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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Democratic Progressive Party’s 40th Anniversary

31st December 2013 – The Democratic Progressive Party of Singapore celebrates its 40th year this year (2013) as a registered and active political party in Singapore. The history of the party dates back to 16 March 1973, when it was first set up and named the United Front. It contested in both the 1976 and 1980 General Elections before being …

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Events of Singapore in 2013

List of events in Singapore for the year 2013. Write in your comment if you feel there are events that are missing from this list. January AIM Saga – PAP explains why the tender of data management for all the town councils was awarded to PAP owned company. Punggol By Election brought about by the resignation of PAP MP and …

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13,000 repatriation cases

By Andrew Loh In the aftermath of the Little India riot which took place on 8 December, it was disclosed that some 13,000 foreigners were repatriated annually for each of the last 3 years. That’s an average of 1,083 cases each month. Whether the figure is an alarming one is unclear, since there doesn’t seem to be any previous figures …

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Marina Coastal Expressway: What are the issues?

TOC took a cab ride on Monday, the second day that the new Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) was in operation. We drove around the MCE for 30 mins from both sides (to and back from city) and had a look at the bottlenecks of the highway. Generally the expressway is pretty good with wide lanes and clear traffic signs. But …

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In Court Today – Little India Riot case: Daily Renewal of S-Pass

In Court Today – Little India Riot case: M Ravi, representing Mr Arun Kaliamurthy – who is being charged for involvement in the Little India riot – informed the court today that he shall be filing an application for judicial review with regards to the question of unequal treatment and the nature of the conditions imposed on his client. The …

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MDA regulations – Still no clarity, just another questionable voice

By Howard Lee Some writings are meant to be clear. The media statement by the FreeMyInternet group on Media Development Authority vs. The Independent and Breakfast Network is one such. Within the first three paragraphs, it stated categorically that MDA lacks the authority to govern the online space, and elaborated on the two key reasons why the group felt so. …

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The alternative news in 1 day? (part 14) – ERP to deter or to earn?

By Leong Sze Hian Lower ERP for taxis? I refer to the article “LTA mulls lowering ERP rates for cabs” (Straits Times, Dec 28). It states that “After years of lobbying from taxi drivers, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) is seriously considering cutting ERP rates for cabs. The LTA said yesterday it was “looking into the feasibility” of a lower electronic road …

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On social visit pass but arrested for rioting

Post by theonlinecitizen. By Andrew Loh When 28-year old Arun Kaliamurthy visited Singapore on 28 November, little did he know that his life would be turned upside down, or that he would land in the custody of the Singapore police just days later. Mr Arun, represented by lawyer M Ravi, is among the 28 charged for the riot in Little …

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A Paper Raincoat: A Democratic System in an Autocratic Culture

By Elaine Ee Singapore is no stranger to criticism. We have been called authoritarian, oppressive and regimented. In the areas of human rights, press freedom and political openness, we rank next to countries whose own record of these things leaves a lot to be desired. One consistent retort from the government to these types of remarks is to quickly point …

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Outsourcing responsibility of family planning

By Aloysius Chia Mr Khaw Boon Wan, in an article in the Today newspaper (‘Couples now buy home first, marry later’ Today, 27 December 2013), mentioned how the social objectives guiding housing policies are to “encourage the young to get married and have children as soon as they wed”, and to “ensure procreation starts as early as possible”, so “let not …

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