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PAP POLITICIANS ARE THE HIGHEST PAID IN THE WORLD

Do you know that Mr Ong Eng Guan, one of the pioneer members of the People's Action Party received a $7,000 monthly salary for his position as Mayor of the Singapore City Council from 1957- 1958? This salary made him the highest paid mayor in the world! After factoring the total annual inflation, $7,000 in 1958 is a whopping $56,591 in present terms. This amounts to an annual salary of $680,000! However, this still dwarfs in comparison to PM Lee Hsien Loong's current $2.2 million salary!

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Welcome, Anton Casey, to Social Media 101 (3 credits)

In response to this event, sites like mothership.sg have tried to be helpful, offering advice like “The moral of the story? Always set your Facebook account to private.” Great advice! Online privacy! Of course, that’s utterly impractical. Facebook is not for privacy. If you want privacy, you write your thoughts down in a hard copy diary, in a personal language you invented, with a complex cipher. Then you burn the diary. Then you eat the ashes.

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What is happening to my country?

I am beginning to feel despondent about Singapore, the country that gave me so many opportunities to build my home, educate my children and lead a safe and secure life. But in the last few years I am seeing a different Singapore, one that moves clumsily from one error to another with alarming regularity. The system is creaking, even cracking. The journey down the slippery slope started in 2008 when the country’s most wanted man, terrorist Mas Selamat, slipped out of a detention centre in the simplest of ways – by jumping out of a toilet window.

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Shame on the Home team

Now is as good a time to do so given the tragic-comedy over the past few days involving a Malaysian woman driver who “slipped’’ through Woodlands checkpoint. Now I would have thought that border security would have been stepped up over the year, given that our neighbours in the north have let out those it had detained without trial. Surely, we need an even stronger perimeter to prevent undesirables from entering?

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TUDUNG IN THE WORKPLACE: WHY THE CONTROVERSY?

The issue came to prominence in 2002, when four Malay-Muslim parents sent their daughters to school wearing the tudung. The girls were suspended for not adhering to the school uniform, and where schools previously had the leeway to permit amendments to their own uniforms on religious grounds, the issue came under the purview of the Ministry of Education, which enforced stricter regulations on uniforms in the interest of keeping government schools secular. The case sparked a flurry of discussions, arguing both for and against the acceptance of headscarves.

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COL(NS) MOHAMED ISMAIL GAFOOR: DRIVEN BY PASSION, STEERED BY VISION

Under his guidance, PropNex property consultants won over 70% of the Awards in the Institute of Estate Agents Awards for 2003. In 2004, he clinched both the SMCCI Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Spirit of Enterprise Award. That year, COL (NS) Mohamed Ismail also clinched the prestigious NSMan of the Year Award. As battalion commander for 596 SIR, he was a pivotal figure in leading his men to clinch the best NS Infantry Unit for two years running.

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FARE HIKE BENEFITS EVERYONE

Singaporeans will only stand to benefit from the inevitable public transport fare hike as services have been improving and will continue to do so, Singaporeans were told today. A transport authority, Hua Tua Chia, explained that the latest round of fare increases is ultimately sound because improvements have occurred and these costs money: “The fare hike is due to the many recent improvements in the public transport system.”

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JOSEPHINE TEO: I CAN TELL YOU WHY MY FAMILY AND I ARE ANGRY

My children, who are average in studies but have a strong command of the English language, are being bypassed for higher education in Singapore! We are an average income family and cannot afford extra tuition or overseas education for our three children. Foreigners with very poor command of English are given scholarships and free extra tuition to help them cope with the free education here. What about our own Singaporean children? If free extra tuition was given to me children in Chinese language, they would score sufficiently well, I’m sure.

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MORE SINGAPOREANS LEFT BEHIND

Every day, through eyes clouded by glaucoma, Peter witnesses the spending power generated by Singapore's economic success, knowing he can only afford to look. The 54-year-old shopping mall security guard is part of Singapore's hidden problem - a growing number of poor living on the margins in one of the world's most expensive cities.

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