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Commentary: Josephine Teo Allegedly Stressed Until Cannot Speak Properly

Commentary: Josephine Teo Allegedly Stressed Until Cannot Speak Properly

Due to the outbreak of Covid19 in many foreign worker dormitories, the Minister of Manpower (MOM) Josephine Teo has been in the spotlight. At many press conferences where she had to address various issues relating to the high incidence of migrant workers infection, her most frequently-uttered word is none other than “dormitory” (ies). Josephine Teo's pronunciation of the biggest keyword in Singapore’s Covid-19 vocabulary today could have been off-key — and often, distractingly inconsistent. In the case of Josephine Teo, her pronunciation of “dormitory” may have strayed from habit due to the great stress the D word has put upon the nation and her. Confronting or uttering it could even be upsetting.

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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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WHAT'S THE POINT OF HAVING DEBATES IF MINISTER'S SPEECHES ARE NOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY?

A netizen disagreed with Min Shanmugam for saying that every minister's speech be taken as statutory legislation. He argued that if this is true, it defeats the purpose of The Hansard (an official record of speeches) and having Parliamentary sittings in the first place. What do you think?

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Activist Gilbert Goh announced that the 2nd Sep debate on reserved Presidency has been cancelled. The speeches were supposed to take place at Hong Lim Park but faced problems as it "touch on race matters". Goh chose to cancel it as he doubts they will be able to get a police permit now.

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ABSURD TO HAVE RESERVED PRESIDENCY BUT DENY HONG LIM PARK SPEECH DUE TO "RACIAL ISSUES"

A netizen thinks it is absurd to deny people from speaking about the upcoming PE at Hong Lim Park. "In reserving a Malay candidate for the presidential election, it is inevitable that race will be part of the subject matter should we want to openly call out on the government's policy. Hence, it can never get debated publicly by citizens due to existing regulations."

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S'PORE MUST UPHOLD MODERATE FREEDOM OF SPEECH

With regard to blogger Roy Ngerng’s recent legal episode, it is important for us to understand that Singapore courts have a genuine cause for thwarting the abuse of the constitutional right to freedom of speech (“Blogger Roy Ngerng found to have defamed PM Lee”; last Saturday). If we were to allow anyone to write, post or publish unsubstantiated, inflammatory and disparaging comments about someone else, Singapore’s social stability could be greatly compromised.

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