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Daily Archives: 2015-07-08

Lady Gaga or Amos Yee – who truly offended Christians?

It was a sold-out crowd of 11,000 fanatical adoring fans at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Lady Gaga was in town – and over three nights, fans would indulge in all that she had to offer. 28 May 2012 was the day the then Most Influential Woman in the World, according to Forbes, descended on this tiny dot of an island. …

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2015 General Election predicted but political analysts divided on September election

General election is definitely coming but when?  Political analysts have so far agreed that the parliamentary election would be held this year due to the feel-good effect of the jubilee anniversary of Singapore's independence along with the possible sympathy votes generated for the ruling party with the passing of Singapore's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew earlier this year. Eugene …

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Freedom of expression: UN expert alarmed by sentencing of teenager blogger

GENEVA (8 July 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, today urged Singapore to review the decision to sentence a 16-year old blogger to four weeks in prison for posting a video and a caricature of Singapore’s founder Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. “Condemning an adolescent to prison for expressing his opinion is clearly …

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SMRT breakdown latest in the worst breakdowns ever

At a technical briefing on Wednesday SMRT said that it was still “not 100 per cent sure” what the root cause of the disruption was – it could have been train, track or power issues. Mainstream media outlets reporting from the briefing said that inspections had found water leakage at the Tanjong Pagar tunnel, while cables in Bishan were found …

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My dad apologised 100 times to commuters: daughter of SMRT staff

Ms Iris Lee, posting on her Facebook page on Tuesday about the shut-down of the MRT system, urged the public to be considerate towards the staff of SMRT who were trying to help commuters affected by the breakdown. "[Please] remember that they are just doing their best to get lives moving," said Ms Lee, whose father is a staff of the …

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Your personal contact details may be published on this Singapore website

By Timothy Ho, DollarandSense Remember Yellow Pages? Yes, that Yellow Pages that used to be in the business of distributing those thick, heavy, phone directory books to the public for free many years ago. Yellow Pages now has an online presence through a website call CallMyName.sg. And if you didn’t know about this website, then what we will share in …

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Much to learn have you, Jedi Donnie

Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen had apparently landed a role in Episode VIII of the Star Wars series of film. Various media have reported on the role as confirmed, although other sources have disputed it as rumour. Chinese and Malaysia media have picked up that Yen would be cast as a Jedi alongside Han Solo, to be played again by Star Wars old …

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The Good, the Bad and the Intolerant in the Amos Saga

By Jentrified Citizen It has been an eye-opener reading the flurry of online comments about the release of Amos Yee.  Most of the comments have been heated with much mud being slung both ways. The raging debate over Amos has clearly brought out the worst and the best of Singaporeans and, interestingly, it has highlighted an ugly segment of people …

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“Over-excessive immigration policy” to blame: commenter to Lui

Posting on Minister of Transport Lui Tuck Yew's Facebook page, commenter Keith Lang comforted the minister somewhat by saying the real reason why the MRT system keeps breaking down is due to larger issues. In particular, Mr Lang fingered the "over-excessive immigration policy" for these past few years' failures with the train system. "To me, the real problem with this …

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The case for nationalization of Singapore’s train network

By Cannis Seng A monopoly arises when a dominant company assume control of any important services that is irreplaceable. It is an undisputed fact that SMRT with its provision of train services is a monopoly. Both basic economic theory and common sense tell us that monopolies would choose to abuse their advantageous economic position to maximize their profits especially in …

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