Monthly Archives: July 2018

Monopsony – Predatory power to undercut wages

by Irene Choo It is often argued that influx of migrant increases domestic labour supply, depresses wages and curtails employment opportunities for native workers. Conversely, reducing the inflows of migrant would effectively reduce labour supply and stimulate wage growth. Unfortunately, labour market doesn’t work that way.  In reality, workers are paid very differently, even ones with similar skills and experience within …

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Shall we not confuse loyalty to country with loyalty to government?

by Augustine Low It’s incredible the number of people out there who equate criticism of the government and its policies with disloyalty to the country. Is it genuine or feigned ignorance? These confused or ignorant souls ought to take heed of the enlightening words of the great American writer Mark Twain: “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it …

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Facebook posts about PAP walkabout at Tiong Bahru – who do you believe?

A circulated private Facebook post about how a citizen responded to the walkabout session carried out by Indranee Rajah, minister at the Prime Minister Office, has spurred the minister to respond to the claims in her Facebook page. The Facebook post wrote, Something spectacular happened this morning (Sunday, July 2018) in Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre. MP for Tanjong …

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Mahathir, Jokowi discuss possibility of a joint automobile venture, Indonesian migrant workers’s rights in press conference at Istana Bogor

Earlier on 28 June, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Ali arrived in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his wife Iriana greeted them upon arrival at the Halim Perdanakusuma international airport. This visit marks Dr Mahathir’s first ASEAN visit since his inauguration as Prime Minister on May 10. …

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Edwin Tong’s views on social welfare, appear ignorant, myopic and patronising

I find it pretty rich that Senior Minister of State, Edwin Tong has appeared to make a comment which shows not only his ignorance of “western countries” but also a completely misguided understanding of what motivates people to work hard. In giving his comments on GST vouchers, Silver Support and other policies introduced to help alleviate the rising costs of …

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Fighter jets do not combat the threat of terrorism

The status quo in relation to government spending appears to be this – an announcement via the media that it has made a decision to spend x millions on a project and that’s it. No Parliamentary debate, no discussion – done deal. The latest big-ticket spending seems to be the plan to replace Singapore’s fleet of F16 jets. A modern fighter …

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