Daily Archives: 2018-07-27

S’pore nursing aide earns only $1,350 far below other economies’ – thanks to cheap foreign labour in eldercare industry

Philanthropic organisation Lien Foundation released a report yesterday (26 Jul), revealing that eldercare workers have been severely underpaid in Singapore, contributing to high turnover. “Despite concerted efforts to raise pay, redesign jobs and improve skills and productivity, the sector seems afflicted by constant churn and the ‘leaky bucket’ syndrome,” the report commented. Surveys conducted by Lien Foundation show that less …

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HDB: Release of 2nd Quarter 2018 Public Housing Data

4,300 Build-to-Order (BTO) flats in Punggol and Yishun will be offered in August 2018, said Housing and Development Board in a press release on Friday (27 July). The board then said that a concurrent Re-Offer of Balance Flats exercise will also be held at the same time. In the release, the board stated that in the first half of 2018, it …

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New food agency chief “missing in action” during Little India Riot in 2013

The government announced yesterday (26 Jul) that a new statutory board called the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) will be formed in April next year under the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) to oversee food safety and security. It will bring together all the food-related functions under the various agencies into one central agency. The new agency SFA will …

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The Minister says a degree is optional, but what is the reality?

Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung raised eyebrows recently when he said that a Singapore Prime Minister without a degree may be a matter of time and not too far off from now. Somehow it’s like saying Singapore may win the World Cup one day – the odds are that huge. This week, he again waded into the issue, calling …

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Human rights NGOs call for charges against Jolovan Wham and John Tan Liang Joo to be dropped

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development  (FORUM‐ASIA) and its member from Singapore,  Think  Centre, have expressed their concerns over charges ordered by  Attorney  General’s Chambers of Singapore against social worker and human rights activist, Jolovan Wham. FORUM‐ASIA and Think Centre call on the Government to drop all charges against him and other individuals, given that they were exercising their fundamental freedoms under Article 14(1) of the Constitution of Singapore. Jolovan Wham was charged with scandalising the Court under the Administration of Justice (Protection) Act  after  posting  a  comment  on  his  Facebook  account,  in  which  he  said  ‘Malaysia’s  judges  are  more independent  than  Singapore’s  …

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More companies should raise workers’ retirement age: NTUC Secretary-General

More companies should follow the lead of Gardens by the Bay in raising the retirement age of its workers from 62 to 65, said the Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Ng Chee Meng. Speaking at the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between Gardens by the Bay and the Attractions, Resorts & Entertainment Union (AREU) on …

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Common hotline to report parking offences from 1 August for LTA, HDB and URA, Certis CISCO appointed as a common service provider

Members of the public will be able to report all parking offences, such as illegal parking, non-display of coupons and non-activation of digital parking session, through a common hotline 1800 338 6622 starting from 1 August 2018. Ina joint statement on Thursday (26 July),  Land Transport Authority (LTA), Housing & Development Board (HDB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) stated that members of …

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