The Angle

The latest analysis of policy issues and political developments by IPS researchers.
  • [The Angle] When Should the “Reserved Election” Provision Kick in?

    By: Tan Min-Wei | Sep 13, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    The Constitutional Commission set up to review the Elected Presidency has recommended that after five consecutive terms without a president coming from a particular racial group, the next election would be reserved for candidates of that race. Assuming that the government implements the recommendations in full, there is the question of when exactly the first…..

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  • [The Angle] Beyond “Safeguards”, Let’s Do More to Foster Accessibility, Unity and Trust

    By: Ng Zhong Wei | Sep 09, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Anyone examining election data from the past four presidential elections in Singapore would notice the absence of ethnic Malay candidates. Since 1993, when the first presidential election was held, nine Chinese and three Indian men have applied to the Elections Committee for certificates of eligibility. We have had three elected Presidents — the late Mr…..

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  • [The Angle] How to Ensure Fair Allocation of “Waterfront” HDB Homes?

    By: Christopher Gee | Sep 02, 2016 at 9:50 am

    The government is considering building HDB flats in what has always been the commercial heart of the city — the southern part of Singapore spanning Marina Bay to Tanjong Pagar. This is part of a land use masterplan announced several years ago; with the ports in Pasir Panjang and Tanjong Pagar relocated to Tuas by…..

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  • [The Angle] Bukit Batok by-Election: What could Shape the Campaign?

    By: Gillian Koh | Apr 21, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Dr Chee Soon Juan, the Secretary-General of the Singapore Democratic Party and a leading opposition politician, has declared that he will contest the Bukit Batok by-election on 7 May. Based on what he has said, his campaign will likely revolve around a few themes. First, the need for more opposition voices in Parliament. Second, convincing…..

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

    By: Gillian Koh | Mar 14, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    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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  • [The Angle] Strengthening Minority Representation and Political Inclusion

    By: Gillian Koh | Jan 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    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: Gillian Koh | Jan 29, 2016 at 10:17 am

    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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  • [The Angle] Ideas to Further Refine the CPF System

    By: Christopher Gee | Jan 20, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    The CPF return formula has been “tweaked” significantly to improve the progressivity of the system in recent years with the addition of initial balance layers that attract higher rates of interest; most recently as high as 6% on balances up to $30,000 in the Retirement Account. I’m not sure you can find a better return-risk…..

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  • [The Angle] “Refreshing” Singapore’s Political System

    By: Gillian Koh | Jan 16, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    President Tony Tan’s speech at the opening of the 13th Parliament last night was very comprehensive. It covered the key areas of policy for the government as Singapore moves beyond its 50th year of independence — securing peace and our sovereignty; renewing the economy; developing a caring society; improving urban liveability and fostering an engaged…..

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  • [The Angle] Housing Grants and the Affordability of HDB Flats

    By: Christopher Gee | Jan 04, 2016 at 10:43 am

    The HDB gave an update yesterday on the housing grants it has disbursed, as of November 2015. Since 2006, HDB has released $1.6 billion in Additional CPF Housing Grants (AHG) to close to 83,000 households. It has also given out $297.61 million in Special CPF Housing Grants (SHG) since 2011 to almost 20,000 households. Eligible…..

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