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Monthly Archives: September 2007

Free Burma! International bloggers to support freedom for Burma on Oct 4th

LATEST: Several Burmese nationals at the Peninsula Plaza in Singapore have told TOC that the Singapore police has stopped Burmese nationals from wearing and selling t-shirts with the words “STOP Bloodshed In Myanmar”. Many Burmese were seen wearing the shirts at the Burmese Buddhist Temple on September 29. (See report here.) *Please help spread the word Reproduced from the blog, …

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Debt of Honour: Singapore’s Ties to Burma’s Junta

This is an updated article of the one published on TOC earlier, titled "Singapore's debt of honour". By Benjamin Cheah The crisis in Burma is escalating. For the first time in two decades, the people are taking to the streets. It started with protests against the doubling of fuel prices, and the sharp increase in prices of essential goods and …

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TOC On Site: More than 1,000 gather at Burmese temple in solidarity

By Andrew Loh I met my Burmese contact at Toa Payoh MRT at 7 pm. A tip off had told TOC that members of the Burmese community were organizing a special prayer service to be held at the Burmese Buddhist Temple off Balestier Road. I was expecting a couple of dozen worshippers, fifty at most. Something like a community gathering …

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TOC Breaking News: Singaporean graduate student files application for Burma protest

The remark on Andrew Teo’s online application form to protest the violence in Burma is simple: “Free Burma. General Than Shwe: Stop the killing”. This afternoon, Mr Teo, a graduate student at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and telecommunications director by profession, filed an application with the Police licensing unit to hold a peaceful protest outside the …

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TOC condemns violent crackdown on peaceful Burma protesters

LATEST: Burma seals off key monasteries - BBC LATEST: S'porean man shot and kicked by Myanmar riot police – Straits Times In recent weeks, the world has witnessed the largest peaceful street protests against the military government to take place in Burma since the brutal 1988 military crackdown on students. The number of protesters reached a new high of over …

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“That is what we are elected to do” – MP Josephine Teo

By Andrew Loh In a letter to the Straits Times Forum Page on September 25, MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh, Mrs Josephine Teo (right) said: “I REFER to the Insight special on CPF reforms (ST, Sept 22). Journalist Li Xueying had raised a number of issues for discussion, one of which referred to an NMP's comment that making annuities compulsory is …

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Bloggers’ reaction to protest in Burma

LATEST: Burma monastries in night raids – BBC “Witnesses say security forces in Burma have launched raids on monasteries and arrested scores of monks..” Please sign the petition in support of the people of Burma. Myanmar needs our support… but the silence is deafening by No Fear Singapore “ASEAN has used the excuse of the "principle of non-interference" to wash …

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Time to take a stand – an open letter to George Yeo

UPDATE (28 Sept): Jie Kai has informed TOC that Minister George Yeo has read the following Open Letter. TOC also understands that ASEAN ministers are in “intense discussions” about the situation in Burma. Dear Mr Yeo, The situation in Myanmar has taken a turn for the worse. As I write, news reports from the BBC and other respected sources report …

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Monks lead protest in Burma

Latest: Burmese riot police attack monks - BBC Below are 2 BBC reports on the protests in Burma which are being led by Buddhists monks. You can also view another BBC report here. Pictures of the protest here and here, The Democratic Voice Of Burma.

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Why does HDB need to increase prices of flats so rapidly?

By Leong Sze Hian I REFER to the article, 'HDB launches sixth build-to-order project in Fernvale.' (ST, Sept 21). The HDB's pricing policy recently has increased the prices of new flats, and may lead to Singaporeans having to incur higher mortgage liabilities. This may result in lesser CPF funds for retirement, more mortgages in arrears, defaults, etc.

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