The Angle

The latest analysis of policy issues and political developments by IPS researchers.
  • [The Angle] New proximity housing grant can address some challenges arising from our ageing population

    By: Christopher Gee | Aug 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    The Prime Minister’s National Day Rally speech last night unveiled a number of public housing initiatives, some of which had been anticipated earlier, such as the increase in the income ceilings for eligibility to purchase HDB Build-to-Order flats and Executive Condominiums (necessary to adjust for rising incomes). Most significantly though in my mind was the…..

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  • [The Angle] Sunday’s National Day Rally: what to expect?

    By: Gillian Koh | Aug 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Given that it is the country’s Golden Jubilee, I expect that the Prime Minister will use his 2015 National Day Rally (NDR) speech to zoom out to provide the big picture of how the People’s Action Party (PAP) government has worked with Singaporeans to shift us from an improbable nation to the modern-day miracle of…..

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  • [The Angle] On a potential three-cornered fight in Macpherson SMC

    By: Gillian Koh | Aug 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    From all accounts, the Workers’ Party (WP) has been uncompromising in its stance about where it will contest since it declared its 28-seat strategy.  Having ceded Marine Parade GRC to the WP in negotiations among opposition parties, the rest of the Central Executive Committee of the National Solidary Party (NSP) must have decided that they…..

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  • [The Angle] How the Total Fertility Rate could feature in the NDR

    By: Christopher Gee | Aug 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Marriage and parenthood have been a significant emphasis for the government (as witnessed in speeches by the PM and other ministers such as Minister Grace Fu, as well as the Golden Jubilee Baby Gift).  The National Day Rally speech provides an opportunity to reinforce the message about maintaining a Singaporean core, which can be achieved…..

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  • [The Angle] WP’s Aljunied team says they are staying put for the GE

    By: Gillian Koh | Aug 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    There could be three possible explanations for this: first, perhaps WP is worried about being able to hold Aljunied GRC if the team is split; second, that it is confident that the NCMPs Mr Yee Jenn Jong and Mr Gerald Giam have enough heft to lead the teams in Marine Parade GRC and East Coast…..

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  • [The Angle] What could social media’s impact on this GE be?

    By: Carol Soon | Aug 13, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    A 2011 IPS study found that the 2011 General Election (GE) was not an Internet election. Among the reasons were: non-mainstream media (which included alternative blogs and Facebook) had a low influence on how people voted, and that influence was lower than that of mainstream media; non-mainstream media was less trusted and less important than…..

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  • [The Angle] What of the new PAP faces in Bishan-Toa Payoh?

    By: Gillian Koh | Aug 12, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    The three new PAP faces in the Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC have similar backgrounds, based on what they say of themselves. First, they are exemplars of The Singapore Dream, two of them highlighting in particular, their humble beginnings but all of them at the top of their game; leaders in their respective sectors. It is to…..

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