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Letters

Building a relationship of trust and friendship

by Tan Kin Lian Straits Times Editor-At-Large, Han Fook Kwong wrote an article in the Sunday Times: “Time for Singapore and Malaysia to discard old stereotypes“. He wrote, “KL’s moves since May 9 polls raise hopes that the country will become a more just soceity based on rules of law. In the long term, a Malaysia that is doing well, is stable and democratic and …

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Are the people themselves ready to vote in an Opposition?

by Willy Sum I refer to Ms Jaffar’s Facebook post reproduced on your site a couple days ago, “Is our opposition ready for 2020? I doubt so!”. Before we criticise the various Opposition parties, my assertion to Ms Jaffar’s observation is: “Are the people themselves ready to vote in an Opposition?” Elections after elections, screwing after screwing, the electorate here do not …

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Overturning unfair treaties is part of good statesmanship

by Dr Ong Hean Teik The decision by the new Pakatan government of Malaysia to renegotiate unfair agreements and to postpone the high-speed railway was derided as unethical and not in keeping with ancient Chinese morality by a Singaporean analyst. In fact, ancient Chinese history is full of examples where treaties are broken and far from condemning such behaviour, they are …

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“PMDs belongs on the road and not on our path”

by Vasanthan Govindasamy (Bob) I was reading the report submitted by the Active Mobility Advisory Panel who had given their recommendations on Personal Mobility Device (PMD) usage on shared paths and footpaths. It’s amazing to read their credentials. Seems like all of them are big guns. All they had to say was the obvious as anyone with common sense would be …

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The country has flourished but its soul may have died

by Raj Singh We, the citizens of Singapore, pledge ourselves as one united people, regardless of race, language or religion, to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality, so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation. I grew up in a small flat in Taman Jurong. My neighbours were Malay Indian Chinese and Eurasians. We …

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“Public hospital that does not treat local referred patients”

A letter from an “Angry Mom” wrote, “Recently, while trying to see a specialist through a polyclinic referral, I was shocked to learn that Khoo Teck Puat Hospital’s (KTPH) gastroenterology department doesn’t see local referred patients. When I visited its webpage, I found that it blatantly advertising that it treats international patients. As much as I understand MOH’s desire to …

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Dr Mahathir’s remark on Singaporeans being unhappy, made in good faith

by Willy Sum As I read of reports unfolding by only a few social media outlets about how S’poreans are purportedly “unhappy” with a passing comment made by the new Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad on our political situation here, I can’t help but wonder how those minor voices have made it seem like the entire nation is displeased? …

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FAS must stop behaving like it is above other sports

by Al Tham The arrogance of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is reflected in its comments after failing to make it to the Asian Games 2018. Singapore Under-23 team had failed to gain a nomination from the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) to participate in the upcoming Asian Games as the results put forward by the FAS do not meet SNOC’s …

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Just what can we do as pedestrians against errant drivers?

by Chen Guojun I refer to the following two articles, “Cabby jailed five months for killing pedestrian while running red light” and “Sleepy driver who killed pedestrian jailed 3 months banned driving for five years“. When I read the above two reports, I was irate. Especially the one that happened at Jurong West, very close to where I live. In …

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“Why we must remove lawyers from the Family Justice System”

This is a letter written by a father affected by divorce. by Matt Lim Families are the bedrock of society. They shape our values and worldview, and are our first line of defense in the many challenges of life. It is thus an understatement to say that national policies related to the family and “family justice” are critically important to …

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