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NUS alumni facilitate discussion on the Singapore General Elections

21 March 2012

Lively discussion during the forum

Has anything changed one year after the Singapore General Elections? This was the question posed during a panel discussion organised by The Singapore Forum on Politics and Policy (SFP) on 19 March. The Forum was initiated by the NUS Political Science Alumni to promote academic discussion on Singapore politics and public policies.

Sharing their views with the audience were Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar, Member of Parliament (People's Action Party, Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency); Mrs Lina Chiam, Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (Singapore People's Party); Mr Yee Jenn Jong, Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (The Workers' Party); Ms Tan Su Shan, Nominated Member of Parliament and Adjunct Professor Kevin Tan of the NUS Faculty of Law.

Looking back on the Singapore General Elections, Prof Tan said: "What happened in 2011 was a culmination of forces whereby different generations actually stood up, along with a change in some among the older generation who said they wanted something different."

The issue of whether there had been any real change could be looked into from three different levels, namely, government policy, political parties and the people, said Professor Terry Nardin, Head of the NUS Department of Political Science.

The panellists fielded questions from the audience which included the impact of social media and the possibility of having a two-party system.

Incepted in 2000, the SFP organises several panel discussions a year on hot topics in the current political climate.