Commentaries

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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Investing in perpetual securities instead of common stocks “an opportunity cost”: Socioeconomics commentator and former banker Chris Kuan

Investing in a particular company’s perpetual securities instead of its common stocks poses “an opportunity cost”, opines retired Singaporean international banker and prominent socioeconomics commentator Chris Kuan. Perpetual securities, or “perp” notes, typically pay “a higher coupon than ordinary bonds” due to an absence of “a final maturity period”, he added, in addition to having a lower rank compared to …

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ST: Singaporeans from older folk and young people give thumbs-up to budget

After the Budget 2019 announcement by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat yesterday (18 Feb), ST wrote an article today saying that Singaporeans from older folk to young people are giving the thumbs-up to the budget (‘Budget gets thumbs-up from older folk and young people‘, 19 Feb). Yesterday, Minister Heng announced the $1.1 billion “feel good” Bicentennial Bonus for Singaporeans. Some …

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