I have compiled a summary of all the CPF changes announced by the Minister of Manpower Dr Bargain Hen (Ng Eng Hen) tabled before Parliament on 17 Sept 2007. His Ministerial Statement was entitled:
Ministerial Statement on CPF Reforms and Other Measures for a Secure Retirement
The purpose of my compilation is for readers who want to attend the public forum on CPF changes and a secure retirement organized by the Society of Financial Service Professionals on 01 Dec 07, as well as those who wish to challenge the PAP Regime on the Compulsory Annuity Fiasco armed with the relevant facts.
Writeup done by Ng E-Jay
On 20 Nov 07 Tuesday, SDP members Ms Chee Siok Chin and Mr John Tan were approached by the police while on their way to Shangrila Hotel and told to leave the area. The police were unable to provide any satisfactory reason why they were not allowed to approach Shangrila Hotel even though it was still open to the public. The police only said that Shangrila Hotel had been gazetted as a Protected Area under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act (Cap. 256), but were unable to provide any reason why Ms Chee and Mr John Tan had to leave the area while other passersby could proceed without hinderence. At no time did the police say that they were trespassing or forbidden to be in the vicinity. After a standoff with the police lasting about 20 minutes, Ms Chee and Mr John Tan were bundled into an unmarked van and driven out of the area.
Written by Ng E-Jay
On 20 Nov Tuesday, rumours spread that there was supposed to be a group of Burmese carrying out a peaceful demonstration at Orchard Road, time starting 6pm. At that time I was unaware of further details. It was supposed to remain unknown to the community. However, this news was prematurely released by a blogger (identity I do not know).The police and the reporters gathered around 6pm today at the area opposite Orchard Towers (in front of Forum Galleria). I witnessed the police stopping and interviewing (or should I say harrassing) some people who were wearing red shirts. I do not even know if they were Burmese who intended to protest.
Sghumanrights Activists present petition to ASEAN Secretariat over Burmese junta’s violent crackdown
Four members of the informal grouping Sghumanrights, Chia TiLik, Ho Choon Yong, IsRizal and Seelan Palay, gathered on 20 Nov Tuesday at 1.00pm at Orchard MRT station. Their plan was to walk to Shangrila Hotel where the 13th ASEAN Summit was being held and present a petition in the form of a giant greeting card to the ASEAN Secretariat in connection with the Burmese junta’s violent crackdown on protestors. Earlier at a public forum held on 18 Nov Sunday, this greeting card had been signed by many participants who expressed their solidarity with the Burmese people.
The four members of Sghumanrights were accompanied by about 20 members of the press as well as policemen who filmed the events. They walked from Orchard MRT station to Orange Grove Road where they were stopped by the police who were on standby there.
Pictures from Sghumanright’s forum on 18 Nov
This is the transcript of Ng E-Jay’s speech at the forum on ASEAN human rights mechanism organized by the sghumanrights group on 18 Nov 2007, 2.30pm, at Quality Hotel.
Good Afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the sghumanrights group, please allow to thank everyone once again for taking out precious time to attend our forum. I am greatly honoured to be given the opportunity to address this audience.
As all of you are aware by now, ASEAN is holding its 13th Summit in Singapore from the 18th to 22th of November, and the ASEAN Charter will be signed during this Summit. According to various media sources, one of the purposes of ASEAN set out in the draft Charter is to strengthen democracy, enhance good governance and the rule of law, and protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Human Rights Now!
18 Nov 07
As ASEAN opened its 13th Summit at the Shangri La, about 130 people attended a forum organized by Sg Human Rights held at a local hotel this afternoon. Most attendees wore red to demonstrate solidarity with the people of Burma.
The organizers had anticipated a larger turnout, especially from the Burmese nationals. However, some Burmese attendees reported that the police had earlier approached them to dissuade them from attending the forum, and even offered them a paid party at Sentosa as an alternative.
Sg Human Rights organized a public forum to urge ASEAN to take “concrete steps” to promote human rights in the region.
Held on the eve of the 13th ASEAN Summit (18 Nov 07, Sun) at Quality Hotel, the forum took aim at the Burmese delegation and condemned their brutal crackdown on Burmese monks and peaceful protesters.
Entitled “ASEAN People Want Human Rights Now!“, the forum saw the participation of not only Singaporeans but also the Burmese community, ASEAN nationals, and people from around the world.
The majority of participants wore red in support of the Burmese people.
Speakers of the forum included:
1. Chia TiLik, a lawyer and a former Opposition candidate
2. Ng E-Jay, a graduate student and a socio-political blogger
3. M. Ravi, a lawyer and an experienced human rights activist
4. Dr Chee Soon Juan, Secretary-General of the Singapore Democratic Party
View the video footage of the event here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxWqcVuQOyA