POLITICS

TAN CHUAN JIN: SOMETIMES IT MAKES MATTERS WORSE TO POST YOUR PROBLEMS ONLINE

THEREALSINGAPORE 23 November 2014 - 11:37am

This was first raised to me by an online site who posted the video interview by Marcus Tan or Mohd Bin Japar, and thereafter, a number of you sent various links to me asking me to do something about the injustices done to him. I was quite puzzled by the approach he took especially as the complaint had been sent to us to investigate. MOM followed up on the matter. Since then, the individual appears to have regretted taking the actions he did and has withdrawn his claims. But look at the hate that has been generated.


SINGFIRST: FOLLOWING YOUR HEART IS NOT ENOUGH!

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 November 2014 - 9:16pm

In line with the new Singaporeans First (SingFirst) logo of a head and a heart within, I thought it would be appropriate and timely to pen my thoughts on why following one’s heart is simply not enough. You need your heart and head to make rational and acceptable decisions.


SDP: WHAT SORT OF AN EDUCATION SYSTEM IS THIS?

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 November 2014 - 2:56pm

As this article is published, thousands of pupils would have gone back to school to collect their PSLE results. Some students will celebrate; others will be in tears, crushed in spirit. What sort of system inflicts such travesty on 12-year-olds? What sort of education do we have that treats academic performance like a trophy sport: Glory in victory and agony in defeat?


JOHOR ASSEMBLYMAN: STRIP CITIZENSHIP OF THOSE NOT WELL-VERSED IN MALAY

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 November 2014 - 8:53pm

An assemblyman caused a stir in the state assembly when he suggested that students who fail to master the national language be stripped of their citizenship. Datuk Dr Shahruddin Salleh (BN-Jorak) (pic) said many students were not able to master the language and this was even prevalent among the Malays.


DR CHEE SOON JUAN: DOUBLE STANDARDS OF RULE OF LAW IN SINGAPORE

THEREALSINGAPORE 19 November 2014 - 5:48pm

Below is the text of Dr Chee Soon Juan's speech at the International Bar Association's Rule of Law Symposium in Tokyo in October 2014 where the theme was Freedom of Expression: Your excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, My participation in this Symposium is rather convoluted. In 2007, when the IBA held its annual conference in Singapore, I could not attend as I was not a member then. I had attended the rule of law symposium back then, but even that was fraught with difficulties.


TEN PROMINENT OPPOSITION FIGURES TO LOOK OUT FOR IN THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION

THEREALSINGAPORE 17 November 2014 - 10:04am

she was the darling of the previous general election and has at least 150,000 facebook fans to date. Her ability to connect with the people and speaks from the emotive depth of her heart moved tens of thousands to vote for her and her team in NSP Marine Parade. Marine Parade was the NSP's best show during last GE garnering almost 46% of the total votes casted even though the PAP team there is helmed by ex-PM Mr Goh Chok Tong.


DAVID TAN : OUR MALAY STUDENTS ARE UNDER-UTILISED AND UNDER-NURTURED

THEREALSINGAPORE 16 November 2014 - 4:34pm

During my Raffles Institution (RI) teaching days, I had the privilege to have many Malay boys as my students. Many came from poor homes although they were bright, intelligent and very polite. Many of them loved to play soccer but after each game, were too poor to buy drinks to quench their thirst. I helped them out in small ways by forking out part of my meagre salary to buy bottles of syrup drinks so they could mix with tap water to drink. I took many photographs with them during those RI days. Most of them were very good looking and talented in soccer, music and art.


DR CHEE SOON JUAN: WITHOUT FREEDOM THERE IS NO FREE TRADE

THEREALSINGAPORE 15 November 2014 - 8:36am

Trade agreements are often promoted as a means to keep prices down and employment up. The matter, as one might expect, is not so straightforward especially when political freedom is not part of the equation. The Singapore experience with free trade agreements is, perhaps, instructive. For years, human rights in the city-state have been dirty words, it was taboo to speak of them.


SINGFIRST: AUNTIES SAY 应该了…TIME FOR CHANGE

THEREALSINGAPORE 12 November 2014 - 8:46pm

Singaporeans were warm towards SingFirst on Sunday 9 Nov 2014 morning as more than 20 of us went on our first walkabout around the Holland Drive Market and Food Centre in Tanjong Pagar GRC. The most enthusiastic among the residents were a group of aunties who urged us on, shouting “Do Not Fear” in Hokkien and telling us “应该了” (This needs to change) as they have had no chance to vote for a very long time.


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