Daily Archives: 2013-12-23

55-year old Singaporean man cycles 1,000km for charity

By Jamal Ismail A 55-year old man, known as “Awi” will cycle an epic distance of 1,000 km to raise funds for charity. Awi is part of a group of 40 cycling enthusiasts who call themselves ‘Epic Cyclists’ participating in the KDF Millennium Ride 2014. They will cover the incredible distance of 1,000km within 4 days – cycling 250 km …

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Singapore: Looking back on 2013 (I)

By Singapore Armchair Critic The year started with much excitement as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for a by-election in Punggol East for the seat vacated by PAP Member of Parliament Michael Palmer in December 2012. Set on 26 January, the Punggol East by-election was the second by-election to take place in eight months, after the May 2012 Hougang …

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The alternative news in 1 day? (part 11) – Tourists on job hunt

By Leong Sze Hian Not a Singaporean in sight? I recently went to a telephone operator’s service centre/outlet and every staff that I encountered was not a Singaporean – the staff who gives you the queue number, explain the phone purchase contract, accessories sales person, cashier, etc. I was at a hospital and encountered the same phenomena – the admissions …

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Faulty Train Economics

By Aloysius Chia Recently, it has been reported that SMRT and SBS Transit had submitted their applications to the Public Transport Council (PTC) to raise their fares (The Straits Times, 19 Dec 2013). The recurring breakdowns and the increasing fare adjustments, with its multiple contradictions, is a salient example of how markets will never work for commuters in the long run. …

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