Daily Archives: 2013-06-05

Oh No: Not negative real wage growth again?

By Leong Sze Hian   I refer to the article  “Real wages declined by 0.4% in 2012” (Today, Jun 5). 0.4% negative real wage growth? It states that “Reflecting the weaker economic conditions last year, total wages (including employer CPF contributions) in the private sector rose by 4.2 per cent, lower than the growth of 6.1 per cent registered the year …

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MDA’s new regulation – an absolute failure in public service

By Howard Lee When news first broke about the protest against the move by the Media Development Authority to regulate online media through a $50,000 bond, 24-hour content take-down notice scheme, the anecdotal responses I received from family and friends was, surprisingly, not the usual aversion. “Yeah, that regulation, it pretty much blankets everything, right?” “I don’t understand what they …

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Dr Yaacob’s incorrect and embarrassing New Zealand comparison

By Choo Zheng Xi/Co-Founder, TOC This morning, my eyes nearly popped out of my skull when I read in the ST that Minister for Communications and Information (MCI) had compared the MDA Licensing Regime to recommendations made by a New Zealand (NZ) Law Commission Report on new media. This is an embarrassing example for Dr Yaacob Ibrahim to use, and …

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MDA licensing inspires active citizenry… in protest against it

By Visakan Veerasamy   When you surround the enemy Always allow them an escape route. They must see that there is An alternative to death.” — Sun Tzu, The Art of War   Maybe a few years from now the MDA licensing thing will be remembered as the issue that got bloggers and alt-news agencies coming together against a common …

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Dengue death: Statistical odds stacked against you?

By Leong Sze Hian and  Roy Ngemg of The Heart Truths I refer to the article “Dengue death: Mother says son waited 5 hours but TTSH says 2” (TREmeritus, Jun 1). Waited 5 or 2 hours at A & E? It had stated that “According to media reports, the young person who died from dengue, Mr Ang Yong Han, 20, had …

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Minister Tan Chuan-Jin confirms why Licensing Regime must be withdrawn

  Minister Tan Chuan-Jin’s inability to explain, let alone justify, the basic framework of the MDA’s Licensing Regime affirms the #FreeMyInternet campaign’s call to withdraw the Licensing Regime. Mr Tan was speaking on Talking Point with Bertha Hanson and Dr Arun Mahiznan. Mr Tan was asked several times in different permutations to justify how the Government would apply the Licensing …

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