Politics

TOC’s queries on work safety regulations – MOM responds

On Sep 8, we ran a video showing a worker entering a flooded manhole without any safety device and asked whether there was any breach of work safety rules. (click here – https://theonlinecitizen.com/2010/09/is-this-a-violation-of-worksite-safety-rules/) The Ministry of Manpower responded today with the following letter. Dear Mr Loh, We thank you for your useful feedback on 8 Sep 2010. We take the …

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STB wants offices to waste electricity for F1 ‘wayang’

– By Gangasudhan – Green Drinks Singapore received a tip-off today that at least one office building in the city has been ‘encouraged’ by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to leave their lights on during the 3 days of F1 races in order to “facilitate a captivating night-view of Singapore City for international TV broadcast and photography”. In an email …

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SDP’s Young Democrats celebrate Liberal Solidarity Week

Kirsten Han – The International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY) website states that the Singaporean government “is of a clear-cut authoritarian nature and controls its people like a modern day Big Brother.”1 Jarrod Luo, Honorary Secretary of the Young Democrats, thinks that many Singaporeans would be shocked by this assessment. “The people don’t know,” he says, explaining that due to …

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Global Disarmanent – Coasta Rica leads the way

Imagine all the people, living life in peace. – John Lennon The abolishment of nuclear weapons, stopping the proliferation and misuse of conventional weapons, and redirecting at least 10 percent of global military expenditure towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Sounds like a tall order? Daniela Torre, a spokesperson for A Nation For Peace disagrees. In an interview with TOC, …

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SIA – making a mockery of government policies

This is the letter by Leong Sze Hian which was published in the New paper on 18 September. Read also: Even GLCs are cutting older workers’ pay? Leong Sze Hian – I REFER to media reports that female flight crew of Singapore Airlines (SIA) may finally get maternity benefits when their services are terminated because of pregnancy. Why is it …

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Mandatory living wage – no more cheap excuses, please

Stephanie Chok – As Senior Diplomat Tommy Koh pointed out in today’s Straits Times (‘Basic pay: Tommy Koh weighs in‘), all advanced economies, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and nowHong Kong have a minimum wage. Malaysia is now considering it. It is therefore frustrating to hear the same tired excuses from our current government against implementing a mandatory minimum wage. Their key arguments …

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Minimum wage – the debate begins

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) was among the first to call for a minimum wage for Singaporean workers. It was part of its election manifesto in 2006. (See here.) “Ensuring a minimum wage for the lowest of the low-skilled employee guarantees that prosperity is shared by all,” the SDP said. “Legislation is needed to prevent Singaporean workers from being exploited …

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MPs to question ministers on YOG, housing and foreign workers

The following are some of the questions tabled by MPs for the Parliamentary sitting on 15 September, Wednesday. You can view the rest of the questions in the Order Paper here. Questions for Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports. Mr Zaqy Mohamad: To ask the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (a) what is the …

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