Monthly Archives: November 2017

SMRT is a failure of governance and not free markets

by Wesley Goh Of recent times, Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transport system (SMRT) has been embroiled in successive failures in its train service and public faith has dwindled to the point where disruptions have been normalised into daily commutes. Flooded tunnels, the incompatibility of new trains and train systems were clear indications of SMRT’s callousness and neglect of infrastructural maintenance. A lamentable …

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Service disruption along North-South Line, commuters warn of congestion

The North-South Line run by SMRT has again experienced service disruption this late afternoon as a tweet from HuiJun Chew at 5:48pm first highlighted the delay along the red line service from Dhoby Ghaut station from City Hall station: @SMRT_Singapore yo fam what’s up with red line train to dhouby from city hall ? — HuiJun Chew (@ChewHuiJunior) November 30, …

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New ITU case study notes Singapore need to make greater efforts in domain of “Environmental Sustainability”

Geneva, 30 November 2017 – A new case study from  International Telecommunication Union (ITU) offers an evaluation of Singapore’s progress in meeting the objectives of the country’s ‘Smart Nation’ strategy, an evaluation undertaken using the Key Performance Indicators for Smart Sustainable Cities developed by ITU and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Singapore’s Smart Nation strategy aims to enrich citizens’ lives by …

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Single parents disappointed with inaction on parliamentary petition and lack of consultation

Single parents who signed a parliamentary petition urging reform of public housing policies have expressed disappointment with the lack of action by policy-makers. On Wednesday evening, the Public Petitions Committee published a report in response to the parliamentary petition presented in September by Member of Parliament Louis Ng, who had worked on it closely with gender equality group AWARE. Attached to …

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Should we bring back estate duty?

by Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss On 19 November 2017, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the PAP Government is planning to increase taxes. His announcement fuelled wide speculation of an imminent hike in Goods and Services Tax (GST). GST is a tax on domestic consumption. The tax is paid when money is spent on goods or services, including imports. GST is …

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Over 18,000 signatures received for petition to seek heavier punishment for abusers of deceased intellectually disabled waitress

A Change.org petition created to seek heavier punishment on the couple who allegedly tortured an intellectually disabled waitress to death has received over 18,000 signatures within just two days. The petition was created by Ms Neo Chuan Yi to seek justice for the unfortunate victim, Ms Annie Ee Yu Lian as the public prosecution is only seeking 14-15 years of jail for …

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Migrant Worker Poetry Competition 2017

Back for its fourth Singapore edition , the finals of the annual Migrant Worker Poetry Competition (MWPC) will showcase work from poets in 8 different languages representing 7 different countries. The Migrant Worker Poetry Competition Singapore is an annual competition that started in 2014 as a venue for migrant workers to share their stories. Since then, the competition has spread …

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Amnesty International issues “Urgent Action” notice for charges against Activist Jolovan Wham

International Non-government Organisation, Amnesty International has issued an urgent action notice for the seven charges faced by local activist, Jolovan Wham filed by the Singapore authorities. Wham is facing seven charges for organizing several peaceful assemblies over a one year period, including a vigil protesting the execution of Malaysian national Prabagaran Srivijayan in July 2017. If found guilty, he could face …

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Alstom to supply signalling system for Singapore Circle Line Stage 6

Alstom, an international integrated transport system provider, has signed a contract with Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) to supply the signalling system for Singapore Circle Line (CCL) phase, stage 6. This includes the supply of its Urbalis driverless signalling system,the equipment of news trains and locomotives of the existing line and upgrade of the Automatic Train Supervision system (ATS). Besides, Alstom …

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