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Daily Archives: 2015-05-26

Ban on song – MDA’s censorship by stealth breeds distrust

MDA’s surreptitious ban on song disgraceful It was first reported as a ban by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA). Now, the MDA has clarified that it is more of a partial ban than an outright one. It all started when regional news sites, including Gay Star News (GSN), reported on Friday that the Singapore authorities have banned a …

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This Is PAP’s video response to concerns on Population White Paper and foreigners

By Basis Of Singaporean Spirit (BOSS) [Readers Advisory: This article highlights an insensitive act by PAP. By proceeding, you have agreed unconditionally that you understand this fact and that all actions and/or reactions are solely your doings, and you will not hold anyone responsible.] While watching YouTube, I was being "pushed" this advertisement from PAP! Yes, those paid advertisements for it …

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Even without IRs, people will still find a way to gamble: Tan Chuan-jin

Mr Tan Chuan-jin, the new Minister for Social Development and Family, spoke at a forum on Monday at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. The title of the forum was, “What will you give up for a better society?”, and it was organised by Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Mr Tan was asked various questions on various topics by the 200 …

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HK pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong denied entry to Malaysia

Student leader for the pro-democracy demonstration that happened in Hong Kong in September 2014 ha been denied entry into Malaysia, where he was supposed to be speaking at an event. The Scholarism Facebook page, managed by the student group that led the protests, better known as the Yellow Umbrella movement, indicated that Wong had arrived at Malaysian immigration, and had his passport checked by …

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Glimpses of Lee Kuan Yew

By Jerome A. Cohen Seldom has the death of a great Asian leader commanded as much appreciation in the West as the passing of Lee Kuan Yew. The mind numbs at the number of well-earned tributes to the man who led Singapore to become a successful and influential nation-state.   Despite the huge disparity in size and political-legal culture between …

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Violent poem used in lesson shocked parents, students

Students from Dunearn Secondary School and their parents were left shocked at a poem used by a teacher for as part of the school's mid-year literature examination. The poem, titled "The Lesson by English poet Roger McGough, was said to have as described a teacher slashing, strangling and shooting his students in school, all in graphic detail. Students and parents were reported by media to …

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MDA “advised” local broadcasters not to air pro-gay song

In response to queries about the recent reported ban on a song by Taiwanese singer, Jolin Tsai, the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) told the media on Tuesday that the song is not banned in Singapore. The song in question, "We're all different, yet the same", depicts the relationship of two women who, in one scene, engage in a …

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A lèse majesté law for Singapore’s king, long live Lee Kuan Yew!

By Carlton Tan Singapore isn’t a monarchy, but if the ruling party has its way, it may soon become one. And the king will be none other than the late Lee Kuan Yew. Mr Lee is Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, a highly controversial figure who is nonetheless widely respected by Singaporeans. With this law, the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) …

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Rainbows over Ireland and what it means

“Ireland became the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote, sweeping aside the opposition of the Roman Catholic Church in a resounding victory Saturday for the gay rights movement and placing the country at the vanguard of social change,” the New York Times reported. The Irish held a referendum on the issue of allowing same-sex marriage in …

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