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Daily Archives: 2013-07-09

Yaacob Ibrahim’s opportunism and cheap shots

By Andrew Loh In Parliament on Monday, the Minister for Communications and Information (MCI), Yaacob Ibrahim, lambasted “prominent members of the online community” for not speaking up against what he said were misleading online postings. The Straits Times reported the minister as having said “that prominent members of the online community … had rejected the idea of an Internet Code …

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Parliamentary reply on incomes: No “all workers”, “excluding employer CPF” data?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the following written Parliamentary reply on 8 July: “GROSS MONTHLY WAGE OF THE TOTAL WORKING POPULATION IN SINGAPORE FROM 1980 TO 2011" 36. Mrs Lina Chiam: To ask the Acting Minister for Manpower for each year from 1980 to 2011 (a) what is the gross monthly wage of the total working population  in Singapore consisting of  Singapore  citizens,  permanent residents and  foreigners; and (b) how does this compare with the gross monthly wage of Singapore citizens on a yearly basis. Mr Tan Chuan-Jin: Comparable data on gross monthly income from work are only available from 1996 onwards and only for residents i.e. …

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MDA regulation of websites – Parliament sits on lack of assurance

By Howard Lee If Minister for Communication and Information Yaccob Ibrahim has hoped to assure the public and Parliamentarians yesterday that the revised licensing Broadcasting Act was justified and equitable, he did a mighty dismal job. In a debate that spanned the greater part of an hour, which saw no less than eight Members of Parliament from all three represented …

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Parliamentary debate summary: Dr Yaacob’s embarrassing muddle

Choo Zheng Xi / TOC Co-Founder The most charitable spin one could put on Dr Yaacob Ibrahim’s performance in Parliament on Monday was that he did not come to Parliament expecting a full debate on the MDA Licensing Regime. Indeed, with only a handful of Parliamentary Questions on the Order Paper and Mrs Lina Chiam’s adjournment motion on the table, …

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Motion speech in Parliament on MDA internet regulations: Mrs Lina Chiam, NCMP

Today on 8 July 2013 in Parliament, Mrs Lina Chiam, NCMP and Chairman of the opposition Singapore People’s Party (SPP), raised an adjournment motion to speak on the new Media Development Authority’s (MDA) regulations of 28 May for licensing what they define as “news sites”. Also, the SPP has just released a video on YouTube in which Mrs Lina Chiam speaks …

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