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  • Oxley Road Dispute: What’s at Stake in July 3 Session

    By: IPS Editor | Jul 03, 2017 | Hits: 375

    The parliamentary sitting scheduled for July 3 must not only help clarify the complicated matters relating to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s property at 38, Oxley Road, but also uphold the image of governance in Singapore that he and generations of national leaders have painstakingly built over the years. The allegations made about the…..

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  • Exceptional Government to Sustain a Nation Once Thought Improbable

    By: IPS Editor | Jan 23, 2017 | Hits: 4871

    The theme of this year’s conference — What If? — is designed to set us thinking of possibilities, or perhaps impossibilities: What might be, what might have been, what could be. But before we consider these possibilities, it might be instructive to locate what is – what has always been, what should not change, what…..

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  • With an Informed Electorate, the Voting System Can Cater to Young and Old

    By: IPS Editor | Aug 29, 2016 | Hits: 878

    As developed countries the world over grapple with their rapidly ageing societies, there is a rising call for a fundamental rethink of the tenets and systems of political representation. The concerns about the political impact of that demographic trend are well-founded. A recent Lord Ashcroft Poll following Britain’s referendum about its place in the European…..

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  • Singapore Governance in a Troubled Post-Brexit World

    By: IPS Editor | Jul 11, 2016 | Hits: 1427

    A sense of social insecurity and ambivalence about immigration shaped the vote in the Brexit referendum. Many developed countries including Singapore are not immune from rising disillusionment with globalisation, compounded by periodic economic crises. As Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam put it in a Facebook post responding to the Brexit outcome, there is a growing…..

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  • A Speed Bump for our Multiracial Ideals

    By: IPS Editor | Jun 09, 2016 | Hits: 1010

    Before 1991, Singapore’s President played a symbolic role as Head of State and was appointed by Parliament, with a distinct purpose of ensuring that the position was rotated among members from the key ethnic communities of Singapore. As he represented the nation in his ceremonial and diplomatic roles, he could also be claimed to be a representative of his ethnic group.

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  • A Nudge for Singaporeans to Counter Racial Prejudice

    By: IPS Editor | Jun 09, 2016 | Hits: 1319

    Safeguards for minority representation in the Elected Presidency (EP) will not impede Singapore’s vision of being a society where race has no bearing on what one can achieve. Rather, having these provisions will further entrench in society the value of multiracialism and demonstrate a commitment to ensuring minority representation, even when it entails changing the existing system.

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  • [The Angle] Bukit Batok By-Election and the “Jurong Family” Factor

    By: IPS Editor | Mar 14, 2016 | Hits: 3755

    Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will deliver the Budget speech on 24 March, and Parliament is expected to complete its debate on the Budget on 15 April. This means that the Bukit Batok by-election, to replace David Ong, who resigned as the ward’s Member of Parliament and from the People’s Action Party two days ago,…..

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  • SP 2016: Panel on “Collaborative Governance?”

    By: IPS Editor | Feb 16, 2016 | Hits: 1388

    The first panel at Singapore Perspectives 2016 was on Collaborative Governance. It focused on what constituted good governance and how this could continue in Singapore as Singaporeans became increasingly diverse and civic and cultural activism expanded in society.

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  • [The Angle] Strengthening Minority Representation and Political Inclusion

    By: IPS Editor | Jan 29, 2016 | Hits: 2901

    There are plans to strengthen the representation of minorities in Singapore’s political system. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Wednesday that he would commit himself to advising the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee before the next general election (GE) to lower the average size of Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) further and raise the number of…..

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  • [The Angle] From “Second-Class MPs” to “MPs Plus-Plus”

    By: IPS Editor | Jan 29, 2016 | Hits: 2924

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced several changes to Singapore’s political system in Parliament on Wednesday. The proposed changes hold political leaders to higher levels of accountability and increase the contestability or political choice that is available in the system.  The reforms also address concerns about ethnic representation in politics. These are generally welcomed. With…..

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