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Monthly Archives: June 2010

CJR: Singapore not so modern on press freedom

Extract from Columbia Journalism Review: What Singapore’s overseers don’t seem to grasp is that without a press free to monitor power and challenge wrongdoing, even otherwise “developed” countries suffer greatly. One need look no farther east than Dubai for an example of a locale which, in the absence of an unencumbered press able to expose profligacy and corruption, is now …

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Why course subsidies are a really bad idea

- By Tony Sealy - The Singapore government is pro active and aggressive in many areas of economic development. This is something for which they need to be wholeheartedly congratulated (and emulated by others in the region). Many people have spoken to me about the excellent government support for digital media and of PM Lee’s speeches where he spoke about …

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Discrimination of overweight staff in Singapore hospitals

- By Ravi Philemon - “If you are fat, how do you teach patients?” asks nurse Rajaletchumi Raja Singam. Discriminatory words like hers are not uncommon.  In fact, subtle and invidious discrimination against people who are overweight happens at all levels of society, and they ruin people’s lives. Professor Linda Bacon, who is a specialist in food and sustainability and …

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Ministry of Education

Dear Minister is the space where we hope to engage the ministries (and ministers) directly.  We will approach the ministries for their views on various issues. We would also like to encourage you, the public, to use this space to engage them. To do so, please email us your queries for the ministers/ministries. Your question should not be more than …

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Ministry of Defence

Dear Minister is the space where we hope to engage the ministries (and ministers) directly.  We will approach the ministries for their views on various issues. We would also like to encourage you, the public, to use this space to engage them. To do so, please email us your queries for the ministers/ministries. Your question should not be more than …

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Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports

Dear Minister is the space where we hope to engage the ministries (and ministers) directly.  We will approach the ministries for their views on various issues. We would also like to encourage you, the public, to use this space to engage them. To do so, please email us your queries for the ministers/ministries. Your question should not be more than …

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TOC Special Feature: Safer transport – what are we waiting for?

Story by Stephanie Chok / Video edited by Natalie Soh / Pictures by Stephanie Chok & Mykel Yee / Additional reporting by Patrick Chng / As a nation, we are wired, advanced and wealthy. So surely Singapore can find a better, safer yet financially feasible alternative to transporting humans on the cargo decks of lorries? Everyday, over 200,000 workers are …

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An open wound

- By Andrew Loh - “Operation Spectrum is an open wound… a little black hole in history,” playwright Alfian Sa’at said in his introductory speech at The Legends Hotel at Fort Canning on Saturday. He was addressing more than 150 people in the audience which had turned up for the launch of the keenly-awaited book by ex-ISA detainee, Ms Teo …

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Death row case: Malaysian Law Minister’s puzzling about-turn

- By Andrew Loh - Malaysian Law Minister, Nazri Aziz, has made a turnaround about meeting Mr Madasamy Ravi, the lawyer for Yong Vui Kong who is on death row in Singapore. On 19 June, Malaysiakini reported that he had asked to meet with Mr Ravi about the case. Yong, who is a Malaysian, faces death by hanging in Singapore …

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Vandalism – the new evil (message from your leaders)

A letter from your Leaders Dear Singaporeans, In a few hours from now, a Caucasian bottom that once graced the lush meadows of the Swiss Alps will be given the pounding of its life in the hallowed grounds of New Auschwitz...oops sorry, Changi prison. This is a moment of great pride for Singapore, a mark that we are finally standing …

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