Busy time for TOC

The following is a summary of the upcoming events which The Online Citizen (TOC) will be involved in the coming weeks.

TOC in Kuala Lumpur (August)

TOC has been invited to participate in a comprehensive National Council Training Program to be held in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia, which is organised by the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW). The programme – “Strengthening National Councils” – is a three way joint venture between the ICSW Global office, the NCSWD Malaysia and ICSW South East Asia and the Pacific Region.

The ICSW is an organisation involved in furthering social welfare, social justice and social development. Major donors to the organisation includes the Governments of Finland, Norway and Sweden.

TOC will be represented by its senior writer Leong Sze Hian for the 3-day programme in August.


TOC at Youthquake

TOC’s sub-editor Selene Cheng, along with three other panelists, will be speaking at the Workers’ Party Youth Wing’s Youthquake forum this Saturday. Titled “The evolving role of women in Singapore”, Selene will be examining the roles of working women in a globalised economy and will offer suggestions on how businesses and the government can go about creating flexible work opportunities for women.

The forum is on Saturday, 16 August, 1430 hrs – 1630 hrs at the WP HQ at 216-G Syed Alwi Road #02-03.

For more details, click here.


TOC at OCBC Theatre Festival (23 August)

TOC Editor in Chief, Choo Zheng Xi, will be participating in one of the forums in the OCBC Theatre Festival, for the play Apocalypse; LIVE! The details are as follows:

Session 3
LIFE: To Build A **** Society: Uncharted Territories, Untested Waters
ART: Apocalypse: LIVE!
Saturday, 23 August 2008
5.30pm – 7.00pm

In the future, an environmentally-conscious Singapore will be a multiparty democracy, supported by a free press and a vibrant civil society. In a worldwide poll, Singaporeans are reported as the happiest people in Asia. We can dream, can’t we? We speak to some young people about their wishlist for Singapore’s future.

Laremy Lee – Playwright, Own Time Own Target
Choo Zheng Xi – Editor, The Online Citizen, https://www.theonlinecitizen.com
Bernise Ang – Founder, SYINC – a network of Youth in
Singapore for social change
Seelan Pillay – Artist and Social Activist

Moderator: Ken Kwek – Playwright, Apocalypse: LIVE!


TOC at NVPC (13 September)

On September 13, TOC writers Leong Sze Hian, President of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP) and Lim Chih Yang, Financial Advisor, will be speaking at a public forum at the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). The other speakers are Lyndon Chew, Honorary Secretary of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP), and Heather Chi, founder of Food For All.

The forum, titled “Rising Food Prices and the Implications on Singaporeans and Our Investments“, is jointly organised by the FSP, Thinking, Imagining, Acting (TIA) , Food For All and The Online Citizen.

What’s in for you?

  • Learn how to benefit from investing in the market today
  • Discover more about rising food prices and its implications
  • Discuss issues about food from financial, social and political points of view
  • Raise awareness of the initiatives of societies like SPSP and Food for All

Speakers for the day

Mr. Leong Sze Hian

  • President of the Society of Financial Service Professionals
  • Former Honorary Consul of Jamaica
  • Representative of the Inter-American Economic Council
  • Founding advisor to the Financial Planning Association of Indonesia
  • Invited to speak more than 100 times in about 20 countries on 5 continents,
  • Authored 3 books and quoted over 1000 times in the media over the last 8 years.

Mr Lyndon Chew

  • Honorary Secretary of the Society of Financial Service Professionals
  • Currently working as a Financial Advisor

Mr. Lim Chih Yang

  • Writer for The Online Citizen blog
  • Currently working as a Financial Advisor
  • Formerly a project manager in the corporate world

Ms Heather Chi

  • Founder of “Food for All”, a local anti hunger group to support local food rations programmes, and encourage the appreciation and respect for good, clean and fair food

The forum is free admission and is from 1.30pm to 5pm.

All are encouraged to attend.


TOC at Kent Ridge (17 October)

The annual Kent Ridge Ministerial Forum will take place in October this year. The Online Citizen has accepted the invitation to attend the forum. Held at the National University of Singapore’s campus, this year’s speaker is Minister for Community, Youth and Sports, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.

The theme for the evening is: “Globalisation: Threat or Opportunity for the Ordinary Singaporean?“.

The forum is open to the public and registration starts on September 15. Visit the KRMF website for more details.


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