10 April 2017
I recently attended the Youth Political Academy in Hong Kong organised by the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) during which Mr Sin Chung-Kai, former vice-chairperson of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, shared his thoughts on the Umbrella Movement of 2014.
He was surprised that Hong Kongers were willing to turn up in such numbers and display such a strong front against Beijing’s oppression to demand fair elections - up to a hundred thousand people took to the streets in a protest that lasted 79 days. He noted that Hong Kongers usually protested in small, isolated groups.
I listened, bemused, thinking about how rare even small protests were in Singapore, and of the likelihood that a similar large scale protest demanding free and fair elections would happen in Singapore. Not a chance...
13 March 2017
Speeches by Prof Paul Tambyah & Damanhuri Abas at Water Price Hike Rally @ Speakers' Corner on 11 March 2017, Saturday.
06 September 2016
It has now become a cliché, but no less a general truth, to say that the magnitude of social media's influence ever since its advent has been enormous, and its potential to grow cannot be understated.
Even in Singapore, where social media has thus far failed to bring about electoral change, its importance will no doubt grow exponentially as social media usage continues to skyrocket and surpass traditional media, especially among the young. It is thus important to position ourselves for the future, that we utilise social media not just quantitatively more than other media, but also strategically and creatively, that maximises impact with comparatively little resources.
03 September 2016
Recently my party colleague, Kenneth Lin, and I attended a Climate Change workshop in Bali, Indonesia, conducted by the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) Youth from 19 to 21 August 2016.
10 August 2016
by Dr Tan Lip Hong
Singapore's total land area now stands at 71,400 hectares.
According to the Land Use Plan report released on 31 January 2013, the Government plans to increase its land supply by nearly 8 per cent to 76,600 hectares to accommodate its projected population of 6.9 million by 2030.
About 60 per cent will be set aside for housing, industry and community facilities - up from the current 52 per cent.
A large part of the additional land will come from reclamation and freeing up reserve land.
It can be seen from the map that future land reclamation work is largely to increase the size of the main island of Singapore as well as existing off shore islands like Pulau Tekong, Pulau Bukom and Pulau Semakau.
This plan would destroy the existing coastlines around the main island, much the same way as the Marine Parade reclamation off the East Coast in the past has destroyed all the old picturesque coastlines of Tanjong Katong, Telok Kurau, Siglap, Bedok, Tanah Merah with all their natural habitats, heritage, history and memories.
11 March 2016
I read the facebook note by Dr Chee that shared the story about a small independent bookstore appealing for help to stay afloat. It gives a glimpse of what is really happening to many small retailers. While I sympathize with the owner, we should also take note of things from a broader perspective by looking into the challenges faced by small business owners in Singapore.
As a small business owner over the past 10 years, I personally witness that many local retailers (big or small) are suffering because of the economic downturn...