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Daily Archives: 2014-05-19

Foreign workforce numbers – moderating or increasing?

By Osman Sulaiman I recently posted a short comment regarding the inflow of foreign workers on my Facebook page. The post was made in response to an article that quoted our Prime Minister as saying Singapore cannot ease up on the limits placed on the inflow of foreign workers currently put in place by the government. Let’s analyse some facts …

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PM Lee issues letter of demand to blogger over CPF article

Blogger Roy Ngerng Yi Ling has been served with a letter of demand by lawyers for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The letter from Senior Counsel Davinder Singh, of Drew and Napier LLC, who is acting on PM Lee’s behalf, points to an article Mr Ngerng had written and published on 15 May. The article was titled, “Where Your CPF …

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The right to legal counsel

By Teo Soh Lung On 7 May 2014, the Court of Appeal in James Raj s/o Arokiasamy v PP delivered a very disappointing judgement. It ruled that an accused person is not entitled to counsel within 48 hours. It effectively ruled that it is perfectly in order for the police to deprive an accused person of a lawyer of his choice …

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Subsidy is “NA” for Chas Orange?

By SY Lee and Leong Sze Hian We refer to the articles “Pioneers to get medical subsidies” and “Retiree’s medication bill cut by $10 each trip” (Sunday Times, May 18). Both articles state how the pioneer generation card would entitle senior citizens to significant subsidies when they need treatment for the common cold or chronic ailments as well as selected dental treatments …

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Students challenge to draw the line on STOMP

The Ping Ming Productions, founded by two Nanyang Technological University students, produced a video to challenge the ongoing debate on where to draw the line on the Straits Times platform, STOMP. The producers of the video say that while STOMP is an undeniably innovative creation of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) to advocate for the freedom of speech, some critics argue …

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Is regulating rents in Singapore, the answer to rising rentals? 

By Yap Shiwen The recent spate of restaurant closures and the loss of hawker heritage has had Singaporeans blaming high business business costs and indiscriminate rent increases as the root of the problem. However these are symptoms of a larger and more complex trend, highlighted by MP Inderjit Singh in his Budget 2014 speech. Part of this loss of competitiveness …

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Mother with 7 year old to be homeless soon

By Leong Sze Hian and financial counselling volunteers When Gladys (not her real name) got married about 8 years ago - it was the happiest day of her life. However, things began to take a turn for the worse, when her husband went to prison practically every year. She eventually filed for a divorce in 2010, which was granted by the …

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