Politics

Alan Shadrake, Singapore’s death penalty use debated in UK House of Lords

The following is a transcript from the House of Lords Debate in the UK Parliament on 30th Nov 2010. It touches on the Alan Shadrake case and also Singapore’s use of the death penalty. Baroness Stern: My Lords, I congratulate the Minister on the Government’s efforts at the United Nations and on the success of the resolution. The Minister will …

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The financial burden for families with autistic children (Part 1)

ASD refers to a spectrum of psychological conditions characterized by abnormalities in social interactions and communication, as well as severely restricted interests and highly repetitive behavior. ASD includes autism, Asperger syndrome, and atypical autism. Close to 30000 Singaporeans have varying degrees of autism. by Jonathan Koh Mrs Sng, 35, has three children. Her youngest son, JY, turning 3 this year, …

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TOC Focus Week: The Wright route to success

This is our sixth article in our Focus Week on people who, despite their disabilities and special needs, have overcome obstacles and challenges they faced. Deborah Choo Professional photographer Kenichi Wright works with top notch firms and deals with clients like Jackie’s Chan son, Jaycee. He is also an artist, a painter, a professional surfer, a martial arts instructor in …

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Romance v. Reality

by Benjamin Cheah On the 19th of November, lawyer M Ravi released this press release announcing his attempt to mount a constitutional challenge against Section 377A of the Penal Code. This law criminalises ‘gross indecency’ between men, effectively outlawing male homosexuality in Singapore. In response, Alex Au published this post detailing what he thought of Ravi’s proposal. On Saturday, Ravi …

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Pork barrel politics – again?

We believe the ruling People’s Action Party will, once again as it had in past elections, resort to pork barrel politics to win votes in the next General Election (GE). In GE 2006, the PAP government dished out its “Progress Package” – money in cash worth a total S$2.6 billion – deposited into Singaporeans’ bank accounts just a week (on …

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The astonishing success of National Education

“Despite having gone through national education at school, 37 percent of Singaporean youths say they are not patriotic. In fact, more than half want to migrate overseas if given a chance.” Channel Newsasia 17 January 2007 “Surveys on students conducted in 2008 and 2010 showed that over 95 per cent were proud to be Singaporeans.” Channel Newsasia 2 November 2010 …

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Legal history made in Shadrake trial verdict

But Shadrake found guilty of contempt The real risk test should be applied, said Justice Quentin Loh at the judgement of the Alan Shadrake trial this morning. His decision overturned over four decades of precedence where the inherent tendency test had been applied for contempt cases. Under the inherent tendency test, an act or statement is deemed contemptuous if it …

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Left Hand Dunno What Right Hand Is Doing?

“Singapore is the one place where you will have a roof over your head.” Dr Vivian Balakrishnan Minister For Community Development and Sports “Flats are affordable” Mah Bow Tan Minister For National Development “It (homelessness) cannot be resolved simply by granting homeless persons rental flats.” HDB officer to New Paper, 29th Oct

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Re-post: Annuities for Singaporeans, pension for ministers?

The following article was first published in 2007, amidst the debate on changes to the CPF scheme. With the current spotlight on the retirement issue and the government exhorting Singaporeans to “work longer to save for old age“, we thought it would be good to revisit the matter and consider the disparity between ministers and ordinary Singaporeans when it comes …

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