Monthly Archives: June 2012

Some Day

~ By Ho Kwon Ping ~ The words “some day” resonate with many people of my generation. They were the final words of the refrain from the song “We Shall Overcome” which marked the civil rights movement of America in the 1960’s and ‘70s. As a wide-eyed freshman in the US, I attended student rallies and demonstrations, and I still recall the …

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Pink Dot Video: Someday (Sat, 30 June 2012 @ Hong Lim Park)

Event Information: WHAT: PINK DOT CONCERT 2012 WHERE: Hong Lim Park   ADMISSION: Free   WHEN: Saturday, 30 June, 2012   WHAT TO WEAR: Of course, PINK!   TIMINGS: Activities commence 6.00pm, Concert begins at 6.30pm, Dot is formed at 7.30pm, or when it is sufficiently dark   *Please note: According to the venue's terms and conditions, only Singaporeans and …

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Speech for Humanist of the Year 2012

Below is the speech by Mr Alex Au delivered for the Humanist of the Year event on 23 June 2012 when he was honoured by the Humanist Society (Singapore) with the award. Thank you very much for the honour. I think it’s very generous of the Society, though I would understand if it had been a difficult decision since I …

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Death of A Halo: Of Kong Hee, CHC and Christianity

~ By Samuel Caleb Wee ~ Like many other Singaporeans, I was disappointed when I found out the full extent of the City Harvest Church financial misconduct case. Unlike many other Singaporeans, however, I found out about the details a good two years ago. I won't go into detail about how I found out about the case, out of respect for the …

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TOC Breaking: City Harvest responds to allegations (Thu 28 June 2012)

The following is a press release from City Harvest Church released to TOC and the media. Mr Aries Zulkarnain, the Executive Pastor and a Founding Member of City Harvest Church (CHC) since its start 23 years ago says that the church stands with the members involved. “The people currently in the news are pastors, trusted staff and leaders who have …

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The protection of identities in the criminal process

~ By Michael Hor ~ The recent media excitement over several criminal prosecutions involving a sexual element has created some discomfort in some quarters over how such cases should be handled in terms of protecting the identities of the people involved. While it will be improper to talk about particular proceedings which have not yet been resolved with finality, it might be …

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TOC Breaking: City Harvest Executive Member alleges COC Defamation

TOC understands that this letter has been sent by Christopher Pang, an Executive Member of City Harvest Church, to the Ministry of Community Youth and Sports (MCYS), copied to members of the media.   Dear Mr Chan Chun Sing,   I read with disappointment the defamatory article posted in MCYS’ Press Room entitled “Inquiry found misconduct and mismanagement in the City Harvest …

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Holistic Health for Women

On Sunday 1 July, 2 – 5pm, the Women Democrats are organising a health talk for women to encourage them to take good care of themselves. Do take the time to attend what promises to be a beneficial workshop for you. The panel, which includes Dr. Ang Yong Guan and Dr. Tan Lip Hong, will speak on diet, fitness, mental …

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Bertha Henson: Red tape and red faces

~ By Bertha Henson ~ Another day of bad memories. I am referring to the case of the ex-SPH executive Peter Khoo, who was charged in court for filching money and receiving kickbacks from a supplier. I have been waiting for this day for close on two years now, ever since my ex-Editor called me into his room to tell me the …

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