Newsbites – more… bite for police online, help for new couples, defence for CPF, degree holders losing jobs

Police calls tender for anti-cybercrime training

The Singapore Police Force has called a tender for training services to better its officers to tackle cyber-crime. The tender will include training on proper investigation techniques, tracing and monitoring social media postings and content for investigation, learning hackers’ tricks, secure electronic evidence and carry out computer forensics analyses for criminal proceedings. The tender comes on the back of an announcement by eBay last week on security breaches, as well as the defacing of the Istana and Ang Mo Kio Town Council websites last year. The tender closed last Thursday.


More help for couples living near parents?

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan has suggested that more help might be due for couple living closer to their parents. Noting that families living closer offer each other better support, and an increasing trend for this practice, Mr Khaw wrote on his blog that “it makes a lot of practical sense, besides nurturing strong family bonds and allowing family values to be passed on from grandparents to their grandchildren.  We must do more to help families stay close to one another.” He also announced the launch of a new series of Housing Conversations on “Closer Families; Stronger Ties” and an online survey on the matter.


Manpower Minister attempts to clarify on CPF issues

Manpower Minister Tan Chan-Jin has added his voice to the defence of the Central Provident Fund system, which has recently come under fire online following the legal back-and-forth between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and blogger Roy Ngerng. Writing on the MOM blog, Mr Tan reiterated that the CPF scheme is meant to help with retirement, that the minimum sum was increased due to increasing life expectancy, and that the money ultimately belongs to the contributor. The long blog post also included attempts to debunk various myths about CPF.


Thai junta gives warning to anti-coup protesters

Thailand’s ruling junta has warned protesters that it would not tolerate any further rallies against its coup, following stand-offs between demonstrators and the army last week since the army seized power last Thursday. The military has detained former premier Yingluck Shinawatra and other government leaders, critics and academics in a sweeping round-up since the coup, which has drawn sharp international criticism. Those arrested woudl be released after one or two days, but will be further detained if they continue with the violence, the military warned.


SDF and DPP welcome Tan Jee Say’s SFP

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chairman Jeffrey George and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary-general Benjamin Pwee have voiced their support for the new political party set up by former Presidential election candidate Tan Jee Say, the Singaporeans First Party.

Mr Pwee also noted that “a political party should not be an activist platform for activist causes. It should seek to know and represent the concerns of their constituency. We encourage all alternative parties to work the floor, understand the concerns of the voting constituencies, and seek to represent them in a democratically-elected parliament. We also welcome any call and move towards a coordinated coalition of alternative parties.”


Degree holders most likely to lose jobs

Degrees holders are most likely to lose their jobs compared to other qualification groups, as lay-off numbers in the past two years have shown. Experts suggested that this could be due to jobs lost in restructuring, greater demand for non-academic skills, and substitution by skilled foreign labour.