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Daily Archives: 2018-12-03

Potential issues in a Heng succession

The murky waters in and around political succession in Singapore seems to have cleared up somewhat. Speculation on whether former army man Mr Chan Chun Sing (Chan) would take top spot has cooled with the announcement by current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (PM Lee) that the 4G political office holders have chosen Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat (Heng) as …

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Government Supported Financing Schemes for SMEs

Running a SME in Singapore is challenging. High rental costs, tight manpower market and no easy access to bank financing are some of the pertinent challenges most SME owners face when trying to scale their operations. Heading into the last quarter of 2018, the economic outlook for 2019 is still murky with the prospects of the US-China trade war looming …

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MP Zainal: $700 a month enough for a Bangla worker to buy land back home

At a roundtable on wages organised by ST on Friday (30 Nov), five panellists were invited to talk about Singapore's wage model. The five, former labour chief Lim Boon Heng, Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh, labour MP Zainal Sapari, and employers, Mr Kurt Wee and Mr Daniel Thong, sparred on the various labour issues. At one point, Dr Koh mentioned that workers …

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Prof Tommy Koh: Govt resistance towards implementing minimum wage rooted in “fake” ideological arguments

Highlighting that schemes such as the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) and the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) are not the equivalent of a minimum wage, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and professor of law at the National University of Singapore Professor Tommy Koh argued that the Singapore government's apparent resistance towards implementing a minimum wage in the Republic is rooted …

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COI conclusions have completely missed addressing the culture of fear

The high profile committee of inquiry (COI) for the biggest hack to ever hit Singapore in the form of the widely publicised SingHealth data breach is finally wrapped up with a summary of recommendations put forth. While the COI results provide some form of closure to this unfortunate incident, I fear that if we do not target what to me, …

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ESM Goh’s CNA interview reveals rather telling of seemingly prevalent attitude within the ruling establishment

The various answers that Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong (ESM Goh) gave at an interview for Channel News Asia (CNA) are rather telling of the seemingly prevalent attitude within the ruling establishment in Singapore. While ESM Goh was comfortable waxing lyrical on the "negatives" of others in politics, he was rather light on detail for himself. He had opinions …

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