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Monthly Archives: July 2011

TOC Editorial: A stronger political will may solve our transport woes

TOC Editorial/ The public transport operators (PTO) have made application for fare adjustment to the Public Transport Council (PTC) ; and this too while Singapore’s public transport system faces tremendous strain due to short-sighted, reactionary planning of those that are in-charge. Towards the end of the 1980s, there was quantum increase in Singapore’s transport capacity with the introduction of the …

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Who wants to be part of the TOC lunatic fringe… Kee Chiu!!

Go CRAZY for our latest T-shirt design! That’s right, netizens! We’re talking to you, TOC reader who belong to the lunatic fringe! For only $22, you can own this T-shirt. Only free size available! (Free-size: armpit-to-armpit (chest) – 52cm shoulder to bottom hem (length) – 70cm) HOW TO ORDER? Write to us at [email protected] (please avoid sending orders to our main …

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Re-employment: A joke?

Leong Sze Hian/ When Ravi Philemon, TOC Interim Chief Editor  alerted me to the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) latest report of the Survey on Re-employment, and asked me to “crunch the numbers”, I was hopeful that unlike previous surveys on re-employment, this one would be different in that workers would be surveyed too. But when I managed to read the report, …

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An example in creativity from the top

Ghui / Education is of paramount importance as it plays a crucial role in shaping the future. Our attitudes to learning and how we react to and deal with problems are inculcated when young. While some responsibility falls on parents, a large chunk of that obligation ultimately falls on the shoulders of our educators (given that our children spend so …

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Our readers stories on the public transport

Dear TOC editor I saw your facebook’s call for people to share with TOC our experience of using Singapore public transport, hence I would like to share my train ride experience this morning with your readers and hopefully, the Transport Ministry. This morning (22 July 2011) I had an extremely unpleasant MRT ride at 8.00-8.15am on the train heading towards …

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How to relax? The people’s story of the public transport

On 20 July 2011, The Online Citizen (TOC) put out a call on our Facebook page asking people to send in photographs and accounts of their experience of using Singapore’s public transport. On 23 July 2011, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that the Public Transport Council is currently doing its work and urged Singaporeans to relax (see HERE). Are …

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Dr Tan Cheng Bock: I have always stood up for Singaporeans

by: Jewel Philemon/ Presidential hopeful, Dr Tan Cheng Bock, submitted his applications for obtaining the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to contest in the upcoming Presidential Elections, yesterday afternoon at the Election Department. He arrived to a crowd of fifty-over enthusiastic well-wishers who cheered spiritedly and even brought along a poster for supporters to sign. After handing in the forms, Dr …

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Public transport model not key issue

extracts of Minister of State for Transport and Finance, Josephine Teo’s response in The Straits Times, to Gerald Giam’s article “Overhauling Singapore’s public transport model”. — Mr Gerald Giam of the Workers’ Party has argued that Singapore should abandon its current public transport model in favour of a model in which public transport is nationalised. He argues that the current …

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Blast from the past: Raise road tax to subsidise public transport: Blog group

by: Ravi Philemon/ In September 2008, TOC submitted a proposal to revamp the public transportation system which ‘underwhelmed’ the deputy chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Transport, MP Ong Kian Meng. The following is The Straits Times article dated 12 September 2008, outlining the proposal: — IF THE Transport Ministry were run by the people behind the socio-political blog …

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