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He Ain’t Heavy, He’s Your Father

This article is posted on 31 Jan 2011 on blog Singapore Notes. When Mas Selamat Kastari’s relatives were jailed in Nov 2010 for aiding a fugitive from the law, the message sent was loud and clear – nation’s interest comes before family ties. Mohd Fatris Bakaram, Deputy Mufti of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), rubbed in the salt: …

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Why I am excited about the S-League 2011

by Damon Yeo The 2011 edition of our domestic league kicks off officially on 12 Feb, when Courts Young Lions take on powerhouse SAFFC in a 5pm kick off at the Jalan Besar Stadium. In any preview article, it is in every pundit’s interest to claim that the upcoming season is going to be more excitable than the one before. Without shooting …

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Record job vacancies = Declining wages?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Record 15,360 job vacancies unfilled: MOM” (ST, Jan 28). It states that “The number of job vacancies left unfilled for at least six months soared to a five-year high of 15,360 in September last year – a 51.5 per cent spike from the 10,140 a year ago”. Now, if you think …

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NSP calls for national unity

Dear Sir/Madam, RE: We Are Singaporeans united as one irrespective of politics, religion or culture The party is disappointed to read recent news report on what Minister of Home Affairs Shanmugam’s comments on Thaipusam as well as Minister Mentor Lee’s recent comment on Malay community as the main hindrance to social integration in Singapore. The politics of Division, Distraction to …

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The Case for Fixed Election Dates and the Fallacy of “Asian Values”

The following article is sent to us by a TOC reader. By Davin Ng Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo announced in Bangkok earlier this month that “the next general election is not due till February 2011”, but “it could be in the second quarter of the year”. It can be further deduced that the general elections will not happen till after …

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A history of worst case scenarios

If, for instance, you put in a Malay officer who’s very religious and who has family ties in Malaysia in charge of a machine gun unit, that’s a very tricky business. We’ve got to know his background. I’m saying these things because they are real, and if I didn’t think that, and I think even if today the Prime Minister …

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TOC UNCASSETTED: TOC’s strength lies in a collective heartbeat

by Khairulanwar Zaini It is difficult to write about a party. Particularly about one that has furtively insinuated itself into being planned, catching perhaps even the editors by surprise. Over a (frantic) flurry of emails, and a hastily-convened meeting, it gained traction, slowly propelled by the passion, dedication, and resilience of a rag-tag crew of writers, activists, volunteers, and friends. …

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Aung Sung Suu Kyi advocates pro-human development policies

Davos 2011: Aung San Suu Kyi speech in full 28 January 2011 This audio message was played to the main hall in Davos World Economic Forum 2011. _______________________________ Distinguished guests – heads of state, government and UN officials, leaders of global companies, representatives of the media, academia, NGOs, and young global leaders: I am very honoured and privileged to have …

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WANTED FOR MERCY: SINGAPORE AND ITS MANDATORY DEATH PENALTY

The following is an excerpt of an article posted on blog Give Life A 2nd Chance. Published at East Asian Law Journal, Vol. 1 No. 2 By M. Ravi, Practitioner at L.F. Violet Netto, Lawyer for Yong Vui Kong and Alan Shadrake; Co-author Choo Zheng Xi Overview: harsh substantive law unsupported by criminological statistics Systematic penalogical data is hard to …

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