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Social Justice

45 members expelled by Co-op over for holding no-confidence EOGM, Registar from MCCY aware of circumstances but sides with “illegal” management committee.

45 members were expelled in June this year after an “Emergency General Meeting” EOGM called by 68 members was held on May 18 to remove the Board of Directors of the TRC Multi-Purpose CooperativeSociety Ltd (“Co-op). Only the 45 who voted were expelled but the remaining few who left the meeting earlier were not affected. This included the Chairman Mr Kalaichelvan, …

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Petition supporting Jolovan hits 4915 signatures, delivered

The petition in support of Jolovan Wham, the activist who got slapped with 7 charges relating to organising public assemblies, has been delivered to the Prime Minister and Attorney General in both email and physical copy. Titled, “Drop charges against Jolovan Wham; Protect our freedom of expression”, the petition started at the beginning of December, and has hit almost 5000 …

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True blue Singaporeans – beware of your birth rights

by Tan Wah Piow I was born in Singapore in 1951, and had therefore acquired the right of rights as a citizen of Singapore - my birthright. This right, which was sacrosanct, is no more the case under the People's Action Party (PAP). As a true blue Singaporean, I participated, probably too zealously, in the struggle for democratic rights. I …

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HK Activist Joshua Wong expresses solidarity with Jolovan Wham

Joshua Wong, more commonly known as the face of the Umbrella Movement protests in Hong Kong, has expressed his support for local activist Jolovan Wham on Twitter. The Umbrella Movement was a series of protests in 2014 calling for democracy in Hong Kong that saw up to 100,000 protesters on the streets, and lasting for 79 days. Wham has 7 …

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SDP Chair Paul Tambyah: Jolovan’s courage “should be commended”

Dr Paul Tambyah, chairperson of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), issued a statement on behalf of the party expressing support for activist Jolovan Wham, who has 7 charges brought against him for organising public assemblies. This is the latest show of support following statements by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and local NGO Function 8. Dr Paul quotes the then Prime Minister Lee …

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Petition started calling for charges against Jolovan Wham to be dropped

A petition has been started on Change.org calling for the 7 charges brought against activist Jolovan Wham to be dropped. 7 charges were brought against Jolovan under the Public Order Act, Vandalism Act, and the Penal Code. "As an activist, Jolovan has spoken out against detention without trial and has been an untiring and staunch advocate of free speech, as …

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Chee: Civil Disobedience led to creation of Speakers’ Corner

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Secretary-General, Dr Chee Soon Juan, counters a recent Straits Times article that alleges that the SDP's civil disobedience "did not work". In a blog post, Dr Chee explains the motivations behind his party's multiple efforts of non-violent action which, as he expected, was met with "mandatory condemnations" and criticisms in the media. The political situation at the time, …

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Domestic worker jumps out of window to escape agent abuse

by Kirsten Han A little over two weeks. That was how long Nina Duwi Koriah had been in Singapore before she fell out of the third-storey window of her agent’s home following humiliating verbal abuse and mental distress. Her agent, who has been identified by the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) as Noor Hayah Gulam, was fined S$50,000 on …

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