Posts Tagged ‘Political freedoms

Punggol East By-Election: why NOT to vote for PAP

January 24, 2013

When the residents of Punggol go to the polls on Saturday, they must be clear what the stakes are: what it means to vote for the ruling regime, the PAP or the opposition. Among other things a vote for the PAP is to give the ruling regime the mandate for: 1. A non-accountable government. Without […]

Punggol East By-Election: vote for change, vote Opposition

January 23, 2013

The 2013 Freedom House Report on the state of democracy throughout the world once again confirms that Singapore remains a repressive country. It’s still labelled as PARTLY FREE in contrast to Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan which are FREE countries. To no one’s surprise China, greatly admired by regime leaders, remains as NOT FREE. […]

Same old story: National Day Rally 2012

August 26, 2012

No one, except newly minted citizens and PRs, is surprised by the overall tone and thrust of quiet PM Lee’ s National Day Speech. In line with previous ND rallies, Singaporeans who succeeded in overcoming the odds were singled out for the spotlight to fall on them to generate the feel-good factor. All the goodies […]

Tan Kin Lian for President: PAP getting a fit?

June 4, 2011

It seems to me the PAP, which has ruled Singapore without a break since 1959, has just experienced a nightmare of the worst kind with its massive defeat in Aljunied GRC. The GRC monster, which the PAP created to maintain its iron grip on power, is poised to consume its creator with more GRCs predicted […]

PAP new faces: Yes, yes, yes Minister? Part 2

March 31, 2011

The ruling party, PAP, insists it is not interested in yes-men but are you convinced? Honestly, I’m not. This is not based on any irrational reasons but on solid grounds- the track record of PAP MPs, both seasoned ones and newbies. Maybe, my powers of recall have waned somewhat but can you refresh my memories? […]

Singapore human rights: disgraceful Part 2

March 22, 2011

I witnessed an interesting sight while vacationing in Malaysia recently. This Democratic Action Party member (picture above) was hawking his party’s broadsheets from shop to shop. He even got a cop to buy a copy. He told me he travelled from town to town to spread his party’s message. Do this in Singapore and the […]

Singapore’s human rights: lame excuses?

March 3, 2011

The review of Singapore’s human rights is currently underway at the United Nations. Singapore’s severe curbs on freedom of speech, assembly and a free press is widely known and have come under fire from respected international organizations like Amnesty International. With customary arrogance, Singapore has brushed aside such accusations. Its defense at the United Nations […]

Singapore’s human rights vs Hong Kong’s human rights

February 28, 2011

Singapore is often compared with Hong Kong and vice versa in many areas eg economy, shopping, transport, quality of life, jobs etc. They ┬ábear striking similarities in many respects. But there is one area where Singapore trails far behind, and that’s in the area of political freedoms. Hong Kong’s Basic Law or constitution, like Singapore’s, […]