Current Affairs

How not to run a Facebook page

By Ravi Philemon On 18 September 2010, the Ang Mo Kio – Yio Chu Kang GRC’s Facebook page was launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at a roadshow organised by the People’s Association. It was a move to reach out to the young people who are the dominant users of Facebook. PM Lee – who is also adviser to …

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TOC speaks to RP’s newest member

The Reform Party (RP) announced on 10 February 2011 the addition of a new member, Mr Gilbert Goh. TOC catches up with Mr Goh to find out more about his decision to enter politics and his plans moving forward. by Deborah Choo When was the first time you voted? At the age of 34, I think, when I was staying …

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Race Issues in Singapore: The need for greater public discussion

By Lisa Li Crammed into Post-Museum’s exhibition space, the crowd kept shifting their chairs in to accomodate more and more people–eventually, about 70 people turned up at the forum ‘Politics and Ethnicity: Framing Racial Discrimination in Singapore’, held on 12 Febrary 2011. Dr James Gomez, the founding Executive-Director of Singaporeans for Democracy, started the forum discussion by presenting his paper …

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Income up 0.3%: Everyone got govt benefits?

by Leong Sze Hian I refer to the Key Household Income Trends 2010 report released by the Department of Statistics, on 14 February. Income increase only 0.3% It states that “among resident households, median monthly income from work increased by 3.1 per cent from $4,850 in 2009 to $5,000 in 2010; in real terms, the increase was 0.3 per cent”. …

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Malaysia’s “balanced growth” better than Singapore’s “higher growth”? (Part 1)

by Leong Sze Hian Malaysia’s former prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir said recently that Malaysia’s balanced growth was better than Singapore’s higher growth. (“Dr M: Malaysia’s growth slower, but more balanced than Singapore”, Themalaysianinsider, Jan 30). This caused a heated debate on both sides of the causeway. As much of the arguments for and against were kind of subjective, perhaps …

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Deconstructing Meritocracy

The following article was sent to The Straits Times’s forum but was not published. I refer to the report ‘Non-grad parents, but they made it to top schools’ (ST, 7th February 2011). Heartening as it is to witness these students prevail over socio-economic adversity, it represents a missed opportunity to critically examine the significance of class inequity. While credit is …

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CPF’s repeated insistence on woman staying overseas to pay up

Seven years after she left the country, a Singaporean lady was contacted by the Central Provident Fund (CPF) to settle her outstanding Medisave contribution or face possible court action. Ms  ‘A’ Tan left for Germany in 2003 and had been staying there since. In April last year, CPF contacted Ms Tan to make payment for her Medisave contribution amounting to …

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What Valentine’s Day means to me

By Deborah Choo Legend has it that St. Valentine was a Catholic bishop who lived under the reign of Claudius II in Rome. Claudius believed that men who were not married made better soldiers than married men with families. Because of this belief, he dictated a law forbidding men to marry. However, because Valentine did not agree with this law, …

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ST Mobile Aerospace featured in investigative documentary

In a follow-up to Flying Cheap, the hard-hitting investigation into major airlines’ outsourcing of flights to obscure regional airlines, award-winning investigative documentary series FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop examine the growing trend of the outsourcing of major airline repair work to lower-cost independent maintenance operations in the U.S and abroad. Among the companies there were investigated was ST Aerospace Mobile in …

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The Siren Of Love

A Valentine’s Day tribute to my lovely wife, Doris Lau Siew Lang “The most beautiful things in the world are not seen nor touched. They are felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller – The well-known caption above by deaf and blind prolific American author, lecturer and political activist has given me the strength, courage and conviction to stay loyal and committed to …

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