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Daily Archives: 2014-11-11

Charges against Ho Juan Thai – errors in claims and contradictions?

By Howard Lee Last week, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr Sam Tan wrote in to The Online Citizen to express his views on some of the article published in relation to Ms Tan Pin Pin’s film, To Singapore With Love. In his letter, Tan claimed that Mr Ho Juan Thai “had made inflammatory speeches in GE …

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$1,000,000 for a part-time MP – “realistic” and “correct”?

Forget about the ministers. We all know they are the highest-paid public officers in the world. Singapore’s ministers occupy probably the top 10 to 15 positions on such a list. Even a junior minister would earn more than many other head of states. So, it is with quite some disbelief that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, once again, defended the …

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Anything that’s fit to print (and won’t get you sued)

By Kirsten Han The man at the coffeeshop pulled out a Styrofoam box to pack up the leftovers of my beef fried rice. “You and your husband, both journalists ah?” he asked in Mandarin. “Journalism is tough, right? I guess if you don’t write about politics here it’s not too bad…” “Oh, I write about politics.” His eyes widened, his …

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Simple story on homeless uncle reveals our unforgiving “meritocracy”

By Terry Xu Humans of Singapore, a local fanpage which take shots of people in Singapore and write their life’s story, shared a story about an elderly man in his 70s who is homeless and doing odd jobs to survive. When the post was shared on The Online Citizen’s fanpage, it garnered opinions ranging from “undesired state of affairs” and “well-deserving due …

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Bail order decision for Yang Yin revoked by High Court

The High Court on Tuesday overturned a District Judge’s decision to grant bail to Chinese national and Singapore permanent resident, Yang Yin. On Friday, District Judge Eddy Tham set bail for Mr Yang at S$150,000, despite objections by the Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Tan Ken Hwee. The prosecution then filed a Criminal Revision which allows the High Court to amend any …

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Graffiti on train – latest in series of security breaches?

The graffiti sprayed on a SMRT train on 3 November might be the work of “disgruntled workers or vendors”, says the Straits Times on Tuesday. The graffiti at the Bishan train depot is the fourth such case to take place since 2010, and is the third vandalism incident. In 2011, vandals apparently cut a hole in the Bishan depot fence …

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English course for Indonesian Airforce fully paid for by MINDEF?

By Terry Xu The Singapore Armed Forces is paying $48,990.50 for personnel from the Indonesian Air Force to take up a four-week English language course with accommodation and meals paid for. Online reaction had been largely negative towards the revelation that the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) paid $25,900 for an English Language course for one People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officer …

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We want “realistic and correct salaries” in government: Lee Hsien Loong

In a television interview with Yang Lan, a Chinese personality, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong explained that the high salaries of Singapore ministers were about getting “the right people for the right jobs.” Mr Lee, who is in Beijing to attend the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit, was asked by Ms Yang Lan in an interview for Beijing Satellite …

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Rhetorics add no value to discourse on Constitutional rights: Tan Wah Piow

In an earlier letter to The Online Citizen, Mr Sam Tan Chin Siong, Minister of State (Prime Minister’s Office) refuted the claims made by political exiles, Mr Ho Juan Thai and Mr Tan Wah Piow, instead drawing attention to recorded facts, such as Ho leaving the country without permission and Tan being allegedly assisted by communists. The following is a response by …

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