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Daily Archives: 2014-06-16

Where Ms Yap lives – a breach of privacy?

When 76 year-old Ms Rene Yap brought up her financial woes at Mr Hri Kumar's forum for Thompson-Toa Payoh residents about the Central Provident Fund, she had requested for Mr Hri Kumar's help with “getting her money back”, or rather what she felt was due to her in her CPF account. She might not have realised that it has started …

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Allow workers to withdraw part of CPF savings at 55: Lim Boon Heng, 1984

In 1984, Parliament debated the recommendations of the Committee on the Problems of the Aged, a Blue Paper by the Ministry of Health. In that debate, Mr Lim Boon Heng, then Member of Parliament for Kebun Baru, spoke on the proposed changes to the Central Provident Fund scheme - in particular, the proposed raising of the withdrawal age from 55 to …

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Domestic workers celebrate International Domestic Workers’ Day with local NGO, TWC2

By Terry Xu Over 150 Filipino and Indonesian local domestic workers took part in the celebration of the International Domestic Workers' Day (IDWD) organized by local non-government organisation (NGO) , Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) yesterday. Jointly organised and funded by TWC2 along with a few other sponsors, the celebration event sought to celebrate this meaningful day with the local domestic workers as well as …

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Gov’t looks to foreigners for vindication

By Andrew Loh There is one thing which struck me in the Prime Minister’s speech at the opening of the new Parliament, and the consul-general’s rebuttal of a report in the South China Morning Post (SCMP) to author Catherine Lim’s open letter to the PM. Both PM Lee Hsien Loong and the Singapore consul-general in Hong Kong, Jacky Foo, cited …

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Trust has not been regained: Catherine Lim

Author Catherine Lim has responded to and refuted the Government's rebuttal of open letter to the Prime Minister which she published on 7 June. (See here: "Open letter to the Prime Minister".) The following is Ms Lim's latest response. WITH reference to last Saturday's report ("Govt refutes author's claims over public trust"), I wish to make the following comments. I …

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2 cents worth on the recent comprehensive labour workforce survey

On 23rd May 2014, Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced that its Manpower Research and Statistics Department will be conducting the Comprehensive Labour Force Survey from 23 May to 31 July 2014 on a sample of 33,000 households. The purpose of the annual survey as stated by the ministry is to collect data on employment, unemployment and other economic characteristics of …

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Did Hri Kumar avoid answering the point by Kenneth Jeyaretnam?

Did Mr Hri Kumar Nair, PAP Member of Parliament for Bishan Toa Payoh GRC avoid the point raised by Mr Kenneth Jeyarathnam, Secretary-General of Reform Party on the budget of Singapore? The two had a brief exchange during a CPF forum organized at Thomson Community centre on Saturday with residents of Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC as well as members of public who were interested …

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