Monthly Archives: October 2017

“1987 – Singapore’s Marxist Conspiracy 30 years” documents accounts of ISA detainees of the public’s silence over their detention

Book review of “1987 – Singapore’s Marxist Conspiracy 30 years ” by Margaret John, Amnesty International, Canada 1987 – Singapore’s Marxist Conspiracy 30 years on is a riveting attempt to set out once and for all the historical truth and injustice of the arrests under the Internal Security Act (ISA) of 22 caring young professionals involved in social justice activities. For …

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SDP asks why Zaqy Mohamad is billed as a representative in Marsiling-Yew Tee

A statement by the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) asks why Mr Zaqy Mohamad, People’s Action Party Member of Parliament for Choa Chu Kang GRC, is being billed as a representative in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, given that he was not elected to replace Mdm Halimah Yacob as the minority representative in the GRC. Mdm Halimah Yacob had earlier resigned as a Member …

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SDP Chair Paul Tambyah condemns recent government crackdowns

Newly Elected Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Chairperson, Paul Tambyah, issues an official statement on behalf of the party condemning the recent crackdowns on civil society activists, such as the arrest of Seelan Palay for his art piece outside of Parliament, and the intimidation of activists and friends for participating in a candlelight vigil for death row inmate Prabagaran Srivijayan. Noting that …

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Parents and readers refute Minister Ng Chee Meng’s statement that there are “very few” incidents of school bullying

In a Yahoo Singapore report dated 3 October (Tuesday), it is reported that Minister of Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng has said in Parliament that Singapore students are generally well behaved and there have been “very few” incidents of bullying in schools. The Minister was responding to a question from Non-Constituency MP Daniel Goh in Parliament on whether bullying is …

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Record high attendance of 3,900 at TechInnovation 2017

The sixth edition of TechInnovation concluded successfully, with over 3,900 participants from more than 40 countries in attendance, a 44% increase from last year’s turnout. The annual two-day technology marketplace is Singapore’s premier technology brokerage event, bringing together technology providers and seekers under one roof to explore business collaboration opportunities through open innovation. This year’s exhibition floor saw over 160 …

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Decoding the narratives of the 2017 presidential election campaign

by Vernon Chan We have established that Singapore’s People’s Action Party government and its proxy campaign for candidate Halimah failed to craft a winning narrative for the election that was credible. Big picture concepts like meritocracy and multiracialism were thrown up in order to manufacture a consensus around Halimah, yet the effect was to convince the populace that the PAP …

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