Tag Archives: civil society

Debate within civil society good for Singapore: Tharman

Civil society in Singapore should play a more active role in public debates and discussion so as to let Singapore advance, said Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on 3 August, Monday. Mr Tharman made these remarks at the launch of a book, Singapore 2065: Leading Insights on Economy and Environment from 50 Icons and Beyond, which attempts to address the future …

Read More »

Urging Singapore government to grant clemency to Kho Jabing

On behalf of Jabing, his lawyers submitted a clemency petition to the President on 24 April 2015. Under the Constitution of Singapore, the President may grant clemency at the advise of the Cabinet, or a minister representing the Cabinet. In other words, the President has no power to grant anyone a clemency unless the Cabinet advises so.

Read More »

Would you share this toilet with 20 people?

By Jolovan Wham “This is where we do our business”, explained Rafiqul Islam (not his real name), as he led me down a flight of steps into a a small makeshift shack covered by a flimsy blue plastic canvas. For the past year, approximately 20 workers from South Asia and China live in this construction work site with only one …

Read More »

HOME mental health survey: Burmese domestic workers under duress

  “I could handle it all up until I was accused of [seducing my employer’s husband]. All I did was try to help.” By Maria Fraser Myanmar domestic worker, Moe, 24, lasted a grand total of two weeks in her employment in Singapore. Things went wrong quickly when her employer punched her in the face for stepping on her foot …

Read More »

MARUAH hopes drawing up electoral boundaries to be a transparent occurrence

MARUAH’s responds to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s comments on the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in Parliament today (13 July 2015) that he has asked the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee to have smaller Group Representation Constituencies, and to have at least 12 Single Member Constituencies. This committee was formed two months ago. The Committee, …

Read More »

Amos Yee, Roy Ngerng, and Freedom of Expression in Singapore

By The Community Action Network The Community Action Network welcomes the news that Amos Yee has been freed. We understand he is in poor health after not having eaten for several days and wish him a speedy recovery. Despite our relief at this turn of events, CAN would like to express our deep discomfort over the way the state has conducted …

Read More »

Amos Yee’s sentence: A dark day for freedom of expression

The four-week jail sentence handed down to Singapore teenage blogger Amos Yee violates the right to freedom of expression and should be quashed, Amnesty International said today. The sentence against the 16-year-old boy was backdated to 2 June 2015 so he was able to leave court this afternoon, having already served the jail time. A Singapore court found Amos Yee …

Read More »

Civil Society joint statement on the persecution of Amos Yee

The Community Action Network and Think Centre are deeply concerned about the deteriorating health of Amos Yee. We understand Yee has not been eating for several days and was sent to the hospital last evening. He was subsequently re-admitted to the Institute of Mental Health‘s remand ward. Singapore’s persecution of 16-year-old Yee is deeply disturbing. In charging and trying him …

Read More »

Hong Kong’s open letter to PM Lee: Dissent is Not Demented

Open letter addressed to Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong from Hong Kong NGOs Dear Mr. Lee, Dissent is Not Demented! Free Amos Yee! We would like to raise our grave concern regarding the arrest, trial, sentencing, and treatment under detention of Amos Yee, a sixteen-year-old, for uploading a YouTube video that supposedly made “offensive or wounding remarks against Christianity” and …

Read More »