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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Elections without democracy? Shifting political landscapes in Singapore and Malaysia

Singapore Armchair Critic for The Online Citizen Singapore and Malaysia, as highly developed countries that have clung on to their authoritarian regimes, have long been seen as “anomalies” by political analysts of democratization. But now cracks are appearing in these regimes. Malaysia will see its most closely fought election ever on 5 May where there is a real, albeit slim, …

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NSP elects its 15th CEC in OPC meeting

National Soliardity Party (NSP) has elected its 15th Central Executive Committee (CEC) in its Ordinary Party Congress Meeting held on Sunday, 28th April 2013. The newly elected committee in their respective positions are; President : Sebastian Teo Secretary General : Hazel Poa Council Members :    Cheo Chai Chen Hon Ting Huat Ivan Yeo Jeannette Chong Nazryn Azhar Samat Nicole Seah …

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Response to Minister Lim Swee Say

By Philip Ang The PAP is fond of issuing motherhood statements to Singaporeans as if all of us are its children. As if Khaw Boon Wan’s ridiculous statements on losses incurred by the HDB wasn’t enough, here goes Minister Lim Swee Say. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/s-pore-needs-to-be-future-ready-lim-swee/655158.html Quotes from Minister Lim:  "There is no guarantee that we will always succeed but we cannot afford …

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Oppression and threats will not destroy our spirit

By Jen If you find it suffocating lately, it may not be the haze but quite likely it is due to the oppressive tactics by our government to suppress views that are critical of them and their policies. I had been hopeful that the People's Action Party (PAP) -led government would change for the better when I first started my …

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In danger of silencing the voices that care

By Winston Tay I’m a small fry. My web stats will tell you as much. But it hasn’t stopped me from speaking my mind about iffy issues people don’t usually feel comfortable talking about. Sure, it’s gotten me in trouble before (mostly with my wife), but that’s The Blogfather for you. Which is why I’m quite concerned about the state …

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Why the Sedition Act shouldn’t apply to Leslie Chew

By Choo Zheng Xi Before you read on, one caveat: I’ve been asked by Leslie Chew to provide him with my legal opinion while he’s under investigation, so please read this article with that possible bias in mind. Leslie has, at present, not been formally charged and there are no ongoing Court proceedings. The following is my personal view of …

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SDP calls on Government to withdraw actions against bloggers

Media Release from the Singapore Democratic Party The SDP is concerned about recent legal actions or threats of legal action issued by various Government departments. Websites such as EDMW Loves Singapore and The Real Singapore that had commented or carried comments on the outcome of the courts were ordered by the Attorney-General's Chambers to remove the offending posts. The Council …

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Vandalism of Cenotaph – TOC's statement

The Online Citizen wishes to express our utmost sadness and disdain for the reported vandalism committed on the Cenotaph, where the word “democracy” was reportedly spray-painted on the monument (http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/cenotaph-cleaned-after-reported-vandalism). We can only guess why anyone would wish to deface the Cenotaph with such an action, but the very act is an insult to those who have shed blood, sweat …

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Singapore startup Viddsee streams regional short films for the social web

Viddsee is an online social watching platform for Southeast Asian short films just founded in January this year. A platform that aims to streamline the process of discovering, watching and sharing regional stories for a global online audience. The Singapore startup is co-founded by filmmaker-engineers Ho Jia Jian and Derek Tan. The duo is passionate about the marriage between art and technology …

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