Tag Archives: Democracy

HAN HUI HUI: MALAYSIA MUCH BETTER THAN SINGAPORE IN TOLERATING DISSENT

According to 23 year-old Singapore activist Han Hui Hui, Malaysia is much more tolerant of dissent as compared to Singapore, even though K.L. recently denied entry to Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution activist Joshua Wong. Han is in Malaysia to give talks on youth activism in Singapore in remembrance of the bloody PRC Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. She says that Singapore does not allow any foreign speakers in for such talks.

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LEE KUAN YEW SHOWED THE WORLD THAT PROGRESS IS POSSIBLE WITHOUT FULL-FLEDGED DEMOCRACY

Praise for Lee Kuan Yew, who died on Monday at the age of 91, is coming in from around the world. Just about everyone agrees he did marvels for his country, transforming Singapore from a swampy colonial port to an economic dynamo in the course of a generation. What he did for the world was less admirable. His main contribution was to legitimize the idea that you can have progress without democracy, at least the kind with a robust opposition, critical press and changes of government.

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POST-LKY ERA: THREE REASONS WHY SINGAPOREANS MAY WANT MORE DEMOCRACY

Since quite a few of my friends on Facebook circulated Calvin Cheng’s article on The Independent and Huffington Post, I thought it deserves a response. Cheng’s essential point is that Singapore didn’t trade away political freedoms for social order, or democratic accountability for economic growth. There are at least three elementary mistakes that Cheng makes in his piece that allow for it to be a very useful case study in classes on logic and politics.

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OPPOSITION VETERAN GOH MENG SENG: S’POREANS MUST WAKE UP FROM LKY’S SPELL OF SYMPATHY

Please wake up from the Spell of Sympathy as soon as possible. The propaganda you have been seeing and hearing for the whole last week cannot whitewash nor deny the fact that LKY has brought upon Singapore a Dictatorial rule. Don't be fooled by the mere presence of "General Elections". As I have told my Hong Kong friends, Democracy is not just about Universal Suffrage. It is about a whole system built on the basis of Separation of Powers, to effect a true system of Checks and Balances.

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THE POLITICAL FORCES SHAPING OUR FUTURE

Liberalism demands an informed and interested citizenry that accepts and is better for its differences. This is a tall order, but is a worthy goal and a mark of a mature and humane society. However, we cannot be naive and ignore the realities of our economic condition. Populism is the real threat among the three forces. It throws up weak leaders with no normative vision. We need confident leadership that can accept feedback from the ground, offer a vision to the people and develop a plan to realise our collective aspirations.

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EXILES & THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS OF SINGAPORE

Who is an exile? What is an exile? Is an exile someone who cannot return to his/her country because he/she will face injustice? Is an exile someone who doesn't want to return because he/she does not want to answer charges levied against him/her? Is an exile someone who has completely no trust in the system and no faith that Singaporeans will stand up for him/her, if the cause is just? Is an exile someone who feels that freedom in a foreign land is better than being jailed at home?

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DEMOCRACY IS DEAD IN HONG KONG; POLICE ARRESTED MORE THAN 500 PROTESTERS

Hong Kong police arrested more than 500 protesters at a sit-in early Wednesday following a huge pro-democracy rally that organisers said mobilised half a million people demanding the right to choose their next leader. The United States gave its support to voices calling for Hong Kong's voters to be given a say in who can run in 2017, while acknowledging that details of the election were still to be set in stone.

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Nude Elderly PRC Women Protest Near U.S. Embassy in Beijing

Just ahead of what is expected to be a massive pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong on July 1 (coincidentally, the birthday of China’s Communist Party), four elderly Chinese women reportedly staged a nude protest against government corruption in front of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

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OPPOSITION VETERAN GOH MENG SENG: HAS WP & LOW THIA KHIANG LOST THEIR DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES?

Before I start, I must state that it is really regrettable that I have to criticize Mr. Low Thia Khiang in this post. I always have high regards of him and even regarded him as my First Teacher for my initiation into Singapore Opposition Politics. Even though we may have differences in opinions but I have always given him the respect of a teacher or "shifu" to me. However, this NMP issue is just blatantly against the very fundamental principles of Democracy and Democratic Electoral Process. It is just too important to me as a matter of principles, to state categorically that even my "shifu" is just obviously wrong to be involved in this undemocratic process of selecting NMP.

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