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Daily Archives: 2015-08-18

PAP vs SDP – which video is a “party political film”?

On 17 August, the Singapore Democratic Party video, entitled “Pappy Washing Powder”, was classified a party political film by the Media Development Authority (MDA) and is therefore prohibited under the Films Act. The MDA, however, has decided not to take further actions against the party as the video is considered the first party political film. The MDA said that as …

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MDA classifies SDP’s Pappy Washing Powder video as political film

By Rachel Zeng “Pappy Washing Powder”, a video released online by the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) on 5 August 2015, has been classified as a party political film by the Media Development Authority (MDA) on 17 August 2015, and therefore prohibited under the Films Act. However, the MDA had decided not to take further actions against the party as they …

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SCDF NS serviceman allegedly committed suicide because of stress

According to a Facebook post* by one of his friends, a Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) serviceman committed suicide on Monday morning (17 August) at around 1am because of an alleged abuse of authority by his superior, and problems he was facing at home. The death of the servicemen, who was later disclosed to be Pte Shek Salmin Bin Murad, was …

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$56,000 for 3 “work plans” retreats for grassroots organisations?

In his response to questions on the Auditor General's Office (AGO) report on the People's Association (PA), Mr Lim Swee Say gave a detailed breakdown of the nature of the reimbursements involving the former chairman of the Admiralty ward's Citizens' Consultative Committee (CCC). Mr Tonic Oh, the chairman in question, had written and signed off on cheques totalling some $114,000, …

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A party-political film, and the evolution of a thinking electorate

By Howard Lee The result was to be expected, although not completely. When the Media Development Authority begun investigating the “Pappy Washing Powder” produced by the Singapore Democratic Party, we would have expected them to label it illegal, and they evidently did. What might surprise most, however, is that MDA did not demand for SDP to remove it. Instead, it …

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The need for political reform in Singapore

By Abdillah Zamzuri The National Day Rally is going to be held this coming 23rd August and I have no doubt for sure that perhaps in the week after or so, parliament will be dissolved. We will begin to see political parties campaigning to win the hearts of the voters to put them into parliament for the next five years. …

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Grassroots leaders’ good intentions the root cause of financial lapses: Lim Swee Say

Grassroots leaders involved in financial irregularities were only trying to help, said the deputy chairman of the People’s Association (PA), Lim Swee Say, in Parliament on Monday. “We can fault (grassroots volunteers) for their non-compliance of financial procedures, but please do not doubt them in their passion and commitment in always doing their best for the community,” Mr Lim said. …

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