Current Affairs

Happy 25th Birthday, AWARE!

Photos and text by Terry Xu The 25th AWARE Anniversary was celebrated on the 27th November with a fun fair event at the multi-purpose court near the AWARE center. Supported by its members and volunteers of the public, a wide variety of booths were present at the fun fair; food & drinks stalls, clothing, accessories, books, photo taking services and …

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HDB: MND vs NMP – Round 4

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the National Development Minister’s letter “Seeking truth from facts in the housing debate” (Today, Dec 10). It states that “The HDB also helps first-timers buy resale flats of their choice with the CPF Housing Grant”. This echos what his press secretary said in “Understanding the question of affordability” (Today, Dec 3), that “the CPF Housing Grant and …

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“Does a caregiver have to deplete everything before getting help?”

This letter appears in The New Paper today, Wednesday 8th December 2010, page 18 as “Why are nursing homes’ rates so much higher?” For years, I have been trying to secure some home-help services as the strain of caring for my wife, who has mental and physical health problems for more than three decades, is taking a heavy toll on me. Many caregivers …

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“You’re too old, you cannot work!”

by Joshua Chiang ” You’ve reached the maximum you can do at your age in that position, you move sideways and you take less pay and you move gradually to less and less pay because you are moving slower and slower, especially if you are doing physical work.” Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, when asked for his comments on how an ageing …

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MM Lee an underachiever?

“‘Nothing would take me to nine. Then I would be complacent, flabby, and walk into the sunset.” ‘Happiness Architect’ Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew who rated himself only six out of ten on happiness. “That urge to want to go much further and to be exceptional… that urge isn’t there in Singapore.” Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam who wants Singapore to …

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You are being short-changed – Reform Party

From Voting RP In his speech to the PAP Conference on 27th November, PM Lee said that Singaporeans could expect a good Budget because government revenues had been better than expected. The Reform Party is not surprised by this. The real question is why Singaporeans have not benefited for so many years from excessive government surpluses all these years. The …

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Stories on Human Rights

MARUAH (Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, Singapore) and the Singapore Film Society are proud to present “The Way I See It: Stories on Human Rights”, a film screening on 10 December 2010 to commemorate Human Rights Day. The highly-acclaimed Stories on Human Rights was a film project commissioned by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner …

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Where Anonymity Breeds Contempt

The following is an excerpt from the New York Times. THERE you are, peacefully reading an article or watching a video on the Internet. You finish, find it thought-provoking, and scroll down to the comments section to see what other people thought. And there, lurking among dozens of well-intentioned opinions, is a troll. “How much longer is the media going …

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Men, time to oppose violence against women – AWARE

Men, Join the Movement, take the Pledge: “Because I Love Her, I pledge to never condone violence against women.” In The Because I Love Her Project, guys make their personal commitment to create a safer society for all women by making the above pledge on a video, featuring their favourite female – their mother, wife, sister, girlfriend, best friend, colleague, …

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