Current Affairs

2.5% fare reduction for all – except for when it rises!

After reading the articles ‘Cheaper bus, train rides‘ on The Straits Times website and ‘Public transport fares go down by 2.5% from Jul 3‘ on the Channel NewsAsia website, this is my conclusion: Maths has certainly changed since I was in school. *sigh* How else do you explain this: Fares go down by 2.5%, but (certain) people can expect to …

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Transport fares reduction: For better or for worse?

I refer to the reports “Public transport fares to go down by 2.5% from Jul 3” (Channel News Asia, 20 April) and “Lower fares from July” (Straits Times, 20 April). The former report states that “overall public transport fares will dip by 2.5 per cent from 3 July, but savings will vary from commuter to commuter.” “The Public Transport Council, …

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Fairer pay for migrant workers, NGO urges NWC

A letter to the National Wages Council by Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) The Secretary National Wages Council c/o Labour Relations Department Level 6-01 Ministry of Manpower 18 Havelock Road Singapore 059764 Dear NWC, As a society concerned with the well-being of migrant workers in Singapore, Transient Workers Count Too wishes to appeal to you to give consideration to the …

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Differentiating between PRs and S’poreans?

I refer to the report, “HDB to spend $1 billion on upgrading; 85,000 households to benefit” (Today, Apr 19). It reported: “Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng said this comes up to nearly $12,000 of upgrading benefits per household. The funds come on top of HDB’s contribution of $3.4 billion for the eight towns since 1990. When asked, …

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Astroturfing – a nuisance, or a brave new world of activism?

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently said that the government has allegedly received numerous emails demanding it to lower property prices, or face voter pull-out at the next election. However, it was deduced that these emails were the effort of astroturfing, as a number of such writers have purportedly “borrowed” the identity of real-life grassroots leaders to mount the campaign. …

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That RP CEC meeting – Ng Teck Siong reveals more

On the 26th of April, 2009 there was supposed to be a Central Executive Committee meeting at 11 pm and on the Attendance List were ten names of CEC members. They were Ng Teck Siong (Chairman), G Prabhakaran (Vice-Chairman), Jeremy Lim (member), Mohd Affendy B Abdul Rahim (member), Kenneth Jeyaretnam (member), Quek Teow Chuan (member), Balraj Naidu (member), Edmund Ng …

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CPF restoration now – is it really good news?

NTUC Chief Lim Swee Say recently speaking on behalf of his labour movement said that, “given the strong recovery and performance of the economy in the first quarter as well as the healthy outlook for the rest of the year, and given the healthy low unemployment situation, we think that in a way this is a good opportunity for us …

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PM Lee Hsien Loong with Charlie Rose

This is a partial transcript of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s interview with Charlie Rose. —————————— CHARLIE ROSE:  Tell me what your philosophy is for the relevance and the future of Singapore. LEE HSIEN LOONG:  If we want to make a living for ourselves, we’ve got to be extraordinary.  There are any number of cities with a million, two million …

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Problem-solving, MOM-style

It’s an open secret. The global trade in low-level labour is a dirty one. And Singapore is a willing participant. We import tens of thousands of migrant workers each year ostensibly because no other Singaporean will do the jobs they do, for the kind of pay they’re willing to accept. But the truth is that for years now, dozens of …

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Homeless in Singapore due to technicality

Zia is a 42-year old divorcee with five children. Four of the younger ones are in school whilst her eldest son is due to complete his National Service this year. As a Patient Service Assistant at a health care centre, she earns a gross income of $1500 a month. After deductions, she takes home approximately $1100. Over the last twenty …

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