Monthly Archives: October 2017

What is really the Truth?

by Tan Jee Yong I will just like to offer my five cents worth of contribution to all those discussions about the uncertainty that the entire world is facing now. In recent times, it is noticeable that the number of suicide bombings and senseless killings of human beings by terrorists seems to be on the rise. So far it seems that …

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Rehabilitation and reintegrating of long-term stayers at IMH into society

by Apolitical Finally! I am really happy someone is addressing the issue of Long-term Stayers: reintegrating them into society. They are so out of touch with reality! Dr Alex Su, vice-chairman of the medical board at the Institute of Mental Health said some have been staying for 10, 20 years or longer. He said these stayers lead very simple lifestyle …

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Singapore employers look for alternatives to balance rising medical inflation and need for competitive benefits, Mercer

According to the 2017 Singapore Employee Health and Benefits Study conducted by Mercer Marsh Benefits (MMB), a partnership between global professional services firms, Mercer and Marsh, employers continue to look for ways of balancing rising healthcare costs with the need to provide competitive benefit packages to attract, engage and retain employees. With the onset of medical inflation, Singapore hospital room rates continue to increase year by …

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Adjournment motion on counting of Elected Presidency for Reserved Election, much needed for straight answers from PM without distraction

Speaker of Parliament, Tan Chuan Jin announced on Monday evening that Ms Sylvia Lim’s adjournment motion which has been balloted out twice previously, will be allowed to take place at end of the Parliament Sitting on 3 October. Writing on his Facebook page, Mr Tan wrote, “Just balloted for tomorrow’s adjournment motion (3 Oct 2017). Sylvia Lim’s motion has been picked. …

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Parliamentary questions for 2 October 2017

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 1.30pm on Monday, 2 October 2017 for the 51st session of the 13th Parliament. *70 oral questions and 36 written questions have been scheduled to be asked. 6 bills will be introduced in this Parliament session. Central Provident Fund (Amendment) Bill – Minister for Manpower, Workplace Safety and Health (Amendment) Bill – Minister for Manpower, Massage …

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The 2017 Presidential Election – An unmitigated fiasco

by Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss Flushed with political capital from a trouncing 70% mandate captured at the September 2015 General Elections, the PAP Government kicked off its 13th Parliament in January 2016 by announcing plans to make changes to Singapore’s political system. Presumably to serve Singaporeans, but perhaps to serve the PAP’s hegemony, the plans would include changes to the Elected Presidency (EP). …

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President Halimah to move out from Yishun residence to a new location

According to a press release by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday (2 Oct), President Halimah Yacob will be moving out from her home at Yishun Avenue 4. MHA said it has conducted a careful assessment of the security arrangements for the President and has informed the President that the security agencies face several challenges in ensuring her security …

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Netizens take issue with PM Lee’s statement to remind Chinese Singaporeans to make minorities feel welcome

In the reports by The Straits Times and The New Paper on Saturday, states that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reminds Singaporeans that founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew once declared that “everybody will have a place in Singapore,” stressing that Singapore is “not a Malay nation, not a Chinese nation, not an Indian nation”. His remarks on race were not just to …

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Netizens criticise DPM Tharman for defending mainstream media in Singapore

In a Today report dated 29 September, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam was quoted saying that the mainstream media in Singapore is not a free-for-all, neither is it the heavily-controlled media that some critics caricature it to be. DPM Tharman wrote on his Facebook page that media in Singapore does not wait around for instructions, and it does not excuse everything …

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