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Daily Archives: 2017-11-08

Singapore transport failure clown show: The Parliament edition

by Vernon Chan Singapore's train system has been suffering from one public embarrassment to another, breaking its own record for breakdowns every year while the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Ministry of Transportation double down by releasing questionable statistics to show that in some metrics they cherry-pick, Singapore's train system is doing better than ever. You would think when senior management staff get …

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Dr Chee Soon Juan: Who holds them accountable?

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Secretary-General Dr Chee Soon Juan has written an article questioning the behaviour of the Government in pointing their fingers towards others, instead of admitting to the mistakes committed. He gave the example of Minister of Transport Khaw Boon Wan, who, in a parliamentary speech on 7 November, laid blame on the SMRT maintenance crew when a …

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PSB Academy’s life science grads top La Trobe University cohorts again, ready to contribute to Asia’s life and health sciences sector

La Trobe University (LTU), ranked Australia's joint best university for research in Biological Sciences by Excellence in Research for Australia in 2015, celebrated its second class of graduates from PSB Academy, Singapore, yesterday. These graduates have topped the cohorts in Singapore and La Trobe's home campus in Melbourne, Victoria, and continue to rank among the top 5 per cent of …

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Growing Tourism in Singapore, but Falling Hotel Industry? (Airbnb, PCLN)

by Value Penguin An interesting article caught our attention recently. Boosted by growing wealth of the Chinese middle class who are enjoying overseas vacations more than ever, Singapore seems to be enjoying a healthy growth in its tourism industry. However, there was an even more interesting detail that was buried deep inside this article: Singapore's hotel industry actually declined despite the growth in …

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Why your car loan interest is secretly double what it seems

by SingSaver.com.sg Your car loan may advertise low interest, but the real rate could be twice as high. A common point of confusion, when it comes to loans, is the different ways interest rates are calculated. This is especially true when it comes to car loans – if you tally the amount spent at the end of the loan, it seldom …

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Khaw Boon Wan: Government don’t need SMRT to make money

Minister of Transport Khaw Boon Wan had stated in Parliament on Tuesday that despite the inherent conflict of interest between Land Transport Authority (LTA), Temasek Holdings as the government investment body and SMRT as a 100% owned company under TH, the three can work as a team with proper checks and balances. Mr Khaw was responding to queries by MP for …

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SCDF ambulance drivers now allowed to run red traffic lights and make U-turns at non-designated junctions

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has announced that SCDF ambulance drivers are allowed to proceed past red traffic lights and make U-turns at non-designated junctions when responding to life-threatening emergencies and thereby avoid the appeal from 1 December 2017. Currently, the law does not expressly provide for ambulances to run red lights, in an emergency. However, SCDF drivers are given the discretion …

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