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Daily Archives: 2014-03-06

Concerned over more outsourcing of Home Team services: Sylvia Lim

The following is the parliamentary speech by Workers' Party MP and chairman, Sylvia Lim, on 6 March 2014. In it, Ms Lim raised concerns over the increased number of Home Team services which are being outsourced. Madam, I am concerned about many Home Team uniformed services turning to outsourcing as a response to increasing demand for services and manpower shortages. …

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Woman’s death from overmedication in prison – father takes legal action

By Yasmeen Banu In March of 2011, 27-year old Lian Huizuan collapsed in Changi Women’s Prison after a drills session. She died shortly after. There were many signs before her sudden passing. There were even observations made by her father that were reported to prison officers, but all of them either went unnoticed, were not detected earlier, or were not …

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Associate professor altered post “in view of the sensitives on the ground.”

By Yasmeen Banu In recent weeks, the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) topic has sparked numerous controversial comments, from pastors to academic scholars, since Health Promotion Board braved same-sex relationship questions. Much recently however, besides Lawrence Khong, Associate Professor Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied created a whirlwind of concerned, angry, and for the most part, upset students over his views on …

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Cost of living – expats vs locals

By Andrew Loh Even as Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister was dismissing a report which ranked Singapore as the most expensive city in the world, the prices of Certificates of Entitlement (COEs) for vehicles were shooting up to their highest in months in some categories. A COE is what one needs to purchase and own a car in …

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Hawker stalls to close four more days due to high level cleaning

By Terry Xu A reader wrote in via the Readers' Contribution to highlight an issue after helping a hawker that operate at the hawker center at Block 505, Jurong Street 52 to read 2 letters from Jurong Town Council (TC) and National Environment Agency (NEA). The letter state the NEA will be conducting a quarterly spring cleaning from 3 March …

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HDB’s response to homeless story

By Leong Sze Hian I would like to thank Mr Vernon Chan for his facebook posting on 5 March, 2014, alerting us to “HDB Speaks: Is it true that HDB penalises flat owners harshly if they fall behind in arrears?” (21 Jul, 2013) which was posted 8 months ago, in response to our financial counselling volunteers’ article “Mother with 2 children homeless in …

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Over 200 parents affected by closure of sports academy

By Tiffany Gwee More than 200 parents lost significant amount of money with the sudden closure of The Guardian Academy last month. The children’s sports talent academy apparently closed down due to an accumulation of excessive debt and inability to cope with the payment for their rental and coaches. The parents were required to pay a membership fee of S$3000 …

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Clawback Of Cooling Measures Only After 6-11% Price Correction

The recent remarks by Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam that it is too early to start relaxing cooling measures sits in line with PropertyGuru’s view that whilst transaction volumes have been declining, sale prices are not following suit. Adding to Finance Minister Tharman’s statement on not easing up on cooling measures, Steve Melhuish, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PropertyGuru offers …

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