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Daily Archives: 2011-06-22

If you want a break, she should get one too

Kirsten Han/ The following is a letter written to the Straits Times forum by Madam Low Ai Choo on the issue of a weekly day off for domestic helpers, interspersed with some of my thoughts. It is true that maids should not be treated differently from other workers, and they need rest (‘Consider law to give maids a day off every …

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DBSS – ‘Overpaid’ by 550 million dollars?

by: Leong Sze Hian/ with contributions from: Ravi Philemon/ The Ministry of National Development's (MND) replied today in a letter titled, "Ministry to review DBSS housing option" (Straits Times, 22 June 2011) to another letter in the Straits Times Forum, "Four questions on DBSS" (dated 21 June 2011). In her reply Ms Lee May Gee, Deputy Director, Housing Division, MND …

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Regarding MND’s response to questions raised on DBSS

Ministry of National Development (MND) responded today to Patrick Tan's letter on the Straits Times Forum titled, 'Four questions on DBSS'. Sophia Tsang responds to MND's reply in her blog 'SpeakSpokeWriteWrote', and she says: Let’s see. This response at best skirts the issue. 1. Land sold by open tender. This means that HDB has a reserve price – which is …

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Economic growth and human rights not mutually exclusive – Dr Wijeyasingha

Dr Vincent Wijeysingha was to speak at the Liberal International's 57th Congress held in Manila, Philippines, last week. The theme of the Congress was Human Rights and Trade. He was scheduled to speak in a panel "Economic growth and human tights - mutually exclusive?" chaired by the Secretary-General of European Financial Stability Facility, Mr Kalin Anev. Dr Wijeysingha was, however, not …

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SMRT: Effective crisis management?

by: Shanta Arul/ In a horrific accident in April, Thai teenager Nitcharee Peneakchanasa lost both her legs falling off an MRT platform ahead of an incoming train. Her family is now suing SMRT for $3.4 million dollars. SMRT ultimately allowed liability concerns to interfere with the way it handled the accident, inevitably presenting itself as an organization lacking compassion, a …

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Tan Cheng Bock: I refuse to compromise

by: Jewel Philemon/ Jovial, open and down to earth. These are the words that immediately come to mind when one tries to describe Dr Tan Cheng Bock, prospective Presidential Election Candidate. For our team, which included youths who are not as familiar with Dr Tan, the interview which we had come to conduct and it’s equally interesting pre-interview conversation proved …

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