Leader of the Opposition to lead scrutiny of government, receive confidential briefings

AMONG other duties, Singapore's new Leader of the Opposition will take the lead in presenting alternative views in parliamentary debates, and may be called upon to attend official state functions, said the Office of the Speaker of Parliament and Office of the Leader of the House in a joint...

Leader of the Opposition to take lead in scrutiny, be privy to confidential briefings

AMONG other duties, Singapore's new Leader of the Opposition will take the lead in presenting alternative views in parliamentary debates, and may be called upon to attend official state functions, said the Office of the Speaker of Parliament and Office of the Leader of the House in a joint...

More diversity in Parliament, Cabinet part of future

GREATER diversity in Parliament and Cabinet is part of Singapore's future, as the new government leads Singapore through the Covid-19 crisis and beyond, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday.

Diversity in Parliament and Cabinet for the future: PM Lee

GREATER diversity in Parliament and Cabinet is part of Singapore's future, as the new government leads Singapore through the Covid-19 crisis and beyond, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday evening.

NEWS ANALYSIS

New Cabinet favours continuity with eye on renewal

KEEPING steady hands on the tiller and shoring up key ministries amid the Covid-19 crisis seems to be the focus of the new Cabinet, where renewal takes a necessary back seat to continuity. While Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke of striking a balance between "continuity, exposure and renewal...

Seven new office-holders, six promotions in new Cabinet; Parliament to open on Aug 24

SEVEN new political office-holders, six promotions - including two to full minister - and a slew of portfolio swaps were among the changes in the new Cabinet line-up announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday, two weeks after the July 10 General Election.

Prolonged ultra-low interest rate environment may hurt growth: Tharman

WHILE aggressive action by central banks is the right move in this economic crisis, a prolonged ultra-low interest rate environment might hurt growth, said Monetary Authority of Singapore chairman and Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Thursday.

Singapore's June core inflation stays unchanged at -0.2 per cent

SINGAPORE'S core inflation stayed unsurprisingly negative for the fifth straight month in June at -0.2 per cent year on year, unchanged from May, according to the Department of Statistics consumer price index (CPI) figures on Thursday.

Singapore core inflation negative for fifth straight month, at -0.2% in June

SINGAPORE'S core inflation stayed negative for the fifth straight month in June at -0.2 per cent year on year, unchanged from May, said the Department of Statistics consumer price index (CPI) figures on Thursday.

Preserving capabilities, global cooperation key in tackling pandemic crisis: Tharman

AS ECONOMIES move along the trajectory of the Covid-19 pandemic, the objective shifts from preventing an absolute economic collapse to also preserving capabilities and allowing for growth, said Monetary Authority of Singapore chairman and Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Thursday...

VIRUS OUTBREAK

SCCCI adapts to new virtual normal amid pandemic; says China is still key market

IN THE face of the inconveniences wrought by Covid-19, the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) has gone virtual. The business organisation now offers its members online courses, digital trade fairs and consultancy services, e-introductions to opportunities abroad, and...

SINGAPORE ECONOMY

Singapore enters recession with record 12.6% GDP fall in Q2

SINGAPORE entered what might be its deepest - if not longest - recession in the second quarter, as gross domestic product (GDP) plummeted a record 12.6 per cent year on year due to Covid-19 measures and weak external demand, Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) advance estimates showed on...

Quick takes: Despite Singapore's Q2 entry into recession, MAS may keep policy unchanged

SINGAPORE entered both full-blown and technical recession in the second quarter, according to advance estimates showing a 12.6 per cent year-on-year...

Singapore in recession with GDP down 12.6% in Q2, flash figures show

SINGAPORE'S gross domestic product (GDP) plummeted 12.6 per cent year on year in the second quarter, bringing the country into full-blown recession, as Covid-19 "circuit-breaker" measures hit hard and external demand stayed weak amid the global downturn, according to Ministry of Trade and...

A convincing vote

In this crisis election, more voters chose a side, resulting in a record low percentage of rejected votes in the July 10 General Election, said observers.

GE2020

A twist, but businesses still see stability, continuity after GE2020

THE ruling People's Action Party (PAP) may not have gained as strong a mandate as desired in Friday's General Election (GE), but this is unlikely to put off investors, who can expect Singapore's stability and economic policy direction to continue, said economists and business groups.

GE2020

PAP retains supermajority but with lower vote share

BASED on the early sample counts and final tallies for the 31 wards at press time, the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) is set to retain its two-thirds super-majority, its vote share close to historic lows, with the opposition bagging its second-ever group representation constituency (GRC) in...

BARFLY

Local flavours on tap at Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall

AMID the pandemic, bars have moved online, moved elsewhere, or both. Among them is Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall. Once nestled within the upper floor of a Boat Quay shophouse, it has reopened at Haji Lane, serving up local flavours - both hawker food and alcoholic concoctions - that are available via...

GE2020: PAP takes 61.24% of the valid vote, loses a second GRC to WP

WITH 61.24 per cent of the valid vote and the historic loss of a second group representation constituency (GRC) to the opposition, the People's Action Party (PAP) may not have gained the strong mandate it wished for in the July 10 General Election.

GE2020

SDP, other opposition parties stress need for alternative policies and accountability

THIS General Election is critical for Singapore's future, which is why voters should elect opposition Members of Parliament, said the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) and other opposition parties on Thursday, in the final party political broadcasts on the eve of Polling Day.

New ideas, alternative voices needed for the future: SDP

THIS General Election is a critical one for Singapore's future, which is why voters should elect opposition Members of Parliament, said the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) and other opposition parties on Thursday night, in the final round of party political broadcasts on the eve of Polling Day...

PM: Jobs the top concern of voters

IN THIS General Election, voters have raised one top concern to the People's Action Party (PAP) candidates whom they meet: jobs.

PM Lee lists jobs and incomes as voters' main concerns

THROUGHOUT the campaign, the top concerns raised by voters have been jobs and the Covid-19 crisis, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a livestream on Wednesday night, rounding up the nine-day campaign ahead of the cooling-off period that begins at midnight.

Getting Singapore through Covid-19 crisis is top issue on voters' minds this GE: PAP

SECURING jobs, securing investments and securing Singapore's supply lines are the major challenges in the coming months amid the Covid-19 crisis, said political office-holders from the People's Action Party (PAP) in a press conference on Wednesday morning, the final day of campaigning before...

GE2020

Good government needed to fight Covid-19, support economy: PM Lee

PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong has once more stressed the need for a strong mandate and a good government to lead Singapore through the Covid-19 crisis, pledging that he and other older ministers will see this through with the fourth generation or 4G leadership.