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Daily Archives: 2014-10-23

Does Nparks have unfettered discretionary powers to impose bans?

By Andrew Loh The Nparks’ withdrawal of its approval for activist Han Hui Hui to hold a Speakers’ Corner event on 25 October smacks of arbitrary enforcement of the power vested in the Commissioner of Nparks. The first thing you noticed about the letter the Nparks sent to Ms Han to notify her of the withdrawal is how the Nparks …

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Video tackles online negativity in Singapore

Content label AMOK teams up with street wear label OBEY Clothing to tackle online negativity in Singapore. Globally, Singapore is placed on a high pedestal. The country is viewed as clean, unique, prosperous and peaceful. However, Singapore’s online sentiment appears to be sliding towards the negative end of the spectrum. From reports saying that Singapore is a country with the …

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Bridge gap in social memory with PIDB: NSP

The following is a press release from the National Solidarity Party on 23 October: A clear understanding of our nation’s history is key to building a strong, unified nation. A Public Interest Declassification Board will serve to plug the gaps in our collective social memory, thus playing a vital role in nation-building. Earlier this month, the PAP Government launched a …

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State banquet held in London for Singapore’s President

Queen Elizabeth II gave a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London in honour of the President of the Republic of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife on their state visit to the United Kingdom (UK). This is the first time Singapore has been accorded “this most singular honour”, with the State Banquet celebrating the long-standing friendship between the …

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Muslim prisoners equals “terrorist detainees”?

By Teo Soh Lung Since reading the speeches of Minister for Home Affairs, Teo Chee Hean and Minister for Foreign Affairs, K Shanmugam (Hansard of 7 October 2014), I have been in a state of gloom. This morning, Alex Au’s latest article, “PAP went on trial last week” finally compelled me to write this note. Alex said: “I have said …

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Singaporeans not more open to public surveillance but less resistant to it

National University of Singapore (NUS) sociologist Daniel Goh says that he does not think that Singaporeans are more open to public surveillance compared to people in other societies around the world, but instead they are less resistant towards the idea of being surveilled upon. This is in response to questions posed by local newspaper, Straits Times (ST) in regards to the …

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Crowd poured onto mrt platform despite being overcrowded

A video taken by Joel Rasis, shows people crowding onto the MRT platform at Lakeside MRT station. People continued to pour onto the platform via the escalator despite already filled to the brim. At around 7.30 am on Tuesday, there were train delays along the SMRT’s East West line which varied between 5 minutes to 10 minutes. It was said …

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SDP: Why democratic freedoms are important

Local political party, Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) in their website posted an article that explains the importance of how political freedoms are, especially the freedom of expression. The party states that citizens cannot hold those in power, accountable and make them serve the people instead of themselves. They pointed that this is the reason why the ruling party, People's Action …

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