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Daily Archives: 2012-07-20

Leong Sze Hian: Give more funds to Mendaki

By Leong Sze Hian- I refer to the articles “More aid for poor Chinese families to move up” (ST, Jun 26), Mendaki  ‘may have to dip into reserves’ for
 subsidy expansion” (ST, Jun 24) and "Mendaki may 'dip into its reserves' to fund tuition subsidy scheme" (ST, Jun 23). Mendaki may need to cut programmes According to Mendaki’s chairman, it …

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Dr Poh Lee Guan's account of Workers' Party CEC Meeting on 10 July 2012

~ by Cheong Yaoming ~ Q: What was your explanation to WP Central Executive Committee (CEC)? A: I felt there was a need for a back-up plan, to prepare for a worst case scenario. What if there was a walkover; would the down-side risks of that be manageable? Therefore I decided to act quietly, behind the scenes mainly because Elections Department …

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Alex Au: Using power to give immunity to the powerful (Part 2)

~by Alex Au ~ The Attorney-General’s Chambers issued a press release yesterday (17 July 2012) in response to my post Using power to give immunity to the powerful which was published on 15 July. The press release opens with a re-assertion of one of the two usual justifications for the law on scandalising the judiciary. It said: “Accusations of bias diminish …

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Kirsten Han: Fellow Singaporeans, we can be better than that

~by Kirsten Han ~ Sometimes my fellow Singaporeans fill me with despair and anger. Sometimes I feel like my faith in this country is misplaced, and that I should probably not bother so much. When there are people like these, how can we ever hope to become better? Yesterday, underground scaffolding at the construction site for the Downtown Line at the …

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Economists urge Singapore to redefine progress, Bhutan-style

By Bhavan Jaipragas– The original story was written for GO-FAR, an overseas journalism programme organised by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University. Landlocked and aid-dependent Bhutan may be worlds apart from Singapore and its globalised, advanced economy, but the Himalayan kingdom's unique people-centric growth model could still teach the city-state a thing or …

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Human Rights Watch – Singapore: Yale to Curtail Rights on New Campus

PRESS RELEASE University Defends Agreement to Ban Protests and Political Party Groups Yale University’s acceptance of Singaporean government restrictions on basic rights at the new Yale-National University of Singapore (NUS) joint campus shows a disturbing disregard for free speech, association, and assembly. Yale-NUS President Pericles Lewis told the media in July that students at the new campus, expected to open …

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Upturned Splendour – First inverted tree display in a garden show

PRESS RELEASE The world’s first inverted tree display in a garden show, ‘Upturned Splendour’ was showcased in the Singapore Garden Festival 2012. What is even more impressive is that it went from attaining a Silver award from the judges to winning the People’s Choice Award. Hailing from Singapore, Nyee Phoe Flower Garden’s Principal Designer, Mr Eliam Eng, is the man …

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