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Daily Archives: 2014-09-25

The need for accountability-by-default in public institutions

By Ghui The attitude of Singaporeans towards the hitherto unchallenged authority of government bodies or government affiliated bodies are going through a seismic shift. With the advent of technological advances, inter-connectivity and stronger contrarian voices, more and more Singaporeans have begun to question practices that they deem improper, where previously they would have accepted whatever these bodies said as the …

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Singapore’s population increases to 5.47 million

  Singapore’s total population has risen to 5.47 million people, from 5.40 million in 2013. This was revealed by the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) in its Population Brief report on 25 September. “The total population grew by 1.3% from June 2013 to June 2014, the slowest growth rate in the last decade,” the NPTD said. It also revealed …

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Yang Yin an indicator of national security breaches?

By Howard Lee The case of Mr Yang Yin has brought out several issues core to our national narrative. Many are viewing his alleged crimes with as much disbelief as anger, some even with an anti-foreigner slant. But such sentiments should not blind-side us from taking a cold hard look at the implications it has on another matter – that …

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MP needs to explain for shortcomings to be addressed

By Andrew Loh Some online commentators have been asking Member of Parliament (MP), Intan Azura Mokhtar, if she had endorsed or recommended Chinese national Yang Yin for permanent residency. Mr Yang is embroiled in a court battle over the control of the assets of 87-year Chung Khin Chun. While the public’s query with Ms Intan is understandable, it is perhaps …

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Private company’s silence on alleged purchase of surveillance malware

Last week, TOC reported the alleged purchase of “weaponised German surveillance malware” by a Singapore company, as revealed in a Wikileaks media release on 15 September. The Singapore company which is said to have purchased the products is apparently PCS Security Pte Ltd, which was incorporated in 1998 by two Singaporeans, and is now headed by five Singaporeans with $2 million dollars of …

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Islamic scholars compile list of worldwide voices against ISIS

Two Singaporean Islamic scholars have compiled a list of 86 prominent scholars, groups and countries from all over the world which have voiced condemnation of the terror group known as the Islamic State (IS). Muhammad Hanif Hassan and Mustazah Bin Bahari are fellows at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies(RSIS). The list is to “contribute to the study of IS …

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Childcare fees to increase, despite increased profits?

By S Y Lee and Leong Sze Hian We refer to the article “My First Skool to raise fees next year” (Channel NewsAsia, Sep 24). The article states that My First Skool is given the approval to increase its fees for its 111 childcare centres by the Early Childhood Development Agency. The school said its fee increase is necessary to improve the quality …

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400,000 citizens earning less than a month’s childcare fee?

By SY Lee and Leong Sze Hian When we read a facebook post showing the increase in childcare fees’ schedule of one of Singapore’s largest childcare operators – the first thought that came to our mind was how affordable is it for middle income families? The full-day childcare fee will increase from next year, from $1,310.75 to $1,342.85. Middle-income family pays $733 …

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Why is the SSA standard lowered for transport operators?

By Dayan, Failrail.sg Interestingly, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) uses different measures of train service availability for the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) transportation system, even though both fall under the Rapid Transit Systems Act. Under the licensing agreement between the LTA and the train operators, SMRT Corporation and SBS Transit are required to comply with the Operating …

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Why the inconsistency in which LTA chooses to fine some incidents but not others?

By Dayan, Failrail.sg Inconsistency in how LTA choses to fine particular service disruptions while disregarding other similar major disruptions raises questions about how fines deter disruptions from recurring. Under the Licensing and Operating Agreement (LOA) between the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the service operators, SMRT corporation and SBS Transit are required to adhere to the Operating Performance Standards (OPS) …

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