Monthly Archives: October 2011

Can MOM keep its promise to put Singaporeans first?

~by: Terry Xu~ Looking at the just recent parliament extract on what have been said by the ministry of manpower (see MOM’s addendum to the President’s address HERE), the points might just be summarized into a general statement: The government would look after the best interests of Singaporeans as regards job opportunities while trying to balance the need for more …

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Freedom and its Limits: A Conversation with Rex Bloomstein

Popular Burmese comedian Zarganar was among the first of the more than 100 political prisoners released in Burma today. He was re-arrested in 2008 for publicly criticising the Burmese junta response to Cyclone Nargis. In speaking to BBC News, Zarganar said, “”If I do something wrong they will send me back. I’m not happy today, because there are so many …

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Does higher education equal to higher pay?

~by: Leong Sze Hian~ I refer to the report “Median income of Singaporeans up 11%” (see HERE). It states: “Singapore has one of the highest employment rates internationally and the median income of workers also increased 11 per cent in real terms, over the past  10 years”. This means that the real increase per annum of the median wage was …

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ASEF's book presentation: Too many foreigners? Crises and their impact on migration flows

~by: Rina Choo~ ~ with: Jewel Philemon~ The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) hosted a presentation of the book, “ Perspectives on migration flows in Asia and Europe”, by Professor Antonio Marquina, on the 11th of October at their headquarters. A panel discussion featuring economist Dr Aris Ananta, political scientist Dr Reuban Wong, and migration specialist, Dr Mizanur Rahman, was conducted shortly …

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Police investigates private forum under Public Order Act

the following is a media release by Singaporeans for Democracy (SFD): — Martyn See, Executive Secretary, Singaporeans For Democracy (SFD), today spent an hour and a half at the Cantonment Police Complex from 10am to 11.30am answering questions pertaining to an investigation under the Public Order Act 2009 for a private forum he organized on behalf of SFD on 24 …

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CPF: New face, mew media, old ideas…

excerpted from ‘Diary of a Singaporean Mind‘: Looking at CPF from the other side…[Link] This is one of the significant responsibilities in MOM. DPM and myself spend a fair bit of time on this, and rightfully so. Sometimes, I wonder if my job would be easier if we just let people withdraw their CPF totally. (It is their money and earlier …

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More Female Permanent Residents will not solve low birth rate problems

~by: Chua Suntong~ I refer to the TODAY report dated 28 September 2011 “Singapore’s population grew 2.1 per cent this year” (see HERE). In general, the trends of later marriages, less newborns, more immigrants and a higher resident (citizens and permanent residents) median age have continued. Interestingly, I’ve noticed the Population Trends 2011 report quoted by TODAY also showed that …

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President Tony Tan: New media must be used constructively

  “One important platform for engagement is the new media. The internet is a tremendous tool to empower individuals, link us up with one another, and mobilise people for social causes. But the new media also creates real challenges. On the internet, truth is not easily distinguished from misinformation. Anonymity is often abused. Harsh, intemperate voices often drown out moderate, …

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Financial Planning: Are you ready?

~by: Leong Sze Hian~ I refer to the article “More making voluntary CPF top-ups” (ST, Oct 10).It states that “The Are You Ready” campaign comprises a set of checklists on four key aspects of financial planning – cash flow, health care, housing and retirement”. So, how are Singaporeans doing in these four aspects of financial planning? Let’s look at  officially …

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Of politics and policy, canvassing and engagement

~by: Howard Lee~ By the time you read this, Parliament would probably be in session, or maybe over. Following a startling year of general and Presidential elections, we now have a President that has a questionable mandate, a record number of elected opposition candidates, and a ruling party that has barely two third of the nation’s vote. All makes for …

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