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Monthly Archives: Feb 2011

This election….reflections of a young Singaporean living abroad

The following letter is by a TOC reader. Dear Singaporeans, I am a young Singaporean living and working in Australia for the last 7 years. Like many, I was a product of the highly efficient Singapore education production line. According to our world-class and oft praised education system (for which I am still grateful for), I was an average student, …

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Budget 2011: Feeling you can get there by working hard

By: Ravi Philemon There were many highlights in Budget 2011.  For one, I think it was funny that the MPs almost fell over backwards cheering the abolishment of radio and TV license.  It was long overdue in my opinion – at least a decade overdue.  Why were the MPs not calling for this in parliament earlier? The other highlight was …

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Islam & Democracy in Singapore: Dialogue towards a Multicultural Society

by James Gomez & Zulfikar Mohd Shariff A plurality of voices speaking on Islam is the best way forward for building democracy and a multicultural society in Singapore. This was the main idea we took away from a one day conference on Islam entitled, “Conflict, Religion and Culture: Domestic and International Implications for Southeast Asia & Australia” on 17 February …

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TOC reader weighs in on gay issue

The following is a comment posted on the article "MDA: Abnormalizing the normal?" As we have a policy of disallowing comments which are more than 500 words long, we have decided instead to publish it as an article. As this article touches on religion, the comments section will be closely monitored and we will not hesitate to remove any comments …

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Leong Sze Hian skewed nature of TOC – reader

The following is a letter from a TOC reader. To: The Online Citizen I used to enjoy reading TOC. Compared to say TR, TOC used to offer more balanced views and more constructive ideas. However, in recent weeks, I have become increasingly disappointed with TOC, in particular with the posts by Mr Leong Sze Hian. Mr Leong's posts are predictable. …

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Foreign Worker Policy and Casinos will “break up” society – Tan Jee Say

by Joshua Chiang The measures that the Government plan to undertake to ‘strengthen society’ will be overwhelmed by the countervailing forces of the liberal foreign worker policy and the casinos, said Mr Tan Jee Say. He was one of the three panelists speaking at The Online Citizen’s Budget Forum on Saturday. The other two panelists are Ms Braema Mathi and …

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Reform Party’s Response to Budget 2011

The following is an excerpt of RP's take on the Budget released by the government on February 18, 2011. My Fellow Singaporeans, Don’t you get the feeling that this is a government that lurches from day to day and has no long term plan?  That there is no one today who is the equal of Dr. Goh Keng Swee who …

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Charm defensive

The following is an excerpt of an article published on Hindustan Times on February 17, 2011. by John Lee In a recent security conference in Washington, a Chinese delegate caused an awkward silence among the congenial group at a post-event drinks session when he stated that India was “an undisciplined country where the plague and leprosy still exist. How a big, …

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Budget 2011: Analysis snippets (Part 2)

by Leong Sze Hian I refer to the Budget Statement 2011. Singaporeans' wages grew 0.44% Although the Budget statement said: “Consider what happened to low-income Singaporean workers, at the 20th percentile of incomes. Their wages grew by about 23% in the last decade, or by 5% in real terms”, I see from Annex A that the real income growth was 4.5 per …

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About your landlord…

The article below is first published on Kenneth Jeyaretnam's blog on February 17, 2011. by Kenneth Jeyaretnam Today the Department of Statistics issued a press release* stating that the median monthly income from work among resident households had increased by 3.1% in 2010. They state the real increase as being 0.3%. Similarly median monthly income from work for employed households …

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