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Serving Workfare Bonus to benefit workers

by Dark Matter, filed under Letters To TOC   When low-wage workers received their first ever Workfare Bonus in 2006, 10% of the Bonus went into their CPF Medisave account as stated by MOM: Why must 10% of the bonus be credited into my Medisave Account? “10% will be credited into your Medisave Accounts to help low wage workers build …

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Entrepreneurship And the Future State of Affairs – Part 3

By leounheort People find thinking and examining things critically inordinately difficult, and yet it is these things that give rise to the ideas that drive culture. History has shown that the culture of a nation reflects the current philosophies of the times: Beethoven lived in the Romantic era, where emotions, feeling and senses took centre stage; consequently, his works are …

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Big Brother in cyberspace – anonymously

“He (Mr Brown) should come out from behind his pseudonym to defend his views openly.” – Press Secretary to the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, K BHAVANI in a letter to TODAY newspaper July 3 2006 “The identity is not important. It is the message that is important,” – PAP MP Baey Yam Keng, Straits Times, Feb 3 …

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“Are we moving towards a punitive society?”

“Are we moving towards to punitive society?”, the Workers’ Party chairman, Sylvia Lim, asked the packed room of more than 80 people at the party’s headquarters who were there to attend the WP’s forum on the government’s proposed amendments to the Penal Code. (Here and here) “We are 2nd in Asia in terms of imprisonment, with about 350 inmates per …

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After the hanging…. some reflection….

  By zyberzitizen The hanging of Nigerian Iwuchukwu Amara Tochi has, no doubt, thrown up many issues which we should be looking at. This article is not about the merits or demerits of Tochi’s hanging. Sadly, his hanging is already done and there is nothing we can do about it. However, his death brings up many issues which I will …

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Hip-hopping MPs

By The Kentang Analysts say that the PAP’s embrace of Hip-Hop, in order to nudge towards a style of government more in tune with the local populace, is not a surprising move, despite being met by disbelief, satire, and outright laughter by Singaporeans. The Kentang interviewed several intellectuals who have managed, so far, to avoid defamation suits. “When you think …

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Penal Code Amendments & Freedom of Speech forums

PUBLIC FORUM ON THE PENAL CODE AMENDMENTS In Nov 2006, the government floated a draft Penal Code Amendment Bill and called for public comment. The Penal Code reflects our rights and responsibilities living in Singapore. Despite the tremendous significance of the Penal Code in guiding the way Singaporeans order their daily lives, the government has given little explanation for the …

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Huh, ASEAN? Does it really matter to us?

by Gerald Giam Mention “Asean” to the man on the street, and you are likely to get a puzzled look, or a stifled yawn at best. Even for the international media, Asean — the Association of Southeast Asian Nations — evokes significantly less interest than, say, the North Korean nuclear crisis, China-Taiwan relations and perhaps even Angelina Jolie’s travels to …

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Why we ought not to have a mandatory death penalty…

Excerpted from Kitana’s blog here. My father and B are both of the opinion tt I am sometimes too emotional for my own good. I feel sadness too easily. I’d only attended one judgment for a murder trial, and during tt trial the holding had been culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which was a rather joyous occasion. And the …

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Complicity in the senseless murder of a young boy

By Zyberzitizen Iwuchukwu Amara Tochi. Will we remember him – or even his name? Will it matter to us? Does it matter to us? Why should we care about a Nigerian who is convicted of trafficking drugs? Why should we care about him who is now dead – sentenced to die and hung by our esteemed courts of well-trained, experienced …

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