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Monthly Archives: March 2007

“895 HDB flats repossessed since 2003”

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “895 HDB flats repossessed since 2003” (TODAY, Feb 28). It states that “seven per cent of those who took HDB mortgage loans were in arrears of at least 3 months”. As at the end of last year, banks have completed the mortgagee sale of 895 HDB flats financed with bank loans …

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Fake Degrees To Land Better Jobs On The Rise In Singapore

From KeralaNext.com The use of fake degrees to land better jobs and pay is on the rise in Singapore with many of the offenders coming from India and China, the Manpower Ministry said in a published report Wednesday. Data showed 374 people were found last year with fraudulently obtained employment passes, a marked jump from 97 cases in 2005, The …

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PAP and the people: A return of disaffection? – Revisited

Extract of Catherine Lim’s article titled “PAP and the people: A return of disaffection?” Ms Lim touched on the issue of ministerial salaries in this article. This was published in the Straits Times, Aug 26, 2000 FIVE years ago, I wrote an article called “The Great Affective Divide”, published in The Straits Times, in which I described what I felt …

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Why’re we like that?

By Zyberzitizen It is quite depressing to hear what has been said lately – by government officials and some others – about how so many are leaving the civil service, how we must essentially seduce them with money, and how much exactly (down to the last dollar) we should be paying them to stay in service of their country. As …

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Ministers salaries – lets have a re-focus

A minister in the Singapore government presently receives $1.2 million in salary. This is according to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as reported by the Straits Times on March 23, 2007 – “Top govt salaries far behind private sector’s”: “A minister should be drawing $2.2 million a year or more, according to benchmarks approved by Parliament in 1994 to ensure …

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The Case for Higher Salaries for Government Ministers

EXTRACT OF SPEECH BY MR LEE KUAN YEW, THEN SENIOR MINISTER, TO THE NATIONAL TRADE UNION CONGRESS AT THE SINGAPORE CONFERENCE HALL ON 19 JULY 1996. Ministers who deal with billions of dollars cannot be paid low salaries without risking a system malfunction. Low salaries will not attract able men who are or can be successful in their professions or …

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Of untrue material, politicians lying and blogs which tell the truth

After reading channelnewsasia’s report about what Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said about new media, I will have to agree with Aaron that what the minister said is rather confusing. It is good that the minister reiterated what Dr Lee Boon Yang had said before – that the government will adopt a “light touch” on what goes on, on the internet. It …

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1.8% cap on any bus, train fare hike this year

Straits Times 1.8% cap on any bus, train fare hike this year Public Transport Council gives operators till August to apply March 23, 2007 ANY decision this year on raising bus and train fares will be known only in August at the earliest, instead of the usual May announcement in previous years. And if the Public Transport Council (PTC) approves …

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Government sets rules of engagement in face of new media

From Channelnewsasia SINGAPORE: The government will continue to set political agendas and rules of engagement in the face of the new media, and will not be dictated by online petitions or polls. And while it will try to balance the diverse interests of the society when it comes to issues of sex, nudity and violence online, it said it would …

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5th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth

From 23rd to 27th April 2007, Singapore will be the epicenter for youth discussion in the region. ASEAN Ministers and representatives from various youth organisations will come together in the 5th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth (AMMY V), establishing ties and addressing the interests of youths. This is the first time that Singapore is hosting the AMMY. It’s time to …

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