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Daily Archives: 2015-05-11

Judge hands out deterrent sentence to Amos Yee’s assailant

Neo Gim Huah, the man who slapped teenage blogger Amos Yee outside the state courts on 30 April,  has been found guilty by the court of one count of voluntarily causing hurt and sentenced to three weeks imprisonment. Mr Neo had pleaded guilty in the morning session of the hearing and he asked the courts for leniency. The 49-year old …

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Lee should demonstrate leadership in Amos Yee saga

By Dr Chee Soon Juan Mr Amos Yee's video and his prosecution has grabbed the attention of Singaporeans, evoking strong emotions among many people. Amos' remarks must have hurt PM Lee Hsien Loong deeply. After all, Lee Kuan Yew was the PM's father and no one enjoys having their loved ones criticised, especially at a time when one is still …

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Amos Yee’s assailant pleads guilty, asks for leniency

Neo Gim Huah, the man who slapped teenage blogger Amos Yee outside the state courts on 30 April, has pleaded guilty today morning and asked the courts for leniency for sentencing. 49 year-old Neo had walked up to Yee, who was attending court for posting a video that criticised former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and slapped him on the face, …

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MDA clampdown on TRS – observers express support and concerns

“I am confident that MDA has done the right thing,” the Minister of Communications and Information (MCI), Yaacob Ibrahim, told the media on Sunday. Dr Yaacob was referring to the order issued by the Media Development Authority (MDA) to the website, The Real Singapore (TRS), to shut itself down within six hours last week. TRS was also ordered “to immediately …

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TODAY Voices says FMI using newspaper as a “cover” to address MDA

The FreeMyInternet group (FMI) has written to TODAY Voices in response to a letter the paper published, titled “Free Internet group’s ideas destructive to multiracialism” by Mr Eugene De Rozario. However, TODAY has responded with the following: "My deputy editor has asked for it to either be rewritten to address the writer’s concerns, rather than giving us an advertisement, or …

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Protect workers from errant employers: Think Centre to government

By Soe Min Than 50 years of single-minded focus on economic development has made it almost impossible for a large segment of workers to find decent work and provide for their families. Most Singaporeans work amongst the longest hours in the world. Wages remain depressed and stagnant for many while companies continue to increase their profits. Struggling families in Singapore …

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In the real Singapore, MDA is the greater evil

By Alex Au The 3 May 2015 statement by the Media Development Authority (MDA) regarding the website www.therealsingapore.com (“TRS”) liberally uses words like “fabricated”, “false” and “deceiving readers” without providing any evidence what these instances were. It also accused the editors of “doctoring articles”. I’m not sure what this means. In fact, I am very concerned that any kind of editing …

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Unable to board premium bus at Changi due to high demand

By Sam Tan I am officially writing in to express my extreme unhappiness about the schedule of bus 740 from Changi business park to Sembawang. As you can see from the screenshot from their website, there is regular intervals from 5.45pm. I have been waiting at plaza 8 from 5.40pm and there were no bus right up till 6.15pm. And …

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Amos Yee from a first person perspective

Amos Yee, as a teenager, is as normal as they come. They chafe at authority, will always look for wriggle room and bargaining leverage, have a sharp instinct for pointing out adult contradictions and hypocrisies, and speak in a language of ‘but’s’ and ‘why not’s’ that are designed to try your patience. Any attempt to 'discipline' him becomes a contest of wills; you can slap bail conditions on him but if he thinks they are unfairly punitive (even before any conviction) then you can expect brinksmanship and defiance.

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