Social Justice

“Some improvement” in race relations among Singaporeans except in workplaces, says Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam … but do minorities concur?

While there has been a “slight increase” in the “perception” of racial discrimination at the workplace against minorities in Singapore, there has also been “some improvement” in race relations among Singaporeans overall, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam. “Is there racism in Singapore? Of course there is. There is racism in every multi-racial society that we know of. …

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“Penatlah”: Singaporean playwright Alfian Sa’at, on racism and Chinese majoritarianism in Singapore

“Penatlah [I’m tired].” Such is the sentiment expressed by renowned Singaporean playwright Alfian Sa’at in response to measures taken by the authorities’ against rising YouTube sibling duo Preeti Nair and Subhas Nair for their rap video on an E-Pay advertisement, which was made as a part of NETS’ campaign to encourage consumers to make electronic payments. The controversial advertisement, which …

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E-Pay advertisement fiasco: YouTube duo’s “escalatory” and “cutting” response a consequence of continuous institutional racism, says WP chief Pritam Singh

Workers’ Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh has weighed in on the debacle surrounding rising Singaporean YouTube duo Preeti Nair and Subhas Nair’s satirising of an E-Pay website advertisement. The controversial advertisement, which has since been modified to remove the offending material, portrayed Mediacorp actor and DJ Dennis Chew as multiple “characters” of different races in Singapore, such as a Malay …

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SDP chief Chee Soon Juan releases video critique of PAP policies in Cantonese, reiterates plight of elderly Singaporeans living in poverty

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief Chee Soon Juan has released another critique of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP)’s current policies — this time in Cantonese. Citing Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s election promise in 2015, in which Mr Lee said that elderly Singaporeans “deserve peace of mind in their golden years” and “to live out their years with dignity”, …

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Human rights defenders face severe risks including killing in Asia, says FORUM-ASIA

During the launch of the latest report by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), it is found that human rights defenders in Asia are at high risks. “In Asia, we are witnessing more and more human rights defenders being subjected to increasingly severe forms of violations, particularly killing, simply for defending human rights,” said Sejin Kim, Programme …

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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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