RAVI PHILEMON

RAVI PHILEMON: INTELLECTUALS NEED TO SPEAK UP BRAVELY & CHECK THE GOVT

The reason I participate in civil society and opposition politics is because I believe that no matter how good the Goverment is, it is in the interest of the country and its citizens to have checks and balances. Nobody wants to stick their heads out only to get it chopped. (I understand! I thought twice, even thrice, about posting this note as I am still looking for a job.) But if you don’t, who will?

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RAVI PHILEMON: MY PROMISE TO VOTERS OF HONG KAH NORTH SMC

Dear Voters of Hong Kah North, In my walkabouts in your constituency, you had raised some questions with my team and me. I address a couple of more important ones here. I apologies to you, voters of Hong Kah North, for not walking about in your constituency earlier. Regardless of if I am elected or not, I promise to work in your constituency and get to know you better. My commitment to you will only be limited by the time and resources I have at my disposal.

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I AM DISAPPOINTED IN AMOS YEE FOR HIS INCONSIDERATE PRANK

After Amos Yee admitted to pranking the mainstream stream media with false allegations of molest, prominent activist and opposition politician Ravi Philemon gave his views on the matter. He expressed disappointment with Amos and spoke about how this incident could damage Vincent Law's reputation and could potentially end his career.

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FORMER NSP CHIEF JUMPS SHIP TO JOIN CHIAM SEE TONG

51-year old lawyer Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss has resigned from National Solidarity Party (NSP) last week and applied to join Singapore People's Party (SPP) which is helmed by veteran politician Mr Chaim See Tong. Mrs Chong-Aruldoss failed in her bid for NSP Presidency in party elections last January and left along with former council members Ravi Philemon, Bryan Long, and party member Osman Sulaiman. She acknowledged that their decision to leave came in the wake of the central executive committee (CEC) election results.

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CPF CONCERNS WERE RAISED IN A FORUM ORGANISED BY NATIONAL SOLIDARITY PARTY

Summing up the discussion, moderator and NSP member Ravi Philemon said "more flexibility should be given" to Singaporeans in deciding how to use their retirement funds in their later years. He also highlighted how several participants had questioned the need for increases in the Minimum Sum despite there not being a poverty baseline or a minimum wage in Singapore. "With no baseline or a minimum wage, there's not much clarity on how much an older citizen will need for his retirement needs," he said.

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Dialogue between organisers and protesters of Philippine Independence Day celebration best way forward

Last week, I felt concerned enough about Philippine Independence Day celebration saga that I wrote to the Philippine Embassy saying that I am sorry for the harassment the organisers have gotten, but that I also believe that there is some level of miscommunication and cross-talk between the organisers of the event and those that protest (at least some). I assured the Philippine embassy in Singapore that the protesters do not mean ill-will to the people of Philippines and that they appreciated the contributions of the Filipinos to our country. I expressed that the protesters' frustrations were more about the immigration and manpower policies in place.

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RAVI PHILEMON: Feedback to Committee of Inquiry into Little India Riot

I witnessed first-hand how the police officers who turned up for crowd control had difficulties communicating with the disgruntled moviegoers. One police officer I observed, used the word 'Dei', possibly in an attempt to establish camaraderie with the crowd. But in Tamil, the term 'Dei' is only used on people who are younger and/or are familiar (e.g. younger brother, close friends, etc), and is never used on people who are older and strangers as it is considered disrespectful

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Fare hike for transport early next year?

From 2006 to 2013...in the last seven years do you know how much our transport fares
have increased? 0.3%. It has almost remained the same. Even though it increased for some years, during the 2008 financial crisis, it was reduced. In the past year, there was no change in the fare." - Minister without Portfolio, Mr S Iswaran in aTamil programme in Vasantham

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