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Daily Archives: 2018-06-19

The police are not just enforcers but public servants too

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) seem to be on a public relations drive to present a heroic image. From the recent recruitment drive posters to the awards it is handing out to heroic policemen are but a few examples of this. While I am all for recognising those who have done a good job, the SPF has also got to …

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Gender equality upheld in Singapore’s workplace, new JobStreet.com survey finds

70% of respondents said there is no discrimination against gender at their current company SINGAPORE, 14 June 2018 – According to JobStreet.com Gender Equality Survey, both male and female Singaporean employees enjoy almost equal treatment when it comes to performance evaluations, pay raises and training opportunities. The survey involved 474 respondents, to gain insights towards fairness in the workplace. More …

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US Treasury Department targets Singapore for money laundering

Last month, the Asia Sentinel reported that the US Treasury Department has initiated a wide-ranging campaign against money laundering particularly targeting the governments in Cyprus, Beirut, Singapore and the Gulf states (‘US Mounts Major Global Anti-Money-Laundering Campaign‘, 31 May). The US government wants to stop the flow of billions of dollars that wash through the financial system every day from …

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Trump Kim Summit – Singapore, a schoolboy trying to play a man’s game?

I am all for Singapore hosting international events of historic significance. It boosts our global reputation as a first world country that people want to visit and invest in. That said, the hosting of such events must promote the prestige of Singapore. It has to be professional and we have to come across polished and experienced, ready to stand in …

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Being punitive permeates every aspect of Singapore’s public services

From the way a disabled senior citizen was callously denied aid from the government to how ex offenders are treated upon release after serving their time make one thing very clear. Every aspect of our government ranging from aid to rehabilitation is very punitive in nature. Do we agree with this approach? Is this approach counterproductive? Are we even aware that …

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Dr M meets PM Lee for only 30 min but gives Jack Ma an hour

When the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan won the general election in Malaysia on 9 May last month, PM Lee quickly went to KL on 19 May to meet and congratulate Dr Mahathir, the leader of the coalition. However, Dr Mahathir only met him for half an hour. According to Yahoo news, PM Lee was seen entering the Perdana Leadership Foundation …

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Patronising attempt at regulating easy approval loans for foreign domestic workers

I take great issue in the way the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (Home) and the Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Skills Training (Fast) have expressed their concerns over moneylenders targeting foreign domestic workers for “easy approval loans”. While I can understand concerns in relation to domestic helpers being exploited by unscrupulous money lenders, I find the language in which these …

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