NSP Press Statement: We Are Singaporeans

January 30, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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We Are Singaporeans United As One Irrespective of Politics, Religion or Culture

30 Jan 2011

The party is disappointed to read recent news report on what Minister of Home Affairs Shanmugam’s comments on Thaipusam as well as Minister Mentor Lee’s recent comment on Malay community as the main hindrance to social integration in Singapore. The politics of Division, Distraction to ensure PAP political dominance should have no place in political discourse in Singapore.

We feel that the strict enforcement of law on Thaipusam is totally unwarranted. Singaporeans have evolved as one people in spite of the diversities in race and cultural heritage. We have enhanced our understanding and tolerance to various cultural and religious celebrations as well as practices in almost all aspects of our lives. For almost 4 decades, Singaporeans have no problems in living with all sorts of “noisy” religious-cultural celebrations of all sorts.

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Socialist Front Press Release: Solidarity for TOC and SFD

January 26, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Editor’s Note: This press released was received by SF’s Chairman Ng Teck Siong.

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT TO THE ONLINE CITIZEN & SINGAPOREANS FOR DEMOCRACY

This is the Socialist Front’s Statement of Solidarity and Support issued in respect of the following 2 organisations:

  1. Singaporeans For Democracy
  2. The Online Citizen

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How PAP Govt screws up Singapore & Singaporeans

January 25, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This post does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the webmaster.

by See Leong Kit

(The writer is a 62-year old S’porean who had completed full-time National Service)

(1)  Debunking the PAP Election Promises of  “More Good Years”

1.1  News Headlines that have hardly changed during the past 20 years!!!:

2010 “1 in 10 children aged 6 – 16 has mental health disorders: IMH expert” (CNA 8 Nov 10)

2009 “More children, teenagers seeking help for mental problems” (CNA 9 Jan 09)

“$35m  more for mental health” (ST 16 Jan 09)

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ELECTION ISSUE: Million-dollar Pay but Never-ending Fiascos

January 18, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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by See Leong Kit

(The writer is a 62-year old S’porean who had completed full-time National Service)

(1)  World-Infamous  Million-Dollar PUBLIC SECTOR Salaries

1.1  Quotable Quote from US President Barack Obama  (BBC 11 Jul 09):

“…No country is going to create wealth if its leaders exploit the economy to enrich themselves…”

1.2   A  MOST PATHETIC  PAP Political U-Turn:

THEN (Straits Times 21 Aug 1989 )

“To build a country, you need PASSION.   If you just do your sums — plus, minuses, credit, debit — you are a WASHOUT.” — PM Lee Kuan Yew

NOW (Straits Times 5 April 2007 )

When it was put to him that people hoped for LEADERS who were willing to make sacrifices and who were not there for the money, he (MM Lee Kuan Yew) replied that these were “admirable sentiments  but we live in the real world”.

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TOC strengthens its resolve in the face of gazetting

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Written by Ng E-Jay
14 Jan 2011

The Online Citizen website has affirmed that it would not be intimidated by the recent action of the authorities in gazetting them as a political association or being required to register with the Media Development Authority (MDA).

In a statement entitled “Keep Calm and Carry On” released today at 1800hrs, TOC said they have been completely above board in their operations, and that they have nothing to hide nor fear from being gazetted. TOC added that “shutting down or going underground is precisely what those who misunderstand us want”, and they will not give them that satisfaction.

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The essence of a democratic society

January 14, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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By Dr Patrick Kee
13 Jan 2011

With the General Elections looming near, it is important to understand what true democracy is all about. The most important ingredient of a democratic society is a co-operative society. It is a society in which everyone pools their resources for the common good.

On the other hand, capitalism is a threat to real democracy. It encourages the spirit of greed, self-centredness and consumerism. Capitalists tend to be corrupted and consumed by the love of money. Money is their idol and they labour under the misconception that money makes the world go round.

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Idealism of Youths Needs to be Encouraged

January 12, 2011 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Current Affairs and Politics, Dr Wong Wee Nam 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Permission must be sought for reproduction of any article from this website.

By Dr Wong Wee Nam
12 Jan 2011

良药苦口利于病,忠言逆耳利于行“

“Good medicine is bitter to the mouth but cures the illness; honest words grate the ears but right the act.”

Who is Kenneth Lin? Well, he is a boy who has just turned 16. He is also a smart lad who was recently given a scholarship at a grassroots scholarship award presentation. After the ceremony when the crowd had thinned out, Kenneth approached the Guest-of-Honour, a minister, to have a chat with him.

The conversation started cordially about what Kenneth did in school. Then Kenneth started asking difficult political questions. The conversation ended amicably but the parting of ways left a sour taste in the mouth after Kenneth was asked if he had recorded the conversation on his handphone and whether he was a member of a political party.

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Gazetting group blogs as political associations is oppressive

January 12, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
12 Jan 2011

(Amended 7am, thanks to Ms Yew Lun Tian)

Yesterday morning, The Online Citizen website announced that it had received an email sent by the Registry of Political Donations, under the PMO, stating that the Prime Minister intended to gazette it as a political association for the purposes of the Political Donations Act.

Then, in a late afternoon development, the Media Development Authority (MDA) informed TOC editors Choo Zheng Xi and Joshua Chiang that TOC has to be registered with the MDA “under condition 4 of the Schedule to the Broadcasting (Class License) Notification”, as MDA had deemed it to be a website that “providing a programme for the promotion or discussion of political issues relating to Singapore”.

My contention is that gazetting groups blogs such as TOC as political associations and requiring political bloggers to register with MDA would paradoxically lead to less transparency and less accountability over time, in contradiction with the stated purposes of the authorities.

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PM wants TOC labelled as political association

January 11, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Posted by The Online Citizen
Original link here.

The Prime Minister of Singapore has revealed his intentions to declare The Online Citizen as a political association.

According to an email sent to TOC at 5pm yesterday evening by the Prime Minister’s office, the Prime Minister  ”intends to declare the owners, editorial team, and administrators of The Online Citizen, by order in the Gazette, to be a political association for the purposes of the Political Donations Act. The owners, editorial team, and administrators of The Online Citizen have been determined to be an organization whose objects or activities relate wholly or mainly to politics in Singapore.”

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Kenneth Lin: A conversation with Mr Lui Tuck Yew

January 9, 2011 by · 20 Comments
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EDITOR’s NOTE: The following is a conversation that Kenneth Lin recalled having with RAdm(NS) Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts and an MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC.

NOTE (added 09 Jan): This is reproduced with permission from Kenneth Lin. All those who wish to reproduce this MUST seek Kenneth’s permission.

By Kenneth Lin (Source: Facebook)
08 Jan 2011

I was invited to a “Scholarship and Bursary awards” ceremony organised by CDC and CCC at Catholic Junior College to receive a $650 cheque for being one of the Top 5 in my class. I was reluctant to attend it, but then decided that the money could be put to good use for others. After the entire ceremony was over, I waited for the crowd to disperse before approaching Mr Lui Tuck Yew. Up front, he seemed polite and gentlemanly, with a friendly attitude.

“Hi Mr Lui, I’m Kenneth. You know, I’ve stayed at Tanjong Pagar GRC all my life – 16 years – but this is the first time I’m meeting you!”

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