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Daily Archives: 2015-06-16

Bringing a little bit of reality to debate on the death penalty

NOTE: The writer is a founding member of We Believe in Second Chances, a campaign to abolish the death penalty in Singapore. People who talk about the death penalty are often too detached from the issue for the conversation to be properly meaningful, said Japanese-American photographer and anti-death penalty activist Toshi Kazama at a presentation on Monday night. Kazama has …

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Marifel: the woman who left her children behind to look after mine

By Rob O-Brien Photography by Tom White Women who sacrifice valuable time with their families to find work overseas deserve respect, but they don’t often get it. Through the glass of the Philippines’ Kalibo Airport departure lounge I can see a domestic worker and her husband sitting silently on a bench, going through the ritual of another painful goodbye. Marifel …

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PUB launch studies into underground drainage and reservoir system

National water agency, PUB has announced that it will be studying the technical and economic feasibility of developing an integrated underground drainage and reservoir system. The water agency stated that Singapore with its limited land area of approximately 718 km2, faces a continuous challenge to come up with innovative solutions to create spaces for a range of uses, while keeping …

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Even NTUC questions the effectiveness of Jobs Bank

The Jobs Bank launched in August last year to help more Singaporean PMEs to get jobs is currently even questioned by NTUC. Under the Govt’s Fair Consideration Framework, it is stipulated that employers must put up job advertisements on the Jobs Bank portal for 14 days, to look for a suitable Singaporean candidate, before they are allowed to hire a …

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No more mobile 2G service from April 2017

Telcos in Singapore will no longer provide 2G mobile services from April 2017. The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), which regulates the telco industry in Singapore, has approved the request of the mobile network operators (MNOs) – M1, Singtel Mobile and StarHub Mobile – to close their 2G networks. This was to “allow more efficient use of the scarce radio frequency spectrum …

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Foreign Policy and Politics: Don’t Laugh, Inform, Discuss, Debate

By Ian Chong Understanding a country, its history, its politics, its society is something that its citizens should at least try to engage in. This means examining challenges, successes, and, yes, even shortcomings and failures. In this respect, Bilahari Kausikan’s piece in the Straits Times, “Foreign Policy is No Laughing Matter,” (ST, June 8) is a useful reminder of the …

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Indignant reaction to video of 2 men smoking in MRT train

A video of two men smoking inside a MRT train has been uploaded online on the All Singapore Stuff (ASS) Facebook page. (See here.) The one-minute video was sent to the ASS website on Monday night, the administrators of the site told The Online Citizen (TOC). Smoking and eating in Singapore’s public transport system are prohibited. The video begins with …

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New company buys HDB coffee shop for record $31 million

The Yong Xing Coffee Shop in Block 155, Bukit Batok Street 11, has broken the record for the highest price paid for such an establishment. At a whopping $31 million, it dwarves the last record of $23.8 million set in 2013 by the Coffee Express 2000, a coffee shop in Hougang Avenue 4 which is owned by the Broadway Group. …

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You’re a minister, not a god: JB crown prince tells minister

“You are a minister, not a God from the heavens who lord above everybody.” That was the scathing riposte from Johor’s crown prince, Brigadier General Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, to criticism from Malaysia’s Tourism Minister, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz. “Do not think the people of this country exist to provide you with position and wealth, but the position exists …

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