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Opinion

Does the Fake News Bill carry the weight of moral authority?

I guess it was of no great surprise that the arguably controversial “Fake News Bill” has passed. Despite the valiant attempts of the Workers’ Party (WP) Members of Parliament (MP) to fight against the passing of the bill, they were but a minority in an overwhelmingly Peoples’ Action Party (PAP) dominated Parliament. Many of the concerns that have been raised …

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Redefining democracy and practices for the future of Singapore

by Brad Bowyer Democracy is not just about having a vote it is more about how we operate between the votes and support a healthy Democratic culture. There are two distinct flavours of Democracy, the Western approach that is more individually focused and the Asian approach that emphasises collective harmony over individualism. In either case, the core most tenets of …

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What is making the 4G PAP politicians so nervous?

by Joseph Nathan When parliament passed the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) Bill at 10.30 pm, during the second day of the fasting month of Ramadan, one cannot help but wonder why there is such an urgency attached to this bill. Naturally, conspiracy theories abound and the lack of concise and timely answers on the part of …

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Netizens question Singapore’s safety after foreign worker charged for raping student near Kranji War Memorial

Indian national Chinnaiah Karthik will be seen in court in June to face an aggravated rape charge as he attacked and raped a female university student in Kranji. On 4 May, the 21-year-old foreign worker purportedly approached the 23-year-old student along Turf Club Avenue at around 1.30am, according to Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao. Although it was reported that the student …

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The painful lessons of Ceasescu’s Romania

by Brad Bowyer Following yesterday’s article, this is for the many who asked me about Romanian History. I have compiled this summary and highlights from the many online sources but you can google for deeper study and more details. Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena ruled the country for 24 years, from 1965 until 1989 and generally, historians present the …

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A democratic warning and a wake up call for everyone

by Brad Bowyer Many academics have attempted to define what constitutes a democratic country and while some details differ, they essentially have three core elements. These are free and fair elections, free speech and association for healthy public discourse, and an evenly applied rule of law with no exemptions. When these three are in place and maintained diligently then we …

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