Daily Archives: 2013-08-01

Diglossia should not be allowed to perpetuate

This letter was submitted via the Readers’ Contribution page. Much has been said on the inappropriateness NTU Valedictorian, Mr. Darren Woo’s speech, as seen on Youtube To be clear, I believe Mr. Woo’s remarks were unintentional (at 8 min mark of video), that he had only meant to transition into his Chinese proverbs with a joke (as he did when …

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The national flag, to hang or not to hang

By Terry Xu TRE posted an article earlier about what a reader wrote to them about grassroot leaders going around asking residents to hang the national flag. Was pretty disturbed by the thought of the reader and being intrigued by the low number of flags hanging around my estate, I decided to go around asking my neighbours for their reason …

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Re-open the coroner’s inquiry in respect of Dinesh Raman Chinnaiah

By Teo Soh Lung The Attorney-General’s Chamber (AGC)’s statement of 25 July 2013 clarifying netizens’ concern that the discontinuance of the coroner’s inquiry was the exercise of his discretion continues to bug me. (link) Dinesh Raman Chinnaiah died in unnatural circumstances and in official custody. Under the law, the coroner has the duty to hold an inquiry into his death. …

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Low-wage reemployed civil servants must thank NTUC for uncut pay

By Philip Ang I refer to CNA’s Labour movement welcomes PSD’s revision of re-employment terms. (29 July) It was reported that most civil servants who are re-employed after they turn 62 will have their salaries cut to the mid-point of their salary range. The salary scale of a Division 3 officer ranges between $1280 and $2080 while that of a Division …

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32,500 jobs created, but 25,300 more residents unemployed last quarter?

By Leong Sze Hian Unemployment rate increase? I refer to the article “Singapore jobless rate rises to 2.1%” (Channel NewsAsia, Jul 31). It states that “Singapore’s overall unemployment rate was 2.1 per cent in June 2013. It was 1.9 per cent in March 2013 and 1.8 per cent in December 2012. This is according to the Manpower Ministry (MOM) in its …

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