Tag Archives: SINGAPORE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

SMU PROFESSOR: “VINCENT WIJEYSINGHA OWES THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AN APOLOGY”

Former opposition politician Vincent Wijeysingha has rejected the Catholic Church's offer to investigate an episode he had mentioned in a Facebook post. In fact, he says, he did not consider himself to have been abused by a priest when he was a teenager. Dr Wijeysingha, 44, first made public the "sorry incident" in a Facebook post on June 23. In it, he had referred to a priest "who would engage me in play wrestling and attempt to touch my crotch in the process". He also claimed that the priest took a stack of pornographic magazines from his wardrobe in his bedroom to show him. However, in his latest post on the issue on Saturday, Dr Wijeysingha, Singapore's first openly gay politician, said: "It was an attempt without any conclusion and therefore I consider myself neither to have been abused nor damaged subsequently." Referring to the incident as an alleged molestation attempt, the Church had suggested that Dr Wijeysingha either report to the police or to the Catholic Archdiocese Professional Standards Office

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VINCENT WIJEYSINGHA: WHY CATHOLIC CHURCH SO SERIOUS?

I must disagree with you that the Professional Standards Office takes such matters seriously. One of the principal ways the Catholic church abuses the trust of children is by the homophobia it propagates. Archbishop Goh’s three Pastoral Letters on the subject of homosexuality in February, June, and July confirm the church’s destructive attitude. Had the Catholic church truly intended to propagate a message of love and compassion, the Archbishop would have restrained himself from associating the church with the hateful propaganda publicised by Laurence Khong and Noor Derros in response to Pink Dot. Rather, he made common cause with them. I am sorry to have to say, therefore, I have no confidence in church agencies.

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PAP MP HRI KUMAR BLOCKS ROY NGERNG AND KENNETH JEYARETNAM FROM HIS DIALOGUE ON CPF

Hri Kumar Nair promised to host a ‘honest’ dialouge session open to all where ‘hard’ questions would be dealt with. But all that changed when Kenneth Jeyaretnam and Roy Ngerng signed up. So much for constructive politics eh? I first saw the event which was hosted entitled “CPF – An Honest Conversation: Public Dialogue with Thomson-Toa Payoh Residents” and I encouraged people with viable alternatives and suggestions for CPF to attend it. I called the event the closest thing we could get to having an “Open Discussion with the PM on CPF” which Roy called for. You can read my first blogpost here.

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DR CHEE SOON JUAN: LIFE IN PRISON

I was told by some of the inmates that the screams of the victims after each stroke of the whip makes one lose all appetite for food. The cane breaks skin and draws blood. Doctors are on hand to administer treatment and to assess if the individual can take more punishment. A maximum of 24 strokes is the legal limit and only males below 50 years of age can be whipped. I shared my first night (inmates are rotated in different cells on a regular basis) with a 45-year-old guy from China. His face turned ashen when he told me of his impending ordeal under the rotan. My heart sank further when he told me that many men in his plight leave their countries out of desperation in search of a livelihood. Many are not aware of mandatory caning rule in Singapore.

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TEO SOH LUNG: SINGAPOREANS SHOULD TAKE NOTE OF PUBLIC ORDER BILL 2014

In 1985, the citizenship provisions of the Constitution were amended specifically aimed at depriving Tan Wah Piow of his Singapore citizenship. Wah Piow had escaped to London fearing an accidental death in national service after serving a year in jail on a wicked and false charge for rioting while a student in the Architecture school. Having tasted the system of justice then, Wah Piow had escaped, rightly or wrongly. In 1986, Francis Seow, the president of the Law Society of Singapore was targeted for speaking out against the Newspaper and Printing Presses Amendment Bill. The law sought to demolish foreign publications critical of the PAP policies.

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Deputy Prime Minister Tharman is Wrong

It was the buying and selling of credit default swaps and the subprime loans in the US that triggered the financial collapse in 2008. This – and not the minimum wage system – caused the destruction of the economy which led to massive unemployment. If minimum wage has crippled economies, how do we account for Switzerland and Norway which have unemployment rates and economic performances similar to Singapore’s? The minimum wage in both countries is set through collective bargaining.

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Hospital Overcrowding due to Holiday Season? What About the Diversion of Public Resources to Medical Tourism?

Today's report of a nation-wide bed crunch at public hospitals is a damning indictment of the Singapore healthcare system. A PAP MP has noted that spikes in admissions correlate with the holiday season (as opposed to a spike in illness), but this seasonal effect, given that a track record for it has existed for a long time, should have been corrected for ages ago. Why does overcrowding continue to occur with such severity?

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Hospital Shame

The Independent Singapore did an interview with Dr Tan Lip Hong on the bed crunch at some of our hospitals, with the Changi General Hospital setting up an air-conditioned tent to accommodate patients. Dr Tan has worked as a GP in the heartlands for the past 19 years. He is also one of the authors of the Singapore Democratic Party’s healthcare plan.

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