Monthly Archives: February 2015

HOME’s responses to new Foreign Employee Dormitory Act

Migrant workers who approach HOME for assistance often live in conditions which are crowded, dirty and full of pests such as cockroaches, bed bugs and rats. It is ironic that migrant workers are housed in such appalling conditions while building luxury apartments and bungalows for Singapore By Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (H.O.M.E.) The Foreign Employee Dormitories Act has been lauded …

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Police report filed against Dr Lam Pin Min, MP of Seng Kang West for offenses under Sedition Act and contempt of court

Local film-maker and activist, Martyn See has filed a police report against Minister of State for Health and Member of Parliament of Seng Kang West SMC, Lam Pin Min over his facebook posting on the Thaipusam incident in February. Mr See in his police report, filed a complaint against Dr Lam for offences committed under the Sedition Act (Chapter 290) and sub judice contempt …

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5 Ways Budget 2015 Might Give You A Little More Pocket Money

By Dinesh Dayani, Dollars and Sense Before the big unveiling, many Singaporeans, us included, expected a bumper giveaway since the nation is turning 50 this year. Appearently, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam didn’t get the memo, as the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister decided to take a more prudent view instead. Here are 5 ways you may get more money from Budget 2015 …

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PMO: Former Prime Minister still warded in ICU

The Prime Minister Office has just released its statement about former Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Mr Lee is said to be still warded in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Singapore General Hospital after being admitted to the hospital on 5 February 2015 for severe pneumonia. He remains sedated and on mechanical ventilation. His doctors have restarted him on antibiotics, and are …

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Activist-Blogger Han Hui Hui files constitutional challenge on decisions which contravenes her rights

Activist and blogger, Han Hui Hui turned up at the Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon, 25 February, to file a constitutional challenge on decisions which sought to contravene her constitutional rights. Human Rights lawyer, M Ravi had earlier filed a constitutional challenge on behalf of Ms Han against what she calls a “Blanket Refusal” to permit her to speak or organise a …

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Apple Inc. ordered to pay US$533 million for patent infringement

America, Texas – IT company, Apple Inc. was told to pay US$532.9 million (SGD$721.3 million) after a federal jury said the company’s iTunes software used a Texas company’s patented inventions without permission. In the district case, Smartflash LLC v. Apple Inc, a federal jury in Tyler, Texas, where Smartflash is based, on Tuesday rejected Apple’s arguments that it didn’t use …

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SDP: Budget shows why Singaporeans should support the opposition

By Singapore Democratic Party In his 2015 Budget, Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has shifted the Government towards a less extreme elitist position.  Two initiatives bear this out: The raising of taxes on the top 5% income earners and the Silver Support Scheme where quarterly hand-outs are given to senior citizens who are unable to support themselves.  It is important to …

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Over $24b hidden from the public eye?

By Harry Yew $8.5 billion top-ups to Endowment and Trust Funds According to the 2015 Budget’s ANNEX C: FISCAL POSITION IN FY2015 – the Top-ups to Endowment and Trust Funds in FY2014 (revised) is $8.5 billion. Not expenditure In every other country in the world, this would not be reflected in the Budget, under IMF fiscal reporting guidelines, as an …

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SMRT wins at the Global Risk Awards 2015

  SMRT Corporation Ltd (SMRT) won its first award at the Institute of Risk Management (IRM)’s Global Risk Awards in the category of Delivering Value through Risk Management. The award was presented to SMRT’s representative on Thursday, 19 February in London and marks the first such award won by SMRT and by a Singapore company. The award by IRM, the world’s …

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Budget 2015 not quite as rosy as made out to be

By Howard Lee The cynical among us would see Budget 2015 as an extension of a vote-buying scheme from Budget 2014. The focus of 2014 was on the elderly through the Pioneer Generation Package, and 2015 saw a distinctive shift towards the middle-income wage earners. Some attention was paid on the Silver Support Scheme and levelling CPF contributions, but a …

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