Monthly Archives: April 2012

Month: April 2012 The meaning of May Day lost in Singapore

Singapore celebrates May Day every year on 1 May together with much of the world. The PAP Government makes it a point to stage elaborate shows with the National Trade Unions Congress (NTUC) at the forefront and the prime minister delivering a message to the workers. But do we really know the significance behind the occasion and, more importantly, does the PAP really care about Singaporean workers?

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Month: April 2012 Bersih 3.0 sees both huge turnout as well as controversy

Like previous rallies, Bersih 3.0 started off peacefully. However, police resorted to firing tear gas and water cannons into the protestors in order to get them to disperse from Dataran Merdeka, a location that the authorities had previously declared out of bounds to protestors. Bersih supporters deem the ban on the use of Dataran Merdeka as a violation of the right to peaceful public assembly.

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Month: April 2012 What is the point of an internet “Code of Conduct”?

How is anyone going to enforce such a code of conduct given the free-wheeling nature of the internet that knows no geographical boundaries? How is any organization supposed to develop a code of conduct that will reflect the overall sentiment of netizens without incurring vast skepticism pertaining to their political neutrality or lack thereof?

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Month: April 2012 Facebook and The Prime Minister

By joining the Facebook community, Mr Lee may be progressive, but he still needs to overhaul some of the outdated mindsets in the government machinery in order for it to move in tandem with him.

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Month: April 2012 A Singaporean feels priced out

Gin Tai recounted how his Singaporean colleague Anak Abu had bought an 87 square metre 4-room HDB flat at Bedok Central more than one year ago at $368,000. Anak Abu has to use up all his monthly CPF contributions to service his 25-year housing loan. He has already reached his maximum pay ceiling of $1850 per month, and will not be able to retire with any savings unless he can somehow increase his pay.

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Month: April 2012 PM Lee sets up facebook page

It is highly commendable that Mr Lee has taken a big, bold step into a new frontier, with the macho and manly courage befitting a former Brigadier General. It must have taken great fortitude venturing into online social media such as facebook, knowing the many brickbats that will inevitably come his way.

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Month: April 2012 Prof Lim Chong Yah debunks notion that wage “shock therapy” caused 1985 Singapore recession

18 April 2012 Professor Lim Chong Yah has issued another public statement to counter what he terms as “fallacies” in the criticisms of his wage restructuring proposals, which include freezing top level wages and increasing the lowest wages by 50% over three years. Prof Lim asserted that the first wage “shock therapy” between 1979 and 1981 resulted in a higher

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Month: April 2012 Prof Lim provides clarification on his Economic Restructuring II proposals

Press Release by Professor Lim Chong Yah Dated 16 April 2012 I am honoured that my public lecture on ERII (also termed as shock therapy) has attracted the attention of so many concerned Singaporeans. At least two reservations should be explained by me to clear the cobweb of misunderstanding. The first serious and perfectly understandable and deeply appreciated concern is

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