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377A serves public morality : NMP Thio Li-Ann

Below is the full transcript of NMP Professor Thio Li-Ann’s speech in Parliament. Two camps championing two distinct criminal law philosophies are polarised over whether to retain or repeal s377A which criminalizes public or private acts of gross indecency between two men, such as sodomy. The ‘liberal’ camp wants 377A repealed. They offer an ‘argument from consent’ –government should not …

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Repeal 377a press conference: public health and families at stake too

By Teng Kie Zin Scott & Rachel Lim The repeal of the law against gay sex is not only about gays, as AIDS prevention programs and families of homosexual men are affected too, said the organizers of the group petitioning to repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code on Monday. The existing law, which criminalises men who have sex with …

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Send Penal Code amendments to Select Committee: NCMP Sylvia Lim

This is the transcript of the speech by NCMP and Workers’ Party chairman Sylvia Lim in Parliament on the Penal Code amendments. (The video is here on CNA’s website.) TOC would like to thank Ms Lim for providing us with the transcript.  Read also TOC’s earlier report on the WP’s Penal Code forum, “Are we moving towards a punitive society?” …

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TOC Feature: participating in the IBA

By Jeth Lee Thanks to the kind sponsorship of TOC, I was able to attend the much talked about Rule of Law Symposium organised by the International Bar Association last Friday despite it being priced at a restrictively high 60 Sterling pounds (citizen journalists don’t get paid very well). The symposium was a full-day programme that was widely hyped to …

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Ang Mo Kio fire: Shouldn’t the Town Council do more?

By Leong Sze Hian The entire wet market and food centre at Block 628A, Ang Mo Kio Street 61, was destroyed in a fire on 16 October 2007. (link) The affected stallholders are being asked to pay an estimated $8,000 to $10,000 to build a temporary market. With 232 stalls, the total sum assuming an average of $9,000 is $2.1 …

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Questions to be asked in Parliament by MPs

Parliament will sit on the 22nd of October 2007, Monday. Below is a sample of the questions which MPs have tabled to ask. The full list of questions can be found here, in Parliament’s Order Paper. On Burma (Myanmar) Dr Lily Neo: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs whether the recent reaction by ASEAN members on the Myanmar issue …

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Outdoor demonstration planned outside St Andrew’s Cathedral

By Andrew Loh On the blog titled Enshrine 377A, the blogger, whose identity is unknown to us, calls for the public to participate in a “Walk For Jesus Action” in support of retaining section 377A of the Penal Code which criminalizes sex between two same-sex men. On the blog, the writer says that, “It is time to claim on God’s …

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Banned in the City Of Possibilities

“It is not our objective to increase the level of censorship in Singapore. Just maintaining the existing level of censorship is difficult enough.” – Minister for Information and the Arts, George Yeo (1998) (Reuters) Below is a list of events which were either banned or disallowed by the Singapore authorities in the last few years. We have also, as far …

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Why are we still being led by one man’s philosophy?

By Andrew Loh There is nothing unusual about MM Lee’s speech at the opening of the International Bar Association conference in Singapore on Sunday. He outlined Singapore’s progress throughout the years and the steps his government had to take to get Singapore to where it is today. However, what he said is also worrying – insofar as Singapore progressing further …

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