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Are the authorities doing enough to prevent the spread of Wuhan virus in Singapore?Are the authorities doing enough to prevent the spread of... It was reported in Bloomberg that not all who are affected by the Wuhan virus showed symptoms of fever. In fact, further evidence has shown that it takes time to see the effect - there lies the danger to us. As such, even though visitors are screened and cleared to enter at all our checkpoints, it does not necessarily...

MOM'S figures of Singaporeans in labour force extremely disturbingMOM'S figures of Singaporeans in labour force extremely disturbing Figures released today by MOM on Singapore citizens in the labour force are extremely disturbing. One statistic stands out above everything else. The MOM reports that "The increase in employment rate of Singapore citizens over the last decade (from 60.0% in June 2009 to 63.6% in June 2019) was driven most consistently...

Is the label divisive force a bogeyman to take the attention away from real issues?Is the label divisive force a bogeyman to take the attention... The latest label being thrown at Singapore citizens - from a Minister no less  are - "divisive force" and/ or "divisive forces"! Is this so called "divisive force" that the PAP are talking about, really the feelings of the average people that you would encounter on an daily everyday basis? Working class Singapore...

Despite the witholding of data, we must fight on to give real meaning to democracy Despite the witholding of data, we must fight on to give... The government's consistent refusal to be transparent and reveal data that affects the well being of Singaporeans only tells you one thing - they are afraid that when facts are made known it may be too dangerous to their position. In the days before social media, they could accuse and stick on you any label as they...

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Whether a Statement is True or False Cannot be 'Based on the Minister's Interpretation'Whether a Statement is True or False Cannot be 'Based on... The Straits Times reported Deputy AG Hri Kumar who is representing Manpower Minister Josephine Teo in the POFMA issue saying: "the minister who initiates a Pofma direction will look at the article or statement in question and determine what he believes to be its meaning. A correction direction can then be issued...

Is Singapore ready for malign foreign influence?Is Singapore ready for malign foreign influence? Singaporean politicians and commentators repeatedly emphasise the dangers of malign foreign interference. Attention has moved from a foreign academic being expelled for being an ‘agent of influence’ to civil society activists meeting with foreign leaders and independent media receiving foreign foundation funding. Opinion...

Minister Chan's statistics lead us to more questions on workforce numbersMinister Chan's statistics lead us to more questions on workforce... Minister Chan Chun Sing revealed that 17% of new jobs went to PRs, whilst they make up a total of 15% of the Singaporean workforce.  In my opinion, this is engaging in typical selective disclosure as several questions immediately come to mind: 1) Why did he report only on total jobs created between 2015 and 2018?...

Dr Chee: It would be ludicrous for the MOM to say that 'in the minister's view' the earth is roundDr Chee: It would be ludicrous for the MOM to say that 'in... The most shocking part of the Manpower Minister Josephine Teo's POFMA action against the SDP involves this statement in the MOM's affidavit: "Counsel will elaborate further on the legal position: what has been set out is, in the Minister's view, the correct, reasonable interpretation, and there is no other reasonable...

SDP to present three reasons why POFMA case should be heard in open courtSDP to present three reasons why POFMA case should be heard...   The SDP will argue before the Judge in chambers tomorrow morning to transfer the hearing to open court. We have asked the AGC whether it objects to our application but have not had a reply. Our argument is three-fold: Unlike other cases between private entities over domestic disputes that have limited interest...

Human Rights Watch: New ‘Online Falsehoods’ Law Further Curbs RightsHuman Rights Watch: New ‘Online Falsehoods’ Law Further... Singapore’s government placed greater restrictions on the country’s already sharply curtailed free expression rights in 2019, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020. The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA), which took effect in October, permits a single government...

SDP to Apply for POFMA Hearing to be Heard in Open CourtSDP to Apply for POFMA Hearing to be Heard in Open Court The POFMA case between the SDP and MOM will be heard in the High Court on Thursday, 16 Jan. Unfortunately, the matter is scheduled to be heard in Chambers (6F) rather than open court. This means that the public and media will not be allowed to attend. The SDP will, however, apply to the judge to have the case...

An economy on steroids will break down sooner or laterAn economy on steroids will break down sooner or later Does PM Lee Hsien Loong think that increasing immigration and inflow of foreign workers the best way to keep on driving the economy? Since he took over in 2004, we see an "artificial" influx of immigration - a contrast with the "natural" population growth from 1965 to 2004 under former Prime Ministers Lee Kuan Yew and...

Why should Singpaoreans and PRs be lumped together for employment statistics?Why should Singpaoreans and PRs be lumped together for employment... Why did the government lump Singaporeans and PRs together when tabulating statistics for local employment? So as not to pit Singaporeans against PRs? Obviously not. I believe the most probable reason for lumping these two components together is to confuse the populace regarding the actual number of employment created...

Singaporean applies to High Court for criminal revision regarding extradition to MalaysiaSingaporean applies to High Court for criminal revision regarding... Mohan Rajangam, the 50-year-old Singaporean who recently spoke to TOC about his traumatic arrest by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and his subsequent extradition to Malaysia in 2015, has filed an application to the Singapore High Court for a criminal revision. Mr Mohan will be represented by human rights lawyer...

Editorials
NHC: The Coronavirus' transmission ability has become...

NHC: The Coronavirus' transmission ability has become...

The mysterious Coronavirus is now spreading more rapidly and little is still known about it, according...
United States to shutdown its Consulate General in...

United States to shutdown its Consulate General in...

The United States (via its embassy in Beijing) has announced that it is temporarily shutting down...
Hello Asia, 7 million possible Coronavirus carriers...

Hello Asia, 7 million possible Coronavirus carriers...

Throngs of visitors from China are expected to visit countries throughout the world, particularly in...
China shuts all cities within HuBei province

China shuts all cities within HuBei province

The provincial government of HuBei has ordered the complete shutdown of all non-essential public...
Coronavirus infection figures (@1630 hours on 26 Jan)

Coronavirus infection figures (@1630 hours on 26 Jan)

Attached are the latest updates from around the world on the Coronavirus infection: . China Confirmed:...
PM Lee: Staying open to talent is the key for Singapore...

PM Lee: Staying open to talent is the key for Singapore...

Speaking at an interview to conclude the World Economic Forum, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the...
14 cities in HuBei province locked down as Coronavirus...

14 cities in HuBei province locked down as Coronavirus...

The authorities in China have announced further cumpulsory measures to curb the spread of the deadly...
What we know about the Wuhan's Coronavirus so far

What we know about the Wuhan's Coronavirus so far

Here is what we know so far about the Coronavirus (also known as 2019-nCoV) that has resulted in the...
China locks down virus city Wuhan and its neighbors

China locks down virus city Wuhan and its neighbors

Wuhan (武汉), the capital city (省会) of Hubei province in China has been "sealed off and isolated",...
Lawyers for liberty seeks declaration from Malaysian...

Lawyers for liberty seeks declaration from Malaysian...

Through a Facebook post on Thursday (23 Jan), international human rights lawyer M Ravi said that...
Li Shengwu: I will not continue to participate in the...

Li Shengwu: I will not continue to participate in the...

Through a Facebook post on Wednesday (22 Jan), the grandson of Singapore's founding Prime Minister...
SDP to focus on three key issues for upcoming elections

SDP to focus on three key issues for upcoming elections

On Sunday (19 Jan), the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) had visited several constituencies as part...
Wishing Our Chinese Readers Happy and Prosperous Lunar...

Wishing Our Chinese Readers Happy and Prosperous Lunar...

The [email protected] Emeritus would like to wish all our Chinese readers: A Very Happy and Prosperous Lunar...
Pritam Singh: WP needs to contest and win 1/3 of seats...

Pritam Singh: WP needs to contest and win 1/3 of seats...

At the annual WP Members’ Forum on Sunday (19 Jan), Secretary-General Pritam Singh spoke of the...
Netizens wonder if PAP can deliver a first class political...

Netizens wonder if PAP can deliver a first class political...

Speaking at the annual public service leadership dinner at Shangri-La hotel on Friday (17 Jan),...
The curious case of JSA6983

The curious case of JSA6983

Earlier this week, Facebook page SG Road Vigilante posted a dashcam video of a Malaysian-registered...
Opinions
Will a 2-house leglistature work better?

Will a 2-house leglistature work better?

Governance Systems: there is a basic problem with 4 or 5 year electoral cycles. It is too short for meaningful...
Difficult to change legacy system

Difficult to change legacy system

My friend said that it is when the traditional manufacturers like GM, Ford, Toyota, BMW starts to manufacture...
Grandpa’s Revenge

Grandpa’s Revenge

Opposition Politics in Singapore is a thankless task. Generally speaking, the role of the opposition...
Will POFMA lead to self-censorship?

Will POFMA lead to self-censorship?

Does POFMA lead to self-censorship? I think it does. While I recognise the problem of fake news,...
Will Singapore do well under a non PAP govt?

Will Singapore do well under a non PAP govt?

I will be frank. There will be good and bad points. What are the good points that come from a new...
Era of cheap money but no fixed rate housing loans...

Era of cheap money but no fixed rate housing loans...

DBS named Social Enterprise Champion of the Year at President's Challenge Social Enterprise Awards 2019.......
To truly succeed, the opposition needs to rewire and...

To truly succeed, the opposition needs to rewire and...

Academic Lam Peng Er put it, do we want an opposition that can “attract in greater numbers and...
How to get local born citizens to accept new citizens

How to get local born citizens to accept new citizens

I like to suggest how to get our local born citizens to accept new citizens. We should expect the...
Beneath the politically correct answers lie a deeper...

Beneath the politically correct answers lie a deeper...

It was interesting to watch the Q&A section at the recent Singapore Perspectives 2020 conference,...
A national identity does not come easy - can we trust...

A national identity does not come easy - can we trust...

At the recent Singapore Perspectives 2020 forum, I have asked Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat...
Is such massive population growth sustainable?

Is such massive population growth sustainable?

Have a look at this:     22,550 Singapore Citizens and 32,710 PRs were granted between...
Single mum with 16 year-old son stayed in police lock-up...

Single mum with 16 year-old son stayed in police lock-up...

Felt shocked to realise that a single mum with a school-going 16-year-old son was arrested at her...
To build an inclusive society

To build an inclusive society

Whenever I hear PM Lee say that he wants to build an inclusive society, I wonder what he means. He...
POFMA is a complete adulteration of legal principles!

POFMA is a complete adulteration of legal principles!

I read with incredulity the submission of Deputy Attorney-General Hri Kumar to the High Court that the...
Chan Chun Sing - 80% of jobs created went to Singaporeans

Chan Chun Sing - 80% of jobs created went to Singaporeans

SINGAPORE: Of the nearly 60,000 new jobs created for the local workforce between 2015 and 2018, about...
Queuing for popular items

Queuing for popular items

People can queue for many hours, sometimes days, for popular products, for example: a) new product...
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Snippets
MOM'S figures of Singaporeans in labour force extremely...

MOM'S figures of Singaporeans in labour force extremely...

Figures released today by MOM on Singapore citizens in the labour force are extremely disturbing. One...
Whether a Statement is True or False Cannot be 'Based...

Whether a Statement is True or False Cannot be 'Based...

The Straits Times reported Deputy AG Hri Kumar who is representing Manpower Minister Josephine Teo...
Is Singapore ready for malign foreign influence?

Is Singapore ready for malign foreign influence?

Singaporean politicians and commentators repeatedly emphasise the dangers of malign foreign interference....
Dr Chee: It would be ludicrous for the MOM to say that...

Dr Chee: It would be ludicrous for the MOM to say that...

The most shocking part of the Manpower Minister Josephine Teo's POFMA action against the SDP involves...
SDP to present three reasons why POFMA case should...

SDP to present three reasons why POFMA case should...

  The SDP will argue before the Judge in chambers tomorrow morning to transfer the hearing to...
Human Rights Watch: New ‘Online Falsehoods’ Law...

Human Rights Watch: New ‘Online Falsehoods’ Law...

Singapore’s government placed greater restrictions on the country’s already sharply curtailed...
SDP to Apply for POFMA Hearing to be Heard in Open...

SDP to Apply for POFMA Hearing to be Heard in Open...

The POFMA case between the SDP and MOM will be heard in the High Court on Thursday, 16 Jan. Unfortunately,...
Singaporean applies to High Court for criminal revision...

Singaporean applies to High Court for criminal revision...

Mohan Rajangam, the 50-year-old Singaporean who recently spoke to TOC about his traumatic arrest...
The alleged delay in the release of the EBRC report

The alleged delay in the release of the EBRC report

Earlier today, we were queried by the media about our thoughts on the alleged delay in the release...
SDP Files Case Against MOM in High Court to Fight for...

SDP Files Case Against MOM in High Court to Fight for...

The SDP has filed an Originating Summons against Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo in the High...
Josephine Teo's Refusal to Substantiate POFMA Allegation...

Josephine Teo's Refusal to Substantiate POFMA Allegation...

In rejecting the SDP's application for the cancellation of the Correction Directions, the MOM has...
Letters
Minister Gan's track record does not give confidence...

Minister Gan's track record does not give confidence...

As Minister of Health, Gan Kim Yong has overseen some of the worse cock-ups in our medical system. Below...
Are the authorities doing enough to prevent the spread...

Are the authorities doing enough to prevent the spread...

It was reported in Bloomberg that not all who are affected by the Wuhan virus showed symptoms of fever....
Is the label

Is the label "divisive force" a bogeyman to take the...

The latest label being thrown at Singapore citizens - from a Minister no less  are - "divisive force"...
Despite the witholding of data, we must fight on to...

Despite the witholding of data, we must fight on to...

The government's consistent refusal to be transparent and reveal data that affects the well being...
Minister Chan's statistics lead us to more questions...

Minister Chan's statistics lead us to more questions...

Minister Chan Chun Sing revealed that 17% of new jobs went to PRs, whilst they make up a total of...
An economy on steroids will break down sooner or later

An economy on steroids will break down sooner or later

Does PM Lee Hsien Loong think that increasing immigration and inflow of foreign workers the best way...
Why should Singpaoreans and PRs be lumped together...

Why should Singpaoreans and PRs be lumped together...

Why did the government lump Singaporeans and PRs together when tabulating statistics for local employment? So...
We can get you the numbers, but you don't need to know

We can get you the numbers, but you don't need to know

I refer to this article on Today. Basically, in Parliament on 6th January, the PAP declared that Singaporeans...
Thank you, Dr. Chee!

Thank you, Dr. Chee!

Even though we are a democratic country, Singaporeans have lost the basic right to question the...
Why?

Why?

1. Despite having billions of budget surplus from each financial year but the gov intends to increase...
Alliance a small step but is good news for opposition...

Alliance a small step but is good news for opposition...

The 4 opposition parties that have announced an alliance are the less popular ones, so it’s good...
Beware of PAP's free lunch!

Beware of PAP's free lunch!

The great Margaret Thatcher, arguably UK's best post-war Prime Minister, once  said "There is no...
Sticky & Recent Articles

Statement from the editor: Sgpolitics.net did NOT participate in the misleading spin provided by the mainstream media

Statement from the editor: Sgpolitics.net did NOT participate in the misleading spin provided by the mainstream media

UPDATE (09 March, 3.40pm): Ms Wendy Halim has clarified with me over email. She said it was a misunderstanding. She mistook ST reporter Mr Sujin Thomas ([email protected]) as me. Mr Sujin Thomas had responded to her very curtly and abruptly. Thus Ms Halim felt the need to write back. Statement from Ng E-Jay, 09 March 2009, 1.00pm I... 

Are we living in an Orwellian Singapore?

Are we living in an Orwellian Singapore?

By Lee Chong Meng, Guest Columnist The latest saga of David Widjaja & Zhou Zheng at NTU has woken me up from a slumber. The attempt by the mainstream media to cover up the matter has posed question whether the MSM is still credible,as they always boasts of. I read in MSM that the professor tried to snatch the knife from... 

重视我们的文化遗产和尊重多元化并不是无知

重视我们的文化遗产和尊重多元化并不是无知

本文针对2009年3月7日在海峡时报交流版上,李资政首席私人秘书徐宏达所写的文章《提倡学习方言是愚蠢的》。 在他的文章里,徐先生认为提倡华族方言是愚蠢的,因为它将威胁新加坡有关双语政策的有效性。他也重申华语将是所有华人的母语。 我只能说徐先生是错得太彻底了。 第一,他所提到所有中国方言都是由来已久的语言。中华语言经一个高度区域化的发展,已经发展成六到十二种地方群体(端赖分类的方法)。主要的地方群体包括吴(9千万人)、闽(7千万人)、广东或粤(7千万人)。闽南(闽方言的南部分支)包括福建... 

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