The Online Citizen

Planning of medical education shows leadership deficit in the Ministry of Health

by Kok Ming Cheang Few people in Singapore took notice of the recent decision by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Singapore Medical Council (a statutory board), when they announced the drastic reduction of overseas medical schools which local A-level students can go to further their education to become a doctor, approved by Singapore Medical Council (SMC) to practise …

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Plans to develop 2002 Bali bombing site halted

A controversial project to build a multi-story development at the site of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people has been put on hold following complaints from Australia, which lost dozens of citizens in the attacks. The ground-breaking ceremony for the five-story building was scheduled for Wednesday, but local officials said it has been postponed to give …

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Diamonds bought with stolen 1MDB money to be handed to US

Diamond jewellery worth $1.7 million, allegedly bought by a Malaysian financier for his mother with money stolen from scandal-hit fund 1MDB, will be handed over to the US government, a report said Thursday. Billions of dollars were allegedly pilfered from the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund by toppled leader Najib Razak and his cronies, who spent it on everything from high-end …

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Indonesia demands 20 years for French drug smuggler

Indonesian prosecutors Monday demanded a 20-year jail term for a French man accused of drug trafficking, a crime punishable by execution under the country’s tough smuggling laws. Felix Dorfin was arrested in September carrying a false-bottomed suitcase filled with four kilogrammes (8.8 pounds) of cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines at the airport in Lombok, a holiday island next to Bali, authorities …

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Would commuting from Malaysia save you money?

by ValueChampion Have you ever thought about commuting to your job in Singapore from Malaysia to save money? We calculated the costs and benefits to see if it’s worth considering. For those of us that are always trying to save money, moving to a new neighborhood in hopes of lower housing costs is a common idea. But what about a different …

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Which countries pay the most at UNIQLO?

by ValueChampion UNIQLO has become a mainstay for casual fashion around the world. How do its prices compare internationally? The Japanese clothing company UNIQLO has become internationally popular due to its reputation for comfort, style and affordable prices. Due to the brand’s ubiquitous nature, we were curious how much consumers around the world end up paying for UNIQLO clothes. In this …

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Can a destination wedding actually save you money?

by ValueChampion The average cost of weddings in Singapore has been on the rise for over a decade–could plan a wedding overseas actually end up saving money? The average cost of weddings in Singapore has been steadily rising for more than a decade, currently ranging from S$30,000–S$50,000. Since 2011, the average price of banquets has increased 50%–more than 6 times the rate of inflation! …

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It never rains but it pours

by Simon Lim Last year, Singapore lost Broadcom, a Fortune 500 company, when it redomiciled to the United States. With that move, not only many local employees lost their jobs, the pap government loses much tax revenues and many of its local suppliers and vendors lost a major customer too. This year, IBM manufacturing will be leaving Singapore, Kinokuniya book …

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In revamp, Facebook bets on small-scale connections, romance

by Glenn CHAPMAN Got a crush on another Facebook user? The social network will help you connect, as part of a revamp unveiled Tuesday that aims to foster real-world relationships and make the platform a more intimate place for groups of friends. The new features were introduced in a revamped Facebook app as the embattled social network embarks on a new strategy emphasizing private …

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