Daily Archives: 2014-08-27

“No more reason to be late” – President Wee, 1988, on MRT

The Mass Rapid Transit system was officially launched in Singapore in 1988. We take a look at one of the reports in the Straits Times at that time. Straits Times, 30 October 1988 With MRT, no more reason to be late – President Wee By Rav Dhaliwal PRESIDENT Wee Kim Wee went on his first ride on the MRT since …

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Women in “sex jihad” – M’sian police investigates

  At least three Malaysian women have gone to the Middle East to lend support to the fighters of the Islamic State (IS) in what is described as “sex jihad”, reports Malaysian news. The women are presumably answering the call by the IS in June, which had put up posters calling on the people of the Iraqi city of Mosul …

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Singapore civil society – maintaining values, evolving actions

By Howard Lee As I sat in the tiny room at the Artistry with close to 100 people, I can’t help but get the feeling I was back in that much bigger room full of trouble makers, when the Institute of Policy Studies organised its Civil Society Conference. It didn’t take me long to realise that I was once again …

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Give elderly “old age allowance”, former NMP urges

“Much of Singapore’s success has been built on the backs of the pioneer generation and of the baby-boomer generation,” Dr Kanwaljit Soin, 72, wrote in the Straits Times on Wednesday. As such, elderly people aged 65 and above should be given a special “Silver Bonus” allowance, “without the need for intrusive means testing”. In his National Day Rally speech, Prime …

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Elderly woman detained for not paying S&C charges

She owed the Tanjong Pagar Town Council $411 in conservancy fees – and was issued a summons to appear in court. According to My Paper, Mdm Lee – who is 75-years old – received the summons two weeks ago. However, Mdm Lee said that she seldom opens her letterbox, and had had to ask a friend to read the letter …

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Singaporean film director all set for Los Angeles world premiere

By Terry Xu Faeryville, a dystopian teen movie by INRI Studio, a local independent film studio, has been picked up for international sales by Eleven Arts, an American film production and distribution company based in Los Angles. The feature film will see its maiden screening at a Red Carpet World Premiere in LA, California, on January 15, 2015, in a yet-to-be-announced …

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CPF protests needed to highlight policy faults: Supporters

By Terry Xu A crowd of around 900 individuals turned up for the protest about the Central Provident Fund (CPF) at Speakers’ Corner, Hong Lim Park last Saturday, organised by Ms Han Hui Hui and her team. Speakers at the event touched on issues that went beyond CPF, including the Housing Development Board (HDB), influx of foreign workers and other areas …

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Non-grads in civil service get boost to salary and career paths

Non-graduates can now look forward to better prospects, as far as salaries and career paths are concerned. Announcing changes to allow non-graduates to advance in their careers based on performance and potential rather than just on their paper qualifications, the Public Service Division (PSD) said that non-graduates can look forward to “faster career progression for Management Support Officers from October …

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SMRT under probe for allowing private use of trains

  It was a happy occasion for Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) on Tuesday when it beat St Andrews Secondary 28-8 in the Schools National C Division rugby final at the Singapore Sports Hub. It was the first schools final at the 55,000-seater National Stadium – and ACS (I) had chartered five SMRT trains to ferry some 3,000 to 5,000 of its …

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