Monthly Archives: June 2009

Month: June 2009 Operation Spectrum open forum: a good start

By the Singapore Democrats 28 June 2009 Original link After 22 years, we are beginning to see more public events that address the Internal Security Act (ISA) detentions in 1987. In May a group of five activists came together to mark the 22nd anniversary of the Marxist arrests. Led by Seelan Palay, the group got together at Hong Lim Park

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Month: June 2009 Is Marina Barrage the reason for unhealthy water conditions?

ST letter (online) by Mr Goh Shi Hai, 23 June 2009 ST link FOR the past few months, dead fish have been seen floating at the shoreline of Marina Reservoir, near Kallang Basin. Many dragonboat rowers who use the reservoir have also been suffering skin infections. Even with small cuts and abrasions, recovery is complicated, often developing into badly infected

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Month: June 2009 Standing up for the people on bended knees

Written by Ng E-Jay 23 June 2009 In his no-holes-barred masterpiece Requiem for an unbending Singaporean, former President C.V. Devan Nair recounted how, after J.B. Jeyaretnam had won the 1981 Anson by-election, the then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew said that he would make him “crawl on his bended knees, and beg for mercy“. But the former Worker’s Party leader

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Month: June 2009 A nation of foreigners in 11 years

Ng E-Jay / Current Affairs Desk, The Online Citizen 22 June 2009 THE NATIONAL Population Secretariat announced on Wednesday that Singapore’s total population grew to 4.84 million in 2008, with the proportion of foreigners increasing to 25 percent. Noting the challenges faced by families during the current downturn, the Secretariat reiterated the need to encourage marriage and parenthood, attract foreigners,

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Month: June 2009 Your flame will always shine, Anthony

It is with very heavy hearts that the Singapore Democrat and Friends write this about Anthony Yeo, consultant therapist at Care and Counselling Centre. Anthony passed on last evening due to complications that arose from the cancer that he had been suffering from.

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Month: June 2009 Birth rate continues its downward trend, a fresh look at our population problem is needed

These twin trends of low fertility and an ageing population were updates provided on Wednesday by the Government’s National Population Secretariat, which explained the need to continue working on long-term strategies to boost the population, including getting more Singaporeans to marry and procreate, and attracting foreigners here and helping them integrate into the society.

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Month: June 2009 New policies, not new parks, needed for social harmony

It was reported in Monday’s edition of the Straits Times that a new park in Bishan, called the Bishan Harmony Park, has been created to allow residents to mingle with each other. My contention, however, is that if the Government is truly serious about promoting and preserving social harmony, it is new policies, rather than new parks, that are needed.

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Month: June 2009 Sending Ah Gong back to the children

Recent proposals to amend the Maintenance of Parents Act suggests an act by the government to pass the buck of caring for the elderly to their children, but this puts an inconsiderable strain especially on lower-income groups.

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Month: June 2009 PM Lee displayed false humility

The Online Citizen 11 June 2009 Ng E-Jay and Leong Sze Hian / Current Affairs Desk Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s uncharacteristic comments about flying economy class as a way of leading by example cannot be taken seriously. The only way for him and his senior ministers to gain greater respect would be to lower their own salaries to more

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