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SMOS Lam Pin Min: There is sufficient supply of masks in SingaporeSMOS Lam Pin Min: There is sufficient supply of masks in... Earlier today, I joined Seah Kian Peng to visit one of our warehouses to check on our masks stockpile. We would like to reassure Singaporeans that there is sufficient supply of masks in Singapore, if we use them sensibly and responsibly. There is no need to rush to buy masks. We are working with retailers like NTUC...

Handling of the Wuhan crisis does not give confidence in PAP leadershipHandling of the Wuhan crisis does not give confidence in... After much radio silence, PM Lee gave a press conference while in Davos to say that Singaporeans don’t need to panic. Singaporeans immediately responded to PM’s unwarranted and childish response, highlighting that even President Xi was taking it so seriously and ordering many cities to be locked down. After...

Minister Gan's track record does not give confidence in the midst of a health crisisMinister Gan's track record does not give confidence in the... As Minister of Health, Gan Kim Yong has overseen some of the worse cock-ups in our medical system. Below are some examples: - Hepatitis C outbreak at SGH which affected 25 patients, of which eight have died. - Online leak of the confidential information of 14,200 HIV-positive people. - SingHealth data breach where...

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...

SDP'S Response to AG's ComplaintSDP'S Response to AG's Complaint Singapore Democrats

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...

Editorials
Another 'outbreak' expected in September 2020?

Another 'outbreak' expected in September 2020?

On Weibo, one of China's most popular forum, netizens are predicting that another 'outbreak' is very...
Longer holiday for residents in Hubei province, China

Longer holiday for residents in Hubei province, China

Further to the additional 3 days of national holiday announced by the central government in China, the...
Minister Lawrence Wong clarifies 'Quarantine Allowance'

Minister Lawrence Wong clarifies 'Quarantine Allowance'

National Developmen Minister Lawrence Wong has posted an update on his Facebook, clarifying that the...
More fast track ways to get Singapore PR

More fast track ways to get Singapore PR

From 1 Mar onward, Singapore will offer a "fast-track" path to PR status under a revised Global Investor...
Millions 'escaped' from virus city prior to lock-down

Millions 'escaped' from virus city prior to lock-down

Millions of residents had left virus city Wuhan prior to the complete lock down, according to local city...
Coronavirus infection figures (@0430 hours on 30 Jan)

Coronavirus infection figures (@0430 hours on 30 Jan)

The Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China rages on, as more are infected with the virus that’s...
Dr Tan Cheng Bock: PSP is here for the long-run

Dr Tan Cheng Bock: PSP is here for the long-run

Speaking at the opening ceremony for the Progress Singapore Party headquarters on Monday (Jan 27), Dr...
Celebrating Chinese New Year during lock-downs

Celebrating Chinese New Year during lock-downs

Despite the paralyzing travel bans and closure of entertainment and food outlets in majority of China,...
NHC: The Coronavirus' transmission ability has become...

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

The mysterious Coronavirus is now spreading more rapidly and still little is 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 (@1000 hours on 27 Jan)

Coronavirus infection figures (@1000 hours on 27 Jan)

Latest updates have moved here. Attached are the latest updates from around the world on the Coronavirus...
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...
Opinions
Wuhan Virus - Singapore's vulnerability

Wuhan Virus - Singapore's vulnerability

SINGAPORE — Singapore’s economy will definitely be impacted by the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak,...
Debt Recovery In Public Services: Should Constituents...

Debt Recovery In Public Services: Should Constituents...

"Walk a mile in his moccasins (shoes)" is a quote often attributed to unknown American native Indian...
Why are we paying $100 a day to those quarantined?

Why are we paying $100 a day to those quarantined?

I fell off my chair when I came to know about Lawrence Wong’s announcement that those who are quarantined...
Silent Cultural Revolution in Singapore

Silent Cultural Revolution in Singapore

What was the Cultural Revolution in China in the 1966? In 1966, China was engulfed with the fire...
A democracy tends to favor the rich and the cronies

A democracy tends to favor the rich and the cronies

Singaporeans are very smart. They want to have a democratic govt that takes care of the people. They...
Singapore's education conundrum - something is fake

Singapore's education conundrum - something is fake

Language aside, the general school facilities and resources in Indian government schools are not...
Call to PAP Government to enforce quarantine measures...

Call to PAP Government to enforce quarantine measures...

The Wuhan Virus situation in China is getting out of control, otherwise the Chinese Communist Party...
Will a 2-house legislature work better?

Will a 2-house legislature 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,...
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SMOS Lam Pin Min: There is sufficient supply of masks...

SMOS Lam Pin Min: There is sufficient supply of masks...

Earlier today, I joined Seah Kian Peng to visit one of our warehouses to check on our masks stockpile. We...
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...
Letters
Handling of the Wuhan crisis does not give confidence...

Handling of the Wuhan crisis does not give confidence...

After much radio silence, PM Lee gave a press conference while in Davos to say that Singaporeans...
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....
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...
Sticky & Recent Articles

Straits Times’ credibility in serious doubt by publishing Mr Chua Sheng Yang’s highly critical letter about Mr Tan Kin Lian

Straits Times’ credibility in serious doubt by publishing Mr Chua Sheng Yang’s highly critical letter about Mr Tan Kin Lian

By Eugene Yeo, Senior writer Since we publish the phone interview of Mr Chua Sheng Yang, many readers wrote in to lambast Mr Chua for not checking his facts before submitting the article and The Straits Times for not proof-reading it before publishing. Some have questioned the authencity of the interview and challenge us to... 

Our money, our right to know

Our money, our right to know

By Choo Zheng Xi, Chief Editor, The Online Citizen Minister of State for National Development Ms Grace Fu stated in Parliament that the original rationale of the Town Council (TC) scheme was to ‘devolve’ responsibilities such as financial accountability to individual MPs. “Devolution” is a term used to describe... 

Rebuking PM Lee’s flawed concepts of “two-party” state

Rebuking PM Lee’s flawed concepts of “two-party” state

By Fang Zhi Yuan, Chief Editor [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHXVrxWL-zU&hl=en&fs=1] For the second time in a week, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong broached the impracticability of having a two-party system in Singapore, a reflection of how close the topic is to his heart. A TWO-PARTY system cannot work in... 

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