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The Online Citizen

Self-regulation of Singapore Blogosphere- Whatever for??

By Dr Huang Shoou Chyuan Dear Friends, Although I have great admiration for people like Yadav, Bernard Leong, Aaron and Gerald, I must come out to confess that I am totally against the idea of self-regulation to our blogosphere. The blogosphere as we know it now, is the last bastion of truly free expression. What was there before there was …

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Ensure GST increase of 2% truly benefit the people

By Melvin Tan Wednesday, 13 December, 2006 The impending increase in Goods & Services Tax (GST) by 2%, announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Parliament on 13 November 2006, is not without my expectation. During the General Elections in April - May 2006 at an election rally speech in Ang Mo Kio GRC, I expressed that "I will …

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Radicality – The Singaporean Youth?

  By Eddie Choo Monday, 11 December, 2006 Numbers may be an indication of Singapore’s economic growth, but numbers will not be able to tell us the social development of our society. The future of every society lies with its youth. It is the youth who will rise and take the reins of leadership, and lead society to the inevitable …

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Freedom Walk

The Singapore Democratic Party, along with some like-minded Singaporeans, commemorated Int'l Human Rights Day by embarking on a Freedom Walk from Hong Lim Park to Queenstown remand prison. You can view pictures of the event here.

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Launch Of “Days Of Being Wild”

Dana Lam and Fong Hoe Fang launched the book, "Days Of Being Wild - Walking The Line With The Opposition" recently at SMU. The book is now available in major bookstores or visit Ethos Books. View photos of the book launch here.

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Does criticism = opposition?

By Ney Reed Sunday, 10 December, 2006 criticism (noun) - serious examination and judgment of something; disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings. critic(noun) - anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something; a person who offers a value judgement or an interpretation. critique(noun) - a serious appraisal; a serious review. opposition(noun) - resistance; the action of opposing something …

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Tough love

By Jonk Tuesday, 28 November, 2006 In light of the recent Home Special in the Straits Times some time back, ‘When Love Hurts’, the documentary of domestic abuse cases from the points of view of the victims, the guilty parties and wise by-standers gave all readers a detailed yet disturbing magnifying-glass look into the secret sins of countless families in …

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A kindness revolution

By Cobalt Paladin Monday, 27 November, 2006 During the nation building years, 41 years ago to be exact, the needs of the people were different. During the turbulent years, the people were looking for food, job, housing, social and economic stability. Now, Singapore has successfully progressed from third world to first. All the above issues are no longer as important …

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Self-regulation by the blogging community: why not?

  By Aaron Ng Wednesday, 6 December, 2006 In reading Dhamendra Yadav and Bernard Leong’s thoughts on self-regulation by bloggers, I find myself agreeing with the principle of self-regulation. The reason is simple enough. I don’t wish to see a blogger get into trouble over something posted on his/her blog out of ignorance. I don’t think that any blogger would …

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S’pore and Malaysia should aim for maximum engagement

By Gerald Giam Tuesday, 5 December, 2006 Former Transparency International Malaysia chief Tunku Abdul Aziz's commentary, "Singapore is simply a neighbour too far" in Malaysia's New Straits Times (18 October 2006) makes me feel both sad and a tad bit annoyed. Sad, because of his call for Malaysia to adopt a "policy of minimum engagement" with Singapore, which he accuses …

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