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Monthly Archives: January 2007

Penal Code Amendments & Freedom of Speech forums

PUBLIC FORUM ON THE PENAL CODE AMENDMENTS In Nov 2006, the government floated a draft Penal Code Amendment Bill and called for public comment. The Penal Code reflects our rights and responsibilities living in Singapore. Despite the tremendous significance of the Penal Code in guiding the way Singaporeans order their daily lives, the government has given little explanation for the …

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Huh, ASEAN? Does it really matter to us?

by Gerald Giam Mention “Asean” to the man on the street, and you are likely to get a puzzled look, or a stifled yawn at best. Even for the international media, Asean — the Association of Southeast Asian Nations — evokes significantly less interest than, say, the North Korean nuclear crisis, China-Taiwan relations and perhaps even Angelina Jolie’s travels to …

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Why we ought not to have a mandatory death penalty…

Excerpted from Kitana’s blog here. My father and B are both of the opinion tt I am sometimes too emotional for my own good. I feel sadness too easily. I’d only attended one judgment for a murder trial, and during tt trial the holding had been culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which was a rather joyous occasion. And the …

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Complicity in the senseless murder of a young boy

By Zyberzitizen Iwuchukwu Amara Tochi. Will we remember him – or even his name? Will it matter to us? Does it matter to us? Why should we care about a Nigerian who is convicted of trafficking drugs? Why should we care about him who is now dead – sentenced to die and hung by our esteemed courts of well-trained, experienced …

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Bloggers question Tochi’s execution

This is a summary of what some bloggers are saying about the execution of nigerian Iwuchukwu Amara Tochi. “Tochi was only 19 years old, with not much education. Was it safe to assume that he was familiar with the ways of the world, including the drug trade and the risks involved? Could he be expected to know that different countries …

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Entrepreneurship And the Future State of Affairs – Part 2

This is part 2 of the article on entrepreneurship by Leounheort. Part 1 can be accessed here. In a conservative society, anything new is automatically treated with fear and suspicion if it contradicts current social norms. Homosexuality, for example, is still an issue the State beats about, even until today. It is still socially unacceptable to be a homosexual, just …

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Lawmakers Plead for Convicted Nigerian in Singapore

Report from This Day President Olusegun Obasanjo has sought the “personal intervention” of the Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, in the imminent execution of a Nigerian, Mr. Iwuchukwu Amara Tochi, in Singapore. The House of Representatives also yesterday at plenary described the death sentence placed on the Nigerian footballer as a political matter noting that President Olusegun …

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Report on the P65 Dialogue on GST implications

Starting later than the scheduled time of 7pm, the P65 Dialogue – GST Implications took place at NTUC Centre Jan 23rd, 2007. Chaired by the post-65 PAP MPs Teo Ser Luck, Michael Palmer, and Zaqy Mohammed, the event was a rather scaled-down affair. There were no tv cameras, no media present (as far as we can tell) and none of …

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NSP Departure from SDA– Study the Press reports

Excerpted from Singapore Alternatives. I would highly recommend a political commentary provided by Burning Republic State although I disagree with the author’s point of view that the SDA will face problems after the NSP’s (National Solidarity Party) departure. Although this blog has only a few articles, it has provided very insightful articles right from May 2006. The NSP’s press release is well …

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Singapore Swing

Excerpt from Newsweek International By Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop Jan. 29, 2007 issue – Tiny Singapore, with its population of 4.3 million, is often lauded for the way it has embraced globalization to maximum advantage. In the last decade, the city-state has opened its doors wide to foreign investment and talent, slashed corporate taxes, offered incentives to nurture strategic industries (such as …

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