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Daily Archives: 2014-03-26

Progressive Budget, or a different approach?

By Howard Lee At the close of the Committee of Supply debates, Defence Minister and Leader of the House Ng Eng Hen was reported as saying that while Budget 2014 contained significant improvements to address issues such as housing needs and taking care of the elderly, more could be done to address transport, healthcare and manpower issues. Some might wonder …

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No accountability of public funds used by Temasek Holdings for philanthropic activities

By Leong Sze Hian Temasek Holdings announced on Monday that it is setting up a new endowment fund to commemorate its 40th anniversary and will be putting S$40 million into the Temasek Emergency Preparedness Fund, which will help with programmes to enable people to be prepared and cope with different emergency situations. The emergency situations include severe accidents, traumatic experiences, or …

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SSC lacklustre commitment to groom local talents

By Irene Choo The recent string of bad press about Singapore Sports Council (SSC)’s nonchalant attitude towards our home grown elite athletes may be just the tip of “indifference iceberg”, and a glimpse of their lacklustre commitment to groom and nurture local talents. There could be more unreported negligence than what we know now. Take the example of the sport …

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Protection of whistle blowers and filing of civil suits suggested for proposed Transboundary Haze Pollution Bill

By Yasmeen Banu Over the years, Singapore has dealt with reoccurring haze situations and managed to get past it. The city state has been affected by haze resulting from land or forest fires in Indonesia since 1991. According to Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), in 1994, 1997, 2006, 2010, and 2013, the haze situation “was particularly severe.” …

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Lack of resources by Singapore Police to tackle increase in foreign workers

By Tiffany Gwee According to Commissioner of Police, Ng Joo Hee, in Tuesday’s Committee of Inquiry (COI) hearing, the Police lack the resources to tackle the increase in population and the potential increase in crime that might result from it. During the hearing, COI Chairman, GP Selvam, emphasised the importance of addressing the issue regarding the rising number of foreign …

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Scamming the system – under the noses of MOM

By Andrew Loh When Workers’ Party (WP) Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC, Low Thia Khiang, asked in Parliament in January about foreigners working illegally in Singapore, he was raising a problem which has evidently been going on for a while here. For example, he said that “there are Malaysians who hold construction workers’ permits, but are doing other jobs …

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Commissioner of Police: “There is a hint of lawlessness in Geylang”

By Yasmeen Banu On the 25th of March, the third week into the Committee of Inquiry for the Little India Riot, Police Commissioner Ng Joo Hee said that although the riot did happen in Little India, “there is no indication of law and order deteriorating” and that “public order crime is low and has been stable over the last five …

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