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Monthly Archives: November 2007

Ministerial salaries – 2nd upward revision soon

By Andrew Ong and Andrew Loh On the 9th of April 2007, Minister in charge of the Civil Service, Teo Chee Hean, announced in Parliament: "Salaries at the MR4 Grade are currently at 55% of the benchmark. Given the large gap, it is not realistic to close the gap fully in one go. Instead, we will close half of the …

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Catherine Lim’s open letter to the prime minister

Theonlinecitizen has confirmed with Ms Catherine Lim that she indeed is the author of the following open letter to the prime minister. Ms Lim had originally submitted the letter to the Straits Times and TODAY. Both papers rejected it. TOC would like to thank Ms Lim for giving us permission to reproduce the letter. Dear Mr Prime Minister, This open …

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How to deliver economic growth but lose an election

By Gerald Giam How is it possible to preside over a booming economy and yet still lose a national election? Australia's outgoing Prime Minister John Howard may be puzzling over that question as he conceded defeat to the opposition Labor party in just-concluded federal elections. "I have reformed the Australian economy and left it the envy of the world," said …

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Bloggers’ meeting : 4th Dec 2007

A government-linked body has embarked on a review of the regulatory framework over the internet. While the focus of the review seems to be "what to regulate and how to regulate", there is a sense from those currently being consulted that the aim of this exercise is not liberalisation. So far, those being consulted appears to be the elite - …

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Singapore miscalculates balance of power over Burma issue

The following is a report carried by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo.  Singapore's unsuccessful attempt to convince Myanmar [Burma] and China to allow a UN special envoy to Myanmar to address either a summit of East Asian leaders or a summit of Southeast Asian leaders is seen by some diplomats as a miscalculation of the balance of power in the …

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MDA head honchos rap on video to get Singapore “creative and connected”

Below is the video - with the lyrics - showing the senior management of the Media Development Authority (MDA) rapping while “selling its message to get Singapore creative and connected”, as reported by the Straits Times (“Rapping MDA officers cause mixed feelings over rapping video”). The original video can be found here on the MDA website. TOC will leave readers …

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Uniquely Singapore: Charity – F1 or F9? Helping the poor?

By Leong Sze Hian After watching the Cancer Charity Show, my friend’s sister, a 50 plus housewife, was so depressed, that she jumped from the 10th floor of her HDB flat, the day after the show. As I watched elderly sick Singaporeans pleading during the show, that they have no money for medical treatment, medicine, and one lady who said …

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TOC Breaking News: 50 Burmese nationals protest

For more pictures, please visit Pseudonymity's blogsite. 20/11/2007, 1930 hrs: 50 Burmese nationals gathered outside Orchard Hotel in groups of three. Standing in rows of three, they formed a line that snaked across the frontage of the Hotel. One group carried a banner that said: “Listen to Burma’s desire, don’t follow junta’s order”. We want to meet Gambari Mr Marc …

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Editorial: Time to stop Asean’s humiliation

By Choo Zheng Xi Every big family has its awkward characters: the cousin who can’t stop talking about Multi-Level Marketing. The 50 year old aunt who can’t stop talking about her sexual escapades. The mad uncle everyone wishes would just stay in his attic. Asean has been trying to pretend there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Mad Uncle Burma for a …

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