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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Russian embassy in Singapore rejects petition from activists

(Photo: LGBT rights activists outside the Russian Embassy in Singapore. From left to right: Zan Thang, Jolovan Wham, Vincent Wijeysingha, Leow Yangfa.) Officials of the Russian embassy in Singapore have refused to accept a petition signed by 200 members of the LGBT community and their supporters when four activists visited the embassy premises on Friday morning, 11am Singapore time. Instead, …

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A 3rd reshuffle but still no successor

By Andrew Loh In a somewhat surprise move on Thursday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced his third Cabinet reshuffle since the general elections of May 2011. Eight People’s Action Party (PAP) Members of Parliament (MP) were affected by the changes. Most notably was Mr Chan Chun Sing, who was promoted from Acting Minister to a full minister, cementing his …

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About that "gay lifestyle"

By Gay SG Confessions There has been a lot of dismay and unhappiness over the past few days regarding the release of the OSC survey and how it skewed and labelled "gay lifestyles" as generally "unacceptable" for Singaporeans. Naturally, it was met with great derision and mockery; an ironic outcome for a national initiative meant to bring together Singaporeans, I thought. …

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Making housing affordable – still a tight squeeze

By Leong Sze Hian The Housing and Development Board (HDB) has shortened its maximum loan tenure from 30 years to 25 years and the mortgage servicing ratio (MSR) limit has also been cut from 35 per cent to 30 per cent of the borrower’s gross monthly salary. From today onwards (Aug 28), financial institutions will in tandem reduce the maximum …

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Ilo Ilo: A Portrait of an Ordinary Singaporean Family in Adversity

By Singapore Armchair Critic (Warning: spoilers ahead) Although the name of the first Singapore film I watched in a cinema eludes me, the experience has endured: I still remember how enthralling and magical it was, to see on the silver screen familiar sights and scenes of Singapore, and to hear characters speaking like locals do. This excitement induced by novelty, …

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When the troublemakers make the difference

By Alvan Yap "A few years ago, I made a plea for our MRT and buses to be made accessible to our citizens in wheelchairs and was told not to make trouble by one of our ministers. I was tempted to tell him that he should spend one day in a wheelchair. I am sure the experience will remove the calluses …

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Who moved our airport – Lee Kuan Yew or Howe Yoon Chong?

Amidst the number of future initiatives unveiled by PM Lee Hsien Loong during his National Day Rally speech was the plan to upgrade Changi Airport. Besides the building of two new terminals, the literal jewel in the crown would be the new gardens built at the current carpark site next to Terminal 1. In his speech, PM Lee credited his …

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Face-2-Face – National Day Rally 2013

The OSC took a fresh approach to engage Singaporeans. They had no pre-set agenda, it was a fully open discussion and it elicited a very positive response. – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, National Day Rally 2013 We are indeed heartened that the Prime Minister has taken an open and consultative approach towards getting feedback from citizens, for it is …

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Local LGBT community rallies support for prosecuted LGBTs in Russia

On Saturday, IndigNation organized an event held at the Hong Lim park entitled "To Russia with Love" which attracted a crowd of over 100 people to show express solidarity and support to the LGBT community in Russia over concerns of the widespread increase in the number of violent incidents, assaults, harassment and bullying of Russian LGBT people and their allies. …

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The judiciary and its checks and balances role

By Ghui Over the past few years, I have been heartened to see how Singaporeans have truly stepped up to play a part in shaping the future of Singapore. Opposition parties have upped their game. Supporters have crawled out of the woodwork. Online debate is flourishing. Credible alternative news sources have popped up and more significantly, citizens have begun to …

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