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Daily Archives: 2015-04-24

Citizens of Singapore

  By Ong Ye Kung As we prepare to celebrate SG50 in a few months, recovering from the somber mood after the passing of our founding Prime Minister, many Singaporeans have become more reflective, asking what defines us as a people. For the Chinese, 50 is the age of epiphany 五十知天命 where one knows the "Will of Heaven" - a …

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APF a chance for civil society to engage region’s governments

More than 1,400 participants from civil society and high-level government officials to engage actively on matters concerning civil rights at the third day of the ASEAN People's Forum (APF) 2015 on 23 April, Wednesday. The day started with a plenary address by Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, who emphasised the need for respect of human rights. “The …

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Southeast Asia: Asean governments must end the clampdown on freedom of expression

Civil society groups have called on governments across Southeast Asia to end the clampdown on freedom of expression and to halt the use of repressive laws to silence dissenting voices. A workshop held at APF 2015 on 22 April produced the following joint statement by Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), Imparsial (Indonesia), Cross Cultural Foundation (Thailand), Lawyers for Liberty (Malaysia), Vietnamese Overseas Initiative …

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Foreign workers rush to the rescue of a baby stuck at second floor

Video source from Alvinology The video above shows a baby being trapped in rails outside a ledge of a flat at second floor and how a foreign worker came to the rescue of the baby by climbing up to second floor with the help of his friends. There is no information of how the baby got into the situation as depicted …

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Why a by-election must be held in Tanjong Pagar

By Kenneth Jeyaretnam The death of Lee Kuan Yew leaves his seat in Tanjong Pagar GRC vacant.  Recently a Bloomberg journalist asked me to comment on the suggestion that  Lee’s seat in Tanjong Pagar be left vacant as a mark of respect. Her resultant article can be read here.  Some commentators have suggested that the Opposition should boycott any by-election, giving the …

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“My Singapore, My Future” essay contest

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s nationhood, The Opinion Collaborative Ltd is organising an essay contest for Singaporeans to express their hopes and aspirations for the future of their nation. Themed “My Singapore, My Future”, the contest will focus on getting everyday Singaporeans to embrace a positive outlook for their country and tell us what they hope to …

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Magic shows, Ikea and the corporatisation of LGBT politics

By Jolovan Wham Ikea has stuck to its guns. Despite resistance from some members of the LGBT community and its allies, it went ahead with its promotion to offer discounts to its customers who wish to attend Pastor Lawrence Khong’s magic shows. In a statement to the press and the public Ikea said “Thanks to our loyal customers for your …

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New low for football in Singapore

By Mohamed Fazli Bin Talip Dear Football Association of Singapore (FAS), I do sincerely write this piece of my thoughts for your consideration in improving the standard of football culture in Singapore. Firstly, let me begin with the football development of the National Team set-up. When FAS first appointed Bernd Stange after months of Raddy Avramovic's departure, the fans thought that …

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