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Monthly Archives: January 2013

We need to take a stand

By Ghui “Why is that law on the books? Because it’s always been there and I think we just leave it,” adding that he had explained his decision in 2007 to retain Section 377A was PM Lee’s response when asked by a participant of the Singapore Perspective conference organised by the Institute of Policy Studies if “this old and archaic …

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We need to take a stand

By Ghui “Why is that law on the books? Because it’s always been there and I think we just leave it,” adding that he had explained his decision in 2007 to retain Section 377A was PM Lee’s response when asked by a participant of the Singapore Perspective conference organised by the Institute of Policy Studies if “this old and archaic law” …

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Population white paper: U-turn on influx of foreigners?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Population projected at 6.9 million by 2030 with strong Singaporean core” (Channel NewsAsia, Jan 29). 6.9m by 2030 It states that “Singapore’s population could hit 6.9 million by 2030 – up from the current 5.3 million.”  Up to 6m by 2020? According to the Population White Paper, “Singapore’s total population of residents and …

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Open letter to ST editior

By Wong Kok Sen Joseph Dear Editor I refer to the letter titled "Workers' Party lacks minority representation?" submitted by Mr Paul Antony Fernandez, which was published in the 28 January 2013 issue of The Straits Times. I note that Mr Fernandez had stated that "during 10 days of campaigning, [he] did not see a Malay, Indian or anyone from a minority …

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Subdued and Sombre Atmosphere for PAP

By Benjamin Cheah Grim faces crowded around the television screens. Channel News Asia had set up a command centre at the void deck of Block 124A, and residents took full advantage of the televisions the CNA team used to coordinate their broadcast. When Returning Officer Mr Yam Ah Mee took the podium, a buzz rippled through the residents. Earlier that …

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BE2013 – looking back to look forward

By Howard Lee The results for the Punggol East By-Election might or might not have been a surprise for the nation. But if you ask me, the results are significant enough to suggest that we need to ask two very important questions. The first question is, I think, more important: As a microcosmic representation of the Singapore electorate, what can …

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Second Chance at Punggol East

By Benjamin Cheah Two years ago, I stood in line at North Spring Primary School and cast my virgin vote for the General Elections. Back then I didn’t think I’d be back anytime soon. But life has a funny way of breaking assumptions. Everybody has different reasons for voting. Working with other TOC volunteers, I have spoken to people who …

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