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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...

We can get you the numbers, but you don't need to knowWe 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 are getting more jobs, 60,000 local employment. Mr Pritam Singh requested for the specific number in terms of PRs and Singaporeans. However, Mr Chan Chun Sing vehemently refused to answer that question. 1)...

Thank you, Dr. Chee!Thank you, Dr. Chee! Even though we are a democratic country, Singaporeans have lost the basic right to question the government which we had voted in. We have many questions on the PAP’s nonsense, and we demand answers on CECA, CPF, Mrs. Pinky’s salary, etc. Of course, many Singaporeans were coerced into voting for PAP as they painted...

The alleged delay in the release of the EBRC reportThe 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 of the report by the Election Boundaries Review Committee ("EBRC"). In our perspective, there is little value in speculating the timing of the EBRC’s report or the reasons for the same. Instead, we have been...

SDP Files Case Against MOM in High Court to Fight for What Little Democratic Space We Have Left in S'poreSDP Files Case Against MOM in High Court to Fight for What... The SDP has filed an Originating Summons against Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo in the High Court. The legal action follows the rejection by Ms Teo of the SDP's application for her to cancel the Correction Directions she issued under POFMA for three of our posts. The court has set 16 January 2020, Thursday,...

Why?Why? 1. Despite having billions of budget surplus from each financial year but the gov intends to increase GST. 2. NUS & NTU having a combined reserve funds of $12 billion, university fees are still on the rise. 3. PUB has made steady profits in excess of over $100 million after gov grants for almost a decade but our...

Editorials
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...
Forum writer: Breaking down data can aid public discourse

Forum writer: Breaking down data can aid public discourse

In the Straits Times Forum on Wed (15 Jan), forum writer Sin Wei Xiang expressed his opinion that...
PSP clarifies on statement made by CEC member Alex...

PSP clarifies on statement made by CEC member Alex...

Earlier, a remark made about the four-party opposition alliance by a key CEC member of Progress Singapore...
A bizzare case of a PR submitting a forged educational...

A bizzare case of a PR submitting a forged educational...

On Tuesday (14 Jan), a press release from the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA) said that a...
Company charged for making false declarations in E-pass...

Company charged for making false declarations in E-pass...

In the first of its kind case, a logistics company was charged on Tuesday (14 Jan) for making a false...
SDP Treasurer organises petition for Marsiling residents,...

SDP Treasurer organises petition for Marsiling residents,...

In a Facebook post on Monday (13 Jan), the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has said that their Treasurer...
Minister Chan: EBRC still pending deliberation

Minister Chan: EBRC still pending deliberation

In a Parliamentary sitting on Monday (6 Jan), Workers' Party Secretary-General Pritam Singh posted...
Is 'Dato' Seri' Desmond Lim making a dig at the newly...

Is 'Dato' Seri' Desmond Lim making a dig at the newly...

In Facebook post on Monday morning (6 Jan), Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) Chairman Desmond Lim...
Four opposition parties form alliance

Four opposition parties form alliance

The first major political development for 2020 took place on Friday (3 Jan) as four opposition parties...
General Elections will be held between 14 to 22 March?

General Elections will be held between 14 to 22 March?

In an opinion piece on Monday (30 Dec), Indian newspaper New Delhi Times has predicted that the next...
Bankruptcy petition served on Jeanne-Marie Ten by NUS

Bankruptcy petition served on Jeanne-Marie Ten by NUS

A bankruptcy petition was served on Miss Jeanne-Marie Ten after she had failed in her legal battle...
PV member: Why is CPF board spending public funds to...

PV member: Why is CPF board spending public funds to...

Peoples' Voice member Kok Meng Cheang shared an experience he had whilst he was at the CPF Board building...
Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!

  Wishing all our readers and contributors: A very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year! Thank...
Data of 2400 MINDEF and SAF personnel affected by data...

Data of 2400 MINDEF and SAF personnel affected by data...

An investigation is being carried out, as two malware incidents on third-party vendors to the MINDEF...
Opinions
Single mum with 16 year-old son arrested for 10-hours...

Single mum with 16 year-old son arrested for 10-hours...

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...
Singapore: A country of coincidences?

Singapore: A country of coincidences?

  Phillip Ang * The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.    
A National demographic disaster - Singaporeans are...

A National demographic disaster - Singaporeans are...

A demographic microscope paints a very bad picture of Singapore’s national makeup and suggests...
With such generous HPS rebate, questions surface about...

With such generous HPS rebate, questions surface about...

It was reported that 760,000 CPF members will be getting a HPS "rebate" of about $500. CPF Board said...
Third world education facilities produce First world...

Third world education facilities produce First world...

It was reported that the Andhra Pradesh government has changed their school’s policy to use English...
Imagine what SDP could do for you if they are in Parliament!

Imagine what SDP could do for you if they are in Parliament!

I was much heartened to read in this morning's news that two blocks of flats at Marsiling Rise - 115...
Has the MOM finally awaken from their slumber?

Has the MOM finally awaken from their slumber?

It was reported that Ti2 Logistics has been charged under for discriminatory hiring practices. Another...
What is Parliament for, if elected MPs cannot ask questions?

What is Parliament for, if elected MPs cannot ask questions?

I'd just like to say something about this ridiculous position government ministers have taken with...
Will a digital banking license necessarily make things...

Will a digital banking license necessarily make things...

Digibank. It is the old vs the new, our local big three (DBS Bank, OCBC and UOB) and a consortium of...
Why are electricity prices increased when the prices...

Why are electricity prices increased when the prices...

A reader asked this question in the Straits Times Forum. The director of the Energy Market Authority...
Respecting the late LG Ng Jui Ping, for his courage...

Respecting the late LG Ng Jui Ping, for his courage...

In an interview with the Sunday Times, the late Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General (LG) Ng...
Expensive F35 figher jets versus helping the underprivileged?

Expensive F35 figher jets versus helping the underprivileged?

The US State Department has approved the sale of 12 F35-B fighter jets to Singapore at an estimated...
Unethical ward costing: MOH should come clean

Unethical ward costing: MOH should come clean

  Phillip Ang * The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.    
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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...
Teo's Update on Discrimination Against S'porean Workers:...

Teo's Update on Discrimination Against S'porean Workers:...

The SDP sent on Friday our official application to Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo to cancel...
Domestic policy challenges for Singapore in an uncertain...

Domestic policy challenges for Singapore in an uncertain...

In 2019, Singapore witnessed a new team of ministers — the fourth generation since political independence...
Letters
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...
My prediction for GE2020

My prediction for GE2020

1) Aljunied GRC: WP to hold Aljunied GRC with 52%-53% of votes - PAP will not invest their manpower...
Will GST increases further cause the death of the Singapore...

Will GST increases further cause the death of the Singapore...

Nowadays, the queue at Kranji MRT waiting for either 170x or CW2 have grown exceptionally long. The...
The bizarre case for higher electricity tariffs

The bizarre case for higher electricity tariffs

It was announced that the electricity tariffs will increase by 3.5% to 24.24 cents per kwh starting...
Time to rethink our policies on NS?

Time to rethink our policies on NS?

Since our PAP government likes to talk about globalism and globalization, let us compare university education...
Sticky & Recent Articles

Look beyond PAP’s empty narratives and it is clear they have failed

Look beyond PAP’s empty narratives and it is clear they have failed

PM Lee said in his New Year Speech: “Here, we will uplift the most vulnerable amongst us, and leave nobody behind whatever the vicissitudes of life.” The picture shows an elderly couple trying to sell some small items at the exit of a MRT station. The elderly uncle stood in the same spot besides a wheelchair-bound elderly... 

An alternative to the Fair Employment Framework?

An alternative to the Fair Employment Framework?

The govt sets up the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) in 2014 to help locals get employment. Under this framework, an employer has to advertise a job opening in the designated Job Bank for a certain period before applying to the MOM to employ a foreigner. Many people have observed that this framework is not working. If the... 

Former NMP Chia is right, CPF does not belong to members

Former NMP Chia is right, CPF does not belong to members

Phillip Ang * The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.      Read More →

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