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Mid-point of Singapore general election throws up a ‘10 million hot potato’

Mid-point of Singapore general election throws up a ‘10 million hot potato’

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Midway through the seemingly tepid Covid-19 electioneering, the political scene unexpectedly flared up as parties clashed over whether there was any plan for the city-state to host a population of 10 million. Lighting the fuse of the cracker, the feisty Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief, […]

No Lee Vs Lee face-off, PM’s younger brother bows out

No Lee Vs Lee face-off, PM’s younger brother bows out

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Singapore does not need another Lee to vie for political office. Saying this, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s younger brother, Lee Hsien Yang, on Tuesday put paid to rising expectations among his supporters of a direct Lee vs Lee tussle in the coming General Election […]

Lee vs Lee slugfest in Singapore general election?

Lee vs Lee slugfest in Singapore general election?

Left: PM Lee Hsien Loong | Right: Mr Lee Hsien Yang (https://www.iresimply81.com) By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: A Lee vs Lee clash? This is the tantalising scenario in which Lee Kuan Yew’s second son Hsien Yang will be contesting the late elder statesman’s power base of Tanjong Pagar against his estranged […]

Cyber path for Singapore in holding general election on July 10

Cyber path for Singapore in holding general election on July 10

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: A unique first for Singapore: a “Cyber-Election’’ with the Republic deciding firmly to go to the polls on July 10 amid the on-going COVID-19 crisis. Instead of outdoor political mass rallies, the battle for the hearts and minds of 2.65 million voters will take place […]

Singapore eyes July or September to hold general elections

Singapore eyes July or September to hold general elections

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: General elections as early as in July, or latest in September. This is what Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) appears to have set its mind on as it sees the Covid pandemic outbreak in the Republic as stabilising, with restrictions on movement of people and […]

Some leaders win virus bonus; whammy for million$ skippers

Some leaders win virus bonus; whammy for million$ skippers

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Feared as the Evil Genie everywhere, the Coronavirus is displaying almost mystical abilities to impact the fortunes of politicians across the globe, for better or for worse. Take South Korea’s Moon Jae-in. The president’s political fate took an unexpected upswing in the midst of battling […]

Two battlegrounds in the Covid-19 war

Two battlegrounds in the Covid-19 war

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: The world is in a tizzy never witnessed before.No one knows when the frightful Covid-19 pandemic will end; no one is sure how it can be ended. It continues to kill and maim. The tragic toll so far: more than 230,00 killed across the world, […]

Spectre of COVID-19: Run from dorms to Singapore citizenry

Spectre of COVID-19: Run from dorms to Singapore citizenry

  By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: An early favourite in the Covid-19 world wrestling challenge, Singapore began to falter midway in the match, leading to what some have characterised as a costly lesson of presumption. Entering the ring, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the vigilant coach, was the […]

Trump in blame-game spree as COVID-19 death spiral soars

Trump in blame-game spree as COVID-19 death spiral soars

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: As the toll in the United States from the novel pneumonia super-bug exceeded 20,000 deaths and reached more than half a million confirmed cases by Easter Friday, President Donald Trump began hitting out at  the World Health Organisation (WHO), faulting it for being too focused […]

Kopi-tiam pundits hedge bets on Singapore polls outcome

Kopi-tiam pundits hedge bets on Singapore polls outcome

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: The kopi-tiam, Singapore’s well-known name for the coffee shop, is the go-to place in the city-state to get your latest update on engrossing political gossip. Freshly brewed events come alive, with arm-chair critics holding forth, in between sips of kopi-O (black) orteh-tarik (pulled tea), on […]

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