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theonlinecitizen team

TOC is a non partisan site that aims to be an internet platform for serious discussion on issues of the day.

All views expressed by the writers of the theonlinecitizen are solely those of the writers and do not, in any way, shape or form, represent those of the organisations the writers may belong to.

Editorial team:

Choo Zheng Xi is the owner and co-editor of TOC. He is currently a second year student at the NUS Law Faculty. Zheng Xi is a freelance writer and contributor for The Straits Times YouthInk and business magazine The Executive. He has also written for The Straits Times, Today and Malaysiakini.

Yeo Toon Joo is a co-editor of TOC. He was:

Ex-news editor, Straits TimesEx-assistant editor, New Nation
Ex-secretary general, Singapore National Union of Journalists
Ex-owner of a public relations company and broadcast PR firm
Hon. Fellow, Institute of Public Relations of Singapore

Andrew Loh is a co-editor of TOC. Current affairs has always been his interest. It is his hope that theonlinecitizen can bring public discourse to another level among Singaporeans. Andrew believes that “being Singaporean means loving the country – for better or for worse – whichever side of the spectrum you’re on.” Andrew resigned from The Workers’ Party on April 2, 2008.

Ephraim Loy is a provisional co-editor of TOC. Ephraim is a member of the Young PAP, Bedok Reservoir-Punggol Branch. He is an active grassroots leader in the Bedok Reservoir-Punggol Constituency. Ephraim is a contributor for The Straits Times YouthINK and has written for several magazines such as Playworks, Eat! and Teenage. He was one of the contributors for the book People at the Peak (3rd Edition).

Ephraim also writes in his own blog here.

Senior Writers:

Leong Sze Hian has 5 degrees and 13 professional qualifications. A Wharton Fellow, alumnus of Harvard University and the United Nations University International Leadership Academy, he has served as Honorary Consul of Jamaica, President of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, Representative of the Inter-American Economic Council, Chairman of the Institute of Administrative Management, and founding Advisor to the Financial Planning Association of Indonesia. He has been invited to speak more than 100 times in over 15 countries on 5 continents, authored 3 books and quoted over 700 times in the media.

Sze Hian has a website here.

Gerald Giam is an IT consultant. He previously served as a foreign service officer in Singapore‘s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Gerald did his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, where he developed an active interest in current affairs and public policy. His writing interests include social and political development issues in Singapore and internationally. Gerald is also active in community service, serving in a community development council, a government media advisory committee and in his church. He is married with no kids (yet!). Gerald blogs at Singapore Patriot.

Benjamin Cheah is an eighteen-year-old full-time National Serviceman and entrepreneur. He maintains an interest in politics and philosophy, and is willing to discuss just about anything with anybody. He runs his blog at The Lionheart.

Koh Jie Kai is a third year law student in Oxford, and helps run a current affairs discussion group called the Young Republic.

Ned Stark runs his own blog Winter is Coming.


Ng Sook Zhen is a law undergrad at the National University of Singapore currently. Previously, she worked at Singapore Press Holdings on an internship. Her first contribution to TOC was a report on PM Lee’s forum at the NUS. (link)

Andrew Ong describes himself as a true-blue Singapore heartlander. He is presently working in the Research & Corporate Communicatons division of an NGO which represents the manufacturing sector in Singapore. Other than his work, he enjoys serving others through his church and community work. In his free time, he fuels his passion for writing through his personal blog.

Joel Tan is currently a national serviceman “awaiting release and the start of the rest of his life.” He describes himself as a recently conscripted defender of the nation, woeful ex-student and dedicated kitchen disaster”. Joel also writes on his personal blog, The Daily Backtrack, here.

Chong Kai Ziong is a programmer by trade and hobby. His interests are largely centered on computing, particularly theoretical computer science, gaming and digital rights. He is a human rights and a FOSS (free / open source software) advocate. He has also participated in last year’s Freedom Walk, SDP’s May Day march, the black protest at CentrePoint and the recent 16 Sep march. Kai Xiong is not a member of any party nor does he have any intention to be one.

Lee Weijia:Weijia is an undergraduate at the NUS Faculty of Law. He’s proud to be a Singaporean. His passion is music, he enjoys reading all sorts of books, and he loves to drink beer at the local coffee shop. He dreams of writing a novel one day. Oh and he studies in his spare time.

Selene Cheng: Selene is currently an editor at an oil and gas consulting firm. She previously worked in a small firm as a copywriter, writer, editor and proofreader all in one. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from NUS. The issues closest to her heart are the environment, consumer rights, employment standards and service excellence in Singapore.

Zee Yeo:Zee is determined not to be one of those elusive, politically apathetic youths of Singapore. With no affiliations, he’s open-minded and interested in discovering the multitudinous attitudes on eclectic issues. Nesting a particular interest in the Arts, Zee is constantly fascinated by the power of the omnifarious disciplines to transforming society and the individual.

Kelly Chen: Kelly swears at TV news when she isn’t editing videos or watching dogs, strolling, mimicking some pole-dancers, writing, cooking or baking. Her past time is blogging at


7 Responses to “theonlinecitizen team”

  1. Vincent said

    Time to update your profile.

    “Andrew Loh is a co-editor of TOC and an ordinary member of the Workers’ Party. Current affairs has always been his interest. It is his hope that theonlinecitizen can bring public discourse to another level among Singaporeans. Andrew believes that “being Singaporean means loving the country – for better or for worse – whichever side of the spectrum you’re on.””

  2. Why said

    Why did Andrew quit?

  3. John Cheo said

    Interesting question. Responses?

  4. George Tan said

    Wong Kan Seng should resign immediately if he has any decency unless he feels otherwise. His staying on gives the impression that top echelon members can get away with murder.

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  6. John Cheo said

    Still no response from the man himself?

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