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Daily Archives: 2013-02-01

Human Rights Watch report: Singapore continues to restrict basic human rights

By Darren Boon An independent human rights advocacy organisation criticised Singapore’s continued restrictions on human rights despite several small signs of progress in the area. Human Rights Watch in its World Report 2013 released Jan 31 said, “The Singapore government in 2012 continued to sharply restrict basic rights to free expression, peaceful assembly, and association.” The report also noted “small …

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56,400 job vacancies: Really?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Job vacancies up 4.4% in Sep 2012” (Channel NewsAsia, Jan 28). It states that “The number of job vacancies rose by 4.4 per cent to hit 56,400 in September 2012, amid a tight labour market.” So many vacancies, yet so many unemployed? Have you ever wondered why the seasonally adjusted figures …

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Yet another year of negative real wage increase?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Foreign workforce growth slows significantly, local hiring rises sharply” (Channel NewsAsia, Jan 31). Real median income growth? It states that “The median monthly income from work, including employer CPF contributions, of full-time employed citizens rose over the year by 5.8 per cent to S$3,248 in 2012, down from the growth of 6.3 …

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Employment pass numbers down: Really?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Employment Pass numbers down for first time since 2003” (Straits Times, Jan 31). Less employment pass? It states that “The number of high-skilled foreigners on Employment Passes (EP) has fallen for the first time since 2003. There were 173,800 EP holders in December 2012, down from 175,400 a year before. “This is …

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The population crisis: A closer look at GDP growth and our carrying capacity

Written by Ng E-Jay The recently released White Paper on population has caused a furore nationwide. People cannot believe the government thinks it wise to cram 6.9 million people into an island already suffering from severe congestion and overcrowding. People cannot accept that the desire for economic growth alone justifies such a policy. Surely there must be another way, an …

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HDB BTO prices de-linked from resale flats?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “BTO prices will not rise with resale market: Khaw” (Straits Times, Feb 1). BTO de-linked from resale prices? It states that “National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan today made clear that he has de-linked the prices of new flats sold by HDB from the resale flat market. He has done this ever …

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