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by Teo Soh Lung When I was released from prison in 1990, I was subjected to restrictions, one of which was that I could not travel abroad without the blessings of the ISD director. However my conduct in prison was so exemplary that Read More

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Is Track II Diplomacy Dead in Singapore?
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Last updated on August 16th, 2017 at 01:50 pmby Vernon Chan According to industry analysts, Singapore is the worst place to be a property developer, the worst place to be a tech start-up, and the worst place to be a software programmer. Add to that growing Read More

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Frequent tweaking of laws to ensure perpetual survival of PAP may ultimately cause its own demise
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by Teo Soh Lung The Amendment to the Presidential Elections Act and the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore have turned out to be as troublesome and messy as the last will of Lee Kuan Yew. Lee Kuan Yew made seven wills and Read More

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No by-election even if minority MP quits GRC? Shouldn’t the constitution trump the PEA?
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Halimah Yacob’s announcement that she will contest the presidency has brought forth several issues that are worthy of debate and clarification. Firstly, the inescapable quagmire of race has once again surfaced. To be fair, this has been the giant elephant in the room Read More

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Should the government fund the arts?
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by Aloysius Chia Some comments arose recently that said that the government should not fund the arts, and that preferably, funding for the arts should be eliminated given how governments get the flak whether it funds or does not fund particular art works Read More

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Is the barrier of language to full participation in democracy being addressed in society?
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by Alfian Sa’at Last Wednesday I attended ‘The Lesson’, Drama Box’s thought provoking participatory performance on deliberative democracy. I had signed up for the Chinese session, and promptly received a thoughtful email asking if I had clicked on the wrong session by mistake. Read More

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Is Li Shengwu above the Law?
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by Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss A few short hours before the time appointed for a man to meet his violent death, someone who cared about the man wrote a poignant poem, ‘Our Five Stars Dim Tonight’, out of the intensity of the moment. Ever since the Read More

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All quiet on the western front?
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by Teo Soh Lung Several of my friends tell me that they are sick and tired of the Oxley Gate saga. They view it as a private family squabble and are disappointed that it has drawn international attention, bringing much embarrassment to Singapore Read More

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The dangers of dredging the Jamuna River for Singapore and Maldives
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by Piyali Banergee, Resilience.org & Nature Watch, Bangladesh Vulnerable riverbeds, shorelines and even fresh water lakes are being damaged by sand dredgers across the world. Sand – a necessary part of making concrete used extensively in the construction industry – helps build the cities Read More

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Malay community must retain some semblance of its pride, honour and integrity, to call a spade a spade
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by Ismail Kassim To the PAPpie Malays, I like to assure them that I too believe we, the Malays, should be accommodative to the People’s Action Party (PAP). I also agree that we should be appreciative of the slow but steady progress that Read More

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