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Talk By Associate Professor Kirpal Singh

On 1 October 2014, Associate Professor Kirpal Singh, Director of the Wee Kim Wee Centre at Singapore Management University, shared his views on the political scene in Singapore and its future general election with the students of the Bachelor of Science in Management and Security Studies programme at SIM University.

Associate Professor Singh discussed the trends in past general elections and how the last election in 2011 saw votes swing towards the opposition party as citizens did not shy away from voting against the government. He talked about how Singaporeans want the People’s Action Party (PAP) as the governing party, but with opposition party Member of Parliaments to keep the PAP government in check and to lower any high-handedness. He also brought up some of the issues that may arise in the next general election such as the Central Provident Fund, minimum wage, widening income gaps, rising cost of living, as well as the security implications raised by the volume of foreign workers in Singapore.

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(From left) Associate Professor Kirpal Singh receiving a token of appreciation from 
Associate Professor Antonio L. Rappa, Head of the Management and Security Studies programme.


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