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Deconstructing the Majority

By Benjamin Cheah The ‘silent majority’ has finally spoken. Its representative is ‘The Majority’, a group that intends to prevent the repeal of Section 377A. The Majority argues that the retention of Section 377A is necessary, to preserve moral values. It is a reaction to the ongoing efforts to abolish Section 377A; therefore, the burden of proof is on the …

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Further questions about Myanmar and t-shirts

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the articles “Singapore’s arms sales to Myanmar not substantial : No deals in recent years ; weapons sold not suited to counter civilian unrest ; economic links limited, says George Yeo” (ST, Oct 23) and “MPs fire questions on Myanmar issue” (Today, Oct 23). The first article reported on the answers given by …

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Section 377A is inconsistent : PAP MP Hri Kumar

Transcript of the Parliamentary speech by PAP MP Hri Kumar on the debate over Section 377A. I rise to support the Bill. A major overhaul of the Penal Code was timely and the Ministry of Home Affairs has obviously put in much effort and thought to the amendments. I particularly commend the new laws to protect minors from sexual predators …

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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 The ‘liberal’ camp wants 377A repealed.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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