Politics

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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TOC Gazetted: It’s not about politics, but media

by Howard Lee In the administration of any nation, there is always a fine line between following the rules dogmatically to the book, and nitpicking on the details of the rules that borders on insanity. This week, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Media Development Authority of Singapore could very well have crossed that line, when they demanded for The …

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“We must stop this brutality,” says Human Rights Lawyer

by Deborah Choo Human rights lawyer Mr M. Ravi will apply to court for an injunction against the government’s newly imposed guidelines on the Tamil Hindu festival Thaipusam “indiscriminately” on the Hindu devotees participating in the said festival. This comes as the latest announcement at this morning’s press conference. The guidelines released by the Hindu Endowment Board (HEB) bans the …

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TOC’s letters to the PMO and the MDA

Mr Lee Hsien Loong Prime Minister’s Office Orchard Road Istana Singapore 238823 Date: 14 January 2011 Re: PMO’s Intention to Gazette The Online Citizen Dear Prime Minister Lee, We refer to the letter of 11 January 2011 from Mr Lee Seng Lup of the Prime Minister’s Office (“the Letter”). The Letter informed us that “The Prime Minister intends to declare …

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TOC Statement: Keep Calm and Carry On

Dear Readers, The Prime Minister’s Office wants to gazette us. The Media Development Authority demands that we register. And according to Zaobao, TOC harbours ambitions of being a “kingmaker”. Wow. We’re a little overwhelmed. Suddenly, we’ve become much more than we ever thought we were – this little blog, run on little more than a whole lot of heart and …

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Idealism in Youth Needs to be Encouraged

By Dr Wong Wee Nam “良药苦口利于病,忠言逆耳利于行“ “Good medicine is bitter to the mouth but cures the illness; honest words grate the ears but right the act.” Who is Kenneth Lin? Well, he is a boy who has just turned 16. He is also a lad who was recently given a scholarship at a grassroot scholarship award presentation event for being …

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TOC, gazetted

by Christopher Ong from The Kent Ridge Common The Government has sent shock waves across Singapore by ordering The Online Citizen, one of the country’s most popular socio-political websites, to be gazetted as a political organization. This gazetting means that The Online Citizen (TOC) will not be able to use any of its new media platforms during the upcoming General Elections to …

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BREAKING NEWS: MDA DEMANDS REGISTRATION OF TOC

The Media Development Authority (MDA) has written to The Online Citizen’s Joshua Chiang and Choo Zheng Xi, informing them that TOC has been determined to be  ‘providing a programme for the promotion or discussion of political issues relating to Singapore’.  As such, the website has to be registered with the MDA ‘under condition 4 of the Schedule to the Broadcasting …

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