Current Affairs

Why has the mainstream media not picked-up this news about Tony Tan?

by: Ravi Philemon/ The mainstream media which picked up stories on Tan Jee Say’e email being hijacked, Tan Kin Lian’s Toto, 4D app, and Tan Cheng Bock’s Facebook notes, have so far failed to pick-up the story about Tony Tan deleting his Facebook post after netizens pointed out to him the contradictions with his son’s resume. Why? The blog ‘Thoughts of …

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Enough with the ‘endorsements’ of Tony Tan

by: Jewel Philemon/ First it was the lecture in Singapore Management University, then it was the care provided to the boy who had injured himself, and now it is a dialogue organised jointly by Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI). Yeah, OK I believe that the boy was really hurt and …

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Why public transport fares should not be raised

by: Dr Wong Wee Nam/ The issues at the General Election 2011 were the high cost of living, the income gap between the rich and the poor, the terrible public transport squeeze, the exorbitant HDB prices and the overpopulation of the country by foreign imports. With their votes, the people sent a clear signal what their dissatisfactions were. In a …

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A YP activist’s response to TOC’s “Statements like these do not help”

A political sickness is spreading among the nations, across First World parliaments and First World governments. In America, we see Democrats and Republicans fighting over the US debt crisis. Voices of moderation drowned by polarizing, aggressive rhetoric. And while partisans fiddle around and pass the blame to each other, America’s economy burns. It would be just a domestic political tragedy, …

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TOC’s moderation policy

  The Online Citizen reserves the right to moderate, edit, disallow, remove or delete comments or postings posted on this website which, in TOC’s sole discretion, are deemed to be inappropriate or are of the following nature: – Vulgarities – in any language, whether colloquial or slang. – Personal attacks, threats, insults, degrading or derogatory remarks about the author or …

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Arcade Gaming: Not Just For Gangsters

Kirsten Han and Shawn Danker / This weekend, hundreds of gamers from all over the world will descend upon Las Vegas to clash within the world’s largest annual fighting game tournament. Evolution Championship Series (or EVO for short) gathers players from all over the world to compete over three days for top spots in their respective games. This year, Leslie …

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Public Transport: Why the PAP and WP positions fall short of commuters’ needs

The following is National Solidarity Party’s media release on the debate over our public transport system. — There has been much debate over our public transport system lately.  Public unhappiness over fare increases stems from dissatisfaction over the level of service in our public transport, primarily over issues of under-capacity and the lack of any alternatives for the bulk of …

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Promises of better services in public transportation reneged

by: Sharon C/ The recent call for fare adjustments of 2.8% by the public transport operators is definitely not justifiable. One of the reasons I believe that fares should remain status quo for now is because the transport operators are hiring more foreign drivers than locals, which means that even if fuel costs have increased the transport operators would be …

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Dr Vincent Wijeysingha responds to BG (NS) Tan Chuan Jin

On 13 July 2011, Brigadier-General (NS) Tan Chuan Jin posted ‘Protecting Workers‘ on his Facebook page. The following is a response from Dr Vincent Wijeysingha, Executive Director of migrant workers NGO Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2). We at Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), a charity working with low-waged migrant workers, welcome the comments of Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Minister of …

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