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Daily Archives: 2014-09-10

Statement by civil society on MDA’s decision to ban local film, “To Singapore, with love”

On 10th September 2014, Media Development Authority (MDA) announced that it has classified a local film, “To Singapore,  With Love” by Singaporean film maker, Tan Pin Pin, as Not Allowed for All Ratings (NAR). The statutory board said that it has assessed that the contents of the film undermine national security because legitimate actions of the security agencies to protect the national security …

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Ban on film contrary to what SG50 promised

  Andrew Loh When a member of the SG50 committee, speaking about the nation’s 50th anniversary bash, said in July that Singapore also belonged to “exiles”, it was a surprise. One would never have thought that the exiles, presumably the political exiles, would have any role in the nation’s big bash in 2015. And so it is puzzling that the Media …

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Local film about political exiles banned by MDA

Award winning film, “To Singapore, with Love” by Singaporean film maker, Tan Pin Pin which depicts stories of Singapore political exiles has been classified  by the Media Development Authority (MDA) as Not Allowed for All Ratings (NAR). This means the film has been banned from public screening in Singapore. The film tells a range of stories, from a doctor who fled to London was so moved by …

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The little India riot and the spatiality of migrant labor in Singapore

By Daniel Goh, article first published on Society and Space (Image by Terry Xu) Migrant Labor Flows and the Asian Global City Migrant labor flows from poorer to richer countries have been raising significant political, social and cultural issues worldwide. For conservatives, these flows pose issues of national integration and identity, and provide fodder for early pronouncements of the death of …

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Gov’t not dissuading S’poreans from getting degrees: Heng

  In Parliament on Tuesday, some Members of Parliament (MP) raised concerns that there is a “misperception” among Singaporeans that the Government is saying a university degree no longer matters. Education Minister, Heng Swee Keat, clarified that this was not the message the Government is trying to send. “As several MPs have noted, some members of the public are asking: …

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What exactly does Honour Singapore do?

By Ghui I believe that everyone in Singapore has the freedom to believe in whatever religion they want to and partake in any activity of that religion as long as it does not hurt the social fabric of our secular, multi racial and religiously diverse nation state. I also wholeheartedly consider sacrosanct the right for individuals to hold differing opinions …

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Policy shift necessary for PAP’s flawed immigration policy

By Philip Ang While our ‘unionists’ fear the proposed CPF lump sum withdrawal “will bring grief” to low-wage workers, they have somehow overlooked local workers’ grief resulting from the ruling party, People’s Action Party’s flawed immigration policy. The PAP government has almost doubled the number of Permanent Residents (PRs) from 287,500 in 2000 to 531,200 in 2013. Its stated objective …

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