NDR 2016 frighteningly lacking in ideas to address looming problems

Singapore Democrats

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's speech at the National Day Rally last night was long on feel-good buzzwords but conspicuously short on ideas to navigate the perilous socio-economic landscape looming ahead.

Apart from assuring Singaporeans that the “best is yet to come”, Mr Lee failed to tell the nation how the government would tackle the myriad of pressing problems that plague the country suc... Read more »

Broken lift since June in Holland Bukit-Timah repaired only after MP's visit

Singapore Democrats

During our rounds at the Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, we spoke to a resident who informed us that when he called the constituency's Town Council to find out when a broken-down lift would be repaired, he was advised to look for the sub-contractor responsible for the lift maintenance.

According to the resident, the lift at Blk 150 Petir Road had ... Read more »

PM Lee should help Singaporean workers and not cheerlead Obama's TPP

Singapore Democrats

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is currently in the US for a visit and he is calling for the ratification of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The TPP, a secretive free trade initiative of President Barack Obama, is seen by many as a plan written by giant multinational corporations (MNCs) to further exploit labour and natural resources and fatten profit-margins.

This... Read more »

Despite repeated warnings, money-laundering is still a dangerous problem in Singapore

Singapore Democrats

It should come as no surprise that Singapore was used to launder money from Malaysia in the corruption scandal that has engulfed 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

This is because Mr Lee Hsien Loong, then finance minister, rewrote our finance laws in 2001 which ... Read more »

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Coastline and Land Reclamation

10 August 2016   by Tan Lip Hong

by Dr Tan Lip Hong

Singapore's total land area now stands at 71,400 hectares.

According to the Land Use Plan report released on 31 January 2013, the Government plans to increase its land supply by nearly 8 per cent to 76,600 hectares to accommodate its projected population of 6.9 million by 2030.

About 60 per cent will be set aside for housing, industry and community facilities - up from the current 52 per cent.

A large part of the additional land will come from reclamation and freeing up reserve land.

It can be seen from the map that future land reclamation work is largely to increase the size of the main island of Singapore as well as existing off shore islands like Pulau Tekong, Pulau Bukom and Pulau Semakau.

This plan would destroy the existing coastlines around the main island, much the same way as the Marine Parade reclamation off the East Coast in the past has destroyed all the old picturesque coastlines of Tanjong Katong, Telok Kurau, Siglap, Bedok, Tanah Merah with all their natural habitats, heritage, history and memories.