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Woman and boyfriend assaulted us, say students

This is taken from the blog Princess Michie. The account of the incident is solely her own, and does not represent the full sequence of events of the day. Notably missing is corroborating evidence of the punching she claims to have received from the caucasian man. What is this world coming to? We got hit cos we're students? Students aren’t …

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WP Youth Wing elections set new tone for youths in politics

By Choo Zheng Xi It was not so long ago that the single most familiar refrain of opposition politicians was a constant complaint about a ‘climate of fear’ surrounding politics. If the Workers’ Party Youth Wing (WPYW) elections were any gauge, this cloud of fear seems to have largely been dispelled. Held last Sunday at the WP headquarters, the elections …

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A good speech – but some points to keep in mind

By Andrew Loh As usual, the prime minister’s National Day Rally speech was not short of good, upbeat news. Nothing surprising in that. If one were to take a look at past speeches, it has always been so. I still remember then prime minister Goh Chok Tong’s speech in 2003, in the midst of an economic downturn, when he said: …

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Abusing maids – again

The report in the Straits Times (31 march, 2007) titled “Some maids found to be under-fed by employers” is troubling. It leaves one wondering why and how anyone could do this to a fellow human being.   In the report, it says that some maids get only a slice of bread and a bowl of porridge in a day. It also …

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PAP and the people: A return of disaffection? – Revisited

Extract of Catherine Lim’s article titled “PAP and the people: A return of disaffection?” Ms Lim touched on the issue of ministerial salaries in this article. This was published in the Straits Times, Aug 26, 2000 FIVE years ago, I wrote an article called "The Great Affective Divide", published in The Straits Times, in which I described what I felt …

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The Case for Higher Salaries for Government Ministers

EXTRACT OF SPEECH BY MR LEE KUAN YEW, THEN SENIOR MINISTER, TO THE NATIONAL TRADE UNION CONGRESS AT THE SINGAPORE CONFERENCE HALL ON 19 JULY 1996. Ministers who deal with billions of dollars cannot be paid low salaries without risking a system malfunction. Low salaries will not attract able men who are or can be successful in their professions or …

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Government sets rules of engagement in face of new media

From Channelnewsasia SINGAPORE: The government will continue to set political agendas and rules of engagement in the face of the new media, and will not be dictated by online petitions or polls. And while it will try to balance the diverse interests of the society when it comes to issues of sex, nudity and violence online, it said it would …

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Proud to be Singaporean?

From New Sintercom The government has been attracting foreign workers, especially the highly skilled ones, to work and settle in Singapore. It has also urged Singaporeans to accept these foreigners as one of them. The given reasons being needs these workers to keep the economy growing and to stay competitive in a globalized world. Very valid reasons but the government …

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Web censorship spreading globally

By Richard Waters in San Francisco Internet censorship is spreading rapidly, being practised by about two dozen countries and applied to a far wider range of online information and applications, according to research by a transatlantic group of academics. The warning comes a week after a Turkish court ordered the blocking of YouTube to silence offensive comments about Mustafa Kemal …

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