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Monthly Archives: June 2010

Moving towards plant-based diets

– By Dr George Jacobs – To me, the big news story of this week came from Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan’s blog, where he stated, “I have adopted a fully plant-based diet plan, avoiding all meat, not even fish or dairy products.” Mr Khaw is not alone. More people, especially those who understand where our food comes from and …

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The Great Singapore Farce – Now Showing

By Andrew Loh Perhaps it is because the elections are near. No one really knows – except the Prime Minister himself. The word is that it could take place anytime now. Some have proffered as early a date as September. One clue could be the circus of ministers and Members of Parliament falling over themselves in passing the buck of …

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The Full Monty’s got the goods!

Kirsten Han – Men getting naked. Stripping. Thongs, bums and nudity. That’s usually what comes first to people’s minds when The Full Monty is brought up in conversation. But Pangdemonium! Productions’ The Full Monty (a first for both the company and for Singapore) shows us all that there is much more to the story than pelvic thrusts. Running from the …

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Death row case: Malaysian minister to meet Yong’s lawyer

Report by Susan Loone – Malaysiakini – Yong Vui Kong, a Malaysian national currently on death row in Singapore, may finally be getting a shot at keeping his appeal alive, as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz and our Ministry of Foreign Affairs have reportedly agreed to a meeting with his lawyer. M Ravi (left), a human rights lawyer …

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The TCMR finger-pointing farce

Andrew Loh – When one reads what Members of Parliament (MPs) are saying about their performance in the Town Council Management Report (TCMR), it is quite obvious where they stand. “We are not responsible for the low scores.” The Ministry of National Development (MND) points its fingers at the town councils. MPs pointing fingers at the MND. MPs pointing fingers …

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Australians sue Singapore Power over 2009 firestorm

From AFP: MELBOURNE — Victims of Australia’s deadly 2009 firestorm have launched legal action against a Singapore power firm alleging poorly-maintained electrical wires sparked the blaze, reports said Saturday. Lawyers representing almost 600 people lodged a class action in Victoria’s Supreme Court against Singapore Power for allegedly failing to maintain an ageing line, which fell and started the February 7 …

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The irresponsible Straits Times

Andrew Loh – On 11 June 2010, the Straits Times reported on the press conference by Mr Madasamy Ravi [Click on picture, left]. Mr Ravi is the lawyer for Yong Vui Kong, a 22-year old Malaysian who is facing execution under Singapore’s drug laws for having trafficked heroin into the country in 2007. At the press conference, Mr Ravi outlined …

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s desperate plea to the world

Burmese pro-democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, celebrates her 65th birthday tomorrow, 19 June. As she continues to be under house arrest imposed by the military regime, she pleads once again for the world to “please use your liberty to promote ours.” You can leave a message for her on the British Foreign Office’s Facebook page on Burma. They …

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Deceased – but still must pay S&CC?

On 17 June 2010, the Straits Times reported People’s Action Party (PAP) MP, Zainudin Nordin, who chairs the Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council, as having said: “Even after a person has passed away, the liability is passed on to the next-of-kin. It is possible to collect these sums.” He was referring to service and conservancy charges owed by residents of housing …

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