Daily Archives: 2019-07-05

37-year-old Singaporean man arrested for peddling duty-unpaid cigarettes.

A 37-year-old Singaporean man was arrested for peddling duty-unpaid cigarettes in an operation conducted by Singapore Customs in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 on 2 July 2019. In a Facebook post on Friday (5 July), Singapore Customs said that its officers saw the man handing packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes to two other men and moved in to conduct a check. …

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The problem with Singapore’s inequality denialism

by K Lao It is not something that we should be bragging about – having worse income inequality than almost all OECD countries, other than the US and Mexico. In the first place, the table on the left on income inequality before taxes and transfers is irrelevant.  (They might as well put a ranking of UFO sightings by country instead).  …

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Brad Bowyer: With vested interests in charge, failure is guaranteed

by Brad Bowyer Recently Charles Hugh Smith, the well-known alternative philosopher and financial blogger wrote an article entitled “Vested Interests in Charge = Guaranteed Failure” and in it he noted: – “vested interests must suppress, undermine or co-opt structural innovation, which threatens to obsolete the status quo” and “Cartels and monopolies are especially vulnerable to structural innovation” The article also …

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Has the concept of democracy been hijacked by fear?

As I read Leon Perera’s post on the the “building of a democratic society” in the Singaporean pledge, I cannot help but dwell on the meaning of the word “democratic”. As a child reciting the pledge in school every weekday, I knew how to say the word before I knew what it actually meant. Even now as an adult. I …

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Workers dorm under MES Group linked to grassroots charged 2nd time in 3 years

It was reported in the mainstream media today (5 Jul) that a subsidiary of the MES Group of Companies, Labourtel Management Corporation, and its director Parvis Ahamed Mohamed Ghouse, were charged under the Foreign Employee Dormitories Act. The company was charged with 10 counts of offences under the Act while Parvis was charged with 6. The MES’ company is accused …

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