Opinion

Facebook and The Prime Minister

~ By Dr Wong Wee Nam ~ Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong appears to be loosening up. He has just launched his official Facebook page and Twitter account. In launching the Facebook he wrote “The social media have changed the way we live, work and play, especially the way we connect with one another. Societies, communities and governments all over …

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Royal Elephant Shoots Part II

~ By Kenneth Jeyaretnam ~ Yesterday I wrote about the PAP government’s willingness to bail out the Eurozone with generous contributions to the IMF’s lending facility (here). Yet a US$4 billion loan (which represents more than US$1200 for every Singaporean man, woman and child has seemingly been given without Parliamentary approval or informing Singaporeans beforehand: As usual, this has all been …

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Social disparity: Not a Piece of Cake

~ By Elijah Pear ~ There is no doubt income disparity is escalating in Singapore. Debate about implementing a minimum wage law is becoming heated. Nonetheless I think we should take a step back to rethink our positions. First we should reflect on the reasons behind it. Why do we need minimum wage laws? To what extend will such regulations …

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TOC Editorial: Population Paper has the fundamentals wrong

~ By TOC Editorial ~ So this is the new normal? Just when we thought our Government had heard  the call of Singaporeans to moderate the flow of immigration, the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD), under the purview of Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, seems bent on convincing us of our folly  with a policy paper (an “Occasional …

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Public transportation breakdowns – who is in charge?

  The  letter below from Mr Phillip Ang was sent to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, and the Land Transport Authority. We thank Mr Ang for allowing us to publish it in full. Dear PM Lee, I refer to the high incidence of public transportation breakdowns, the latest occurring on three consecutive days last week. No system …

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Inflation up 5.2% for March

~ By Kumaran Pillai ~ Inflation up in March 2012 due to higher COE prices and as leases continue to be renewed at a higher price. Below is a report from the  Singapore Monetary Authority and Ministry of Trade and Industry: Singapore’s CPI-All Items inflation rose to 5.2% y-o-y in March 2012 CPI-All Items inflation rose from 4.6% in February 2012, …

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Worsening income inequality in Singapore

~ By Wen Shan ~ This afternoon, I was at City Hall MRT waiting for a friend. Today, instead of the usual old lady in her 60s distributing Today papers, I saw this young lady who should be barely 16 or 17. There she was, wearing a Mediacorp polo shirt, working hard and distributing the papers to the commuters passing …

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$500 fee to import a $10 medical device?

~ By Leong Sze Hian ~ I refer to the article “Has HSA bitten off more than it can chew?” (Sunday Times, Apr 15). The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) recently also introduced a $500 fee for the import of medical devices. The $500 fee applies on a per shipment basis, regardless of the value of the medical devices imported. For …

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Malaysians vs Singaporeans – let’s get this over and done with!

~ By Melissa Tee ~ I don’t know how many can relate to this experience of mine, but I am certain I am not the only one. As a Singaporean student studying overseas, I encounter a lot of other Malaysian students. As the Singaporean community is small and we have heaps of similarities with Malaysians, we interact on a daily …

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