The Sheng Siong vs Five Star Tour Treatment by Law

I had my brush with dishonest local companies and talked to CASE before. CASE is an NGO association which have limited powers when it comes to these situations, they can only draft a letter on your behalf to the company and the company can still choose not to respond. If you look carefully in the fine prints of the contract whenever you purchase something like the case of Five Star Tours, they should be protected by several terms and conditions which states that they are not liable for any lost should there be situations like this occurring.

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STAYERS OR QUITTERS? PM's poser gets people pondering

For some, the answer was crystal clear. As tour leader Zubaida Mohammad Salleh, 52, put it: 'Why should I run elsewhere? I'm a Singaporean. My family are all here and even though I've travelled to many places, I've never thought of living elsewhere.' Undergraduate Mervyn Sek, 23, agreed. 'Quitting has never crossed my mind. This is home, where you grew up, where you establish your first friendships, your first relationships.

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Singapore Inc. and the brain drain

If you could leave Singapore, would you? For many Singaporeans, especially from the younger generations, the answer apparently is yes, in large numbers. This doesn’t seem sustainable, not least because the brightest individuals with the most to contribute will inevitably find emigration overseas easiest. While the negative effects of a so-called brain drain on Singapore’s economic strength will take years to manifest, the bad news is that this trend has already been going on for years. We may be suffering the results already.

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On a collision course in Thailand

Monday’s “Bangkok shutdown” is the climax of an anti-government campaign over more than two months led by Mr Suthep Thaugsuban, a political insider of 30 years turned scourge of the status quo. He wants to block main road intersections around the capital and surround official buildings to stop the government from working. Past protests suggest that the chances of chaos are high: At least eight people have died in a wave of demonstrations that have, at times, turned violent.

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Do you still watch TV & Mediacorp Productions?

Before the days of the remote control, my grandpa used to send me scuttling to the television and back to manually change the channels and adjust the volume. We’d sit, three generations all told, and watch Gao Xiao Xing Dong (‘Comedy Night’) – the Chinese variety TV show with Jack Neo playing Liang Po Po, the little old woman version of Mr. Bean.

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Cleaners' Progressive (Minimum) Wage Model

The Government announced in the Committee of Supply debate 2013 that all cleaning companies (presumably, it means the cleaning services providers) would be licensed this year to uplift standards more widely across the industry. Key licensing requirements include mandatory training courses and adoption of the PWM for cleaners. Do we really need to license cleaning services providers to uplift cleaning standards? Does the Government intend to mandate minimum cleaning standards and suspend or revoke licences if such standards are not achieved or maintained.

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The alternative news in 1 day? (part 24) – Polytechnic graduates’ pay dropped 5%?

Leong is the Past President of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, an alumnus of Harvard University, has authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been host of a money radio show, a daily newspaper column, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for Malaysiakini, executive producer of the movie Ilo Ilo (26 international awards). He has served as Honorary Consul of Jamaica and founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of Brunei and Indonesia. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors and 13 professional qualifications. He blogs at www.leongszehian.com

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