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Kiara Xavier

Foreign workers organised sit-down protest at CBD, demanding unpaid salaries of nearly S$300,000

On Wednesday (March 6), over 30 foreign workers participated in a sit-down protest at the Central Business District (CBD) demanding answers from their employer over unpaid salaries. Their employer, Stargood Construction, believed to owe these workers about S$300,000 for their work at the old Central Provident Fund (CPF) building from December 2018 to February 2019. Those who participated in the …

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SDP: Ong Ye Kung adopts its proposal to abolish secondary school streaming

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has released a statement claiming that the People’s Action Party (PAP) has followed SDP’s lead when Education Minister Ong Ye Kung proposed to abolish secondary school streaming. It appears that, in its policy proposal Educating for Creativity and Equality: An Agenda for Transformation, SDP mentioned that, “Therefore under the SDP’s education plan, the PSLE will …

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Retired banker Chris Kuan wonders if Hyflux was a victim of regulatory excesses like awarding too much contracts to ensure a peak reserve margin of 30%

On Tuesday (5 March), the national water agency Public Utility Board sent a default notice to Tuaspring Pte Ltd (TPL), a subsidiary of Hyflux, to fix defaults arising under the Water Purchase Agreement (WPA) between PUB and TPL. The authority announced that TPL is to resolve all defaults within the default notice period and failing to do so, will result …

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Mixed reaction from public over the move to abolish secondary school streaming

By 2024, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will put a complete stop to Normal (Technical), Normal (Academic) and Express streams in secondary schools. Instead, students will be embarking on a subject-based banding where they will be taking up subjects at higher or lower levels, based on their strengths. After implementing the old system for about four decades, Education Minister Ong …

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Studies say vaping may be as dangerous as smoking but netizens rubbish the claim

There’s no dispute that smoking is addictive, and it causes endless health issues which eventually could lead to death. But when it comes to vaping, there is no consensus. Since 1993, Singapore has banned sales of imitation tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. But, in February 2018, Singapore also made it illegal to buy, use or possess these. Vapes, or commonly known …

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Diesel tax hike: Not sparing a thought for our cabbies

by Kok Ming Cheang The unhappy response from our cabbies to the 100% hike in diesel tax with immediate effect, underlines the sour feelings of the general public to Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat’s Budget 2019 announcement in Parliament on February 18. The sudden diesel tax hike was like a big bombshell had fallen on the taxi-drivers’ community. For the …

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