SINGAPORE — The COVID-19 pandemic notwithstanding, veteran journalist PN Balji argues that Singapore's treatment of foreign workers has long needed reform.
While Budget 2020 was exceedingly generous to many, veteran journalist PN Balji argues that it does not address the most pressing issue of all: a long-term vision for the future economy
SINGAPORE — The Progress Singapore Party should look to the general election to be held by 2025, not 2020, as its real test, veteran journalist PN Balji argues.
SINGAPORE — Veteran Singaporean journalist P N Balji argues that the government's use of a controversial anti-fake news law has gone into grey areas.
SINGAPORE — Veteran journalist PN Balji argues that both the PAP and WP face a tricky path ahead of the elections, in the wake of the AHTC verdict.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is aiming to cement his legacy with his mega projects and steps to fight climate change, argued PN Balji. But certain measures announced at the National Day Rally also show that his government is behind the curve, the media veteran added.
In response to the recent furore over the brownface ad and Preetipls video, veteran journalist PN Baji maintains that the responsibility of maintaining racial order rests with the government.
Veteran journalist PN Balji reckons that it is a different, less restrained Tan Cheng Bock taking his last shot at active politics - and Lee Hsien Yang may well play a decisive role.
It was an information war to beat all other verbal contests in Singapore. In its intensity, clarity and agility, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam’s campaign to win over the sceptics of the Bill aimed at fighting fake news was unprecedented in recent Singapore history.
Veteran journalist PN Balji argues that there are many issues with the proposed anti-fake news bills, particularly the wide powers it gives ministers to declare something a falsehood.
Veteran journalist PN Balji argues that Budget 2019 bears little difference from previous Budgets, and fails to address the most important issue of all: flagging productivity.
Veteran journalist PN Balji argues that the recent spate of training-related deaths has forced the Ministry of Defence to come out of its shell, with Defence Minister leading the way.
Veteran journalist PN Balji reckons that former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock, while a respected figure, will have many obstacles to overcome as he enters opposition politics.
As tensions revive between Singapore and Malaysia, veteran journalist PN Balji argues that the Republic's leadership must be discerning in reading the mood and motives of Putrajaya.
Veteran journalist PN Baiji says the fact that Heng Swee Keat's ascension to PAP 1st assistant sec-gen was leaked to the media points to a split in the party - and this is a good sign.
Veteran journalist PN Balji argues that a fake news panel's recommendations are a tacit admission that the Singapore government is moving away from controlling to managing media.
In the wake of of his controversial meeting with some Singaporeans, veteran journalist PN Balji says Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad is having the time of his life riling up Singapore.
Media veteran PN Baiji asks why the 4G leaders did not front the new long-term policies announced at NDR 2018. At this rate, how will Singaporeans know their vision for the country?
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong and Communications and Information Minister S Iswaran addressed Parliament on Monday (6 August) to explain the cybertheft of 1.5 million medical records of public hospital patients, including those of the Prime Minister. And did the two add to a better understanding and appreciation of the biggest cyberattack in Singapore’s history? Sad to say, no.
The Malaysia moment just refuses to leave the headlines. More than two weeks after the historic May 9 election result, hardly a day goes by without yet another dramatic twist, another climactic revelation.
Rail operator SMRT has a history of appointing military men to its top position. SMRT’s love affair with top military men is not new. It started way back in 1997, when former Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Kwek Siew Jin was moved into the organisation as the rail operator’s chief, followed by former Chief of Army Brigadier General Boey Tak Hap in 2002.
All the smiles and conviviality at the doorstop after Pritam Singh was elected as the new secretary-general of the Workers Party on Sunday (8 April) hid the shadows hovering over the new leadership. As Singh himself said, Low Thia Khiang’s shoes are not easy to fill. For 27 years, first as a Member of Parliament and then as WP chief, the former Opposition leader has displayed an uncanny understanding of the Singaporean voter and a shrewd sense of political timing.
Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam subjected some of the witnesses at the Select Committee hearings to an extensive grilling. The Select Committee probing the vexatious issue of deliberate online falsehoods must have a lot to chew on. Not just on the 170 submissions and answers from the 65 witnesses who spent more than 50 hours under the spotlight, some of them facing a public grilling not seen in Singapore politics in a long while.
The 2018 Budget ended up being hijacked by the debate on Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat’s announcement that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will go up between 2021 and 2025. The total planned expenditure for the above three areas is $43 billion with healthcare taking a huge share of GDP – from 2.2 per cent today to 3 per cent in the next 10 years. Within the next decade, healthcare spending is expected to overtake education,” said the Finance Minister.
One piece at a time, the jigsaw puzzle that is Singapore’s political succession is falling into place. The only difference this time round is that the name of the man who will run Singapore is still up in the air, unlike the two previous changes of the leadership baton.