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Daily Archives: 2014-09-17

Watch against “sense of entitlement” in workforce: Tan Chuan Jin

Minister for Manpower, Tan Chuan Jin, has expressed concerns that Singaporean workers may be “[imbued with] the wrong sense of entitlement.” Writing on the ministry’s blog site on Tuesday, Mr Tan related what he had been told by delegates at theG20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting in Melbourne, Australia, last week. Mr Tan wrote of how the governments of other …

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Jobs created: 86% to locals or just a few percentage to S’poreans?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Employment and pay for locals go up, foreign employment growth slows” (Straits Times, Sep 16). The article states that employment in Singapore grew by 27,700 in the three months to June, down from the 33,700 jobs created in the same period last year. Only 14% of jobs created went to foreigners, with 86% …

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What if Nelson Mandela and Lee Kuan Yew had swapped place?

By Dr Lai Kok Fung About a year ago, on a crisp spring morning, I strolled into a square with four bronze statues in Cape Town’s V&W Waterfront. I had seen these statues in passing before, but since I was on a leisurely walk in search of breakfast, I decided to investigate a little more this time. I soon realized that …

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Safety Third

By Masked Crusader The death of Russell Koh was a tragedy which resonated with many parents. On 24 April 2008, 8-year old Russell died after being flung out of a school bus which was involved in a traffic accident. The incident sparked off a firestorm among Singaporeans. An article two weeks later in The Straits Times started with: “Enough is enough. No …

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Strange photo of Lee Kuan Yew’s birthday

In a report on the 91st birthday of Singapore’s former prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, the Straits Times had this rather curious photo which accompanied its report: The first thing one notices is that the picture, of Mr Lee celebrating the occasion with some of his former staff, has a completely darkened or black background. What room or place was …

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Protest organiser fined, but how do police decide on protests?

Jacob Lau Jian Rong, a former claims officer, was fined S$1,000 on Tuesday for organising a public procession in support of the “million mask march Singapore” in November last year. Mr Lau, who admitted in court to the charge, had also wanted the protest to oppose new Internet regulations which the government had announced earlier that year. The million mask …

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Yang Yin does not hold “key post” in grassroots, says ST correction

The Straits Times newspaper has apologised for an “error” in its report on what a Member of Parliament (MP) said of Mr Yang Yin, a Chinese national and Singapore permanent resident (PR), currently embroiled in a legal tussle and police investigation. On 8 September, the newspaper reported Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Intan Azura Mokhtar as having said that Mr …

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