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Monthly Archives: July 2011

A YP activist’s response to TOC’s “Statements like these do not help”

A political sickness is spreading among the nations, across First World parliaments and First World governments. In America, we see Democrats and Republicans fighting over the US debt crisis. Voices of moderation drowned by polarizing, aggressive rhetoric. And while partisans fiddle around and pass the blame to each other, America’s economy burns. It would be just a domestic political tragedy, …

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TOC’s moderation policy

  The Online Citizen reserves the right to moderate, edit, disallow, remove or delete comments or postings posted on this website which, in TOC’s sole discretion, are deemed to be inappropriate or are of the following nature: – Vulgarities – in any language, whether colloquial or slang. – Personal attacks, threats, insults, degrading or derogatory remarks about the author or …

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Arcade Gaming: Not Just For Gangsters

Kirsten Han and Shawn Danker / This weekend, hundreds of gamers from all over the world will descend upon Las Vegas to clash within the world’s largest annual fighting game tournament. Evolution Championship Series (or EVO for short) gathers players from all over the world to compete over three days for top spots in their respective games. This year, Leslie …

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Public Transport: Why the PAP and WP positions fall short of commuters’ needs

The following is National Solidarity Party’s media release on the debate over our public transport system. — There has been much debate over our public transport system lately.  Public unhappiness over fare increases stems from dissatisfaction over the level of service in our public transport, primarily over issues of under-capacity and the lack of any alternatives for the bulk of …

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Promises of better services in public transportation reneged

by: Sharon C/ The recent call for fare adjustments of 2.8% by the public transport operators is definitely not justifiable. One of the reasons I believe that fares should remain status quo for now is because the transport operators are hiring more foreign drivers than locals, which means that even if fuel costs have increased the transport operators would be …

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Dr Vincent Wijeysingha responds to BG (NS) Tan Chuan Jin

On 13 July 2011, Brigadier-General (NS) Tan Chuan Jin posted ‘Protecting Workers‘ on his Facebook page. The following is a response from Dr Vincent Wijeysingha, Executive Director of migrant workers NGO Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2). We at Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), a charity working with low-waged migrant workers, welcome the comments of Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Minister of …

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The case of Roslan bin Bakar

This piece was first published on We Believe In Second Chances. Kirsten Han, Khairulanwar Zaini and Priscilla Chia / The case of a young man condemned to death for drug trafficking raises troubling questions about the Mandatory Death Penalty in Singapore, and how it is applied. Roslan bin Bakar was arrested on 18 July 2008 at the house of his …

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Statements like these do not help

Ghui / It would appear that the PAP has begun its search for new candidates to be fielded at the next general election. PM Lee urged Singaporeans who had the passion to serve Singapore and who believed that they had a contribution to make, to “come forward” and join the PAP. This statement in itself is commendable for it brings …

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Of transparency, investigation and media

Howard Lee / You would have heard it by now. The recent fracas surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World popped a few Singaporean eyebrows when Murdoch himself made mention of Singapore’s transparency in ministerial pay. Already, various quarters have jumped on that remark, most notably the remarks by Zaqy Mahamad, People’s Action Party Member of Parliament: “It’s good that …

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