Opinion

Singaporean loses HDB flat, foreign wife runs away

~ By Leong Sze Hian ~ Billy (not his real name) is a 41 year old Singaporean male, who married a foreign spouse. After marrying him, she obtained permanent residency (PR) status. Subsequently, she left Singapore on a flight to Los Angeles in 2007, and has not been contactable since. Her PR status has also lapsed. As Billy has not …

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Regulations will not solve the problem of distrust

~ By Shermon Ong ~ Recently, there has been much debate over the Code of Conduct (COC) proposed by the government, ostensibly something that will informally regulate the conduct of online discourse, especially political discourse. Socio-political sites and bloggers will be expected to adhere to this COC and weed out any behaviour contrary to this COC. Predictably, and rightly so, there …

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Deconstructing democracy and freedom of speech

~ By Ghui ~ With the possibility of a by-election looming and indeed after GE 2011, the twin concepts of freedom of speech and democracy have been hotly discussed. Many of the debates have been centred on the repercussions of a lack of democracy and its consequential effect on freedom of speech. But what exactly does democracy entail and what …

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Population: Need 25,000 new citizens?

~ By Leong Sze Hian ~ I refer to the occasional paper, Citizen Population Scenarios, published by the National Population and Talent Division, Prime Minister’s Office, in April. Highlights:- “Singapore’s Total Fertility Rate has been declining. At the same time, Singaporeans are living longer. Our life expectancy is currently one of the highest in the world. At current birth rates and …

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What is the point of an internet “Code of Conduct”?

~ By Ng E Jay ~ I simply don’t see the logic or the point of trying to develop an internet “Code of Conduct”.    How is anyone going to enforce such a code of conduct given the free-wheeling nature of the internet that knows no geographical boundaries? How is any organization supposed to develop a code of conduct that …

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Facebook and The Prime Minister

~ By Dr Wong Wee Nam ~ Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong appears to be loosening up. He has just launched his official Facebook page and Twitter account. In launching the Facebook he wrote “The social media have changed the way we live, work and play, especially the way we connect with one another. Societies, communities and governments all over …

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Royal Elephant Shoots Part II

~ By Kenneth Jeyaretnam ~ Yesterday I wrote about the PAP government’s willingness to bail out the Eurozone with generous contributions to the IMF’s lending facility (here). Yet a US$4 billion loan (which represents more than US$1200 for every Singaporean man, woman and child has seemingly been given without Parliamentary approval or informing Singaporeans beforehand: As usual, this has all been …

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Social disparity: Not a Piece of Cake

~ By Elijah Pear ~ There is no doubt income disparity is escalating in Singapore. Debate about implementing a minimum wage law is becoming heated. Nonetheless I think we should take a step back to rethink our positions. First we should reflect on the reasons behind it. Why do we need minimum wage laws? To what extend will such regulations …

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TOC Editorial: Population Paper has the fundamentals wrong

~ By TOC Editorial ~ So this is the new normal? Just when we thought our Government had heard  the call of Singaporeans to moderate the flow of immigration, the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD), under the purview of Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, seems bent on convincing us of our folly  with a policy paper (an “Occasional …

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Public transportation breakdowns – who is in charge?

  The  letter below from Mr Phillip Ang was sent to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, and the Land Transport Authority. We thank Mr Ang for allowing us to publish it in full. Dear PM Lee, I refer to the high incidence of public transportation breakdowns, the latest occurring on three consecutive days last week. No system …

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