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The Online Citizen

How significant is the insignificant “small” in Singapore?

by Joseph Nathan “SMALL” has become the latest catch-phrase of the 4G politicians. It was fashioned by Edwin Tong when he refers to those opposing the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation (POFMA) Bill as “small” the previous week. Just a couple of days ago, Law Minister refers those who commented negatively on his celebrity-driven video on POFMA as “small” …

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Why treating yourself can save money when you’re expecting a child

by ValueChampion Pregnancy can be expensive. Nonetheless, spending a bit more on yourself when you’re expecting a child can improve your health and save money in the long run. If you’re expecting a child, chances are your expenses are already high. From doctor visits to preparing for your newborn child, you might feel pressured to cut your spending elsewhere. Surprisingly, this …

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Redefining democracy and practices for the future of Singapore

by Brad Bowyer Democracy is not just about having a vote it is more about how we operate between the votes and support a healthy Democratic culture. There are two distinct flavours of Democracy, the Western approach that is more individually focused and the Asian approach that emphasises collective harmony over individualism. In either case, the core most tenets of …

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What is making the 4G PAP politicians so nervous?

by Joseph Nathan When parliament passed the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) Bill at 10.30 pm, during the second day of the fasting month of Ramadan, one cannot help but wonder why there is such an urgency attached to this bill. Naturally, conspiracy theories abound and the lack of concise and timely answers on the part of …

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Malaysia arrests suspected militants over IS plots

Three militants inspired by the Islamic State group have been arrested in Malaysia, accused of planning attacks on non-Muslim places of worship in the country and neighbouring Indonesia, police said Thursday. The suspects are thought to have links to a wider IS-inspired cell, some of whose members were detained last week in Malaysia. Malaysia and Indonesia, both Muslim-majority countries, are …

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The painful lessons of Ceasescu’s Romania

by Brad Bowyer Following yesterday’s article, this is for the many who asked me about Romanian History. I have compiled this summary and highlights from the many online sources but you can google for deeper study and more details. Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena ruled the country for 24 years, from 1965 until 1989 and generally, historians present the …

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A democratic warning and a wake up call for everyone

by Brad Bowyer Many academics have attempted to define what constitutes a democratic country and while some details differ, they essentially have three core elements. These are free and fair elections, free speech and association for healthy public discourse, and an evenly applied rule of law with no exemptions. When these three are in place and maintained diligently then we …

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