Monthly Archives: November 2010

Compulsory Education Act excludes children with disabilities, says NGOs for disabled people

The following is a joint UPR submission of CAN! (Challenged People's Alliance and Network) and DHHF (Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Federation) to the United Nations UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW – SINGAPORE JOINT SUBMISSION OF CAN! (CHALLENGED PEOPLE’S ALLIANCE AND NETWORK) AND DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING FEDERATION (DHHF) A. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY There is no rights-based approach to dealing with the disabled. Singapore is one …

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MSK Saga: Reform Party calls for ISA to be replaced

PRESS RELEASE 26/11/2010 www.thereformparty.net Mas Selamat: The Reform Party Raises Questions and Calls for the Replacement of the ISA by Modern Anti-Terrorism Legislation The Reform Party refers to the statement made by Minister Shanmugam in Parliament regarding the Mas Selamat case and wishes to make the following points: There continues to be a complete lack of accountability for the unacceptable …

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Vignes Mourthi – seven years on

Andrew Loh - When the tears fell from her eyes, it broke my heart – and that of those who had come to pay her and her family a visit. Everyone was silent. Even I, who was interviewing her, could not bear to ask her the next question. In all four years of being involved with The Online Citizen, I …

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TOC Focus Week: Heart of hearing

This is our fifth article in our Focus Week on people who, despite their disabilities and special needs, have overcome obstacles and challenges they faced. Deborah Choo - A friar with the Church of the St Mary of the Angels in Singapore, Rowland Yeo answered God’s calling at the age of 21. As a man of the cloth, he was …

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Pre-school: Poorer children not disadvantaged?

by Leong Sze Hian I refer to the articles "1 in 5 from poorer homes" (ST, Nov 25) and "Parliament turns down NMPs' calls to legislate pre-school education" (Channel News Asia, Nov 25). According to the articles, Minister of State for Education Masagos Zulkifli told Parliament that there are pupils from the bottom one-third of families who make it to …

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Singaporean youths at United Nations Climate Change Conference

The 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference begins today in Cancún, Mexico, and ends in 10 December 2010.  Environmental Challenge Organisation (Singapore), or ECO Singapore has sent a 8-member team to be engaged in the Conference of Youths. Below is their press release. 28 November – 10 December 2010 Singaporean youths are often labeled apathetic and indifferent, preferring to leave …

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MND vs NMP: Round 3

by Leong Sze Hian I refer to the report "Property measures have taken effect: Mah Bow Tan" (Channel News Asia, Nov 27). It states that "National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan said there are signs that measures to cool the property market have taken effect. There has been at least a 20 per cent drop in HDB resale transactions this …

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The Satirist Says: New excuse to ‘hit & run’ born

25th November 2010, Singapore - Owners of Chery QQ cars across the country were seen celebrating the ruling by the Court of Appeal in the recent case of hit-and-run, reckless driving, inconsiderate driving dubbed by some reporters (well, it's actually us, but sounds glam when you put it that way) as the Amazing Lexus Adventure involving Cleopatra Wong who, together …

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