Political Links: What's buzzing online in political news (July 22)

The Elections Department has announced changes that have been made to several polling districts within eight group representation constituencies.
The Elections Department has announced changes that have been made to several polling districts within eight group representation constituencies. PHOTO: ST FILE

The ST Political Desk's round-up of what's buzzing online in political news.

POLLING DISTRICT CHANGES: ANOTHER SIGN OF GE?

The Elections Department announced changes that have been made to several polling districts within eight group representation constituencies. Many will  see this as a sign that the report of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee could be out soon and hence trigger a run-up period to the polls being called. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told Parliament on July 13 that the Committee was formed two months ago.

ANALYSTS GEAR UP

Political scientist Derek da Cunha is starting what he describes as a short series of observations ahead of when the next election is called.  

On Sunday, his focus was on the Singaporean voter. He posits that, like most voters in other parts of the world, Singaporeans will pick their political party on the basis of self-interest. And if the majority of Singaporeans choose the PAP, it's primarily because they are beneficiaries of the current economic, social and political set-up - galling as that may be to stridently anti-PAP types. 

Meanwhile, the current affairs website Inconvenient Questions asked several Singaporeans what they want to see in the coming election. Former NMP Laurence Lien wants Singaporeans to look to the future and ask themselves how they can take on greater responsibilities within the community, while ex-chairman of Tata Consultancy in the Asia-Pacific Girija Pande wants to see a fair fight underscored by mature and fact-based debates focused on the big issues and not trivialities.

Later this week, the site will also upload a  panel discussion held on Monday which covers election-related issues that include the redrawing of electoral boundaries. 

LEE BEE WAH REFUTES FALSEHOODS

On Facebook, Nee Soon GRC MP Lee Bee Wah has refuted claims circulating online that a company she owns is inappropriately involved in various ongoing HDB projects. Ms Lee said the company, LBW Consultants LLP, tendered openly for 11 HDB projects in 2013 and was successful in two of them.

"The tender was carried out fairly and transparently. To suggest otherwise is malicious," she wrote. The company was acquired by Meinhardt Group International in January last year, she added.