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Daily Archives: 2014-08-19

Poetry to express solidarity on the Gaza conflict

By Terry Xu Close to a hundred individuals turned up at Hong Lim Park last Sunday to show solidarity with the people caught in the conflict in Gaza. The recent conflict was started via Israel’s military operation initiated on July 8  in response to the missile attacks by Hamas in Palestine.  The Gaza’s health ministry reported on Monday that 2,016 have been …

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Anti-racism events – how do police decide?

On Saturday, some 5,000 participants took part in an anti-racism run at Marina Bay Sands. The race, the second to be held in the last two years, was called “Race Against Racism”. It was “part of the annual Orange Ribbon Run, the only running event that encourages Singaporeans to stand against racial prejudice”, according to news reports. The event, organised …

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Fukushima rice reaches Singapore for first time since nuclear accident

Japan’s export of rice from Fukushima for the first time since the nuclear accident in 2011 – and Singapore is the recipient of the 300kg of rice. The Japan Times reports, “Three hundred kilograms of the Koshihikari brand of rice produced in the city of Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture, has arrived in Singapore, and will be sold at a supermarket from …

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PAP must return CPF money to the people: SDP

By Howard Lee Responding to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s announcements at the National Day Rally on enhancements to the Central Provident Fund scheme, the Singapore Democratic Party has issued a media statement calling on the government to “stop playing these money games and, instead, honour its pledge to return to Singaporeans their CPF savings”. PM Lee has announced at …

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Bosses shun big dorms for foreign workers

  There are almost 800,000 Work Permit holders working in Singapore, mostly in the marine and construction industries. Housing them has always been a problem for land-scarce Singapore. At present, there are some 40 purpose-built dormitories for these workers, with a total of 200,000 beds. The disparity between the need and supply is obvious, and employers have always been hard-pressed …

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Honour in Singapore – About chairman Lim Siong Guan

“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 Ghui The inception of Honour …

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A “cosmetic change” to “pander to popular demands”: NUS economist

  A “cosmetic change” to “pander to popular demands.” That was how economist and associate professor, Hui Weng Tat, described the change in the Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme to allow partial, lump-sum withdrawal from the CPF Minimum Sum. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had announced in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday that the government will allow CPF …

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