Commentaries

Is Prime Minister Lee engineering his grand exit?

by Joseph Nathan BIG SPENDING has become the new hallmark of the current 4G People’s Action Party (PAP) politicians. From their lavish year-long Bicentennial Celebration to more lavish National Day Rally (NDR) dinners, they are no longer behaving like the Old Guards, who take engagement with the people and spending of public money seriously. True, there were some monetary transfer …

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Tale of two RI classmates who joined PAP

At the launch of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) on Sat (3 Aug), Dr Tan Cheng Bok, who had said that the People’s Action Party (PAP) has lost its way, teared up when he said he re-entered politics “for country, for people”. Recounting the time when Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew invited him to join the PAP, Dr …

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PM Lee’s Vietnamese “invasion” remarks “suggest an insolence” to Khmer Rouge massacre victims; politicians need “human rights awareness and training”: M Ravi

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s recent remarks on Vietnam’s intervention in Cambodia preceding the Khmer Rouge regime’s downfall “suggest an insolence” to over 1.6mil victims of the genocide, said Singaporean international human rights lawyer Ravi Madasamy, more commonly known as M Ravi. In the wake of former Thai PM and President of the Privy Council Prem Tinsulanonda’s passing, Mr Lee …

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The link between POFMA, ISA, and all of us

by Jason Soo On Wednesday 8 May 2019, the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) was passed in Parliament with a majority of 72 to nine, with three abstentions. Welcome to a fate worse than Orwell’s 1984. We now have not one but 16 ministries of truth. During the period when POFMA had not yet been formalized into …

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The Elephant in the Room – The Question of Prosecutorial Discretion

by M Ravi, international human rights lawyer The headlines in recent days have been dominated by the ‘Monica Baey saga’ – the focus in particular on the inadequacy of actions in handling cases of sexual misconduct in an educational establishment such as NUS. One of the more prevalent but seemingly mysterious issues raised was the failure of the Attorney-General to …

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A brave new world as students rekindle the real kampong spirit of Singapore

by Joseph Nathan There was a time when chivalry would have saved damsels in distress but the concept of being a gentleman in Singapore has somewhat been trivialized and seen as self-discrimination, and was replaced with onerous legal recourse and prescriptive-books. Instead of socially correcting a social wrong and nipping the issue at the bud, contentious legal recourse and new …

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Educator Mark Rozells questions the idea of Singapore’s meritocracy as the Republic tops OECD PISA results but fares low in equity

The Singapore education system is not, at least statistically, the “grand social leveller” of the Republic’s society, contrary to what has been touted by many under the concept of meritocracy, observed Singaporean educator Mark Rozells. While Singapore is ahead of other member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in terms of academic achievement, he noted, in a …

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No particular law that expressly prohibits the Law Society from making its views publicly known: Function 8

There is no particular law that expressly prohibits the Law Society to publish its views regarding the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill, says Director of civil rights group Function 8 Teo Soh Lung. While section 38(c) of the Legal Profession Act may serve as the basis for the Law Society’s preference to engage in “confidential consultation” with the …

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