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Monthly Archives: Dec 2007

Healthcare costs increase the most, but MediFund payouts declining?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article "Nov inflation hits 4.2%, 25-year high" (ST, Dec 25), and the news report "Singapore's Nov consumer prices up 4.2% year-on-year" (CNA, Dec 24). Healthcare registered the highest increase of 6.2 per cent year-on-year, out of all items of expenditure. Transport and Communication was the second highest at 5.6 per cent, and …

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Contrasting Tactics of Resistance: our own Aung San Suu Kyis and Bhuttos?

By Travis Tan If a top-ten list of 2007 buzz-phrases were to be compiled, somewhere between “rising costs” and “enbloc fever” you would find “military junta” and “pro-democracy movements”. Thus, with our vocabulary extended and our eyes fixated on developments over the past year, this article explores the two most prominent and captivating pro-democracy movements of 2007; through the eyes …

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Is the Singaporean population shrinking? – Part 2

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to Stephanie Lim Pek Hsia's letter "Cap number of foreign workers they can hire" (New Paper, Nov 10), and media reports about the record jump in the number of new PRs, PRs becoming citizens and foreigners this year. About 7,300 Singapore citizenships were granted in the first half of this year, and 46,900 foreigners …

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Are ministers already being paid more than their private sector salary benchmark?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the report "Fatter bonus payouts expected this year" (ST, Dec 15). It states that "Employers are expected to hand out bigger bonus payouts this year... recruitment industry leaders expect this year's private-sector payouts to be even bigger than last year's - which were considered among the highest in recent years". The bonuses expected …

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A government-controlled media is superior to a free media?

By Benjamin Cheah On the 11th of December, the TODAY newspaper published an article titled “Social stability is key: Poll”. On first glance, it seems to support the view that a government-controlled media is superior to a free media. Indeed, its main message seems to be that public media organisations are more accurate than private media companies; most Singaporeans do …

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Is the Singaporean population shrinking? – Part 1

By Leong Sze Hian To what extent has our liberal foreign labour and citizenship policies affected Singaporeans’ rights with reference to Article 22 and 25 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights ? Is the Singaporean population shrinking because of our liberal foreign labour and residency policies? The answer is probably nobody knows, or maybe just a few …

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Ministers, top civil servants to get 4% to 21% pay rise in Jan

Breaking News: From the Straits Times. By Lynn Lee SINGAPORE'S ministers and top civil servants will start the New Year with a pay increase, ranging from 4 per cent to 21 per cent. This is the second phase of an increase that was decided on in April. Under the revised salary package announced by the Public Service Division (PSD) on …

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