Monthly Archives: August 2007

One wept at the birth of our nation while firecrackers thundered

By Yeo Toon Joo, Peter Singapore’s mercantile High Street-Hill Street district thundered with the blast of exploding fire crackers, more deafening than any Chinese New Year eve fire cracker duels. The most exuberant was at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce which led in the celebration. It was August 9, 1965. What was going on? What was the occasion? No new …

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The – deliberate – sound of silence?

By Andrew Loh It’s been a week since the media reported that transport operators have applied to the Public Transport Council (PTC) to increase transport fares. If one has been reading the forum page of the main broadsheet, The Straits Times, one might be thinking that the announcement – or the fare hike itself – is such a non-event that …

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A little red dot worth fighting for

In the lead-up to National Day, TOC’s writers share their personal views on what it means to be a Singaporean and what Singapore means to them. By Gerald Giam “I am not going to sacrifice my life for a worthless piece of land”, cried one reader in response to one of my articles last year about National Service (NS). As …

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PM Speech – The economic front

By Lau Kee Wee 1. General tone: putting on a brave front Patting each other on the back would seem to be the gist of his economic front. After all, Singapore did emerged stronger from SARS; terrorism; recessions; bird-flu into this current boom. Expect PM to remind us that much of the credit is due to our government’s foresight of …

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Has new media gone off the radar?

By Aaron Ng If PM Lee’s National Day message is any indicator of what is coming up on the National Day Rally speech for this year, it is perhaps not surprising that new media has been thrown off the radar, despite having occupied a relatively prominent place in last year’s Rally speech. In the message (full text available here ) …

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Foreign unis & foreign students – are we striking the right balance?

By Leong Sze Hian Despite a heated debate in the media and calls by the public for EDB to reveal how much of taxpayer’s money has been lost due to the UNSW closure, EDB chose to remain silent. I find it somewhat embarrassing to first find out the amount by reading the Singapore media, quoting the Australian media. Since Parliament …

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Singapore – on the bright side

In the lead-up to National Day, TOC’s writers share their personal views on what it means to be a Singaporean and what Singapore means to them. Here is the 2nd article. By Ned Stark We all are said to be, rightly or wrongly, products of the Singapore System. Though I would like to think of myself as a defect given …

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TOC interviews Ephraim Loy

Ephraim Loy, one of the men behind Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo’s foray into blogging, has become something of a piñata on TOC. Of the 44 comments so far posted in the article welcoming him on board, many were overwhelmingly negative, if not outright hostile. Is he really a PAP running dog? Will he be running for the next …

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A City Of Lions

In the lead-up to National Day, TOC’s writers share their personal views on what it means to be a Singaporean and what Singapore means to them. We begin with Benjamin’s piece. By Benjamin Cheah I readily adopt the mantle of the quiet patriot. However, I find no reason, at first, to reinforce my convictions. A country is little more than …

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Public transport fare hike : The fare increase formula

By Leong Sze Hian The Public Transport Council says that it will be imposing fines on transport operators if they fail to meet certain standards of service. These fines, as reported by channelnewsasia here, can be “$100 (per day per bus service) and $10,000 (per month per standard)”. The PTC has also declared fines for such failures last August. Imposing …

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