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Monthly Archives: January 2011

A history of worst case scenarios

If, for instance, you put in a Malay officer who's very religious and who has family ties in Malaysia in charge of a machine gun unit, that's a very tricky business. We've got to know his background. I'm saying these things because they are real, and if I didn't think that, and I think even if today the Prime Minister …

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TOC UNCASSETTED: TOC’s strength lies in a collective heartbeat

by Khairulanwar Zaini It is difficult to write about a party. Particularly about one that has furtively insinuated itself into being planned, catching perhaps even the editors by surprise. Over a (frantic) flurry of emails, and a hastily-convened meeting, it gained traction, slowly propelled by the passion, dedication, and resilience of a rag-tag crew of writers, activists, volunteers, and friends. …

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Aung Sung Suu Kyi advocates pro-human development policies

Davos 2011: Aung San Suu Kyi speech in full 28 January 2011 This audio message was played to the main hall in Davos World Economic Forum 2011. _______________________________ Distinguished guests - heads of state, government and UN officials, leaders of global companies, representatives of the media, academia, NGOs, and young global leaders: I am very honoured and privileged to have …

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WANTED FOR MERCY: SINGAPORE AND ITS MANDATORY DEATH PENALTY

The following is an excerpt of an article posted on blog Give Life A 2nd Chance. Published at East Asian Law Journal, Vol. 1 No. 2 By M. Ravi, Practitioner at L.F. Violet Netto, Lawyer for Yong Vui Kong and Alan Shadrake; Co-author Choo Zheng Xi Overview: harsh substantive law unsupported by criminological statistics Systematic penalogical data is hard to …

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Put it in perspective? No thanks – a letter to Dr Yaacob Ibrahim

Dear Mr Yaacob, It is most heartening to know that you disagreed with the remarks made by the Minister Mentor on the issue of Muslims and their integration in Singapore society. ("Muslims can be both religious and patriotic" - The Sunday Times, 30 Jan) It is also very reassuring to hear you say:  "As far as government policy is concerned, …

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Record investments = Negative wage growth?

by Leong Sze Hian I refer to the report “Singapore achieved record high investment commitments last year” (Channel News Asia, Jan 24).  It states that “The highest value-added expected to be generated from investments here was in 2008 with S$14.7 billion”. What does record investments mean for ordinary Singaporeans? Well, in 2008, we had a negative real median wage growth. As …

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Mission of public education is to facilitate social mobility

by Singaporean Sophist I refer to the article "MM Lee: Family backgrounds play important role in students’ learning environment". Statistically, there is nothing factually wrong with saying that kids whose parents have degrees tend to fare better in academics. The Economist cites OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) research, saying that,"Parents who graduated from university are far more likely …

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Singaporeans pay less taxes than Canadians?

by Wing Lee Cheong In his 1996 National Day speech, Prime Minister Goh said, “People often want the government to assume the full burden of the cost of medical care and provide treatment free to Singaporeans. Because of the painful lessons learned in other countries we have not done this. All the countries which have done this—Britain, France, Germany, Canada, and …

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Kampong Guru – Tay Lai Hock

By Joshua Chiang I first met Tay Lai Hock at a walk along the KTM railway. With his grey shoulder-length hair and beard, one could be forgiven for thinking that he is some sort of new-age guru. As it turned out, that’s not too far from the truth. Tay Lai Hock is the founder and current 'kampong chief' of Ground …

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TOC CASSETTED: Invitations CEASED!

Dear Readers, Thank you to all who have expressed an interest in our PRIVATE party! Due to overwhelming response (and simply by the fact that we're also limited by the spacial constraints of the venue), invitations will not be sent out anymore. We thank you and look forward to seeing our invited guests at the party tomorrow!

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