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Monthly Archives: July 2013

National Family Council releases Singapore's first Family Pledge

The National Family Council has unveiled Singapore's first Family Pledge on Tuesday. “We, the people of Singapore, pledge to build strong and happy Families. We affirm the commitment of marriage between husband and wife. And take responsibility to nurture our children, and respect our elders. We celebrate and honour the roles of each Family member. And uphold the Family as …

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HDB for singles: All pay more, some pay less?

By Leong Sze Hian Worse than I initially envisaged? After writing “HDB: 2-room BTO only $16,000 – Really?” in the evening of 30 July, when I woke up to read the newspapers on 31 July, it dawned upon me that it may actually be worse (for singles) than what I had originally thought a few hours earlier. Up to $30,000 subsidy? …

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2-room BTO only $16,000 – Really?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “4,079 BTO flats on offer for families & singles” (Channel NewsAsia, Jul 30). $16,000 2-room BTO? It states that “The selling price (including grants) of a two-room BTO flat in Yishun (Vine [email protected]) starts from S$16,000. With effect from Tuesday, the government will also extend the  Additional CPF Housing Grant (AHG) to singles …

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"Uncloaking the Haze": An eye-opening discussion

By Terry Xu The haze in June 2013 had Singaporeans running around for information on the latest development on the haze situation in Indonesia and where NEA website had its largest views ever since just by people refreshing their screens on latest PSI readings. 37 year old Tan Yi Han conducted a seminar on Monday evening to share his experience in …

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MDA interrupted tea time… for this?

By Howard Lee If you were to look at the media releases and statements issued by the Media Development Authority the past three months, you might be fooled into thinking that it is actually the Media Regulatory Authority. Starting from the revision to the Broadcasting Act to the latest requirement for The Independent Singapore – a website that purports to …

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Interview with Kathleen Loke, Singaporean volunteer with the Sea Shepherd

The Online Citizen gets in touch with Kathleen Loke, a Singaporean who volunteered with the famous Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) and hears from her about her seafaring experience during the society's expedition, "Operation Zero Tolerance". Hi Kathleen! What made you think of volunteering in Sea Shepherd in their expedition? I joined SSCS in order to protect sharks. Growing up in an Asian …

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Limitations of 3D Printing

By Yap Shiwen Continued from Introduction to 3D printing. For all the benefits and effects that come about from 3D printing, there is immense hype surrounding the technology and the industry, driven in part by the inflow of investment capital that surrounds any new phenomena. And this hype can distort awareness of the technology, its potential and its capabilities. There …

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SMRT spokesman abrupt resignation, more questions arising

By Philip Ang It was reported 2 days ago that Ms Kalai Natarajan, the chief spokesman for local transport operator SMRT has handed in her resignation and will leave on Monday.  (link) Ms Natarajan’s resignation comes on the heels of a major reshuffle where 8 senior management staff joined SMRT after Mr Desmond Kuek Bak Chye became its CEO after the resignation of …

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Latest questions about CPF Life?

By Leong Sze Hian Public forum on CPF Life As I am being invited to be one of the two speakers at a public forum, “The Unofficial Guide to CPF Life & Retirement Planning”, on 31 July, 3 pm to 6 pm. I visited the Central Provident Fund (CPF) web site to gather materials for my presentation, CPF Life Information Booklet’s …

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Wrong to name scholarships after politicians

By Philip Ang Channel News Asia's article (27 July) “New role at Temasek “a good challenge”: Lim Boon Heng” diverted from Lim Boon Heng’ new role at Temasek to his past business-related achievements at NTUC. (link) Fortunately, he did not claim he did anything for union members. The article revealed an interesting piece of information – the Jurong Central and …

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