Daily Archives: 2014-01-15

Singapore will change

I was recently engaged in a conversation that reinforced the ugly glaring fact of Singapore’s stifling culture, and all the people who have fallen prey, become dead, and are spreading the zombie virus. I forget it often because of the amazing environment I’m immersed in in school, where people have started their own board game companies, national-scale NGOs funded by …

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Pwee Foundation’s 1st year Anniversary: Helping NGOs and social enterprises to stand on their own

(Photo: Benjamin Pwee address the guests of the foundation’s 1st Anniversary dinner) Pwee Foundation celebrated its one year old anniversary on Tuesday with a dinner event with all its supporters, collaborators and its volunteers. In midst of its celebration, the foundation rounded up an eventful year with short presentations of the various projects involving social enterprises and charitable institute. Founded …

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Will Straits Times’ convoluted excuse work for New York Times?

By Andrew Loh Irony, like karma, sometimes is instant. The Singapore Government has taken issue with an editorial in the New York Times (NYT) published in December last year about the riot in Little India: that the article “offered scant evidence for its suggestion that the riot arose from workers’ building frustration”; and that the NYT refused to publish the …

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The alternative news in 1 day? (part 28) – Is payslip really so complicated?

(Photo: Worker writing how much he is owed in pay) Straits Times reported that Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) MOM, NTUC and SNEF has developed guidelines on how employers can issue itemised payslips (Straits Times, Jan 13). Guidelines for payslips? It states that employers can now refer to a …

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Alcohol curb to be brought forward due to Thaipusam

Police announced that the weekend curbs on the sale and consumption of alcohol for Little India will be in place starting from Thursday evening and last till Monday morning. The alcohol curb was originally stated to be on the weekends for shops to be selling alcohol only between 6am to 8pm on Saturday, Sunday and eve of Public Holidays and …

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No financial crisis yet but misguided attention on growth

There’s a Forbes article on an impending crash in Singapore circulating widely on Facebook. I won’t dignify it by posting it but here are my thoughts about it: I read the article a while ago and was not at all convinced with his line of argument. It’s just far too sweeping. Above all, if you look at the usual triggers …

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Memories of a great person who built his nation over dead bodies

The passing of Ariel Sharon brought back the memories of the horrors of the Sabra Shatilla massacre of September,’82. I arrived in August that year as a volunteer surgeon to help the war victims of Lebanon. The people in Lebanon were wounded, made homeless and lost precious friends and families as the result of ten weeks of ruthless bombardment. That was the Operation Peace for …

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Ride the Storm! Fund Raiser for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

Even though news about the effects of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has died down, its devastating effects are still being felt by the community. Three elderly retirees whose combined age is more than 200 years (65, 72, and 73) will attempt to ride over 2000 kilometres from Bangkok to Singapore to raise funds for the victims. They call themselves Mr …

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