Daily Archives: 2011-06-08


Press Release/ The Workers’ Party (WP) held its first Central Executive Council (CEC) meeting post-General Election 2011 on Tuesday 7 June 2011. At the meeting, newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) for Aljunied GRC, Mr Chen Show Mao and Mr Pritam Singh, as well as Non-constituency MP, Mr Yee Jenn Jong, were co-opted into the Council. The Council was also …

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Reviving the Minimum Wage Debate (Part 4)

In Part 3 of a series of articles on the minimum wage,  Gordon Lee explores the limitations of the Workfare. In this last part of this series, he look at the ways in which a minimum wage is best implemented. Level of minimum wage The level of minimum wage should start off at a relatively low level to avoid any economic shocks, and …

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Hot or not, it shouldn’t matter to the law

From AWARE Linking a divorcée’s appearance to her alimony sets a dangerous precedent. It may sound like an episode of Ally McBeal, but fact has once again proved stranger than fiction. On June 3, the Straits Times reported on the High Court’s ruling that it was relevant for a judge to take into account the “attractiveness” of a wife in determining …

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Safety Takes A Back Seat

The following is an excerpt from Singapore Notes It would appear that something tragic has to take place, before the authorities in Singapore will act on safety measures. Try explaining that to the parents of Indonesian student William Lim, who fell into a open drain because a protective barrier was not installed. Assistant director of PUB’s waterways department Choy Wai …

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HDB Focus Week (part 5): 15 Q & A – Uniquely Singapore?

Leong Sze Hian/ Q. Which is the only country in the world that allows foreigners to buy public housing? A. Singapore – permanent residents (PRs) can buy resale HDB flats. Q. Which is the only country in the world that allows not just citizens, but also PRs to own public housing and private property at the same time? A. Singapore – You can …

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