Daily Archives: 2016-01-02

The AEC’s agreement on free flow of skilled labour needs careful attention

A momentous thing just happened – but perhaps few have paid any attention to it. After almost 10 years of negotiation, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was finally brought into existence on Thursday. The agreement to establishment the trade pact was signed by member countries in 2007 at the 13th ASEAN Summit in Singapore. ASEAN is the Association of Southeast …

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Is MOH promoting conventional cigarettes to be healthier than e-cigarettes?

The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced last year that it will ban emerging tobacco products via the Prohibited Tobacco Products Regulations made under Section 15 of the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act. The ban would take place via two phases. The first phase that has already taken place since 15 December 2015, is the ban on products such …

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WP town council to go back to court – again

The Workers’ Party-run town council, Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC), is seeking the Court of Appeal’s assistance in the appointment of accountants to manage its accounts and books. The Straits Times reports on Saturday that “the application was made after the Housing Board (HDB), which oversees town councils, and AHTC were unable to agree on which accountant to appoint.” This is …

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Bird tied outside window, left dangling

The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) group has urged members of the public to “refrain from harming our native species and provided ways to prevent them from entering your premises.” In a posting on its Facebook page on Saturday (2 January), the animal welfare organisation posted a video of a myna being tied outside the window of a flat …

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Questions that citizens should ask about their CPF investments

By Philip Ang The Ministry of Finance had said that the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) cannot disclose the exact amount of assets it manages and its annual profit and loss because doing so would open Singapore to speculative attacks on Singapore currency. GIC is a sovereign wealth fund established by the Government of Singapore in 1981 to manage …

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Wish for 2016 – less Calvin Cheng, more Tharman Shanmugaratnam

If there is one lesson we can all learn from 2015, as far as political debate is concerned, it is that we need more engagement of the kind from Tharman Shanmugaratnam, and less (in fact, none) of that from Calvin Cheng. To this writer, Mr Cheng – who is the executive director of lifestyle magazine, Juice, and a sitting member …

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