Politics

Ethics and morality in public service

by Walter Jayandran In the wake of recent revelations of criminal offences among public and community service officials, one is justified in asking whether there is a systemic problem of ethical behavior and morality defects in public service agencies. In fact, what are the causes of this increase in public and community service ethical lapses? It appears that not much …

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BREAKING NEWS: Temasek Holdings’ assets in Indonesia likely to be seized

According to the latest article by Channel NewsAsia, the Indonesian Anti-Monopoly Agency said it is set to seize assets of Temasek Holdings in Indonesia. The article mentioned that the news came from a report in the Indonesian paper Koran Tempo. We found the original Koran Tempo report titled “KPPU will seize Temasek Holdings’ assets”. (the Sub headline reads “Did not …

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Face to Face: Opposition Supporters Anonymous

The following is a letter from a member of the audience at the Face to Face forum by Lee Wai Leong The forum was packed, apparently there were over 350 people. There were registration counters and even sign language translators were present to help the hearing-impaired. Very well organised! The huge turnout shows a real interest in real politics (as …

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Do more to help mentally ill

TOC received the following letter, which is also published in Mypaper on Dec 21. by Raymond Anthony Fernando The recent case of a middle-age woman – reported to be mentally ill – who boarded an SBS Transit bus while naked is worrying. The Chinese woman, who is in her 50s, removed her clothese at a bus stop in Ubi last …

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Training centres to domestic workers – You have to obey

By Sha Najak & Roderick Chia As of mid-2010, Singapore is home to about 196,000 female migrant domestic workers. The transnational movement between their home countries and Singapore, reports of “maid” abuse, conflict and problematic working environments have became important areas of research, particularly regarding their safety. This article looks at the single, main cause of insecurity, gleaned from research …

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Face To Face: Meeting of Bodies but not of Minds

The following is a contribution by a member of the audience at the Face to Face forum By Dr Wong Wee Nam I went to the TOC Face to Face Forum as a guest of The Online Citizen and came away pleased and puzzled. I was pleased to see the various political parties coming to share their views on the same stage. …

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They tried to force-strip me – ex ISA detainee Michael Fernandez

Labor activist Michael Fernandez led a month-long, 10,000-strong strike at the Singapore Naval Base in Oct-Nov 1963. Fernandez was then General-Secretary of the Naval Base Labour Union. Under the Internal Security Act, Fernandez was arrested for being a member of the ‘Communist United Front’, a claim he has denied. He was detained without trial from 1964 to 1973. (Michael Fernandez …

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Face To Face: An awkward family reunion

by Khairulanwar Zaini photos by Terry Xu ‘I agree with Dr Chee,’ said Chiam See Tong, gesturing to his former protégé who was two seats away to his right. It should have been the kind of sentiment that would sent the hearts of opposition sympathizers to rapture, but after fleeting but pregnant silent pause, Chiam continued: ‘The ISA must go.’ …

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TOC Face to Face Forum LIVE UPDATE (with pictures)

7:45pm Nearly full house. Forum starting soon! 7:48pm Panelists arrive! 8:00pm Stephen from Pasir Ris Punggol GRC. On HDB – SDP would like to privatize the building of public housing. Do you consider your way of providing for funding for it? Goh Meng Seng :Govt has become the number landlord. Not feasible to privatize the use of land.  If it …

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Straits Times: Willing bedfellows of the State

by Ravi Philemon Ms Tessa Wong who is a journalist at The Straits Times commented on The Online Citizen’s Facebook page that “ST has always maintained it is a pro-Singapore paper. Some people have equated that to be pro-PAP, but I can say for a fact that increasingly this definition of pro-Singapore has broadened to include a variety of views”. …

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