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Big Brother is not watching you, everyone else is

More seriously, what will be the long-term impact of recording, sharing and shaming? It will make every one more aware of their behaviour in public spaces. I now drive around the island constantly aware that the car behind me may have a video camera recording my driving. I now am even more conscious than ever that I must drive better, graciously give way to cyclists, and signal my intent early – MONSTA is watching.

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CALVIN KOK YING HUI: WHAT DEFINES BRAVERY?

Bravery is defined by using common sense, exercising self-restraint, doing the right thing and doing it right. In this instance, self-restraint was a sound decision. It is no different from digging in the foxhole while artillery drop shell after shell, but you hold, you don’t charge. More self-restraint is required to hold the ground and only strike when the timing is right. I don’t think it is easy for officers there to just fob back things hurled at them with no certainty when reinforcement will come. The commander on the ground made decisions on the fly based on what he saw, what he heard and what his gut feelings were.

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DAVE YAP: Higher S&CC must be justified by services provided

I am disappointed with the reasons for increasing service and conservancy charges: A spike in electricity tariffs, higher spending on lift maintenance and other operational costs.Every resident is affected by the higher cost of utilities, but where do we find recourse? We are always at the mercy of town councils as our sole service provider.Higher fees must be justified by the services provided.

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GIVE CREDIT TO PAP WHERE IT IS DUE

At the risk of being mistaken once again for being a PAPpy dog, I think we should give some credit to the gahmen for having enough foresight to expand our drainage system and build all those NEWater and desalination plants to allow us to tide through this dry spell. My friends in Malaysia are basically stockpiling water because of looming water shortages and rationing. I am so glad we don’t have to go through that kind of inconvenience

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Don’t believe the headlines about the “world’s most expensive city”

The problem lies not with the EIU or with its methodology. It is fit for its purpose, which is specifically to provide guidelines for bosses deciding how to compensate employees being transferred abroad. But reading newspaper headlines suggests that it is a bargain to live in Mumbai or Karachi, the lowest-ranking cities on the list. This may be true for somebody on an expat benefits package with a lavish housing allowance thrown in, but for everyone else, it makes little sense.

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Leftover

The Chinese middle school students in Singapore were influenced by the larger leftist movements elsewhere in Malaya and the region, but had their own goals and activities. They read Mao, but also Maxim Gorky and Bertrand Russell. Their activities were aimed at influencing events from within the existing political framework, and often focused on domestic policy

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THE GRAVE BUKIT BROWN ERROR

Two years ago I would not have thought I would be interested in Bukit Brown, assuming frankly, that it would be exhumed eventually and the land used for development. In a country with a land-scarce national consciousness, that was not unexpected. And this, notwithstanding the fact that my great-grandfather and my grandfather are both buried there. My father’s ashes were scattered at sea, as was his request.

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5 Common Responses From Pro-Oppositions

This is part one of the two parts series, click here for the '5 Common Responses From Pro-PAP'. I am not here to judge whose responses are ridiculous or superficial, instead if you are guilty of these responses, maybe try and change your comments because they are getting uninteresting and it makes us (in either camps) question your intelligence. By the end of the series, why not guess if I am a pro-opposition or PAP :)

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Crises brewing in Little India in Singapore

“It is a small miracle that Little India had coped with such acute congestion all these years until the unfortunate events of December 8,” says Eugene Tan Kheng Boon, Professor of Law at Singapore Management University. He adds, “Yet, the law and order narrative does not sit well with the long-standing issues in Little India, such as the easy availability of alcohol, littering, other public nuisances and overcrowding.”

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