This is an ST forum letter by Mr Tan Kin Lian (blog).
An edited version of this letter was published in Straits Times Online on 29 June 2010.
A Straits Times editorial entitled “A case of try and try again” (28 June 2010) reported on the many failed attempts to arrest the declining birth rate in Singapore. The current average of 1.22 children per woman of child bearing age is far below the replacement level of 2.07, and must place our birth rate as among the lowest in the world.
By See Leong Kit (29 June 2010)
[ Letter was rejected for publication by TODAY Voices Editor Agatha Koh Brazil ]
TODAY (Jun 21) really sets me thinking. I refer to P N Balji’s commentary “New mood, a reality check for bosses” and Second Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam’s split-hairs semantics in “SMRT is responsible, says Shanmugam“.
Mr Balji wrote “In just one month, Singapore has seen two blemishes on its super-efficient and super-safe image. Our chieftains have to make sure that reputation is not tarnished again. The public is not in the mood to accept anything less”.
The MRT Depot break-in can have horrific consequences. Instead of harmless graffiti, the infiltrators could have planted a bomb in an MRT train and simply trigger it off with a handphone during peak hours. In the 2004 Madrid train bombing, some 190 passengers were killed and another 1800 injured.
Source: Singapore Alternatives (Goh Meng Seng), 27 June 2010
We were at Bendemeer market selling our North Star this morning. Someone called up the NEA to come down and check on us. While I keep asking the two nice officers to carry out their duties to summon us and I would admit to selling our papers, they did not take action. NEA under Dr Yaacob should spend more time to check the longkang for debris instead of disturbing opposition parties…
This problem about “illegal hawking” for opposition parties when they go for their ground work and sell their newspaper/newsletter must be solved once and for all.
Press release by the National Solidarity Party.
Setup A Committee of Inquiry to look into improving drainage & weather warning system
NSP shares the frustration and disappointment of many Singaporeans whose lives have been severely disrupted by the reoccurring floods in recent days.
The Ministry of Environment and Water Resources under Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim has reportedly spent billions in improvement works on the various canals on this island. However it seems that the situation seems to have little, marginal improvement over the years.
Source: ST Forum, 26 June 2010
YESTERDAY’S flash floods, the second in just over a week, clearly suggest that the PUB’s ‘clogged culvert’ explanation (‘Blocked drain blamed for Orchard Road flood’; June 18), does not, pardon the pun, wash.
Even if the Orchard Road deluge worsened because of a clogged culvert, how does one explain the inundation in Newton, Novena, Kampung Java and Little India?
Filed under: Current Affairs and Politics, Singapore Democratic Party
By the Singapore Democrats
25 June 2010
When Bukit Timah Road flooded in 2009, Environment Minister Yaacob Ibrahim told us it was a once-in-50-years freak incident. When Orchard Road was flooded, the problem was debris in a culvert blocking the water flow.
Always an excuse, never acknowledgement of failure of planning. This morning’s floods — now over several parts of Singapore including Upper Thomson Road, Bukit Timak Road (again), Boon Lay Road — have exposed the PAP’s hubris yet again.
When will the Government stand up like a true leader and accept responsibility, apologise to the public and make sure that genuine effort is made to aleviate the situation. If the situation warrants (as in the case of Mr Wong Kan Seng over the repeated security breaches), the minister should be replaced.
Written by Ng E-Jay
24 June 2010
You would have thought the mainstream media would have been coy about this issue.
But today, Straits Times columnist Rachel Chang finally admitted in her article “New citizens and the next GE (24 June 2010)” that new citizens regularly express overwhelming support for the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), with some even going to the point of unfettered adulation and admiration.
Ms Chang writes in her article that when she informally sought out the political views of new citizens, she found that she was “hard-pressed to find a new citizen who harbours anything but admiration for the ruling party“, and that their support for PAP ranged from “placidly approving to aggressively proselytising“.
Take careful note of the last word that Rachel Chang used — proselytising. New citizens do not merely support the PAP. They worship the PAP like Gods.
Source: Straits Times, 24 June 2010
FORMER Workers’ Party (WP) electoral candidates Ng Teck Siong and Chia Ti Lik are setting up a new political party ahead of the next general election.
It is called Socialist Front.
The duo heads a list of 10 names who filed an application last month with the Registry of Societies to register the new opposition party.
Source: Socialist Appeal, 15 June 2010
By Steve Jones
After months of build up, the World Cup is finally underway. As it approaches the end of the first week, in what is a month-long bloated competition, something has become rather clear. Hype is everything.
The build up itself seemed to involve endless adverts on television and in the papers featuring well dressed affluent youngish people, some with painted faces, watching games in which goals are scored every minute and everybody seems to be winning. Indeed you would have thought that the whole purpose of the World Cup was to get us all to buy loads of Flatscreen TVs, mobile phones and credit cards. Given the power that the official sponsors have in the higher echelons of FIFA, this would not be a million miles from the truth. Alas for them, it looks like the latest sales reports suggest that people have decided to be a bit more careful about spending money on these goodies than these companies were hoping for.
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