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Had the Government not pursued the matter in Parliament, most people would have overlooked Ms Lim’s 'test balloon' comment.  However, the WP could later use it to great effect for political attacks, including during the next general election.

Senior Minister of State Chee Hong Tat, on claims about the timing of the GST hike

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Singapore 'Test balloons' allegation, if not refuted, could have led to 'political attacks': Chee Hong Tat
I believe I was doing my duty as an MP to convey ground concerns, reactions and confusion. I did not accuse the Government of being untruthful as alleged and neither had I intended to accuse the Government of dishonesty.

Workers’ Party chairman Sylvia Lim, on “test balloons” allegation raised during the Budget debate

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Singapore WP’s Sylvia Lim refuses to apologise to House, but admits 'test balloons' allegation 'may not have been correct'
There are no winners in a trade war. It will only bring disaster to China and the United States and the world.

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The culture of judgment within the system needs to end, but it’s not just about the system. It’s about the people in the system … Do we still ask others which schools they went to? Do we then form our opinions of them based on that?

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While I really appreciate the support from the fans, it doesn’t determine my self-worth … I just accepted it as part of my social responsibility. But if I had a choice, I would run away.

Former Singapore swimmer Joscelin Yeo, on not missing the limelight from her competitive swimming days

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