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Monthly Archives: Aug 2010

Vui Kong’s appeal set for Jan 2011

January 2011 – that’s the date the Registrar of the Supreme Court has set for the Court of Appeal to hear Yong Vui Kong’s appeal against the High Court’s decision on his judicial review application. Vui Kong’s lawyer was today informed that the appeal hearing has been set “for the week commencing 17 January 2011”. “This early notice is to …

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Nazri Aziz’s remarks – a significant step?

Andrew Loh “It is time for Malaysia to abolish the death penalty,” Malaysian Law Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz said on Monday.  His remark is a significant recognition on the part of his government in the debate over capital punishment in Malaysia. He is after all also a senior minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. And as far as I know, …

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New citizen issue – poor grasp, useless ideas?

Howard Lee - Regrettably, I did not watch this year's National Day Rally, as I would have liked to appreciate the nuances of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's words. Nevertheless, I managed to grab my free copy of Today on Monday. It amazes me that Today can, similar to the massive coverage after the closing of the Youth Olympic Games, …

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The PAP and the Malay Singaporean: Between rhetoric, reality and meritocracy

Pritam Singh - There appears to be a shift in how the People's Action Party (PAP) is handling public communication involving the influx of foreigners into Singapore. In his National Day 2010 speech released to the mainstream media on 8 Aug 2010, PM Lee Hsien Loong acknowledged "Singaporeans' concern" about the government's hitherto open-door policy towards foreigners. He went on …

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A public relations exercise, RP says of PM’s rally speech

PRESS RELEASE 30/08/2010 The Reform Party www.thereformparty.net The Reform Party’s Response to the PM’s National Day Rally Speech The Reform Party was disappointed with the PM’s speech. This was an opportunity for the PM to address some of the pressing issues facing this country and his failure to do so has demonstrated once again that our government is out of touch with …

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Abolish death penalty: M’sian Law minister

From the Star Online: By RASHVINJEET S.BEDI [email protected] KUALA LUMPUR: It is time for Malaysia to abolish the death penalty, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz. “If it is wrong to take someone’s life, then the Government should not do it either. It’s ironic and not correct,” he told Sunday Star. The de-facto law minister …

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Political fear and apathy? What fear? What apathy?

Political filmmaker Martyn See reviews that historical 2006 televised debate between MM Lee Kuan Yew and the post 65'ers. During the run-up to the 2006 General Elections, Mediacorp's Channel News Asia aired a 50 minute-long programme entitled "Why My Vote Matters." It featured a dialogue session between Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and a selected panel of post 65-ers. Televised debates with …

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Nationhood and history: An interview with Sandcastle director, Boo Junfeng

Ho Rui An Singaporean film director Boo Junfeng's debut feature film Sandcastle has opened in local cinemas. The film, which opened in Singapore on 26 August 2010, made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival back in May. The film is the first local film to feature at the 49th International Critic's Week. The film, which has received favourable …

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Vivian Balakrishnan vs Ngiam Tong Dow

"I make no apology for trying to grab all talent available. Ultimately, whether the PAP stays in power or not depends on which party can attract, nurture and grow that talent pool, and offer that talent pool to the people of Singapore to decide." MCYS Minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, 2010, (CNA) "So far, the People's Action Party's tactic is to put …

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CausewayEXchange

Ho Rui An Singapore and Malaysia are set to forge closer neighbourly ties through the bridge of theatre, film and visual arts at the inaugural CausewayEXchange, a new annual festival that promotes the exchange of art, ideas, creativity and business opportunities between the two countries. Co-organised by The Arts House and DMR Advertising and Promotions, the festival will run from …

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