Monthly Archives: January 2018

Indranee says 5,500 new professional services jobs to be generated every year but how many are going to S’poreans?

by Vincent Low On Wednesday (24 Jan), Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance Indranee Rajah launched the Professional Service Industry Transformation Map, a roadmap to transform the professional services sector in Singapore. She said that professional services is a key growth sector for Singapore. “Singapore is well-positioned to be a market leader in high-value, specialist services and to capture …

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Petition supporting Jolovan hits 4915 signatures, delivered

The petition in support of Jolovan Wham, the activist who got slapped with 7 charges relating to organising public assemblies, has been delivered to the Prime Minister and Attorney General in both email and physical copy. Titled, “Drop charges against Jolovan Wham; Protect our freedom of expression”, the petition started at the beginning of December, and has hit almost 5000 …

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Why do we keep saying that the Suzhou Industrial Park was a great success?

I refer to the article “Singapore can play key role in China-led Belt and Road Initiative: Chan Chun Sing” (Jan 25). The article wrote, “During the hour-long discussion, Mr Chan also cited the example of the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) project, jointly developed by China and Singapore in the 1990s. What was more important than the physical structures of the …

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PTC submits second advisory report to Minister of Transport

The Public Transport Council (PTC) has submitted its second Advisory Report themed “Conversation and Connecting with SG Commuters” to the Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan. “The frank conversations have been captured through PTC’s engagement with over 11,000 SG Commuters of diverse profiles, and through multiple channels (in-depth interviews, focus group discussions and surveys). The various recommendations made in the report are …

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“Fake” statistic as in the case of “predicting the future statistics”

After writing “Fake News vs Fake Statistics?” (Jan 23) – the article “Professional services to add 5,500 jobs a year until 2020” (Straits Times, Jan 25) is probably one of the best examples of arguably, another type of “fake” statistics, in addition to the eight examples of eight types of “fake” statistics I wrote about two days ago, vis-a-vis the current …

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Results for 2018 Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) to be released on 1 Feb

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has announced that posting results for the 2018 Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) will be released on Thursday (1 February) at 9.00am. The Ministry said that applicants can obtain their posting results via the following channels: The JAE Internet System (JAE-IS) accessible through the JAE website. Short Messaging System (SMS) text messages sent to the mobile phone …

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No alleged attempt of abduction at Jurong West, says Police

Singapore Police Force (SPF) has announced on its Facebook page that the police report circulating online about an alleged attempted abduction of a 10-year-old boy at Jurong West Street 72  is untrue and the boy had lied to his parents. In a Facebook post on Wednesday evening, the Police states that it treats such reports seriously but urges members of the public not to …

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Citizens ask PTC, “What happened to the rhetorics of taking care of our pioneer generations during the GE 2015?”

It has been earlier announced that the Public Transport Council’s (PTC) has scrapped the $40 monthly unlimited travel pass for seniors above the age of 60. When the two-year Off-Peak Monthly Travel (OMTP) pass trial was announced by the Ministry of Transport through a media release in January 2015, the Government said that it was meant to encourage public transport …

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Malaysiakini meets fund raising target of RM$350,000 to pay cost and damages in defamation suit

Malaysiakini, Malaysia’s leading independent news agency, has raised RM350,000 (S$117,631) it had urgently needed for its legal defence fund. In a post written to thank all of the contributors, the agency stated that the sum was raised in just 12 days through direct bank deposit, credit card or PayPal transfers. The success of the fund raising showed that the public supported its efforts …

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Why experts advise against wiping out your CPF to buy your first home

by ValuePenguin Buying one’s own home is one of the most monumental moments in anyone’s life. While Singapore’s HDB has kept housing prices relatively affordable compared to other urban areas around the world, it’s still very difficult for most people to shell out tens of thousands dollars (if not hundreds of thousands) to acquire their residences. Given this, many have …

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