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Public Forum: Development of Democracy in Europe and Asia

Update: The police has rejected the permit for this forum. Please see CNA’s report here. Announcement from the Singapore Democratic Party’s website. Dr Chee Soon Juan (pictured right) will speak at the Public Forum to be held on 13 Apr 07, Friday, at the Sheraton Towers Hotel (see below). He will address comments Mr Lee Kuan Yew made in yesterday’s …

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Ministers’ Salaries – is the government losing touch?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the increase in ministerial pay. Before the increase, political appointment holders take home $ 46 million in total a year, which is only 0.13 per cent of total Government expenditure, or 0.022 per cent of Singapore’s Gross Domestic Product. As to not having a sense of proportion in quarreling about $74 million, after …

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The First Tier of The First World: Beyond the Bottom Line

By Leong Sze Hian & Choo Zheng Xi Like a responsible board of directors, we may have been constantly keeping our eyes on the bottom line, obsessing over the most cost efficient solutions to build up the solidly reliable Singapore Brand. Perhaps, keeping a country together requires something more than keeping a company solvent, profitable and growing. But what is …

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Questionable benchmarking formula

This is filed under “Letters To TOC”. Firstly, I cannot understand or accept the PM’s and MM’s logic or rationale for the incredible pay hike for our cabinet ministers. Why do they want us to believe that our cabinet ministers are that avaricious, corruptible, self-serving and mercenary, and so open to the highest bidders? In justifying the astronomical pay for …

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Be mindful of the affective gap

From The Straits Times, April 5th, 2007 By Catherine Lim I HAVE followed with intense interest the current debate on increasing ministerial salaries to match those of the highest earners in the private sector. And I have noted the impassioned arguments from both sides: the Government insisting on its necessity if top talent is to be recruited to ensure good …

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DiaSpura – Singapore club at the University of Pennsylvania

DiaSpura is a speaker series and musical organized by the Singapore club at the University of Pennsylvania. Among those who attended the event were Singapore Ambassador to the US, Prof Chan Heng Chee (right), former Singapore solicitor-general Francis Seow (below), Colin Goh and Alfian Sa’at. An excerpt from organiser Ming Jing’s report: “What perhaps added a touch of controversy to …

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Homeless in our twilight years

This is a letter from lilydaam which was posted under our “Submission Policy” section. The details of the letter’s content have not been verified by theonlinecitizen. It is posted here for further discussion and not as validation of any claims. They are sometimes ‘homeless by choice’, said Parliamentary Secretary (National Development) Mohd Maliki Osman on 24th Jan 2007. Does this …

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SMA’s guidelines withdrawal – patients now have less protection

Extracts from Dr Huang’s blog No Fear Singapore “Singapore, April 2, 2007 – The Singapore Medical Association (SMA) announced at its Annual General Meeting on April 1, 2007 that the Association is withdrawing its Guideline of Fees (GOF) with immediate effect.” Self-regulators are usually appointed by or encouraged by the authorities to keep its members in line so that there …

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Abusing maids – again

The report in the Straits Times (31 march, 2007) titled “Some maids found to be under-fed by employers” is troubling. It leaves one wondering why and how anyone could do this to a fellow human being.   In the report, it says that some maids get only a slice of bread and a bowl of porridge in a day. It also …

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“895 HDB flats repossessed since 2003”

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “895 HDB flats repossessed since 2003” (TODAY, Feb 28). It states that “seven per cent of those who took HDB mortgage loans were in arrears of at least 3 months”. As at the end of last year, banks have completed the mortgagee sale of 895 HDB flats financed with bank loans …

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