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Stayers and quitters, patriots and opportunists

A Malaysian Chinese daily has just reported that it carried out a survey which shows that 87 per cent of Malaysians working in Singapore are not interested in taking up citizenship here because “all they want was to earn ‘Sing’ dollars,” and that “they love their homeland Malaysia deeply”. In China, world-famous film director Zhang Yimou recently declared that he gave up his US citizenship when it was no longer useful to him.

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Replacing Ho Ching…what is the problem?

For over a decade now, questions have been asked – and countless media articles written – about when Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, will name a successor. Almost nine years ago, back in 2005, it was reported that the Board of Temasek Holdings had initiated the process of CEO succession as part of a disciplined governance system. At that point in time, Ho Ching had been CEO of Temasek for three years.

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Crime and punishment: Where is the debate?

In the wake of the recent riot in Little India, one of the observations that struck me was how relatively little public discussion we see in the mainstream media about the issues of crime and punishment. When riots rocked London in August 2011, journalists and politicians got on their soapboxes and spent the following weeks denouncing the crimes and speculating on the underlying causes, as expected, but also engaged in debates about the fairness of punishments meted out, including questioning the use of excessive police force, etc.

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MCE traffic flowing easier now: DPM Teo

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said this morning (Jan 9) that he is glad to see traffic on the Marina Costal Expressway (MCE) flowing well in a full work week. Mr Teo, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security and Home Affairs Minister, noted on his Facebook page that more people have become familiar with Singapore’s latest expressway.

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Alleged rioters file complaint, claim abuse by police

The police are investigating a formal complaint of abuse filed by three Indian nationals facing criminal charges for rioting in Little India on December 2013.

The complaint, by construction workers Rajendran Mohan and Ravi Arun Vengatesh, as well as IT project manager Arun Kaliamurthy, alleges physical assault and verbal abuse by police officers during the course of their arrest after the riot.

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Cleaners, guards to get pay hike under new system

Cleaning firms must offer entry-level salary of S$1,000 and give increments in tandem with skills upgrading. Starting in September — after legislative changes are introduced later this month and passed by Parliament — cleaning companies must pay an entry-level salary of S$1,000 each month, up from the current median gross monthly wage of about S$850, and subsequently give increments in tandem with skills upgrading.

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