Politics

Government Scholarships – A case for greater representation of Minority Races?

by Pritam Singh Earlier this week, Yahoo! Singapore ‘Fit to Post’ (FTP) published an article that generated in excess of 900 user comments within 24 hours. Written by FTP Singapore’s blogger Angela Lim, the article was entitled, “Dr Mahathir: MM Lee does not respect religion.” Dr Mahathir’s comments were a result of some observations made by MM Lee in the …

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Minimum Wage Isn’t the Best Solution

by Davin Ng This is an addendum to my previous post on “Income Inequality & How to Not Fix It”. There has been a lot of hype in recent months about a minimum wage policy, because in the most straightforward sense it seems like a really great idea: force all those evil corporations and businesses to stop exploiting the workers …

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Put it in perspective? No thanks – a letter to Dr Yaacob Ibrahim

Dear Mr Yaacob, It is most heartening to know that you disagreed with the remarks made by the Minister Mentor on the issue of Muslims and their integration in Singapore society. (“Muslims can be both religious and patriotic” – The Sunday Times, 30 Jan) It is also very reassuring to hear you say:  “As far as government policy is concerned, …

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Mission of public education is to facilitate social mobility

by Singaporean Sophist I refer to the article “MM Lee: Family backgrounds play important role in students’ learning environment“. Statistically, there is nothing factually wrong with saying that kids whose parents have degrees tend to fare better in academics. The Economist cites OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) research, saying that,”Parents who graduated from university are far more likely …

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Singaporeans pay less taxes than Canadians?

by Wing Lee Cheong In his 1996 National Day speech, Prime Minister Goh said, “People often want the government to assume the full burden of the cost of medical care and provide treatment free to Singaporeans. Because of the painful lessons learned in other countries we have not done this. All the countries which have done this—Britain, France, Germany, Canada, and …

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AMP Responds to Comments by MM Lee in his new book

This is the English version of Association of Muslim Professionals’ official response to Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s comments in his book – Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going. An excerpt of this statement in Malay was published in Berita Harian today. AMP Responds to Comments by Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew in Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going The …

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SFD to MDA: Ban the Jolly Hangman

SFD Media Release 27 January 2011 Singapore SFD to MDA: Ban the Jolly Hangman Singaporeans For Democracy (SFD) calls on the Media Development Authority (MDA) to ban Once A Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock or assign it a classification that clearly and publicly indicates that the said book cannot be distributed or sold in Singapore. SFD makes this call …

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“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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