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An interesting weekend ahead for civil society.

This weekend – Pow Wow, Human Rights, WP Youth Wing, Tan Kin Lian & Invest Fair

Two public forums, a "pow wow", a petition-signing event at Speakers’ Corner and Invest Fair 09. This Saturday, 22 August, looks set to be a busy day for civil society.

On Friday, 21 August, the Friends Of SDP has its monthly "Pow Wow" session to "[catch] up with friends, meeting new faces, engaging in power talk or just eavesdropping on the latest gossips."

Everyone is invited. The session will take place as follows:

Where: Old Town White Coffee at Blk 190 Toa Payoh Lor 6 (above KFC)

When: 7pm - 10pm, 21 August (every 3rd Friday of the month)

Who: You, and bring a friend.

Visit: FS Facebook Group.

Saturday, 22 August

In the morning, starting at 8.30am, Maruah (Singapore Working Committee for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism) will kick off its workshop to raise awareness and make recommendations on the functions and roles of the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).

The AICHR is to be formally installed this October at the ASEAN Summit in Thailand.

For more information on registration and the programme for the workshop, click here and here.


In the afternoon, from 2pm – 4pm, the Youth Wing of The Workers’ Party engages the public in a Town Hall Forum. Titled, “The Road Less Traveled: How youths are taking an alternative route to nation-building”, the forum will see the party’s youth wing members share their thoughts and aspiration “in an open and frank town hall dialogue”.

To register, send your Name/Email to 9162-6801 or email the Workers’ Party Youth Wing at [email protected].

Visit the website for more details.


Finally, at 5pm this Saturday, Mr Tan Kin Lian will take to Speakers’ Corner in a gathering for investors of failed structured products. The event is also to gather signatures for a petition which Mr Tan hopes to send to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The petition calls for the Pm “to ask the Monetary Authority of Singapore and/or other relevant body to request the financial institutions to make a similar offer of compensation to the investors who are still pursuing their claims for compensation for being ill-advised and/or misrepresented on these products.”

More details on Mr Tan’s blog here.

On Sunday, 23 August:

TOC columnist, Leong Sze Hian will be speaking at Invest Fair '09,  this Sunday, on Managing Wealth in Turbulent Times: Implications from an Islamic perspective. Mr Leong is the President of the Society of Financial Service Professionals.

The event is as follows:

Date: 23 August, Sunday

Time: 5.45pm to 6.45pm

Venue: Suntec Convention Centre level 4,  Seminar Room 3

Admission: Free, no registration is required

Website: http://www.investfair.com.sg/seminars_22aug09.html
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