Monthly Archives: February 2008

Home Affairs Minister’s explanation on terrorist escape

Latest from the Straits Times: Mas Selamat has fled to Indonesia: The Star. SINGAPORE‘S most wanted terror fugitive, Mas Selamat Kestari, who had worked with Malaysian Jemaah Islamiah members to carry out terrorist activities at one time, is believed to have fled for Indonesia. Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng on the escape by Mas Selamat …

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Breaking News: INTERPOL issues global alert for suspected terror leader

From INTERPOL’s website. An urgent worldwide security alert, or Orange Notice, has been issued by INTERPOL after the escape of an alleged leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist group from a jail in Singapore. Mas Selamat bin Kastari escaped from the Whitley Road Detention Centre on Wednesday 27 February where he was being held following his deportation from Indonesia to …

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Why a lapse of four hours before public was notified?

This is a letter by student Lee Weijia sent to the Straits Times Forum Page. TOC thanks Weijia for allowing us to publish it here. Dear Sir, The escape of Mas Selamat, and the subsequent response to the escape, has raised many queries. However, I would just like to touch on one sore point that struck me immediately upon hearing …

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Bloggers’ reaction to JI leader’s escape

  Unfortunately Singapore – JI Detainee Escapes: State Not Intrusive Enough? “Minister Wong sure has some explaining to do. First of which is how a limping middle-aged man could escape from an ISD run facility?” Pleinelune – Great, Now They’ll Start Checking My Shoes “Do us all a favour, Selamat Kastari (what kind of a name is that, some kind …

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“Limping Terorist” escapes – 10 questions for Wong Kan Seng

Channel NewsAsia (CNA): “Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng has cited a lapse in security at the Whitley Detention Centre on Wednesday as the cause for the escape of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) member Mas Selamat Kastari.” 1. Given that Mas Selamat Kastari was considered Singapore’s number one most wanted, how did such a “lapse” occur?

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Government fees freeze doesn’t address real concerns

By Andrew Loh It is interesting to note that the Finance Minister announced the extension of the freeze on government fees and charges only on the third day of the Budget debate – after criticisms of it not doing enough to alleviate Singaporeans’ concerns about inflation. According to Channel NewsAsia (CNA), “the one-year freeze on government fees, which kicked in …

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Bitter medicine prescription – with a little spin thrown in

Breaking News: Feb 27: Freeze on government fees extended till end of 2008. The one-year freeze on government fees which kicked in last July will be extended till the end of 2008. This will include fees charged on all government-provided services such as school fees, ITE and polytechnic fees, charges in public car parks, and all licence fees. (Channel NewsAsia) …

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CPF Life – does it really address retirement needs?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Income that stretches a lifetime, under new scheme” (BT, Feb 13). Under the old CPF system, a minimum sum (MS) of $ 67,000 at age 55, at the old guaranteed interest rate of 4 per cent, can provide a monthly payout of $ 600, from age 65 to 85. Under the …

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Homeless soon, thanks to HDB

By Selene Cheng 6.5 million people. That is the projected number of people our government believes Singapore can accommodate. Already, 80% of the population lives in subsidised housing, and with the development of estates in Sengkang and Punggol, no one will have to be a vagrant. No one will have to sleep under the void deck with aluminium cans for …

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Reflections on Budget 2008

By Eric Tan Heng Chong My parents taught me to be gracious when you receive a gift, and not to scrutinise it. This year Singaporeans received a ‘gift’ in the form of the Budget. There are many good things about the Budget for both individuals and corporations. But despite what my parents taught me, I cannot help feeling that perhaps …

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