Politics

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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Transcripts – New York Times/IHT interview Lee Kuan Yew

The following is the transcript of the interview Seth Mydans had with Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, for the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. The interview was held on 1 September 2010. Mr Lee:  “Thank you.  When you are coming to 87, you are not very happy..” Q:  “Not.  Well you should be glad that you’ve gotten way past where most …

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Migrant workers one of us too

Deborah Choo for The Online Citizen The inaugural Migrantion Film Festival greeted an audience of over 200 on Saturday at The Substation. Many of those present were students. The festival is organized by Migrant Voices, a Community Arts Charity founded in 2006 that celebrates the artistic talents of migrant workers in Singapore. I walked away from the Migrant Films Festival today …

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HDB flats – S’poreans come first?

Dear TOC, While the government keeps saying “Singaporeans come first”, my experience in trying to have a house of my own shows me otherwise. In fact, being a Singaporean doesn’t mean you will automatically be able to have a home of your own. I am single and above 35, the age at which you are allowed to purchase a HDB …

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Burma’s election and ASEAN’s inaction

Ravi Philemon – Any election has to adhere to the norms of international principles guiding an election process. But a number of developments in Burma before and after the announcement of the election date are cause for concern.  As Burma (like Singapore) is part of ASEAN, Singaporeans have to make our position clear on the “multi-party elections” called by the …

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