Monthly Archives: February 2007

The language of our forefathers – are we missing something?

By Zyberzitizen It’s been decades since we were urged to “Speak Mandarin” by the government, instead of speaking our dialects. I’ve never agreed with this policy. This is because I find our dialects fascinating and beautiful. But more than that, my dialect reflect my ‘origin’. It’s a bridge to where my parents and my grandparents came from. Teochew has a …

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MP Ho Geok Choo & the “Politics of Envy” Revisited

By Singapore Kopi Tok Peering at the storm around Singapore recently, is it all about envy? MP Ho Geok Choo’s question in Parliament on 12.2.2007 about the “Politics of Envy” attracted reactions both domestically and in the region. From the transcript, it appears that even Speaker of Parliament had trouble comprehending her question. Ho has since clarified that she was …

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Global City – Reviving the Singapore Spirit

By Eddie Choo The Integrated Resorts in Marina Bay and Sentosa, 7% GST, Baby Bonus, parades, charades, CPF adjustments, so on… The list isn’t exhaustive, and it grows with every year, as the government implements new measures ‘to adjust to the challenges of globalisation’ – or so we’re told. All of these sound like a desperate attempt by the government …

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Budget 2007 – Reviewing the GST & the WIS scheme

by Dark Matter What is the GST Offset Package going to do for Singaporeans? To answer this question, the Ministry of Finance prepared a table to illustrate the benefits the package provides. The table is reproduced here for public reference: Table 1: Impact of GST Offset Package on Households

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The construction of noise – Singapore de-constructed

Singapore is in upheaval – literally. I am sure that all of you have noticed it too – the many construction sites and construction activities going on around our little city-state. Building, re-building, knocking down, piling up, digging underground, tunneling through and so on. It seems as though we are in a big hurry to make ours an even more …

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Theonlinecitizen is taking a break for Chinese New Year

  Dear everyone, Theonlinecitizen will be taking a break – for a few days – for the Chinese New Year. We apologise for any incovenience this may cause. TOC will resume operations in 2 or 3 days. We would like to wish one and all good health, peace and prosperity in the new year! Regards, theonlinecitizen

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Climate change – the other terrorism facing Singapore

By Eddie Choo What are the chances of an act of terrorism – 9-11 style, occurring? And what are the chances of major climate change occurring? How does America prepare for the former, and how does America prepare for the latter? The study of America is typical of the response of many other nations. Today, many nations still appropriate a …

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Serving Workfare Bonus to benefit workers

by Dark Matter, filed under Letters To TOC   When low-wage workers received their first ever Workfare Bonus in 2006, 10% of the Bonus went into their CPF Medisave account as stated by MOM: Why must 10% of the bonus be credited into my Medisave Account? “10% will be credited into your Medisave Accounts to help low wage workers build …

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Entrepreneurship And the Future State of Affairs – Part 3

By leounheort People find thinking and examining things critically inordinately difficult, and yet it is these things that give rise to the ideas that drive culture. History has shown that the culture of a nation reflects the current philosophies of the times: Beethoven lived in the Romantic era, where emotions, feeling and senses took centre stage; consequently, his works are …

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Budget 2007 – Changes necessary in our fiscal policy

By Edmund PM Lee announced in November 2006 two significant fiscal policy changes in the first parliament session after the election in May. First, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be increased to 7%, up from the present 5%. The GST hike by two percentage points will raise at least $1.5 billion of tax revenue per year. Second, the …

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