Monthly Archives: August 2007

Extravagant help for the needy?
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By Leong Sze Hian The ChannelNewsAsia report “50 needy households receive free electrical appliances” (29 August) (link) said that: “Needy residents in the South West District received various free electrical appliances on Wednesday due to an initiative by the South West Community Development Read More

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US ambassador says “US will fight” if China invades Taiwan
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By Gerald Giam If the People’s Republic of China decides to take Taiwan by force, the US will fight on behalf of Taiwan against the Mainland, said a former US ambassador. Chase Untermeyer, who just completed his tour as ambassador to Qatar and Read More

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Questions about pensions, HDB, CPF, transport, jobs, charities, etc.
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By Leong Sze Hian On this morning’s (29 August) NewsRadio 938 Talkback programme from 8.10am to 8.50am, the guest on the programme, MP Halimah Yacob, NTUC Assistant Secretary-General and Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) Chairperson on Health, said that Ministers no longer receive pensions. Read More

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Are there systemic problems in our CPF system?
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By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Flexible, basic and cheap annuity scheme” (Today, Aug 27). Instead of spending the $750 million a year to pay the additional 1 per cent interest on the first $20,000 of the CPF Ordinary Account, Read More

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In Parliament: government’s reply poorly reasoned, insulting
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By Choo Zheng Xi The Worker’s Party MPs asked why their party was not allowed to hold a cycling event at East Coast Park as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. If Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs Ho Peng Kee’s Read More

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Unanswered questions about CPF changes
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By Leong Sze Hian This is in reference to media reports that the CPF Special, Retirement and Medisave accounts’ rates will be modified next year. The question that may be in every Singaporean’s mind is whether the peg to “an appropriate long term Read More

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WP Youth Wing elections set new tone for youths in politics
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By Choo Zheng Xi It was not so long ago that the single most familiar refrain of opposition politicians was a constant complaint about a ‘climate of fear’ surrounding politics. If the Workers’ Party Youth Wing (WPYW) elections were any gauge, this cloud Read More

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Some concerns about annuities and tweaking the CPF
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TOC writer Leong Sze Hian was interviewed for his views by the mainstream media on the Prime Minister’s National Day Rally Speech. Below are some extracts from the various reports. Straits Times, 21 August Views split over making annuities a must for the Read More

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A good speech – but some points to keep in mind
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By Andrew Loh As usual, the prime minister’s National Day Rally speech was not short of good, upbeat news. Nothing surprising in that. If one were to take a look at past speeches, it has always been so. I still remember then prime Read More

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Bloggers’ reactions to PM Lee’s National Day Rally Speech 2007
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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivered his annual National Day Rally Speech at the University Cultural Centre on the 19th of August. Here are some reactions from bloggers. Did the PM mention the old flats in Potong Pasir and Hougang? – No Fear Read More

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