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Daily Archives: 2015-07-13

Centrale 8 residents issue statement on building defects

A group of residents of Centrale 8 have issued a statement following the report of numerous defects in their Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) flats in Tampines, describing the problem as "systemic" and in need of reform in enforcement, penalties and training. While acknowledging that Tampines Member of Parliament Baey Yam Keng has, together with residents of Centrale 8 and the …

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Ex-SMRT engineer speaks out about the frequent breakdowns

Singapore's Mass Raid Transit (MRT) network experienced its largest disruption on 7 July 2015, with the total breakdown of the East West and North South Lines, lasting over three and a half hours. An estimated 250,000 commuters were inconvenienced by the breakdown, which happened during the evening rush hour. Since its inception in 1987, the Singapore MRT system, a project spearheaded …

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Shocking that PM Lee kept appointment of EBRC from public: SDP

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) on Monday said it was “shocking” that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong “chose not to announce the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) when he appointed it two months ago.” Mr Lee made the disclosure on Monday’s sitting of Parliament. He also instructed the committee, chaired by the secretary to the Prime Minister, to reduce the …

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MARUAH hopes drawing up electoral boundaries to be a transparent occurrence

MARUAH’s responds to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s comments on the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in Parliament today (13 July 2015) that he has asked the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee to have smaller Group Representation Constituencies, and to have at least 12 Single Member Constituencies. This committee was formed two months ago. The Committee, …

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“Precise measures” taken in Shangri-La Hotel shooting

The police had taken precise measures when they opened fire to kill the driver of the car that crashed through security barriers around the Shangri-La Hotel in May during the Shangri-La Dialogue defence summit, said Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean in parliament today, 13 July. Mr Teo was responding to MP's questions on the incident, which left …

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Common Wealth: A photo book captures lives and stories before they’re gone

The cluster of ten-storey flats in Commonwealth Drive were one of the first satellite towns built by the Housing Development Board in the early 1960s. Known as Zhup Lao, these flats have seen generations of Singaporeans growing up in them, the cornerstone of one of Singapore’s many local communities. But there few sites in this ever-changing city-state can be taken …

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Beneath the soles of a cardboard collector

Met Madam Aw on 21 May 2014 At the Extend The Feast (ETF) 3 Organised by Happy People Helping People Foundation (HPHP) She was 76 years old About 5 feet tall About 40+ kg in weight Petite in size Further compressed by the burden of life She has a signature sunshine smile Well-tanned face With more than usual wrinkles Caused …

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Kenneth’s questions to PM Lee matter – here’s why

By Andy Wong The separation of public power and private benefit is essential for transparent, effective and honest governance. The Chairman of NEA cannot ask his staff to go and clean his kitchen, or the premises of his sister’s hawker stall, when it gets dirty. The Commissioner of Police cannot ask his officers to set up a road block at …

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Singapura: The Musical run suddenly cut short

Singapura: The Musical opened with much fanfare at the newly refurbished Capitol Theatre, and its producers had big dreams for it. The $2.72 million production, 4th Wall Theatre Company Singapore boasted, could perhaps make it all the way to Broadway. Yet less than a month after the show’s run was extended, the production was wound up. When asked, eventClique – …

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