Monthly Archives: May 2009

Month: May 2009 Any intrusion by religion into secular space is alarming

ST letter (online) by Ms Alicia Wong 30 May 2009 ST link I REFER to Wednesday’s report, ‘No ‘bright line’ between religion and politics’. I disagree that religion and politics are not clearly separated in Singapore. The Singapore brand of secularism is not anti-religious. There is, however, a great difference between allowing, supporting and ensuring a fair representation of religion

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Month: May 2009 The Real Political Change That Singapore Needs

By Dr Wong Wee Nam 29 May 2009 When the President opened the new session of the 11th Parliament last week, he said, “Our political system is not set in stone. Singapore politics must evolve over time, as the world and our society change. It must respond to new circumstances and goals and continue to deliver good government to Singapore.”

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Month: May 2009 Parliamentary roundup: Make no mistake, the ruling party has no intention of restoring democracy

Written by Ng E-Jay 29 May 2009 Lamenting the fact that the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) currently dominates the House, can amend the Constitution freely, and controls key levers of power in the country, Worker’s Party chief Low Thia Khiang told Parliament on Monday that only an elected opposition can provide effective checks and balances. He was commenting on

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Month: May 2009 Just make elections free and fair, no need for wayang

By the Singapore Democrats 28 May 2009 Original link If there is any indication that the Government is nervous about the unhappiness of the people, it is the latest increase in the number of NCMP and NMP seats. Anxious to avoid facing an angry electorate, the PAP is desperately trying to divert the attention of the voters by telling them

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Month: May 2009 Changes to Parliamentary system: Don’t be lulled into the political “mind trap” set by the PAP

Written by Ng E-Jay 28 May 2009 Changes to the Parliamentary system were announced by PM Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday. They include: Amending the Constitution to allow for up to nine Non-Constituency Members of Parliament (NCMPs); Amending the Parliamentary Elections Act to increase the stipulated minimum number of opposition MPs, including NCMPs, to nine; Amending the Parliamentary Elections Act

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Month: May 2009 Medieval attitudes towards sex and sexuality, rather than tolerance of alternative lifestyles, undermine the social fabric

Written by Ng E-Jay 27 May 2009 I read with absolute shock and dismay Mr Steven Tan’s ST forum (online) letter “Useful programme except for condom excerpt” published on 20 May, in which the writer criticized the school educational programme Breaking Down Barriers conducted by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) for teaching students how to use a condom. While Mr

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Month: May 2009 Singapore lawyer challenges “law” that violates democracy, freedom

By the Singapore Democrats 26 May 2009 Original Link Lawyer Chia Ti Lik stood his ground today when he told a district judge that “as a citizen of this country, I have to stand up against the law that violates the principles of democracy and freedom”. Mr Chia made the defiant statement when he was asked by Judge James Leong

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Month: May 2009 Public order concerns: Look who’s talking

By the Singapore Democrats 24 May 2009 Original link Much has been made about the apathy of Singaporeans towards politics and political issues. Is such a “tidak apa” attitude a result of the fact that Singaporeans are a contented lot or is it because the authoritarian system has instilled fear into the minds of the people by criminalising political activities

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Month: May 2009 Other countries are light years ahead of us in providing public transport subsidies for disabled

(Some pictures of the event are attached with this article) Written by Ng E-Jay 25 May 2009 Carrying placards that read “Hear Our Plea“, “Support Our Subsidy” and “Give Us Dignity“, some disabled members of our society assembled at Hong Lim Park last Saturday to make a strong pitch for public transport subsidies. A total of four speakers addressed the

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Month: May 2009 Rejected ST letter: ONE SIMPLE WAY to avoid Swine Flu

Rejected ST letter written by Mr David See Leong Kit EDITOR’S NOTE: I would like to thank Mr David See for his kind permission in allowing me to publish his letter. ONE SIMPLE WAY to avoid Swine Flu by See Leong Kit [ My contributed letter which was rejected for publication by ST Forum Editor Yap Koon Hong — who

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