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Monthly Archives: Dec 2014

#FaithInLupCheong exposés the exposé

Just when you thought the whole Xiaxue versus Gushcloud expose and retaliation was over, Singapore's leading trolling site, SMRT Ltd (Feedback), at the request of their fans today posted an expose on Xiaxue's attack on Gushcloud. "Many have asked, why is SMRT Ltd (Feedback) even involved in this? Why so kaypoh? Now, this article isn't about invalidating Xiaxue’s claims, neither …

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TOC Fireside Chat – 2014 News Review

2014 saw many social-political events happening in Singapore, and TOC was at the forefront covering many of them. We thought it would be apt for us to end the year by bringing together a few members of civil society to discuss some of the articles that have garnered the highest hits among our readers. The foreigner issue remains one of …

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A time for the victims to have their peace

By Howard Lee The brutal truth for any tragedy is that we can do very little for the first victims. The best we can hope for is their safety, the worst is that they are in a better place. For that, my heart goes out to the passengers of AirAsia QZ8501. But there is a lot that we can do …

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2014, the year of New Power in Singapore?

By Gangasudhan Singapore has predominately been based on ‘old power’ from independence into the 21st century, where a top-down, wealth-driven structure dictates the way things are done for the entire population on the island. This is not unique to Singapore though, and many corporations and nations alike still adhere to such a paradigm. However, many places around the world have …

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Flying Dutchman to leave MediaCorp after 18 years

Local radio DJ, Mark van Cuylenburg or commonly known as The Flying Dutchman (FD) will be leaving MediaCorp after 18 years in his job. The host of MediaCorp's Gold 90.5FM 'The Gold Breakfast Show' broke the news this morning about his intent to pursue his own interests. “It's been an incredible 18 years but life is about evolving, it’s about …

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Electricity tariff to be reduced in Q1 2015

SP services, local energy company has announced that electricity tariffs will decrease by an average of 1.99 cents per kWh for the period from 1 Jan to 31 Mar 2015 or 8.0% as compared to the previous quarter. The reduction in tariff is attributed to the lower cost of fuel (i.e. natural gas) for electricity generation, which fell by 16.4% compared to …

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$100 million worth of GST vouchers to be given to 800,000 eligible households

About 800,000 Singaporean HDB households will receive $100 million worth of GST Voucher – Utilities-Save (U-Save) rebates in January 2015. The Ministry of Finance have said through a press release that in January 2015, households can expect to receive up to $195 in the two types of GST Vouchers – U-Save or Special Payment - depending on their HDB flat type. The …

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MOM takes action against company due to discriminatory treatment to Singaporean employees

Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced in a statement that firm actions have been taken on Prime Gold International Pte Ltd (Prime Gold), a marine company for engaging in discriminatory employment practices against its Singaporean employees in breach of the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF). The work pass privileges of Prime Gold would be curbed for two years to "reflect the seriousness of …

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Improving communication – how the PAP can win my vote

By Joseph Teo It’s the end of the year, and often it is a time of reflection, consolidation and preparation for the New Year. The Straits Times and other news outlets have been running reviews of the year, and the performance of the PAP government up to this point in the term. It is also a time for family and …

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The problem with more government – limiting civil society

By Benedict Chong “Because to take away a man's freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.” – Madeleine L’Engle The last two articles have discussed how the expansion of government activities led to the decline in freedoms in the economic and political …

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