Current Affairs

Assistance for elderly and poor – whither our priorities?

by Andrew Loh Reading the Lianhe Zaobao article on Dr Lily Neo is indeed heartwarming. It seems there aren’t too many Members of Parliament like her. And that is a shame. In the article, Dr Neo when talking of the struggles some of the elderly in her constituency faced, said, “These things do not sound like they could take place …

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Lily Neo treats the elderly in her ward like her grandma

The following is a translated article from the Chinese newspaper, Lianhe Zaobao. The original article, in Chinese, can be viewed here. Translation by Yvonne Guo. In 1997, when Dr Lily Neo was elected to become a Member of Parliament, she became a grassroots consultant in the Chinatown area. She realized to her surprise that in a First World country like …

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Op-ed by UK Minister of State Jeremy Browne

[TOC thanks the UK High Commission for sending us this article for publication. It is written by the British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Jeremy Browne.] On this, the seventh World Day Against the Death Penalty, it is grimly disturbing that we are continuing to see such widespread use of the death penalty across the world.  Amnesty …

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One woman’s quest to stop human trafficking around the world

The following is an excerpt of an interview with Saleemah Ismail, the immediate past president of UNIFEM Singapore by SALT online. Young women and girls are common targets of human trafficking networks around the world. Once an at-risk girl herself, Saleemah Ismail is fighting to empower these women through education and legislation. The immediate past president of UNIFEM Singapore talks …

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TOC Latest: Temasek Review shut down

Update @ 1445: A message on TR’s Facebook page now reads: “TR is in maintenance mode at present due to upgrading of its wordpress platform from 2.8 to 3.0. It will be up and running soon”. Update 12 October @ 1300: The error message on TR’s main page remains unchanged since 12 hours ago: “THE TEMASEK REVIEW is currently undergoing …

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Most needy elderly patients getting Govt subsidies: Really?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the report “8,000 needy elderly to benefit from national medical subsidy scheme” (Channel News Asia, Oct 10). It states that “Come April 1 next year, some 8,000 more needy senior citizens (aged 65 years and above) will stand to benefit from a national medical subsidy scheme that will be extended to five more …

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Int’l Day Against the Death Penalty: SADPC statement

In commemoration of the International Day Against the Death Penalty, the SADPC has issued the following statement: On this day, the Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign (SADPC) would like to renew our solidarity with international and regional non-governmental organisations, fellow activists and governments working against the death penalty. With the recent events on the regional front, the issues surrounding the death …

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Nursing homes eating Government payouts?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Govt Payouts a grey area for nursing homes” (ST, Aug 23). http://www.cpf.gov.sg/imsavvy/infohub_article.asp?readid={734381012-6184-4790874719}&print=1 I think for a destitute and penniless person, it may be a blow to their well being, if we deny them of even these “once in a long time” luxury. The purpose of such periodic Government payouts as I …

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Face to face with Seelan Palay (Part Two)

In Part 2 of an hour-long interview with Seelan Palay, TOC asks about his relationship with the SDP, and what he thinks of public perception of his activism. You can read Part One here. By Joshua Chiang People often associate you with the Singapore Democratic Party. Are you a full-fledged member of the SDP? No I never was. Various political …

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UPR Consultation

Dear Friends, Singapore is due for its first review on human rights at the Human Rights Council in Geneva next year. Civil Society is encouraged to participate in this process by submitting Shadow reports on how they perceive the State has met its obligations with regards to maintaining human rights. MARUAH enabled a training workshop for CSOs in April this …

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