Monthly Archives: May 2010

Criminal Procedure Code: tilting the law in their own favour

Some of the proposed changes to the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) make me wonder just how far this government will go to tilt the playing field in their own favour, even when it means compromising on the fundamental rights that people in many other developed countries enjoy. The CPC is the law which governs how the police should handle persons …

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Singapore Can Speak

“To make youths of today aware of the social issues affecting the nation.” This was the noble vision with which Singapore Can Speak (SCS) was started.  SCS hopes to enable youths that are afraid to speak up and voice their views, by letting them face their fear through public speaking. Embarking on a nationwide campaign with a theme of “Making …

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Bloggers – enemies of the State? (Part One)

TOC’s Chief Editor, Andrew Loh, is currently in Berlin, Germany, for the International Bloggers’ Tour. 15 political bloggers were invited by the German government to attend the tour, which includes meeting with various German blogging practitioners, lawyers and experts in various fields. The 15 socio-political bloggers are an eclectic mix – from countries such as Ghana, China, Bahrain, Nigeria, Switzerland, …

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Did Kong Hee plagiarise?

University students know the seriousness of it. So do journalists, whose reputation stand on their ability to tell the truth. Even literary writers, whose job is to craft fiction, understand the need to be original. So I was surprised to learn that large swaths of Kong Hee’s daily devotionals are lifted from other sources — without attribution. This unexpected revelation …

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Impossible to determine if fewer foreigners were accepted

Fewer Permanent Resident and Citizenship applications went through in the past year due to more stringent requirements. Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Law, Ho Peng Kee, said eligibility rules were tightened in the last quarter of 2009 to manage overall numbers. Some 46,300 Permanent Residents were approved between April last year to March this year, out of …

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Singapore – a nation or merely a state?

Singapore has a nascent national identity despite being lacking the depth of culture, linguistics and history which many other nations possess, said a group of panelists representing academia, the legislature and civil society. And while this represents good progress in the country’s 45 years of existence, significant challenges still remain in its developing of a strong and coherent sense of …

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Families speak out – Pink Dot 2010

An exclusive TOC video capturing the thoughts of individuals, families and ambassadors of Pink Dot 2010… …. and here’s one that captures the highlights! ______________________________________________________

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Suicide in the heartlands

An unidentified man in his fifties seemingly committed suicide by jumping out of his 7th floor flat in Choa Chu Kang this morning. Neighbours The Online Citizen (TOC) spoke to said that the man who lived with his mother (in her seventies) is unwell, unemployed and has been depressed for some time. A neighbour who did not want to be …

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Drink savvy; drink safe

Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) has recently embarked on a first-of-its-kind campaign that aims to put the fun back into drinking whilst keeping a firm eye on safety and responsibility. Instead of leaving the advising to the authorities, APB – the ‘mother’ of the prodigal Tiger Beer – has taken up the gauntlet to lead by example. The campaign, called Drink …

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