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Daily Archives: 2011-08-22

Do we still want a Nathanesque president? part 1

The following is an excerpt of an article on Yawning Bread Alex Au/ I was speaking at an event organised by Maruah about the upcoming presidential election. Law professor Kevin Tan was the first speaker, giving a detailed run-down of the relevant constitutional provisions. This helped to clarify something that few Singaporeans, in the past, had much reason to pay …

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Use of Public Sites at Aljunied GRC

from: Workers’ Party/ — This release seeks to enlighten the public about what transpired in the weeks after the May General Election, which has led to the current controversy about use of public spaces by residents of Aljunied GRC to organise events. Background Facts On 21 June 2011, the interim Secretary of Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) received an email from …

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Transparency on our Sovereign Wealth Fund

by: National Solidarity Party/ The National Solidarity Party (NSP) regrets the continued lack of transparency surrounding our sovereign wealth funds (SWFs). The NSP believes that sufficient public information in the internal workings of GIC and Temasek Holdings is undoubtedly in the interest of all Singaporeans, as is a demonstrably robust system of check and balances in the management of our …

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PE: An Unsatisfactory Election

by: Jen Tai/ Photos: Shawn Danker/ There are many things that are Uniquely Singapore, some of which are not positive. One of these things is taking part in highly unsatisfactory elections. For many Singaporeans, we didn’t get to vote for years/decades till May 2011 and even then it was most unsatisfactory as residents in Tanjong Pagar still didn’t get to …

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TAN JEE SAY – A MAN WITH THE PASSION TO SERVE

excerpted from Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss’ blog ‘In My Own Words‘: — I hear that some people who saw the exchange (between Tan Jee Say and Tony Tan on Face to Face 2) are saying that it was “unpresidential” for TJS to have “lost his cool” at TT’s interjectory remarks. But other people are also asking: was it dignified for TT to …

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TOC photographer hauled to police station by SBS Transit staff

by: Jewel Philemon/ On 17 Aug 2011 at about 9.30am, one of our photographers noticed an accident along Marine Parade Road and started taking pictures of this incident involving two SBS Transit buses (one double-decker and the other a normal one). A staff of SBS Transit who was with the vehicles that met with the accident, then stopped our photographer …

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Saddest statistic ever: 200,000 families helped?

Leong Sze Hian / I have analysed hundreds of statistics over the last ten-plus years, but the Comcare cumulative assistance statistics given on 14 August were the ‘saddest’ statistic that I have ever had to analyse. 34% increase in a year I refer to the article “CDCs gear up for uncertain economic climate” (Today, Aug 11). It states that “the …

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