Singaporean political observers express concern over the significantly higher eligibility criteria for private-sector presidential candidates compared to public-sector candidates, calling for adjustments.
Some also suggest a five year waiting period for aspiring political leaders after leaving their party before allowed to partake in the presidential election.
Notably, The Workers’ Party has earlier reiterated its position that the current qualification criteria favor PAP candidates and has called for a return to a ceremonial presidency instead of an elected one.
In response to the recent development, the Coalition for Clean and Fair Election (BERSIH) expresses deep concern about the Discharge Not Amounting to Acquittal (DNAA) granted to Deputy Prime Minister Zahid on all 47 corruption charges involving millions from YAB.
They demand an explanation for this move despite a prima facie case and transparency on potential new charges.
BERSIH stressed that Malaysians are sick of seeing this correlation: Those who stay in power forever stay innocent, while those who lose power also lose their innocence.
Progress Singapore Party (PSP) has criticized PM Lee’s NDR 2023 policies as “more of the same,” highlighting the potential avoidance of the Majulah Package with a living wage policy.
PSP’s Leong Mun Wai shared mixed sentiments on the speech, while also voicing apprehensions about the impending GST hike amidst rising living costs.
Singapore’s healthcare system grapples with the high cost of treating rare diseases. Patient advocate Sherry Toh, battling Spinal Muscular Atrophy, highlights the dichotomy between life-altering treatments and their exorbitant prices.
Critics, like Dr Paul Ananth Tambyah, argue that the Rare Disease Fund’s selective coverage is insufficient, calling for reforms, including aggressive price negotiations and possible local production of expensive drugs.