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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Help struggling VWOs by withdrawing IPC?

By Leong Sze Hian - I refer to the article "Sage closes, leaving wages and bills unpaid" (Straits Times, Sep 5).   Financial difficulties – withdraw IPC? It states that "In 2006, it lost its IPC or Institutions of a Public Character status, which allows donations to be tax-deductible. The reason, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Community Development, …

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Telecom Credit Co-operative under Police probe

  By Leo Khaw – The Telecom Credit Co-operative Society Ltd (TCC) of Singapore is under Police probe for alleged cheating offences under Section 420 of the Penal Code. TCC is a non-profit financial institution in Singapore offering credit facilities to their members. Arising out of a civil case over the foreclosure of a property owned by Mr Kumar Appavoo, …

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Education: Charting our education reform

By Richmond Lee - It is strange in a way how the primary education has been politicized for education belongs to everyone. With the haze encapsulating our city state, we are too fumbling with a flurry of hazy views to best proceed with our education reform. PLSE is the only current yardstick for categorizing kids at the age of 12 …

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Education: Charting our education reform

By Richmond Lee - It is strange in a way how the primary education has been politicized for education belongs to everyone. With the haze encapsulating our city state, we are too fumbling with a flurry of hazy views to best proceed with our education reform. PLSE is the only current yardstick for categorizing kids at the age of 12 …

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Book Launch: Floating on a Malayan Breeze by Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh

By Leo Khaw - “For Sudhir, a young Singaporean, to describe himself as ‘Malayan’ piqued my curiosity because I also consider myself one. This lively book is more than just an enjoyable travelogue: it is a series of thoughtful — sometimes provocative — observations on the history, culture, politics, religion and other aspects of our diverse lives in Peninsular Malaysia …

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Old wine in a new bottle: Lawrence Wong

By Tay - Senior Minister Lawrence Wong had recently hit out against netizens’ apparent politicisation of the royal couple’s visit to Queenstown and the televised National Conversation on his facebook page. In his piece, he defends his party, taking the position of a wrongly accused victim in this saga. However, putting things into perspective, his writing comes across as equally, …

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Between MHA, the Church, Function 8 and a whole bunch of “if”s

By Howard Lee - Much ink has been spilt over the recent disagreement of opinion between the Catholic Church, headed by Archbishop Nicholas Chia and Function 8, a civil society group that champions critical thinking. I will not go into the details, which can be read here, here and here. In brief, the archbishop wrote a letter to Function 8 …

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Swimming with Sharks by Pangdemonium – A Review

By Yeoh Lai Lin - With a deliberately cheeky disclaimer of "approximately 10 sh*ts and 37 f***s", you know you are in for a night of quality drama.  Swimming with Sharks tells a riveting tale revealing the dark and dirty office politics going on behind the glamorous and romantic world of Hollywood film studios. Guy (played by George Young), an …

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Social Innovation and Social Enterprise: Report

By Ng Yi Shu - The recent socio-political developments in the form of the new National Conversation has brought into the spotlight civil society and freedoms of speech. However, one area that has been mentioned yet neglected is the area of social innovation and social enterprise. Social innovation is a process of cross-sector collaboration – the area between charity and …

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