Daily Archives: 2014-07-23

Tharman to Ngerng – GIC “pays no regards” to source of funds

“GIC knows it is managing government assets, that is the Government’s mandate for the GIC. The mandate is irrespective of the sources of funds it manages… and the GIC (hence) pays no regard to what the source of funds is.” That was the response given by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, to a question by blogger Roy …

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IPPT to be revised from five stations to three stations

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen has just announced that the Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) for National Servicemen will be revised from the current five stations to just three, with the aim of making training for IPPT simpler and to pass. The three stations for the revised IPPT will be sit ups, push-ups and 2.4 km run. Mr Ng Eng Hen …

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Mr. Zubir Said = Our National Anthem

By Lion City Cabby (Above: Google’s doodle for Mr. Zubir Said, Singapore’s music icon) One of my wife’s uncle was a taxi driver for more than thirty years and died at 86 recently. When I first met him about two year ago at a wedding dinner, I was greatly impressed with his storytelling skill. Old but lively as he was, he …

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CPF – simple answers for a simple reform?

By Howard Lee Sometimes, judging from our politicians’ response to issues to the Central Provident Fund, you begin to wonder if the government either firmly believes that it already has all the right answers to citizens’ concerns about the CPF, or if it is desperately reciting from a worn and tattered script. In fact, an event like the Forum on …

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UN Human Rights Office very concerned over resumption of executions in Singapore

BANGKOK (22 July 2014) – The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR) today expressed deep concerns over the resumption of executions in Singapore after 3 years of suspension, despite the overwhelming global trend towards abolishing the death penalty. Last Friday, the Central Narcotics Bureau of Singapore announced the execution of two individuals convicted for drug offences. …

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SIA gives misleading information and bad customer service

By Boon I have purchased a return ticket from Singapore Airlines via their website in Mar this year from Chengdu to Singapore for my mother-in-law. After flying to Singapore, I called their call centre to cancel the flight back to Chengdu because I did not know how long my mother-in-law wanted to stay. Over the voice-recorded phone system, I was told that …

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Medical insurance terminated despite deduction of Medisave

By Eugene Cheng My mother, a old and retired widow, used to be covered under Medishield like most other Singaporeans. When the Private Medical Insurance (PMI) scheme was introduced, my mother opted for it in view of the greater coverage offered while allowing the entire premium to be paid for using her Medisave. She saw that it was important that …

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