Current Affairs

I have had ‘more than required’ of this.

The following post is published on March 3, 2011 at Kirsten Han’s blog. I can’t go to sleep until I share this. First – three news articles for your perusal. Budget 2011: Grow & Share ‘gives more than required’ Mr Tharman noted that there will invariably be some families with unique circumstances, for whom the package does not fully cover …

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Growth Dividends for poor – Enough or not enough?

“Show me any family still receiving less than necessary to cope.” Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, defending the amount received by a low-income household from this year’s Budget as being enough to help cope with inflation Levy hike ‘not a push for locals (ST 24 Feb 2011) Mr Tharman stressed that there will invariably be some needy families with unique circumstances, …

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GE 2011: ST Forum writers turn Opposition ‘advisers’

by Andrew Loh Strange how the mainstream media is flushed with letters from the public offering “advice” to Singapore’s political opposition parties lately. In particular, letters in the Straits Times (ST)  part of Singapore’s media which a minister once described as “timely, accurate and balanced.” So, lets begin and take a look at some of these letters published in the …

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Joo Chiat is where “I developed many meaningful friendships” – Andrew Kuan

By Deborah Choo Former president-hopeful Mr Andrew Kuan is contesting in Joo Chiat Single Member Constituency (SMC) because he wants to “serve the community in cherishing the Source of Blessings (饮水思源). ” Mr Kuan, 58, announced his intention to run as an independent candidate on 25th Feb. In a written reply to The Online Citizen, Mr Kuan wrote that he grew …

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SiRC Blogging Workshop on 12 March 2011

On 22 September 2010, some 20 independent information technology (IT) and legal experts have come together to provide voluntary legal information to Singapore online users of their rights and responsibilities.  The Community of Information Technology Experts (CITE) hopes that raising users’ awareness will promote their engagement with online information and communication, thus optimising the potential that the Internet can afford …

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New Electoral Boundaries – No Advantage for PAP?

The following letter was sent to The Straits Times but not published. I refer to the article “New electoral boundaries don’t benefit PAP: SM Goh” (The Straits Times, Feb 28, 2011). Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong stated that the recent major electoral boundary changes don’t benefit the ruling People’s Action Party in any way. I beg to differ. In 2006, …

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Parliament snippets: Replies but not answers?

by Leong Sze Hian I refer to the report “Health minister replies on 3M queries and drug subsidies” (ST Breaking News, Mar 1). It states that “Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan revealed on Monday that the 3Ms account for 23 per cent of costs incurred by citizens and permanent residents who were warded in both public and private hospitals”. Since …

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Chiam See Tong: Budget 2011 does not address country’s major problems

The following is Mr Chiam See Tong’s response to the Budget 2011. BUDGET STATEMENT 2011 This is an election Budget. The strategy is that of the US use during the pacific war against the Japanese whenever they want to take an island, the Americans will bombard that island with heavy artillery from the sea and dropped bombs from the air …

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Think out of the box to solve social issues as well

The following post is published on February 23, 2011 on Mr Ravi Philemon’s blog. The governments solution for solving social problems is by either throwing money at them or by taking money away from them.  You have a TFR (total fertility rate) problem and what do you do? Throw money at the married people to induce them to have children. …

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Making babies: Statistically flawed thinking?

By Leong Sze Hian In the article, “Our way, not the Nordic way: DPM Wong”, the Deputy Prime Minister dismissed calls for more cash incentives and parental leave to help raise Singapore’s declining birth rate.  (Today, Feb 26) Mr Wong Kan Seng, described as Singapore’s “population czar” in the report, “pointed to studies that show no conclusive link between improved …

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