Daily Archives: 2014-08-15

Accurate database of domestic workers, better regulation needed: Embassies

By Terry Xu More than 70 domestic workers and some employment agencies turned up for a forum titled “Workers Not Slaves” last Sunday to discuss matters that concern foreign domestic workers (FDWs). The forum was organised by HOME, a local Non-Government Organisation, which deals with migrant worker issues in Singapore. Indonesian, Filipinos and Burmese FDWs were invited for the event, which was …

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Clearing the Haze: Who owns the land being burnt?

“Clearing the Haze” is a feature series by The Online Citizen that brings you into the core of the trans-boundary haze issue. Our reporting team joined volunteers from local haze monitoring group, PM. Haze, on one of their field trips into the heart of Indonesia earlier this year to find out more about the haze situation, what causes the fires, …

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Foreigners to pay more to use Sports Hub facilities

  The Singapore Sports Hub has announced the entry rates for members of the public to its facilities. In line with its aim to make the hub accessible to everyone, new fee structure was benchmarked against other government-subsidised efforts to ensure the sports facilities remain affordable to everyone, the TODAY newspaper reported the Sport Singapore chief executive officer Lim Teck …

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Let foreigners be hawkers, if all else fails: “ang moh”

“If all else fails, serious consideration should be given to allowing foreigners to become hawkers, provided they have completed the training programme,” said Ms Elizabeth Bennet, writing for the Straits Times. Ms Bennet, who describes herself as “just an ang moh” (Caucasian), was referring to how hawker centres in Singapore “were endangered”. This, she said, was because of several factors, …

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Defecating incident “away from staff’s line of sight”: SMRT

The Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) has responded to public outcry over a woman defecating outside one of its train stations mid-week. “We wish to explain that by the time our staff arrived at the scene, the woman had already left,” SMRT said in its reply to a query by website TR Emeritus. “Nevertheless, we deployed cleaners immediately to clean …

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