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Daily Archives: 2011-02-14

Income up 0.3%: Everyone got govt benefits?

by Leong Sze Hian I refer to the Key Household Income Trends 2010 report released by the Department of Statistics, on 14 February. Income increase only 0.3% It states that “among resident households, median monthly income from work increased by 3.1 per cent from $4,850 in 2009 to $5,000 in 2010; in real terms, the increase was 0.3 per cent”. …

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Malaysia’s “balanced growth” better than Singapore’s “higher growth”? (Part 1)

by Leong Sze Hian Malaysia's former prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir said recently that Malaysia's balanced growth was better than Singapore's higher growth. (“Dr M: Malaysia’s growth slower, but more balanced than Singapore”, Themalaysianinsider, Jan 30). This caused a heated debate on both sides of the causeway. As much of the arguments for and against were kind of subjective, perhaps …

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Deconstructing Meritocracy

The following article was sent to The Straits Times's forum but was not published. I refer to the report ‘Non-grad parents, but they made it to top schools’ (ST, 7th February 2011). Heartening as it is to witness these students prevail over socio-economic adversity, it represents a missed opportunity to critically examine the significance of class inequity. While credit is …

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CPF’s repeated insistence on woman staying overseas to pay up

Seven years after she left the country, a Singaporean lady was contacted by the Central Provident Fund (CPF) to settle her outstanding Medisave contribution or face possible court action. Ms  ‘A’ Tan left for Germany in 2003 and had been staying there since. In April last year, CPF contacted Ms Tan to make payment for her Medisave contribution amounting to …

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