 per month. “In total, more than 1.1 million commuters will see their fares unchanged,” the PTC said in a press release. FARE CHANGES FROM APRIL From Apr 5 this year, adult card fares for buses and trains will increase by 2 to 5 cents, while student concessionary fares will increase by 1 cent, the PTC announced. Cash fares for adult bus and train rides will increase by 10 cents, while senior and student cash fares will remain unchanged. The prices of all monthly concession passes for adults, National Servicemen and senior citizens will remain the same, it reiterated. The PTC said bus and train fares will continue to be affordable, even for lower-income groups, as household income growth has generally outpaced household expenditure in public transport. For instance, in 2013, the second quintile (the 21st to 40th income percentile) and second decile (11th to 20th income percentile) of households in Singapore spent 2.2 per cent and 3.1 per cent of their monthly income on public transport, respectively. These were down from the 3.2 per cent and 4.6 percent, respectively, in 2003, it said. Said PTC Chairman Richard Magnus: “In approving the fare increase and deciding on the quantum, the Council made a concerted effort to minimise the impact on commuters, even to the extent of insulating some from the increase altogether. Overall, the fare adjustments for the 2014 fare exercise are lower than last year’s adjustments.” IMPACT ON OPERATORS With the fare increments, the PTC said the two public transport operators – SBS Transit and SMRT – will have to contribute S$5.5 million and S$8 million, respectively, to the Public Transport Fund. The total of S$13.5 million is S$2 million more than their contribution last year, according to the press release. The Government will utilise the Public Transport Fund to provide Public Transport Vouchers to lower-income households to mitigate the increase in their travel expenditure, it added. “I am always very concerned not only with making transport fares affordable, but making sure that our low-income families who need more assistance will be looked after,” Mr Magnus said. “The contributions to the Public Transport Fund by the operators will help defray the travel expenditure of these needy families.” "PLEASED" VULNERABLE GROUPS NOT AFFECTED BY HIKES: LUI Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said on Facebook that he was "pleased" that more than 1.1 million commuters, particularly more vulnerable groups like senior citizens and persons with disabilities, will not experience a fare increase. "Looking at the overall outcome of this year’s fare adjustment exercise, I believe the Public Transport Council has achieved a good balance between keeping fares affordable for Singaporeans and maintaining the viability and sustainability of our public transport system," he wrote. He added that the 250,000 public transport vouchers of S$30 will be provided to needy commuters, and the ministry aims to simplify the application process further. "We also have other plans on the meaningful use of the Public Transport Fund and I will share these with you when we are ready," the minister said.
  13. Camrysfa

    PAP could lose

    ...... nothing last forever theory? http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/pap-could-lose-control-power-over-next-15-25-years SINGAPORE — The People’s Action Party (PAP) could lose the dominance it currently enjoys in Parliament in 15 years, said prominent businessman Ho Kwon Ping yesterday, adding that the party could completely lose power a decade after that if the history of dominant political parties around the world is anything to go by. “This is actually not a radical conclusion — almost everyone I informally surveyed broadly agreed with it, but (differed) only in their estimation as to how many years it would take before the PAP would lose an election and how many terms it would stay out of power before bouncing back,” Mr Ho added. Mr Ho, who is executive chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings and an S R Nathan fellow, raised the scenarios at an Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)-Nathan lecture, where he spoke about politics and governance to an audience comprising about 300 civil servants, students, academics and members of the private sector. In theory, freak election results, splits in the PAP or a massive loss in legitimacy due to corruption are possible factors that can cause the PAP to lose power, said Mr Ho. Other factors that could delay or speed up the process include the level of support from elderly voters, “internal rigidity and intrigues” in the PAP cadre system and possible loss of economic competitiveness. Noting that ruling parties in democracies have “generally floundered” after 50 to 75 years, Mr Ho nonetheless said the PAP is “very likely” to overtake the record of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, which lasted 71 years. This is because the PAP has not exhibited signs of moral exhaustion and an onset of decay as seen in other parties by their middle age, he said. There is also no evidence to show that corruption has increased in Singapore’s public life, despite a few scandals involving mid-level bureaucrats, said Mr Ho, arguing that Singapore remains exemplary among its neighbours and counterparts in developed countries for its low level of corruption. Still, the PAP will face considerable challenges after the “very popular” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reaches his 80s, he said. Mr Ho said the Civil Service must develop its own sense of self, ethos and values as elections become more volatile. This is not to distance itself from the ruling party, he added, but to develop a culture and identity that is robust and resilient.
  14. NightWind

    PAP Arresting Teenagers Now?

    Our sinkie poodle force is trained only to "arrest" 17year old anti-pap kids. Fer the little india riots they flee like headless chickens. I also wonder what the outcome would be if the graffiti had been anti-sdp or anti-opposition instead? Lastly, this kind of public display is the direct result of a state controlled puppy dog media who has failed to engage the intelligent reading public and serves up only propaganda and dis-information to the masses. Lets give these poor kids some support http://www.tremeritus.com/2014/05/10/dr-teo-no-breach-of-hdb-rooftop-security-measures/
  15. Thaiyotakamli

    The Ultimate Solution

    The ultimate solution to achieve Swiss living standard!
  16. Bag of bodily waste left at back door of PAP's Yew Tee branch office A bag of bodily waste was left at the back door of a People's Action Party branch office in Yew Tee on Monday, days after Chua Chu Kang GRC MP Alex Yam issued a stern warning to loan sharks and runners active in the constituency. The office is located at Block 608 Chua Chu Kang Street 62. In a Facebook post on Thursday evening, Mr Yam said: "Whether it was a coincidence, an act of mischief or otherwise, we will not stop in our efforts to keep our town safe for all residents." He also shared that he had met with officers from Choa Chu Kang Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) who told him that one suspect has been arrested recently for loan shark activities. He added that the installation of police closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras has "progressively" been rolled out to various clusters of blocks. They comprise Blocks 527 to 533, 540 to 552A and 687 to 692A. Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/bag-bodily-waste-left-back-door-paps-yew-tee-branch-office-20131219 --------------------- flooding = ponding indian = south asian shit = bodily waste they even took great care to conjure a new term bodily waste..better words would be fecal matter, poop or excrement..looks like there might be more new words coming from the mainstream media
  17. Itali4must4ng

    1958: Highest Paid Mayor in the World?

    Ouch! started from the very beginning! To think I believed Goh Keng Swee bring his own soap flakes to wash his underwear during his overseas trip Saurces: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=188872427981815&set=a.164072003795191.1073741826.164070873795304&type=1 http://theunseensingapore.blogspot.sg/2013/12/the-unseen-singapore-14-pap-mp-series.html