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Daily Archives: 2011-03-18

Hard truths about ministerial wages

The following is an excerpt from Singapore Democrats John Tan/ In my last article (here), I gave readers a sense of our minister wages in actual dollars. I apologize if you suffered the revolting churn in your stomach after reading the obscenity. In this piece, I want to point out the fallacies of pegging minister wages to the GDP. The …

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GRC system: Wool Over Eyes (Part 4 of 6)

In Part 3 of a series of articles on the GRC system, Rajiv Chaudhry reveals the reasons behind the GRC system, and also how the PAP has continued to amend the GRC system over the years to further strengthen its near-monopoly of Parliament. In Part 4, he calls for the Government to truly ensure proportional representation for minority races. Part 4: Cutting …

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Which opposition party will come up tops this election?

The following is an excerpt fromsgpolitics.net Ng E-Jay/ This general election will be a watershed election for two important reasons. Firstly, it is almost certain to be an election that will see opposition parties contest the greatest percentage of available seats since Singapore’s independence in 1965. Secondly, the internet will play a central role in this election. Compared to 2006, …

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Ministers look away as Sylvia Lim spoke on Ministerial salaries

A recent video clip of Worker Party Chairman and Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Sylvia Lim's 2007 speech  on the ministerial salary had been circulating in Facebook. It was also mentioned by blogger Mr Brown who wrote that he found the most fun part was "looking at the faces of the ministers". You can watch the video here.   Transcript of Ms Lim's …

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Desmond Lim – all geared up for the GE

The following is an excerpt from an article published on The Online Citizen GE 2011 Andrew Loh / “It’s over. We move on from here,” Mr Desmond Lim says. He is referring to the events in recent weeks which were played out in the media. The long drawn out saga between the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) and Mr Chiam See …

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BREAKING NEWS: TOC launches General Election website!

Dear everyone, As election fever heats up, we here at The Online Citizen are also excited. The upcoming General Election is expected to be a watershed one, with as many as 80 seats (or more) to be contested by the various political parties. Will the ruling People’s Action Party sweep everyone else aside and come up with a landslide? Or …

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MP Hri Kumar’s response to Siew Kum Hong

The following article first appeared in Siew Kum Kong's blog. Siew Kum Hong I received an email from Hri last night -- he mentioned that he had been trying to respond to my last post the past couple of days, but for some reason had not been able to post the comment. He then asked for my help to publish …

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Marital rape an ’emotive topic’ – MCYS

The following is an excerpt from No To Rape's blog In October 2010 No To Rape made a submission to the Ministry for Community Development, Youth and Sport’s consultation on proposed amendments to the Women’s Charter. We reiterated our call for the complete repeal of Sections 375(4) and 376A(5) of the Penal Code, and also submitted that compulsory marriage preparation …

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Josephine Teo’s selective use of ‘Germany example’

The following is a letter from a TOC reader. Criticalist I saw the video that you referred to in your "Clear signal that everyone matters - Josephine Teo" and wanted to point out another matter that was sidelined by her "everyone matters" example. In the episode of Singapore Talking, Josphine Teo used another example - that of Germany's 1990s unemployment benefits - to …

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