Politics

“We shouldn’t be so hypersensitive in reacting” – M Ravi

“The public should decide at least for once,” said Mr M Ravi, defence lawyer for Mr Alan Shadrake. Mr Ravi was responding to a question from Justice Quentin Loh about who should decide on whether statements from Shadrake’s book Once A Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Docks are contemptuous. Mr Ravi said that the Singapore court has now been …

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Shadrake’s book a “blatant, contemptuous attack against the judiciary’ – DPP

by theonlinecitizen ‘Once A Jolly Hangman – Singapore Justice in the Dock’  is “a broadbased attack on the entire judiciary system that can never be justified,” said Deputy Public Prosecutor Hema Subramaniam on the first day of Alan Shadrake’s trial this morning. The British journalist was arrested on 18th July when he came to Singapore to promote his book, which …

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TOC Latest: TR accedes to Temasek Holdings’ demand

Netizens see broader political significance in TH’s demand Citing a desire not to waste the Singaporean tax payers’ money in legal wrangling, website Temasek Review (TR) has complied with Sovereign Wealth Fund Temasek Holdings’ (TH) demand that it change its’ name. In the statement, one of TR’s editors who uses the pseudonym “Amanda Tan”, stood by what “she” felt were …

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Temasek Holdings’ Letter to Temasek Review

The following letter was sent by the Senior Managing Director and Head of Strategic Relations Mr Goh Yong Siang, Head of Strategic Relations to Dr Joseph Ong Chor Teck. A New Paper report on 9 October 2010 fingered Dr Ong as the founder of Temasek Review. Dear Dr Ong, The 9 October 2010 edition of The New Paper reported that …

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Ex-SDA asst sec-gen responds to Straits Time’s article on his removal

This morning, TOC received a press statement from ex SDA Asst Sec Gen Desmond Lim, meant to ‘clarify several omissions and even mis-representations’ in a Straits Times article published on 12 Oct. We also learnt that the press statement has been sent to various other media outlets. Below is the statement in full. —- Singapore Democratic Alliance                                                                       …

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Assistance for elderly and poor – whither our priorities?

by Andrew Loh Reading the Lianhe Zaobao article on Dr Lily Neo is indeed heartwarming. It seems there aren’t too many Members of Parliament like her. And that is a shame. In the article, Dr Neo when talking of the struggles some of the elderly in her constituency faced, said, “These things do not sound like they could take place …

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Lily Neo treats the elderly in her ward like her grandma

The following is a translated article from the Chinese newspaper, Lianhe Zaobao. The original article, in Chinese, can be viewed here. Translation by Yvonne Guo. In 1997, when Dr Lily Neo was elected to become a Member of Parliament, she became a grassroots consultant in the Chinatown area. She realized to her surprise that in a First World country like …

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Op-ed by UK Minister of State Jeremy Browne

[TOC thanks the UK High Commission for sending us this article for publication. It is written by the British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Jeremy Browne.] On this, the seventh World Day Against the Death Penalty, it is grimly disturbing that we are continuing to see such widespread use of the death penalty across the world.  Amnesty …

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TOC Latest: Temasek Review shut down

Update @ 1445: A message on TR’s Facebook page now reads: “TR is in maintenance mode at present due to upgrading of its wordpress platform from 2.8 to 3.0. It will be up and running soon”. Update 12 October @ 1300: The error message on TR’s main page remains unchanged since 12 hours ago: “THE TEMASEK REVIEW is currently undergoing …

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Most needy elderly patients getting Govt subsidies: Really?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the report “8,000 needy elderly to benefit from national medical subsidy scheme” (Channel News Asia, Oct 10). It states that “Come April 1 next year, some 8,000 more needy senior citizens (aged 65 years and above) will stand to benefit from a national medical subsidy scheme that will be extended to five more …

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