Monthly Archives: May 2014

NSP: Bus operators enjoy the profits while costs passed to commuters under new BCM scheme.

The National Solidarity Party (NSP) has issued a statement in response to the new Bus Contracting Model (BCM) annouced by the Transport Minister on 21st May 2014 which seeks to nationalise assets but privatise operations. NSP states that the party had already proposed a route licensing scheme in 2011 as it highlighted that “it would be unrealistic to expect state-run organizations, usually large and …

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More returns and flexibility for CPF

Speech by Png Eng Huat, MP for Hougang for the debate on President’s Address (29 May 2014)   Madam Speaker, every working class generation has a dream to look forward to and that is to be able to stop and smell the roses one day and retire.  For our pioneer generation workers, the anxiety of not knowing what is to come …

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By-election candidate questions NCMP over remarks on medicare expenses projection

PAP Candidate in the Punggol East By-elections 2013, Dr Koh Poh Koon wrote on his facebook saying that Non-constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Gerald Giam from Workers’ Party had made it sound so simple when he said in Parliament that it was “relatively easy” to project the likely payouts for medical insurance and the trends in the cost of medical expenses can be seen …

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Women’s rights in Brunei are highly threatened

Brunei’s new Syariah Penal Code Order 2013 has provisions that clearly infringe on universal human rights and will open up women, children and sexual minorities to more violations. With harsh Syariah law embraced,what will happen to the fate of women in Brunei? ASEAN needs to take action. The Southeast Asia Women’s Caucus on ASEAN (hereafter Women’s Caucus) condemns the implementation of …

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S’pore’s politics – Low’s vision worth supporting

The exchange between the Workers’ Party (WP) secretary general Low Thia Khiang, and the Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, in Parliament yesterday boils down to one thing – how “constructive politics” work in reality. Following the President’s Address which opened the new term of Parliament, Mr Low chose to devote his speech to the issue of “constructive politics” in response …

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Towards a safe, fair and just society

Speech by Sylvia Lim, MP for Aljunied GRC for the debate on the President’s Address (28 May 2014)   The government has always prioritized creating economic growth, and nobody seriously disputes that growth is one of the ingredients for social progress.  However, the surge in the population since 2005 has had its repercussions on our quality of life.  Singaporeans were waiting …

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Racism & xenophobia – statement by civil society groups disappointing

The following is a response to the statement issued by several civil society groups and individuals on the issues of racism and xenophobia in Singapore.  You can view that statement here: “Civil society statement on racism and xenophobia“. The response below is from Dr Loh Kah Seng, who is also the Assistant Professor at the Institute of East Asian Studies, Sogang …

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What’s so good about the CPF?

By Gordon Lee Singapore’s Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin has weighed in to offer the “truth about our CPF and the minimum sum”. In his view, the only alternative to the CPF is dismantling it and leaving it entirely to the individual. This is a false choice – there are other policy options out there that a Minister is paid (highly) to …

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