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Daily Archives: 2014-05-27

Returning travellers reminded to pay GST for goods exceeding $600

Going for an overseas trip soon? Please be reminded that all goods brought into Singapore – including new items, souvenirs, gifts or food products – are subject to 7 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST). A press statement released by the Singapore Customs on 26th May 2014, reminds all arriving travellers, which includes returning Singaporeans to familiarise themselves with Singapore’s …

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PM Lee rejects offer from blogger and to proceed with legal process

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's lawyers has rejected blogger Roy Ngerng Yi Ling's $5,000 offer in damages as being "derisory" and will be proceeding with legal process against Ngerng. Mr Lee had demanded that Mr Ngerng made an offer on the amount of damages he was willing to pay Mr Lee before Wednesday, over a blog post which Mr Ngerng …

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Robust debates can help shape better policies

Full speech of Gerald Giam, NCMP (Workers’ Party) for Debate on President’s Speech (27 May 2014) Madam Speaker, I would like to focus on three areas in my response to the President's address: Managing risks, incentivising hard work and constructive politics. Managing risks First, on managing risks. We face numerous risks in the course of our lives, or what the President …

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A lesson for political Parties – Control your media outlets, control your image

By Muhammad Al Hakim In today's world of the internet and Social media, Political Parties have to engage the electorate and the public through such mediums like Facebook, Twitter etc. Even The Thai military Junta aka National Peace and Order maintaining Council has their own Facebook page. In Singapore, Many political parties have at least maintained a presence or in colloquial …

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The First Singaporean Pro MMA Fighter: Bruce Loh

By: Hazwady, The Fight Scene The early 2000 was considered as the golden age of Asian MMA. The now defunct Pride FC, a Japanese based MMA organization started in 1997 and had tremendous success after partnering with Japanese leading kickboxing promotion K1 and held the world’s biggest fight event, Shockwave in August 2002 which still holds the record today for …

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PM Lee’s lawyer makes additional demands on Ngerng, M Ravi

Drew & Napier's Senior Counsel Davinder Singh, representing Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, sent another letter to Mr Roy Ngerng today, 27 May, claiming that Ngerng has not removed the YouTube video as earlier promised. Mr Singh also claimed that Mr Ngerng has sent out two emails with links to the video and other articles he has written. "The fact that …

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Blogger Ngerng makes compensation offer to Lee Hsien Loong

The following is the letter of offer off damages from blogger Roy Ngerng to Lee Hsien Loong, who is the Prime Minister of Singapore. Mr Lee had demanded that Mr Ngerng made an offer on the amount of damages he was willing to pay Mr Lee before Wednesday, over a blog post which Mr Ngerng had published about a week …

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Policy makers living in a different society from average Singaporeans

By Inderjit Singh, MP of  Ang Mo Kio GRC in response to the President Address (26 May 2014) Introduction Parliament is debating the President’s address this week. I wanted to share my thoughts on what the government has achieved in the past 3 three years and what more it can do in the remainder of this 12th term of parliament. Since …

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Parliament is a “bloody” waste of time

By SY Lee and Leong Sze Hian We refer to the articles “Low Thia Khiang and Indranee Rajah lock horns over “constructive politics”” (Straits Times online, May 26), “Parties clash over what ‘constructive politics’ means” and “Fiery debate puts focus on ‘constructive politics’” (Straits Times, May 27). “Constructive” politics? The former states that “Worker’s Party chief Low Thia Khiang’s speech …

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Economic growth alone not enough for Singapore

Full speech by Mrs Lina Chiam, NCMP in Parliament in response to the President’s Address 2014 (26th May 2014)   Madam Speaker, I rise in support of the motion in thanking the President for his Address, which was delivered on behalf of the Government, in the opening of the Second Session of this Parliament. We agree with the President that empathy …

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