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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Is  it electoral integrity if the laws are being rushed through to ensure that no one is able to criticise the authorities come election time?

While nothing concrete has been said which means that this could be pure conjecture on my part, I cannot help but feel that in connecting the dots, one thing is clear. There are seemingly idiot proof signs that the People's Action Party (PAP) government is taking strong signs to clamp down on online information, dissent or criticism. The government has …

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What happens when the little man fights back

I think it would be fair to say that most Singaporeans are unsurprised by the Singapore government or members of the Singapore government suing its own citizens. Ranging from the late JBJ to Tang Liang Hong (Tang), Dr. Chee Soon Juan (Chee), our nation's short history is unfortunately replete with examples of what could arguably be construed as litigious behaviour …

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Another ‘paper’ general?

by James Lee Ever since the news broke that Brigade General Goh Si Hou would be promoted to Major General in 1st Jan 2019, this term ‘paper general’ has become the buzzword of Singapore, more than perhaps the unfortunate cyclist Eric Cheung. This post is not to criticize Goh or his achievements. It does not take a genius to realise …

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