Monthly Archives: December 2009

Month: December 2009 Reaffirmation of bilingual policy must include all languages, not just Chinese

Sgpolitics.net wishes all readers a happy New Year! Written by Ng E-Jay 30 December 2009 Education Minister Ng Eng Hen has spent considerable effort reaffirming Singapore’s bilingual policy, especially the teaching of the Chinese language, but he neglected to pay due consideration to Malay and Tamil, which have been neglected by the mainstream media and the Government in the recent

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Month: December 2009 Why the late J.B. Jeyaretnam is revered by opposition supporters

The late J.B. Jeyaretnam scored electoral victories not by pandering to the establishment or molly-coddling the masses, but by exciting and inspiring the masses, and challenging the establishment with credibility and force of character. Short Notes from the Editor 28 December 2009 In his no-holes-barred masterpiece Requiem for an unbending Singaporean, former President C.V. Devan Nair recounted how, after J.B.

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Month: December 2009 Kenneth Jeyaretnam’s response to TOC lacked composure and calm befitting a prominent politician

Sgpolitics.net wishes all readers a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR. Written by Ng E-Jay 24 December 2009 A heated debate has broken out between The Online Citizen and its critics, with none other than Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam, the Secretary-General of the Reform Party, joining the fray in an attempt, in his own words, to defend not only

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Month: December 2009 Loosen stranglehold before providing political education

(This article originally appeared in The Online Citizen) Written by Ng E-Jay, for TOC 20 Dec 2009 with inputs from Andrew Loh In the latest edition of Petir, the People’s Action Party’s bi-monthly party magazine, Law Minister K Shanmugam warned party members that younger voters could erode the PAP’s political dominance if they are not convinced that Singapore needs strong

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Month: December 2009 Ministry of Law contradicts District Judge over whether political criticism in Singapore is a crime

The Ministry of Law has issued a statement which contradicts a recent judgment made by District Judge Ch’ng Lye Beng who presided over the case of 3 SDP CEC members charged with illegally distributing pamphlets at Raffles City Shopping Centre on 10 Sep 2006. The flyers questioned ministerial salaries and highlighted the denial of political rights to Singaporeans. They also announced the Empower Singaporeans March and Rally that was to be held the following week on 16 Sep 06 during the WB-IMF meeting.

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Month: December 2009 Have wages kept up with soaring HDB flat prices?

As an example of how HDB flat prices have soared, a three-room flat in Queenstown in 1964 cost $6,200, but would fetch at least $200,000 today. This translates into a 32.3 times gain over a 45 year period, or around 8 percent compounded annually.

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Month: December 2009 The banana and your HDB flat

By the Singapore Democrats 10 Dec 2009 One stall sells bananas for 50 cents each. Another prices them at $1 but posts a sign: “Buy One Get One Free!” Who do you buy from? Unfortunately many shoppers are attracted to the latter. It is this psychology that the PAP preys on when it says that HDB flats are subsidized: Jack

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