Daily Archives: 2014-11-05

Safety for pedestrians on pedestrain facilities

By Tan Lay Hoon In October 2013, the government presented its Land Transport Masterplan 2013. All public estates will have a network of dedicated cycle paths leading to MRT stations and neighbourhood centres to facilitate first mile, last mile and intra-estate cycling. i read the news with mixed feelings – happy for the off-road cyclists but concerned with the implications …

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Achieving a meaningful market correction of property prices

By Property Soul Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam told the press that there is “some distance to go in achieving a meaningful correction”, hinting that the property cooling measures are here to stay. I am surprised by Mr Tharman’s creative use of the word ‘meaningful’. It is an adjective or a descriptive word that leaves much room …

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On repealing Section 377A – Part 1: Weaknesses in justification

By Aloysius Chia Opponents of repealing a law that criminalizes sex between men use a number of approaches in arguing for why the law should remain. First, they say that allowing homosexuality (in laws or publicly as moral acceptance) will lead to a slippery slope where morality will degenerate, since homosexuals are more prone to such immoral acts. These will …

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150,000 unemployed, under-employed or long-term unemployed?

By S Y Lee and Leong Sze Hian We refer to the debate in Parliament about manpower on 4 November, and the article “Why Singapore graduates aren’t getting the right jobs” (CNBC, Oct 17). 2.3% of graduates under-employed? The article by CNBC states that in 2013, 2.3 percent of graduates were underemployed – highly skilled workers engaged in low-paying or …

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Why does Aljunied always fail town councils’ report?

By S Y Lee and Leong Sze Hian We refer to the Ministry of National Development’s release of the FY2013 Town Council Management Report (TCMR) on 4th November 2014. AHPETC’s persistent poor performance?  The Ministry of National Development (MND) had noted that the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHEPTC)’s “persistent poor performance” in several areas is of “grave public concern”. On AHPETC’s …

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MND releases Town Council Management Report for FY2013

The Ministry of National Development (MND) released the FY2013 Town Council Management Report (TCMR) on 4th November 2014. The TCMR is used to assess the performance of the Town Councils (TCs) under five headings, using three colour bands. MND states that the assessment was based on measurable objective criteria, submitted by the TCs and their auditors. MND indicated that most …

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