Keyword : People’s Action Party

  • The politics of Budget 2018: Lots of persuasion needed

    By: admintest admintest | Feb 21, 2018 | Hits: 1855

    In Budget 2015, and prior to the previous general election, then Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said the Government had provided sufficiently for increased spending by the state till the end of the decade. This was, at the time, and still is, read by Singaporeans as a promise that there would be no increase in broad-based…..

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

    By: admintest admintest | Jul 03, 2017 | Hits: 1228

    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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  • Keeping Singapore Politics Focused on Substance

    By: admintest admintest | Feb 06, 2017 | Hits: 2144

    We recently bid farewell to a tumultuous 2016, where years of dysfunctional politics came to a head and led to the unlikely election of Donald Trump in the US and closer to home, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines. While Singapore has remained unaffected so far, politics around the world has changed and politicians everywhere need…..

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  • Loss of Confidence in PAP? Possible, If Complacency Sets In

    By: admintest admintest | Jan 25, 2017 | Hits: 1824

    The critical question facing Singapore in 2065 is not simply whether an accidental freak election or a sustainable pendulum democracy should or might occur. It is about whether the social contract between elite governance and the body politic can become so strained and frayed that a crisis of political legitimacy may thrust unexpected, extremist scenarios…..

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  • Political Party Branding and the Perceptions of First-Time Voters

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 05, 2016 | Hits: 2152

    From January to April 2016, I conducted research on how first-time voters in the 2015 General Election perceived political parties here. This was part of my final-year independent study module at the National University of Singapore, for which I submitted a paper titled “Party Brand Perceptions Amongst First-time Voters in Singapore”. Examining political parties as…..

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

    By: admintest admintest | Apr 21, 2016 | Hits: 2064

    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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  • Whispers, Not Shouts: A Re-reading of the Social Media Space

    By: admintest admintest | Dec 04, 2015 | Hits: 2131

    One of the puzzles of the recent general election in Singapore was why 10 per cent of voters swung back towards the People’s Action Party (PAP) when many predictions based on social media saw the ruling party doing worse or not much better than in 2011. Were social media interactions not reflective of electoral sentiments?…..

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