Daily Archives: 2013-06-21

TOC Editorial: Using social media to take concrete steps to combat haze

TOC Editorial:  This morning at 10 a.m. TOC put out a call on our FB page to crowd source information on hospitals or nursing homes which didn’t have enough air-purifiers. Within 15 minutes, we got our first call for help. A member of the staff at St Luke’s Community Hospital at Bukit Batok dropped us a message telling us they …

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Workers continue to work – even in front of MOM building

By Andrew Loh As the smog engulfed Singapore and breaks another record high in the Pollutants Standard Index (PSI), the streets were virtually deserted of pedestrians. The PSI had hit 400 at 11am and stayed at that level for the next 2 hours or so. Some members of the public have called on the government to issue a Stop-Work Order …

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Hazy days ahead – economic inconvenience, or diplomatic convenience?

By Howard Lee The haze that enveloped Singapore for the past few days and caused an historical low in our air quality met with much anxiety from citizens. But distressing as it might be, this latest incident of our environmental woes with Indonesia will come to past, and is clearly not the biggest environment issue that we have to deal …

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HDB: Most cruel heartless policy change ever?

  By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Rental Relief: Two-year rent freeze for low-income earners whose monthly wages cross the $800 threshold” (Straits Times, Jun 20). So good – waive 2 years? It states that “Instead, their rents will stay unchanged for two years. They will get another two-year waiver should their household income still remain low compared …

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TOC Editorial: Put people before profits, issue stop-work on outdoor manual work

TOC Editorial As you read this article in front of your computer, there are hundreds of construction workers around the island working on Government and private construction projects in the stifling haze. Even as our Government rails against the corporate interests in Sumatra who are willing to sacrifice human health for profits, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) still isn’t practicing …

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