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Daily Archives: 2010-06-12

Kudos, Admiral!

On 12 June, The New Paper carried a story about a 5-year old boy who wrote to the chief of navy. In his letter, the boy – Marcus Quek – wrote that he wants to be a captain of an aircraft carrier when he grows up. Surprisingly, the Rear Admiral of the Singapore Navy replied to the letter. “Unfortunately,” RAdm …

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Empathy, empathy, where art thou?

Yaw Shin Leong – I refer to the news report, ‘Little political impact in town council report’ (Straits Times, 12th July 2010). In my opinion, even if the released Town Council [Management] Report was indeed meant to create ‘political impact’ to the disadvantage of the opposition-run town councils, I am of the view that the report might have potentially achieved …

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Excuse me, have you seen Raymond and Kan Seng?

Andrew Loh – Almost a month ago, on 17 May, Swiss national Oliver Fricker and his suspected accomplice, Briton Lloyd Dane Alexander, allegedly breached the perimeter fence at the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) Changi Depot.  The two men are alleged to have then spray-painted graffiti on one of the carriages of the trains. A video of the incident was …

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Caning violates international norms

Jolene Tan – Oliver Fricker has been charged with vandalism. If convicted, he should not be caned. I say this not because of the potential diplomatic or media outcry, or even because marking a MRT train with graffiti was easily the most trivial of misdemeanours, but because no one of any nationality should be caned, ever. There are some things …

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