Letters

Is incompetent leadership within MINDEF the cause of training deaths?

by Simon Lim There is no question that national defence will always be needed and relevant to Singapore.  But, as a parent and a former National Serviceman (Full-time) myself, I am greatly saddened to read about the passing of yet another one of our soldiers due to a training accident. When parents bid their sons goodbye and see them drafted …

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Smokers are not criminals

by Jackie I was born in the 70s, when Singapore was still a growing country. My parents are hardworking honest people who had to work more than 12 hours a day to feed our family of 6. Growing up, I was often left alone with my siblings and though we took care of each other, we had to grow up …

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Malaysian Prabu, one of possible 4, executed by Singapore disappointingly this week

Singapore should follow Malaysia in Abolishing Death Penalty as we strive for a Death Penalty free ASEAN Region. by Charles Hector, for and on behalf of MADPET(Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture) MADPET(Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture) is very disappointed that Singapore, which is just one of 4 countries, still conducting execution for drug offences in 2017, has on …

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Lessons to be learnt from AHTC trial for the opposition

by Heron I disagree with Mr Augustine Low’s commentary on how the Opposition have had its wind knocked out through the AHTC trial. It should instead serve as lessons from which the Opposition can learn from. I have distilled four lessons for Opposition candidates to mull over as the next General Election comes into view. Lesson 1: Opposition wards should …

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A view on Dee Kosh’s “Social Experiment”/ Publicity Stunt

by TJ I feel disgusted at Dee Kosh’s “social experiment”, not because I’m a Kpop fan (the truth is I don’t have a particular liking for Kpop, don’t get the trend and didn’t jump on the bandwagon). I mean try as Dee Kosh might, I think what he is trying to do is to distract the audience from the fact …

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Capitalism and the State

by Joys Yahoo reported in an article, ‘PM Mahathir: GDP growth benefited capitalists, not workers‘. GDP growth should benefit the economy. But it’s the distribution, i.e who gets what, that is at the heart of the matter. Dr. Mahathir is right that ‘prosperity should spread to workers’, the labor or laborer in the production of goods and services. And not just the …

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Why does Minister Desmond Lee attack the Oxfam survey when the picture in his own backyard is not so pretty?

by Simon Lim I take a strong issue with what Desmond Lee said in response to the recent Oxfam survey findings on inequity worldwide and Singapore’s ranking in it To begin, Oxfam is a credible non-governmental organisation established since 1942 whose work governments and corporations look up to and take notice of. Otherwise, Minister Desmond Lee wouldn’t have bothered to …

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“Scandalising the Judiciary”

by Judy Tan I read with regret, the convictions of civil rights activist Jolovan Wham and the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP)’s John Tan over their comments on the State of the Judiciary here. This would not have occurred in other comparable Developed Nations and it is either you’re a First World Country or not, there are no two ways about …

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NCCS must understand what it means to support 377A

by T.W Tan Nearly 11 years ago, I wrote a letter, concerning my feelings about homosexuality, Section 377A and Singapore Christians’ response to these matters. Pertaining to the arguments stated in the letter, I continue to stand by most of the issues that I addressed in 2007. Furthermore, it troubles me that, years later, some local Christians still hold on to …

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