General Current Affairs
The Straits Times, 2 March 2009, Home B2
Since the nation’s independence in 1965, Singapore has been mostly managed by the ruling political party PAP. Over the years, there have been more talks within the citizens, particularly the youths and the younger generation for an opposition voice in the government.
The ruling party’s stand has been that with the unified government now, decisions can be made fast and swiftly. PAP MPs are organised into government parliamentary committees (GPCs), and act like opposition parties, giving alternative feedback to the cabinet in their select areas.
With this, the PAP tries to reduce the need for opposition parties in the government. Over the years, some of the comments and inputs that PAP MPs have made in parliament proves the success of the scheme.
I believe that one of the reason why the PAP remains uncontested is also because they have taken loads of proactive steps to stay ahead of the other political parties.
The commitment in grooming youths is an excellent example. The investment in training the next generation of politicians and the grooming of young leaders will eventually give them the head-start against the competitors.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Singapore’s largest circulating daily, The Straits Times, today reported that Malaysian authorities have reverted to the use of ‘white cards’ for entry into Malaysia.
Seven months ago, Malaysia announced that there was no need to fill up immigration entry cards when Singaporeans enter the country.
“A spokesman from the High Commission of Malaysia in Singapore did not elaborate on the reasons behind the decision, saying only that the cardless system was on a trial run and that the Malaysian government has decided that the white card is still needed.” quoted The Straits Times on 16 July 08, in an article titled Malaysia going back to white cards for visits
One would have thought that in today’s digital age, the filling up of such cards should have been rendered obsolete. Further, environment concerns creep in with the use of the cards.
But, like how other Singaporeans think and feel, this is probably a ‘no choice’ situation.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )