Tag Archives: lee kuan yew

By-election in Tanjong Pagar – A legal analysis

By Subramaniam Thirumeni I hope it is not too vulgar or insensitive to blog about this now.  I certainly hope the lynch mob will not turn on me. This is an issue about the law and so I am just wondering out aloud: Is there a legal requirement to hold a by-election in a GRC where one of the seats …

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Lee Kuan Yew, hysteria and the degradation of public discourse

By Simon Vincent I woke up one day to find myself transformed in my bed into an ungrateful Singaporean. Perhaps this is not quite as terrifying as Gregor Samsa’s rude awakening, but during the seven-day mourning of Lee Kuan Yew, I could not help but feel an almost Kafkaesque struggle against a surreal environment which gives no quarter to your …

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Dear Jackson, read carefully, and think slowly

TREmeritus earlier published a letter by Mr Jackson Wee, “Rebutting Tan Wah Piow: I’ve always been a free S’porean“, in response to a letter posted by Mr Tan Wah Piow on The Online Citizen, “Lee Kuan Yew’s death will set the people free“. Mr Tan has written in response to clarify. We have also shared his letter with TREmeritus. Dear …

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A gay man’s perspective on Lee Kuan Yew

By Ng Yi-Sheng On Wednesday night, along with thousands of other Singaporeans, I lined up to pay my respects to Lee Kuan Yew. I was a little surprised at myself for doing this – after all, I’ve been involved in countless activist events over the years, few of which the man would have approved of: Against censorship, against the Internal …

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The rainbow after the rain

By Carlton Tan Edits by Howard Lee A eulogy has strange powers. It brings the dead back to life as we listen, enthralled by captivating stories about what he did, who he was, and what he aspired towards. For as long as we listened, Mr Lee Kuan Yew lived; time was suspended and we re-lived his life as the founder …

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The storm Amos Yee raised and why it is clouding our judgement

By Howard Lee Anyone one who says that the public outcry over Amos Yee had anything to do with religious insensitivity has clearly not been listening in on the news the past week. The 17 year-old who posted “an insulting video clip online containing remarks about Mr Lee (Kuan Yew) which was intended to be heard and seen by persons …

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DPP’s final tribute to LKY

A Final Tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew, from the Democratic Progressive Party of Singapore. A man of passion, a man of pain, Who gave his life, for us to gain. A man of belief, a man of blood, Who stood against history, and fought the flood. The flood of odds, that we would live, The pain of judgement, that …

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Community tribute sites for Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore residents wishing to pay their last respects to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew have been advised to do so at the various community tribute sites located around the island. Below are some pictures from the site for Pasir-Ris Punggol, located at the hard court behind Sengkang Community Club. The queues are short, and there are no security checks. Visitors can pen …

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Straits Times publishing Alfian Sa’at posts on LKY: “Because it’s newsy”

By Carlton Tan On Friday, The Straits Times published an article, titled “Playwright Alfian Sa’at questions LKY legacy”. In it, their arts correspondent put together several of Alfian Sa’at’s posts and comments on Facebook, one of which was written in Malay, and referred to an article that he wrote for an online journal. This includes a quotation of his parody. …

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MPs share personal stories in tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

By Carlton Tan A special session was called yesterday, 26 March 26, for Members of Parliament (MPs) to pay tribute to the late Lee Kuan Yew. After 12 MPs made their speeches, a minute of silence was observed. Here are some of the personal stories that were shared. Lee Kuan Yew’s frailty towards his last years (Dr Ng Eng Hen) …

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