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Daily Archives: 2011-04-15

Are Mah Bow Tan’s housing policies responsible?

James Ong To understand how distorted HDB flat prices are, all you need is to take a look at the charts comparing the Straits Times Index (STI), the Private Property Index (PPI) and the HDB Resale Price Index (RPI) over the last 20 years. You could easily see HDB prices going in line with economic fundamentals, especially after the 1997 …

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MOH should keep eye on immigration-related health issues

The following is a letter to the Today newspaper which was rejected for publication by the paper. See Leong Kit I refer to  "Overuse of antibiotics leads to the rise of drug-resistant TB in China" and  "Superbug-gene found in New Delhi water raises fear of global spread" in your  TODAY April 8 edition. Once thought eradicated, tuberculosis has made a worldwide comeback with …

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TOC Blog Feature: Minister Mah attacks WP’s affordable housing plan

From Singapore Mind: Minister Mah calls WP irresponsible for its plan to provide more affordable flats. He says that cheaper flats means more housing subsidies and  less money for education and healthcare. Let me ask you a simple question. In the past few years when the price of HDB flats surge by more than 50%, by Minister Mah's logic, the govt should be awashed …

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Govt’s preschool subsidy only for NTUC and PCF kindergartens?

Leong Sze Hian In their joint-reply to letters to the Straits Times forum page, the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and the Education Ministry (MOE) defended the Government’s policy on pre-school subsidies. (Click here to read the letters.) In February, the Government announced a $290 million investment in the preschool sector, over five years. Among the initiatives …

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Derogatory term used by ST to describe deaf people

The following letter was rejected for publication by the Straits Times’ Forum Page. The letter was accompanied by 15 signatures. Dear editor, We winced, we cringed and we threw up our hands in exasperation when we read your news report "Four deaf-mutes jailed over stolen m-cycles" on page C6 of today's print-edition Straits Times. This also appears on ST’s online …

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PAP’s Janil Puthucheary: “I did not do NS… those are the facts”

Andrew Loh / New People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate, Dr Janil Puthucheary, says that he “felt it was important to step up and stand forward to advocate on behalf of those who can’t do so for themselves, or aren’t heard.” He was responding to a question posed to him on his Facebook page on what he thought of Mr Chen …

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NSP unveils new candidates, challenges Mah to debate

by Deborah Choo/ The National Solidarity Party (NSP) unveiled its third slate of election candidates today. At a press conference held at the NSP headquarters today, Secretary General Mr Goh Meng Seng introduced the seven members who will be contesting in the coming General Elections. Five will be contesting Tampines Group Representative Constituency (GRC), while two others will contest a …

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