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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Never-ending need for donations

~by: Leong Sze Hian~ I refer to the article “Donations to CDCs up 5% to S$10.9m” (Today, Feb 28).  The joint press release by the Community Development Councils (CDCs) states that “A total of $10.9 million was attracted in community and corporate donations in 2011, up from $10.4 million in 2010. In particular, the proportion of donations from corporate companies had …

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Second Public Consultation on ASEAN Human Rights Declaration by MARUAH

The following is a press release by Maruah and the Singapore chapter of the SEA Women's Caucus: The Singapore Chapter of the Women's Caucus and MARUAH are organising another round of discussions on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD).   Be informed of the latest updates centred around this as well as contribute to history in the making for a first ever …

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Momentum for animal rights is growing

~by: Cheong Yaoming~ This year’s Singapore Animal Welfare Symposium and Public Forum 2012 was held at Chong Pang Community Club with exhibits from returning animal welfare groups (AWGs) such as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), as well as new entrants like Project FIN and Human Society Singapore. The exhibits attracted …

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Big brother is watching

~by: Teo Soh Lung~ The month of February 2012 must go down as the blackest month for bloggers and every Singaporean who treasures the right to free speech.   It started with Alex Au of Yawning Bread, a very well respected and formidable blogger who does extensive research for every article he writes.  He chooses his words with great care, …

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Spend $30 million to disburse $61 million?

~by: Leong Sze Hian~ I refer to the increase in funding to family service centres of about $100 million, over the next three years (“More family service centres, extra $30m funding in coming years”, (Straits Times, Feb 9). This works out to an annual funding of about $33.3 million. According to ComCare's annual report for the financial year 2010 which ended …

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The Shark Fin debate

~by: Ng Yi Shu~ ~picture: Cheong Yaoming~ Two NGOs for shark conservation, Shark Savers and Project: FIN, protested against Singapore’s unwillingness to ban shark fin products, at the Animal Welfare Symposium last Saturday.  Project: FIN founder Jennifer Lee quoting a WildAid letter in her question to Minister K Shanmugam and the panel at the end of the symposium, protested against …

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Leaders must persuade, not silence, critics

the following is a media release by the Singapore Democratic Party: The recent threats of defamation suits by PAP's leaders against Mr Alex Au and the editors of TR Emeritus (TRE) is another blow to freedom of speech in Singapore.   For years, the Singapore Democratic Party has been the target of attacks from the ruling party and the media …

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The $1.1Bn quick fix

~by: Kumaran Pillai~ "What Singaporeans want are quicker solutions. They don't want to wait so long, “said Minister of State for Finance and Transport Josephine Teo. The solution according to her (or them) is to buy more buses. Putting more buses on the road, only addresses the issue of capacity, it does not necessarily mean that the transport companies would …

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Why can't SBS raise money through issuing more shares?

  ~by: Sharon Ng~ Much has been said on why the S$1.1B injection into SBS Transit is wrong. Since SBS Transit operates 75% of the bus fleet in Singapore, I will take a quick look at the financials of SBS Transit. According to the annual report available on the SBS Transit website, it can be seen that the group has …

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Are TRE's transgressions lawsuit worthy?

~by: Ghui~ Freedom of press and freedom of speech are the hallmarks of democracy. Singapore’s current position in the Press Freedom Index would therefore seem to indicate that Singapore is somewhat lacking in a key component of democracy. Of course, Singapore is a young country and any new nation needs time to come into its own but is it enough …

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