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Monthly Archives: July 2011

GE 2011 – the Noise and Humour of Rallies

Dr Wong Wee Nam/ “Humour is therapeutic and a lack of it could be a sign of mental illness.” – Sigmund Freud A friend, who stays in US for nearly 40 years, came back recently and observed that there is some change in the political climate of fear after the General Election 2011. Another friend who had just come back …

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The facts according to Mohamed Isaac’s foster parents

The following are the facts according to Mohamed Isaac’s foster parents: — 1. Firstly, all the info we have given are true and MCYS knows it to be true. 2. Foster parents understand their duties and appreciate MCYS’ responsibilities as the official ‘Protector’ of the child. 3. Indeed fostering is not adoption. That is the basis of this matter. 4. …

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Soul Searching Singapore’s 2011 General Election

To understand Singapore’s new politics is to appreciate the deep commitment of Singaporeans for a better future for their country. This bond united PAP and opposition supporters alike. The election served to build national solidarity, while simultaneously sending a clear signal to the PAP that its mold of politics is outdated. The PAP is being called to move out of …

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MCYS responds to concerns raised about foster child

1.  We have received media queries and public feedback on the MCYS Facebook page on concerns raised about a foster child. 2.  As a policy, MCYS does not comment on individual foster cases so as to protect the interests of the child. However, we have to make clarifications on this case, because confidential information on the child has regrettably been …

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What is the point of the President?

Ghui / Officially, the President of Singapore is Singapore’s head of state.  He opens each Parliamentary session with an official address, occupying a position much like Queen Elizabeth II in the United Kingdom. The monarchy has had a long and deep history in the United Kingdom and the royal family is seen as part of British culture and heritage. Thousands …

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Clinging to the Noose – Is Singapore getting left behind?

Kirsten Han / Out of all the countries in South-east Asia, only Malaysia and Singapore have the mandatory death penalty for drug offences. In Malaysia, the mandatory death penalty comes under the Dangerous Drugs Act, while in Singapore it comes under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Unlike the “regular” death penalty, the mandatory death penalty means that the judges do …

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HDB DBSS: 76%, 25% or 15%?

Leong Sze Hian / I was surprised to read the blog posting by Minister of National Development Mr Khaw Boon Wan, ‘Startling But False‘. Allow me to explain why. The blog posting states, “I was startled when I read the front page article in the Business Times “Profit margins for DBSS developers ‘look high’” (Jun 30). It alleged that the …

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Freedom and its Limits: A Conversation with Rex Bloomstein

The Online Citizen speaks to Rex Bloomstein, director of The Prison Where I Live which focuses on the plight of Zarganar, Burma’s leading political satirist who is currently serving 35 years in prison for “public order offences”. In this exclusive interview, Bloomstein shares the journey of making the film and his opinions on human rights, freedom of expression and the …

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High Altitude Sexism?

Ghui / In our modern day and age, it is accepted that both men and women are equally entitled to pursue their careers to the best of their ability. One’s gender does not generally affect one’s chances for promotion as long as he or she performs. It is therefore disturbing that Singapore Airlines has a practice of not recruiting female …

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I absolutely agree that Singapore politics is for Singaporeans to decide – Blacklisted human-rights activist

In early June this year, Taiwan-based journalist and human-rights activist Bo Tedards flew to Singapore to attend a friend’s funeral but learnt that he had been ‘blacklisted’ and barred from entering. (Read his Facebook entry here) In an exclusive interview with The Online Citizen, he reveals the details of the incident, and explains why he will continue working to promote …

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