The Online Citizen

Wee Shu Min, Li Hongyi…nothing is sacred anymore with the net

By Yeo Toon Joo Does the internet and its speed and openness change the way we communicate? Of course, the internet has drastically altered the norms and practices of open communication, and even private conversation. It opens a pandora’s box! Anything you wish to disseminate or promulgate, idiotic or edifying, can be done instantly by just hitting a button. It …

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Pssst! Have you heard….?

Word on the street is that one senior cabinet minister is rumored to be leaving his post.  Some forum participants on the internet describe him as a compassionate person and a man of high morals.  He is also known as a thinker. In the past, he had often delivered in-depth and thought-provoking speeches and analyses of Singapore society and world events, some of …

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Time to review policies regarding HIV and Aids

This is Leong Sze Hian’s letter to TODAY published on July 23, 2007. I refer to the article, “One in 350 patients is HIV positive – and they don’t even know it” (July 18). This statistic was from the findings of anonymous tests done on excess blood samples of 3,000 hospital patients this year. UNAids estimates that 0.3 percent of …

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Minister’s blunder a cause for concern

By Choo Zheng Xi Our writer Leong Sze Hian recently pointed out that numbers for the proportion of foreign students in local varsities given by Minister of State for Education Gan Kim Yong in Parliament did not add up. Mr Gan had said in Parliament that of 23,000 foreign students who applied to local varsities, “only 987 or 4.3 percent …

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MOE’s reply – Numbers still don’t add up

By Leong Sze Hian The Ministry of Education has clarified that out of the 22,933 foreign students who applied for local universities, the actual number admitted was 4,218 (18.4%). The Ministry explained that the 987(4.3%) figure given in Parliament only referred to foreign students who had obtained GCE ‘A’ level or polytechnic. This clarification may still leave the following questions …

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Raising retirement age

This is a letter from one of our visitors, Siew91. The Singapore government’s rationale to raise the retirement age of Singapore workers to 62 years of age is because we live longer and many of us might not have enough money to retire. While this may be true, the government has ignored the fact that many workers are culled in …

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University places – numbers don’t add up

By Leong Sze Hian This Channelnewsasia report titled “Enough places in local universities for Singaporeans : MOE”, quotes Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister of State for Education as saying: “The universities do give priority to local students. And for our students who can qualify based on the requirement of each discipline and each faculty would have been given admission. Beyond …

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CPF – F1 or F9? Nominations are secret?

By Leong Sze Hian CPF members can make a revocable nomination for a CPF Investment Scheme policy and, upon death, the death benefit will be paid to the named beneficiaries, and not distributed according to the member’s CPF nomination. I understand that when a CPF member dies, his or her CPF nominees’ identities and percentage of distribution are not revealed. …

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Big Ideas That Changed The World : Democracy – Tony Benn

Tony Benn is a former Labour MP and cabinet minister in Britain. In this BBC film, Tony Benn looks at how the concept of democracy developed and spread across the world over the centuries from its beginnings in Ancient Greece. Particularly considers the impact of extending the vote to more people in 19th century Britain and the state of democracy …

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More than just money needed to help poor

This is TOC writer Leong Sze Hian’s letter to The New Paper which was published on the 14th of July, 2007. I refer to the article ‘Would you work 2 shifts over 14 hours for $4.90 an hour?’ (The New Paper, 6 Jul) and the recent launch of the Centre for Social Development (Asia) at NUS. Helping the poor is …

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