Daily Archives: 2010-07-16

S’pore pavilion – long wait not worth it

Stephan Ortmann – Along with more than 190 countries, Singapore is represented with its own pavilion at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. Situated between the Malaysia and Australia pavilions, the Singapore pavilion, which boasts 3,000 square meters, looks like a small version of the Esplanade and is dubbed a “smart music box.” Once you have passed the excruciatingly long …

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The PAP’s obsession with GDP growth (By Gerald Giam)

From Gerald Giam’s blog: After a drop of just 4,200 foreigner numbers last year due to the downturn, the PAP’s “open-the-floodgates” immigration policy is back with a vengeance. So much for all their promises of “moderating” the inflow of foreigners. Since we have this “fantastic” rebound in the economy, isn’t it the best time to ramp up our nation’s productivity …

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Fastest growing economy? What about jobs and wages?

Leong Sze Hian – After adjusting for historical inflation of about two per cent, the annual real wage increase may only be about 0.6 per cent. I refer to the articles “Economy set to grow 13% – 15%” and “100,000 foreign workers needed: PM” (ST, Jul 15)On 15 July, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said,“If we don’t allow the foreign …

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Lack of funds threaten food aid project for migrant workers

Wong Chun Han Hundreds of jobless migrant workers may go hungry as the food aid programme they depend upon could fold due to a lack of funds. Some 450 men, forced out of work by injuries or non-payment of wages, are receiving free meals everyday from The Cuff Road Project to help them get by while they recover or seek …

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