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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Behind every dark cloud, there is a silver lining

Ghui / The Presidential Elections are now done and dusted. Singapore has a new President, Tony Tan, or TT as he is commonly dubbed. Scraping through the elections, TT will be the seventh President of Singapore. When the election results were first announced, I was dismayed and disappointed. Not because I know TT personally and not because he is incapable …

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Tan Kin Lian ‘gave courage to other candidates’

The following article was first published on leongszehian.com __________________________ ~By Alex Lew~ ~Photography by Shawn Danker~ I refer to Mr. Belmont Lay’s article describing the failures of the recent Presidential Election Candidate Mr. Tan Kin Lian’s campaign. The writer has given some strong opinions about Mr. Tan’s campaign. As such. I thought it was relevant for me to to share my …

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New media engagement may have given Tony Tan and Tan Jee Say the edge

~by: Ravi Philemon~ ~pictures: Shawn Danker~ 'Change' was the theme of the 2011 Presidential Election. All four candidates tried to articulate and win over the electorate with their version of change. For Presidential candidate Mr Tan Kin Lian, it was change through demystifying the office of the President. He wanted to do this by producing an annual report to account …

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Can a politicised President’s Office truly unite Singaporeans?

Joshua Chiang/ The first time I learnt that the head of state of Singapore is the President, he was already dead. I was six years old when Benjamin Henry Sheares, our second President passed away. I remembered watching his funeral procession on television. I remembered the flag flying at half-mast, and the 21-gun salute. Most of all, I remembered feeling …

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A lapse not befitting

By Howard Lee/ cartoon by Joshua Chiang I have always had faith in institutions of public service. To me, the public service has always represented the very best of human nature – service to fellow citizens. Yes, some would call it the iron rice bowl, although those in the rank and file now would attest that it is hardly true …

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A Nostalgic Hari Raya

A poem by Raymond Anthony Fernando/ Photos by Joshua Chiang Listening to keronchong music of the 60s’ The melody gently flowing with the breeze Oh how it bring back fond memories! Listening to the lyrics of Dondang Sayang A nostalgic celebration is about to begin For the old as well as the young   Watching the glow of the buntings …

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Dolphins and captivity don’t mix

~by: Elisabelle Aruldoss~ In 2008, Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore bought 27 wild bottlenose dolphins from the Solomon Islands to be placed in a dolphin exhibition in their Marine Life Park in 2012. Nine of the dolphins were then transported to Langkawi and the rest were put in Subic Bay, Phillipines. However, in 2010, two female dolphins that were put in …

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Ministerial Salaries – can economics explain?

~ by Dr Ivan Png ~ Since 1994, when they were first pegged to the pay of the highest local earners in six professions, salaries of our government ministers have been a very controversial issue. But while listed companies benchmark their executives’ pay against comparable businesses, ministerial pay has no such market reference. As Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean …

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Elected Presidency may be Tony Tan’s toughest challenge yet

By Joshua Chiang/ I ran into an academic/blogger at Toa Payoh Stadium in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The recounting was ongoing, but by then it was becoming clear that Dr Tony Tan would win the Presidential elections by the narrowest of margins. So we talked about what was the foremost thing in our minds – did Tan Jee …

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