Monthly Archives: August 2008

Month: August 2008 NSP’s Press Release regarding PM Lee’s National Day Rally

NSP Press Release: INTERESTING BUT WITHOUT SUFFICIENT IMPACT The Prime Minister’s National Day speech was generally interesting in terms of linguistic versatility and showmanship. It however lacked sufficient impact as many of its measures were deemed to be short, despite the lengthy 3.5 hours delivery. POLITICAL LANDSCAPE Few people are surprised at the Government’s lackluster efforts to “liberalize” the political

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Month: August 2008 AIMS’s paper on Engaging New Media — a summary of their position on online political content, and my take on it

Written by Ng E-Jay 29 Aug 2008 The Advisory Council on the Impact of New Media on Society (AIMS) has released a paper entitled “Engaging New Media – Challenging Old Assumptions”. This objective of this paper is to provide a review of the increasingly complex social, ethical, legal and regulatory issues have arisen as a result of the rapid growth

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Month: August 2008 Foreign workers DO depress local pay at the lower end of the salary scale

Written by Ng E-Jay 27 Aug 2008 The issue of foreign workers depressing local salaries has cropped up again in Parliament. Acting Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong attempted to dismiss this view on Tuesday in his reply to a question from Non-Constituency MP Sylvia Lim. Sylvia Lim had reiterated the point that wages for the lowest income earners for the

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Month: August 2008 K. Shanmugam’s remarks on acquittals in law could open a pandora’s box

Written by Ng E-Jay 27 Aug 2008 Law Minister K. Shanmugam has reiterated a stand made previously by Attorney-General Walter Woon that “not guilty in law” does not mean “innocent”. In other words, a person may not be factually innocent even if the law acquits him. My immediate comment is: What is the point of reiterating and repeating this? Isn’t

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Month: August 2008 Dr Lily Neo speaks out vociferously over aid for poorest households

Written by Ng E-Jay 27 Aug 2008 Dr Lily Neo, an MP for Jalan Besar GRC, is well known for her strong personality and the close attention she pays to the plight of the poor in Singapore. On Monday in Parliament, her fiesty demeanour showed through during question time when she squared off with Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, Minister of

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Month: August 2008 Liberalization of Speaker’s Corner: Let’s see whether the authorities truly use a “light touch”

Written by Ng E-Jay 26 Aug 2008 On Monday, at a press conference, the Police and National Parks Board released a set of new rules governing the activities that can and cannot be held at Speaker’s Corner. These rules take effect next Monday, 1 Sept. Now, demonstrations can held at Speaker’s Corner, and these can involve holding up placards, waving

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Month: August 2008 Lee Bee Wah’s flip-flopping is startling

Written by Ng E-Jay 26 Aug 2008 Every so often, we see very clearly the quality and caliber of the kind of people we have in Government. And this time round, the mainstream media did not even bother to hide or cover up the series of missteps. Lee Bee Wah’s blatant flip-flopping on the Gao Ning issue is startling, even

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Month: August 2008 Flip flop by the police: Are Burmese activists in Singapore keeping within the law or not?

On 20 Nov 2007 while Singapore was hosting the 13th ASEAN Summit, some Burmese patriots held a peaceful demonstration near Orchard Road to protest against the murderous actions of the Burmese junta and affirm their solidarity with their fellow citizens back in Burma. A Straits Times report on the event was published the next day. Entitled “In Singapore, Myanmar activists

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