On Monday, August 31, 2020, Workers' Party Secretary-General Pritam Singh delivered a speech in Parliament, his first since being designated Leader of the Opposition after the 2020 general election. Singh touched on his role as Leader of the Opposition, the role and future of the opposition in Singapore politics, as well as the way forward for Singapore. The speech was divided into three main portions: things that have changed in Singapore since the last General Election, things that must not change, and suggestions for things that should change. Here, we reproduce the transcript of his speech in full: *** Delivered by Pritam Singh Mr Speaker, I rise in support of the motion thanking the President for her address. My speech will cover a variety of topics organised into three main areas. First, I will speak about certain things that have changed in Singapore. Second, I will talk about things that must not change. And third, I will suggest some ... » Learn More about Full text of Workers’ Party chief Pritam Singh’s maiden speech as Leader of the Opposition
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Chief Justice Roberts, Vice-President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice-President Pence. My distinguished guests, my fellow Americans. This is America's day. This is democracy's day. A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested a new and America has risen to the challenge. Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate but of a cause, a cause of democracy. The people – the will of the people – has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded. We've learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and, at this hour my friends, democracy has prevailed. So now on this hallowed ground where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the Capitol's very foundations, we come together as one nation under God - indivisible - to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries. As we look ahead in our uniquely ... » Learn More about FULL TEXT AND VIDEO: Inaugural speech of US President Joe Biden
This article was originally published by The Conversation . Read the original article here . New technology can have profound impacts on society in ways never intended. The radio carried codes during the First World War, but later became a household fixture. Early telephones were leased in pairs but after Western Union, a telegraph company, adopted “exchanges,” it led to rapid long-distance communication. Likewise, mobile phones have evolved from bulky “walkie-talkies” to small supercomputers. And now Facebook, originally a connection platform for university students, conjoins one in 4 people. But today, in Myanmar, Facebook is helping fuel a genocide against the Rohingya people. Based on our research in Myanmar and in Cuba, we argue that internet usage in Myanmar is dangerous. Unbridled connection to Facebook creates what we call a “virtual coercive”, a digital space that bolsters coercion. We suggest that Cuba’s internet model may provide ... » Learn More about Unliked: How Facebook is playing a part in the Rohingya genocide
MANILA, Philippines – In the past month, the public was more likely to see President Rodrigo Duterte in a collared shirt flanked by men in camouflage than in a barong accompanied by Cabinet secretaries. Anyone who has watched his recent public speeches live will notice that most of them were given in the presence of soldiers, inside the covered court of a military camp. From July 21 to August 12, or in less than a month, the President has visited no less than 14 military camps across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Here is a complete list of these camps with the dates of his visit: No other president has dropped in on so many military camps in his first weeks in power. In a previous article , written after his visit to 6 camps, I wrote about what he did and said during these visits. The core of these trips were his speeches, delivered in front of hundreds of soldiers – from scout rangers to navy officers to army medical ... » Learn More about Why has Duterte visited 14 military camps in less than a month?
Workers' Party (WP) Members of Parliament (MP) Dennis Tan and Louis Chua urged the government in parliament on Monday (Feb.1) to declare a climate emergency to reflect the gravity of the issue and its commitment to "seriously address" this long-term threat. Tan and Chua were the first two opposition MPs who spoke in response to the motion on sustainability and climate change. Declare climate emergency in amended motion Tan introduced two amendments to the motion mooted on Feb. 1 by the Government Parliament Committee (GPC) on Sustainability and the Environment led by the People's Action Party MP Louis Ng. Tan proposed to insert the words "acknowledges a climate emergency" and to include "civil society" after the words "private sector". The initial motion proposed was: "That this House calls on the Government, in partnership with the private sector and the people of Singapore, to deepen and accelerate efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to embrace ... » Learn More about WP MPs Dennis Tan & Louis Chua urge govt to declare a climate emergency & be transparent with updates
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Singapore could become a role model for other countries by showing we can achieve both economic development and environmental sustainability, Workers' Party's Leon Perera said in Parliament. In Perera's speech made on Feb. 1, he reiterated the importance of declaring a climate emergency, noting that climate change was an issue that would affect everyone on all rungs of the social ladders. "The climate crisis is an emergency. Before we act, we must acknowledge the serious consequences of NOT acting. The hour has come for Singapore to call a spade a spade and join the over 30 other countries in the world who have declared climate emergencies. The word emergency signifies several things. One is the seriousness of the crisis. But another is the fact that this is a crisis that will deeply affect the nation as a whole and every person in it — rich and poor, fortunate and unfortunate, well-educated ... » Learn More about ‘Placing people in the centre’ among 3 principles Leon Perera proposes to guide S’pore’s green recovery
From Day One of his presidency, US President-elect Joe Biden plans to undo Trump administration policies that diminish America’s credibility around the world. During his victory speech after defeating President Donald Trump , Biden vowed to make “America respected around the world again.” “I sought this office to restore the soul of America. To rebuild the backbone of the nation – the middle class. To make America respected around the world again and to unite us here at home,” he declared. Many countries responded to Biden’s win with optimism, with world leaders looking forward to working with the former US vice president. “As a nation, we have to prove to the world that the United States is prepared to lead again – not just with the example of our power but also with the power of our example,” Biden wrote in a recently republished Foreign Affairs piece. Democracy is not just the foundation of American society. It is also the wellspring of ... » Learn More about Joe Biden’s blueprint to revive US world leadership
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg In Parliament on Feb. 1, the Government Parliamentary Committee on Sustainability and the Environment moved a motion calling for greater efforts in addressing climate change issues. In response to the motion, several Members of Parliament (MPs) made their recommendations in support of the motion. A significant portion of Workers' Party MP Gerald Giam's speech focused on how Singapore can build a green economy and workforce. Green economy Giam suggested that the government can introduce measures to speed up the transition. These include introducing new funding and programmes to create jobs and stimulate economic activity in green industries, providing financial support to households and businesses to switch to cleaner energy sources as well as grants, loans and tax relief to promote green transport, clean energy research and circular economy. For example, grants can be given to encourage ... » Learn More about WP MPs Gerald Giam & Jamus Lim: Use wage support & carbon tax to expedite shift towards green economy
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Singapore plans to progressively raise its retirement age to 65 by the year 2030, up from the current retirement age of 62. This doesn't necessarily mean that we'll work longer before we can retire, however. The retirement age is a restriction for employers and not employees. Under the Retirement and Re-employment Act (RRA), employers are restricted from asking employees to retire before they reach retirement age, provided that they joined their companies before reaching 55. Meanwhile, workers can retire anytime they are ready, regardless of what the retirement age is. Why do we have a retirement age? The idea of a retirement age was introduced in 1993, to prevent employers from retiring workers once they reach the age of 55. Back then, it was common for companies to ask workers to retire at 55 — the age at which they were allowed to withdraw from their Central Provident Fund (CPF) ... » Learn More about Why does S’pore require companies to re-employ workers till they are 67?
* denotes name changed to protect the person’s identity SINGAPORE: When Jane* opened up to her secondary school counsellor about the cold wars and troubles she was having with some close friends, she was told that “life’s like that”. That was the then 14-year-old’s first session. “I felt ignored, like (school counselling is hopeless) even if I bring up my problems,” said Jane, now 17 and in her first year at junior college. She had been “mandated” to attend counselling because she was frequently late for class and did not submit homework on time. She recalled her form teacher telling her outside the classroom, in full view and within earshot of her classmates, that a session had been arranged to address her tardiness. “It brings the idea that those who aren’t faring well have some problems and need to see the counsellor, rather than (the idea that) people … want to see a counsellor because of personal reasons,” she said. After three compulsory sessions on her time ... » Learn More about ‘With school counsellors, it’s really hit-or-miss’: Behind the challenge of safeguarding student mental health