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Singapore's new opposition calls for curbs on foreign labor

Progress party unveils agenda as it looks to challenge People’s Action Party

Progress Singapore Party leader Tan Cheng Bock said the country's economic agreement with India should be reviewed as he laid out the party's agenda party on August 3. (Photo by Kentaro Iwamoto)

SINGAPORE -- Singapore's new opposition party struck a nationalist tone at its launch event Saturday, calling for tighter controls on foreign labor as it hopes to challenge the country's entrenched ruling party in the next election.

The Progress Singapore Party, backed by the estranged brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, laid out its agenda at the event as it looks to shake up the Lion City's political scene that has seen the People’s Action Party in power since 1959. 

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