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Monday: Rebuke, Smilies and A Rebuttal

Posted by inspir3d on September 11, 2006

“The Token Rebuke” Chemical Generation, “The IMF rebuke is all for show and part of the elaborate September opera between them and the Singapore government. Both are just moving their prearranged pieces. The Singapore government is making its anti-protest move and the IMF / WB are reading their prepared statements in response.”

“Schizophrenic Smilies” Xenoboy, “It is amusing to observe all the shennanigans leading up to the IMF/WB meetings.”

“A Rebuttal” altrerius, “The KTM wrote an entry in criticism of this entry, essentially stating that such a complaint as stated in the entry shows that Singaporeans are weak and unwilling to compete on a global level. … Being an NUS student myself; though not from the the faculty of either Engin nor Science, I tend to relate much better with the NUS Engin student than I do with KTM.”


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Disciplined, or Oppressed?

Posted by inspir3d on September 11, 2006

“Singapore clampdown casts a shadow over IMF-WB meet” Agence-France Presse “Lidy Nacpil, international director of Jubilee South, a non-government group campaigning for greater debt relief for poor countries, said “what this shows is that the Singapore government is afraid of democracy.”…

“By now, people know what the image of Singapore is, and they realize we are who we are,” said Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

“We’re one of the most disciplined societies in the world because the environment we live in is special,” he was quoted as saying in the local newspaper Today.”

“Singapore Snub Stings IMF and World Bank” The Age, “THE World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, two organisations that repeatedly praise the role of “civil society” activist groups in poor countries, have protested against a decision by Singapore to bar representatives of several such groups at their meeting with the leaders of poor countries next week.”


“Smile, Singapore!” Gayle Goh, “I returned from Bangkok yesterday afternoon to be greeted by striking banners that hailed the arrival of the IMF/WB delegates to Singapore. A huge panel filled with smiling faces scratched annoyingly at my peripheral vision. Tonight, returning home on the bus, I saw another double-decker bus decorated with nothing but smiles, smiles and smiles!

I’m sorry, but I’m quite disgusted. The whole affair is nothing but a cheap plastic, embarrassing multi-million-dollar scam.”

“The Protest Against No Protest” Mr Wang, “Sounds nasty, doesn’t it? So much for the Four Million Smiles project. It looks like out of this whole IMF/World Bank event, Singapore has succeeded in creating a bad reputation for itself – even before the event actually gets started.”

“Civil Protests Lead to Terrorism!!!” Ms Molly Meek “So, engagement is about coming up with some sound logic to stick to your stance…”

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IMF and World Bank Rebuke Singapore

Posted by inspir3d on September 9, 2006

High impact2“The International Monetary Fund and World Bank on Friday issued an unprecedented rebuke to Singapore over a ban on accredited activists invited to attend the annual meetings of the two financial institutions next week.

The IMF/World Bank suggested that Singapore had violated the terms of its agreement to host the event by blocking the entry of 19 civil society representatives, who allegedly posed a security threat.” Full Story (Financial Times) Original story at FT is now for subscribers only.

Official Announcement:

“Joint Statement from World Bank and IMF on CSO Participation in the Annual Meetings in Singapore” International Monetary Fund, “In the interest of good governance, transparency and accountability, we urge the Government of Singapore to allow all properly accredited civil society representatives to attend our meetings. We have consistently opposed any restrictions on full participation and peaceful expression of views. Open dialogue with civil society is also important for the effective operation of our institutions.”

Related News:

“World Bank, IMF urge Singapore not to bar accredited activists from annual meetings” (International Herald Tribune)”The World Bank and International Monetary Fund on Friday urged Singapore to allow all activists invited by the finance institutions to attend this month’s meetings in the city-state.”

“NGO Ban will Embarrass Singapore” (Bangkok Post)

“Singapore’s Barring of Some Activists Prompts a Protest” (New York Times)

“Singapore under fire as World Bank-IMF Protest” (AFP) “”While we understand and agree that security at the meetings is of paramount importance, Singapore’s authorities have not shared any information that would make us … consider these individuals as potential threats”

“Singapore Rapped over Protest Ban” (BBC News) “In an interview with BBC World Business Report, Mr Wolfowitz said Singapore had made a “bad” decision when it blocked activists that had been invited to the event.

“I hope Singapore’s authorities will change their minds and allow the people in that we have accredited as originally agreed,” he added.”

“Singapore Tightens the Cordon on Protest” (International Herald Tribune)  “It’s completely astonishing”

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The case of Iwuchukwu Amara Tochi

Posted by inspir3d on September 2, 2006

“Singapore’s law against drug-trafficking has two stiffeners. The first is that if a person is found with 15 grams or more of diamorphine, then the court will presume that he is trafficking, and not just possessing it for his own consumption. It will be up to the defendant to refute that presumption; the prosecution does not have to prove it.

The second is the fact that if found guilty, the judge has no choice but to sentence the accused to hang. The law specifies the sentence and the judge has no discretion.

Critics have said that these features of our law may lead to something less than best possible justice.” …more (Yawning Bread)

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Testing the Limits in Singapore

Posted by inspir3d on September 2, 2006

“SINGAPORE – When the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) open their week-long annual conferences in Singapore on September 12, the events will not be attended by the usual anti-globalization street protests, burning effigies or other anti-establishment antics. Singapore’s authoritarian government guarantees that.” …more (Asia Times)

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How NOT to succeed in the conventions business

Posted by inspir3d on August 25, 2006

Next month, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will be holding their summit meeting and related conferences here. Singapore is seizing the opportunity to raise its profile globally while hosting the meetings.” …more (Yawning Bread)

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Singapore Government takes hostages from foreign press

Posted by inspir3d on August 9, 2006

Isn’t taking hostages something that thugs do?” …read more

Yawning Bread

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World Bank Campaigning for Self-Criticism

Posted by inspir3d on August 1, 2006

The World Bank wants the right to be criticised. Gayle surveys the Singapore Government’s ‘consultation’ with WB/IMF over the issue. …read more

Source: Gayle Goh

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Singapore Says No

Posted by inspir3d on July 30, 2006

Singapore is hosting the IMF/World Bank conference. But Mr Wang feels that Singapore has yet to accept the philosophy of the IMF regarding civil society. 

…read more

Source: Mr Wang

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Maids in Singapore – Not Humans?

Posted by inspir3d on July 27, 2006

Dr Huang speaks up for the welfare of 150,000 maids in Singapore who are an asset to the national economy. …read more
Source: No Fear Singapore

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