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Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Satirist Says: Speak Good English Movement incites violence with guerilla campaign

Singapore, 14 September 2010 – In an apparent disregard for those who champion Singlish (local colloquialism that mixes English with the various dialects and languages used by Singaporeans) and the blatant persecution of those who are too busy trying to survive in Singapore to bother about proper language use in communication, the Speak Good English Movement (SGEM) launched last week …

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Transcripts – New York Times/IHT interview Lee Kuan Yew

The following is the transcript of the interview Seth Mydans had with Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, for the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. The interview was held on 1 September 2010. Mr Lee:  “Thank you.  When you are coming to 87, you are not very happy..” Q:  “Not.  Well you should be glad that you’ve gotten way past where most …

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S-League – the sinking league or the successful league?

The Today newspaper, on 13 September, carried an article by Mr PN Balji, director of the Asia Journalism Fellowship, a joint initiative of Temasek Foundation and NTU, on the state of the S League. It comes on the back of revelation by the Football Association of Singapore that the average ticket sales for S-League games was a mere 214. Also …

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Migrant workers one of us too

Deborah Choo for The Online Citizen The inaugural Migrantion Film Festival greeted an audience of over 200 on Saturday at The Substation. Many of those present were students. The festival is organized by Migrant Voices, a Community Arts Charity founded in 2006 that celebrates the artistic talents of migrant workers in Singapore. I walked away from the Migrant Films Festival today …

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HDB flats – S’poreans come first?

Dear TOC, While the government keeps saying “Singaporeans come first”, my experience in trying to have a house of my own shows me otherwise. In fact, being a Singaporean doesn’t mean you will automatically be able to have a home of your own. I am single and above 35, the age at which you are allowed to purchase a HDB …

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Deaf children not less deserving, says American teacher

Deborah Choo for The Online Citizen – “I really think Singapore needs to see what deaf people can do. They’ve got to interact with other people of the world to see what’s possible,” says Susan Elliot, 57, winner of the 2009 Colorado State Teacher of the Year award and one of the top four finalists for the 2009 National Teacher …

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Let a hundred censors bloom

From Yawning Bread: You will have noticed that Nanyang Technological University requires students to get its approval before creating web content touching on politics and religion. So, not only did it reiterate, reinforce and render immediate the imported rules from the MDA, it added its own. Although the newspaper did not get a response to its request for clarification, I …

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Burma’s election and ASEAN’s inaction

Ravi Philemon – Any election has to adhere to the norms of international principles guiding an election process. But a number of developments in Burma before and after the announcement of the election date are cause for concern.  As Burma (like Singapore) is part of ASEAN, Singaporeans have to make our position clear on the “multi-party elections” called by the …

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Minimum wage law works

The following article was first published in the Straits Times. By Hui Weng Tat, For The Straits Times IN A surprising departure from its usual free market orientation, Hong Kong lawmakers recently voted in favour of a minimum wage law for vulnerable low-wage workers. It may be time for Singapore to consider a minimum wage law; such a policy may …

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