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Online users voice support for Joseph Schooling following his failure to qualify at semi-finals at Fina World Championships

Singapore’s Olympic champion Joseph Schooling did not make the cut to qualify for the semi-finals of the men’s 50 butterfly at the Fina World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea on Sunday (21 July). The 24-year-old swimmer managed to only clock 23.73 seconds to finish seventh in his heat and 20th overall. United States swimmer Caeleb Dressel and Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov …

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Singapore records 8-year low in birth rate, netizens blame rising cost of living

According to the Report on Registration of Births and Deaths 2018, the number of babies born in Singapore last year dropped to an eight-year low, highlighting a serious demographic challenges for an ageing population. The report stated that 39,039 births were recorded last year, which is a 1.5% decline from the year before. However, the number of deaths increased by …

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Primary school clarifies headgear prohibition on Racial Harmony Day, netizens raise pertinent issues surrounding hijab ban in public schools

The prohibition on headgear imposed upon pupils of North Spring Primary School (NPSS) on Racial Harmony Day will not encompass religiously-linked or racially-linked ones such as hijab for Muslim female students. Businessman and candidate in the 2015 General Election, Khan Osman Sulaiman shared a screenshot of a message from the administrator of the school’s Facebook page on Wed (17 Jul), …

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MOF debunks student’s argument and defends Heng’s announcement to increase GST

Last Monday, undergraduate student Marcus Aw Chen Feng, 21, wrote to ST Forum arguing against the impending raise of GST to 9%, which is expected to happen between 2021 and 2025 announced by the new PM-designate Heng Swee Keat in Parliament earlier (‘Drawbacks to raising GST‘, 8 Jul). Marcus wrote, “Raising taxes means higher prices for consumer goods, including necessities …

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Public mocks Chan Chun Sing after he said “political stability, competent leadership” kept Singapore ahead in weak global economic outlook

Despite a poor global economic outlook, Singapore managed to place itself higher than others due to its strengths like its “stable political environment with a competent and united leadership”, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing in Parliament on Monday (8 July). Apart from this, the Republic was also able to stand apart from the rest because of its …

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Netizens fume after Transport Minister hinted that public transportation fares may increase following large losses incurred by the Government

While speaking in Parliament on Monday (8 July), Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan revealed that the Government is currently subsidising more than 30% of public transport operations, and it would not be sustainable to continue this practice of relying on government subsidies to fund public transport infrastructure. He said that the total cost of running the rail network has increased …

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ST Forumer praises Halimah for suggesting to hold cohesiveness conference more often

ST Forumer, Tara Hasnain, praised President Halimah in a forum letter today (9 Jul) for suggesting to hold the cohesiveness conference more often. Halimah mentioned this at a recently held international conference on cohesive societies. “What a positive initiative!” said Ms Hasnain. “Singapore, with its strong cohesion in the political, social, cultural and many other spheres, is certainly a good …

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