If ever there was a budget laden with cheap gimmicks and full of wayang, this one is it.
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced an 'ang pow' of up to $300 for every individual. The giveaway amounts to $700 million. This is against a collection of a surplus of $9.6 billion last year.
In other words, the government is giving back to taxpayers 7 cents for every excess dollar it c ... Read more »
Good evening all,
I would like to thank Sze Hian and MARUAH for inviting me to speak at this event. Firstly I would like to clarify that I am speaking in my own personal capacity as an activist and politician and NOT as a representative of the University and the hospital. I hope that the Independent can take note of that as it causes problems for a lot of people when the different roles that we speak in are mixed up. The University ... Read more »
“No by-election will be held to fill any vacancy unless all three members of that GRC have vacated their seats in Parliament,” then DPM Goh Chok Tong said when he introduced the GRC system in 1987.
“This is to ensure that no Member who has been elected under a GRC will be forced to vacate his seat through the departure of his team-mates for whatever reason”.
Parliament pushed through the stipulation in Sec ... Read more »
“Whenever the seat of a Member, not being a non-constituency Member, has become vacant for any reason other than a dissolution of Parliament, the vacancy shall be filled by election...” (emphasis added)
This is Article 49(1) of the Singapore Constitution which forms the basis of Dr Wong Souk Yee's argument in her application for a mandatory court order to compel t ... Read more »
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19 July 2017 by Singapore Democrats