Daily Archives: 2017-09-04

Forum-Asia: In Solidarity with The Cambodia Daily, Stop Silencing Dissenting Voices

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) has expressed its deep concern on the forced closure of the independent newspaper the Cambodia Daily, which has published its final edition today after 24 years of unbiased and fearless news reporting. The regional human rights group stated in its press release that the Cambodia Daily’s shut down by the Cambodian Government …

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There will be no mandate or respect for the President if there is a walkover

by Lim Tean, lawyer and political activist Over the weekend , the Mainstream Media was suggesting that perhaps there is no need for a contest in the upcoming Presidential Election and that the reserved Election promotes multi-culturalism. What utter nonsense! This reserved Election has already gone down as the most despised, ridiculed and discredited election in Singapore history. It has …

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Greater political competition is needed for PAP to avoid group think

by Chris Kuan It is interesting to note in Channel News Asia piece “Relooking the recruitment and renewal of the PAP’s leadership” that every member of the People’s Action Party’s so-called 4th generation leaders has his/her roots in government. “Must avoid group think“, so said former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong – and by the way, is he implicitly criticizing PM Lee Hsien …

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MFA issues statement to strongly condemn nuclear test conducted by North Korea

Joining countries around the world in denouncing the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 3 September 2017, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) issued a statement on Sunday evening to strongly condemn DPRK’s highly provocative act. On Sunday, DPRK or North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test and the most powerful blast to date. The …

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Deep sense of learned helplessness prevailing in the nation

by Dr Ang Yong Guan I sense that there is a deep sense of learned helplessness (evident in the frequent sighing and remarking: “What can we do? They dominate the political space and can do what they want!”) amongst citizens prevailing in the nation. It doesn’t just affect the 30% to 40% who are the traditional opponents of the current …

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The death of Singapore’s presidency system

By Jackson Tan Singapore’s own version of ‘Mother of all Bombs‘ (MOAB) When Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced during a Parliament sitting in Nov’16 [1] that the next Presidential Election would be reserved for candidates from the Malay community, the idea of meritocracy collapsed almost instantaneously. The idea of meritocracy, coined by our late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew …

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