Lee Kuan Yew With Iron Lungs

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The nation’s first Prime Minister and former Minister Mentor, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, was warded in the Intensive Care Unit at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). Mr Lee, 91, was for severe pneumonia and was put on Iron Lungs support (mechanical ventilator). An iron lung is a non-invasive negative-pressure ventilator, used to artificially maintain respiration. Read more »

Lee Kuan Yew Had A Transient Ischaemic Attack

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Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, Former Minister Mentor and First Prime Minister of Singapore, was admitted to Singapore General Hospital after experiencing a suspected transient ischaemic attack (happens when blood flow to a part of the brain stops for a brief period of time) associated with a prolonged episode of atrial fibrillation (or irregular heartbeat). Read more »

Punggol East By Election

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PM Lee announced that the by-election for Punggol East will be held on 26 Jan 2013. Mr Lee said even though he has been busy with national issues, he has decided to hold a by-election to give Punggol East residents their own MP in Parliament, before returning back to refocus on national issues. It was rumored that PAP Activists were stockpiling plywood that is mainly used for election posters ahead of the announcements. The By-Election was eventually won by the opposition, Workers Party, with a deciding 60% majority. Read more »

First Woman Speaker Of Parliament

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Minister of State Halimah Yacob to be elected as Speaker of Parliament. She is Singapore’s first woman Speaker and will fill the post vacated by former Member of Parliament, Mr Michael Palmer, who stepped down due to an extramarital affair. Read more »

PAP MP Embarrassed PAP

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Michael Palmer, MP, resigned from PAP to avoid further shaming ruling Peoples’ Action Party, PAP. MP is also Punggol East MP, Member of Parliament, said he was resigning to avoid “further embarrassment” to PAP for “improper relationship” with a People’s Association (PA) staff member in his constituency. He is also Singapore’s Speaker of Parliament. Read more »

Parliament Accepted Revised Ministers Pay

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Parliament has accepted the proposals made by the Committee to Review Ministerial Salaries after a three-day debate. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also Minister-in-charge of civil service, said both sides of the House (PAP and two opposition parties) have moved much closer together. 30 MPs took part in the debate. The new salary structure will be backdated to 21 May 2011. Huat Ah! Read more »

Three Unpopular Ministers Done For

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Deputy Prime Minister (cum Home Affairs Minister) Wong Kan Seng, Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan, and Minister for Transport Raymond Lim, will leave the Cabinet. According to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong the three men had previously expressed a desire to step down but decided to stay on to fight the recently concluded May 7 Singapore General Election. Wong Kan Seng is often blamed for Terrorist Mas Selamat escape, Mah Bow Tan for sky rocketing cost of public housing and Raymond Lim was blamed for the high cost of transportation in Singapore. Read more »

Goh Chok Tong Resigned

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Former Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong has resigned from the country’s cabinet. The move comes after his political party’s worst election result since 1965. Read more »

Lee Kuan Yew Resigned

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Singapore founding father Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) has resigned from the country’s cabinet, ceding leadership to his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. LKY has been sitting inside the cabinet for the last 52 years. The move comes after his political party’s worst election result since 1965. Read more »

PAP Won 2011 General Election

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Singapore’s incumbent PAP (People’s Action Party) won the 2011 General Election. It was the 16th General Election in Singapore and the 11th since independence. The governing People’s Action Party (PAP) secured their 13th consecutive term in office since 1959. PAP won all but six seats to the opposition party (Workers’ Party). Read more »

Anti-PAP Fliers Found

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Anti-PAP (People’s Action Party) fliers urging residents to take ‘collective and concerted action to go against the PAP’ have been circulated in Sengkang Housing Estate. These unsigned fliers were found stuffed in letterboxes of HDB Blocks 244 to 256, Compassvale Road. The A4-size flier with the criticisms written in both English and Chinese, made allegations about corruption and exploitation and complained about cost of living issues, among other things.

Lee Hsien Loong as Prime Minister

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Brigadier General (Ret) Lee Hsien Loong was sworn in as the Republic of Singapore’s third Prime Minister. Lee Hsien Loong is the eldest son of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime Minister. Read more »

Lee Kuan Yew Singapore First Prime Minister

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Lee Kuan Yew, leader of PAP political party, was sworn in as Prime Minister of Singapore at the age of 35.

State of Singapore Formed

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The State of Singapore formed with at the same day the Crown Colony’s Office of the Governor was abolished. At one minute past midnight, the Governor proclaims Singapore a self-governing state. At 8.30am, he takes office as Yang di-Pertuan Negara, or Head of State. At 8.30am, Encik Yusof bin Ishak becomes Yang di-Pertuan Negara or the Head of State of Singapore. A celebration and mass rally by Peoples’ Action Party (PAP) were held in the early evening at the Padang for Singapore gaining full self-government.

Lee Kuan Yew to form the Government

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Singapore Governor Sir William Goode asks Mr Lee Kuan Yew to form the Government. Mr Lee repeats his party’s condition: The British to release eight detained associates. They are: Lim Chin Siong, Fong Swee Suan, Devan Nair, S.Woodhull, J.Puthucheary, Chan Chiaw Thor, Chan Chong Kin and Chen Say Jame.

Singapore Legislative Assembly 3rd General Election

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The third general election for the Legislative Assembly was a lively and closely-fought affair, with several new political parties joining the fray. This was the first GE for a fully elected legislature after negotiations between the British and Singapore lawmakers to allow Singapore self-government concluded successfully. Read more »

Singapore Legislative Assembly 2nd General Election

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The second general election for the Legislative Assembly was a lively and closely-fought affair, with several new political parties joining the fray. Unlike previous elections, voters were automatically registered, expanding the electorate to around 300,000.The SPP was soundly defeated in the election, winning only four seats. The newly-formed, left-leaning Labour Front was the biggest winner with ten seats was led by David Marshall. Labour Front formed a coalition government with the UMNO-MCA Alliance, which won three seats. Another new party, the leftist People’s Action Party (PAP) led by Lee Kuan Yew, won three seats.

Lee Kuan Yew Wins The Tanjong Pagar Seat

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Chinese Students lifted Mr. Lee Kuan Yew to shoulder-high after the announcement that he was the successful candidate for Tanjong Pagar. Mr. Lee (PAP) got 6629 votes. His closest rival was Mr. Peter Lim Seck Tiong (Progressive Party) with only 908 votes.

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