Daily Archives: 2014-01-24

A difference between empathy and forgiveness

The following is a Facebook post by Cheryl Marie Tay in response to an article by the general secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement, William Wan, in the Straits Times on 24 January, with regards to the Anton Casey saga. [You can read Mr Wan’s article here: “Where has all our empathy gone?“] We publish Ms Tay’s note with her …

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Sufficient safeguards to keep fares affordable : PTC

Letter from Alvin Chia, secretary of the Public Transport Council published in the TODAY newspaper on 24 January 2014. I refer to the Voices letters regarding the bus and train fare adjustment. Understandably, commuters would like to have a service quality component added to the fare formula. However, the Fare Review Mechanism Committee (FRMC) and the Public Transport Council (PTC) …

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Contesting in an Uneven Playing Field

Seventeen improvement projects will be underway in Workers’ Party (WP) wards soon, announced the Citizens’ Consultative Committees (CCCs), one of 1,800 grassroots organizations (GROs) under the People’s Association (PA). Such “generosity” may come as a surprise to those of us who are accustomed to the petty moves of the PA over the years. Still fresh in our memory, for instance, …

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Transport services: Nationalisation, Reform, Privatisation

By Muhammad Al Hakim After the farce of recent fare hike coinciding with the recent spate of breakdown, it begs the question, why hasn’t the government taken a initiative in solving the problem? It may be because there is no clear radical solution in the works that might be able to help the problem, short term or long term. What we …

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Kim Jong-un’s half-brother takes refuge in S’pore and Malaysia

Kim Jong-nam, the elder half-brother of North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un, is reported to have taken refuge in Singapore and now Malaysia. After the execution last month of his uncle, Jang Song-thaek , whom Jong-nam was closed to, the younger man is said to have been “lying low”. The apparent purge by Kim Jong-un included the close associates of Jang …

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About respecting people and blending in

Pamela Lim is an entrepreneur and entrepreneurship lecturer. This article first appeared on her Facebook page. We thank Pamela for allowing us to re-publish it in full. He pulled my sleeve and told me to boldly cross the busy street when we were in Hong Kong, telling me that he is “Kwai Lo” (Hong Kong term for expat) and nobody will …

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Chinese couple tried to kidnap child in Chinatown: magazine

Magazine, The Asian Parent (Singapore edition], reported on Thursday an alleged attempt at kidnapping of a child in Chinatown on the same day. The Asian Parent’s report was based on a message on the 2013 Mums Whatsapp group, it says. Here is a screenshot of the message: The magazine described how the alleged attempted kidnapping might have happened: “It seems …

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