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Daily Archives: 2015-08-04

Another complaint about BreadTalk repackaging others’ products as its own

After complaints that bakery BreadTalk had repackaged its soya bean milk drink and sold them as "freshly prepared", another complaint has been posted online - this time about the bakery using its competitor's products as its own. "Saw the staff take out a Bengawan Solo box," a Facebook user, who only want to be known as "Lim", posted online on Facebook, …

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GRCs punish you. It’s time to turn the tables in GE2015

By Anyhow Hantam I had originally wanted to offer my 2 cents on the electoral boundary changes, however many have already voiced what I wanted to say and moreover I promised brevity for this election season. Accordingly I'll leave it at that and focus instead on 1 aspect/result of the new electoral boundaries - Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs). Take one look …

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AGO report – gov’t should act with “similar vigour” against depts and stat boards: Sylvia Lim

In her affidavit to the court on Monday, the chairman of the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC), Sylvia Lim, said the town council has been singled out for "exemplary treatment" by the government. Ms Lim was referring to how the MInistry of National Development (MND) has doggedly pursued the town council over issues of its finances, despite an extensive one-year …

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Migrant rights activists highlight ethical issues in Straits Times story

Activists and researchers working on issues related to migrant workers and their rights have expressed concern over a feature article in The Straits Times about Bangladeshi cleaners in public housing estates living in bin centres. The Straits Times published “Life in the dumps” written by Aw Cheng Wei (with additional reporting by Toh Yong Chuan) on 18 July, revealing that …

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Sexist smear on opposition member by PAP supporters’ Facebook page

In yet another instance of despicable behaviour, a People's Action Party (PAP) supporters' Facebook page has launched a personal attack against an opposition member, who is potentially a candidate for her party. In what some have criticised as an utterly sexist posting, the pro-PAP Facebook page published a photo of 26-year old Ms Kevryn Lim, a member of the National …

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What will swing voters vote on?

By Howard Lee It will be inevitable that even at a casual event, questions on the looming general election will pop up. Such is the power of media hype. The question that a friend asked me last weekend was, “What are the issues that swing voters would vote on?” His question was premised on the simple, and most definitely true, assertion …

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No indication that court has power to be regulator of town councils: Chief Justice

Judgment was reserved by the court of appeal on Monday (3 June) in the hearing involving the Ministry of National Development (MND) and the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC). The MND is appealing the High Court's earlier decision which dismissed the MND's application for the court to order independent accountants to oversee the disbursements of government grants in AHPETC. The High Court had …

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Stop using the estate upgrading election carrot already

By Ghui It is understandable for any political party to profess electoral promises in order to garner support. This happens the world over and I do not begrudge Potong Pasir’s incumbent Member of Parliament, Mr Sitoh Yih Pin from doing the same to a certain extent. But when the sweeteners are upgrading works that any other constituency would have the …

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A common event for all to bring us together – an essay for SG50

By Deng Yushan I’ve always sat and wondered about issues larger than life, worried about the survival of the human race, and perhaps even brainstormed an idea or two regarding solutions to alleviate poverty in Africa. Eccentric, one may comment. However, I am but an ordinary teenager, a jubilant soul fantasizing about endless possibilities offered to me like a buffet for …

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