Monthly Archives: January 2014

Summons issued to AHPETC over Lunar New Year fair

The Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council announced in a press release that the town council (TC) has received a summons to attend court today in relation to the Lunar New Year Flora and Community Fair held at Hougang Central Hub, a venue under its management. National Environment Agency (NEA) visited the fair on Tuesday night, located in front of Hougang Mall and …

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Basic Income: Resolving Wealth Inequality

By Yap Shiwen Singapore’ Gini Coefficient is amongst the highest in the world, with a Credit Suisse report noting a figure of 0.739 for 2013, second to Hong Kong. Measured for wealth patterns within a country, it implies potentially serious social disruption ad developments, as economic mechanisms fail to distribute wealth equitably. The minimum wage remains unpalatable to the pro-business People’s Action Party (PAP) …

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No unemployment benefits in Singapore

By JY Tan I have been following all the stories on your website with lots of interest. It is also really sad for me to see so many Singaporeans unemployed. At this rate, I do foresee that more social problems will start appearing in the near future. The strike by SMRT bus drivers and the Little India are perhaps just …

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Cooling the Hot-Button Issues with Tweaks and Sounds

by Ravi Philemon In the last General Elections, the People’s Action Party (PAP) lost six seats to the opposition. The loss meant that the ruling Party would occupy 81 seats in the House of 87 elected Parliamentary Members. The unprecedented number of seats lost to the opposition sent the PAP into a season of soul-searching. Apologies, policy tweaks, and national …

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Casey – The Aftermath

By Ghui Anton Casey has come to symbolise everything we hate about our society. Perhaps it is now time for our rage to abate and for us to look for the silver lining? If anything, this whole saga has led to the crystallisation of all things we abhor. From arrogance to the perceived inequality of wealth to race, Mr Casey …

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“I’ve created all these jobs…”: PM Lee

Explaining why there are more foreign professionals in Singapore, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said this is because Singapore’s economy has grown, and that there are not enough Singapoeans to fill the jobs created. Mr Lee was speaking at the Ministerial Forum at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on Tuesday. According to local news outlets, there are about 150,000 professional …

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The Lion and the Peacock

By Ng Yi-Sheng I didn’t enjoy Chinese New Year much as a kid. I was awkward around my relatives, who always made fun of me by calling me the “angmoh kia”, the white boy, because my English was so much better than my Mandarin or Hokkien. Angpows didn’t matter much to me, either, since my parents always collected the money …

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Public Transport – On the Right Track?

By Yudhishthra In any urban settlement, the issue of transport is very much a public one. To be transported is to traverse the urban jungle that is Singapore. Long removed from our pre-war past when rickshaws, bullock-carts and sampans allowed us to get where we wanted to go, modern Singapore is not so much metropolitan as it a densely-populated urban area …

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How did we come to hate foreigners?

By Aloysius Chia How did foreigners become the target of so much hatred recently? In online forums and everyday conversations, foreigners have become the new breed of people to vent one’s anger to. There are those who find foreigners, who actually make up a very diverse group of people, the source of social problems. These are the people who like …

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Services sector leads job vacancies

By Andrew Low The Job Vacancies 2013 report by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), released on Monday, showed that job vacancies rose by 9.7 per cent, to 61,900, in September 2013. Leading the list were jobs in the services sector, which made up some 80 per cent of the vacancies. “Services continued to generate the bulk of job openings, making …

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