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Daily Archives: 2011-04-26

5 sites for TOC GE news

Hi everyone, So, the big day is tomorrow - NOMINATION DAY. As we have been experiencing very high traffic the past week especially, we will provide updates, reports and articles on four sites: http://theonlinecitizen.com/ (TOC main site) http://ge2011.theonlinecitizen.com/ (TOC election site) http://ge2011theonlinecitizen.wordpress.com/ http://theonlinecitizen.wordpress.com/ (TOC original site, the one we started out with back in December 2006) http://facebook.com/theonlinecitizen If you have …

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Divorced – and facing housing woes

Leong Sze Hian Mr Tan (not his real name) came to see me recently at the one-on-one financial counselling (every Thursday 8 pm to 10 pm) at Blk 108, Potong Pasir Ave 1. He is 50-years old and a divorcee. He has been given one-hour visitation rights every weekend with his two children. According to Mr Tan, as his wife's …

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Dr Yaacob, do you understand why your remark was misunderstood?

Lisa Li On 20 April 2011, Singapore's Minister for Muslim Affairs Mr Yaacob Ibrahim was quoted saying "it may be timely for us to teach Malay as a foreign language rather than as a mother tongue." (ST, 20 Apr 2011). Understandably, many took offense at what they perceived to be an insult to native speakers of Malay and non-Malay Singaporeans …

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Hard truths about integration

Mohd Nizam Ismail The recent brouhaha over remarks made by Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew in his book “Hard Truths” on Islam and integration shows that the issue of integration is one which is well alive in Singapore. MM Lee has since “stood corrected” in his statement issued on 7 March 2011, accepting comments made by his parliamentary colleagues that …

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A tale of two maid agencies – writer needs your advice

Minglee Alsop-Lim I need your urgent advice about employing a maid. As a busy mother, I need someone reliable to help out at home. My maid has worked for me for a long time. Her mother worked for my parents and did an excellent job, so I had faith in her. For several years her performance has been very good, …

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Criticisms posted on Balakrishnan’s Facebook page deleted

Comments by members of the public criticising Vivian Balakrishnan on his Facebook page have been removed/deleted by the page's admin. It has also disabled wall postings by members of the public on the page. To know what has transpired so far in the saga between Vivian Balakrishnan and the Singapore Democratic Party, read here, here, here and here. View the …

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PAP engaging in smear campaign to mislead the public

The following is a letter from Li Shi-En Lisa which has been published in the Today newspaper on 26 April. I refer to the TODAYonline article "PAP on Wijeysingha video: Candidates should be upfront about motives" (April 25). The PAP team, led by Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, said in a statement on April 25 that a YouTube video shows SDP candidate …

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SDP responds to Vivian Balakrishnan

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has responded to the People's Action Party's Holland-Bukit Timah GRC team's statement which was released on 25 April concerning a particular video and specifically the words spoken in that video by the SDP's Dr Vincent Wiyeysingha. You can read the PAP team's statement here. The SDP's response to the PAP statement was delivered by its …

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GE is about us, our future: Chen Show Mao

Ko Siew Huey / The Worker’s Party (WP) introduced its final slate of candidates on Monday for the upcoming elections, bringing the total tally to 23. The final four are : top corporate lawyer Chen Show Mao, 50;  entrepreneur Yee Jenn Jong, 46; businesswoman Glenda Han, 35; and founder of online commentary syndicate opinionasia.com Pritam Singh, 34 WP Secretary General …

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Call for inter-ministerial effort to tackle autism issues

The author, a father of an autistic child, of the following article prefers to remain anonymous to protect his child. In support of World Autism Awareness Day, 2 Apr 2011 The UN Secretary General, in delivering his 2011 World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) message, said that persons with autistic conditions faced major challenges due to stigma, discrimination, and lack of …

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