Monthly Archives: December 2008

Month: December 2008 John Tan walks out of prison and straight back into the fight for democracy

By the Singapore Democrats, 31 Dec 2008 Original link SDP Assistant Secretary-General John Tan was released yesterday after serving a 15-day senetence for contempt of court. Mr Tan was in a buoyant mood and remained defiant in fighting for democracy in Singapore. He was convicted together with Mr Shaffi’ie and Mr Isrizal for wearing kangaroo T-shirts outside the Supreme Court

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Month: December 2008 Why Taipei’s MRT trumps Singapore’s

By Sunita Sue Leng, for TheEdge Singapore 22 December 2008 TheEdge link TAIPEI’S CITY Hall is so proud of its mass rapid transit (MRT) system that it runs a competition every year, asking people to send in poems about the MRT. I can see why. The MRT is clean and comfortable (in addition to chewing gum, the nasty habit of

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Month: December 2008 Who is John Tan?

Written by Chee Siok Chin, for the Singapore Democrats 29 December 2008 Original link I first met John in September of 2006 during our three-day standoff at Hong Lim Park with the police. He had heard about our rally and march on September 16 and came to lend his support. I remember him staying on into the wee hours of

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Month: December 2008 Tan Kin Lian’s final rally for investors at Speaker’s Corner: The authorities have done little to help investors

Written by Ng E-Jay 27 December 2008 At the final rally for investors at Speaker’s Corner, Mr Tan Kin Lian lambasted MAS for doing scant little to assist investors, many of whom have lost their life savings. Financial institutions have also given very little compensation to investors, and frequently have dragged the cases and not even bothered to give investors

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Month: December 2008 POLICE EMERGENCIES: Are responses slower now?

ST letter by Mr Yong Sing Wee 27 Dec 2008 ST link ON SUNDAY evening, my friends and I heard a woman’s desperate screams followed by the sound of male shouts from the thick growth under the PIE flyover over Rifle Range Road. I dialled 999 and the operator replied that a patrol car would be dispatched. I did not

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Month: December 2008 A message from Mr Mohd Jufrie Mahmood

This message is reproduced with permission from Mr Mohd Jufrie Mahmood. By Jufrie Mahmood 23 Dec 2008 Hi all, After a long lay off, my recent public visibility has attracted attention and comments from well-intended close and not so close friends. “Why, Jufrie Why?” they asked. “But if you must, why not associate with the more compliant group? Wouldn’t life

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Month: December 2008 Transport Minister Raymond Lim says: Heads we win, tails you lose

Written by Ng E-Jay 22 December 2008 Going by Transport Minister Raymond Lim’s latest remarks, no one can possibly be blamed for assuming that as far as Singapore’s public transport fares are concerned, it’s a case of “heads the PAP wins, tails citizens lose“. At a dialogue with about 300 MacPherson residents on Sunday 21 Dec, Mr Raymond Lim said

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Month: December 2008 Sex Education — 3rd world mentalities in a supposed 1st world country

Written by Ng E-Jay 22 December 2008 Mathia Lee’s blog post on AWARE’s Comprehensive Sex Ed Programme (a Sunday Times letter penned by Dr Roopa Dewan and Mathia Lee) was quite thought-provoking. These are some of my reflections on the issue. 1. Looking for scapegoats versus educating the young. When dealing with emotive issues like sexuality, sex education and responsibility,

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