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Monthly Archives: September 2017

UN Human Rights Council puts Cambodia under scrutiny ahead of 2018 elections

(Bangkok/Geneva, 29 September 2017) In passing its biannual resolution on Cambodia today, the UN Human Rights Council took the additional step of authorising the UN to prepare a report on the country in the next six months, ahead of the July 2018 elections. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is expected to submit this report to …

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Dr Chee Soon Juan: Mr Tharman, please don’t lecture us about character and integrity

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Secretary-General Dr Chee Soon Juan wrote an article in which he asked Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam to stop lecture Singaporeans about character and integrity. Dr Chee wrote that nothing is beneath the People’s Action Party when it comes to destroying its opponents. “As its stands, the credibility of …

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DPM Tharman ignores question on non-Chinese Prime Minister

Nabil is a Public Policy and Global Affairs undergraduate at NTU, whose photo (above) was posted by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in his clarification about gutter politics. Nabil clarified that he did not ask the question about gutter politics but had asked the Minister two important questions. First, whether he was of the view that the Reserved Presidential Election …

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A Seismic Loss of Faith

by Lim Tean When the Prime Minister and his two Deputy Prime Ministers have talked on an almost daily basis about the just concluded shambolic reserved Presidency, you know things must be bad for the People’s Action Party! Internal surveys have probably indicated a drastic drop in support for the PAP which they are trying desperately to reverse. No amount …

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IN TIME TO COME: a film that sets you thinking

IN TIME TO COME, an adventurous film produced by local director, Tan Pin Pin is showing exclusively at Filmgarde Bugis+ for a short run from Thursday to Sunday. The film’s official write up goes like this, “As enigmatic remnants of life from 25 years ago emerge – a bottle of water from the Singapore River, a copy of Yellow Pages, …

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A Foreign Domestic Worker’s Open Letter to Her Employer: What Your Helper Wants you to Know

Bhing has been a domestic worker in Singapore for 22 years. On her day off, Bhing volunteers at the helpdesk of HOME, giving advice to fellow domestic workers when they have trouble with their work. Unlike many others, Bhing has had good employers throughout her time working in Singapore, however through her work at HOME, she has witnessed other helpers’ struggles with their employers. …

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CPF changes methodology to measure CPF investment made by members but how transparent is the measurement?

The CPF board has just changed the methodology it uses to measure performance of members’ investments made through Ordinary Account savings so as to have a more rounded view of how they are performing. Besides excluding members with no investments in CPFIS, the new formula assesses not only the realised profits and losses of investments that were sold, but also the unrealised …

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Part 3 of “The Big Singapore Market Upgrade of 2017?”: Rise of the Single-Person Household

by Ku Swee Yong, Co-founder of HugProperty and Shannon Aw Qian Tong, undergraduate from the Department of Real Estate, National University of Singapore, a three part series on “The Big Singapore Market Upgrade of 2017?”. Previously, in part one and part two of this series, we discussed how employment opportunities and population growth would form a more relevant correlation to housing demand. We also …

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