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Op Ed : Fake News Laws in Singapore

Op Ed : Fake News Laws in Singapore

I have been wondering why there has been little traction with the objections towards the fake news laws. One criticism is that letting Ministers have the first say in take-down orders puts too much power in their hands. Apart from most Singaporeans being more interested in material values and bread and butter issues, one reason…

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Budget 2018: More thoughts

Budget 2018: More thoughts

In the post Budget 2018 discussion, I feel there are some wong arguments, but also opinions based on value judgements where there isn’t a clear right or wrong. First, there are the usual snake oil sellers who tell you that we can spend more money without raising revenue, or insisting we should draw on our…

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CHANGES TO THE POLITICAL SYSTEM – PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS 2016 January

CHANGES TO THE POLITICAL SYSTEM – PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS 2016 January

The one thing that stood out in yesterday’s Presidential Address was the remarks about possible changes to Singapore’s political system. As I have argued before, whilst the PAP still has its 2/3 majority, it needs to implement constitutional changes to safeguard the future of Singapore, and ensure we avoid the degeneration that Western political systems…

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An Act of War

An Act of War

President Hollande has finally called the Paris attacks what they really are – an act of war. It is inane to characterise these and similar attacks as mere acts of terror or the acts of religious extremists. ISIS has grown into a state that both operates within a physical, geographical domain in the Middle East,…

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The Final Chapter

The Final Chapter

In the last few days, the reality is finally setting in that Mr. Lee Kuan Yew is entering the final moments of his life. When the news began to filter to me on Wednesday that the media were gathering at the Singapore General Hospital, and there were sightings of next-of-kin arriving, I too thought that…

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A Deadly Serious Election

A Deadly Serious Election

PM Lee has said that the next General Election will be ‘deadly serious’ as each constituency would be fought on national issues, not local issues. Each constituency will fight a National Election and not a By-Election. In my humble opinion, PM Lee is by and large correct. Singapore is so uniformly run that we cannot…

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Let The Vanquished Tell Their Tales

Let The Vanquished Tell Their Tales

Every Singaporean should agree with the MCI Minister Yaacob Ibrahim that it was fortunate that the Communists lost the battle for Singapore in the early days of our state; as it turned out Communism proved to be a fatally flawed political system that eventually collapsed. Even China is now only nominally communist, having adopted capitalist…

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Reply to TOC’s Facebook Page re-post of Andy Wong’s article on MDA Regulations

Reply to TOC’s Facebook Page re-post of Andy Wong’s article on MDA Regulations

Some of these points I have already put on my Facebook Page, but I think it is useful to re-post on my blog, and add some clarifications. Firstly, I have never said MDA regulates companies. That is the job of ACRA. Neither have I said that MDA is only interested in regulating companies. I have…

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