The Online Citizen

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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TOC welcomes 5 new writers

Theonlinecitizen would like to announce the inclusion of 5 new writers to the TOC team. They are Ng Sook Zhen, Joel Tan, Andrew Ong, Chong Kai Xiong and Jeffrey Leow. Welcome on board, everyone! Below is a brief background summary of who they are. Writers: Ng Sook Zhen is a law undergrad at the National University of Singapore currently. Previously, …

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TOC Feature: 377A – To prevent what harm?

By Michael Hor Curiously, the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill of 2007, proclaimed as the result of only the second comprehensive review of Singapore’s 136 year old criminal code, is likely to be remembered more for what it did not do than for what it did. To be sure, there is much reform in the Bill, and much that is uncontroversially …

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Something is Rotten in the State of Singapore

Breaking News: Myanmar dissident dies under questioning By Benjamin Cheah On the 8th of October, five members of the Singapore Democratic Party, Mr. Gandhi Ambalan, Dr. Chee Soon Juan, Ms. Chee Siok Chin, Mr. Jeffrey George, and Mr. John Tan were arrested outside the Istana. Four of the five SDP members were carrying placards reading ‘No Arms’, ‘No Deals’, and …

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TOC Breaking News: 4 SDP members arrested outside Istana

LATEST: The 5 SDP members (including Jeffrey George who was taping the whole event on his video camera) were released at 9.28pm on $1,000 bail each. TOC understands that they have been charged under the Prohibition of assemblies and procession – Istana – Section 5 (2) Cap 184. At about 1.30pm today (Oct 8), police arrested 4 members of the …

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President Star Charity – where’s the missing $840,000?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to media reports that the President’s Star charity show raised a record $5.4 million. According to the Straits Times’ report on Oct 1, 2007: “This year’s musical extravaganza raised a record $5.46 million for 32 charities, out of which viewers donated $567,700 by calling hotlines. The rest of the money came from corporate donors.” …

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Chee Soon Juan’s ‘exploitation’ of the Burma situation?

This is a letter sent to TOC. The writer wishes to remain anonymous. Recently, a few people have complained that Chee Soon Juan was exploiting the Burmese situation to make a political point. Here’s one typical interpretation of the petition he held recently outside the Burmese embassy. Here’s another, a letter from a Burmese national to the ST. The first …

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International Day Of Action For A Free Burma – Oct 6

(Picture of Burmese child, above) Singapore Date & Time: 6pm on 6th Oct Venue: Burmese Buddhist Temple (Balestier Road) Subj: Mass Prayers Sessions for the people in Burma Events around the world Read also: Burma sets conditions for Suu Kyi (BBC) And: Burmese struggle goes underground (BBC)

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TOC Report: Myanmar Peace Awareness Day in university campuses

By Ng Sook Zhen Chaos may be an abstract concept for youths in Singapore, but this has not stopped students from taking material action against the current chaotic situation in Myanmar. Yesterday, at Myanmar Peace Awareness Day(MPAD) held at three local universities – National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Manangement University – crowds were drawn to …

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