SDP on the CPF protest saga: Criticise if we must but let us also encourage

RoyHuiHui

Singapore Democratic Party
30 September 2014

Much acrimony has emanated from the Return Our CPF protest at Hong Lim Park last Saturday. As complex and difficult as things are, let us focus on what we can all learn from the episode.

First, Mr Roy Ngerng and Ms Han Hui Hui should offer an apology to the children and parents who were present at the event and were affected by the protest.

Roy has asked to meet with the children and parents to apologise to them. This is the right thing to do.

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Government should focus on job creation, not dictating whether degrees are important

September 3, 2014 by · 3 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
03 September 2014

The government has in recent times been trying to de-emphasize the importance of degrees. Mr Khaw Boon Wan said in 2013 that Singaporeans do not need to be university graduates to be successful. PM Lee repeated a similar point in his National Day rally speech when he said that a university degree need not be the only route to a fulfilling career for young Singaporeans.

On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean further added that the abundance of higher education opportunities now means that a degree is not quite the “one-way ticket to success” it once was (see here).

Mr Teo also said, “Universities must provide their graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare them for the job market. Otherwise, they may be graduates, but they may not be suited for the job market as they do not have the skills and knowledge that the industry requires.”

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As a parent, how do YOU talk to your kids about sex?

September 2, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
02 September 2014

In school, we have sex education classes for teenagers. But what about sex education classes for parents? Surely, if we want parents to be able to educate their kids well on matters of the heart and the flesh, they should also be provided with sex education classes.

The underlying assumption of course is that parents are mature and know it all, so what is there to teach them? Well, I suspect a lot. I feel parents sometimes need sex education classes as much as their growing kids. And for much the same reason — if they can’t handle the issue of human sexuality well, how can they pass on proper values and be good role models? Surely no right-thinking parent would expect schools to do all the work for them.

Let me just give a simple example to explain why I have brought up this topic today. On the internet (see Melissa Tsang’s blog post for instance) as well through some personal observations in real life, I have noticed that when parents first realize that their kids have had sexual encounters with their significant others before the parents feel they are ready to, these might be some of their responses:

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