Daily Archives: 2011-02-17

Braema Mathi to speak at TOC Budget Forum:

Former AWARE president and current president of human rights NGO MARUAH Braema Mathi will speak at The Online Citizen's Budget Forum 2011. She will replace Mr Tan Kin Lian who has to turn down our invitation due to other commitments. Ms Mathi will be speaking on behalf of AWARE  on the need to bring women's perspective to the Singapore Budget. …

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Which came first: Homophobia or Censorship?

by Kirsten Han This piece was first posted on funny little world on 10 October 2010. I've just been to see I Love You, Phillip Morris. It's a delightful, engaging film that did a great job of balancing comedy and drama, with excellent performances from the cast (especially the two leads Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor), but I'm not really …

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Govt should hold MM accountable for remarks

The following is a letter sent to us by a TOC reader. I am reluctant to resurrect the troubles that brewed over MM Lee’s remarks that related to the Malay-Muslim Community but I feel the need to raise a point on accountability that has not yet been resolved. First, I believe it is better for the Malay-Muslim Community to try …

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Resilience package: The year after

by Leong Sze Hian When I was asked if I could write something about how the $20 billion Resilence Package has helped Singaporeans, the first thought that came to my mind was – I was stumped! How should I go about analysing the unprecedented Resilence Package to help Singaporeans during Singapore's worst recession in 2009? Well, the mind sometimes kind …

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A $60 Billion National Regeneration Plan

The following is the second in a three-part summary extract from the soon-to-be-published "“Creating Jobs and Enterprise in a new Singapore economy – Ideas for Change” by Tan Jee Say, former secretary to the late Dr Albert Winsemius, the economic adviser to the Singapore Government. Jee Say’s analysis and prescription are 'persuasive', according to Lord Butler who as Head of the …

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Race Issues in Singapore: Is the HDB Ethnic Quota becoming a farce?

By Lisa Li It was a passionate open discussion and debate on race issues that lasted for more than 3 hours, and continued over dinner at a coffee shop nearby. "David Marshall--a Jew--was our elected Chief Minister in 1955, in the middle of Malay States! How come now Lee Kuan Yew says Singapore is not ready for a non-Chinese as …

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