Letters

#MeToo – Sexual harassment at workplace

Below is a story of a lady who was sexually harassed and coming out to share her story with TOC. Names have been changed. My name is Jane Doe and in my 20s. I am a dental nurse by profession for the last 5 years. I have had good work experiences at my previous clinic until I joined this new …

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Letter: Government property cooling measures are not effective on price hikes caused by foreign speculators

by A concerned Singaporean  In July 2018, in order to cool down the hot property market then and to slow down the steep property price rises, the government implemented some property cooling measures which included higher stamp duties and/or  additional buyer stamp duty (ABSD) For Singapore citizens, the additional buyer stamp duty (ABSD) of 12% on second property and escalated …

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Letter: False green efforts at Ngee Ann Polytechnic

by Michelle Lee My daughter came back from school today and I was informed that drinks in paper disposable cups would cost $0.10 more in school due to an environmentally friendly initiative. I am very surprised why Ngee Ann Polytechnic is taking such measures to mark up the cost of food and drinks to students. Why are drinks not being …

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Letter: Did MAS conduct a thorough investigation before claiming that there is no conflict of interest by its Chief FinTech Officer

This is a follow-up letter from a member of the public, Emmanuel Chin to an earlier letter sent to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Heng Swee Keat, Second Minister of Finance, Indranee Rajah and Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean. Did the Monetary Authority of Singapore really conduct a thorough investigation before its response* by …

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Letter: “Is our very government now subject to foreign influence?”

An open letter by Emmanuel Chin which was also sent to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Heng Swee Keat, Second Minister of Finance, Indranee Rajah and Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean. Dear Prime Minister, This article describes how a MAS (Monetary Authority of Singapore) officer, of the unknown citizenry, has been allowed to establish …

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Letter: Is our government doing enough to control the cost of living?

by KT I am a 39-year-old a true-blue Singaporean, earning about $3,000* a month working as a warehouse supervisor for the past 8 years. My wife has been working part-time as a retail assistant, earning around less than $1,800 a month and retail business has been bad and she might even lose her job. The standard of living in Singapore …

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Letter: Malays were already in Singapore before Raffles came

by Hidayah Amin In the recent National Day Rally speech by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, he mentioned that “Orang Melayu tiba secara beramai-ramai di Singapura sejak kedatangan Stamford Raffles. Mereka termasuklah Orang Laut, orang Melayu dari Johor dan Riau…” Translated to mean, “The Malays arrived en masse in Singapore after the arrival of Stamford Raffles. They included the Sea …

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A tale of two borders in Singapore and UK

by Tan Wah Piow This is a tale of two borders, one in Singapore, the other in the UK. The first picture depicts a fence on the property of Singapore opposition politician and thorn in the People’s Action Party’s neck, blogger Leong Sze Hian. The border fence was established over 64 years ago. Yet the Singapore Land Authorities are now …

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Confusion between Summary Writing (Preci’s) and Paraphrasing in secondary schools and junior colleges

by Ganesamoorthy Subramaniam Traditionally, the term used for teaching Summary Writing Skills in schools and junior colleges the world over has been the term ‘Preci’s‘ that literally means ‘Precision’, ie “to say in fewer than one-third of the words what’s intended by the author of the passage.” It’s ironical that in recent years, our schools and junior colleges have been …

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Jack Sim: I’m proud of my country Singapore for good reasons

by Jack Sim My National Day message for 9 August. I’m proud of my country Singapore for good reasons. Born 1957, I grew up in a slum living in an attap house . Most citizens were poor and our GDP per capita was USD 500 a year same as Mexico and South Africa on our first National Day in 1965. …

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