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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Does NKF have $27 million more in the kitty now than it had in 2005?

~by: Leong Sze Hian~ I refer to media reports that the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is raising funds from the general public again, after a hiatus of about five years. It has launched a “give $1 a day to help sponsor artificial kidneys” campaign. According to NKF’s website (see HERE), the Ratio of reserves to annual operating expenditure is 4.71. However, this is based …

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PAP supporters are the 'silent majority'?

~by: Ghui~ In the article entitled “Silent Majority is truly disturbing” (Yahoo! News, 19 Jan 2012), the differences between the supporters of opposition parties and PAP supporters were pointed out. While the supporters of opposition parties were prepared to make their voices heard, the PAP supporters were dubbed “the silent majority”. Indeed, the article cautioned the PAP to take heed …

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Pay for Performance

~by: Tan Kin Lian~ I wish to add my views to the big debate about the revised salary package for government ministers and other senior political offices. I find the basic salaries to be adequate for the office bearers and acceptable to me, and perhaps many Singaporeans. Although they are still higher than political salaries in other countries, they are …

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SCDF chief suspended from duties, CNB director probed

~by: Ravi Philemon~ According to Chinese newspaper Lianhe Wanbao, the Commissioner of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Mr Peter Lim, is under suspension for nearly a month. Six other SCDF officials, including two of senior rank have also been suspended and are under investigation for a case linked to ‘money and women’ the paper reported. The front-page report on …

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More than 150 overseas appeals to spare Yong Vui Kong

~by: Joshua Chiang~ Following an event at Speakers’ Corner last Sunday to mark Yong Vui Kong’s 24th birthday, TOC has received more than 150 overseas letters – mainly from Germany, the United Kingdom, France as well as Spain – appealing to President Tony Tan to spare Vui Kong. The emails were also sent to the Istana. TOC understands that most …

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Former VP of GIC is Non-Executive Director of firm GIC invests S$38 million in

~by: Jewel Philemon~ According to Today newspaper the Government of Singapore Investment Corp (GIC) will invest around 189 million yuan (S$38 million) in Li Ning a Chinese sportswear company through a convertible bond. GIC will own around 8 per cent of the sportswear maker if the bond is fully converted and the five-year bonds will pay an annual interest of …

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Atiqah’s death sentence set aside!

~by: Kirsten Han~ Today (20 January 2012) we’ve received wonderful news: the Malaysian Court of Appeal has set aside Atiqah’s death sentence, replacing it with 12 years imprisonment. Following reductions and the time that Atiqah has already served, she will have about 5 more years to go before she can be released. Such news doesn’t come very often. We’re still waiting …

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40% Discounted Ministers anyone? I'd say, 'No thanks!'

~by: Ravi Philemon~ “If the annual salary of the Minister of Information, Communications and the Arts is only $500,000, it may pose some problems when he discusses policies with media CEOs who earn millions of dollars because they need not listen to the minister’s ideas and proposals, hence a reasonable payout will help to maintain a bit of dignity.” Dr …

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The ministerial pay debate that will never be

~by: Howard Lee~ With the long and extensive debate on ministerial pay – in traditional media, online media, and most recently in Parliament – the last thing I want to do is discuss whether the cuts that will most likely be implemented were suitable. If you examine the arguments thus far, you will realise that there are three camps. The …

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Some Fundamental Aspects about Floods

~by: C L Cheong~ From time to time a spate of flash floods would trigger off public concern and debate for a while.  While newspaper reports and commentaries on floods tend to be fragmentary in nature, a perspective of the flood problems can be gained by piecing together relevant published information and data on the subject. The salient aspects are: …

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