LITTLE INDIA FINALLY GETS HERITAGE TRAIL MARKER FROM NHB

The National Heritage Board (NHB) today launch their fist official heritage trail for Little India. Would like to congratulate NHB for the launch of the 200 year old historic Little India enclave. This will finally bring to life the facet of Little India, that it is more than just the Tekka market, Mustafa Centre and area where lots of foreign workers from India and Bangladesh gather every weekend.

This is a proud moment to Indian community, who had always traditionally been associated with Little India. Good job to NHB for doing their job.

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CHINA OR US? CHOOSE WRONGLY, SG SUFFERS

It seems the question about whether countries would choose China or the US have been at the forefront of world issues lately, simply because of China's sudden show of power in the South China Sea, and the US change of President and thus the change in their stance on world issues.

Singapore is not immune to all these talks. Singapore has long maintained that it does not want to choose between powers. However, the most recent developments in Malaysia and the Philippines has clearly shown that sides have been chosen by Singapore's neighbours. And the Terrex issue also shows that Singapore is not sheltered anymore from great friendships with either super powers.

Our government have to tread carefully on such issue, and make sure they earn their millions by keeping Singapore onside with both Super Powers.

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WOMAN DEMANDS GRABHITCH DRIVER COMPENSATE HER AFTER SHE WAS LATE FOR WORK

I Grabhitch on the way to and back from work sometimes to help the environment out, while getting a bit of spare change for my gas and erp. Picked up this golden nugget of a lady the other day, informed her that I'd be picking another person up and she agreed. Upon reaching her destination, she was due to pay by cash, but she only had a $50 and I didn't have change. Seeing as she seemed to be in a rush, I offered to message her my bank account number for her to transfer later. One or two days passed, she told me she would do it "later" or the "next day". Now 5 days later, she suddenly turns around and says she was late for her work, FINED $50, and ask ME TO PAY HER $38 INSTEAD.

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HDB ROLLS OUT NEW CONFUSING RULES FOR WORK PERMIT HOLDERS

HDB just announced another new rule, which actually took effect on 1 January this year. For non-Malaysians work permit holder in the manufacturing sector, they can no longer rent whole HDB units. Can only rent rooms in HDB flats.

Work permit are for semi-skilled foreign workers in the construction, manufacturing, marine, process or service sectors. Since Nov 7, 2006, non-Malaysian work permit holders from the construction sector have not been able to sublet HDB flats or rooms. This was extended to the marine and process sectors from May 1, 2015.

Now, only non-Malaysian work permit holders in the service sector can rent whole flats.

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POOR ECONOMY AND WET WEATHER MAKES A GLUM CNY

Times are particularly bad for Singapore right now, in terms of economy. Not many people are actually going out and shopping, even during this CNY period. Imagine what it would be like for the retailers themselves.

According to a Straits Times report, business at the Chinese New Year festive bazaars are the hardest hit. Where in previous years, the retailers there would expect to make lots of profits during the CNY period, this time round, business is just not as good. The report indicated that the reason is three fold, the wet weather that suddenly decided to make end January as the monsoon season, a poor economic outlook as people gets less bonuses and no pay rise, and the proximity of the CNY to the Gregorian New Year, meaning shoppers had done all their shopping during the Xmas/New Year period instead.

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STATE-OWNED SURBANA JURONG'S MASS TERMINATION SETS DANGEROUS PRECEDENT FOR S'POREAN WORKERS

The recent staff axing by state-owned Surbana Jurong will set a very dangerous precedence for all companies in Singapore. This is concrete proof that any company in Singapore can simply disguise retrenchment as mass termination, simply because of technicalities. And because Surbana Jurong is state-owned, they pretty much set the example for all companies. Who is to say that all the companies now won't follow suit? By disguising retrenchments, they won't have to pay the staff any benefits, and therefore keep their wallets fat, while the ex-staffs struggle hand-to-mouth for months looking for new jobs.

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PUB WAITS FOR FLASH FLOODS TO OCCUR BEFORE DECIDING TO ACT

PUB released a statement stating that the stretch of Maxwell Road and the junction of Tanjong Pagar Road and Craig Road are known hot-spots for probability of flash flooding to occur, and added that drainage improvement works at the junction of Maxwell Road and Tanjong Pagar Road will start next month, and are slated to be completed by the third quarter this year.

I may not be a smart enough person to get a lofty position at PUB, but if they already know the areas are hot-spots and very likely areas where flooding / ponding will occur, then why did it take the PUB this long to actually rectify it? They have to wait for the flash flood to actually occur before actually doing something? Is this PUB's way of telling Singaporeans they are working hard, and will rectify all the flooding problems, but in order to rectify, Singaporeans need to see for themselves first the areas really flooded?

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REFORM PARTY ACCUSES PAP MP AMRIN AMIN OF DEFAMATION & SPREADING FALSENHOODS

It has recently come to Reform Party’s attention via an article on blogsite Mothership.sg, by author Jonathan Lim that the above mentioned PAP MP has defamed the Reform Party. Mr Amin’s statements concerning the Reform Party’s involvement with Jafri Basron are false. Mr Amin had done no fact checking before going to publication and he leapt to assumptions in order to throw mud at the Reform Party and smear our good name. It is indeed unfortunate that Mr Amin’s falsehoods have been picked up by multiple blogs, websites and newsites and have been spread far and wide, aggravating the damage.

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8YR OLD AUTISM BOY FINALLY STARTS SCHOOL THANKS TO MINDS

Kudos must be given to Mr Keh Eng Song, the chief executive of the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (Minds), and the MINDS school itself for taking affirmative action and giving the 8 year old boy with autism, Aqil Nabil Maulid, a place in the school.

The boy's father had posted on Facebook recently, lamenting the fact that his autistic son was unable to get a place at Eden School, a special education (Sped) school run by the Autism Association. He had been placed on a waiting list for a year. As a result of Minds actions, Nabil finally started school on Jan 16, despite already being 8 years old.

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