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Monthly Archives: Sep 2015

$5 chicken rice at food court – too expensive?

Letter to The Online Citizen: I spotted this chicken rice stall in the Kopitiam food court in Greenridge Shopping Centre which sells chicken rice for $5.00. How unaffordable, how unbelievably expensive this plate of chicken rice is! Yet, this is one of the few options left in that Kopitiam food court, as many other stalls are empty, too. I care …

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Are TPP negotiations finally coming to an end?

After five-and-a-half years of negotiations, the end to talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) might finally be in sight. Both speakers at a talk organised by the Asian Trade Centre on Monday felt that all parties would finally reach an agreement over the far-reaching trade deal by the end of the week despite protests from activists in relation to health, …

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The new Cabinet’s full line-up

[From gov.sg] Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong unveiled Singapore's new Cabinet this afternoon (28 Sep). The new Cabinet comprises 20 Ministers, and sees the introduction of three Coordinating Ministers: Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam, both of whom will remain as Deputy Prime Ministers; and Khaw Boon Wan, who will concurrently be the Transport Minister. The complete list of Cabinet …

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Urgent need to prepare next team to take over: PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says there is an "urgent need to prepare the next team to take over" from him and his colleagues. Announcing the line-up to his new post-GE Cabinet, Mr Lee said, "I will put many younger colleagues into key ministries to broaden their experience. I have also reinforced my team with newly-elected MPs as well as …

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PM names 3 coordinating ministers, new Transport Minister in new Cabinet

Singapore's new Cabinet has been named, and it will have 20 ministers, one more than the last line-up. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong revealed the new slate on Monday, some two weeks after his ruling party won a landslide 70 per cent of the vote in the general election. Among the changes, the Cabinet will have three, instead of the …

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Indonesia working hard to deal with fires: officials

Indonesia is not staying idle about the fires which are causing the haze over Southeast Asia, says the country's Minister of Forestry and the Environment, Siti Nurbaya Bakar. Mdm Siti called on Singapore to be "fair" and said that her government was doing all it can to put out the fires in Sumatra and the Borneo Islands. She was responding to …

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Taken for a ride but taxi passenger keeps cool

When Mr Syed Hyder boarded a taxi, he asked the driver to go by "the fastest way possible" to his destination. However, apparently the driver took him via another route which turned out to be a much longer one. But instead of blowing his top at being cheated or being taken for a ride, Mr Syed kept a smiling face …

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PAP’s “digital consultants” during GE – what do election rules say?

People's Action Party (PAP) Members of Parliament (MPs) are reported to have engaged digital consultants to help in their campaigning in General Election 2015, but who pays and how much? The Straits Times' report, "They helped six MPs shine online in GE2015", said that six PAP MPs had engaged these digital consultants. The report also said the MPs declined to be …

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Khaw for Transport portfolio?

"[The] bookies were clear where I would be going," Khaw Boon Wan said on his Facebook page last Friday. His remarks, an apparent reference to the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle, have stoked rumours that Mr Khaw would be taking over the hot seat at the Transport Ministry from Mr Lui Tuck Yew. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is expected to announce the …

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