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Monthly Archives: January 2019

NCMP Dennis Tan proposes major improvements for the public transportation system

Speaking at Parliament yesterday (15 January), Non-Constituency MP Dennis Tan suggested crucial improvements must be made to the current public transportation system, which include enhancing incentivisation and monitoring of reliability and service quality as well as adding service quality in the Fare Review formula. In his speech titled “Putting Commuters First in Public Transportation”, he mentioned that rail reliability used …

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How can parents save in face of rising education costs in Singapore?

by ValueChampion The cost of educating a child in Singapore has increased steadily in recent decades. How can you reduce the financial burden of sending your children to school without sacrificing the quality of their education? The rising cost of education is becoming increasingly problematic for families in Singapore that simply want their children to have the opportunity at a great …

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Malaysia claiming ILS disrupts future development in Pasir Gudang ‘untrue’, says Dr Vivian Balakrishnan

In his ministerial statement in Parliament on Monday (14 Jan), Singaporean Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said Malaysia’s actions ‘contravene established ICAO procedures’ when it announced the Pasir Gudang area as a Permanent Restricted Area reserved for the purpose of military activities on 2 Jan this year, causing flights operating into Seletar Airport to be affected. Simple matter …

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Vague employment laws and policies lead to abuse of domestic workers, says HOME report

While the Singapore government emphasises that Migrant Domestic Workers (MDWs) are covered by the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA), the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (Home) and Liberty Shared claim that the ambiguous language of the EFMA is insufficient to effectively protect MDWs or preserve their rights. In their report on Forced Labour in Singapore – co-published by anti-human …

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84.8 per cent of students scored at least five passes at the GCE O-Level examinations 2018

Students who sat for the 2018 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) Examination have collected their results from their secondary schools on Monday (14 January), in a record-breaking result as 84.8 per cent of students scored at least five passes at the GCE O-Level examinations last year. The Ministry of Education (MOE) and Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board …

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MOE kindergarten registration to go online from this year

Parents who are planning to register their children to Ministry of Education (MOE) Kindergarten (MK) can do so online as the ministry will implement an online process for the Registration Exercise and make refinements to the MK Admissions Framework. Currently, parents interested in registering their child for an MK have to physically go to the MK of choice to complete …

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Malaysia to remain “steadfast in negotiating”, refuses to “compromise our interests”: Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on bilateral disputes with Singapore

Malaysia will remain "steadfast in negotiating" with Singapore regarding the bilateral territorial disputes concerning Johor's airspace and the maritime area off Tuas in order to safeguard the former's sovereignty and independence, said Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah. Datuk Saifuddin told reporters after a press conference at Wisma Putra, Malaysia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday (16 Jan): “What is most important …

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