Monthly Archives: July 2012

Lack of Consultation in Chopping Down an Historic Tree

By Hidayah Amin– I write this letter with a heavy heart. I was born in Gedung Kuning (Yellow Mansion) that was acquired by the Singapore government in 1999 under the Land Acquisition Act. To commemorate my birth, my grandmother planted a mango seed in the garden in Gedung Kuning. This seed grew into a tree that bore sweet mangoes that …

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TOC Report: Kenneth Jeyaretnam takes Government’s IMF Loan to Court

  Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam, Secretary-General of the Reform Party, has filed an application in the High Court to quash the Singapore Government’s pledge of a US$4 billion loan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF announced pledges from various countries, including Singapore’s, on 20 April 2012. Mr Jeyaretnam is seeking the Court's leave to make an application for a …

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Bertha Henson: A smarting SMRT

~ by Bertha Henson ~ No one should be surprised that SMRT got whacked by the COI over the train disruptions. The way the COI went at it during the hearings, it was clear the panel thought very little of the checks SMRT made and its emergency preparedness. What’s surprising is the SMRT response to the report which have been variously reported as …

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One week left to make your AWARE Award nominations

The AWARE Awards is Singapore’s very first award to recognize outstanding achievements in gender equality. Following a successful launch in 2011, the AWARE Awards will continue to honour individuals with the AWARE Heroine (for a woman), AWARE Hero (for a man), and AWARE Young Wonder (for a young person, of either gender, under 30 years old) categories. We are also adding a new category, for …

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Bertha Henson: People who matter

~ By Bertha Henson ~ Everytime somebody important dies, newspapers do a poll. The results are invariably the same. Young people don't know anything about the person who died or why his death is such a big deal. This is the case with the death of Yong Nyuk Ling, a member of the first Cabinet, according to TNP. I bet the same …

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Tan Jee Say: Ethical Banking and Europe’s “Tail Risks”

By Tan Jee Say – With global financial woes dominating the world’s headlines, it is easy to forget about the existence of ethical banks. They continue to thrive in their quiet understated ways, living out the moral principles and causes for which they are established.  Their principal motivation is not maximize profits or rake in huge bonuses, but to promote …

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Conscription: The Missing Perspective

By Benjamin Cheah – When discussing conscription in Singapore, much time has been spent discussing every relevant viewpoint but the most obvious: defence. Having read Mr Cheang’s thoughts on conscription, I found it woefully lacking in military matters. I make no special claim to an understanding of defence science. I have a mere ten years of casual, informal, research experience …

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TOC Exclusive interview with CHC members

by Gordon Lee TOC sat down with 4 members of City Harvest Church after Sunday service to hear their side of the story about what they think about the recent arrests, the media coverage of the case, and the Church’s Crossover Project. Christopher Pang and Ben Cheng are Executive Members of the Church, Lennard is a Ministry Member, and Clarence is an Ordinary Member. …

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Eyes on Preciousness – A Photo Presentation by Mr Toshi Kazama

Press Release Last year, a small group of us had the privilege of listening to a talk by acclaimed US-based Japanese photographer, Toshi Kazama. Toshi has spent years meeting and photographing juvenile offenders on death row in the United States and Asia. Mr Kazama himself, is a survivor of an attempted murder. Yet, he is also a firm anti-death penalty …

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KJ: An Open Letter to Christine Lagarde Managing Director of the IMF

18A Smith Street Singapore 058932 28th June 2012 Ms. Christine Lagarde Managing Director International Monetary Fund 700 19th Street, N.W. Washington D.C.20431 USA Dear Ms. Lagarde, I am the Secretary-General of the Reform Party in Singapore. I am also an economist with a double First Class Honors BA and an MA in Economics from Cambridge University. I have almost 30 …

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