Singapore Democrats establish 14-member CEC to lead growing party

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By the Singapore Democrats
30 July 2009

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At a time of expansion and growing confidence, the Singapore Democrats have elected a 14-member Central Executive Committee to lead the party into the next general elections.

At its biennial party conference held last week, cadre members came together to re-dedicate their efforts to work for the cause of reform and democracy in Singapore.

The party’s top four posts remain unchanged. Mr Gandhi Ambalam retained the chairmanship and Mr Francis Yong continues to serve as the Vice-Chairman.

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Why the Singapore Democratic Party is expanding

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Dr Chee Soon Juan, Secretary-General of the Singapore Democrats, recently addressed party cadres at the 14th Ordinary Party Conference held on 24 July 2009.

Why the Singapore Democratic Party deserves our support

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Written by Ng E-Jay
30 July 2009

The first SDP event I attended was the gathering at Hong Lim Park on 01 May 2007 welcoming Dr Chee Soon Juan and Ms Chee Siok Chin after they had completed a 2-day, 120km walk to mark Labour Day and to highlight the plight of Singaporean workers.

Looking at the exhausted but determined faces of Dr Chee and Ms Chee, and hearing the short but edifying address Dr Chee made left me with the impression that perhaps, unlike the terrible vibes that the party constantly receives from the mainstream media, the SDP was a party of substance, that perhaps it was a party with a message worth listening to.

I was not wrong.

Over time, as I got to know the party, its members, its ideas and its political philosophy better, I found myself agreeing more and more with its vision and its values.

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Grossly inadequate protection for credit card users

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Written by Ng E-Jay
29 July 2009

If consumers have their credit cards stolen or used fraudulently, they may be liable for all transactions made even though they may have done nothing wrong.

This is yet another sorry example of how the Government proudly sells the image of Singapore as a world-class financial hub, yet fails to offer consumers even the most basic protection against theft and fraud.

Credit card holder Tan Shock Ling found this out the hard way when she was saddled with a $17,100 bill after having had her credit cards stolen. The banks insist that she must pay up and the Government sides with the banks. (See here and here.)

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Is Singapore really in a better position to survive economically?

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Written by Ng E-Jay
28 July 2009

The Straits Times Forum (online) letter penned by Mr Tay Xiong Sheng on why Singapore is in a better position to survive economically compared to Malaysia makes for an interesting, but lop-sided read.

In his letter published online on 28 July, Mr Tay argues that Singapore’s sovereignty was born out of principles and confidence, having refused to compromise on racial equality.

Yes, that is the Singapore Story told by MM Lee’s memoirs, by the mainstream media, and regurgitated by forum writers like Mr Tay. Seldom mentioned however is the political power struggles initiated by the young and power-hungry Lee Kuan Yew against his Malaysian counterparts, and his strategy of using foreign influence, namely the British, to establish his political career, rid himself of his opponents, and extend his political footing across the causeway much to the chagrin of the Malaysian establishment including the Tunku.

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Ssshhh! Don’t say “SDP”

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By the Singapore Democrats
26 July 2009

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The title to this report “Political parties go online to extend their reach” by Valarie Tan of Channel News Asia seems straightforward enough — Singapore’s political parties, both ruling and opposition, are fully utilising the Internet to achieve their ends.

But wait, there’s no mention of the Singapore Democrats anywhere! It reports on only two parties – the PAP and WP. This is particularly strange when the SDP’s website, updated daily, is by far the most read website of all political parties in Singapore.

CNA also writes that “Social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter are the latest ways Singapore political parties are reaching out to people online.”

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Ignoring the spirit of the law: Woman fined $30 for eating sweet on MRT to relieve motion sickness

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Written by Ng E-Jay
22 July 2009

A lady commuter was recently fined $30 for eating a sweet during an MRT train ride to relieve motion sickness (see embedded video below).

Eating and drinking in the MRT carries a maximum fine of $500. However in this case, common sense has been completely thrown out of the window in what is apparently a silly over-reaction by the authorities.

This is typically what happens in the civil service, Government departments, statutory boards, and Government-linked Corporations and service providers when unthinking subordinates blindly enforce regulations without regard to common sense due to intense pressure from their superiors to keep up appearances.

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STOP THE WAYANG, just return us our CPF!

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Written by Ng E-Jay
22 July 2009

More twist and turns have appeared in the CPF Life scheme, an annuity scheme to be administered by the CPF Board that promises to give lifelong payouts to CPF members.

On Monday in Parliament, Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong found himself clumsily trying to reassure Singaporeans that monthly payouts from the CPF Life scheme will continue as long as the CPF member is alive, despite a provision allowing the CPF Board to stop payments in the event that the Lifelong Income Fund becomes insolvent.

Madam Halimah, chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Manpower, had earlier noted that she found this clause “quite disturbing“.

Mdm Halimah has a curious sense of humour and a vocabulary to match. This clause is not merely disturbing. It is monstrous because it allows the Government to completely shirk its responsibility and accountability to Singaporeans in the event that the Lifelong Income Fund becomes insolvent due to its mismanagement and incompetence.

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Temasek has much to explain over Goodyear

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By the Singapore Democrats
21 July 2009

The about turn in Temasek’s appointment of Mr Charles Goodyear as CEO to replace Ms Ho Ching is a sad but accurate reflection of the abysmal leadership seen at the organisation.

Chairman of Temasek, Mr S Dhanabalan, had said in an announcement in February this year when Mr Goodyear was first appointed that the company had been “working on this appointment for more than a year.” He added that Mr Goodyear “shares the vision and values” of Temasek. Barely four months later, we learn that this appointment has been reversed because of “differences regarding certain strategic issues that could not be resolved.”

Given that Mr Goodyear’s appointment has been deliberated for over a year, is it plausible that strategic issues cropped up only at the last minute? What were these differences and why can’t they be resolved?

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Take proactive steps, CASE!

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ST Letter by Ms Tan Mei Ling, 20 July 2009

I REFER to the report, ‘School peddles fake RMIT degree’ (June17). This happened even though it was registered with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and had CaseTrust accreditation from the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case).

According to both MOE and Case’s website, the registration and certification do not represent endorsement or accreditation of the quality of courses.

However, I was puzzled to read on Case’s website that the CaseTrust sign means to consumers that ‘when they walk into a CaseTrust shop, what they see is what they get’ and, for businesses, it means that the CaseTrust company ‘gains immediate recognition by consumers as a company they can trust’.

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