The Online Citizen

Entrepreneurship And the Future State of Affairs – Part 3

By leounheort People find thinking and examining things critically inordinately difficult, and yet it is these things that give rise to the ideas that drive culture. History has shown that the culture of a nation reflects the current philosophies of the times: Beethoven lived in the Romantic era, where emotions, feeling and senses took centre stage; consequently, his works are …

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Budget 2007 – Changes necessary in our fiscal policy

By Edmund PM Lee announced in November 2006 two significant fiscal policy changes in the first parliament session after the election in May. First, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be increased to 7%, up from the present 5%. The GST hike by two percentage points will raise at least $1.5 billion of tax revenue per year. Second, the …

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Big Brother in cyberspace – anonymously

“He (Mr Brown) should come out from behind his pseudonym to defend his views openly.” – Press Secretary to the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, K BHAVANI in a letter to TODAY newspaper July 3 2006 “The identity is not important. It is the message that is important,” – PAP MP Baey Yam Keng, Straits Times, Feb 3 …

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“Are we moving towards a punitive society?”

“Are we moving towards to punitive society?”, the Workers’ Party chairman, Sylvia Lim, asked the packed room of more than 80 people at the party’s headquarters who were there to attend the WP’s forum on the government’s proposed amendments to the Penal Code. (Here and here) “We are 2nd in Asia in terms of imprisonment, with about 350 inmates per …

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After the hanging…. some reflection….

  By zyberzitizen The hanging of Nigerian Iwuchukwu Amara Tochi has, no doubt, thrown up many issues which we should be looking at. This article is not about the merits or demerits of Tochi’s hanging. Sadly, his hanging is already done and there is nothing we can do about it. However, his death brings up many issues which I will …

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The poorest in our society

With the increasingly fast pace of life in Singapore, there perhaps is a tendency for us to forget those who are left behind, those who can’t run as fast as the rest of us – even if they want to. The government, to its credit, has set up various help schemes and even organizations (such as the CDCs) whose roles …

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Hip-hopping MPs

By The Kentang Analysts say that the PAP’s embrace of Hip-Hop, in order to nudge towards a style of government more in tune with the local populace, is not a surprising move, despite being met by disbelief, satire, and outright laughter by Singaporeans. The Kentang interviewed several intellectuals who have managed, so far, to avoid defamation suits. “When you think …

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Penal Code Amendments & Freedom of Speech forums

PUBLIC FORUM ON THE PENAL CODE AMENDMENTS In Nov 2006, the government floated a draft Penal Code Amendment Bill and called for public comment. The Penal Code reflects our rights and responsibilities living in Singapore. Despite the tremendous significance of the Penal Code in guiding the way Singaporeans order their daily lives, the government has given little explanation for the …

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Huh, ASEAN? Does it really matter to us?

by Gerald Giam Mention “Asean” to the man on the street, and you are likely to get a puzzled look, or a stifled yawn at best. Even for the international media, Asean — the Association of Southeast Asian Nations — evokes significantly less interest than, say, the North Korean nuclear crisis, China-Taiwan relations and perhaps even Angelina Jolie’s travels to …

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Why we ought not to have a mandatory death penalty…

Excerpted from Kitana’s blog here. My father and B are both of the opinion tt I am sometimes too emotional for my own good. I feel sadness too easily. I’d only attended one judgment for a murder trial, and during tt trial the holding had been culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which was a rather joyous occasion. And the …

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