Monthly Archives: July 2012

Handling the Defence of Singapore in the 21st Century

~ by A Young Singaporean ~ Two articles were published on TOC in June, Conscription: Necessary Or Outdated? (Bryan Cheang, 20 June 2012) and Rethinking Singapore’s Defence Needs (Rajiv Chaudhry, 25 June 2012), which I found to be rather off the mark. Thankfully, soon after, another article which had, I feel, a more realistic perspective on things, Conscription: The Missing Perspective (Benjamin Cheah, 3 …

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S’pore falling birth rate: Getting it on but to not much effect

~by Unbranded Bread and Butter~ Surely Singaporeans are getting more bedroom action. Circumstantial evidence seems to indicate so with our youths getting sexually liberated much earlier than their parents, the exciting night scene, the frequent overseas holiday with that special someone and even the rising transmission rate of STDs seem to say so. But why are our much-aroused factories not producing …

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Open letter to PM Lee: Jalan Suka residents' red light woes

Dear PM Lee, On behalf of the residents at Jalan Suka, especially my elderly mother, I am urging you to look into the matter of the worsening security in this area.I have written to URA to ascertain why so many residential units here have been converted and are in the process of turning into brothels. The URA officer whom I …

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Death Penalty Undermines Human Dignity And Right To Life

Media Release 11 July 2012 Think Centre (TC) welcomes the Singapore Government's move to review the mandatory death penalty.Think Centre has consistently appealed for gradual abolition of the death penalty and to seek alternatives to the death penalty. But sadly, Singapore continues to execute prisoners by hanging. This review is long overdue, but necessary, in line with international human rights …

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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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