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Daily Archives: 2015-01-21

Discriminatory parental benefits – stop giving excuses

By Daniel Yap There’s nothing to call it but discrimination. The only takeaways from Minister Tharman’s latest justification of our discriminatory laws against parents and children from single-parent families is the usual “support married women who remain in the workforce and raise their children within the context of marriage”. Marriage is laudable and it is to be encouraged, but discriminatory laws and benefits …

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NSP’s appeal to President on permit for party newsletter rejected

The National Solidarity Party's (NSP) appeal to the President against the refusal by the Minister for Communications and Information (MCI) to renew the permit for the party's newsletter has been rejected. NSP had applied for the renewal in June 2014, but MCI had refused to process the application because not all members of the party's Central Executive Committee (CEC) disclosed information about their monthly income, apparently …

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Eliminating food sources key to rat problem: Grace Fu

“Food that is left on open ground or improperly disposed of causes the proliferation of rats, cockroaches and other vermin,” Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu told Parliament on Tuesday. She was responding to questions from several Members of Parliament on the recent spate of rats infestation incidents, particularly at an open field near the Bukit …

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Which PAP MP would you like to see step down?

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong indicated in an interview this week that the PAP may be fielding up to 24 new candidates.So who are the likely 24 from the current PAP slate in Parliament who would be giving up their seats for the potential new blood?Who among the current batch of PAP MPs would you like to see leave or …

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1500 foreign sex-workers operating in HDB heartlands

By TR Emeritus A website claiming to be “Lion City’s No. 1 Beauties”, has a database of more than 1500 ‘pretty women’. It is actually a cover for prostitution, with bases covering northern, eastern, western and central districts in HDB heartlands. The Chinese media reported that the phenomenon of HDB flats turning into brothels is occurring at an alarming rate …

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That alcohol ban poll – can I even say “No”?

When the Ministry of Home Affairs tabled a bill to impose an island-wide ban on the consumption of alcohol in public places after 10.30pm, it cited a "consultation exercise" it conducted, where at least 83% of participants indicated support for the extended ban. This was in stark contract to the public opinion polled by national broadsheet The Straits Times, which …

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New rules for big dorms but MPs concerned about smaller ones

While the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) was focused on legislations to regulate foreign workers dormitories which have 1,000 or more workers, Members of Parliament (MPs) were more concerned about the living conditions of those in smaller dormitories. In Parliament on Tuesday, MOM Minister Tan Chuan-jin was urged to extend the scope of the Foreign Employee Dormitories Bill to include smaller …

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Timeline: Case between MobileStats and MINDEF

In TOC’s report on 15 January, we shared Dr Ting Choon Meng’s story about how he had to withdraw his patent infringement case against the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) due to mounting legal costs and a battle for which he saw no end in sight. We also reported on how Dr Ting’s company, Mobilestats Technologies Pte Ltd face evident closure …

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