Monthly Archives: January 2009

Month: January 2009 Inaccurate to say MDA issued take-down notices to Fridae.com

A comment from a reader of my personal website http://www.ngejay.com/ Dear E-Jay, The citation of Fridae (”… MDA issued take-down notices to Fridae.com for depicting incest…”) is inaccurate. At the material time, Fridae.com had a “forum” section where members of the public could post material or information. The “take-down” notice issued by MDA referred to items posted by a member

View Article...

Month: January 2009 ST letter: Cash grants should benefit citizens more than others

ST Online letter by Mr Edmund Lin 29 Jan 2009 ST link I REFER to last Friday’s report, ‘Cash grants to subsidise wage bills’. In this economic downturn, I would like to see this cash grant benefit Singaporeans rather than permanent residents (PRs). A clearer distinction between companies that hire more Singaporeans and those that do not is needed. In

View Article...

Month: January 2009 Shameful piece of legislation

By the Singapore Democrats 28 Jan 2009 Original link Unbenownst to most Singaporeans — as well as police officers apparently — the Government quietly passed subsidiary legislation a few years ago to ban all forms of political activity. Under the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance)(Assemblies and Processions) Rules, permits are required for a group of 5 persons or more

View Article...

Month: January 2009 Changes proposed to Films Act and enhanced police powers

Changes were proposed to the Films Act through a bill introduced in Parliament last Thursday, 22 Jan 09. Certain categories of films such as films produced by political parties or by election candidates of their manifesto and policies, live recordings of election rallies, public speeches and processions, as well as anniversary celebration videos by political parties will no longer be

View Article...

Month: January 2009 Will our business-centric budget benefit GLCs and big businesses more than consumers and working class citizens?

Written by Ng E-Jay 26 Jan 2009 A day after Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam delivered the 2009 Budget Speech in Parliament, the mainstream press was all over the shop heaping praise on the “bold”, “generous” and “decisive” budget that “scores on superlatives”. The Finance Minister told Parliament that Budget 2009 will deliver a Resilience Package totalling an unprecedented $20.5 billion

View Article...

Month: January 2009 Will the use of past reserves set a precedent for future drawdowns?

Written by Ng E-Jay 23 Jan 2009 The PAP Government has always been very adamant about using past reserves only as a last resort. In fact, as recent as February 2008, SM Goh Chok Tong told reporters at a charity Lunar New Year lunch: “The reserves are like a golden goose which lays golden eggs. And if you try and

View Article...

Month: January 2009 My take on the key highlights of Budget 2009

Written by Ng E-Jay 23 Jan 2009 Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam delivered the 2009 Budget Speech at 3.30pm in Parliament on Thursday, 22 January 2009. He told Parliament that this year’s budget, aimed at helping Singapore through the worst recession since independence, is a significantly expansionary budget that will put us in deficit to the tune of 6% of GDP

View Article...

Month: January 2009 No longer a cosy park for residents

ST Forum Letter by Madam Yuki Chan, 21 Jan 2009 ST link I LIVE at Jalan Chempaka Puteh where the Government had thoughtfully built a cosy, little park for residents. When the foreign workers came, I subscribed to the the Government’s call to accept foreign workers in our neighbourhood. I was open to sharing this park, near Simpang Bedok, which

View Article...

Month: January 2009 Text of President Barack Obama’s inaugural address

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The

View Article...

Month: January 2009 The Control of Election Campaigning

Written by Dr Wong Wee Nam 18 Jan 2009 He who knows his own side of the case, knows little of that. — John Stuart Mill In April 2006, just before the Singapore General Election, the PAP government decreed a ban on political podcasts. The reason given by the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts was that “the Internet

View Article...