Monthly Archives: November 2012

Strike was impromptu
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By Terry Xu Our insider source informs TOC that the strike was not a pre-meditated action by the workers but started by a few drivers who stood in front of the chartered bus that was supposed to drive the drivers to the bus Read More

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SMRT strike: consequences of our Singaporean First principle?
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by: Ng Yi Shu This chart, as we might now be familiar with, shows the root cause of what the current SMRT fiasco is about. It is rare to see strikes in Singapore, let alone one that has lasted this long. The last Read More

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A Matter Of Perspective
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By Dr R G Eli The recent Gallup/Bloomberg article re Singaporeans and their purported lack of feeling provides excellent motivation for some careful thinking…..(“Singapore Confronts  An Emotional  Deficit” , by Einhorn, B & Chen, S  dtd Nov 20th 2012) There have been varying responses – some Read More

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TOC Editorial: SMRT strike should prompt introspection on several fronts
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Last updated on October 20th, 2015 at 10:44 pmTOC Editorial   Despite the best attempts of the over-cautious mainstream media, the significance of Monday’s strike by over 102 Chinese workers (initial news reports mentioned 200) cannot be played down. The SMRT strike is Read More

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Many ways to skin a strike
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By Howard Lee Strike – to cease work collectively as a protest against working conditions, low pay, etc (www.thefreedictonary.com/strike) It is interesting to note the headlines in our papers that were used to describe the “industrial action” by 102 SMRT bus drivers, as they “refused Read More

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On Train announcements and Language Rights
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If you are a frequent commuter on the North-South and East-West Lines, you should have noticed for a few months now a new announcement made when a train pulls into the station. The stations’ names are now also announced in its Mandarin form, Read More

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Strike Strikes Singapore: The Undertones of Industrial Relations
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By Gerald Tan Strike strikes Singapore! A strike is defined by Section 5 of the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act (“CLTPA”), to mean “the cessation of work by a body of persons employed in any essential service acting in combination, or a concerted Read More

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TOC Op-ed: Awake, Jim Sleeper
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Last updated on October 20th, 2015 at 10:44 pmBy Choo Zheng Xi/ Consultant Editor Yale lecturer Jim Sleeper’s provocatively titled column in the Huffington Post didn’t quite deliver. Captioned: “Blame the Latest Israel-Arab War on…Singapore?”, the article itself was more prosaic, recycling the Read More

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Parliament: Replies that never answer the question? (Act 3)
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Last updated on October 19th, 2015 at 06:38 pmBy Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “So, what’s the true cost of casinos?” (Straits Times, Nov 17). How many visit casinos? It states that “Yesterday, the House heard that Singaporeans account for 25 Read More

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TOC Report: Navigating the socio-political blogosphere
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Last updated on October 19th, 2015 at 04:19 pmBy Ng Yi Shu   Being a socio-political blogger in Singapore is not an easy job. In an era where controls over freedom of speech exist in legislation and where such controls hang over controversial Read More

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