Current Affairs

Scandinavians Helping Singapore’s Poor

The following is an excerpt of an article that was first appeared in ScandAsia.com. The hallway is dirty and there is a scent of moist coming from the walls. Inside the apartment it no longer looks dirty – it looks empty. The square room has no furniture. Unless the two mattresses lying on the floor in one corner can be …

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TOC’s queries on work safety regulations – MOM responds

On Sep 8, we ran a video showing a worker entering a flooded manhole without any safety device and asked whether there was any breach of work safety rules. (click here – https://theonlinecitizen.com/2010/09/is-this-a-violation-of-worksite-safety-rules/) The Ministry of Manpower responded today with the following letter. Dear Mr Loh, We thank you for your useful feedback on 8 Sep 2010. We take the …

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STB wants offices to waste electricity for F1 ‘wayang’

– By Gangasudhan – Green Drinks Singapore received a tip-off today that at least one office building in the city has been ‘encouraged’ by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to leave their lights on during the 3 days of F1 races in order to “facilitate a captivating night-view of Singapore City for international TV broadcast and photography”. In an email …

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SDP’s Young Democrats celebrate Liberal Solidarity Week

Kirsten Han – The International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY) website states that the Singaporean government “is of a clear-cut authoritarian nature and controls its people like a modern day Big Brother.”1 Jarrod Luo, Honorary Secretary of the Young Democrats, thinks that many Singaporeans would be shocked by this assessment. “The people don’t know,” he says, explaining that due to …

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Civic Life’s Where The Heart Is: time to vote

Earlier this year, we mentioned the Civic Life project which explores the ideas of memory, place, belonging and community through film and writing. A short film, TIONG BAHRU, has been shot with a cast of 150 volunteers from Singapore and directed by UK-based filmmakers Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor. In conjunction with this pioneering film, the online 90-second film competition, …

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Tan Wah Piow: Challenge Singapore’s Facade Democracy

by James Gomez Singapore’s façade democracy needs to be challenged if citizens want their political rights – this is what I took away from my one hour conversation with Tan Wah Piow at London Heathrow Airport on 19 September 2010. For Wah Piow, the political challenge that Singapore faces today, compared to the time he was active in the early …

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Global Disarmanent – Coasta Rica leads the way

Imagine all the people, living life in peace. – John Lennon The abolishment of nuclear weapons, stopping the proliferation and misuse of conventional weapons, and redirecting at least 10 percent of global military expenditure towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Sounds like a tall order? Daniela Torre, a spokesperson for A Nation For Peace disagrees. In an interview with TOC, …

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Satays protest Straits Times’ headlines

Satays simmer with anger over ST’s use of the word ‘grilled’. By Usad Ahdar About 20 sticks of satay gathered at Speaker’s Corner yesterday to protest the Straits Times’ use of the word ‘grilled’ in its headlines in the past month. The main beef (with apologies to chicken and mutton) of their unhappiness appeared to be the negative association of …

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