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Daily Archives: 2015-01-30

Government: Hard to get SG locals to become nurse

By TR Emeritus According to latest data released by the Manpower Ministry (MOM) on Tuesday (27 Jan), registered nurses and shop sales assistants were the toughest positions to fill by locals. Overall, the number of job vacancies rose to 67,400 as of September 2014. This is an 8.9% increase from 61,900 in the corresponding period in 2013. Of the vacancies, …

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NCMP Lina Chiam’s speech in parliament against the passing of the alcohol laws

Earlier today, the Liquor Control (Suppy and Consumption) Bill was passed in Parliament after a lengthy debate involving 25 speakers. Non-Constituency Member of Parliament, Lina Chiam from Singapore People's Party was the only Member of Parliament who voted against the Bill. Members from People's Action Party, Workers' Party and Nominated MPs all voted in favour of the bill. Here is …

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Singapore citizens increasingly seek to assert rights online: HRW

Singapore’s government further restricted freedom of expression and assembly in 2014, and turned back gains in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. However, Singaporean citizens increasingly sought to assert their rights in public spaces and through social media. “The Singapore government is pulling strings behind the scenes to hinder …

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Opposition supports proposed Medishield Life bill but not without questions

The MediShield Life Scheme Bill was passed in Parliament with strong support from both sides of the political aisle, following a six-hour debate during which 24 Members of Parliament (MPs) rose to speak on the bill. While parliamentary members of the opposition parties all supported the Medishield Life bill, they also raised concerns about the scheme that are relevant to …

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From SARs to Fernvale – reasons offered by MOH & MND

On Thursday, Mr Khaw Boon Wan said that the authorities had “assumed” that no for-profit companies would take part in temple tenders. Eternal Pure Land Pte Ltd, the company which had won the bid for a plot of land in Fernvale to build a Chinese temple-cum-columbarium, is a private company owned by its Australian parent, Life Corporation. Mr Khaw had …

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Two cases of patent revoked by Singapore government since 2001: Rajah

Senior Minister of State for Law Indranee Rajah said that only two applications have been made by the government to revoke patents since 2001, and that both were made to the High Court because they involved counterclaim proceedings. Ms Rajah was responding to queries from Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Gerald Giam, who asked raised the question to the Law Ministry in Parliament …

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Of Butterfly Lovers and Bad Puns

By Ariffin Sha Parliament House, the place where the 99 esteemed representatives of the people congregate for robust debate, principled critique and intelligent discourse. A place where honourable members can speak their mind without fear and favour. It's probably the only place in Singapore where there is absolute Freedom of Speech too. Most of us have not watched a Parliament …

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“We just assumed”: Khaw Boon Wan

In Parliament on Thursday, Workers' Party (WP) Member of Parliament for Punggol East SMC, Lee Lilian, asked the Minister of National Development, Khaw Boon Wan, how the land site in Fernvale designated for a place of worship could be erroneously sold to a private company. She also asked how such an incident could be prevented in future. Here was Mr …

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MND skirting around concerns about the Sengkang columbarium tender

By Howard Lee The exchange that the Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan had with fellow parliamentarians on the Sengkang columbarium issues deserves a closer look, not least because the key thrust of the debate seems to be conveniently lost in headlines that declare, “there will be no commercial columbarium in Fernvale”. Also not helpful is what I can …

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