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Daily Archives: 2015-05-07

PAP is depriving residents in AHPETC of two-years worth of government grants without any valid reason

By Fred There has been much news about the Ministry of National Development taking the opposition-run Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) to court to seek approval to override the mandate of the elected Members of Parliament and appoint 'independent' auditors to oversee future payments done by the town council. The Workers' Party-run town council is suspicious of this blatant encroachment …

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Amos Yee pleads not guilty, in good spirits

After an almost two-hour delay in the morning, the trial of 16-year old blogger Amos Yee finally got underway at the State Court on Thursday. The teenager is being charged on two counts involving his online content which he had published recently. The first count is for remarks in a Youtube video which the prosecution claims "contained remarks against Christianity, …

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Third appointment at IMH clashed with bail review

In the court hearing on Wednesday for the challenge launched by the lawyers of blogger Amos Yee Pang Sang, 16, to vary his bail conditions such as the blanket ban for him to post on any social media platforms. Amos was charged on 31 March for uploading an obscene image online and content with the intention to wound the religious …

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In defense of TRS

  By Masked Crusader What I found gnawing about those who condemned the Police and Media Development Authority’s high-handed actions against the editors of socio-political website, The Real Singapore, which was forced to shut down this week, is that whilst speaking out against censorship and speaking up for freedom of speech several also chose to sneak in a phrase to express …

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Why we should be worried about Singapore’s productivity

By Kenneth Jeyaretnam In his May Day message Lee Hsien Loong said that “productivity levels in Singapore have risen too slowly over the last few years.” That may qualify as the best understatement since Emperor Hirohito of Japan said in his surrender announcement that “the war has developed not necessarily to Japan’s advantage”. The US Conference Board puts our growth …

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SPH weighs legal action against Straits Times Review

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has announced yesterday (6 May) that it is considering all options, including legal recourse, against new website Straits Times Review (STR) for using the name of its flagship newspaper, The Straits Times. SPH also claims that it has also lodged a trademark infringement complaint to Facebook against STR for its Facebook page, calling for it to be removed. "We …

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All town councils need grants from MND to stay out of red

In its closing submission to court on Tuesday, Ministry of National Development (MND) said that Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) is "technically insolvent" as it does not have sufficient money in the town council to make its mandatory payments to its sinking funds. The two-day court hearing at the High Court was initiated by MND to seek a court order to …

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SG50 Lego set from MOE to students

Parents who swear by the Lego brand rejoice. According to images shared on social, the Ministry of Education will be giving out Lego sets to students to commemorate SG50. It is not clear if all students will be receiving the sets, but images online from parents indicate that some have already received them. The box art on the play set, …

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In search of an education, away from S’pore

It sounds ironical to leave a country that boasts one of the best education systems in the world just to get an education. But that was what Winnie Chan and her husband, Keith*, did so that one of their two sons who is dyslexic could learn to read and write with confidence again. Unable to cope with the demands and …

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