Daily Archives: 2010-04-26

At least 18 non-ruling party MPs after next elections

From the Straits Times PARLIAMENT on Monday passed laws ensuring at least 18 people not from the ruling party will enter Parliament after the next election. The House voted 74 to one in favour of the amendments to the Constitution that would increase the maximum number of Non-Constituency MPs from six to nine and entrench the Nominated MP system. The …

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Degree-holders easier to get retrenched. True?

I refer to the report “More jobs saved as Singapore emerged from recession“ (Channel News Asia, Apr 26). According to the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) Redundancy and Re-employment report 2009: – Redundancies increased from 8,590 in 2007 to 16,880 and 23,430 in 2008 and 2009, respectively, an increase of 97 and 39 per cent respectively. – Retrenchments increased from 7,680 …

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Setback will not divert us from our goal, says Anwar Ibrahim

The following is a message from Malaysian opposition leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to his supporters after the results of the Hulu Selangor by-election, which was won by the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN). I thank the workers and volunteers from Pakatan Rakyat including our friends in DAP and PAS who supported our candidate in Hulu Selangor, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim. Tens …

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Why associate race with sports?

The following is a letter by Mr Rafiz Mohyi Hapipi sent to the New Paper in response to its report, “A new generation”. Dear Siang Yee and NP Sports Editors, I wish to raise a response to your article featured on page 38 of The New Paper on Sunday, 25 April 2010 in the Sports Section, sub-section “Singapore at Large”. …

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The dirtiest words in the PAP vocabulary

The reason unfailingly given by the PAP government for any ruling that seems to put yet another curb on civic liberties is that there would otherwise be ‘disruption’. For instance, the Public Order act, passed in April in 2009, gives the police powers to compel a person to move on from a designated spot, and to refrain from returning to …

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