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Daily Archives: 2015-07-05

“We are destroying a boy”

  By Jolene Tan Speech for #FreeAmosYee protest at Hong Lim Park, 5 July 2015 Some of you have probably seen that Amos Yee’s mother, Mary Toh, recently posted on Facebook making a heartfelt apology to her son. It’s really not her who should be apologising to Amos Yee. We – us, our state, our society – we are destroying …

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Amos Yee sent to hospital

UPDATE [6.54am, Monday, 6 July]: The Online Citizen understands that Amos Yee is now back at the Institute of Mental Health, after being sent to the A&E department of Changi Hospital on Sunday night.  Even as activists gathered at Hong Lim Park to call for her son’s release, the mother of teenager Amos Yee was being informed by the Institute …

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Natural Aristocracy: The myth of meritocracy

By Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, at an Institute of Policy Studies dialogue held on 2 July 2015, was asked if he believed instilling a ‘culture of respect’ through court proceedings impedes the building of a vibrant economy. PM Lee replied: “You want people who stand up, we don’t want people who scrape and bow. But if you don’t …

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Former AHPETC secretary Mr Danny Loh dies aged 55

Mr Danny Loh Chong Meng, 55, passed away during a holiday at Japan. He was also the former secretary of AHPETC. AHPETC Chairman, Ms Sylvia Lim, expressed her condolences in an AHPETC press release yesterday. We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Mr Danny Loh. Danny was the Secretary of the Town Council (TC) for the first four …

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MPs to question Parliament on Electoral Boundaries Review Committee

By Ariffin Sha When Parliament sits again on 13 July, two Members of Parliament, MP Arthur Fong and Non-Constituency MP Yee Jenn Jong, will raise questions on whether the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) has been formed. The formation of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) is one of the first signs that a General Election is not too far away. …

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Did Prime Minister Lee mean “Natural Aristocracy” or “Aristocracy”?

Many individuals and sites, such as The Online Citizen, took issue with PM Lee’s recent use of the term “natural aristocracy” and what it seems to suggest about the mentality of local leadership. They saw his words as referring to social, political, and economic elites who receive their positions through hereditary titles or offices. But the Prime Minister Office and others …

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Leisure Park Mall bans “all NDP uniform personnel” from entry

A notice by the “management” of the Leisure Park Kallang mall is causing much unhappiness among members of the public and is going viral online. In what is reported to be a notice posted on a glass door at the entrance to the mall, personnel in “NDP uniform” are disallowed from entering the mall. In capital letters, it said: “NO …

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Panel deliberates on free speech, insecurity and self-policing in Singapore

By Kirsten Han Freedom of expression in Singapore is not only repressed by the powerful, but also frowned upon by citizens and policed by individuals, said a panel at a free speech event on Saturday. Cherian George, an associate professor in journalism at the Hong Kong Baptist University, gave a lecture on freedom of expression in Singapore at the Singapore …

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International Commission of Jurists observes Roy Ngerng’s defamation case

After observing the three-day court hearing to determine the amount of damages blogger Roy Ngerng will be required to pay to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for defamation, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said that Justice Lee Seiu Kin had “conducted himself independently and impartially.” The ICJ published its observations on its website, also making available the legal opinion that …

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