Daily Archives: 2015-02-27

Meritocracy of skills?

By A Singaporean in Australia “We must become a meritocracy of skills, not a hierarchy of grades earned early in life.” – Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Feb 2015 When a Deputy Prime Minister set a vision and does not fulfil it later, should he be regarded as a liar or an incompetent leader? Don’t get me wrong. …

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Officer from anti-corruption agency charged with cheating and theft

A former staff member from the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) was charged in court today, 27 February, with offences that include cheating and theft. 25 year-old Christopher Gan Boon Khong, an assistant with CPIB was charged with 15 offences – two counts of theft of credit and debit cards, 12 incidents of cheating and one of causing hurt. On 2 July …

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SJP: Government still living in the Ivory Tower

Singapore Justice Party issues its statement in response to the Budget 2015 In 2015 Budget, DPM and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has shifted the government focus towards more of caring and support to the middle/lower income groups. There are increase of CPF Ceiling to $6,000, enhancing of interest rate in retirement, Silver Support Scheme for the Elderly and Lifelong Learning. …

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HOME: The Singapore Budget Disregards the Interests of Migrant Workers

Local Non-government Organsiation, Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (H.O.M.E.) issues its response towards Budget 2015. HOME welcomes the announcement that the foreign worker levy hike will be deferred for a year, and levy concessions have been made for families which hire foreign domestic workers. However, we urge the government to abolish levies completely. Since we already have policies which impose quotas …

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