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Monthly Archives: January 2008

Healthcare: Uniquely Singapore, F1 or F9 – How mean can means testing be?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the articles “No basis for rise in premiums” (Today, Jan 29), “MediShield premiums to go up for better cover” (ST, Jan 30), “Half of workers to get full subsidy” (ST, Jan 16), and “Means testing could take years to implement: Khaw – Process will be made as simple as possible: minister” (BT, Jan …

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Means testing or comprehensive medical insurance?

By Gerald Giam Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan has announced that means testing will likely be implemented in restructured hospitals by the end of this year. Although the details of how it is going to be administered have not been confirmed, one fact seems clear: Many middle-income Singaporeans are going to have to foot larger medical bills in the near …

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TOC Opinion – Police: Foreigners not allowed to complain

By Joel Tan Singapore residents have made notable complainers over the years, in what may, along with eating, be described as the nation’s favourite past-time. Over the weekend, however, an interesting twist on this seemingly harmless activity has arisen – the local police have made it clear that foreigners are not allowed to complain in Singapore. What might have been …

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Uniquely Singapore, F1 or F9 – helping the poor?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Second shot at ComCare for needy families” (ST, Jan 13), and media reports about the setting up of a ComCare Supervisory Committee to reconsider borderline cases that do not qualify for ComCare assistance. The report said that since 2005, the Citizens Consultative Committee ComCare funds have spent close to $4 million …

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My future as a Singapore citizen

By Andrew Ong Much attention has been on Singapore‘s greying population and it will likely remain a perennial national challenge for many years to come. According to the United Nations, population ageing will be most significant in Asia. By year 2050, 1.2 billion people in Asia will be 60 years and above – four times the number today. With our …

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Uniquely Singapore, F1 or F9 – Workfare statistics?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the articles “Workfare payout going out to 287,000” (ST, Dec 29), “First Workfare payments to be made on Jan 1” (BT, Dec 29), and “Workfare Income Supplement Payment on New year’s day” (Today, Dec 29). Michael Palmer, MP – Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, said on 31 December, “I would like to see more put …

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Election reform effort needs everyone’s involvement – forum

By Andrew Loh Chaired by the Singapore Democratic Party chairman, Mr Gandhi Ambalam, the election reform public forum at the Allson Hotel focused on getting Singaporeans from all persuasions to be involved in the effort. The speakers were Mr Chia Ti Lik, Mr JB Jeyaretnam, Mr Jufrie Mahmoud and Dr Chee Soon Juan. Mr Tan Tarn How, a researcher with …

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Principals who put down students have no place in educating our young

By Andrew Loh ‘It is very sad when your principal doesn’t have faith in you and will not give you a chance.’ – Student from school where the principal’s “apply for ITE” remarks sparked outrage. That sums it up for me. This is the result of what adults can do to children with unthinking and insensitive words. And when such …

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“The people look to us for leadership. Let us provide it.” – Dr Chee Soon Juan

By Andrew Loh This Sunday at the Allson Hotel at Victoria Street, members of The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) will head a public forum calling for election reform in Singapore. The forum, titled “Reform of the Election System in Singapore”, is “to kick-start a national effort to address and rectify an election system that is politically moribund.” (SDP website) Its …

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