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Monthly Archives: March 2012

TOC's under new leadership

~ By Ravi Philemon ~ I joined TOC in September 2008 and now, I have been associated with TOC for about three and a half years. Over these years I have played various roles of leadership in TOC, the last being that of the interim chief editor. It's now time for me to step down from all leadership in TOC. …

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PUB: Throwing money down the drain

~ By Phillip Ang ~ I understand PUB's predicament as a result of inclement weather but totally disagree with the planned usage of $750 million for upgrading. After having submitted numerous feedback reports on the state of our drainage system, there has been no assurance as to my emphasis on the need for proper maintenance, and the PUB has yet to take the necessary …

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Saving Bukit Brown just makes sense

~ By C C Y ~ Central to the discussion surrounding the maintenance of Bukit Brown in its unspoilt state is the question of how to best use space in Singapore, particularly one that is not high-rise steel and concrete. Skeptics of maintaining Bukit Brown in its natural condition argue that the land can be put to better use. Such …

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Median income growth: MOM says +1%, PSD says -0.6%?

~ By Leong Sze Hian ~ I refer to the article "1.618 months pro-rated National Bonus for political office-holders" (TODAY, March 27) which states that, "For 2011, there was no payout under the real median income growth rate indicator, as it was -0.6 per cent. There was, however, a 50 per cent payout level for real growth rate of the …

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Will multi-party by-election in Hougang increase choice?

~ By Gordon Lee ~ On the face of it, having more parties appear on the ballot paper increases voter “choice” by giving voters a more varied slate of candidates to choose from. Indeed, there could be some previous PAP-voter who would like to register their discontent (but not by voting WP), or some WP-voter who has been let down …

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Government replies = 'sure fail' exam answers

~ By John Chan ~ I often wonder if one were to answer an exam question in the manner that our government replies to queries, would he fail. As I have observed, government replies typically reframe the question until there is no semblance of its original substance, then addresses it tangentially before avoiding specific and often key points. Of course, …

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Advantage of growing up a minority in Singapore is that you adapt

~ By Seker Sb ~ The advantage of growing up a minority in Singapore is that you adapt. We adapt to the name calling that begins in nurseries and kindergarten and we continue to adapt when we realize that those names could only have been passed on from adults. We adapt to the sino-centric sports teams at primary school. We adapt …

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Singapore, the 'miracle' economy?

~ By Gordon Lee ~ Lee Kuan Yew. He is a great visionary and the pioneering architect of Singapore’s economic miracle – or so we are told. Just last week, The Economist published an article titled Dangerous Delusions, which amongst other things said, “The People’s Action Party (PAP) is anxious to take as much credit as it can for Singapore’s …

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Petain Road name change would open floodgates

~ By Narayana Narayana ~ Prof Tommy Koh' posted a commentary "Should Petain Road be renamed":in the Straits Times of March 20 2012.    It must seem rather ironic that the learned Prof Koh is Honorary Chairman of the National Heritage Board (NHB), while recently another official body, the National Library Board, has been assiduously involved in collecting information on old, …

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What are MOH's measures to fight tuberculosis?

~ by: David L K See ~ I refer to the article "Rise in cases of drug-resistant Tuberculosis" (TODAY, Mar 24). Once thought eradicated, Tuberculosis (TB) has made a comeback worldwide, including Singapore. Our densely-populated, tiny island with its hot humid climate is particularly vulnerable to the spread of infectious air-borne respiratory diseases like TB, SARS, H1N1 and Bird Flu.   …

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