Daily Archives: 2018-02-15

MOM: Comments such as “Stupid!”, “Pig”, “Dog”, considered as verbal abuse only based on circumstances

“Stupid!”, “Pig”, “Dog”: would you tolerate being called such names on a daily basis at your workplace? And wouldn’t such be considered as verbal abuse or harassment? Well, according to the Ministry of Manpower, it depends on circumstances. TOC was informed by social workers that when complaints of verbal abuse are brought up to MOM, they are told such comments …

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Consumer taxes in Singapore: trends analyzed

by ValuePenguin Ahead of Singapore government’s upcoming budget announcement scheduled for 19 February 2018, we’ve prepared a brief overview on how taxes on consumers have trended over the last few years in the country. Also, given the general rise in consumer taxes, we’ve prepared some tips on how consumers could at least partially offset the impact of increased tax rates. What …

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“We should look after the elderly” by action, and not just words!

I refer to the article “Society should care for the elderly, nurture young: PM” (Straits Times, Feb 15). The article quotes Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, “As a people too, we should look after the elderly, as we are the beneficiaries of their labours”. Let us look at some examples of how “we should look after the elderly”. Termination of …

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Qoo10 sees a rise in sales growth in January 2018, with food orders contributing significantly due to Chinese New Year preparations

Qoo10, Singapore’s largest e-commerce marketplace, announced on Wednesday (14 February) a 14 percent growth in sales for January 2018, amounting to SGD$42 million. The growth was driven by Food & Baby division with the sales of abalone and bak kwa, in preparation of the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. The division concurrently broke its monthly sales record, raking in a …

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AWARE and DPA call for stronger protection against employment discrimination

Gender equality group AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research) and disability advocacy group DPA (Disabled People’s Association) are calling for stronger protection against employment discrimination in a joint submission to the public consultation on the Employment Act review. “We welcome this public consultation and strongly encourage that the Employment Act be extended to all employees in Singapore, regardless …

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