Current Affairs

Pink Dot 2011 – Stimulating Social Change or Reinforcing Status Quo?

by: Lisa Li/ On 18 June 2011, a crowd more than ten thousand-strong turned Hong Lim Park into a giant pink party1: there were pink T-shirts, pink wigs, pink cupcakes on pink picnic mats, dogs in pink leashes and pink bowties, and ten thousand people in pink who stood up in support of the freedom to love, regardless of sexual …

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LGBT communities are never homogeneous, and never will be

by: Bryan Choong We saw 10,000 people showing up to show support for PinkDot yesterday. Today the Facebook, Internet portals and mainstream press covered the event extensively. There was something else I saw in Hong Lim Park and it probably will not be picked up in any news. I saw some faces of anxiety. As I watched the people streaming …

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Pink Dot – hope of a more inclusive, open-minded Singapore

by: Otto Fong/ My friends, gay brothers gay sisters, straight brothers and straight sisters, welcome! My name is Otto Fong. Some of you may know me for publicly outing myself as a gay man while I was teaching in a secondary school. Thank you for being here! Because of you, we have made history again! This is the single largest …

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Hong Lim Park turns into a sea of Pink [UPDATED WITH PHOTOS]

Media release by the organisers of Pink Dot/ Over 10,000 pink-attired Singaporeans turned Hong Lim Park into a sea of pink, where they gathered – for the third year running – to form a giant pink dot in a show of support for inclusiveness, diversity and the freedom to love. This breaks Pink Dot 2010’s previous record for the largest …

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Chiam See Tong has given Potong Pasir a History, a Heritage and a Memory

by: Liew Kai Khiun/ This article first appeared HERE during the General Election 2011 period. We want to thank Liew Kai Khiun for giving us permission to republish an edited version of the article on TOC. — Although I have spent most of the 38 years of my life around the area, I moved formally into the Potong Pasir Constituency …

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The true genius of Chiam See Tong

by: Dana Lam, Potong Pasir Voter/ Etched in my memory is an image of a lone and visibly worn Mr Chiam See Tong submitting to a yawn in a corner of a counting centre at the end of polling day under the headline, Loneliness in Defeat (ST 12 February 1979). The stillness in photographer Yow Yun Woh’s snapshot of the …

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PUB’s Cuscaden Road misinformation?

In her commentary piece of 13 Jun 2011, headed, “ Plumb depths of floods for good solutions”, Tan Dawn Wei quoted the PUB as having told her that (quote) “ Cuscaden also sits on a higher plane, so water should be flowing down to Orchard Road instead, it added.” (end quote)…given the measurements revealed through Google Earth*, it would appear …

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NGO Calls for International Domestic Workers Law to be Ratified in Singapore

Singapore, Friday 17 June 2011 – Non-governmental organisation, Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), has called on the Singapore government to ratify the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers which was approved by vote at the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) annual conference in Geneva today. In 2008, the ILO Governing Body decided to address decent work for domestic workers the …

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Community Organisation- Empower the people!

Change. A word that was repeated like a mantra throughout the fiery 2011 General Elections period that saw many volunteers, young and old, stepping forward and lending helping hands to the election process. In light of the huge community response, so adamantly demonstrated during the recent elections, and how volunteer support greatly eased the election process, it becomes absolutely essential …

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