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Opinion

Hong Lim Park

by Teo Soh Lung In September 2000, the Singapore Government designated Hong Lim Park as the venue for Speakers’ Corner. Initially, people were not interested in trying to turn it into the famous London Hyde Park. They thought it was a park for the government to spy on vocal citizens. As the years went by, Singaporeans relented. The Singapore Democratic …

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After more than 50 years in power, the PAP may still fear its people

Looking at how the government reacts to things like rock concerts in Singapore, it would seem like the government is either fearful of its people at best or at worst, thinks we are extremely dumb and naive. Neither is very reassuring for a developed country who is actively trying to create the international metropolis image globally. On the one hand, …

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Netizens criticise the government for cancelling Watain’s concert at the last minute, despite its initial approval

On 9 March (Saturday), Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam revealed that he don’t understand how the Swedish black metal band Watain could have been allowed to perform in Singapore given the band’s anti-Christian song lyrics. “I saw (Watain’s) lyrics – it’s four-letter words on Jesus Christ, on Christianity, on religion, abusing the cross – everything that is so far out …

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Is our union & Manpower Minister protecting our working class?

by Joseph Nathan For younger Singaporeans, many may wonder who or what National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) is all about. They see it almost everywhere, from childcare to supermarket, from training centres to hawker centres, and yet despite its local dominance, it was never successful venturing out of Singapore or definitive in what it is really about. In 1961, when …

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Authorities treat different protests differently

We all know that staging any protest in Singapore, however peaceful is a potential minefield. There are permits to be gotten and the limits of such permit (if granted) to be considered. There is also the question of what issue the protest is about. Rightly or wrongly, most Singaporeans would likely be of the opinion that any protest (however peaceful) …

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Watain Ban: Rock music or religious cult against our public order?

by Joe Sekular The band was banned because there were public complaints that alleged the band were known for their satanic views, advocated satanism through their songs, espouses anti-Christian views, endorsed violence, had performances in the past that involved animal carcasses and splatter of pigs blood. According to Wikipedia,“Watain is a Swedish black metal band…..The band have become infamous for …

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After streaming, what other sacred cows ought to be slayed?

The phasing out of streaming has been met with approval and applause from the mainstream media, educators, education experts and PAP politicians. They all say it is long overdue. But parents and the Opposition have long been calling for streaming to be down away with. So the question should be, why has it taken so long for the sacred cow …

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