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Daily Archives: 2018-05-21

Netizens lambast transport minister for saying ‘When a system is very unreliable, that is the time to pump in more resources’

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in Parliament on last Friday (18 May) that when a transport system is very unreliable, that is the time to pump in more resources into the system and the operating company cannot be punished by reducing fares. This was in response to parliamentary questions from Non-Constituency MP Dennis Tan on whether rail reliability and service …

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Comparing Heng Swee Keat and Chan Chun Sing, the latter is like a schoolboy

The United States and China have agreed to ease tensions on their trade war earlier today (21 May). Earlier this year, the Trump administration had imposed tariffs on solar panels, washing machines, steel and aluminium imports. This sparked China to retaliate by slapping additional tariffs on 128 US imports that are estimated to be worth around US$3 billion, sparking many economists to label this as a “trade war” between …

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How much do you have to earn to hire a foreign domestic worker in Singapore?

by ValuePenguin Just how much does one have to earn to afford a foreign domestic worker in Singapore today? And which jobs provide enough income? We explore this issue by digging into the data. According to the Ministry of Manpower, there were 246,800 foreign domestic workers working in Singapore as of 31st December 2017, comprising 18% of the foreign workforce in …

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GST hike: Damned if they do, damned if they don’t

by Augustine Low The government thought it was being clever in announcing the impending GST hike early. The calculus: by giving Singaporeans at least three years’ heads-up, they would have time to bite the bullet and brace themselves for a GST increase to 9%. But all of a sudden, Malaysia’s Barisan Nasional lost power after 61 years and the new …

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Will Dr Tan Cheng Bock play the role of Dr Mahathir in Singapore politics?

by Han Lang Notwithstanding the public anger over rising costs and the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, there is no doubt that the presence of Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad in the opposition coalition helped to sway votes towards Pakatan Harapan (PH) on 9 May 2018. In other words, had Dr Mahathir continued to support the then-Prime Minister Najib Razak …

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Anwar thanks Malaysian alternative news site while SG govt wants to stop “fake news”

In a recent interview with Malaysiakini, a Malaysian alternative news site, Mr Anwar Ibrahim who was released from prison on Wednesday (May 16), has expressed his appreciation to Malaysiakini. “At a time when we had massive restrictions, where the media was nothing but incessant propaganda, Malaysiakini was there," Mr Anwar said. "(I’m saying this) not because you (Malaysiakini) have been …

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