The Online Citizen

Where is the basic common decency?

This is filed under Letters To TOC By Zyberzitizen It is mindboggling, at least to me, that someone can be dismissed without being treated with very basic decency and courtesy. Yes, I am referring to the MOE’s dismissal of poet/playwright Alfian Sa’at from his relief teacher job at a secondary school. Since the MOE has chosen to keep mum about …

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Award winning local playwright fired from teaching position

TOC report Alfian Sa’at, one of Singapore’s most illustrious playwrights, was recently fired from a relief teaching position by the Ministry of Education (MOE). The reason for his dismissal? In the words of the Ministry, he did not ‘best meet the organisation’s requirements’. Mr Sa’at is one of Singapore’s most prominent playwrights both locally and internationally. He won the National …

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The tao of spiderman : lessons for Singapore defence and diplomacy

By Dr Tan See Seng SINGAPORE HAS made tremendous progress in its defence and diplomacy since independence. Still, numerous challenges, both longstanding and emerging, confront our nation’s security, prosperity and well-being. Postures that have served us well may however be neither sufficient nor suitable today as newer and more complex challenges arise. In that respect, the “Spider-Man” movie franchise — …

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Singapore’s healthcare system – uniquely Singapore? F1 or F9? (Part 3)

This is part 3 of theonlinecitizen’s 3-part focus on healthcare, written by Leong Sze Hian. Looking for the Substance of subsidies The Ministry of Health’s website touts the fact that subsidies for subsidised patients have been rising from $560 million in 1997 to $1.39 billion in 2005. However, increases in subsidies should never be looked at in a vacuum: they …

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Myanmar regime belongs in the dog house

By Gerald Giam The extension of Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s imprisonment on 27 May 2007 was a widely expected move by the country’s military government which has already kept her under detention for most of the 17 years since she won national elections by a landslide in 1990. While Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia have voiced their …

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Auditor General’s Report – Millions Missing

TOC Exclusive The original Auditor General Office’s (AGO) audit of 12 Ministries and associated statutory boards has revealed irregularities to an extent not fully revealed by the recent Public Accounts Committee (PAC). According to the AGO, losses of public monies added up to $6.2 million, a substantial amount of which is still unaccounted for. The Auditor General’s preface to the …

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Report of the Public Accounts Committee

The Public Accounts Committee comprises a group of Members of Parliament and acts like the “Audit Committee” of the Government. It considers the Auditor-General’s Report, and examines the Government Financial Statements and other accounts which are presented to the Parliament. The Auditor-General attends the meetings of the Committee and helps to clarify matters reported in the Auditor-General’s Report. (Auditor General’s …

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Singapore-Indonesian treaties: Is the light at the end of the tunnel a train?

By Gerald Giam Indonesia has been seeking an Extradition Treaty (ET) with Singapore for the past 34 years. However, since the 1997-98 Asian Financial Crisis this issue has risen to the top of Indonesia‘s foreign policy agenda with Singapore. During the crisis, it is believed that many corrupt Indonesian businessmen absconded to Singapore with millions of dollars stolen from banks. …

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Foreign Talent policy: of principle and practice

By Choo Zheng Xi The government’s defense of its foreign talent policy follows a familiar pattern. The government rolls out a policy and frames it within unobjectionable truisms that few can disagree with. In the foreign talent debate, the truisms are ‘cosmopolitanism’ and the need for ‘healthy competition’. When challenged on the specific implementation of its policies policy, the government …

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The Work Holiday Programme: an undergraduate’s concern

By Ned Stark Singapore’s open door policy rolls on. The government’s stated goal is to bring Singapore’s population up to the 6.5 million mark. Unless we drastically increase our birth statistics, it is clear that many of these 6.5 million residents will be made up of foreigners. Minister of Manpower Dr Ng Eng Hen’s recently announced increase in S passes …

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