PAP’s Battle Cry

December 21, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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By Dr Wong Wee Nam
20 December 2013

The PAP is in a combative mood. In the party convention held on 8th December 2013, Mr Chan Chun Sing, its organising secretary, set the tone when he declared the PAP must “continuously and strenuously defend the common space for people to speak up, because if it does not, then others will occupy the space and make them irrelevant.”

In the style of Winston Churchill’s famous World War II speech, he said, “We must not concede the space — physical or cyber. We will have to learn from the 1960’s generation of PAP pioneers — to fight to get our message across at every corner — every street corner, every cyberspace corner, be it in the mass media or social media. We will have to do battle everywhere as necessary.”

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The tragic irony of MDA’s licensing framework

December 11, 2013 by · 3 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
11 December 2013

Barely a few weeks ago, PM Lee Hsien Loong said that we need to build secure and responsible online spaces to encourage constructive exchange of views among Singaporeans. The tragic irony is that MDA’s licensing framework has achieved the opposite effect.

Yesterday, the Breakfast Network, an online news and commentary portal that was launched several months ago, announced that they had to shut down their operations due to the licensing demands of the Media Development Authority. Although the Breakfast Network will continue to post articles on their Facebook page, their inability to conform to MDA’s onerous and stifling licensing regime has effectively gagged them.

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Looking beyond the riot at Little India

December 9, 2013 by · 9 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
09 December 2013

A riot involving foreign workers broke out at Little India last night, after a male Indian national, aged 33, met with a fatal accident with a bus at the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road around 9.23pm.

Shortly after the fatal accident occurred, a riot involving around 400 foreign nationals using dangerous weapons such as broken bottles and rubbish bins developed, resulting in police cars and ambulances being overturned and set on fire, and several police officers and SCDF personnel sustaining injuries. 27 South Asian nationals were later arrested in conjunction with the riots. The police said that no Singaporean was arrested or was believed to have been involved in the rioting.

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