Politics

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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TOC Report: MM Lee says Dialogue with Burmese Generals like “talking to dead people”

Choo Zheng Xi In more revelations about Singapore’s opinion of our neighbors, the Burmese junta is described as “dense” and “stupid” and has “mismanaged” the country’s vast natural resources. Dealing with the regime is like “talking to dead people”. ASEAN should not have admitted Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam because they do not share the values of the founder members …

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A lesson on autism

written by B L Swee, a parent whose child is diagnosed with ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) JY has been such a charming child. We were so taken by his good looks and funny behaviour that we never realised that something was very wrong with him. The biggest concern we had about him was the fact that he had no words. But …

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Wikileaks saga: Singapore actively undermining Malaysia, says M’sian MP

The following is a letter from Tian Chua, Malaysian MP and Vice President of the People Justice Party, to the High Comissioner of Singapore H.E. T Jasudasen High Commissioner The Republic of Singapore 03-2163 4875 Dear Sir, Greetings. The latest exposure in WikiLeaks has triggered a serious and alarming signal for Malaysia-Singapore relations. While I agree that the confidentiality of …

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George Yeo on Wikileaks – full transcript (updated)

The following is the transcript of Foreign Minister George Yeo’s Interview with the Media on Wikileaks at the Eurasian House on Sunday 12 December 2010 at 5.00pm Q: Minister, with regard to the recent comments that there were some comments made by Ministry officials about other countries like Malaysia, what are your comments on these things that came out on …

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SFD Human Rights march rejected (Updated)

Police has rejected a proposed protest march by the Singaporeans For Democracy (SFD) on Friday to mark International Human Rights Day. The proposed march was scheduled to start at 1pm at Hong Lim Park and would end at 1.45pm at the Parliament House less than 1km away. In a press release by the SFD, it was stated that  those marching …

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