Opinion

Reviving the Minimum Wage debate (Part 1)

Gordon Lee / Since the parliamentary “debate” in January this year, which saw Members of Parliament coming out strongly as a united front against implementing a minimum wage, discussions on the pros and cons of a minimum wage seem to have died down. Government rhetoric asserts that a minimum wage policy has few merits, but significant demerits – such as …

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Gratefulness has nothing to do with it

This is a letter from a TOC reader. G Hui/ I would just like to add on to Elaine Ong’s article: “False Identities and disloyalties”. Like her, I have heard many comments levelled against voters who have voted against against the PAP. Comments such as “How can you be so ungrateful?” were indeed rempant. But why would it be ungrateful to vote for an …

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REACHing out? Try a little humility first

Howard Lee/ Today published an article on 24 May, “Going through REACH alone might not work”. The headline is about as close as we will get to the People’s Action Party admitting that the crown jewel of its engagement efforts since the dawn of Goh Chok Tong’s consultative style of government has really fallen flat on delivery. But the key reason why REACH remains ineffective is …

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False identities and disloyalties

Elaine Ong / The voice of the electorate at the recent General Election resounded loud and clear to the ruling party and indeed, some observers claim that politically, the population has come of age. I beg to differ. The political maturity of the electorate is still in its infancy with a large majority of the population still left unclear and …

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Another potential problem with the GRC

Andy Loh/ Much has been said about how the GRC system has failed because it has seen the exit of able politicians and the entry of politicians who were considered less than able. However, this is not the only failing of the GRC system. The GRC system violates one important tenet of the deomcratic process (which is the one man, one vote system). It …

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PAP Transformation Series – 13 suggestions to transform the CPF

Leong Sze Hian, Alex Lew / “Nothing’s sacrosanct in Government review of policies.” – PM Lee Hsien Loong. I refer to the articles “Tharman open to ideas, say economists” and “Big change, great expectations” (ST, May 20). I would like to applaud the Prime Minister for his bold changes to the cabinet. I believe what Singaporeans would like to see …

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PAP Transformation Series – 18 suggestions to reform HDB

Leong Sze Hian, Alex Lew / “Nothing’s sacrosanct in Government review of policies.” – PM Lee Hsien Loong. I would like to applaud the Prime Minister for his bold changes to the cabinet. I believe what Singaporeans would like to see going forward is what changes will be made to address the myriad of issues raised in the elections. As …

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A macro outlook on the Singapore property market

Chua Soon Hock / Despite a number of cooling measures from the government in the past year, the Singapore property market continues to be strong, hitting all-time high in prices. A recent prime condo traded at new record high of $5,842psf. This resilience is/was due to both domestic and global factors: 1. Bullish contradictions in economic and social policies in …

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S’poreans and PR job stats – making no sense

Leong Sze Hian / I refer to the reports of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s speech on 21 April on the launch of IM Flash Singapore, a joint venture memory chip facility between US tech giants Intel and Micron. The reports cited PM Lee thus: “In his speech, Mr Lee noted that six in 10 of the employees (in IM …

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Letters from Vui Kong – Me and my life

Yong Vui Kong is a death row inmate in Singapore. He was arrested at age 19 with 47.27g of heroin, convicted of trafficking and sentenced under the Mandatory Death Penalty. His final appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on 4 April 2011. He can now only plead for clemency from the President (acting on the advice of the …

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