Monthly Archives: September 2015

Burning down the columbarium – the power of citizen journalism

Anyone in Singapore knows that the business-government relationship is stronger than any marriage can ever be, and it is seldom the case that the government backs down on big-ticket deals related to infrastructure. For example, the Integrated Resorts (IRs) faced a severe backlash from many Singaporeans who grew up with the notion that gambling was the devil’s work. Since our government doesn’t practice having …

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SMRT to be fined $5.4 million for service disruption on 7 July

Finding SMRT fully responsible for the system-wide disruption on the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL) on 7 July 2015, and given the severity of the disruption and impact on commuters, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced that it intends to impose a financial penalty of $5.4 million on local transport operator, SMRT. This is the highest financial penalty imposed on …

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AWARE calls for higher female representation in new Cabinet

The following is an open letter from AWARE’s Executive Director, Corinna Lim, which was sent to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on the morning of 23 September 2015. Dear Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, I write as the Executive Director of AWARE, to offer my congratulations on your recent impressive success at the …

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Go beyond Tharman’s words and open up archives to public

By Ong Chang Woei Since the recent elections, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has been noted for displaying an open-minded attitude towards the opposition parties, civil society groups and social media. He has suggested that they should play a more active and positive role in Singapore, and he also encouraged some of the outstanding new faces among opposition candidates to …

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Voting opens for AWARE’s Alamak! Awards 2015

The popular AWARE Alamak! Awards are back! Every year, the AWARE Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have promoted gender equality in Singapore. At the same time, the Alamak! Award is given out to the most jaw-dropping instance of sexism, as decided by an online poll. This year, the public can choose from among four candidates: All the anti-mother sexist …

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‘Edz Ello’ sentenced to four months imprisonment

Ello Ed Mundsel Bello, a Filipino nurse previously working at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, was sentenced to four months in jail on Monday after being convicted of one count under the Sedition Act and two counts of providing false information to the police. Two other charges – one each for sedition and lying to the police – were taken into …

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GE 2015: Could there have been any other result?

By Dr Chee Soon Juan I wrote a couple of weeks prior to the last GE that come day-after-polling, the PAP will declare victory and, thereafter, it will be one-party-rule-as-usual. I also pointed out, which I have done countless of times before, that the electoral process in Singapore facilitates one and only one outcome: PAP victory. There can be no other. …

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Modelling the 2015 general election: numbers, outcomes… and theory?

By Vernon Chan Singaporeans voted on 11 September 2015 and returned the People’s Action Party (PAP) to power with a supermajority and a 9.9 per cent swing in its favour. This was despite five years of poor performance by the PAP, where policy and governance failures erupted in the public eye. We at Illusio conduct a postmortem to uncover, from …

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4 burning property investment questions answered

By Property Soul Q: Is it a good time to buy properties now? A: It depends. If you are a savvy property investor with many years of experience, if you have the financial means and you know what you are looking for, by all means go ahead. But most of us are just ordinary property buyers who are most likely …

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Man intrudes onto F1 tracks, arrested by police

Singapore’s Formula One racing competition was interrupted when a man in a dark top and shorts was seen walking on the tracks during the race on Sunday evening. Just chillin' #SingaporeGP pic.twitter.com/rWe5PlWGh5 — Racing Humour (@racinghumour) September 20, 2015 The organizers of the race immediately deployed the safety car onto the race track to limit the speed of the cars. …

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