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Loser Gets To Officially Open Sengkang West Community Garden Instead Of Elected MP

Loser Gets To Officially Open Sengkang West Community Garden Instead Of Elected MP

A recent Facebook post by Lam Pin Min highlights a unique and strange situation where he was the Guest-of-Honour to officially open the Sengkang West Zone B Community Garden situated at Anchorvale between Block 320B and 320C. It is curious how a Residents' Committee (RC) project gets to launched by a "Grassroots Advisor" instead of the elected MP Jamus Lim.

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More Civil Activists Stand Up For New Naratif's Thum Ping Tjin

More Civil Activists Stand Up For New Naratif's Thum Ping Tjin

New Naratif's founder Dr Thum Ping Tjin (PJ Thum) was hauled up by the police and had his electronic equipment seized. The police treatment of PJ Thum has been viewed as a form of state harassment and intimidation tactics. International organisations and political parties like the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) have come to the defence of New Naratif, and their voices have just been joined by prominent civil activists like playwright Alfian Sa'at, as well as activists such as Sean Francis Han and Function 8.

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Makansutra's KF Seetoh Criticises Manpower Policy For Offering Blue Collared Jobs Locals Shun Or Cannot Do

Makansutra's KF Seetoh Criticises Manpower Policy For Offering Blue Collared Jobs Locals Shun Or Cannot Do

The Straits Times recently ran an article "About 5,400 jobs on offer in food sector despite pandemic". However KF Seetoh, Singapore top chef and founder of Makansutra, felt that the appropriate title should have been "5.4k jobs on offer in Food sector that nobody is hard up for, since April". While KF Seetoh supports the creation of jobs, he shed light on how these job offers for blue collared work in the F&B industry involve basic cooking preparations and maintaining kitchen cleanliness. These offers would be a mismatch for Singaporeans who have been brought up to aspire for higher goals, or educated and trained in skills for another industry.

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SDP Stands In Solidarity With New Naratif's Thum Ping Tjin

SDP Stands In Solidarity With New Naratif's Thum Ping Tjin

The latest to show their support for PJ Thum and New Naratif was the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP). On the evening of 22 Sep 2020, SDP made a press release to decry the harassment of activists and independent journalists in Singapore. The SDP explained that PJ Thum was only exercising his rights as a citizen of Singapore to comment on the local political situation. SDP said the ELD was acting in a partisan manner, and hit back at the ELD by suggesting the department should look into the "numerous incidents regarding the PAP" where elections rules may have been breached.

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Historian Thum Ping Tjin Hauled Up By Police Over New Naratif's Paid Advertisements During GE2020

Historian Thum Ping Tjin Hauled Up By Police Over New Naratif's Paid Advertisements During GE2020

On 21 Sep 2020 New Naratif updated that Thum Ping Tjin (PJ Thum) had been hauled up by the police for questioning at Clementi Police Station over the ELD police report. After a lengthy hours-long police interview, the police brought PJ Thum home and his laptop was seized as evidence during this raid.

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SingapoRediscover Vouchers. Boredom Buster or Funny Money?

$365 million. That is money better spent on food for people who are living paycheck to paycheck, or not even a paycheck at all ! Or slightly larger dorms for low wage migrant workers which won't flare up re-infection of the coronavirus. Between you and me, I would've preferred the $100 in the form of a national rebate to apologize to Singaporean adults for facing possibly the most stupid period in modern history.

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Singaporeans Potentially Losing Job Opportunities To FTs Due To Lack Of "Professional" Certifications

Singaporeans Potentially Losing Job Opportunities To FTs Due To Lack Of "Professional" Certifications

A netizen shared a personal story where his friend was not shortlisted for a PMET "middle management" job. The netizen had introduced his friend to apply for his company's job opening, but was surprised to learn why he did not make the cut. When the netizen went to look up the LinkedIn profile of the new hire, the person turned out to be a foreigner who had the PMP® (Project Management Professional) Certification. Could Singaporeans be losing out job opportunities to FTs because we lack the relevant "professional" certifications?

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Dr Tan Cheng Bock Calls For Independent Review Of Parti Liyani's Case

Dr Tan Cheng Bock Calls For Independent Review Of Parti Liyani's Case

Even though the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Ministry of Manpower (MOM) have promised to be accountable by holding a review, Dr Tan Cheng Bock wonders if the reviews are "independent enough to be 100% objective." Dr Tan Cheng Bock counter-proposes that the government should create an independent review board to look into this case. The benefits of having an independent body will be its ability to uncover any "underlying systematic faults" instead of chasing after short-sighted targets like hunting for individual human errors and finding scapegoats.

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