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Double standards in ban

The issue of work passes is a contentious one in Singapore. There has been debate in relation to foreigners entering the country and questions in relation to the transparency of the laws and regulations governing this. Whether the laws governing this issue are suitable is the subject of another article. For the purposes of this article, I would like to …

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After more than 50 years in power, the PAP may still fear its people

Looking at how the government reacts to things like rock concerts in Singapore, it would seem like the government is either fearful of its people at best or at worst, thinks we are extremely dumb and naive. Neither is very reassuring for a developed country who is actively trying to create the international metropolis image globally. On the one hand, …

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Authorities treat different protests differently

We all know that staging any protest in Singapore, however peaceful is a potential minefield. There are permits to be gotten and the limits of such permit (if granted) to be considered. There is also the question of what issue the protest is about. Rightly or wrongly, most Singaporeans would likely be of the opinion that any protest (however peaceful) …

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Should an MP be furthering business interests?

It would be fair to say that at a grassroots level, most people would look to their elected Member of Parliament (MP) as their representative in Parliament on their bread and butter issues. In this regard, it is therefore important for the MP in question to be deeply engaged with the sentiments, concerns and needs of his or her constituents …

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The Singapore government’s apparent sensitivities for foreign interference would hold a lot more weight if it didn’t have apparent loose canons like Kausikan muddying the waters.

Singapore is certainly no stranger to being sensitive about so called “foreign interference” in our domestic affairs. It is after all in name of the foreign bogeyman that our former Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) has sued numerous foreign publications for commenting on the domestic affairs of our nation state. LKY had also used the alleged threat of …

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Has the NTUC really helped to protect the rights of workers?

Singapore has come a long way since the 60s. From a relatively much more simple way of life, Singapore has become a sparkling city whose inhabitants are outwardly wealthy. That however, is only one side of the story. While some people have benefited from Singapore’s economic rise, some people have been left behind. While that may well be unavoidable, it …

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Facebook does have its own set of rules to safeguard against false content

As the saga in relation to the HIV data leak in Singapore rages on, it has been reported that Facebook has (of its own volition) removed the Facebook accounts of American fraudster Mikhy K Farrera Brochez along with several posts containing allegations against the Singaporean authorities and the prison doctor who treated him. In justifying its removal, Facebook cited its “Community …

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Clean Up Your Own Backyard Before Pointing the Finger At “Foreign Interference”

Senior Minister of State for Law Edwin Tong (Tong) has said that Singapore will consider new laws to counter foreign interference, as it is “especially vulnerable” to these exploits to stir up distrust and undermine its democratic processes.  It is imperative to remember that as these sentiments are aired by Tong, the Singapore government is in the midst of controversies …

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Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

It just seems like “more of the same” as the saying goes. I don’t want to sound jaded but I am. I am not ungrateful for the various financial incentives that are being doled out to citizens ranging from the Merdeka Generation Package to bonuses being handed out to 2.8 million Singaporeans. However in lieu of the rumoured general elections …

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