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Daily Archives: 2011-03-20

NTUC- a union to help community or workers?

Leong Sze Hian/ I refer to the report “Labour movement shows it cares for community” (Channel News Asia, Mar 19). It states that: “The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) aims to roll out 50 community service projects this year in collaboration with its affiliated unions. NTUC and 27 affiliated unions pooled their resources to donate $12,500 worth of basic necessities, such as bedsheets and …

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New faces – PAP vs Opposition

The PAP’s slate of new candidates for the upcoming GE is being presented as a renewal for the party and indeed for the Singapore Government. But on closer inspection, is it really a renewal? The line-up consists of the usual faces from the usual sources – the military, the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC), and the civil service, besides the …

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Mountbatten close to her heart

Jewel Philemon / The National Solidarity Party (NSP) today unveiled its candidate for Mountbatten Single- Member Constituency (SMC) for the upcoming General Election (GE), lawyer Ms Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss. At a walkabout  at Kampong Arang Hawker Centre on Sunday to launch her campaign, Ms Chong said she decided to contest the SMC because she grew  up there and spent a part …

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Singapore is not a model for Australia

The following is an excerpt from The Intepreter Dr Michael Barr/ Australians looking at Singapore as a model for pulling the poor up by their bootstraps (such as Noel Pearson in The Australian) will be disappointed. Singapore’s success is not replicable or desirable. Singapore had its economic take-off by turning itself into a regional manufacturing and exporting base while China and India were sleeping and the US was booming …

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High Court waves away 377A controversy

The following is an excerpt from Yawning Bread Alex Au/ In a judgement dated 15 March 2011, High Court judge Lai Siu Chiu dismissed the first appeal relating to the constitutional challenge against Section 377A of the Penal Code. This is the law that makes “gross indecency” between two men an offence punishable by up to two years’ imprisonment. The …

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