SINGAPORE'S FOREIGN TALENT CUSTOMER SERVICE IS BEYOND BAD

We often hear the MSM and pro-government supporters that FTs increase our pay and create more jobs. And on top of these, they can speak English and serve customers better. However, my experiences beg to differ and also their productivity rate is really horrible. Let me recount a few incidents to justify my views.

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IS IT LEGALLY BINDING TO HAVE A TANJONG PAGAR BY-ELECTION?

I hope it is not too vulgar or insensitive to blog about this now. I certainly hope the lynch mob will not turn on me. This is an issue about the law and so I am just wondering out aloud: Is there a legal requirement to hold a by-election in a GRC where one of the seats has become vacant? Should there be a by-election in Tanjong Pagar?

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A SINGAPOREAN PARABLE OF THE FISH TANK

And then it happened. My filter wasn't working properly and the pump broke down. Over the years I have outsourced all maintenance of the tank to a few different companies. It's an efficient way of maintaining the fish tank, you know. Besides, I wasn't too worried because all these companies were ultimately overseen by my wife. She's a very capable woman. She doesn’t make mistakes. Even when she does, if you view it in the long run, they would not really be mistakes. But you need human brains to understand this. Fish brain is somewhat limited. As I now realize through my fish language interpreter that fish have feelings, I cannot tell the them that they are daft. They are daft as my papa has often pointed out. But I can't tell them that.

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154 MEDIA: SINGAPOREANS XENOPHOBIC ONLINE, NOT OFFLINE

Over the past few years, the Singaporean-foreigner divide has come under sharp focus, with high profile flare-ups occurring from time to time, grabbing headlines and prompting political leaders — including the Prime Minster himself — to weigh in on several occasions. But based on TODAY’s interviews with 15 foreigners from a range of occupations and who have spent some time here, the real-world experience is out of sync with the prevalent online sentiment.

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YISHUN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL TO RELIEVE OVERCROWDING AT KTPH

Yishun Community Hospital (YCH) will open at the end of the year and will relieve some of the overcrowding at the nearby Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH). The opening of the new YCH will allow KTPH, which treats those with more critical conditions,to move patients in need of rehabilitation treatment to YCH for their next phase of treatment.

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TAN CHUAN JIN: FOREIGN PMETS NOT REPLACING SINGAPOREANS

Just a few days ago, mainstream media highlighted the growth of our foreign workforce numbers over the last 4 years, stirring up a tangle of anxieties over foreign competition for PMET jobs with locals. Many are concerned that foreign PMETs have displaced Singaporean PMETs. But is this really the case?

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ACRES TO CONDUCT STUDY ON DOLPHINS IN SINGAPORE WATERS

Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) announced today that it has launched a study of wild dolphins in Singapore waters so as to be able to protect them in their natural habitat. The study of the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins will be conducted over 2 years and carried out in the Sister’s Island Marine Park and in the waters surrounding the Southern Islands. It aims to gather data on population numbers, distribution, home range, dolphin behaviours and the potential threats they face. The research permit for the study has been approved by NParks.

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34 YEAR OLD MAN BLACKMAILED GAY MOE TEACHER FOR S$197,000

A 34-year-old man had a sexual relationship with an older male teacher, and threatened to expose their trysts to the Ministry of Education (MOE) and his partner's school. Singaporean Vincent Ng allegedly extorted $197,000 in cash and valuables including four Chanel bags and a Rolex watch from the 45-year-old teacher, in exchange for his silence.

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