Daily Archives: 2014-07-14

Speeches of #ReturnOurCPF protest event on 12th July

More than a thousand individual turned up at Hong Lim Park to attend the second Central Provident Funds (CPF) protest held on 12th July 2014. This time, the focus of protest was on Medishield Life, a much touted medical healthcare plan by the Singapore government, introduced to improve the existing healthcare scheme, Medishield. A total of eight speakers took to …

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Understanding the LGBT-religion debate – Part 1: Lifestyle misrepresented

By Saiful Saleem The sixth annual pro-LGBT Pink Dot event that took place a few weeks ago was marked by unprecedented vilification by certain religious leaders in Singapore. A Muslim teacher, Noor Deros, launched the WearWhite Movement which urged Muslims to mark their opposition by wearing white to the mosque on the day of Pink Dot. Lawrence Khong, who leads …

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Is the State a tool for the majority to control everyone else?

By Jason Phan Minister for Communications and Information, Yacoob Ibrahim explains that prevailing social norms determine what is considered ‘pro-family’ to the State. With reference to the National Library Board’s (NLB) removal of two books, he writes: “The prevailing norms, which the overwhelming majority of Singaporeans accept, support teaching children about conventional families, but not about alternative, non-traditional families, which …

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Singapore: Many unhappy with work and social realities

By Think Centre Mon 14 July 2014 (Singapore) – A lot of media attention has been focused on the low wages of Singaporeans recently and how many are finding it hard to keep up with the cost of living. A recent survey by JobStreet.com found that only 31% of Singaporeans said their salary can cover only their basic needs and …

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An average Singaporean’s opinion – Electoral boundaries

By WS To me as a layman, a Member of Parliament (MP) is equal to a village head. That means the villagers come together to vote for a leader to voice their concerns on behalf of the whole village at the national level. The villages are well defined in terms of maybe road names, boundaries, common histories. The villagers should …

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Author Jeanie Okimoto responds to NLB removing her book

By Gangasudhan In the wake of the National Library Board removing and destroying the children’s book “The White Swan Express” from its shelves, TOC got in touch with one of the authors, Jeanie Davies Okimoto and asked her for her views about the incident. We thank Ms Okimoto for taking the time to reply to us. I was very sad to learn that …

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Shrinking demand for HDB BTO flats: Based on fact and figures?

By S Y Lee and Leong Sze Hian We refer to media reports that about 1,900 HDB flats, or 8 per cent, have been cut from the original supply of 24,300 units this year, in order to “respond appropriately” to shrinking demand. The reduction of supply is mainly in the bigger flats: three-roomers and larger. Instead of 18,600 units, as …

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Author Justin Richardson responds to NLB removing his book

By Terry Xu In the wake of the National Library Board removing and destroying the children’s book “And Tango Makes Three” from its shelves, TOC got in touch with one of the authors, Dr Justin Richardson and asked him for his views about the incident. We thank Dr Richardson for taking the time to reply to us. As an author of the …

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Premium: Of penguins, swans and families – NLB’s misplaced concerns

By Howard Lee Jillian, 11, would be the typical girl that the National Library Board thinks – of fears, as the case may be – would go the library on her own and pick up books that depict “alternative lifestyles” and “non-pro-family” values. That was NLB’s justification for removing a number of titles recently, following public feedback. Jillian could describe …

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Of penguins, swans and families – NLB’s misplaced concerns

By Howard Lee Jillian, 11, would be the typical girl that the National Library Board thinks – of fears, as the case may be – would go the library on her own and pick up books that depict “alternative lifestyles” and “non-pro-family” values. That was NLB’s justification for removing a number of titles recently, following public feedback. Jillian could describe …

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