Tag Archives: civil society

Dr. Ang Swee Chai: Deported from Israel because of intended humanitarian work

Last Saturday, Al Mayadeen, a pan-Arabist satellite television channel in Lebanon interviewed Singaporean Medical professional, Dr. Ang Swee Chai (Dr. Swee Chai Ang.) who is the co-Founder and Patron of British Charity Medical Aid for Palestinians on the open letter which she and another 23 wrote in regards to the Gaza conflict. She recounts her experience being deported from Israel and states her views on the Gaza conflict. …

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Singapore civil society – maintaining values, evolving actions

By Howard Lee As I sat in the tiny room at the Artistry with close to 100 people, I can’t help but get the feeling I was back in that much bigger room full of trouble makers, when the Institute of Policy Studies organised its Civil Society Conference. It didn’t take me long to realise that I was once again …

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CPF protests needed to highlight policy faults: Supporters

By Terry Xu A crowd of around 900 individuals turned up for the protest about the Central Provident Fund (CPF) at Speakers’ Corner, Hong Lim Park last Saturday, organised by Ms Han Hui Hui and her team. Speakers at the event touched on issues that went beyond CPF, including the Housing Development Board (HDB), influx of foreign workers and other areas …

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Poetry to express solidarity on the Gaza conflict

By Terry Xu Close to a hundred individuals turned up at Hong Lim Park last Sunday to show solidarity with the people caught in the conflict in Gaza. The recent conflict was started via Israel’s military operation initiated on July 8  in response to the missile attacks by Hamas in Palestine.  The Gaza’s health ministry reported on Monday that 2,016 have been …

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Project 50/100: Celebrate 50 years of alternative narratives

By Choo Zheng Xi Prepare for the drumroll of self-congratulation in the run up to next year’s official SG 50 extravaganza. Expect a celebration of our national icons and public institutions and a re-affirmation of our national narratives of multi-culturalism and the success of nation against the odds. The re-telling of conventional narratives is an important and valid way of …

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Accurate database of domestic workers, better regulation needed: Embassies

By Terry Xu More than 70 domestic workers and some employment agencies turned up for a forum titled “Workers Not Slaves” last Sunday to discuss matters that concern foreign domestic workers (FDWs). The forum was organised by HOME, a local Non-Government Organisation, which deals with migrant worker issues in Singapore. Indonesian, Filipinos and Burmese FDWs were invited for the event, which was …

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Pulp Friction – challenging norms and legislation

By Ariffin Sha Editing and images by Howard Lee Are we muzzled? Are we getting access to information? Can we cope with diversity of views? What is the role of public institutions like the National Library Board? Who are they supposed to serve and how? How do we ensure that our personal values also have a space in secular Singapore? …

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Singapore: Many unhappy with work and social realities

By Think Centre Mon 14 July 2014 (Singapore) – A lot of media attention has been focused on the low wages of Singaporeans recently and how many are finding it hard to keep up with the cost of living. A recent survey by JobStreet.com found that only 31% of Singaporeans said their salary can cover only their basic needs and …

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Petition with 3,800 names demands that NLB reinstate books

By Howard Lee A group of activists have sent a petition letter, with more than 3,000 signatures, to the National Library Board (NLB) to request that the statutory board reinstates two books that have been taken off the library’s shelves recently – “And Tango Makes Three” and “The White Swan Express” – following complains from members of the public that they …

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Respecting freedom of speech – dissecting a protest snafu

By Ariffin Sha At the protest to call for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to step down, a video of Mr Mohammed Bashir being booed off stage went viral, as he was making some positive remarks about the ruling People’s Action party. That video made it’s rounds and many said that the opposition want freedom of speech but they do …

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