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LSIRC Discussion Forum 2007

By Remy Choo LSIRC DISCUSSION FORUM 2007 “OUR DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES: AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE” 10 MARCH 2007 (SATURDAY) VENUE: NUS FACULTY OF LAW, S-R 2-2 11 AM – 1 PM LSIRC (Law Students’ International Relations Committee) cordially invites you to take part in our Discussion Forum, “Our Democratic Processes: An International Perspective”. This will be a great opportunity to discuss and …

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A closer look at Budget 2007

By Edmund The budget statement debate concluded last Thursday. This article ponders over some issues raised as well as those which were not. How is the government financing the budget deficit? In my previous article I mentioned that given the constitutional bar against the current government dipping into the surpluses built up by previous government, the new government would be …

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The changing face of Singapore – integrating our people

According to the Department of Statistics (Ministry of Trade & Industry) Singapore’s total population in 2006 stands at 4,483,900. Resident population (S’pore citizens & S’pore PRs) is 3.6 million. The ethnic composition is: Chinese = 2,713,200 (75%) Malays = 490,500 (14%) Indians = 319,100 (9%) In the same report, the resident population grew by 1.8% annually – on average. Non-residents’ …

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The language of our forefathers – are we missing something?

By Zyberzitizen It’s been decades since we were urged to “Speak Mandarin” by the government, instead of speaking our dialects. I’ve never agreed with this policy. This is because I find our dialects fascinating and beautiful. But more than that, my dialect reflect my ‘origin’. It’s a bridge to where my parents and my grandparents came from. Teochew has a …

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MP Ho Geok Choo & the “Politics of Envy” Revisited

By Singapore Kopi Tok Peering at the storm around Singapore recently, is it all about envy? MP Ho Geok Choo’s question in Parliament on 12.2.2007 about the “Politics of Envy” attracted reactions both domestically and in the region. From the transcript, it appears that even Speaker of Parliament had trouble comprehending her question. Ho has since clarified that she was …

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Global City – Reviving the Singapore Spirit

By Eddie Choo The Integrated Resorts in Marina Bay and Sentosa, 7% GST, Baby Bonus, parades, charades, CPF adjustments, so on… The list isn’t exhaustive, and it grows with every year, as the government implements new measures ‘to adjust to the challenges of globalisation’ – or so we’re told. All of these sound like a desperate attempt by the government …

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Budget 2007 – Reviewing the GST & the WIS scheme

by Dark Matter What is the GST Offset Package going to do for Singaporeans? To answer this question, the Ministry of Finance prepared a table to illustrate the benefits the package provides. The table is reproduced here for public reference: Table 1: Impact of GST Offset Package on Households

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The construction of noise – Singapore de-constructed

Singapore is in upheaval – literally. I am sure that all of you have noticed it too – the many construction sites and construction activities going on around our little city-state. Building, re-building, knocking down, piling up, digging underground, tunneling through and so on. It seems as though we are in a big hurry to make ours an even more …

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Theonlinecitizen is taking a break for Chinese New Year

  Dear everyone, Theonlinecitizen will be taking a break – for a few days – for the Chinese New Year. We apologise for any incovenience this may cause. TOC will resume operations in 2 or 3 days. We would like to wish one and all good health, peace and prosperity in the new year! Regards, theonlinecitizen

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Climate change – the other terrorism facing Singapore

By Eddie Choo What are the chances of an act of terrorism – 9-11 style, occurring? And what are the chances of major climate change occurring? How does America prepare for the former, and how does America prepare for the latter? The study of America is typical of the response of many other nations. Today, many nations still appropriate a …

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