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Daily Archives: 2018-03-07

Hoarding reserves for hard times is the strategy of a chipmunk

by Ryan Ong I hear a lot of people say keeping our reserves is a good idea, because we may need it in hard times. Well, you know what helps a country to survive hard times? Take a look at countries that, instead of hoarding their reserves, pump the money back into the economy. The money goes toward opening new …

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Feeling lost in our own country, Singapore

by Raj Singh I don’t know how Singaporeans feel but I feel that the country isn’t ours. No, don’t get me wrong. Nothing to do with locals, Permanent Residents, foreign workforce and etc. Purely to do with how it is governed. On the outside, it seems like a well-oiled machine. But when I look at the faces of people, there …

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Khaw Boon Wan says cheap fares are popular but not sustainable. Gets whacked by netizens

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in Parliament on Wednesday (7 March) that the fare formula for public transport is being reviewed to better track total costs, as the Ministry of Transportation (MOT)'s budget rises for upcoming infrastructure upgrades. He said that while Singapore's transport fares are currently "affordable", the Government also needs to ensure the sustainability of the transport network. "We …

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MOM tightens Jobs Bank advertising requirements while companies flout rules

In Parliament on Monday (5 Mar), Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say announced expanding the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) to give Singaporeans fair access to more high-quality jobs. "We will expand the requirement to advertise jobs on the national Jobs Bank before EP (employment pass) application to cover more employers," he said. From Jul 1, companies with 10 or more employees …

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Slow train travel along NSL this Wednesday morning

The Singapore Mass Rapid Transport (SMRT) trains experienced another disruptions this morning (7 Mar) resulting in slow speed and congestion along the North South Line (NSL), without clarification from SMRT. The problem started early around 6am according to a commuter's tweet: Smrt fking bullshit. Waiting time so long during peak hours and the next train terminating at amk? R u …

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Using Grace Fu’s arguments, MP Charles Chong should also apologise to WP

In Parliament yesterday (6 Mar), Minister Grace Fu joined in to ask Workers' Party Chairman Sylvia Lim to apologise to the House before the end of Parliament’s sitting on Thursday (8 Mar). Ms Lim has earlier alleged on 1 March that the government had floated "test balloons" before the Budget announcement, then possibly "backed down" on an immediate GST hike due …

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TOC’s submission to Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods

Summary This submission argues that Singapore currently possesses more than enough existing laws to deal with falsehoods and their consequences that may affect citizens and therefore, no further legislation needs to be introduced at this time. Furthermore, “falsehoods” as described by the government are highly subjective. Indeed, statements made by the government can at times be also be described as …

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LTA: Registration of E-scooters to be implemented by end 2018

It has been announced in Parliament today that all e-scooter owners will have to register with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) somewhere at end of the year and have identification stickers pasted prominently on their devices to deter reckless behaviour and to facilitate tracking down of errant users. This was announced by Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin …

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Ms Grace Fu, please be objective and use some common sense

by N Chan I read the latest news that Ms Grace Fu, leader of the House of Parliament in Singapore, has issued a statement (more of a threat) in parliament that Workers' Party MP Sylvia Lim should apologise for the "test balloon" claim with a veiled threat of consequences. I would like to urge Ms Grace Fu, please use some …

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