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Opinion

Tay Kheng Soon feels the government is supressing people’s freedom to be critical and creative

On 2 January (Wednesday), Adjunct Professor at the Department of Architect at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Tay Kheng Soon posted on his Facebook Page, saying that the government is repressing one-third of the educated population’s freedom to be critical and creative. In his post, he said that at the nation’s stage of development, one-third of the educated population …

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Notable absence of General Election mentions in LHL’s New Year Speech

There was a notable omission in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s (LHL) New Year message to the nation. While he talked about a wide range of issues ranging from our strained relationship with neighbour, Malaysia to our economy to our international standing, he failed to mention anything in relation to the rumoured year-end general elections. This silence on the topic …

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Majority of netizens support the No Smoking Zone move in Orchard Road and urges ban of smoking altogether, with minority saying that it is ridiculous

The air in Orchard Road is now a lot cleaner as the No Smoking Zone has come into effect covering public areas, since yesterday. The National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a press release last Wednesday (28 November) that the Orchard Road precinct will be designated a No Smoking Zone from 1 Jan onwards. NEA added that smokers can only …

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Organising for future politics in Singapore

by Tan Wah Piow What does it tell us about the state of world affairs when politicians need to appeal to Facebook and other social media giants, to censor contents which are deemed problematic? It means that In this digital age, dictators can no longer enjoy the monopoly of the tools of information dissemination, or rely on their controlled media …

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LKY’s advice to Hong Kong in 1989, potentially reveals an insight on Singapore’s governance and how PAP stayed in power after so many years

At a meeting with the late Margaret Thatcher on 20 October 1989, former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) had suggested that the people of Hong Kong should not directly confront Beijing but rather, “they should organise themselves so that they could do potential damage to China’s interests,” He went on to say that there were about 200,000 people in Hong Kong …

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