Civil Society

Thousands gather at Hong Lim Park for Singapore’s first climate rally to call for bolder climate policies

Over two thousand Singaporeans and permanent residents gathered at Hong Lim Park yesterday for the inaugural SG Climate Rally – Singapore’s first climate rally. Covering the park in a sea of red, the crowd braved both haze and heat to collectively urge the government to take stronger action in mitigating the climate crisis. The tagline for yesterday’s rally was “This …

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Yale-NUS president affirms commitment to academic freedom within legal boundaries, following cancellation of programme on dissent and resistance

While Yale-NUS College remains keen on upholding academic freedom, the institution remains steadfast in doing so within legal boundaries, in light of the cancellation of a programme aimed at introducing its students to dissent and resistance in Singapore. College President Tan Tai Yong told TODAY yesterday (17 Sep) that while dissent and resistance are “legitimate objects of study and investigation …

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Historian Thum Ping Tjin says Singapore’s laws are made broad to “make all public expression of any opinion illegal”

On Tuesday (17 September), Singaporean historian Dr Thum Ping Tjin took to his Facebook to state that the country’s laws are created to be extremely broad in order to “effectively make all public expression of any opinion illegal”. His post was referring to an incident involving Mohammad Nafiz Kamarudin who was disallowed by the Yellow Ribbon Project Singapore from participating …

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Yale-NUS College’s cancellation of programme on dissent “of serious concern”: Yale President

The decision of Yale-NUS College to cancel an upcoming programme on dissent and resistance in Singapore is concerning, said Yale University President Peter Salovey. In a statement on Sat (14 Sep), Salovey said: “When I learned of this impending decision, I expressed my concern to the president of the National University of Singapore and the president of Yale-NUS.” “In founding …

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Yale-NUS cancels primer to ‘dissent and resistance in Singapore’ by playwright Alfian Sa’at

The Yale-National University of Singapore College of Liberal Arts (Yale-NUS College) has reportedly cancelled an upcoming programme titled ‘Dissent and Resistance in Singapore’, set to be led by renowned local playwright Alfian Sa’at at the end of this month. The Straits Times today (14 Sep) noted that the cancellation of the programme already took place earlier this week. The programme, …

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Function 8 pens their disappointment towards MHA for failing to respond to several of their correspondences

Civil rights group Function 8 took to its Facebook on Friday (13 September) to highlight their disappointment towards the civil servants in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for their failure to respond to several of the group’s correspondences. It added that the Ministry’s feedback unit does not even send out an automatic acknowledgment e-mail to the senders. “Function 8 …

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam set to announce withdrawal of extradition Bill

After almost three months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam is reportedly due to announce the withdrawal of the government’s controversial extradition Bill. A government source told South China Morning Post reported Wed (4 Sep) that Lam’s decision to withdraw the Bill was to “streamline the legislative agenda” ahead of the reopening of the Legislative Council (LegCo) …

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People’s Voice Party members, S’porean activist Tan Wah Piow meet M’sian MP and Bersih organiser Maria Chin Abdullah in KL

People’s Voice Party (PVP) chief Lim Tean, alongside PVP’s “Shadow Cabinet” members Leong Sze Hian and Nassir Ismail, paid what he has dubbed a “courtesy visit” to Malaysian Member of Parliament (MP) Maria Chin Abdullah yesterday afternoon (26 Aug) in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Ms Chin, who is well-known for her significant role in the Bersih protests that …

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