Are Singaporeans ready to deny PAP its 2/3 majority in Parliament?

August 27, 2014 by · 3 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
27 August 2014

Are Singaporeans ready to vote in enough opposition MPs to deny the PAP its 2/3 majority in Parliament? Will Singaporeans be brave and courageous enough to step out of their comfort zones and embrace change?

Through the decades, the PAP has ruled Singapore in an authoritarian fashion, stamping out dissent with either detention or the use of lawsuits, and only allowing moderate voices or voices that it deems acceptable to be heard. But this gradually changed with the advent of the internet. As more and more people took to the internet to air their grouses and debate national issues, the old PAP tactic of censorship began to unravel.

Singaporeans are now more acutely aware of the problem facing our nation than ever before. Even those who are not net savvy can be heard sometimes in coffeeshops and hair dressing saloons discussing the problems related to foreigners and the cost of living. But will all these motivate sufficient numbers to vote for a decisive change in our political landscape?

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Honour Singapore is dominated by Christian leaders of Full Gospel Business

August 7, 2014 by · 9 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
07 August 2014

According to the website of the newly launched non-profit organization Honour Singapore, the organization “is a multi-racial, multi-religious, national initiative that seeks to promote a culture of honour and honouring in Singapore in the belief that this is an essential attribute for the continuing peace, progress, and prosperity of Singapore“.

The organization claims it will embark on engagement programmes such as talks and conferences, involving schools and youth groups. It is also said to be in discussion with the Ministry of Education to develop initiatives for schools. The organization’s website encourages the public to send in stories that 
demonstrate “honour in action”.

However, despite its claims of being multi-religious, its Board of Directors is comprised entirely of leaders of Full Gospel Business (FGB) Singapore, a Christian outfit whose stated mission is to bring the ministry of the Christian faith into the marketplace. Furthermore, Mr Jason Wong, the Executive Director of Honour Singapore, is also the Chairman of Focus On The Family, a Christian group well-known for adopting a discriminatory attitude toward the LGBT community under the advocacy of so-called “family values”.

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No need for Faisal to apologize

August 6, 2014 by · 4 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
06 August 2014

Workers’ Party MP Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap has apologized for accusations that he made in Parliament against the HDB, because he refused to substantiate his claims by publicly disclosing personal details of those involved.

During the debate on the Family Justice Bill, Mr Faisal had said that when he was a counsellor, a couple approached him for assistance with their housing issues. The couple had allegedly told Faisal that an officer from the HDB advised them to file for divorce, so that the woman would be eligible to purchase a flat under the Singles Scheme. The couple could then subsequently remarry. This accusation, if true, would be very damaging to the integrity of the officer who made the suggestion.

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