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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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Fake Degrees To Land Better Jobs On The Rise In Singapore

From KeralaNext.com The use of fake degrees to land better jobs and pay is on the rise in Singapore with many of the offenders coming from India and China, the Manpower Ministry said in a published report Wednesday. Data showed 374 people were found last year with fraudulently obtained employment passes, a marked jump from 97 cases in 2005, The …

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PAP and the people: A return of disaffection? – Revisited

Extract of Catherine Lim’s article titled “PAP and the people: A return of disaffection?” Ms Lim touched on the issue of ministerial salaries in this article. This was published in the Straits Times, Aug 26, 2000 FIVE years ago, I wrote an article called “The Great Affective Divide”, published in The Straits Times, in which I described what I felt …

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Why’re we like that?

By Zyberzitizen It is quite depressing to hear what has been said lately – by government officials and some others – about how so many are leaving the civil service, how we must essentially seduce them with money, and how much exactly (down to the last dollar) we should be paying them to stay in service of their country. As …

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Ministers salaries – lets have a re-focus

A minister in the Singapore government presently receives $1.2 million in salary. This is according to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as reported by the Straits Times on March 23, 2007 – “Top govt salaries far behind private sector’s”: “A minister should be drawing $2.2 million a year or more, according to benchmarks approved by Parliament in 1994 to ensure …

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