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Daily Archives: 2018-06-26

Can President Halimah Yacob rise above the stigma of #notmypresident?

by Augustine Low She seemed like a nice enough person, humble and straight talking and one among the elite to live in a HDB flat. The chosen one, as far as the establishment was concerned, the one who could be counted on to bond with Singaporeans. So she became President. But she became President in a way that appeared illegitimate …

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More benefits for HomeTeamNS for acknowledgement of their commitment

An active voice on the issue of Singapore Police Force (SPF)’s dwindling manpower, Parliamentarian Ms Sylvia Lim has raised questions on the floor of parliament before on the Home Team’s strategies for combatting this growing concern, noting that the SPF should be exploring novel ways to recruit and retain officers. It seems that they’ve taken some of her queries into …

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Heroin & ‘Ice’ seized in CNB operation on Monday night

More than S$78,000 worth of drugs were seized and four suspects were arrested in an operation conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) during the night of 25 June 2018. In the night of 25 June 2018, CNB mounted an operation and conducted observation on two suspected drug traffickers in the vicinity of Circuit Road. The suspected traffickers – a …

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HDB rental income eligibility has not changed since 2003?

To what extent are the HDB’s policies contributing to ‘housing inequality’ in Singapore? I refer to the article “Commentary: Direct interventions, not just social mixing, needed to narrow housing inequality” (Channel NewsAsia, Jun 23). It states that “Housing inequality is also felt through specific rental housing policies. People who need public rental housing face many hardships. The income ceiling of …

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7 children, but no ‘cash’ assistance?

What exactly is the criteria for giving ‘cash’ assistance to very large low-income families? I refer to the article “Raising 7 children on under S$3,000 a month in Singapore” (Channel NewsAsia, Jun 24). It states that “A secondary school teacher for a decade, she quit after her fifth child, Arielle, was born in 2011. Raising their children on just one breadwinner’s …

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oBike undergoes liquidation in Singapore, cites difficulties in fulfilling new requirements and guidelines by LTA

oBike has announced its decision to cease operation in Singapore as a result of difficulties foreseen to be experienced to fulfill the new requirements and guidelines released by Land Transport Authority (LTA) towards dock-less bike sharing in Singapore. Ina press release on its Facebook account on Monday (25 June), the company stated that though oBike believes and is committed to …

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E-commerce and high rentals killing retail outlets in Singapore

Chanel News Asia published an article today lamenting that the Great Singapore Sale after 25 years is no longer "great" ('The Big Read: The not-so-Great Singapore Sale — after 25 years, once-premier shopping event is now left in the dust', 26 Jun). In the article, it mentioned, "Vacant shop spaces were also scattered throughout the shopping centres, exposing the deeper …

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