Daily Archives: 2018-03-14

Uber/Grab driver: We are now squeezed left right and centre by Govt!

An Uber/Grab driver wrote to former Presidential candidate and NTUC Insurance CEO Tan Kin Lian in the hope that his plight can be highlighted to Singaporeans so as to raise awareness of his situation. He told Mr Tan that he was forced to drive Uber/Grab due to prolonged unemployment. "Driving Uber/Grab driver is not what we would choose as a …

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Chee Hong Tat berated on CNA’s Facebook page for harping on Ms Lim’s “allegation” on test balloons

On Saturday (10 March), Senior Minister of State Chee Hong Tat wrote in a letter addressed to all Singaporeans published on the People's Action Party (PAP) website that the Workers' Party (WP) could have used its "test balloons" allegation on the timing of the Goods-and-Services Tax (GST) "to great effect for political attacks", if the Government had not challenged it in Parliament. He wrote, …

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Service disruption along NSL on Wednesday morning and afternoon

After the train delay along EWL yesterday, another round of service disruption occurred Wednesday (14 Mar) morning and afternoon along the North South Line (NSL). The transport operator, Singapore Mass Rapid Transport (SMRT) made no official announcement regarding the delay despite the Land Transport Authority's requirement that train operators must informed commuters of any delay exceeding 10 minutes through mainstream …

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PM Lee coaches 4th gen potential PM Heng how to reply to Sylvia Lim

Speaking at the start of the Parliament sitting on 8 March (Thursday), Workers' Party Ms Sylvia Lim declined to apologise for her earlier "Test Balloon" remarks in Parliament about the impending GST hike and cited media reports and comments by economists that led her to suspect that the government had planned to raise the GST sooner, before the timeline of …

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Is Singapore’s gini-coefficient really lower than Hong Kong and New York? 

I refer to the article “Looking at inequality: An analyst’s view” (Straits Times, Mar 14). The ST article wrote that Singapore Management University economist, Prof Phang Sock Yong's report in 2015, highlighted the Gini coefficient for household incomes for Singapore in 2014, after taxes and transfers, was 0.412. The Gini coefficient – measured in much the same way – for …

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Khaw Boon Wan asks for passengers’ patience in resignalling of EWL

Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan wrote a Facebook post on Sunday (11 March), saying that the ministry is focusing on the re-signalling of the East-West Line (EWL) and asked for passengers' patience during the process. The minister stated that the new signalling system on the North-South Line has been stabilised, adding, "Learning from the NSL experience, we are intensifying testing of the …

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MAS and CAD to jointly investigate all capital markets and financial advisory offences

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) of the Singapore Police Force have announced on Tuesday (15 March) that they will extend the Joint Investigations Arrangement to cover all offences under the Securities and Futures Act (SFA) and Financial Advisers Act (FAA). The authorities stated that this will allow for greater efficiency and more effective …

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75 of 238 students opted to retake the A-level examination after scripts were stolen

Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) has announced that 75 of 238 students whose A-Level Chemistry scripts were stolen in the United Kingdom last year have opted to retake the examination. SEAB earlier stated that it has been informed by Cambridge Assessment that a parcel containing 238 scripts for the 2017 GCE A-Level H2 Chemistry’s Paper 3 was stolen from a courier in …

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Singapore’s only charity provides free horse-riding therapy for children and adults with disabilities having charity movie screening

Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore (RDA), Singapore's only charity that provides free horse-riding therapy for children and adults with disabilities, is having a charity movie screening for "Avengers - Infinity War" Founded in 1982 with just five riders, RDA now sees more than 100 riders attend its program every week and is privileged to have helped more than 6,000 …

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79 individuals and organisations invited to give oral evidence from Wednesday

The Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods has invited seventy-nine individuals and organisations, including local and foreign experts, media organisations, tech companies, telcos, community groups and members of the public to give oral evidence in the public hearings on the topic of deliberate online falsehoods starting on Wednesday (14 March). The event sees the highest number of witnesses invited by a …

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