Correspondent

Govt increases free transport voucher’s value from $30 to $50 and doubles number of eligible families

Last month, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and People’s Association (PA) issued a joint statement saying that at least 192,000 households have benefitted from last year’s Public Transport Voucher Exercise. The statement also stated that more than $5.8 million have been disbursed to help “needy families” since its commencement on 12 November last year. This is slightly more than half …

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Latest MOM data: Number of PMETs losing their jobs continues to climb

The latest labour report from the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) revealed that while retrenchments fell from 3,230 in the first quarter to 2,320 in the second, the number of PMETs who lost their jobs actually increased from 1,440 to 1,680. PMETs formed the bulk of those retrenched (‘PMET unemployment in Singapore continues to climb‘, 3 Oct). Nearly half of the …

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Ex-NCMP Yee Jenn Jong: Hardly any justification provided by EBRC on electoral boundary changes

At the Singapore Bicentennial Conference held at Raffles City on Monday (30 Sep), Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat told the audience that the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) is independent and not politically motivated. To do the electoral boundaries properly, population, demographic and other changes have to be looked at, and this requires the views of independent experts, Heng …

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Prof Koh tells 4G leaders: We don’t want more S’poreans to become Grab drivers and angry voters

At the Singapore Bicentennial Conference yesterday (1 Oct), the former Singapore’s UN Permanent Representative Professor Tommy Koh cautioned the 4th generation PAP leaders that two of their priorities should be to maintain racial and religious harmony and make Singapore a more equal society. These include looking into allegations of discriminatory hiring practices and working to make Singapore a classless society, …

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DPM Heng says Electoral Boundaries Review Committee independent and not politically motivated

At the Singapore Bicentennial Conference held at Raffles City yesterday (30 Sep), Professor Paul Tambyah who is also chairman of the Singapore Democratic Party asked Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat if there was a “good reason” that the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) was not completely independent of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Prof Tambyah noted, “The election boundaries …

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ST Editor says important to have “unvarnished” reporting while his predecessor tells a different story

At the Real News Matters journalism forum held at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central last Saturday (28 Sep), Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Chief Editor Warren Fernandez told the audience that journalists play a critical role amid a proliferation of fake news and views existing today. With misinformation on the rise, journalists play a crucial role in providing …

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