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Monthly Archives: July 2007

Breaking News: MOM’s 2nd quarter report on employment

The Ministry Of Manpower (MOM) has issued a press release on the employment situation for the second quarter. The release is titled: “EMPLOYMENT SITUATION IN SECOND QUARTER 2007: Continued record employment growth with sharp fall in unemployment”. (View the press release here, in PDF file.) Leong Sze Hian has some questions. The MOM’s report says: “Among the resident labour force, …

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Technology can be a paper and a pen

By Ney Reed It never fails to amuse me how Singaporeans commonly tend to narrowly and naively understand technology as only constituting computers, computer systems, information systems and so on. Because technology is supposed to bring about greater output, productivity and income, there is an endless endeavor to constantly implement a new computer system to the workplace, school, organization or …

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TOC welcomes Ephraim Loy on board

With effect from 1st August 2007, our Editorial team will be expanding to include Ephraim Loy. Ephraim is currently a second year student at the Singapore Management University and is a member of the Young PAP, Bedok Reservoir-Punggol Branch. He also serves as a grassroots leader and is the chairman of his constituency’s Youth Executive Committee. Ephraim is a contributor …

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The Gay Issue – YoungPAP vs Bloggers

A blog post by Young PAP member, Nicholas Lazarus, has generated reactions from bloggers. Below is a listing of some of the bloggers who have written responses to his blog article. The article – titled “The Alternative Vision For Singapore (and I mean Alternative!)” – can be found here (Young PAP blog). Below is a screenshot of the article and …

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Displaying the national flag

By Andrew Loh National Day is just around the corner but walking around some HDB estates, you will notice the scarcity or absence of the national flag being displayed. So, why are Singaporeans not displaying the flag – proudly and openly? Is it because it is still some days away from National Day? Or are there other reasons? In my …

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Handover of ownership of theonlinecitizen

By Andrew Loh After a long period of discussion with and feedback from friends, supporters and members of theonlinecitizen (TOC), I have decided to hand over the ownership of this blogsite to my co-editor, Choo Zheng Xi. This is to address the concerns which some have feedbacked to us – namely, that my being a member of The Workers’ Party …

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Fare hike for public transport in October?

By Andrew Loh The Public Transport Council (PTC) has given public transport operators until August 2007 to apply for any fare revisions they wish to make. (Straits Times, Mar 23, 2007). Any fare hike will take effect from October, according to a PTC spokesman quoted by the Straits Times. Undoubtedly, any increase in fares will have commuters up in arms, …

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Now, I have to opt out of a charity event

This is Leong Sze Hian’s letter published in TODAY, July 26, 2007. A country club in Singapore has sent a letter by ordinary mail to all its members informing them that $25 will be charged to their accounts as a donation to a charity in conjunction with a charity golf tournament. Unless members choose to opt out by completing an …

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Wee Shu Min, Li Hongyi…nothing is sacred anymore with the net

By Yeo Toon Joo Does the internet and its speed and openness change the way we communicate? Of course, the internet has drastically altered the norms and practices of open communication, and even private conversation. It opens a pandora’s box! Anything you wish to disseminate or promulgate, idiotic or edifying, can be done instantly by just hitting a button. It …

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