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Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Messy End to a Poorly Implemented Vision

By Chua Suntong - On 30 September 2012, Minister of Manpower former Brigadier-General (BG) Tan Chuan Jin updated the state of foreign non-resident employment situation in Singapore. The big increase in the non-resident employment originated from the Prime Minister’s National Day Rally Speech on 24 August 1997. The future Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong announced a change in …

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Amy Cheong & the controversial Foreign Talent policy

By Chua Suntong - On Sunday 7 October 2012, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Assistant Director for Membership  Ms Amy Cheong publicly expressed unhappiness on the actions of a certain communal group. The following day, on Monday 8 October 2012 the NTUC leadership decided her expressions were unacceptable & she was terminated from her position. The immediate reason for this …

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Anti-discrimination laws ought to be put in place

By Ghui - The verdict is out on Amy Cheong – she is currently the most vilified woman on the World Wide Web. In 24 hours, she has lost her job and fled Singapore. It has even been unearthed by eager journalists and netizens alike that Cheong is “not even Singaporean”. She was born in Malaysia and is an Australian …

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NCMP Lina Chiam's question discovers more new citizens last year?

By Leong Sze Hian - NCMP Mrs Lina Chiam asked the following question in Parliament in May this year:- PERSONS GRANTED SINGAPORE CITIZENSHIP (BREAKDOWN IN FIGURES FOR PRS AND FOREIGNERS)   Mrs Lina Chiam asked the Prime Minister of the number of persons granted Singapore citizenship annually from 1980 to 2011, what are the annual breakdown figures in terms of …

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Are NTUC/PCF childcare operators really ‘non-profit’ entities?

By TR EMERITUS - Last month, NCMP Yee Jenn Jong of The Workers’ Party outlined an alternative proposal for affordable and good quality childcare by involving all existing operators in a contestable public good model for childcare. He argued that the proposal will bring down the cost of childcare for all operators (‘WP’s proposal for transforming the child care sector‘). …

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ASEAN Human Rights Declaration Forum 13 Oct 2012

PRESS RELEASE The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) is going to be a very important human rights document for the people in ASEAN. Civil Society is engaged, giving feedback. Yet there are questions on whether the AHRD can fulfll people’s rights. In some ASEAN countries CSOs are petitioning against the proposed AHRD. It is important for CSOs in Singapore to …

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A Possible Indirect Admission of a Strategic Policy Failure

By Chua Suntong - On 25 September 2012, the Ministry of Trade & Industry (MTI) released a 23 page occasional paper on Population & Economy. The report might be categorized into 3 parts. Part 1 from Pages 1 to 9 presented the importance of macroeconomic growth. Part 2 from Pages 10 to 16 examined the impact of changing demographics in …

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HDB and GIRO deductions

By Zephyr Mansor - Letter to the Editor I would like to share my experience with HDB which I hope you would share with the other TOC readers. Last night, I found out that 2/3 of my salary was deducted from my bank account through GIRO. After looking at the bank statement, it showed that HDB had deducted that amount. …

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TOC’s Response to MOM Statement on Panasonic Singapore foreign workers

By TOC Team - TOC notes the Ministry of Manpower’s response to our article of 9 October 2012 entitled “Secret tape exposes Panasonic Singapore’s Employement Agent practices” on 10 October 2012 at 7.32 p.m.. TOC regrets that MOM has chosen to take the view that the purpose of our article is to “undermine public confidence” in ongoing MOM investigations into …

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