Monthly Archives: December 2011

MOE’s revision of sexuality education

by: Rev Dr Yap Kim Hao I am alarmed that contraception may have to give some way to abstinence in a revised version of a Sexuality Education Programme (SEP) of the Ministry of Education and that Catholic schools should find fewer issues with it. Abstinence is the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church for centuries and has not produced satisfactory …

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The story of SMRT is the story of Singapore

By Ravi Philemon I still remember as a young boy, in the 70s, waiting for more than an hour for the bus to arrive. I also remember that if you wanted to go to Sembawang (where some of my father’s friends lived), there were no bus services. In the 80s, I was in secondary school, and I remember the transition from …

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SMRT needs a technocrat to head its operations

The following is Kumaran Pillai’s speech delivered at TOC’s ‘Give up your seat‘ by Chong Ai Ling: Who would have ever thought that the public transport would be the Achilles Heel of our present meritocratic government? Even George Cherian said, immediately after the May hustings that, the public transport woes could be fixed by a technocratic team and GE2011 has …

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‘Light on the Lotus Hill’ – The story of a Buddhist monk and martyr

By Jewel Philemon It was the year 1939. The Shuang Lin Monastery in Toa Payoh was getting ready for the “Shuang Lin Monastery Vesak Day Vegetarian Meal Fund Raising Event”, an event that grabbed significant eyeballs for being the first major fundraiser since the Sino-Japanese War which broke out two years earlier. As the Abbott of the monastery, Venerable Pu …

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