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Exposed: Opposition party aims to form government

Exposed: Opposition party aims to form government

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Singapore’s opposition Member-of-Parliament Pritam Singh declares that Worker’s Party has intention to form government; ruling party’s youth wing flabbergasted.

SINGAPORE — The People’s Action Party youth wing, or Young PAP for short, have in a series of Facebook updates exposed the opposition Worker’s Party’s nefarious intentions to form the government in the future.

In their Facebook page, they even dedicated a YouTube video to their “growing appetite for power”, casting aspersions on the opposition party’s true motives.

In Singapore, opposition parties are not allowed to wrestle for political power, or even think about eventually running the country.

Such actions are punishable by Facebook humiliation and sharp rebuke in the nation’s newspapers.

The Young PAP’s actions are in response to comments made by MP Pritam Singh at a recent political forum. He said: “There are 87 seats in Parliament. How many do we have right now? We’ve got six … we will not be ready to form a government till we got 44 good candidates, who are elected by the people.”

Pritam continued: “So, is that something we are working toward? Well, I think the short answer is yes. But at the end of the day, with respect to that decision, it will not be made by the Workers’ Party, it will be made by the people of Singapore.”

For whatever reason, the Young PAP later removed the YouTube video dedication from their Facebook page, instead posting a simple link to a local news report on Pritam’s thoughts.

A political observer, who does not wish to be named, has called the Young PAP’s social media maneuver “brilliant”. He noted that “for a bunch of young puppies who are the future of the PAP, they have done an excellent job of showing that the political party is in good hands.”

Looks like the PAP won’t be relinquishing their powers anytime in the next 50 years.

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New Nation writes to MP Denise Phua

New Nation writes to MP Denise Phua

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Dear Ms Phua,

I am Terence, editor for newnation.sg, a brand new online magazine for young adults covering current affairs, personal finance, and lifestyle.

Recently, a Singaporean, writing under a pseudonym, described on our website his experiences as an autistic person, which were, how shall we say, rather pessimistic.

The article can be read here: http://newnation.sg/2011/01/like-%E2%80%98hell-on-earth%E2%80%99/, and has generated a good discussion.

As a non-autistic, it is an education for me to peek into the life of an autistic Singaporean, and I do wonder if the situation is as grim as it seems?

As such, I hope you will seriously consider contributing a letter to our website to address ‘Aaron’ and the issues he face. You may want to highlight some avenues that are out there for autistic people.

I note your previous comment that 85% of comments online are anti-PAP, but I would like to assure you at newnation.sg, we have a balanced approach towards online engagement.

Our humble website is new, but it has drawn an average of 200 unique visitors a day for the past two weeks.

Your letter would provide some much-needed balance to an online discourse that is decidedly skewed against the government. I’m sure our readers will appreciate your response.

Hope to hear from you soon.


Terence Lee
Editor, Newnation.sg