July 19, 2009
May 03, 2009
Against Misandry and Towards Equal Rights for Singaporean Men
The liberation of women over the last century has, without doubt, made the world a better place.
But somewhere along the way, amidst issues of women's rights, gay rights, children's rights and animal rights, some of men's basic rights (e.g. health care) have been compromised.
In the west, many have realised that the gender equality scale is now tipping heavily against men - and they are doing something about it.
While we can't expect that scale of Singaporean men and women to join this group, we can at least put up a dignified stand against gender discrimination and inequality.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Feel that there should be health campaigns for men as well as women? Feel that the law in Singapore discriminates against men (e.g. caning, stiffer sentences for men)? And what about the opportunity cost due to NS obligations? Join our fledgling group here on Facebook as we aim to raise awareness on men's rights in Singapore."
April 28, 2009
All this talk about National Integration and integration of foreigners into Singapore misses the mark. We are talking about welcome others when we treat our own so poorly. What am I talking about?
I am talking about National Service. I am talking about mandatory 2 years (formerly 2.5 years) of conscription of Singaporean male citizens into the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).
I am talking about the 10 years of reservist obligations comprising but not limited to:
* annual in-camp training lasting 2 to 21 days (in practice but legally up to 40 days under the law)
* annual individual physical proficiency tests (IPPT) for those medically fit NSmen (those who fail to clear their tests are subject to Remedial Training of twice/thrice a week)
* notifying Mindef Notification Centre for any overseas trips exceeding 24 hours
* need to apply for exit permit for trips of 6 months or longer
* annual operations manning or mobilisation exercises than can happen 2-3 times a year
To be male and Singaporean is to serve and f*** off
These obligations are not new. They have been imposed on NSmen since the whole NS system was developed just after Singapore gained independence and as the British withdrew their military forces out of Singapore not long after.
What is new is that the pace of immigration to Singapore has increased tremendously. It has created a truly global city, Singapore Inc, with the implications of a labour market that is competitive in every sense of the word.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "As a fellow reservist, I feel his pain too. Why are Singaporean men so cham? Our only wrong is to be born here in Singapore and get punished by government who embrace foreigners."
August 10, 2008
Aussie Pete said:
Michael Cain has begun his case in the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal in Hobart (Australia).
Mr Cain launched his fight in 2005 after the Launceston blood collection centre in Tasmania refused his offer to donate blood. The reason for the refusal, he said, was because he had been in a sexual relationship with another man in the previous year.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "It will be very interesting to see which way this one will go."
March 27, 2008
Saw this post on omy’s forum by a person called 我的天 who claimed that local job search portal, JobsDB added a “reservist” option in their selection fields under “Personal Details => National Service”.
This is a very touchy issue as it concerns all Singapore male CITIZENS who have served National Service. Does the additional field implies it may be used as a screening criteria for potential employers?
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "discrimination of Singapore born males?"
March 13, 2008
All ads taken from Berita Harian and Straits Times, 2nd March 2008
Examine the prices on these ads carefully. One set is taken from a Malay paper while the exact same ads, with exactly the same products, are taken from an English paper.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "This would be viewed as illegal discrimination in most developed countries. I hope that some of our MPs could take action against this kind of discriminatory pricing. Imagine making one group of people pay almost twice as much as their fellow citizens!!"
April 07, 2007
Coming from a multiracial country, where racial discrimination happens discreetly or indiscreetly, obvious or subtle, it is almost too simple to fall for the pitfall and reach a quick conclusion that if all people were of the same race, there would not be any discrimination.
However on further analysis, this notion can be considered completely false and untrue. There are many other parameters and viewpoints that points to the conclusion that if all people were of the same race, discrimination DO happen.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "It opens up a new point of view on discrimination...."
January 24, 2007
SINGAPORE: Singapore has relaxed its rules on maternity leave, now allowing single mothers to take 12 weeks away from work — as long as they marry the child's father within three months of the birth, a newspaper reported Tuesday.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "This is simply discrimination and misogyny. Single-parent families are families too, and single parents are also as human as we are."
June 03, 2006
It’s utterly reprehensible. Beating up someone just because he was ’staring’? Firstly, I don’t really believe that worker was staring at the guy. Even if he was. Beating him up is hardly a logical conclusion. Secondly it’s practically a full-on racist attack
Recommended by jay: "Can't believe this happened in "multiracial" Singapore"
February 28, 2006
The "leader" who is a local Chinese fella from Science fac, asked me about my dietary preference. I said well, I can only eat halal food.
HALAL food, he says, will be quite problematic because over yonder, there is bird flu, so we'll be eating meat and veggie and pork. And we have to share utensils. He made such a HUGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE deal out of it. He was like, I'm sorry, we're going to eat PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK. And NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO you can't eat maggi mee or instant noodles because everyone else would want to do that and then there will be no team unity. So it's PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK PORK. Can't you make an exception he asks.
Recommended by jkaiser: "Discrimination goes on in many ways, even though we may not be doing it on purpose. This post is about a muslim gal trying to sign up for an overseas community project and running into problems with dietary requirements. "