A Return to Real Democracy

By Joshua Wong

November 2016 FEATURE
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If all politics is local, does the absence of local elections not make politics less than democratic?The current state of affairs, as mandated by the 1976 Local Government Act, is that local councillors are “to be appointed by the State Authority.1 A major consequence of the abolition of local elections and the (re) introduction of nominated local authorities is the blurring of boundaries between state and local authority, and the diminished role of the latter.Although local councils are not technically...

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Joshua Wong

A proud Penangite, Joshua Wong is currently studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. He has a keen interest in both history and writing.


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