Monthly Archives: May 2010

Workers cheer NWC recommendations?

I refer to the report “Workers, HR experts expect wage increases of 3-5%” (Channel NewsAsia, May 25). It states that “After weathering one of the worst global recessions, workers have cheered the National Wages Council‘s (NWC) latest recommendations”. While the council did not spell out a quantum, workers and HR experts are predicting a salary hike of anything from 3-5 percent. For …

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Singapore says second soldier was accidentally shot in Thailand

Singapore’s Defence Ministry said Wednesday that two of its soldiers, not just one, were accidentally shot by a villager while they were taking part in a night training exercise in March in Thailand. A ministry spokeswoman confirmed a report by The Straits Times newspaper, saying that, apart from a sergeant, 19-year-old Private J Pritheery Raj had also been wounded when a …

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That sound you hear is the collective jerking of knees

While I was writing this post I was struck by a thought: how would Singaporeans, men in particular, respond to it? The answer is in, and it is both expected and disappointing how people would so easily miss the forest for the trees in bouts of defensive outrage. Just look at the reactions here, and the comments, for a sample. What these …

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A refreshing way to engage bloggers

The 10-day Blog Tour has come to an end in Berlin. On Friday evening, the group of 15 bloggers from different parts of the world gathered for one last meal at the Gugenhorf restaurant. And as I looked around the table, it was evident that everyone had thoroughly enjoyed the tour. For me the one thing which impressed me the …

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Death penalty declared illegal

The High Court yesterday declared illegal and unconstitutional the provision of awarding death sentence under the Women and Children Repression Prevention (Special) Act 1995. Section 6(2) of the act carried out the provision of awarding death sentence to any person for killing any woman or child after rape. The bench comprising Justice Md Iman Ali and Justice Sheikh Abdul Awal delivered the …

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Suggestions on how to prevent deaths on MRT tracks

Due to the recent spate of incidences involving MRT trains being held up by people who jump onto tracks causing train delays, I’ve decided to do something civic-minded with my creativity for once. Below is a list of 5 suggestions on how we can prevent deaths on MRT tracks. 1. Erect barb wires along the MRT platform screen doors. Not …

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