Monthly Archives: June 2010

Vivian’s Sleight of Hand: Blaming S’poreans for PAP policies

Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Vivian Balakrishnan certainly pulled no punches in the week gone by. In an adjective laden tirade, he referred to some Singaporeans as “small-minded, unfair and very very selfish”. What did Singaporeans do to deserve to be on the end of this tongue lashing? The anecdotally popular explanation posits that Singaporeans were not euphoric …

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Crowded trains – Do you agree with SMRT’s CEO?

In the Sunday Times of 27 June 2010, SMRT CEO Saw Phaik Hwa, referring to crowded trains, was reported to have said: “People can board the trains – it is whether they choose to.” As commuters who take the train daily, do you agree with her statement? __________________________________

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Floods – are we prepared?

By James Ong Case Study 1: On 2 December 1978, a total of 512.4mm of rain fell, the highest ever recorded for the month of December on a single day, according to NEA, resulting in one of the worst floods in Singapore’s history. In fact, it is the highest single day rainfall for Singapore in NEA records. (NEA) Monsoon rain …

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Flood: NSP calls for committee of inquiry

Press release by the National Solidarity Party. Dear Sir/Madam, Set up a Committee of Inquiry to look into improving drainage & weather warning system NSP shares the frustration and disappointment of many Singaporeans whose lives have been severely disrupted by the reoccurring floods in recent days. The Ministry of Environment and Water Resources under Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim has reportedly …

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Singapore = Global Torture Hub

Oliver Fricker has been sentenced to 5 months in jail and 3 strokes of the cane In that light, I would now like everyone to watch this video: HERE. Now tell me if you think such treatment does not disregard human rights standards. Tell me if you don’t think this is torture, or cruel and inhumane punishment. Tell me if you …

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Ban transport of workers on backs of vehicles – TWC2

TWC2, an NGO which is involved in the welfare of migrant workers, shares its views on the recent traffic accidents involving workers who were ferried on the backs of vehicles. Three Chinese workers died when a lorry in which they were being carried skidded and crashed onto its side on the morning of June 22nd. Some among the 14 survivors …

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Heavy downpour, several areas flooded (Updated with videos)

LATEST – PUB Explains: “The PUB said 100 mm of rain fell within an hour, between 8 and 9.30am.  That’s the same amount of rainfall on June 16 which led to massive floods in Orchard Road. That amount is more than 60 per cent of the average rainfall for the entire month of June. PUB says the heavy rain caused …

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Filial piety ad – what was not shown

By Joshua Chiang ________________________ “If you were a poor person, anywhere on this planet, Singapore is the one place where you will have a roof over your head, where you will have food on the table. Even if you can’t afford it, we will have meals delivered to you…” MCYS Minister, Vivian Balakrishnan (27 March 2010) ________________________

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New citizens overwhelmingly support PAP

By Ng E Jay You would have thought the mainstream media would have been coy about this issue. But today, Straits Times columnist Rachel Chang finally admitted in her article “New citizens and the next GE (24 June 2010)” that new citizens regularly express overwhelming support for the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), with some even going to the point …

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Former RP chairman sets up new political party

Mr Ng Teck Siong, former chairman of the Reform Party, has confirmed with The Online Citizen that he is in the midst of setting up a new political party. Mr Ng told TOC that he submitted an application to the Registrar of Society (ROS) ‘almost one month ago” and is awaiting its approval. Mr Ng says he has the 10 …

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