Letters

For letters contributed by TOC readers.

A brief guide to populism (and why the PAP should really reconsider describing Opposition parties as such)
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

by Shiro I’m a relatively new contributor to TOC, but I noticed something along the lines of differing interpretations of Populism in Singapore, and the People’s Action Party (PAP). Here’s a brief guide to Populism – and why the PAP should really reconsider Read More

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We need the Press more than ever
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by Shiro In the West, for every liar or propaganda outlet, they have ten newspapers willing to report facts and truth, to get out there, to find and tell the story. Here in Singapore, and in Asia at large, we don’t have anyone Read More

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Why did we reject Ben Davis’ deferment?
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by Shiro There is this strange assumption in Singapore that scholars earn money and pride for the country, and sportsmen don’t. I can tell. Whereas in the United Kingdom a single prodigy seems to be worth bending the rules to get him a Read More

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Coalition of convenience will not make minor opposition parties electable
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by Ajay While I support the opposition cause, I am not impressed by this so-called coalition. Besides the Singapore Democratic Party, the other opposition parties in the coalition are minor parties that rarely show up between elections and consistently perform the worst. For Read More

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ORD letter: “You are not leaders. You are monsters”
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

Below is the letter by a National Serviceman who recently ORDed* after serving two years of national service. According to him, he wrote an email which was sent out via intranet but MINDEF made a call to his office within minutes to have Read More

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National Day should not be used as a show of military strength
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

by Shiro If you think about National Day, the three things you think about are ‘NDP song’, ‘Parade’, and then ‘Fighter Jets’. Isn’t that a bit outdated in the 21st century? If we go to another country, their National Day or equivalents are Read More

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Do we still want a system of PAP “elites” and an anaemic public service for 50 more years?
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

by Wee Lee Sum Reading recent comments by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong which were used to rebuff his resident, Mr Abdul Aziz’s call for more measures to help struggling elderly who are unable to work beyond 65, got me a little Read More

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A year after the Presidential Election, how much does Halimah Yacob know about our national reserves?
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

By: Simon Lim Exactly a year ago on 6th August 2017, Halimah Yacob decided to tender her resignation as both the Speaker of Parliament and a People’s Action Party Member of Parliament to stand for the Presidential Elections. As the President of the Read More

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Politics is much more than just a contest at earning millions of dollars
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If multi-million dollar salaries are motivating and deciding factors for people to come into Singapore politics, we may be getting the wrong type of people from the start by Simon Lim Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong was quoted in an audio recording Read More

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Total national systemic overhaul to deal with the pains of aging
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by Khush Chopra THE ST CALLS FOR “RESEARCH” INTO ELDERLY DISTRESS According to the Straits Times: “As Singapore’s population ages rapidly, there is urgency to step up solid studies on ageing to pinpoint factors that cause distress, so that effective remedial action can be Read More

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