Does Iswaran know what he's doing with Orchard Road?

Singapore Democrats

Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran says that the government will revamp Orchard Road to re-vitalise the shopping belt. One idea he has is to fully pedestrianise the area by closing off the Road to vehicular traffic.

This proposal comes in the midst of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) embarking on a ... Read more »

Downgrade or sublet? What's the point if retirees cannot make progress in life

Singapore Democrats

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said in a Facebook post yesterday that older flats “can still be a retirement asset.”

This comes on the heels of an earlier post he made on 24 March 2017 in which he said that at the end of the 99-year lease, HDB flats become worthless as they have to be returned to the government. ... Read more »

Latest electricity rate increase a betrayal of the people's trust

Singapore Democrats

Price increases on various services have been coming in thick and fast since the general election in 2015. The 6.1% increase in electricity tariff to be implemented with immediate effect is but the latest example.

During his campaign speech in 2015, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said: “You're voting for me, you're voting for my programme, and you're voting for my promise. And the ... Read more »

SDP welcomes Govt's plan to raise smoking age

Singapore Democrats

The SDP welcomes the Government's move to raise the minimum legal age to smoke, buy and possess cigarettes from 18 to 21. Smoking is without doubt a health hazard and measures to curb the habit especially among the youth is to be supported. 

The smoking habit is picked up by many in their late teens and the prohibition for persons in this age group to smoke is beneficial for those affecte ... Read more »

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We must persist

10 April 2017   by Kenneth Lin

Kenneth Lin

I recently attended the Youth Political Academy in Hong Kong organised by the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) during which Mr Sin Chung-Kai, former vice-chairperson of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, shared his thoughts on the Umbrella Movement of 2014.

He was surprised that Hong Kongers were willing to turn up in such numbers and display such a strong front against Beijing’s oppression to demand fair elections - up to a hundred thousand people took to the streets in a protest that lasted 79 days. He noted that Hong Kongers usually protested in small, isolated groups.

I listened, bemused, thinking about how rare even small protests were in Singapore, and of the likelihood that a similar large scale protest demanding free and fair elections would happen in Singapore. Not a chance...