Current Affairs

Reflecting on “Reflections” – A review of Mah Bow Tan’s book (Part 4 of 9)

This is a review from a statistical perspective, wherever possible, of the book “Reflections on housing a nation”, launched on 22 March. (You can read it here for free and save yourself ten dollars. – Editor) Leong Sze Hian/ In Part Four (“Buying a flat? Choose wisely”), the Minister for National Development wrote: “Average household incomes have also increased almost …

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Women’s Charter “not just for the elites”

Deborah Choo/ “This is a defining moment for our society and our women. We should be dancing the streets and celebrating family and marriage,” said Ms Constance Singam, ex-President of AWARE. She was speaking at AWARE’s book launch this afternoon at NUS Guild House which saw slightly more than a hundred turn up. The audience were mostly comprised of middle …

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An Imaginary Climate of Fear?

The following is an excerpt from the blog Reinventing The Ricebowl Kenneth Jeyaretnam/ On Wednesday on behalf of the Reform Party I attended the Singapore Forum on Politics at NUS as one of the panellists. The other panellists were Dr. Chee of the SDP, Sylvia Lim of the WP and Michael Palmer of the PAP. The topic was “GE 2011: What’s …

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WAH! If I worked at MOM, my backside will be so happy.

The following article was first published on funny little world. Kirsten Han/ I woke up to this Straits Times article this morning: MOM staff to get ergonomic chairs. These babies, designed by American manufacturer Herman Miller, cost S$575 each. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is buying 472 chairs for its headquarters, which means that the bill will come up to a whopping …

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ST Forum Editor was right after all

Leong Sze Hian/ I refer to the article “Straits Times! Why you edit until like that?” (theonlinecitizen, Mar 24). In my view, the Straits Times Forum Editor was not wrong to edit the letter. Quoting the wrong statistics From a statistical pespective, the forum letter writer, Mr Samuel Wee, was quoting the wrong statistics. So, the Straits Times Forum Editor, …

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GRC system: Wool Over Eyes (Part 5 of 6)

In Part 4 of a series of articles on the GRC system, Rajiv Chaudhry calls for the Government to truly ensure proportional representation for minority races. In Part 5, he refutes the justifications the Government has given for the need for GRCs.   Part 5: Don’t follow the sheep It is debatable as to whether GRCs, being super-constituencies with voter numbers ranging …

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Reflecting on “Reflections” – A review of Mah Bow Tan’s book (Part 3 of 9)

This is a review from a statistical perspective, wherever possible, of the book “Reflections on housing a nation”, launched on 22 March. (You can read it here for free and save yourself ten dollars. – Editor) Leong Sze Hian/ In Part Three (“Housing Supply:  Allocating Scarce Resources”), the Minister for National Development wrote: “HDB had to come up with all …

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Foo Mee Har’s strength highlights PAP’s weakness

TOC Editorial/ A glimmer of light has emerged from the People Action Party’s (PAP) much flogged “4G” batch of candidates”: Ms Foo Mee Har, the Head of Premier Banking in Standard Chartered. Ms Foo’s CV shows an impressive array of local and overseas experience at the top rungs of the corporate ladder. She headed the China branch of Standard Chartered’s …

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Channel Newsasia bars Dr Chee – again

Andrew Loh / When Channel Newsasia (CNA), the local television news channel which claims to provide “an Asian perspective” to issues, produced its Talking Point programme on the changes to the electoral boundaries, it invited the People’s Action Party (PAP) and just about every major opposition political party – except the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP). It wasn’t the first time …

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