Daily Archives: 2012-07-10

TOC Editorial: One small step at a time

There are some issues that are deeply ingrained into the DNA of The Online Citizen, such as migrant workers, the Internal Security Act and freedom of expression. But perhaps the issue that has assumed the most significance in TOC’s history, has been the mandatory death penalty. As former Acting Chief Editor Joshua Chiang explained in an article earlier this year, …

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Managing Heritage Cities

PRESS RELEASEExperts from 11 countries to prepare Public-Private Partnership (PPP) strategies for ASEM Culture Ministers  25 civil society and government experts will gather from 12 to 14 July to prepare recommendations for the upcoming ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting on “Managing Heritage Cities for a Sustainable Future” in September 2012. They will focus on public-private partnerships as a key strategy for …

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Is Singapore at the end of the line?

By Jackson Tan – Does meritocracy really exist in Singapore? A common perception among Singaporeans, the government constantly champions the need for meritocracy, especially in the area of employment. When Singapore enjoyed economic growth, the government rewarded themselves through pay raises. However, when ministers make mistakes, the concept of meritocracy suddenly ‘disappears’.  While it is not my intention to highlight such cases …

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SADPC responds to proposed amendments to the Mandatory Death Penalty

~ by Rachel Zeng ~ Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign (SADPC) is glad to receive the news that the Singapore government has taken the step to make alterations to the application of the mandatory death penalty. We gratefully acknowledge that the government has halted all executions since July last year, while looking into possible amendments towards the currently rigid procedures behind the mandatory …

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Tan Jee Say: A low score for Singapore pre-school education

By Tan Jee Say – Are we seeing a permanent underclass in the making? It must have come as a thunderbolt to admirers of Singapore's education system. To be ranked 29 in a global survey of pre-school education in 45 countries and placed together with a number of poor developing countries in the lower half of the table, one wonders …

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Bravehearts Soccer Academy crowned Danone Nations Cup Singapore Champions

PRESS RELEASE Bravehearts Soccer Academy were crowned the inaugural Danone Nations Cup Singapore Champion Sunday night after a dramatic 2-1 penalty shootout win over WSA Soccer Academy. The win means Bravehearts Soccer Academy will represent Singapore against the rest of the World this September in Poland. Both Bravehearts and WSA were the teams of the tournament, finishing undefeated and joint …

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Only 1 in 8 meet Minimum Sum balance

~ by Leong Sze Hian ~ From the 1 July 2012, the CPF Minimum Sum (MS) and Medisave Minimum Sum (MMS) will be raised to $139,000 and $38,500, respectively. The gradual phasing-out of the MS withdrawal rule, which is currently set at 10%, will be fully implemented on 1 January 2013. Those who reach the age of 55 will now …

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Amnesty International: Proposed change a welcome step

Government needs to do more to abolish mandatory death penalty for all crimes Amnesty International and the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) welcomes the Singaporean Government’s move towards putting an end to the mandatory death sentencing for drug trafficking and homicide cases, and the moratorium on executions in place until proposed changes in the law are enacted. Mandatory death sentences …

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