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Activists To Organize Event To Discuss POFMA, Is It More Harm Than Good?

A group of activists will be holding an event discussing the POFMA Bill and its impact on free speech in Singapore. Many people have been up in arms ever since the Bill was passed. Will it do more harm than good? Is it a means to curb fake news or is it only a tool to suppress free speech? What do you think?

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CHEE SOON JUAN: OUR STATE OF SOCIETY IS HEARTBREAKING BUT YOUTHS CAN BRING ABOUT CHANGE

SDP's Chee Soon Juan weighed in on censorship and democracy in Singapore after having watched a play. He claimed there's no freedom of speech here and hoped these youths can at least bring about change in future.

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WILL YOU TELL YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT LESSONS FROM THIS NON-ELECTION?

SDP's Damanhuri Bin Abas seems reluctant to accept the EP results and outlined lessons learnt from this Presidential 'election'. Some points include abuse of the word meritocracy, realities of racism in Singapore, lack of democracy and voiceless Malay community.

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LHL LIFTING OF PARTY WHIP SHOWS PAP DONT ALLOW QUESTIONS USUALLY

What on earth does PM Lee mean when he says he is "lifting the whip" for the parliamentary sitting on 3 July? Lifting the whip is only for voting on bills. In this case, no bill is under consideration. He's just planning to make a statement. If he means that PAP members of parliament will be free to ask any question or make any comment they wish, then it has always been their right as MPs whether or not the whip is lifted. This simply goes to show that the PAP does not ordinarily allow its MPs to ask any question or make any comment they deem appropriate in parliament UNLESS the PM says (in a misuse of the term) the whip is lifted.

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WELL DONE NSP'S LIM TEAN, BETTER TO RESIGN THAN BE ZIPPED UP!

When I heard news that Lim Tean has resigned from NSP, I wasnt surprised of the reasons for his resignation. Curtailment of his freedom of speech is one of it. Often times, it's the alternative parties that espouses freedom of speech but in reality, fall short of implementing it within its own organization. I encountered many times where alternative parties feel uneasy when its members are vocal about issues they feel strongly about. Issues like LGBT, Tudung issue, discrimination, religion, 377A, article 154 etc.

But of course not all of the alternative parties hold such unwritten rules. It depends on the leader at helm. Some may argue that members need to toe along the party lines to achieve unity within the organization but by doing so, it instead create artificial harmony within its rank. These parties are then no better than the PAP, the very one they hope to replace. In this aspect, I'm proud to be a part of The Reform Party where its leadership never once tried to curtail my freedom of speech as long as it is done in a responsible manner. I wish Lim Tean all the best. It is better to move away than to be in a party and gets zipped up. That can spell the end of democracy.

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SOCIAL WORKER: DOMESTIC MAIDS SHOULD HAVE FREEDOM TO HAVE SEX WITH THEIR BF DURING OFF DAYS

A day off for a domestic worker should be 24 hours. She should be able to do what she wants, including leave the house at midnight, and come back by midnight the following day. This is an international labour standard. Employers need to start getting used to this idea. Also, what a domestic worker does on her day off, whether it is to learn how to cook and sew, have barbecues by the beach, dance in a club, have sex with her boyfriend OR girlfriend, or chain smoke, isn't really anyone's business. There is so much moral policing of domestic workers in this country.

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CATHERINE LIM: AN OPEN LETTER TO LEE HSIEN LOONG

We are in the midst of a crisis where the people no longer trust their government, and the government no longer cares about regaining their trust. There are two clear signs that the present situation has reached crisis proportions, that it is not just an affective divide, not just an emotional estrangement between your PAP leadership and the people.

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: RELEASE PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE AMOS YEE NOW

The Singapore authorities must immediately and unconditionally release teenager Amos Yee, who is facing a minimum of 18 months of reformative training after criticising the late Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew online. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience, held solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression. As he is a minor, authorities must also ensure that his treatment is consistent with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to which Singapore is a State party.

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