Opinion

No longer content to murmur our dissent

Ghui / GE 2011 was not just an election that politicised an apathetic nation but a metamorphosis of our collective mindset. The invisible lid which held Singaporeans back from direct expressions of dissent in the past has burst open and we are no longer willing or able to restrict our discontent to a furtive mumble. Every issue now has political …

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An unhealthy preoccupation with race

Ghui / Singapore is a multiracial society with a melting pot of cultures. The four main races in Singapore – Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian – work with each other and live amongst each other. As a country we celebrate, amongst others, Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali and Christmas. In such a multicultural environment, one could reasonably expect …

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For exams or knowledge?

Kelvin Oh / Currently 15 of age, I’m a student of a neighbourhood school. After reading what others had to say, I decided to contribute my own views and opinions. I was glancing through twitter when I saw the open letter to the Education Minister, and even though I’m a year younger, I could relate to her problems. I also read this article, written …

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Drugs: More buying from JB?

Leong Sze Hian / I refer to the licensing and registration fees for medicinal products. Before 1991, there were hardly any fees payable for the registration of medicinal products. When registration began in 1991, the per product licence fee was $66 a year ($200 for 3 years). Since the regulatory agency, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) was created on 1 …

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Nationalising Public Transportation – Is it feasible?

Azhar Khamis / The Workers’ Party manifesto for the 2011 election contains a proposal to nationalise our public transportation system for trains and buses. Lim Hwee Hwa, former Second Transport Minister, said then that the government had considered the idea before, but did not think it was feasible and that commuters would even be worse off, citing how other countries …

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Tony Leung to play Lee Kuan Yew

by: Ravi Philemon/ According to Sina News, Actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai will play the role of former-Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew in a movie to be jointly-produced in Hong Kong and Singapore titled, “1965”. Developed jointly by Homerun pictures and We picture, Lee Kuan Yew’s struggle for the independence of Singapore will be the inspiration for this movie. The …

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Listening to Lunatics

Benjamin Cheah / If Mr Chan Chun Sing’s remarks last week are any indication, the government is dead set on moving in two contradictory directions. On the one hand, it encourages greater citizen participation in politics. On the other, it wishes to retain its dominance of the political sphere. The government wants to have it both ways. But the government cannot. Hypocrisy and …

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Is the current Singapore the Singapore we really want?

by: Vivian Chueh/ Is the current Singapore the Singapore we really want? Perhaps, it used to be, but as a sixteen-year-old who grew up here, I cannot help but critique how policies implemented and systems which are in place, have so much room for improvement. I was reading the open letter written to the Minister of Education by the Secondary …

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An unhealthy preoccupation with race

By Ghui Singapore is a multiracial society with a melting pot of cultures. The four main races in Singapore: Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian work with each other and live amongst each other. As a country, we celebrate, amongst others, Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali and Christmas. In such a multicultural environment, one could reasonably expect that our …

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