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Monthly Archives: Dec 2010

Singapore’s ugly mangrove swamps

by Ron Yeo Dark, smelly, dirty, muddy, scary, mosquito infested, illegal immigrant infested… Ask the usual Singaporeans what they think of our mangroves, and these are some of the common responses. In fact, I even had a friend telling me that he did not like going to mangroves because he was afraid of snakes dropping down from the trees. Indeed, …

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Mas Selamat Fiasco – the worst govt boo-boo of 2010

by Joshua Chiang A recent conversation among my friends and some new acquaintances was quite telling. I was explaining how the ‘indigenous’ people of Southeast Asia are genetically not too far apart. In fact, the early inhabitants who settled along the Mekong River were proto-Malays. “So were they Muslims?” one of the acquaintances, a local Chinese, asked innocently. “No, Islam …

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Produce local TV dramas that portray psychiatric patients recovering

The following letter was sent to the various presses for publication on Dec 25. by Raymond Anthony Fernando I refer to the letter by Mr Paul Chan of Mediacorp (“Extreme care taken with depiction of sensitive themes;Friday 24th December 2010). First of all, my deepest condolences to Mr Wong Chin Yong who lost someone close to him through an apparent …

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Earnings drop for 2nd consecutive quarter

by Leong Sze Hian I refer to the Ministry of Manpower's (MOM) Labour Market Third Quarter 2010 Report. Earnings Average (Mean) Monthly Nominal Earnings Singapore $ Per Employee, has continued to fall from $4,310 to $3,819 and $3,754, for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Qtrs, respectively. With the economy booming and expected to be the fastest growing in the world …

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Former ISA detainee Michael Fernandez rebuts MHA

by Joshua Chiang "Can they say they didn't torture me?" “I never advocated nor used violent means, and there were never any deaths during our strikes,” former ISA detainee Michael J Fernandez said at a press conference held at his lawyer’s office this morning. He was responding to the Ministry of Home Affairs’ letter to the Straits Times, claiming that …

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CPF Medisave Required Amount raised – what it really means

by Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article "CPF Minimum Medisave Amount to be raised" (Today, Dec 23). It states that- "From next month, the CPF Medisave Required Amount will be raised from the current $22,500 to $27,500. This is to enable members to have enough savings to meet their healthcare needs during old age". This is an increase of …

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Face to Face Videos: The Economy

The Face to Face forum brought together the leaders and representatives of the major opposition parties in Singapore. Over the next few days we will be uploading video clips of the historic event. But first a sneak preview- Part 1 of Section 1: The Economy Part 2 of Section 1: The Economy Part 3 of Section 1: The Economy

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No family will be left behind: Really? (updated)

by Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “No family will be left behind; with some help from CDC and Koufu” (Today, Dec 21). Helping 2,000 needy students? It states that: Over the next two years, some 2,000 needy primary and secondary students will benefit from the fund of about $235,000, which is made up of Koufu’s donation of $117,558 – …

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Breaking news: Former ISA detainee plans to sue Singapore Government

Former ISA detainee Michael Fernandez submitted a writ against the Singapore government for unlawful detention this morning. Fernandez was held without trial from 1964 to 1973. Between Novemeber to Decemeber 1963, Mr Fernandez -  a labour activist - led a month-long, 10,000-strong strike at the Singapore Naval Base in Oct-Nov 1963. Fernandez was then General-Secretary of the Naval Base Labour …

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