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Monthly Archives: Aug 2014

Queuing up with the common folk

Almost 3 months after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong queued up at a hawker centre to buy chicken wings for his family, his deputy has done the same. According to the Chinese newspapers, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam was seen at the Tiong Bahru hawker centre buying bak chor mee (minced meat noodle).** A member of the public had seen …

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Treasure “extraordinary” state of affairs here: Khaw

  Minister of National Development, Khaw Boon Wan, says Singaporeans should appreciate the inter-racial and inter-religious peace in the city-state. "Against the many racial and religious conflicts elsewhere that we read about almost every day, the state of affairs here in Singapore is truly extraordinary,” he said. “We must treasure it.” Mr Khaw was speaking at a National Citizenship ceremony …

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Makansutra founder pays heartwarming tribute to cha kway teow hawker

  The founder of Makansutra, a company which celebrates and promotes food culture, and food critic, Seetoh KF, has penned a heartwarming thank you note on his Facebook page to Mr Ng, who runs a Cha Kway Teow (fried noodle) stall in Bedok South. Mr Seetoh posted that Mr Ng, whose stall is called Hill Street Cha Kway Teow, is …

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UN chief expresses concerns over “Buddhist extremism”

“In both Myanmar and Sri Lanka, I am concerned that Buddhist communities are being swept up by a rising tide of extremist sentiment against other groups,” United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon said on Friday. He said that in Myanmar, it “is critical to resolve the issue of status and citizenship of the minority Muslim community in Rakhine State, commonly …

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Ten honoured at inaugural Singapore Advocacy Awards

By Howard Lee Ten individuals and organisations who made major contributions to the growth of civil society in Singapore in the last three years were honoured today at the inaugural Singapore Advocacy Awards. They were presented with a certificate and a contribution of S$1,000 towards their cause, in what is the first time that the work of civil society activists has …

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Second vandal to support “Anonymous” sentenced to caning

  Mohamad Fadzly Aziz, a full-time national serviceman, was sentenced to two months jail and three strokes of the cane by the court on Friday on charges of committing vandalism in a public area last year. Fadzly, 21, is the second of four persons arrested to be charged with committing the offence on a pavement outside Sunshine Plaza in Prinsep …

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Ngerng’s affidavit “irrelevant and inadmissible”: PM Lee

By Howard Lee Responding to an earlier affidavit filed by blogger Roy Ngerng, in which Mr Ngerng has claimed contained evidence about discrepancies in how the government and the GIC manages Central Provident Fund (CPF) monies, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has filed his affidavit to argue that these parts of Mr Ngerng's affidavit are "inadmissible, irrelevant and/or an abuse of the process of the Court". …

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No further action to be taken against SMRT, says LTA

In the latest development over the controversy of SMRT allowing five of its trains to be chartered by Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) says it will not be taking further action against the transport operator. The LTA had said earlier that its permission, as required by regulations, was not sought by the SMRT before the decision to …

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Go on a Thrill Ride with W!LD RICE’s Monkey Goes West

29 August 2014 – For the 11th edition of its annual must-see musical pantomime, W!LD RICE is looking to the East for inspiration. Monkey Goes West is based on endearing Chinese fantasy classic Journey To The West, as affectionately re-imagined and relocated to modern-day Singapore by W!LD RICE's Resident Playwright Alfian Sa'at. Acclaimed music composer Elaine Chan will compose a …

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Dr. Ang Swee Chai: Deported from Israel because of intended humanitarian work

Last Saturday, Al Mayadeen, a pan-Arabist satellite television channel in Lebanon interviewed Singaporean Medical professional, Dr. Ang Swee Chai (Dr. Swee Chai Ang.) who is the co-Founder and Patron of British Charity Medical Aid for Palestinians on the open letter which she and another 23 wrote in regards to the Gaza conflict. She recounts her experience being deported from Israel and states her views on the Gaza conflict. …

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