The Online Citizen

Freedom Walk

The Singapore Democratic Party, along with some like-minded Singaporeans, commemorated Int’l Human Rights Day by embarking on a Freedom Walk from Hong Lim Park to Queenstown remand prison. You can view pictures of the event here.

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Launch Of “Days Of Being Wild”

Dana Lam and Fong Hoe Fang launched the book, “Days Of Being Wild – Walking The Line With The Opposition” recently at SMU. The book is now available in major bookstores or visit Ethos Books. View photos of the book launch here.

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Does criticism = opposition?

By Ney Reed Sunday, 10 December, 2006 criticism (noun) – serious examination and judgment of something; disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings. critic(noun) – anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something; a person who offers a value judgement or an interpretation. critique(noun) – a serious appraisal; a serious review. opposition(noun) – resistance; the action of opposing something …

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Tough love

By Jonk Tuesday, 28 November, 2006 In light of the recent Home Special in the Straits Times some time back, ‘When Love Hurts’, the documentary of domestic abuse cases from the points of view of the victims, the guilty parties and wise by-standers gave all readers a detailed yet disturbing magnifying-glass look into the secret sins of countless families in …

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A kindness revolution

By Cobalt Paladin Monday, 27 November, 2006 During the nation building years, 41 years ago to be exact, the needs of the people were different. During the turbulent years, the people were looking for food, job, housing, social and economic stability. Now, Singapore has successfully progressed from third world to first. All the above issues are no longer as important …

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Self-regulation by the blogging community: why not?

  By Aaron Ng Wednesday, 6 December, 2006 In reading Dhamendra Yadav and Bernard Leong’s thoughts on self-regulation by bloggers, I find myself agreeing with the principle of self-regulation. The reason is simple enough. I don’t wish to see a blogger get into trouble over something posted on his/her blog out of ignorance. I don’t think that any blogger would …

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S’pore and Malaysia should aim for maximum engagement

By Gerald Giam Tuesday, 5 December, 2006 Former Transparency International Malaysia chief Tunku Abdul Aziz’s commentary, “Singapore is simply a neighbour too far” in Malaysia’s New Straits Times (18 October 2006) makes me feel both sad and a tad bit annoyed. Sad, because of his call for Malaysia to adopt a “policy of minimum engagement” with Singapore, which he accuses …

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How much bonus/raise does a civil servant need?

By Ney Reed Wednesday, 6 December, 2006 In my latest pilgrimage to my foot reflexologist to nurse my back sore from sitting too long in my less than ergonomically designed civil servant seat, my foot reflexologist passed a sarcastic remark. “2.2 months bonus… lotsa money” he remarked. I am sure almost every private sector employee shares the same cynical sentiments. …

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NCMP Sylvia Lim : Population, Immigration and Rooting Singaporeans

Sylvia Lim   Tuesday, 28 November, 2006 I rise in support of the motion by Mdm Halimah Yacob to thank the President for his address. The President touched on several themes and I would like to focus on 3 of these – population, immigration and rooting Singaporeans here. Singapore population The government’s history of dealing with population has been rather …

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A dash of tolerance and a big helping of smart power

By Catherine Lim Thursday, 7 December, 2006 The first C is Control WHAT was true of the past 40 years of PAP rule is true of the present, and impossible to rule out for the future. A tight control, both of the political opposition parties and of members of the public who choose to criticise the government in the media, …

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