Daily Archives: 2013-08-21

Restoring the Singapore Law Society's Power to Comment

By Yap Shiwen The Singapore Law Society represents the collective professional body of lawyers in Singapore. During the tenure of Lee Kuan Yew as Prime Minister, the Law Society had its ability to comment upon legislation and its passage in Parliament barred, through amendments to the Legal Profession Act. Now is the time to review this amendment and repeal it, …

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Not bad by international standards? So what?

By Ravi Philemon Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally Speech on Sunday has got to be welcomed even if it is just because of his vision to expand Changi Airport, and for his plans for bigger, more efficient ports. Most Singaporeans will surely support these expansions because these will build on the traditional strengths of what has made Singapore …

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MARUAH releases its position paper on GRC system

Marurah released its position paper on the Group Representation Constituencies system on Monday, 19th August 2013. The Singapore-based human rights non-governmental organisation proposed that an alternative Ethnic Balancing Contingency System to be implemented in place of the current GRC System. The NGO said under its proposal, electoral boundaries will be redrawn to abolish GRCs and existing GRCs will be dissolved …

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Unlawful death highlights the importance of alternative news outlets

By Ghui Perhaps I was ignorant, but the only reason I even heard of the plight of Dinesh Raman was through online news outlets. I first saw the story on Yahoo! and was immediately disturbed by the following: That whilst the unlawful death had occurred in 2010, the public was only made aware of this incident in 2013. That Lim …

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Healthcare financing: Tweaks or Tricks?

By Singapore Armchair Critic This article was first published at Singapore Armchair Critic In his 2013 Budget announcement earlier this year, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said the government would look into lowering Singaporeans’ out-of-pocket health spending. On Sunday evening, we learned more about how this may be achieved through Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s 2013 National Day Rally (NDR) speech. In summary, …

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