Daily Archives: 2013-12-18

False dichotomy of Singapore’s options

By Andy Wong Calvin Cheng’s recent article for Yahoo on the fate of immigration policy in the wake of the Little India riots is thought-provoking if not a little condescending. In it he juxtaposes the current plan for a population of 6.9 million, driven by the population white paper, with his own “Plan B” – a vision of Singapore with …

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IDWF – International Migrants Day 2013

The International Domestic Workers’ NetWork (IDWF) Statement on December 18 – The International Migrants Day 2013 Today, domestic workers make up the main bulk of all international women migrants and the number is still rising.  On December 18, the International Migrants Day, we pay special tribute to migrant domestic workers who have made huge sacrifices for the sake of their families and loved …

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Re-think the notion of Meritocracy in Singapore

By Darren Chan I agree that the People’s Action Party (PAP) needs to re-examine its idea of meritocracy and how it can better cater to the citizens of Singapore. (“PAP activists urge party to re-examine notion of meritocracy” (9 Dec), TODAY. Meritocracy is one of Singapore’s pillars of good governance. Everyone has to start on the same page and everyone …

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Registration requirements can have a chilling effect on free expression

Unpublished letter that was sent to Forum Page of The Straits Times [spacer style=”1″ icon=”none”] Dear Sir MARUAH is deeply concerned at the closure of Breakfast Network’s website as a result of their decision not to submit the registration forms required by the Media Development Authority (MDA). MDA had, in a statement to The Independent published on Dec 4 2013, responded to …

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Transport fares: Finland vs Singapore – 58% cheaper?

By Han Hui Hui, Roy Ngerng and Leong Sze Hian Transport fares increased 0.3% from 2006 to 2013? Ravi Philemon posted on his facebook – “”From 2006 to 2013…in the last seven years do you know how much our transport fares have increased? 0.3%. It has almost remained the same. Even though it increased for some years, during the 2008 financial crisis, it …

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Fare hike for transport early next year?

By Ravi Philemon “From 2006 to 2013…in the last seven years do you know how much our transport fares have increased? 0.3%. It has almost remained the same. Even though it increased for some years, during the 2008 financial crisis, it was reduced. In the past year, there was no change in the fare.” – Minister without Portfolio, Mr S Iswaran …

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A statistical analysis of the $2.50 Nasi Padang?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the Editorial “Baey: Owner charged me $2.50 out of respect & goodwill” (TR Emeritus, Dec 17). It states that “In his column in My Paper today (17 Dec), Mr Baey started by saying that he loves hawker food and likes to eat at hawker centres, coffee shops and food courts. “There are not many …

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