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Monthly Archives: Oct 2013

Yet another pledge to increase low-wage workers’ pay

By Leong Sze Hian Oh no, not yet another pledge to increase low-wage workers’ pay? I refer to the article “pledge to boost pay of low-wage workers” (Straits Times, Oct 30). Income growth different from Dept. of Statistics? In the accompanying Jobs and income growth table, it shows that Singapore’s Cumulative growth, real median household income (2007-2012) was 17.7%, the highest …

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Union gets agreement that does not cover “salary”?

By Leong Sze Hian Alas, can have union? I refer the article “Up to 7,500 employees to benefit as MBS joins union” (Today, Oct 30). 2 years of protracted attempts? It states that “The agreement was reached after two years of protracted attempts by the AREU, including publicity drives at the resort, to get MBS on board as a willing …

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National Champions to LOSE their track

By Michelle, Chope Food for Needy I would like to draw attention to the fact that Cedar Girls Sec School, which have been National Champions consistently over the decades, and are in fact DOUBLE CHAMPIONS this year (facts which are neatly omitted from the ST article), will be losing their track to development, despite the fact that there are acres …

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Chinese Fugitive hiding in Singapore for 4 years deported

Story from Hainan Phoenix Channel Translated by Terry Xu/ Image by Chen Weilin Fugitive deported back to country by Hainan police authorities after four year hiding in Singapore. Police authorities at the Hainan Public Security Bureau (PSB) announced on 23rd October that the murder suspect Yang Mo Lu who was hiding beyond borders through the guise of working as an …

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Taxi Flagdown Rates Going Up with New Models

By James Lim It is almost a month since my last post. You might have wondered what has happened to be lately. Am I in good health, sick or lying in bed with a serious injury from traffic accident?. Your kind concern is understandable because my job as a cabby expose me constantly to many dangers on the road. There's …

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HMS Daring visits Singapore

The British High Commission is pleased to announce that HMS Daring, one of the Royal Navy’s most advanced warships, will visit Singapore from 27 October 2013. During her visit she will take part in Bersama Shield, a naval exercise conducted within the auspices of the Five Power Defence Arrangements. While she is here, UK Trade & Investment will also host …

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Where are the “good jobs”, Prime Minister?

By Andrew Loh The current debate over jobs – who should these go to – stems from some murky and dubious claims by different sides. Let’s take a look at two simple issues – how many jobs have gone to Singaporeans and foreigners; and what kinds of jobs these are. Ten years ago, in 2003, three economists from the Nanyang …

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Housing: Supply statistics without demand statistics?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the editorial “Khaw: Over 200,000 new homes to be ready by 2016″ (TR Emeritus, Oct 25). 204,461 new housing units?  It states that Mr Khaw said that the number of new public and private residential units ready for occupation in the next three years is increasing and that the the earlier project of 197,559 units …

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Only 7.8% of students get subsidies?

By Leong Sze Hian Further to my article “More subsidies for lower-income students?” (theonlinecitizen, Oct 23), I was puzzled by the additional statistics which the editors of theonlinecitizen had added to my article – that the percentage of students on subsidies was only about 7.8 per cent of the estimated total student population in the independent schools (2,700 divided by …

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2 in 5 Singapore workers get non-work-related requests from bosses

(Singapore, 24 Oct 2013) You’re not alone if you’ve ever had ‘The Boss’s Personal Assistant’ unceremoniously added to your job description. Nearly 2 in 5 Singapore workers (39%) have received requests from their bosses that have nothing to do with their main job scope. In addition, 21% of respondents say the requests were downright absurd. Interestingly, among those that reported …

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