Daily Archives: 2016-05-03

Is the Singapore Environment Council truly a civil society organisation?

Half of its board and advisory committee are government officials, including two current PAP MPs In his speech at the 3rd Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources on 15 April, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli spoke at length about the role of civil society groups in promoting a sustainable agro-forestry sector. He specifically also said civil …

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Did ST’s Lim Yan Liang run a hatchet job on SDP, misrepresenting Dr Paul Tambyah’s words?

An article by Lim Yan Liang, a reporter at Straits Times (ST) wrote “The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) yesterday said it did not believe in attacks on character, after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong remarked that its chief Chee Soon Juan’s character “had not changed”.” The heading masterfully linked SDP’s comment on character and PM Lee’s remarks on Dr Chee’s character …

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Attacking Dr Chee’s character uncalled for: SDP’s Dr Paul Tambyah

At the Singapore Democratic Party’s (SDP) second rally on May Day for the Bukit Batok by-election, SDP members addressed the recent comments made by individuals including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat which criticised candidate Dr Chee Soon Juan’s character. SDP member Dr Paul Tambyah was one of the eighth spoke at the rally, addressing …

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About being racist and being human

By Natalie Tan There has been a lot of dialogue recently about the many shades of racism in Singapore. I’d like to think that Munah and Hirzi started the ball rolling because it makes for an almost romantic story arc – comedic duo launches an incendiary music video parody and trail blazes a discussion on race, but unfortunately the rational …

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Gold breaks out on weaker dollar, DBS earnings rise 6% beating estimates

By Margaret Yang, CMC Markets Commodities – Gold has broken out above the key resistance level of $1,286 for the first time after three months of sideways movement. It was trading at $1,290 this morning. Gold and USD/JPY formed an “inverted mirror image” over the last two days, which showed that a weaker US dollar has fuelled a commodities rally. …

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