Monthly Archives: April 2012

SDP's Dr Juwita Rahmat speaks about her political journey

~ By Kumaran Pillai ~ A fresh new political talent has emerged from the ranks of the Singapore Democratic Party. Dr Juwita Rahmat, a 33 year old researcher with a local institution decides to follow the footsteps of what so many female political figures like Michelle Lee and Jeannette Chong have done in the past – to try her hand …

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Population: Need 25,000 new citizens?

~ By Leong Sze Hian ~ I refer to the occasional paper, Citizen Population Scenarios, published by the National Population and Talent Division, Prime Minister’s Office, in April. Highlights:- “Singapore’s Total Fertility Rate has been declining. At the same time, Singaporeans are living longer. Our life expectancy is currently one of the highest in the world. At current birth rates and …

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What is the point of an internet “Code of Conduct”?

~ By Ng E Jay ~ I simply don’t see the logic or the point of trying to develop an internet “Code of Conduct”.    How is anyone going to enforce such a code of conduct given the free-wheeling nature of the internet that knows no geographical boundaries? How is any organization supposed to develop a code of conduct that …

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Chee Soon Juan: We do not have political rights

~ By Chee Soon Juan ~ I refer to the article published on your site, "Dr. Chee should be permitted to attend the Oslo Freedom Forum" by Ghui. I quote the following paragraphs: Whether Dr. Chee’s views are right or wrong is not the point. The point is that he was willing to speak his mind when many people would …

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Show us you mean business

~ By Siew Kum Hong ~ There's been a lot of talk about the Government's proposal for an online code of conduct, and last Thursday the Institute of Public Studies organised a closed-door discussion on the topic. It was conducted under the Chatham House Rule, so I'm not going to go into details on what was discussed. What I will …

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Facebook and The Prime Minister

~ By Dr Wong Wee Nam ~ Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong appears to be loosening up. He has just launched his official Facebook page and Twitter account. In launching the Facebook he wrote “The social media have changed the way we live, work and play, especially the way we connect with one another. Societies, communities and governments all over …

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Exploring the Extent of Executive Discretion

~ By Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss ~ Part-time cleaner, Mdm Vellama d/o Marie Muthu is a Singapore citizen and resident voter of Hougang Single Member Constituency (SMC).  On 15 February 2012, her Member of Parliament (MP) was expelled from his political party, which left his parliamentary seat vacant.  The next day, the Prime Minister said that there was no fixed time within …

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Royal Elephant Shoots Part II

~ By Kenneth Jeyaretnam ~ Yesterday I wrote about the PAP government’s willingness to bail out the Eurozone with generous contributions to the IMF’s lending facility (here). Yet a US$4 billion loan (which represents more than US$1200 for every Singaporean man, woman and child has seemingly been given without Parliamentary approval or informing Singaporeans beforehand: As usual, this has all been …

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New Leaders to Speak at SDP May Day Rally

MEDIA RELEASE The Singapore Democrats will hold a May Day Rally on 1 May 2012. Party leaders said the rally will commemorate the contribution of workers to Singapore’s growth. Dr Juwita Rahmat, who holds a doctorate in medicine, will speak at the rally. Dr Juwita is a researcher at a local institution. She said, “I believe in an education that …

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Dr. Chee should be permitted to attend the Oslo Freedom Forum

~ By Ghui ~ The concept of human rights sits uncomfortably with Singaporeans. As a country, we have oft been accused of being economical with press freedom, freedom of speech and the like. These allegations have no doubt caused Singaporeans to become defensive, both at a governmental level and at an ordinary citizen level. So ready to deflect any perceived …

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