Letters

Shocked and saddened that M Ravi is barred from legal practice

By Tan Wah-Piow I am shocked, and saddened to hear that my Singapore’s friend-in-law M Ravi is barred from practising as a lawyer. Ravi is an exceptionally fine lawyer. I met him in Oslo in June this year at the World Congress for the Abolition of the Death Penalty where he was a panel speaker. I was most impressed by …

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AWARE on the elected presidency

The following letter is by AWARE on the elected presidency: We agree that the representation of diverse races in political leadership is important, and welcome the greater recognition that racism and prejudice are urgent and enduring problems that require proactive solutions. Members of minority groups need to see people like themselves being represented meaningfully in important public institutions. This applies …

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Funding of various minority and self-help groups , “token” and meager

By I.J. Perera I am writing in light of the soon to take place tampering of the Constitution under the guise of ‘allowing’ minorities a chance at succeeding to become an ‘elected president’ if that particular racial composite has not been able to become a president for more than 5 terms. I would like to convey that this is not only …

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Expect a drop in number of articles between 18 Sept to 3 Oct

Dear readers, As I will be overseas during the period of 18 September to 3 October for my National Service at Australia with little to no internet access*, TOC will be assisted by volunteer editors to edit and publish the articles. During this period of time, the quality of the edits will definitely increase with their professional help but at …

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Retired ST journalist: Do not stoop so low to amend Constitution out of fear

Mr Ismail Kassim, a retired senior political correspondent from Straits Times,has written a note on Facebook addressed to the Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong about the proposed amendments to the Elected Presidency (EP). Mr Kassim wote in his note that he cannot think of any other issues in the past thirty years that have caused such a wide and deep …

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One hundred days

By Teo Soh Lung It is exactly 100 days since I went to the Cantonment Police Headquarters to be interviewed on four offences allegedly committed on Cooling Off Day, a day when all political parties are supposedly forbidden to advertise themselves. I gave a full statement admitting that I posted the four articles and confirmed that I was the only …

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Singapore is a green dot

By Toh Teck Sun It was many many years ago, that former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie belittled Singapore as just a little red dot. Over the years, we turned the insult on itself and came up with a slogan of sorts: Our Little Red Dot, Our Home. On National Days, we attached a little red ball at the end of …

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Campaigners express disappointment over the passage of the Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill

The statement issued by “Don’t Kena Contempt”, campaigners for the passage of the Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill to be delayed and for further discussion to be made in consultation with the public. We are deeply disappointed that the Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill was passed 72-9 in Parliament on Monday night (15 August 2016). We had collected 249 signatures …

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