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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Is this a violation of worksite safety rules?

Andrew Loh – In the video that follows this article (see above), a worker submerges himself into a hole which apparently has flooded over. We are unsure how the hole became flooded or what the worker was trying to do by immersing himself into it. The incident took place on 25 August at about 5.45pm, in an area in Yishun …

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Meet your “walkover” MP

Koo Tsai Kee MP, Tanjong Pagar GRC Walkover MP since 1991 Never won a single vote outright ————– Vivian Balakrishnan MP, Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Minister for Community Development, Youth & Sports Walkover MP since 2001 Never won a single vote outright —————- Davinder Singh MP, Toa Payoh / Bishan-Toa Payoh Entered politics in 1988. Retired from electoral politics in 2006 …

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Stop using the poor for your political agenda – Part Two

The following is Part Two of a two-part response to Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong’s remarks on 4 September (see here) where he urged S’poreans to see things in perspective and to think of the poor. Leong Sze Hian – More hospital beds for the poor In almost every survey done on the elderly and the poor, one of their greatest …

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Movie Review: shifting sands of Sandcastle

– By Ho Rui An – There is a certain fragility to be observed in Boo Junfeng’s debut feature, Sandcastle. For one, the film addresses a silenced and highly sensitive chapter in our national history, presenting its ramifications upon present-day social realities. Through a series of events, this buried history, hitherto nestled within the recesses of memory, is recharged; and the …

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Foreign influx – Government “caught by surprise”, says SM Goh

In the September 7 issue of the Straits Times, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said that “the surge of immigrants in 2007 and 2008” had “caught the Government by surprise”. Is this true – or is SM Goh just trying to make excuses for the Government? Lets go back to the period between 2006 and 2009 and look at some …

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S’pore needs a new game plan, a new “miracle”

Rajiv Chaudhry – The two objectives, Singapore as a business and Singapore as a nation society appear to be on divergent paths. With a general election due to be held in little over a year’s time (and possibly a lot earlier given the strong performance of the economy this year), it is not surprising that the government is finally taking …

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Stop using the poor for your political agenda

Andrew Loh – It is upsetting to see when politicians hijack the plight of the poor for their own selfish political agenda. On 4 September, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong was quoted by Channelnewsasia, in a report titled “SM Goh asks Singaporeans to view problems in perspective”, as having said the following: “It’s important for those who are facing problems …

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Look who’s bashing Singaporeans

We have noticed that of late, government ministers & officials, and People’s Action Party members have been criticizing Singaporeans and their attitudes towards a myriad of issues – from employment to public housing. We thus would like to collate all of these into a single thread here. Our hope is that the government will see for itself the callous, unfair …

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The Satirist Says: Ris ‘da boomz’ Low to be questioned

Singapore, 1 September 2010 – It is widely expected that Ris Low – God’s gift to the local comedy scene, will be called up soon by the Police to clarify her definition of the word ‘boomz’. An outside source who spoke to TOC on the condition of anonymity – to protect himself from being mentioned in the same breath of …

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How about a Yellow Noose Project?

– By Gangasudhan – We have heard so much about the Yellow Ribbon Project – how it has roped in a multitude of supporters and businesses to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society. While it is a laudable initiative with many grateful beneficiaries, one might wonder why there is no complementary Yellow Noose Project. Perhaps it is due to the fact …

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