So, Yang Yin is part of this “Singaporean core”?

Yang Yin, Chinese national and Singapore PR

Yang Yin, Chinese national and Singapore PR

The issues of foreigners and foreign labour have been in the spotlight for many years, going way back to the 1990s, in fact. If you do a search on parliamentary reports or speeches, you realise that Members of Parliament way back were already raising concerns about opening the door too widely to them.

And so, it is no surprise that the issues have in fact gotten even more intense attention in recent years, especially with the influx gaining ground up until recently (at least according to what the government is claiming).

So now, because of political and public pressure, the government has decided to maintain a “two-thirds” “Singaporean core” in the economy, or workforce, according to Manpower Minister, Lim Swee Say, on Thursday. Read More…

Pity, Calvin

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Cheng

Calvin Cheng is an acquaintance of mine. I even had him on my Facebook “friends” list. But not anymore. I removed him after his latest Facebook posting which insinuated that the writings or work of playwright Alfian Sa’at were such a potential threat that “the Government should watch commentators” like Alfian “closely”.

He then accused Alfian of “irresponsible rhetoric”, and likened Alfian to “domestic agitators”.

Read in context, these unsubstantiated claims and their insinuations are obvious.

Many have taken Calvin Cheng to task, and I shall not go into arguing against the points in his posting.

They are clearly pure nonsense.

What I am more interested in is Calvin Cheng’s membership in the Media Literacy Council (MLC), a government-appointed outfit which advises the Government on “research, trends and developments pertaining to the Internet and media, and appropriate policy responses.” Read More…

Hanging offenders with low IQ – where is mercy?

MohammadIt was nothing but a blip in the news cycle here.

39-year old man hanged for a vicious murder of a 69-year old woman.

He had stabbed her more than 110 times during a robbery in her flat 10 years ago, in 2005.

His brother was also arrested and sentenced to death for being accomplice to the crime – but he was later found not guilty and was released.

It all looks like any other “normal” case of murder – until you realise that the man in question, Mohammad bin Kadar, has an IQ of just 76, which is below average for an ordinary person.

He had appealed his sentence but it was rejected by the appeals court.

His petition for presidential clemency was also rejected by President Tony Tan.

And so, on early Friday morning, 17 April 2015, Mohammad was finally hanged in Changi Prison. Read More…

Why did newspaper reject SKM’s statement on Amos Yee?

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There are several troubling things about the way our local mainstream media is reporting the Amos Yee case.

First, there was the false impression given by a Straits Times report that Amos Yee’s mother had made a police report against her son.

The Straits Times had reported:

“A teenager who is in police custody for posting a video online that insulted Christianity and attacked Mr Lee Kuan Yew has been declared by his mother to be beyond her control.

“A reliable source told The Straits Times Amos Yee’s mother has made a police report to that effect.”

But as Amos’ mother told The Online Citizen (TOC), the report gave the wrong impression that somehow she was not getting along with her son, or that she wanted the police to do something to her son.

“I did not file a police report to have my son arrested,” Amos’ mother told TOC plainly.

By the way, Amos’ mother has been with her son at every court appearance, even visiting him when he was in remand.

Notice how it was the so-called alternative media (TOC) which clarified the truth of the matter.

And then there is the utter silence in the mainstream media of the vicious and vulgar threats made against Amos Yee, including one by a grassroots leader and a pro-PAP Facebook page.

There is absolutely nothing about these threats in the mainstream media. Read More…

Amos Yee and the intolerance of the hysterical minority

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Christians are offended? Really?

Vincent Law, a family and youth counsellor, has stepped forward and bailed out 16-year old Amos Yee on Tuesday.

Yee was being held by the authorities because no one had posted the S$20,000 bail for him over the weekend.

He had been in remand for 4 days, and is being charged for three alleged offences which are (quoting local news reports):

  • Allegedly causing matter to be seen and heard by five victims by creating a video clip containing remarks against Christianity with the deliberate intention of wounding the feelings of Christians.
  • Allegedly transmitting electronically an image showing obscene figures, believed to be a cartoon or caricature of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Mr Lee in an unflattering sexual depiction.
  • Allegedly making an insulting video clip online containing remarks about Mr Lee which was intended to be heard and seen by persons likely to be distressed by the same.

As his case is before the courts, I shall not delve into it specifically.

Instead, my concern is a wider one of how the government decide what is allowable and what is not, in the area of things which are deemed to be sensitive for some religions and their adherents. Read More…

Poison pen fliers – a virulent kind of sneakiness

Victor Lye's poison pen flier

Should the police investigate the PAP poison pen fliers incident?

Since a branch chairman of the People’s Action Party (PAP) led a group of party activists to distribute anti-Workers’ Party (WP) fliers in Aljunied, questions have been raised asking if the Singapore Police Force (SPF) should investigate the matter.

Briefly, the PAP branch chairman for the Bedok Reservoir area of the constituency, Victor Lye, together with his group of activists, had apparently distributed perhaps thousands of fliers to the flats in the area, urging residents to query the WP on issues pertaining to the running of the town council.

Are the actions of Victor Lye, who is also the chairman of the non-political grassroots organisation, the Citizens Consultative Committee (CCC), of the area, setting a precedent, or is he simply following one, when he distributes political literature to the public?

Incidents in recent years, particularly in 2009 and 2010, are instructive in viewing the issue.

In May 2009, several not-so-flattering posters of Member of Parliament for Nee Soon, Lee Bee Wah, were posted at some blocks in the area.

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Where is the junzi, gentleman?

ccsOnce upon a time, PAP leaders spoke of how ministers should be junzi, gentlemen.

“Dr Chee has stood for elections thrice – and lost badly all three times, once receiving just 20 per cent of the vote,” the Minister of Social and Family Development (MSF), Chan Chun Sing, wrote in his letter to the Huffington Post on 15 January protesting that the US-based website was giving “considerable but undeserved attention and space” to Dr Chee.

Mr Chan then went on to list Dr Chee’s alleged shortcomings, dating back more than 20 years, and haughtily concluded:

“It is because of these and other failings that Dr Chee is a political failure.”

Mr Chan’s remarks deriding Dr Chee’s supposed “failure” as a politician have been met with equally derisive reactions from the public towards Mr Chan – they point out that Mr Chan himself is “wet behind the ears” politically, having only entered politics in 2011 through a non-contest in the Tanjong Pagar GRC, helmed by former prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

Some say Mr Chan should not be making fun of Dr Chee when he himself “has not won a single vote”.

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