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Letters

Institutionalised opposition

by Jim Yap I refer to the Workers’ Party Secretary General, Mr Pritam Singh’s comment of wanting to become one of the numerous Institutions and High-Level Committees that we already have in the Country, as carried over from a report by “Mothership”. I am puzzled of Mr Singh’s gestures as I understand Singaporeans grievances to be directed against those very …

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By allowing medical tourism to flourish while citizens deprived of healthcare, is irresponsibility by govt at the highest level

by Simon Lim The news on Sunday that Ministry of Health (MOH) had put a stop to foreign patient referral contracts with local government hospitals must have shocked and angered many Singaporeans. Unlike private hospitals, government hospitals operate using taxpayers’ monies and their first priority must always be directed towards Singaporeans’ healthcare interests and well-being. But now we know better. …

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Is our government still working for us?

by Sol I am a Singaporean, born-in-Singapore citizen. I have loved this country all my life until recently. My dad’s pro-PAP stance and his take on politics had a huge influence on my positive perception until I grew older and experienced the downside of life – sometimes wondering if it was a direct impact of our government policies. Many issues …

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For those bricks batters and keyboard warriors on Pritam Singh, what have you done so far to hold your PAP MPs accountable?

by Judy Tan I read with much interest, your articles on the Workers’ Party’s positioning and performance, “Is the Workers’ Party feeling the pulse of the people” & “Just as we don’t agree with Thum being singled out, we should not by the same vein single Pritam Singh out“, arising from Mr Pritam Singh’s tenuous role in the highly controversial “Select …

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A referendum for 377A Repeal

by Dr Huang Shoou Chyuan We are told that repeal of Section 377A of the Penal code has the potential to divide Singapore and split us into 2 irreconcilable camps. However keeping it unchanged is deemed a violation of the rights of a not insignificant percentage of Singaporeans. Repealing it, unfortunately, would offend conservative citizens who claim guidance from their ancient …

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If 377A is repealed, people will realise that other families are just part of the normal variation in society

by Martin Piper I’m very concerned about the comments from National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS), Archbishop William Goh and Pergas who all used spurious rhetoric such as “threaten the importance of the traditional family unit as the foundation of a society” and “concern towards moral and social values, that can affect the family institution as well as the …

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We should not pay for foreign scholars education in Singapore

by CT I am currently a Year 6 student studying in one of the top class in Raffles Junior College. In my class, almost everyone is considered “gifted” by our Singapore education system. Many of my classmates represent Singapore in International Olympiads and Research Competitions and are top scorers of Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE). Sadly, almost half of my …

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“Activism does not go against Lasallian values; it is central to it”: St Joseph Institution alumni

In a submission to TOC, an alumnus of St Joseph Institution (SJI) has expressed his disappointment towards the anti-activism stance held by the current heads of his alma mater, and their subsequent silence regarding the matter. The alumnus wrote that “many alumni of the school were in shock, and there have been intense debates on closed Facebook groups” regarding Vice-Principal …

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What is the majority view on 377A in Singapore?

by ZeeDee Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam has said on 8 Sept 2018, that “the majority are opposed to any change to section 377A, they are opposed to removing it.” But is there really a majority that are opposed to repealing 377A? A 2014 survey conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies(IPS) found that 78.2% of respondents found that …

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