The Online Citizen

An honest reply to Education Minister Ong Ye Kung (from outside Parliament)

by Kok Ming Cheang As a true-blue Pioneer citizen who have lived through the era of our founding fathers, just reading the reported Parliamentary debate between Education Minister Ong Ye Kung and Workers’ Party Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Leon Perera and MP Png Eng Huat, tells me that the Ministry of Education has a mountain of information to hide …

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Jack Sim: I’m proud of my country Singapore for good reasons

by Jack Sim My National Day message for 9 August. I’m proud of my country Singapore for good reasons. Born 1957, I grew up in a slum living in an attap house . Most citizens were poor and our GDP per capita was USD 500 a year same as Mexico and South Africa on our first National Day in 1965. …

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A Balancing Act – dissecting the issue on foreign scholars and tuition grants

by Yee Jenn Jong Two days ago in parliament in response to my Workers’ Party colleague Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Leon Perera, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung revealed that government spending on scholarships and tuition grants for foreign students fell 50% over the past 10 years. It is now around $238 million, which means the annual spending around 2009 …

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GCT Imitates Trump’s name-calling and personal attack

by Law Kim Hwee To read Goh Chok Tong’s latest Facebook post is shocking. Not unlike Trump’s tweets against those he often berates and insults, however much each has been loyal to him over many years – including his “I’d-take-a-bullet-for-Trump” personal lawyer. We can be pretty certain that claiming Dr Tan Cheng Bock “has conveniently left out ‘For Me’! (yes, …

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Sparking joy and fearing shame: The irony of Singapore’s National Day parade

by James Leong American writer Mark Twain once wrote, “Dance like no one is watching, sing like no one is listening, love like you’ve never been hurt and live like it’s Heaven on Earth.”  This free-spirited, cast-your-care attitude hardly describes Singapore, but for just one day of the year, it actually does—at the National Day Parade (NDP). Singapore loves to …

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Simon Lim: Meritocracy in Singapore tainted badly with how ministers’ spouses and military officers with no experience, being appointed to head GLCs

by Simon Lim “Although faith in Meritocracy is weakening, the ideology will remain a key principle for recognising individuals in Singapore. Though meritocracy is under siege, it has not failed. In the last few years, meritocracy has taken on a negative overtones due to its association with elitism and there has been an ongoing debate over social inequality and stratification …

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Escape from the lion’s paw, reflections of Singapore’s political exiles

by Function 8 In the year 2000, Lee Kuan Yew published his memoirs From Third World to First, The Singapore Story: 1965-2000. At pages 172-173, Lee justified his decision to close down Chinese schools as well as the arrests under the Internal Security Act in early 1970s of Lee Mau Seng, the general manager, Shamsuddin Tung Tao Chang, the editor-in-chief …

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