Daily Archives: 2014-07-09

Parliament wants death for nuclear offence but MPs go missing

On Monday, 7 June, Parliament passed the Bill on the amendments to the Radiation Protection Act (RPA). Environment and Water Resources Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan told the House that the amendments will now criminalise nuclear-related offences, such as threatening to use nuclear material to harm the public. Also, and more importantly, the “Act allows for the imposition of the death …

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The hypocrisy of censorship

By Aloysius Chia There is something disconcerting about the manner in which the National Library Board has decided that the way to deal with the issue of books with “undesirable” themes was to censor them. The books, entitled “And Tango Makes Three” and “White Swan Express”, are purported to have themes and pictures which depict ‘same-sex’ relationships. Not only was the removal …

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Lawrence Lien: How does government assess CPF minimum sum adequacy?

By Terry Xu Nominated Member of Parliament Lawrence Lien asked Manpower Minister Tan Chuan Jin in Parliament during the supplementary question segment on Tuesday about how the government derived the minimum sum for the Central Provident Fund (CPF), but was not given a direct answer. Since the payout from the minimum sum of S$155,000 is about S$1,200 a month, Mr Lien asked how the …

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Graciousness: Improvements seen, but can they be sustained?

SINGAPORE, 9 July 2014 – After a dramatic drop last year, the Graciousness Index recovered slightly, inching up two points to 55. The recovery was largely driven by improvements in Experience ratings, which mean more respondents have reported doing, receiving or witnessing acts of kindness and graciousness. The Graciousness Index is an annual study that tracks the perception and experience of kindness and graciousness …

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Lee Bee Wah’s CPF idea shot down by Tan Chuan Jin

In the ongoing debate on the Central Provident Fund (CPF) issue, which has raised blood pressure all round a few notches, there doesn’t seem to be a meeting of minds. Not yet anyway. On the one side is the Government which insists that the CPF scheme – and its payouts – is reasonable, safe and a responsible way to ensure …

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Partial closure of Marina South Pier for emergency preparedness exercise

Marina South Pier will be partially closed to the public between 0900hrs and 1500hrs, (9am and 3pm) on Friday 11 July to facilitate an emergency preparedness exercise involving a passenger vessel. Codenamed “Exercise Blue Dolphin 2014”, the exercise includes the simulation of passenger evacuation from a vessel out at sea and the management of evacuated passengers at Marina South Pier. …

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Low Thia Khiang: CPF funds too small to be invested alone?

By Terry Xu Secretary General of the Workers’ Party and Member of Parliament for Alujined GRC, Low Thia Khiang asked two questions in Parliament during the supplementary question segment on Tuesday regarding the Central Provident Fund (CPF) and how it was invested, but got an answer that was hardly satisfactory. Mr Low sought clarification from Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam about CPF money being issued as Special …

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Letter to the NLB – gay penguins, children’s books, family values

By Melissa Tsang I notice that the library has pulled the titles “Tango Makes Three” and “White Swan Express” from its children’s collection, because they weren’t in line with the library’s “pro-family” position. But if we take a brief look at “Tango Makes Three”, the book really is about two male penguins who hatched an egg that a male-female penguin …

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Banning of children’s books recommended by anti-gay Facebook group

By Helen Scida I am writing to protest the action taken by you in banning two children’s books, ‘And Tango Makes Three’ and ‘The White Swan Express’ on the recommendation of the Facebook group ‘We are against PinkDot in Singapore’. I am appalled that an organisation tasked with the safekeeping of information that should first and foremost be unbiased and …

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NLB withdraws two “non pro-family” books after complaints

By Tiffany Gwee A post on the Facebook page of a group calling itself, “We are against PinkDot in Singapore”, has attracted controversy. The post was apparently an email reply from the National Library Board (NLB) indicating that two books have been removed from library shelves as they were deemed to be not “pro-family”. The two children’s books in question …

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