Current Affairs

Stop using the poor for your political agenda

Andrew Loh – It is upsetting to see when politicians hijack the plight of the poor for their own selfish political agenda. On 4 September, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong was quoted by Channelnewsasia, in a report titled “SM Goh asks Singaporeans to view problems in perspective”, as having said the following: “It’s important for those who are facing problems …

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Look who’s bashing Singaporeans

We have noticed that of late, government ministers & officials, and People’s Action Party members have been criticizing Singaporeans and their attitudes towards a myriad of issues – from employment to public housing. We thus would like to collate all of these into a single thread here. Our hope is that the government will see for itself the callous, unfair …

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The Satirist Says: Ris ‘da boomz’ Low to be questioned

Singapore, 1 September 2010 – It is widely expected that Ris Low – God’s gift to the local comedy scene, will be called up soon by the Police to clarify her definition of the word ‘boomz’. An outside source who spoke to TOC on the condition of anonymity – to protect himself from being mentioned in the same breath of …

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How about a Yellow Noose Project?

– By Gangasudhan – We have heard so much about the Yellow Ribbon Project – how it has roped in a multitude of supporters and businesses to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society. While it is a laudable initiative with many grateful beneficiaries, one might wonder why there is no complementary Yellow Noose Project. Perhaps it is due to the fact …

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PAP “fighting its biggest political battle”

From The Star Online: Seah Chiang Nee As Singapore’s infrastructure groans under the weight of a five million plus population – more than a third of them foreigners – there’s rising resentment against the island state’s immigrant policy. BURSTING at our seams. This is a frequent phrase used to describe Singapore these days, after its population crossed the five million …

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What are Singaporean workers sacrificing for?

Leong Sze Hian – The Prime Minister said in his National Day Rally speech, that “Singaporeans can look forward to higher wages and good bonuses” and that “[lots] of jobs [have been] created [and] unemployment has gone down.” With this being akin to an almost annual rhetoric over the years, exhorting Singaporeans to accept more foreigners in order to achieve …

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PAP dan Melayu Singapura: Antara Retorik, Kenyataan dan Meritokrasi

The following is the Malay version of the article “The PAP and the Malay Singaporean: Between rhetoric, reality and meritocracy” by Pritam Singh. PAP dan Melayu Singapura: Antara Retorik, Kenyataan dan Meritokrasi Pritam Singh Boleh didapati sedikit peralihan dalam cara Parti Tindakan Rakyat (PAP) mengendalikan komunikasi awam yang melibatkan kemasukan warga asing ke Singapura. Dalam amanat Hari Kebangsaan 2010 beliau …

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Politics and ethnicity: framing racial discrimination in Singapore

James Gomez Racial discrimination is a global phenomenon that the United Nations seeks to eradicate. In contemporary Singapore, research shows that the basis for racism is anchored in the role of ethnic identity and how it frames the formulation of policies related to education, employment, housing, immigration and politics. These policies have been formulated and implemented by the People’s Action …

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Amendments to the CPF Act – did you know?

Leong Sze Hian – I refer to media reports (“Second chance to join CPF Life”, ST, Aug 17) about the amendments to the CPF Act passed in Parliament in August. CPF savings left unclaimed for six months upon the CPF member’s death will be moved into the Ordinary Account (OA), which pays a lower interest than that for the Special (SA), Medisave (MA) …

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Do not print pictures of me smiling – Lee Kuan Yew

The United Kingdom (UK) introduced the Freedom of Information Act in 2000. It allows members of the public access to otherwise confidential papers in the possession of “public authorities”. The UK released papers pertaining to Singapore’s independence several years ago. Below is a copy of a memo which was sent by a UK official in Singapore to the office in …

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