Daily Archives: 2011-08-15

More taxing for charities?

by: Leong Sze Hian/ I refer to the article “When a charity’s business does too well …“ (ST, Aug 1). It states that “Charity organisation The Helping Hand’s business, which includes selling teak furniture made by residents at its halfway house, did so well it now has to charge customers goods and services tax. About 100 charities are already GST-registered“. …

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W!LD RICE’s Forum on Politics: Cooling Off or Heating Up? (Part 1)

by: Lisa Li/ Without great fanfare, a very important political debate for Singapore took place on 13 August 2011. This two-hour public forum ‘On Politics: A Brave New World‘ was a fringe event of the Man Singapore Theatre festival organized by local theatre group W!LD RICE, bringing together members of the public debating as equals with social commentator Alex Au …

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Forget the Constitution, it’s the people’s choice, stupid!

Joshua Chiang/ “Candidates should run for the office that exists, not the one they wish to have,” Presidential hopeful Dr Tony Tan If the past two weeks were anything to go by, the Government is most likely sending a similar message to voters with regards to choosing the next Elected President: “Singaporeans should vote for the office that exists, not …

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Know your Council of Presidential Advisers

Bhavan Jaipragas/ The Council of Presidential Advisers’s fundamental role is to advise and make recommendations to the president on certain key issues. Wee Kim Wee was the first president who enjoyed the services of the council, albeit only for two years before he stepped down. Ong Teng Cheong, Wee’s successor and Singapore’s first elected president, had more opportunities to work with the council throughout …

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