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Monthly Archives: January 2012

This is not the way – how not to hold a conversation

~by: Joseph Teo~ Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was interviewed by CNN's Fareed Zakaria on 26 January. In response to questions on the election results and the need for political openness, he said, “We are in a new situation, and we must govern in a new way, but we can’t do it by just going with the tide.” Singapore must …

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Competence, messy PR, and a conspiracy theory

~by: Howard Lee~ For all the blunders and perceived partisanship often attributed to it, I continue to have faith in our public service. I don't necessarily mean the top dogs in the service, but the rank and file who continue to soldier on each day at their jobs. I trust that they will continue to do the right thing for …

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Unfair discrimination of Malays in National Service

~by: Shiwen Yap~ It is past time to seriously reconsider the treatment of Malays in the SAF and National Service in general. While potential enemies in the form of Malaysia and Indonesia are both Islamic, I would like to state a simple truth: bullets do not care what creed or race you are, they harm and kill regardless. To quote …

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The barren political landscape

~by: Dr Wong Wee Nam~ The ominous forecast is if we don’t continue to attract a stream of good people into political leadership, we are doomed to become a little black dot. This statement is essentially true except that salary, however high, would not be the right solution to alleviate this problem. There are historical reasons why we are starved …

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Former CNB chief was probed by CPIB in 2010

~by: Ravi Philemon~ A well-wisher of TOC wrote in to us on 25 January that he "had heard from reliable sources a long while ago (early 2011 or even in 2010) that top CID guys are under investigation by CPIB", and that it was around this time that Ng Boon Gay was shifted to CNB. The New Paper confirms today …

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Start Now – Rethinking Volunteerism

the following is a media release from Start Now's upcoming event 'Rethinking Volunteerism': — Discontent with the state of active volunteering in Singapore, two youths launched an initiative to ‘Rethink Volunteerism’. With the support of the Grameen Creative Lab @ National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore Management University, their social enterprise, Start Now, will engage nonprofits and volunteer managers through …

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Don't sensationalise Yaw's alleged marital woes

~by: Ghui~ Workers' Party MP, Yaw Shin Leong has come under fire for an alleged extra marital affair. From a moral standpoint and in a black and white world, Yaw’s actions, if true are reprehensible. However, does this have any bearing on his role as an MP? MPs might be public figures but they are also entitled to a private …

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Law Ministry: Human Rights Watch report made false assertions

the following is a media release by the press secretary to Law Minister K Shanmugam: — We refer to Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) January 2012 country report for Singapore (Report) and the comments of its deputy director Phil Robertson, as quoted on Yahoo! News Singapore. The Report dismisses Singapore’s Submissions to the Human Rights Council at the Universal Periodic Review, …

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