Letters

Confusion between Summary Writing (Preci’s) and Paraphrasing in secondary schools and junior colleges

by Ganesamoorthy Subramaniam Traditionally, the term used for teaching Summary Writing Skills in schools and junior colleges the world over has been the term ‘Preci’s‘ that literally means ‘Precision’, ie “to say in fewer than one-third of the words what’s intended by the author of the passage.” It’s ironical that in recent years, our schools and junior colleges have been …

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Jack Sim: I’m proud of my country Singapore for good reasons

by Jack Sim My National Day message for 9 August. I’m proud of my country Singapore for good reasons. Born 1957, I grew up in a slum living in an attap house . Most citizens were poor and our GDP per capita was USD 500 a year same as Mexico and South Africa on our first National Day in 1965. …

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The curious case of empathy and its glaring absence in Singapore

by James Leong What do the Monica Baey saga, Aloysius Pang’s death and a Japanese restaurant in Singapore have in common? None of them knows empathy. I don’t like fussing over birthdays, particularly mine, but I do like Japanese food and found a restaurant inviting birthday peeps to eat for free on their birthday month —provided they dine with a …

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Former NUS student who fought 12-year legal battle against University questions former Vice-Provost’s presence on the NUS Review Committee on Sexual Misconduct

Former National University of Singapore (NUS) student Jeanne-Marie Ten Leu Jiun, whose candidature for the degree of Master of Arts in Architecture by research at the School of Design and Environment was terminated by the University in Sep 2006, has questioned former National University of Singapore (NUS) Vice-Provost Lily Kong’s presence in the NUS Review Committee on Sexual Misconduct, which was …

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Fellow NS men, please don’t cheat yourselves by saying that you will defend the constitution with your life

Just this February year when I went for my National Reservist training, we were told to recite the Singapore Armed Forces pledge in the seminar hall after the Division Commander reminded the servicemen about the constant threat that Singapore faces from its neighbours. “We, members of the Singapore Armed Forces, do solemnly and sincerely pledge that we will always bear …

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Historical Perspective of Fake News

by Patrick Low There will come a day  when a full disclosure  on the Marxist arrest of 1987 will be made public. The so-called “Operation Spectrum” was one of the biggest fake news exercises ever orchestrated by the Singapore government. It was fully collaborated and  supported by the cowardly local Press and the full panoply of state TV and Radio …

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Hyflux failed to disclose Tuaspring’s status as an electricity genco in its prospectus, says disgruntled perpetual capital securities investor

In a submission to TOC on Sun (31 Mar), a disgruntled Hyflux perpetual capital securities investor had shared what he deemed to be “very important information that was not revealed in the prospectus”, that is the firm’s failure to disclose Tuaspring’s status as “a genco with a minor portion of its revenue from water supply to PUB”. He did not …

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Singapore is more than ready for a minority race PM

Dr Huang Shoou Chyuan In a recent forum at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) attended by more than 700 students, Minister Heng Swee Keat tried to convince Singaporeans why we are not ready for a non-Chinese Prime Minister. To many observers, this is just another way of enunciating why the popular Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam was not considered acceptable as …

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