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Monthly Archives: May 2011

“Tens of thousands of rental flats needed”

Andrew Loh/ "The problem that the HDB face is they are just short of rental flats. In the whole of Singapore today, we have about 45,000 rental flats. But that's not enough. "It's quite clear in my mind, we need to ramp up the building of rental flats as quickly as we can. Not just by a few thousand, actually …

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Hannah’s Ordeal

Deborah Choo/ A typical day started at 5am. Hannah (not her real name) would do some household chores and feed the family’s many pets. Mid-mornings saw her shuttling between her employer’s fruit stall and his daughter-in-law’s photo shop in Clementi. In the afternoon, there would be more chores at the daughter-in-law’s house. In the evening, she had to clean and …

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Reviving the Minimum Wage Debate (Part 2)

Gordon Lee/ In Part 2, we study costs of production, inflation, productivity and competitiveness. Costs of production A minimum wage policy will lead to increased costs for firms - but the degree to which costs increase is diluted by non-wage costs and higher wage earners. Take a hypothetical firm, where 60% of total costs are labour costs. Even though 50% …

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Letters to TOC – Dignified pay & national direction needed

Dignified pay Sophia Tsang There is much discussion regarding ministerial pay. Dr Lim Wee Kiak’s comments have now gone viral. This shows how much the populace of Singapore care about this issue. For a start, not many bought the “pay millions to ensure no corruption" argument. To me, a man who requires million dollar salary to keep from corruption is …

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Excuse me, did the Prime Minister just say sorry?

Sophia Tsang For the longest time, I never understood why members of the ruling party never seemed to ever, EVER say sorry. I mean, I heard complaints about how there was no lift upgrading, about how salaries were so low, low, low but cost of living was so high, high, high. I heard complaints about expensive housing. But none of …

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TOC Blog Feature: Why S’pore TV is dead

From the blog, Jelly Farm: Since late 2001, I have been immersed in many gigs in the Singapore TV/media industry. After 9 years busting butt on the ground, I have decided that this may the last year I want to be as involved in it and perhaps seek an alternative path. -------- Singapore is so awful at this [mentoring], it …

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Cleaning up after Mr Mah

Dawson Koo / 21 May 2011 denotes a significant milestone in Singapore's history. Mr Mr Mah Bow Tan finally bowed out as the Minister for National Development (MND), after 12 years at the ministry. He will most likely be remembered for allowing prices of HDB flats to skyrocket in recent years, while he continued to insist on their affordability during …

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The Dolphin Project makes proposal to RWS over dolphins

The following is a letter from Mr Richard O’Barry to Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on the importation of 23 wild dolphins from the Solomon Islands by RWS for entertainment purposes at its Integrated Resort in Singapore. Mr O’Barry heads The Dolphin Project at the Earth Institute, which works to free and prevent wild dolphins …

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Disagreeing without being disagreeable

The following is a Facebook entry by Ms Joan Fong, the daughter of Mr Hon Sui Sen, Singapore’s Finance Minister from 1970 to 1983. Mr Hon was also the first Chairman and President of the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS), the first Chairman of the Economic Development Board (EDB), and Member of Parliament for Havelock constituency. He was one of the …

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You’re invited to “Post-Election Transformation Series”

  The Online Citizen presents the "Post Election Transformation Series". Post elections, we gather to talk about what transformation we want to see most in Singapore. We would like to invite you the the following event. Speakers Leong Sze Hian – Cost of Living Tan Jee Say – Foreign Talent P N Balji – Media Reform Venue: 111 North Bridge …

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