Daily Archives: 2011-08-02

Singapore questioned by the UN CEDAW Committee on gender equality and human rights

Lisa Li / Government accountability, Singapore-style: Announce your decision. Repeat stock answers. If the conversation gets uncomfortable, stop responding – wait for people to forget their questions – and the discussion is over. This seems especially so for the issue of human rights in pragmatic Singapore, where in so many matters – like minimum wage, homelessness, Day Off for domestic …

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Mindef should spell out NS deferment criteria

This letter appeared in the Straits Times Forum. — DR PATRICK Tan’s deferment of his national service (NS) for 12 years (‘Patrick Tan on his medical studies’; last Saturday) brings to mind the stories of many other talented Singaporeans who were not allowed to defer their NS. Some are talented musicians, sportsmen or artists who have qualified for prestigious schools …

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