Politics

BREAKING NEWS: MDA DEMANDS REGISTRATION OF TOC

The Media Development Authority (MDA) has written to The Online Citizen’s Joshua Chiang and Choo Zheng Xi, informing them that TOC has been determined to be  ‘providing a programme for the promotion or discussion of political issues relating to Singapore’.  As such, the website has to be registered with the MDA ‘under condition 4 of the Schedule to the Broadcasting …

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TOC rebuts ‘Kingmaker’ misquote in Zaobao

On Jan 1 2011, Lianhe Zaobao published an article titled 《反对党何必高谈团结?》(translated “Is it time for opposition unity?”) by Yew Lun Tian .  In the article, Ms Yew wrote: “网络公民”的一个负责人受访时,也不讳言他有意把这个网站打造成反对党政治的“造王者”。 他说:“我们的目的是让凡是想在反对党圈子发挥影响力的人,都免不了要透过我们的平台去与网民接触。” (translated: “A TOC spokesperson didn’t mince his words on the intention to turn TOC into the “kingmaker” of the Opposition. “It is our intention to promote TOC as the defacto …

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BREAKING NEWS: PM wants TOC gazetted as Political Association

The Prime Minister of Singapore has revealed his intentions to declare The Online Citizen as a political association. According to an email sent to TOC at 5pm yesterday evening by the Prime Minister’s office, the Prime Minister  “intends to declare the owners, editorial team, and administrators of The Online Citizen, by order in the Gazette, to be a political association for …

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Stronger ties with RP? SPP’s Chairman speaks

by Ravi Philemon Mr Sin Kek Tong, the Chairman of Singapore People’s Party is no stranger to controversies. In 2008, Mr Sin reportedly said that he will support protests of any kind, only when there are no more single member constituencies. More recently, he blew the whistle on the secretary-general of SPP, Mr Chiam See Tong, that Mr Chiam has not been paying …

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New Zealand’s defense model: An example for Singapore?

by Ajax Copperwater In May 2010, I wrote about Costa Rica, a country that has maintained its sovereignty without a military since the beginning of the Cold War. However, Costa Rica is not a model for Singapore. The latter needs a military presence as it is situated beside the world’s most important waterway for world trade and thus, it has …

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Unpublished SFD letter to ST Forum on ISA torture query

This letter was sent by SFD on 25 December to ST Forum Page querying the Ministry of Home Affairs response (25 Dec 2010) to the ST report on Mr Michael Fernandez (23 Dec 2010). This letter was not published. ———— We refer to the Ministry of Home Affairs letter in the ST Forum dated 25 December 2010. Singaporeans For Democracy …

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Singapore’s ugly mangrove swamps

by Ron Yeo Dark, smelly, dirty, muddy, scary, mosquito infested, illegal immigrant infested… Ask the usual Singaporeans what they think of our mangroves, and these are some of the common responses. In fact, I even had a friend telling me that he did not like going to mangroves because he was afraid of snakes dropping down from the trees. Indeed, …

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Mas Selamat Fiasco – the worst govt boo-boo of 2010

by Joshua Chiang A recent conversation among my friends and some new acquaintances was quite telling. I was explaining how the ‘indigenous’ people of Southeast Asia are genetically not too far apart. In fact, the early inhabitants who settled along the Mekong River were proto-Malays. “So were they Muslims?” one of the acquaintances, a local Chinese, asked innocently. “No, Islam …

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Former ISA detainee Michael Fernandez rebuts MHA

by Joshua Chiang “Can they say they didn’t torture me?” “I never advocated nor used violent means, and there were never any deaths during our strikes,” former ISA detainee Michael J Fernandez said at a press conference held at his lawyer’s office this morning. He was responding to the Ministry of Home Affairs’ letter to the Straits Times, claiming that …

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