Current Affairs

Director Ivan Heng of W!ld Rice on his Animal Farm

The highly anticipated revival of W!LD RICE’s Animal Farm opened this week. The play, based on the classic tale by George Orwell, opened to rave reviews back in 2002 and this revival has played to full houses and standing ovations at the 38th Hong Kong International Arts Festival last month. In this exclusive interview, our writer, Ho Rui An, speaks …

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Retraction of invitation to hearing-impaired teacher “a mistake”, says MOE

“Susan Elliot has spent three decades in education and taught thousands of students. She is bright, articulate, and has a great sense of humor,” writes Mr Anthony Mullen on the Teacher Magazine website. “She teaches social studies and history to mainstream and hearing-impaired students-all in the same classroom. Her unique ability to teach social studies and history to both “regular” …

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Have we lost our ability to appreciate?

The title of this article is a question which I have been pondering on for some time now. Have we lost our ability to appreciate the good things which Singapore offers? And to be sure, there are good things about Singapore. In fact, there are many of them. Yet, when we visit the Internet, it would seem, as Mr Lui …

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Here to provide a listening ear

Introduction When Andrew, Chief Editor of The Online Citizen,  asked me to help out with TOC as a guest counselor for a new column last year, I readily agreed as I feel that Singaporeans, by and large, are besieged by many issues which are often  beyond their control. Many also need a listening ear and support so that they can …

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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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