Monthly Archives: August 2007

Another set of figures on university enrolment?

By Leong Sze Hian During his National Day Rally speech on Sunday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong outlined his government’s intention to build a 4th University to cater to more Singaporean students. The PM said the objective is to allow 30 percent of each cohort to get into publicly-funded universities by 2015, compared to 23 percent today. At the last …

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PM Lee’s National Day Rally Speech

The Prime Minister’s National Day Rally Speech has been likened by some to the US President’s State of the Union address. It has traditionally served as a summary of the trends and events of the year, and used them to project a direction for the country’s future. It serves as an indicator of: 1) How the political leadership views the …

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“We’ll be in a very very sorry state.”

By Andrew Loh ‘We can’t have a situation where we protect you even from yourself. If the entire population needs to be protected from their own choices, then we will be in a very, very sorry state in the future.’ – Minister for Community, Youth and Sports, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan during the debate on the casino issue. (Nov 17, 2004, …

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Public transport – addressing some issues

This is a letter which Leong Sze Hian had sent to the mainstream press. It has not been published so far. I refer to SBS and SMRT’s application to increase transport fares. In conjunction with the two transport operators’ application to increase fares, it was separately announced at the same time that $10 million has been set aside over three …

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Comfort Delgro’s profits rise

The newspaper, TODAY, carried this report in its August 14, 2007, issue: “For the half-year ended June 30, 2007, ComfortDelGro achieved an 8.6-per-cent increase in revenue to about $1.5 billion. Net profit rose 10.5 per cent to $113.9 million.” (Click here and here) Comfort Delgro is the parent company which runs SBS Transit. The other public transport operator, SMRT, earlier …

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City Of Possibilities or Fluff City?

By Ned Stark and Andrew Loh “My fellow Singaporeans, let’s seize the moment to sail ahead, into the bright and exciting future that we can already see. Together, let’s transform Singapore, and make this a special home for every one of us.” – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day message, 2007. (link) Looking at the many construction …

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Nation Builders

As we celebrate National Day, lets not forget the ones who are struggling and who continue to struggle on a daily basis. Many thanks to Martyn See for taking the time and effort to lend a voice to the less-abled and needy – especially the elderly. May all of us do our small part to make the lives of our elderly a …

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How Do I Love Thee, let me (not) count the ways

This article was first published by the TODAY newspaper. See below. By Choo Zheng Xi Question: Why do you feel patriotic? Answer: Well I recently went to country XYZ (fill in name of Third World country or dysfunctional First World one) and realized how shoddy their (healthcare/education/social welfare system) was and felt really grateful to be Singaporean. Singaporeans have a …

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The Prime Minister’s National Day Message

My fellow Singaporeans, We celebrate National Day in a happy mood. It has been another good year for Singapore. Altogether now, we have had four good years of growth. We have many things to cheer about: a. Our athletes are winning medals b. Our chefs are winning culinary contests c. Our entrepreneurs are launching new businesses d. Our students are …

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