ABOVE 125,000 APPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT VOUCHERS

As of 31st March, more than 125,000 applications for Public Transport Vouchers have been received this year at 107 community clubs (CCs) islandwide. The Government has drawn down S$7.5 million from the Public Transport Fund to fund 250,000 Public Transport Vouchers worth S$30 each. The vouchers will be distributed throughout the year. The vouchers are to help needy families cope with the fare adjustment which took effect on 5th April.

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MALAYSIA'S FAST TRACK CLEARANCE PASS PROCESSING NOW AVAILABLE IN SINGAPORE

A new streamlined experience will avail greater convenience and save time for Singaporean motorists and pedestrians seeking to apply the MACS (Malaysia Automated Clearance System) pass that allow smoother auto-gate processing at the Malaysian checkpoints. Third Link Pte Ltd, a vendor appointed by the Malaysian immigration authorities, has set up an additional branch counter in Singapore to ease the process of application for the MACS pass.

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RETIRED SOLDIER: LEE KUAN YEW SINCERELY CARED FOR OUR CONSCRIPT SOLDIERS

Mr Lee Kuan Yew visited SAFTI MI in Aug 1995 before the unit's opening ceremony. As you know, SAFTI's nearest MRT station back then was Boon Lay, a distance away. Our Commandant then (a Brigadier General) was giving a brief to Mr Lee. Lee suddenly asked how far is the nearest MRT to SAFTI MI. He was told it is 30 minutes by bus. Lee replied "How can our NS boys reach camp on time? Did you arrange the army tonners to pick them up?". The Commandant replied "No". Then Lee stared at the Commandant, turned to then Defence Minister Dr Tony Tan and said "Can you please arrange for ferry buses to pick up our NS boys as soon as possible? Four waves in the morning and four waves in the evening."

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S'PORE TO INSTALL ERP AT WOODLANDS & TUAS CHECKPOINT IN RETALIATION TO M'SIA LEVY HIKE

Singapore will be installing ERP gantries at both Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints. From May 1 onwards, foreign cars entering Singapore from Malaysia will be charged a grand total of three times by three different ERP gantries placed one after another at the checkpoints. This bold move is made in response to Malaysia's decision to increase levy of Singapore vehicles entering Malaysia to RM20, which angered many Singaporeans, including Singapore's Minister of Finance, Tharmarde Shanmugaratnam.

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SINGAPORE IS NOT A WELFARE STATE

I believe that the least appreciated part of Lee Kwan Yew’s legacy is his method of ensuring that one generation won’t bankrupt future generations by selfishly living beyond its means. It’s a welfare state that works, and one he always said was available to any political leader with the courage to tell his people the truth about the limits of government’s power to pass out goodies.

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WAGE GROWTH STALLING IN SINGAPORE

Double-digit salary increases will come to an end as employers look to pull back from the strong wage growth of the last 3 years. Most companies might offer non-financial incentives to attract and retain employees in future.

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