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The Online Citizen

Amnesty International: First convictions under ‘contempt of court’ law confirms fears over muzzling critics

On 11 May 2018, the Attorney-General’s Chambers of Singapore (AGC) charged Jolovan Wham and John Tan with “scandalising the judiciary”. Wham, a human rights activist, was charged for his Facebook post on 27 April 2018 stating that “Malaysia’s judges are more independent than Singapore’s for cases with political implications.” Tan, a senior member of opposition party – the Singapore Democratic …

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ValueChampion student interview series: Aditya Karkera, Yale-NUS Class of 2020

by ValueChampion At ValueChampion, we strive to provide informational content regarding financial decisions. For this reason, we are interested in the financial undertaking of attending university and the experience of students in Singapore and abroad. We interviewed Aditya Karkera to learn more about his experience at Yale-NUS. University education greatly influences career paths and financial futures. ValueChampion is interested in sharing …

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SDP warned about EIP and PAP’s racial politics years ago

Below is a blog post by the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) It was reported yesterday that minorities are having a hard time selling their flats because, under the Ethnic Integration Policy or EIP, they cannot sell them to Singaporean Chinese families under certain conditions. This means that they are only able to sell the flats to people from minority races, a situation …

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NCCS must understand what it means to support 377A

by T.W Tan Nearly 11 years ago, I wrote a letter, concerning my feelings about homosexuality, Section 377A and Singapore Christians’ response to these matters. Pertaining to the arguments stated in the letter, I continue to stand by most of the issues that I addressed in 2007. Furthermore, it troubles me that, years later, some local Christians still hold on to …

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Section 377A doesn’t make sense, politically, logically and morally

by Shiro I think most people have beat this point into the ground by this point - but the idea of Section 377A doesn't make any sense. Politically, 377A is only avidly advocated for by religious groups. There is no major active non-religious group against its repeal, which technically means that 377A isn't defending any major opinion - it's defending …

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Our government was the best

by Sol Someone asked me, "Is the (not our) government working for us?". I say they used to work very well, given that our economic achievement was a miracle and we were often a role model for developing countries back in the 90s to 00s. We reaped the benefits from that era of glory and glamour and have become complacent, …

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AHTC Trial – What to look out for

by Remy Choo Zheng Xi WP told by PAP appointed MA: It “would be bad for CPG’s business to be serving PAP TCs as well as a TC run by an opposition party” The trial involving three elected members of the opposition Workers’ Party held Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) began today. The stakes are high, and a potential judgment against …

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Public prosecutor VS Seelan Palay

by Teo Soh Lung Does it surprise the government that 20 years after the world’s longest serving political prisoner and member of parliament, Dr Chia Thye Poh was freed from all obnoxious restrictions, a young Singaporean Artist, Seelan Palay, remembers him and performed an intriguing artwork at Hong Lim Park, National Gallery (formerly City Hall, the seat of government) and …

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Institutionalised opposition

by Jim Yap I refer to the Workers' Party Secretary General, Mr Pritam Singh's comment of wanting to become one of the numerous Institutions and High-Level Committees that we already have in the Country, as carried over from a report by "Mothership". I am puzzled of Mr Singh's gestures as I understand Singaporeans grievances to be directed against those very …

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