Politics

“Singaporeans look at it [TOC] as a force,” says TOC reader

The following is a letter from a TOC reader. Hey guys, First off, I just wanted to say thanks for all the effort and dedication TOC has put into running the website – it truly is a good platform for Singaporeans of all political affiliations and concerned citizens to have a voice. It’s been an interesting month for you, given …

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Siew Kum Hong: Why I decided to join TOC

The following is a blog post written by Siew Kum Hong on 25 Jan 2011. Yesterday afternoon, The Online Citizen sent a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office naming four people who will be responsible for the preparation and accuracy of TOC’s donation reports under the Political Donations Act. I am one of the four, together with Joshua Chiang, Leong …

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MDA disallows performance about death penalty

by Joshua Chiang A performance on the death penalty by artist/activist Seelan Palay was disallowed just a day before it was to be staged at the Substation. Titled ‘Choices, Chances’, it was meant to be the closing piece in a series of short performances presented by contemporary artists to be staged on the 15th of January.  The other performances were …

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Lee Kuan Yew’s (non-) legacy

by Alfian Sa’at (This was originally a comment on an FB thread, but it got longer and longer so I decided to post it up here as a note!) From a Sin Chew Jit Poh report: “I would say today, we can integrate all religions and races except Islam,” he said in “Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore …

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“Passion is the key” – Tay Ping Hui

by Kirsten Han For those interested in getting involved in politics, “passion is the key”, said MediaCorp artiste and Young PAP (YP) member Tay Ping Hui, when asked about the desired qualities of a politician. Mr Tay Ping Hui and MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Mr Baey Yam Keng were both guest panellists at the event entitled ‘Face To Face …

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The Uproar Over Thaipusam

photos by Joshua Chiang and Terry Xu It all started when the Hindu Endowment Board (HEB) guidelines for Thaipusam celebrations were made public this year. Those planning to participate in the festival were told that they had to refrain from shouting, playing recorded music, sounding gongs or drums, painting their faces and bodies, carrying banners, flags or postcards, and using …

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Singapore High Courts rejects Chee’s appeal for free speech

High Court Judge Steven Chong had rejected Singapore Democratic Party’s Dr Chee Soon Juan’s appeal for free speech yesterday, slapping a $20,000 fine and a 20-weeks imprisonment in default. On 20 June 2006, Chee was charged with eight counts of speaking in public without a licence between 13 November 2005 and 22 April 2006 on the basis that he allegedly violated the …

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IHRA highlights Singapore’s mandatory death penalty

The following is an excerpt of the International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA)’s submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review regarding Human rights violation association with Singapore’s anti-drug laws: Republic of Singapore Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review Eleventh session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council Human rights violations associated with Singapore’s anti-drug laws Executive Summary …

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Minimum Wage Only Beneficial in Long Term

By Gordon Lee Much has been said of the minimum wage of late, and I would like to give my opinion and proposal on it. The Case for a Minimum Wage There is a strong case for minimum wage recognised by its successful implementation the world over, including, more recently, Hong Kong (which is probably the most similar country to Singapore). Singapore is …

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Face To Face videos: Media

The following is from the third and last section of the political forum Face To Face, held on the 16th of December 2010. This section focuses on the media.

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