Transport companies now a huge political liability for PAP

November 21, 2014 by · 3 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
21 November 2014

Our transport companies have become a huge political liability for the PAP. Their frequent missteps, the regularly-occurring disruption of train services, and the incessant fare hikes have angered Singaporeans. Singaporeans do not just blame the transport companies for under-performing and under-delivering. They also blame the PAP government for allowing this state of affairs to develop.

Three days ago, the Public Transport Council (PTC) announced that the annual fare review exercise has started. SMRT promptly responded by saying: “We seek a better alignment of fares and operating costs, and will be submitting our application for a fare review in the coming weeks.

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Why the continued discrimination against single unwed mothers?

November 5, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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Written by Ng E-Jay
05 November 2014

To this day, there continues to be discrimination against single unwed mothers in Singapore. This discrimination is unwarranted and unfair. Single mothers are women who have taken the responsibility of raising a child on their own when they could have easily abandoned the child at a foster home. They do not deserve to be punished simply because the government wants to promote the ideal of a two-parent family as the only acceptable standard.

The Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing said in Parliament that whilst children get the same benefits whether or not their mothers are married, “benefits that are intended to support marriages and births within the context of families are only given to married mothers“.

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Incorrect of SAF to participate in military exercises with China

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Written by Ng E-Jay
03 November 2014

I am saddened that the Singapore Armed Forces, at the behest of the PAP government, is participating in a bilateral military exercise with China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The move clearly shows that the Singapore government is turning a blind eye to the territorial aggression that China has exhibited toward the East Asian seas in recent years.

The joint military exercises, entitled Cooperation 2014, which begins on Sunday and is being held in Nanjing, will end on Nov 9. About 70 personnel each from the SAF and the PLA are taking part in the eight-day exercise which will include professional seminars and a company-level conventional infantry exercise featuring a live-firing demonstration.

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Ms Teo Soh Lung on the lack of support for civil activists from Singapore’s opposition parties

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MS TEO SOH LUNG: In Hong Kong, opposition parties actively support the young protesters, giving them encouragement, assistance and advice. They are by their side, assisting them and speaking up for them. They go on television in support of the protesters. Ms Emily Lau even took the trouble to go to the UN to champion their cause and London to speak on Hard Talk. In Malaysia too, opposition parties were involved in mass demonstration organised by civil society. They stood with them when tear gas and water cannons were fired. They went to jail because they stood up against injustice.

But in Singapore, where are the opposition parties? Do they exist? Do they speak up when civil society is under attack.

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The human race is still far behind on certain issues ……

October 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Written by Ng E-Jay
31 October 2014

Up till today, we have many human beings who are:

(i) Disgusted with abortion, but not disgusted with the mandatory death penalty

(ii) Argue against minimum wage, but not against excessive executive compensation

(iii) Prefer to argue over who created the world, rather than in trying to protect the world

(iv) Are offended by homosexuality but not offended by poverty, child abuse, forced prostitution, political incarceration, detention without trial, etc.

Why opposition parties in Singapore shy away from civil activists

October 31, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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A thought-provoking paragraph by netizen “3M” on why opposition parties in Singapore shy away from civil activists:

QUOTE: “Political parties think differently from activists. Activists are concerned with the cause they advocate and do not give a hoot to political correctness. Politicians assess the position they need to take on the matter: whether to endorse, oppose or to adopt a more ambitious stance. If political party ever comes out to endorse what the activists advocate, it must be part of the larger picture of how many votes they gain by doing so and does it comes into conflict with their targeted supporters?

I liken activist and politician with inventor and businessman. Inventor is the one who will be passionate about their inventions and the mechanism behind it. Businessman on the other hand will be more concerned with the marketability of the invention: how receptive are the public to the product and the projected sales target? We have to accept the fact that there are inventions that can be marketed and there are those that are completely unfeasible.”

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Human rights activists should support Hong Kong protesters

October 2, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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Written by Ng E-Jay
02 October 2014

Human rights activists all over the world should stand in solidarity with Hong Kong protesters who have stood up bravely and are unrelentingly campaigning for greater democracy and greater political self-determination in Hong Kong.

The protests in Hong Kong are an annual tradition, dating to before Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997. In the Occupy Central protest this year, the turnout has been massive and unprecedented. This is also the first time violent police action, including tear gas, has been used on protesters.

The protesters are demanding that Hong Kongers be free to elect their Chief Executive from a wider pool of independent and autonomous candidates, as opposed to having an Election Committee select on behalf of Hong Kongers a narrow list of pro-Beijing candidates who have been screened and approved by China’s central government.

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SDP on the CPF protest saga: Criticise if we must but let us also encourage

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30 September 2014

Much acrimony has emanated from the Return Our CPF protest at Hong Lim Park last Saturday. As complex and difficult as things are, let us focus on what we can all learn from the episode.

First, Mr Roy Ngerng and Ms Han Hui Hui should offer an apology to the children and parents who were present at the event and were affected by the protest.

Roy has asked to meet with the children and parents to apologise to them. This is the right thing to do.

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Government should focus on job creation, not dictating whether degrees are important

September 3, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
03 September 2014

The government has in recent times been trying to de-emphasize the importance of degrees. Mr Khaw Boon Wan said in 2013 that Singaporeans do not need to be university graduates to be successful. PM Lee repeated a similar point in his National Day rally speech when he said that a university degree need not be the only route to a fulfilling career for young Singaporeans.

On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean further added that the abundance of higher education opportunities now means that a degree is not quite the “one-way ticket to success” it once was (see here).

Mr Teo also said, “Universities must provide their graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare them for the job market. Otherwise, they may be graduates, but they may not be suited for the job market as they do not have the skills and knowledge that the industry requires.”

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As a parent, how do YOU talk to your kids about sex?

September 2, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
02 September 2014

In school, we have sex education classes for teenagers. But what about sex education classes for parents? Surely, if we want parents to be able to educate their kids well on matters of the heart and the flesh, they should also be provided with sex education classes.

The underlying assumption of course is that parents are mature and know it all, so what is there to teach them? Well, I suspect a lot. I feel parents sometimes need sex education classes as much as their growing kids. And for much the same reason — if they can’t handle the issue of human sexuality well, how can they pass on proper values and be good role models? Surely no right-thinking parent would expect schools to do all the work for them.

Let me just give a simple example to explain why I have brought up this topic today. On the internet (see Melissa Tsang’s blog post for instance) as well through some personal observations in real life, I have noticed that when parents first realize that their kids have had sexual encounters with their significant others before the parents feel they are ready to, these might be some of their responses:

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