Insight Down South
In all discussions about national issues, Singaporeans point to a possible shift in political power during the general election. In particular, is the current government still good enough to helm the country’s progress?
Current day realities have an impact on the critical ‘political’ role played by the People’s Association for more than 50 years in Singapore.
The Singapore government gets tough on social media considered to have crossed sensitive lines.
Singapore’s Second Deputy Prime Minister gives a polished performance in an extensive interview with the media.
Elections may not be due anytime soon but the government is already embarking on radical moves to win back voters.
Influx of foreign talents adds to woes of an increasing number of jobless professionals from the middle class.
The republic is concerned about China’s rising economy resulting in an expanding maritime force at a time when the US military might is weakening.
Paying high salaries to top professionals to entice them to serve as PAP leaders has long been a government strategy. In the past it worked but in today’s changed environment, less so.
Foreign workers, who were once getting red carpet treatment because they were prepared to work cheaper and longer hours, are facing tougher times. The doors will remain open but some of the old cordiality is missing.
Singapore faces public backlash with plan to attract the world’s top talents to fulfil its ambition of becoming a global city.
THE government is facing increasing pressure over some of its ill-conceived policies, not only from its citizens – but increasingly from the elite as well.
‘Robin Hood’ budget allows government to regain ground lost recently due to unpopular policies that had been poorly implemented.
Singapore’s move to placate its locals is seen as a stumbling block to Indian workers who are looking for jobs in the republic.
Media push on need for foreign workers to help SMEs ignores other factors that hike up cost of doing business.
Proposal to expand the population, that will make the island nation the world’s third densest country by 2030, has stirred active discussion on a most crucial issue.
INSTEAD of reacting exuberantly, the resurging Workers Party (WP) has been talking up its own political weakness.
The government unveiled one of the strongest property packages last week that made speculation on real estate a much less attractive proposition for Malaysians, Chinese mainlanders and Indonesians.
After decades of wealth accumulation,it is not easy to find a poor politician, particularly in the PAP. This trend may change as the leadership realises the benefit of candidates with backgrounds that are closer to the average voter’s.
PAP faces a difficult by-election no thanks to the latest public furore over the party’s purchase of assets and a software programme developed with public money.
Despite the government’s worry over poor birthrate, few Singaporeans are moved by the sense of urgency to go forth and multiply.