Employers must obtain written consent from migrant domestic workers, notify MOM before deploying workers to different address to care for young children or elderly parents: Manpower Minister Josephine Teo

Employers must obtain written consent from migrant domestic workers and notify the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) before deploying their workers to a different address to care for their young children or elderly parents, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo on Tuesday (2 Mar). Mrs Teo stated this in a written response to Member of Parliament, Louis … Read more

WP’s Jamus Lim proposes an independent fiscal council; MP Indranee Rajah dismisses the idea

While speaking at the Ministry of Finance Committee of Supply debate on 26 February (Friday), Workers’ Party (WP) Member of Parliament (MP) Jamus Lim called on the Government to think about setting up an independent fiscal council in order to improve all major policy proposals for budgetary as well as macro purposes. He explained that … Read more

Graduates with fake degrees working in Singapore is an issue that goes back a long time

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) revealed that it is currently investigating 15 work pass holders in Singapore who had declared education qualifications from Manav Bharti University in their work pass applications. The private university in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh was recently caught for having sold 36,000 degrees across 17 states in over 11 … Read more

Prof Paul Tambyah addresses public concerns on COVID-19 vaccines in his latest Facebook live session

In Part 2 of the ‘Ask Paul Anything‘ session live-streamed on his Facebook page, Professor Paul Tambyah, who is currently the Chairman of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) as well as a doctor and professor of infectious diseases, answered further audience questions on COVID-19. This was a follow-up to Part 1 last week. Broadly, audience’s concerns … Read more

Why ISA when attempting to commit an offence is also a crime under Singapore Law?

by Teo Soh Lung It is reported in Today Online that in arresting and detaining the 16 year old unnamed youth under the Internal Security Act (ISA),  “the boy’s age was not taken into consideration… “ It is a shocking statement from Minister of Law and Home Affairs K Shanmugam. Why did he disregard age … Read more

Public member complains prices at FairPrice too high and questions its mission to serve working-class SGs

A member of the public, Harry Ong Heng Poh, wrote a complaint letter against NTUC FairPrice which was published on the Straits Times (ST) yesterday (‘Forum: FairPrice cafe prices seem too high for most customers‘, 25 Jan). Mr Ong complained that the food prices at NTUC FairPrice cafe are too high for majority of Singaporeans. … Read more

MPs visit seniors at Tanjong Pagar, Ang Mo Kio to address concerns on COVID-19 vaccine ahead of inoculation drive

As the national vaccination drive against COVID-19 is all set to kick-start this Wednesday (27 January) for seniors, Members of Parliament (MPs) have been going door-to-door to visit residents in Ang Mo Kio and Tanjong Pagar to address their concerns on the vaccines as fear among seniors continue to persist. MPs for Tanjong Pagar GRC … Read more

Multi-ministerial task force should re-examine its communication, engagement strategy to overcome public distrust of vaccines

by Professor Sattar Bawany Regrettably, the tone of the message by Mr Lawrence Wong, the co-chair of the multi-ministerial task force tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, is not helpful and will not assuage the public distrust of vaccines, and neither will it support the Government’s goal of getting everyone vaccinated as soon as possible. Overcoming public … Read more

Josephine Teo heartened that businesses pledge support for fair hiring while job discrimination against Singaporeans continues

In a Facebook posting on Wednesday (20 Jan), Manpower Minister Josephine Teo made a promise in the new year that the foremost priority of the government is to “keep Singaporeans in jobs and help displaced Singaporeans get back to work”. “To achieve this, we are providing stronger support for employers to develop their Singaporean core,” … Read more

PAP MP Christopher de Souza files adjournment motion to speak on Dover forest in Parliament

In the wake of public outcry over the news that Dover Forest is earmarked for residential development, People’s Action Party (PAP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Christopher de Souza said on Monday that he had filed a request in Parliament to speak on preserving Dover Forest. In a Facebook post, Mr de … Read more