Daily Archives: 2014-08-18

NDR speech: CPF enhancements, less money for citizens?

By SY Lee and Leong Sze Hian We refer to the article “National Day Rally 2014: CPF changes good but devil is in the details” (Straits Times, Aug 17). “Enhancements” to CPF It states that “One is making four-room flats eligible for the Lease Buyback Scheme. The other is giving low-income elderly a yearly bonus to help them with their …

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PM on workforce “cultural change” – more answers needed

By Ismail Malek PM Lee delivered a good speech at NDR 2014. It was good to see PM with so much vigour and passion. I liked how he tried to connect with the ground and provide solutions for the issues raised. There are, of course, opinions which I thought the PM might need deeper thought into, or explain better to us. …

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Honour in Singapore – Defining honour, for what purpose?

“Honour in Singapore” is a mini series by TOC following the recent formation of the Honour (Singapore) non-profit organisation, made up of distinguished individuals closely related to the government and a far-right Christian group. The series will explore some of their profiles, and bring to light what the group meant by “promoting a culture of honour and honouring” in Singapore. By Howard Lee Adapted from an …

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CPF partial withdrawal at age 65 – a populist compromise

  In what amounts to a populist compromise regarding the Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says that the Government will “allow people the option to take out part of their CPF savings in a lump sum, when they need to.” And they will only be allowed this “after 65”. The withdrawal refers to the Minimum …

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LTA: Child safer to be in arms than in prams on buses

By Katherine Tan I would like to give my feedback regarding the lack of safety while travelling with an infant on an SBS Transit bus. On 21 July 2014 at around 11:30am along Napier Road, I flagged down a 132 bus and asked for assistance from the bus driver to unfold the ramp in order for me to push my baby …

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Project 50/100: Celebrate 50 years of alternative narratives

By Choo Zheng Xi Prepare for the drumroll of self-congratulation in the run up to next year’s official SG 50 extravaganza. Expect a celebration of our national icons and public institutions and a re-affirmation of our national narratives of multi-culturalism and the success of nation against the odds. The re-telling of conventional narratives is an important and valid way of …

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