Month: March 2017

Why no appeal in Robinson’s case? AGC’s statement clears the air

Why no appeal in Robinson’s case? AGC’s statement clears the air

The explanation by the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) on the case of Joshua Robinson has clarified the authorities’ decision not to appeal the sentence meted out to Robinson. The AGC’s statement comes after public outcry over the perceived lenient punishment of 4 years jail for […]

3 cases, a judge, the AGC, justice and mercy

3 cases, a judge, the AGC, justice and mercy

How does the AGC decide whether to prosecute a case, and also how does it decide whether to appeal a sentence? In the past week or so, 3 cases which were reported in the news have raised these questions. Two of the cases have drawn […]

Talkshow host meets the Dalai Lama, and some strange things happen

Talkshow host meets the Dalai Lama, and some strange things happen

It’s not often that a talkshow host, and a sometimes irreverent one at that, gets to sit down to chat with a spiritual leader. But when it does happen, it is worth spending a bit of your time to watch it. John Oliver is an […]

Ballot secrecy – not so accurate, Mr Chong

Ballot secrecy – not so accurate, Mr Chong

Charles Chong, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Punggol East, has written an article in response to a speech by Leon Perera, the Workers’ Party Non-constituency MP. On 2  March, Mr Perera, speaking in Parliament, had asked the government to educate new citizens that their […]

Water price hike – DPM Teo’s simple explanation clears the fog

Water price hike – DPM Teo’s simple explanation clears the fog

From the outset of the announcement of the water price hike, ministers and Members of Parliament (MP) have tried to explain to the public the rationale behind the move. Unfortunately, the more they tried to shed light, the darker the clouds became. The public outcry […]

Why the reluctance to emphasise ballot secrecy to students and new citizens?

Why the reluctance to emphasise ballot secrecy to students and new citizens?

“Our votes in elections are secret and can never be traced – no ifs, no buts. So why does the government not want to expose new citizens to ballot secrecy education, as I suggested today in Parliament?” That was a question Mr Leon Perera posed […]

Politicians as AG’s – Indranee’s superficial comparison tells only half the story

Politicians as AG’s – Indranee’s superficial comparison tells only half the story

Mr Hri Kumar Nair’s appointment to the Deputy Attorney General’s position should not be of any concern because he is one of Singapore’s top legal minds who is well qualified for the post, said two Law ministers in Parliament on 2 March. Also, other countries […]

S’pore to file “comprehensive and compelling rebuttal” to M’sia’s new claims over Pedra Branca

S’pore to file “comprehensive and compelling rebuttal” to M’sia’s new claims over Pedra Branca

Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vivian Balakrishnan, said the government will file a “comprehensive and compelling rebuttal” to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Malaysia’s new claims of sovereignty over the island of Pedra Branca. “We are confident of our legal team and our […]

A political budget? Is WP’s accusation valid?

A political budget? Is WP’s accusation valid?

The Workers’ Party (WP) threw an accusation at the People’s Action Party (PAP) Government in Parliament on Tuesday, insinuating that the ruling party has designed the annual Budget to its political advantage. This, said Mr Leon Perera, the WP’s Non-constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP), had […]

Strong reaction to PM Lee’s remarks in interview on non-Chinese PM

Strong reaction to PM Lee’s remarks in interview on non-Chinese PM

[Photo: Tharman Shanmugaratnam] Someone like Tharman Shanmugaratnam could be the next leader of Singapore, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in an interview with BBC programme, HARDtalk. However, Mr Lee also emphasised that race is still a consideration for voters when they go to the […]