Monthly Archives: December 2014

Anniversary of the Little India riot

By Masked Crusader On 29 April 1992, widespread rioting and looting overwhelmed Los Angeles County in California following the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers who had been charged with excessive force against Rodney King, a black. The brutality on King was captured on video by a witness and shocked the nation when it was shown on television …

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What’s wrong with foreign domestic workers’ day

By Jolovan Wham Last weekend, local group Foreign Domestic Workers’ Association for Skills Training and Social Support (FAST) and other partners celebrated Foreign Domestic Workers’ (FDW) Day, an event aimed at appreciating the contributions migrant domestic workers make to Singapore. There were stalls selling food, and booths where participants could play carnival games. Dance performances and a talent show which …

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Is Our Sorry Red Dot Sinking?

By Johnathan Li When I wake up in the Morning, Feeling something’s heating, I always feel like asking, Is Our Sorry Red Dot Sinking? Why has this been happening, Yet everyone’s not feeling, Sick of no one bothering, Where’s this emotion boiling? Going ten calendars running, Massive Problems sprouting, Where’s the one that’s leading, Has he been doing something? Tell you …

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Singapore Press Holdings AGM 2014 – performance not rosy

By Gangasudhan Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday at the SPH News Centre, where its chairman, Dr Lee Boon Yang, gave an outline of the group’s performance to the shareholders. Contrasting against “rather unsettled economic conditions globally”, he described the net profit of $404.3 million earned as “creditable” although this was 6.2% less than …

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Meet Mistress Minky

By Elaine Ee Enter a room filled with about 30 to 40 men and women. It is early in the night and they are chatting amongst themselves, some are a bit shy. Only a little alcohol is consumed; everyone knows there is an unwritten rule that drunken behavior will not be tolerated. As the night wears on, people start to …

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A workable and holistic alternative public housing system for Singapore

By Jeremy Chen The Singapore government has introduced various measures to resolve Singapore’s housing issue. These include attempts to reduce excess demand by ramping up the supply of HDB flats, and introducing indirect price curbs such as ceasing to publish information on median Cash-Over-Valuation by town. However, there are serious shortfalls in these measures. In particular, their effect can only …

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Lazy government and employers the kink in Progressive Wage Model

By Dave Dee Why isn’t Lim Swee Say’s Progressive Wage Model working as well as it should? The government only legislates after a voluntary phase. Progressive Wage Model can be legislated any time, but the government chose a time frame to introduce and persuade employers to adopt this model voluntarily before legislation. Cleaners had to wait two years for the Progressive Wage …

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Statement of concern on Thio Li-Ann as speaker at EU human rights seminar

The European Union Delegation to Singapore is organising a half-day seminar to mark and raise awareness of Human Rights Day (10 December) on 4 December. Former Nominated Member of Parliament Dr Thio Li-Ann has been listed as one of the speakers, with the topic “International Human Rights Law and National Courts in Asia”. The following is a statement issued by various members …

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MARUAH: Pool of PWD skilled workers not to be overlooked

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 December 2014 The International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 2014 will focus on the role of technology in three key areas: (i) disaster risk reduction and emergency responses, (ii) creating enabling working environments, and (iii) disability-inclusive sustainable development goals. The United Nations Enable website states that the main purpose of the day …

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When housing becomes unaffordable for the next generation

By Property Soul Just came back after spending five days in Hong Kong. During the daytime, we didn’t go to any popular sightseeing place except meeting up with friends and relatives. In the evenings, we went back to the hotel to watch the news on TV about the Occupy Central pro-democracy movement. A visit to the occupied zone With clashes …

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