Monthly Archives: July 2012

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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Reactions to the the expulsion of Dr Poh Lee Guan from the Workers' Party

~by Cheong Yaoming~ Dr Poh Lee Guan, a long serving Council Member of the of the Workers' Party (WP) has been expelled from the WP effective 12 July 2012.   When contacted, the WP representative Mr Gerald Giam said “As this is an internal party matter, I will not be answering further questions beyond what has been posted on Facebook.” …

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The 'Record' $2 Million Fine

By Gordon Lee – On 16 July, LTA announced a record $2 million fine for SMRT, or 1.4% of SMRT’s forecast profit. These figures were splashed over the national newspapers, presumably intending to create a “shock and awe” effect, and to produce the impression that the LTA takes a tough stance on service disruptions. Is the fine significant? Let the …

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The “record” $2 million fine

Gordon Lee   On 16 July, LTA announced a record $2 million fine for SMRT, or 1.4% of SMRT’s forecast profit.[1] These figures were splashed over the national newspapers, presumably intending to create a “shock and awe” effect, and to produce the impression that the LTA takes a tough stance on service disruptions. Is the fine significant? Let the market …

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Kenneth Jeyaretnam: Rule of Law – Dirty Tricks?

~by Kenneth Jeyaretnam ~ This is my comment on the attempted action by the Law Society of Singapore against Lawyer M Ravi which I witnessed in court today. When I ran my Hedge Fund I had a “global” remit meaning that I had permission to trade on any and every stock exchange. Potential Investors would usually query that, asking whether …

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NParks Brompton Bicycle purchase prompts more questions

~ by Lewis Loh ~ After watching the news on TV about the NParks’s Brompton bicycles purchase, I had more serious questions about this particular company that won the tender as well as the tender itself. Disclaimer – I am not questioning the model selection as I know the quality of a Brompton bicycles. Besides the tender process, I just have these …

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NParks Brompton Bicycle purchase prompts more questions

~ by Lewis Loh ~ After watching the news on TV about the NParks’s Brompton bicycles purchase, I had more serious questions about this particular company that won the tender as well as the tender itself. Disclaimer – I am not questioning the model selection as I know the quality of a Brompton bicycles. Besides the tender process, I just have these …

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