Opinion

Unanswered questions on ministers’ pay

See Leong Kit / ( Writer’s letter to TODAY Voices was rejected for publication ) The letter “Clearing the air on pensions” ( TODAY May 14) from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is just a first step on transparency and accountability expected by our taxpayers and voters. Thinking Singaporeans do not expect our politicians and senior bureaucrats to live on “fresh air and …

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Give domestic helpers their dignity

Justin Tan Maids are a large group of employees who play a vital role in supporting the modern Singaporean. Yet, there is little dignity given to them. Maids are not treated with much respect and often, the relationship between these maids and their employers resemble that of a master-servant. While there are many reasons for the lack of dignity, one …

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What exactly is the change in PAP’s promise?

Howard Lee / As General Election 2011 was drawing to a close, you would surely remember Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong making statements about steering the People’s Action Party towards a path of change that will better answer the needs of Singaporeans. His point was also echoed by Brigadier General Tan Chuan-Jin and Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, and finally …

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Lured by false promises

Deborah Choo / Three months ago, Gabriella (not her real name) escaped from the pub she was forced to work at after being repeatedly engaged in sex against her will. The 31-year old Filipino was tricked into prostitution in Singapore under the notion that she was coming here to work as a waitress. On her work permit issued by the …

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Given enough rope

The following is an article posted on May 01, 2011 by South China Morning Post. Liz Gooch The trial and conviction of Alan Shadrake, author of a book that questions the way Singapore deploys the death penalty, has done nothing for the Lion City’s reputation Alan Shadrake’s first attempt to talk to a state-sanctioned killer turned out to be a disappointment. Over beers …

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You are the people’s servants, please remember this

Adrian Ng I had mixed feelings as I looked at the results of GE2011. I was happy because alternative voices (let us stop using the term “Opposition” as it has a negative connotation that they are there only to oppose) are making inroads into parliament, but sad because there is not enough to make a significant difference. There are a couple of …

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Do the opposition parties exist solely to defeat the PAP?

G. Hui Quite a number of people have commented that the various opposition parties should merge. Proponents of this idea would argue that this would create a stronger opposition with more shared resources to challenge the PAP in 2016. I would beg to differ. Such sentiments although logical in theory are simplistic. Each opposition party has its own views, ideology …

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Disparity between election results and seats won

Daniel Yuan/ It was interesting to see the numbers for the elected candidates placed right beside the share of valid votes in http://www.ge.sg/tallyseats/ now that the results are out. Share of valid votes from the various parties: PAP: 60.1% WP: 12.8% NSP: 12.0% SDP: 4.8% RP: 4.3% SPP: 3.1% SDA: 2.8% I’m going to assume that in a ‘normal’ outcome, …

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A conflict of interest?

Joseph Teo/ In the Straits Times on Thursday 12 May 2011, on page A4, “Cynthia Phua promises proper handover”, the following was reported: “Aljunied Town Council is now managed by CPG Facilities Management, with whom the town council signed a three-year contract last year.  CPG managing director Jeffrey Chua is the town council’s general manager.  As the town council managing …

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