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Workers’ Party indecision costing them time

A lot has been said about the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) and its ridiculous proposal to run a joint campaign with the Workers’ Party (WP), and how WP rejected the overtures. But not much has been said about WP itself. What has the Workers’ Party been doing so far? Quite rightly, WP believes that it is the opposition party with the biggest claim to run. And if its recent responses to SDP are to be read as they seem to suggest, it is going ahead with its own campaign regardless of what any other party is doing. It is now…

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Top colorectal surgeon will see us over faecal cliff: PM Lee

[Warning: This is pure satire] SINGAPORE: A by-election will be held for Punggol East Single Member Constituency (SMC). President Tony Tan Keng Yam issued a writ of election today setting Nomination Day for next Wednesday. Polling day would be on January 26. The single seat SMC has been vacant since Member of Parliament Michael Palmer resigned for crossing the age boundary in his party mandate as “auntie-killer”. Mr Palmer had “killed” a People’s Association sweet young thing instead. The surprise announcement came after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he was still mulling over whether to call a by-election. Insiders…

A different look at this AIMishambles

A different look at this AIMishambles

AIMgate is such a clichéd term; I prefer AIMishambles to keep up with the times, after the Oxford English Dictionary 2012 Word of the Year omnishambles. The term refers to “a situation which is seen as shambolic from all possible perspectives” and is a fitting one to describe not just the original PAP town councils-AIM transaction, but also the government’s response so far. A lot has been said online but nothing much new since Dr Teo Ho Pin’s statement besides the brouhaha on the threat of defamation suits. There isn’t much value in the discussion when everyone is saying the same…

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Manuscripts don’t burn, PAP

In the Russian classic novel The Master and Margarita, the Devil descends upon Moscow in human form, bringing with him his group of sidekicks. Amongst the unworldly entourage is the big, evil cat Behemoth who finds demonic pleasure in challenging people, use of firearms and violent punishments such as twisting off people’s heads. They go around terrorising the people of the city, especially those who dare question the Devil’s existence. The Master and Margarita is a book that satirises a Stalinist state of suffocating bureaucratic order and repression of artistic expression. In Singapore, Behemoth morphs into the form of a…

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Statement on AIM (Ho Pin gag’em style)

The most eagerly anticipated PAP statement of the year—okay we are just two days into it—is finally out. Like a true star worthy of a Psy tribute band, Dr Teo Ho Pin has kept us waiting, clamouring, salivating over the festive holiday weekend at what juicy details he has to offer on the AIM transaction. Without going into a hair-splitting operative, I don’t find anything glaringly dubious in the numbers presented in the statement; perhaps more astute readers will. A missing piece of the puzzle was what AIM gets paid after the initial one year period, and the answer is…