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Opinion

Should an MP be furthering business interests?

It would be fair to say that at a grassroots level, most people would look to their elected Member of Parliament (MP) as their representative in Parliament on their bread and butter issues. In this regard, it is therefore important for the MP in question to be deeply engaged with the sentiments, concerns and needs of his or her constituents …

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The country that celebrates meritocracy like no other

In the name of meritocracy, the son of Lee Kuan Yew became Prime Minister. In the name of meritocracy, the wife of the Prime Minister became Temasek CEO. And meritocracy it was that led to the personal lawyer of the Prime Minister becoming Attorney-General, and a PAP Member of Parliament becoming Deputy Attorney-General. Meritocracy has also paved the way for …

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Retired banker Chris Kuan wonders if Hyflux was a victim of regulatory excesses like awarding too much contracts to ensure a peak reserve margin of 30%

On Tuesday (5 March), the national water agency Public Utility Board sent a default notice to Tuaspring Pte Ltd (TPL), a subsidiary of Hyflux, to fix defaults arising under the Water Purchase Agreement (WPA) between PUB and TPL. The authority announced that TPL is to resolve all defaults within the default notice period and failing to do so, will result …

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Mixed reaction from public over the move to abolish secondary school streaming

By 2024, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will put a complete stop to Normal (Technical), Normal (Academic) and Express streams in secondary schools. Instead, students will be embarking on a subject-based banding where they will be taking up subjects at higher or lower levels, based on their strengths. After implementing the old system for about four decades, Education Minister Ong …

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The politics of fear versus the power of persistence

by James Leong In what’s starting to look like a trend of venue organisers pulling the rug from under a Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) event, about 200 people showed up at a hotel ballroom last weekend. Expecting an undercurrent of tension, I felt something different in the air that afternoon. I wondered whether it was the rare use of professional props, slides …

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SGX should scrutinise all IPO and Listing company’s applications

by Tan Kwong Moh The troubles of Hyflux have been widely reported in mainstream media. Hyflux may be delisted if it can’t solve its debts, and the thirty over thousands shareholders will be losing their hard-earned money.  So, I would like to share my view and experience on the SGX listed companies which were delisted, sink in huge debts, or facing financial …

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Fix diabetes now

by Dr. Aesculapius 500 thousand patients in Singapore being treated for Type 2 diabetes. 99.9% are being treated through pharmaceuticals that only only go so far to treat the symptoms but not address the disease itself. Patients are neither being given vital information nor given the choice for metabolic surgery which is an effective treatment for Type 2 Diabetes. The …

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