Monthly Archives: September 2010

Tan Wah Piow: Challenge Singapore’s Facade Democracy

by James Gomez Singapore’s façade democracy needs to be challenged if citizens want their political rights – this is what I took away from my one hour conversation with Tan Wah Piow at London Heathrow Airport on 19 September 2010. For Wah Piow, the political challenge that Singapore faces today, compared to the time he was active in the early …

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Global Disarmanent – Coasta Rica leads the way

Imagine all the people, living life in peace. – John Lennon The abolishment of nuclear weapons, stopping the proliferation and misuse of conventional weapons, and redirecting at least 10 percent of global military expenditure towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Sounds like a tall order? Daniela Torre, a spokesperson for A Nation For Peace disagrees. In an interview with TOC, …

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Satays protest Straits Times’ headlines

Satays simmer with anger over ST’s use of the word ‘grilled’. By Usad Ahdar About 20 sticks of satay gathered at Speaker’s Corner yesterday to protest the Straits Times’ use of the word ‘grilled’ in its headlines in the past month. The main beef (with apologies to chicken and mutton) of their unhappiness appeared to be the negative association of …

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SIA – making a mockery of government policies

This is the letter by Leong Sze Hian which was published in the New paper on 18 September. Read also: Even GLCs are cutting older workers’ pay? Leong Sze Hian – I REFER to media reports that female flight crew of Singapore Airlines (SIA) may finally get maternity benefits when their services are terminated because of pregnancy. Why is it …

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“Please stop hum-tumming Singlish! Just leebit alone!”

Andrew Loh – The Speak Good English Movement was officially launched on 7 September this year. It has been more than a decade since the first campaign was started here. Its aim this year is to get Singaporeans “to speak the language well in more environments.” Launching the campaign this year was the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, …

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HDB policy on singles: Singaporean vs Permanent Resident

Leong Sze Hian Why are Permanent Residents (PRs) who are single buying HDB resale flats like nobody’s business? Singaporeans who are single and below age 35 are not allowed to buy HDB resale flats unless they are orphans. PRs sibings who are single and below 35, however, are allowed to purchase these flats. Why does our public housing policy favour …

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Mandatory living wage – no more cheap excuses, please

Stephanie Chok – As Senior Diplomat Tommy Koh pointed out in today’s Straits Times (‘Basic pay: Tommy Koh weighs in‘), all advanced economies, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and nowHong Kong have a minimum wage. Malaysia is now considering it. It is therefore frustrating to hear the same tired excuses from our current government against implementing a mandatory minimum wage. Their key arguments …

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Minimum wage – the debate begins

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) was among the first to call for a minimum wage for Singaporean workers. It was part of its election manifesto in 2006. (See here.) “Ensuring a minimum wage for the lowest of the low-skilled employee guarantees that prosperity is shared by all,” the SDP said. “Legislation is needed to prevent Singaporean workers from being exploited …

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MPs to question ministers on YOG, housing and foreign workers

The following are some of the questions tabled by MPs for the Parliamentary sitting on 15 September, Wednesday. You can view the rest of the questions in the Order Paper here. Questions for Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports. Mr Zaqy Mohamad: To ask the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (a) what is the …

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