Monthly Archives: May 2011

Picking up where Ong Teng Cheong left off

Ravi Philemon / I said on my Facebook page a few days ago that “I am one of the many Singaporeans who urged him (Dr Tan Cheng Bock) to stand for the upcoming Presidential Election.” I think that it is important to say why I support Dr Tan’s bid for the elected presidency. Let me start by saying that I …

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Cynicism – PAP’s main battle

Andrew Loh Being in power for half a century breeds arrogance and hubristic tendencies. This much has been said of the People’s Action Party (PAP). Such sentiments were clearly and loudly expressed during the recent elections. Even the PAP’s own candidate for Aljunied GRC, Mr George Yeo, related how a resident had basically told him off at a coffeeshop during …

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Letter to Heng Swee Keat, Education Minister

The following is an excerpt of a Facebook posting on Ms Monica Lim’s page: Dear Mr Heng, The recent polls have triggered many dramatic changes, the biggest of which is PM’s consistent refrain for transformation. In this spirit, I’m writing to you to ask whole-heartedly for a transformation of our education system.  If not a complete transformation, at least a …

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PAP MP withdraws remarks on ministerial salaries

Andrew Loh People’s Action Party (PAP) Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, Dr Lim Wee Kiak has apologised and withdrawn the remarks he made about ministerial salaries. Dr Lim was reported by the Chinese press last week as having said: “If the annual salary of the Minister of Information, Communication and Arts is only $500,000, it may pose some …

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ACRES needs your help to “Save the World’s Saddest Dolphins”

Howard Lee / At the turn of this year, I interviewed Louis Ng, the Executive Director of the Animals Concerns and Research & Education Society (ACRES), and one of the questions was what ACRES plan to do for the coming year. Ng affirmed ACRES’s commitment to campaign for the release of the dolphins headed for Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) as part …

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Vote for an independent-minded President

Jason Lee / Notwithstanding the Government’s recent announcements (ie. review of Ministerial salaries) and actions (ie. PM’s apology during an election rally) which received lavish praise from many Singaporeans – especially journalists and political watchers, I’d argue that this Government could go one step further by not “discouraging” potential candidates who might be keen to contest in the next Presidential …

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Shadrake’s appeal dismissed, to start jail term

Andrew loh / British author Alan Shadrake’s appeal against a conviction for contempt of court was dismissed by the Singapore Court of Appeal on Friday. The author was arrested in July last year, the day after he had launched his book, Once A Jolly Hangman, at a public event. (See here.) Mr Shardrake was eventually charged and found guilty of …

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The sandwiched class of PAP bureaucracy

G Hui / A friend of mine who works in the civil service once commented: “If you think the ministers are high-handed, you should try talking to their minions!” This statement stuck in my mind because it encapsulates the mindset of the civil service, the PAP grassroots leaders/workers and the PAP MPs. This is of course a generalisation. Not all …

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Dignity and respect come from genuine service

Andy Soon / I refer to the article in ‘Lianhe Zaobao’ in regards to PAP MP Dr Lim Wee Kiak remarks about ministerial pay which should be able to reflect the dignity and status of a minister and his subsequent claims that his comments was taken out of context. As Dr Lim attempts to explain himself on Facebook, it seems …

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About that other comment, Dr Lim

Dear Dr Lim Wee Kiak, It must have been a difficult time for you now, especially with all the furor over your recent comment to the Chinese press. I think everything that needs to be said has been said, and I have nothing more to add. I am writing to you regarding something else you said in the same article …

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