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Daily Archives: 2015-07-23

Leaked cables on the failed leadership transition of Temasek Holdings

6 years ago, the intended leadership transition of the Temasek's Chief Executive Officer between former BHP Billiton chief Charles 'Chip' Goodyear and Mdm Ho Ching came to an abrupt stop when the private investment company announced the departure of Goodyear due to differences between him and the board of directors regarding certain strategic issues that could not be resolved. "Four …

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Phey Yew Kok read 28 additional charges in State Courts

Phey Yew Kok, a former Member of Parliament and chairman of National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), was presented before the court via a video link today. 28 fresh charges were read to him, bringing the total number of charges to 34. Most of the new charges were related to criminal breach of trust, and no bail was offered to the …

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Spare the rod and spoil the child – LTA and the recent MRT breakdown

It has been two weeks since the most severe MRT breakdown in Singapore’s rail history. A total of 55 stations in the North-South and East-West line were affected during peak period, leaving hundreds of thousands of commuters stranded and facing difficulties in getting home. Due to the fact that SMRT is a publicly listed company, it has received additional attention …

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Bishan listed on NEA website for highest number of dengue cases

Estates in Bishan have been identified by the National Environment Agency (NEA) as a red alert area with a high number of dengue cases. The two clusters identified from Bishan Street 22 to 25 have seen 247 cases since the start of the cluster. 49 cases have been reported in the two clusters in the past fortnight. The NEA also …

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The Calling It Out Show takes on Melvyn Singh’s nonsensical article

The Calling it Out show is TOC(TV)'s premier broadcast programme, kicking off the channel and a slew of independent local programming. The show was started to combat the growing issue of extreme apathy for current affairs among Singapore's youth. It tries to look at the lighter side of current affairs, and shows that differences in opinions and agreeing to disagree …

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Man in possession of cannabis arrested at checkpoint

In a joint statement by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), the two agencies shared that a man has been arrested by the authorities at the Woodlands Checkpoint for possession of cannabis. It is said that on 22 July 2015 at about 5.50am, a 20-year-old male Malaysian was stopped for routine checks upon his arrival …

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The 6.9 million issue – Part 2: Still short-sighted?

By Howard Lee In Part 1, it was noted that efforts by the Singapore government to manage population numbers using productivity as a benchmark were used in response to the public outcry for a slower rate of population augmentation. However, using productivity as a lever also means that, should the government choose, population growth can be reinstated to reignite GDP …

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Site survey video: TOC visits Pasir Ris ONE

Members of parliament continue to call for the scrapping of the Design, Build, and Sell Scheme (DBSS) of public flats, or at least to tweak it. The call follows numerous recent reports of workmanship defects, bad design and over-pricing of these flats. The MPs cite the "blurred lines of accountability and low public confidence in the quality of the housing …

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Law Society and CDCs to conduct legal talks

The Law Society Singapore and the five Community Development Councils (CDCs) will jointly host Law Awareness Week 2015, which aims to increase public awareness about access to justice. This is the first time that the CDCs are working with the Law Society to introduce a series of law talks to the residents in the public and private estates across the …

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