Monthly Archives: March 2013

How do needy medical students cope financially?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Wooing Singaporean doctors home” (My Paper, Mar 4). Few needy students get aid? In this connection, according to the article “Cost of medical education, financial assistance and medical school demographics in Singapore” by Ng C L, Tambyah P A, Wong C Y (2009), “21.9 percent (of medical students) came from families with …

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University fees increased 7.5% p.a. last 26 years?

I refer to the article “Universities, polytechnics and ITE raise tuition fees” (Straits Times, Mar 30). It states that “At polytechnics and the ITE, the fee increase will affect new and existing students. At the universities, only the incoming freshmen will be affected.” For example, the tuition fees for the normal courses at NUS and NTU will increase to $7,650. …

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Reintroduce dialects back into Singapore

By: Jeraldine Phneah For years, English and Mother Tongue ruled the media, while dialects were kept to private conversations at home with one's elderly grandparents and neighbours. Back in 1978, The Goh Report, an evaluation of Singapore’s education system by Dr. Goh Keng Swee, showed that less than 40% of the student population managed to attain the minimum level of competency in two languages. …

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MSM's one sided story on crane protest.

28 march 2013, HOME released a press statement disputing the report, "Crane protesters' claims false: MOM" written by StraitsTimes on the protest of the two migrant Chinese workers that happened on 6 Dec 2012. Below is the press statement by HOME.   Press Statement on the Migrant Chinese Workers who protested on top a crane We refer to the recent ST …

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More educated Singaporeans, but less pay?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “More than half of employees in Singapore planning to leave jobs: Survey”( Straits Times, Mar 28). More than 1 in 2 want to resign? It states that “More than one in two (56%) employees in Singapore are planning to leave their jobs within the next two years because of unsatisfactory compensation”. “the figure rises …

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Social Health: Only 1 positive out of 9 – shocking?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “NVPC releases report on S’pore’s social health” (Channel NewsAsia, Mar 27). I find it extremely alarming that only one of the nine areas is positive, with five negative and three neutral. Healthcare It states that “the bed occupancy rate in acute hospitals has been increasing (80.6% in 2010 to 84.6% in 2012)”. In this connection, I …

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Sounds Like Fun! – One day workshop

Have you forgotten the marvel of sounds in our daily lives? Through a workshop and collaboration with The People’s Association, six young organizers aim to raise awareness of the intrinsic values of sound, and promote intergenerational bonding amongst the participants. As part of the i-AM 2013 Arts Festival that is conceptualized and organized by Year 2 students of the Arts …

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High Healthcare Cost – Primary health care is frontline medicine

By Dr Tan Cheng Bock The current system is curative (hospital) care and is expensive but most diseases can be managed at cheaper outpatient level. Diseases like cancer, high blood pressure, heart attacks, diabetes can be managed outpatient. This is what we must do. Manage these ailments well and there will be fewer admissions and cheaper cost. The Straitstimes report …

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19 year old born, bred ‘Singaporean’, asked to leave as foreigner

By Terry Xu Update: Nadirah is in the process of applying for a long term dependent pass and because of this, she is unable to work in the jobs offered by various concerned business owners. TOC is in contact with her and will update if she is able to have her pass approved in a month's time. Update: Finally, a reply from …

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Abortion vs Adoption – Another Perspective

By Dr Yuen Chung Kwong A recent article from AWARE  opposes restricting access to abortion in order to increase births, and advocates easing the burden of parenting instead. I would go a step further: I believe the only way for "adoption instead of abortion" to work is if mothers are paid to have their babies adopted, and the way for …

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