PRIMARY 1 REGISTRATION PRIORITY ONLY FOR PAP-AFFILIATED COMMUNITY LEADERS?

To qualify for Phase 2B priority, community leaders in the Residents’ Committee, Neighbourhood Committee, Citizen’s Consultative Committee, Community Club Management Committee and the Community Development Council have to serve actively for at least one year prior to the P1 registration exercise. Most of the community leaders serve more than the minimum period, and they continue to serve even after their children had gained admission into the school.

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DESPERATE SINGAPOREAN PARENTS QUEUE OVERNIGHT HOPING FOR PLACE AT ETONHOUSE CHILDCARE

Childcare firm EtonHouse International has been told to "thoroughly review" its registration process, after more than 100 people queued for a place at its new Punggol centre a day before registration opened. People started queuing as early as 10am the day before registration opened at 9am yesterday. By 11pm on Friday, the line had stretched to about 130 people, who brought along chairs, water and extension cords for charging their phones.

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MINISTRY OF HEALTH: YOU DIE IS YOUR OWN PROBLEM!

I approached my Member of Parliament, Mr Zaqy Mohamad (Chua Chu Kang GRC), for a letter requesting that I be allowed to use my Medisave for my monthly medical fees. He graciously helped me. The reply, though, was that I could use my Medisave only when it is a critical condition. I then said that if I stop taking the medication, I would have liver cancer and it would be too late. There was no further reply. In Japan, I paid only about US$1 (S$1.26) a day, after subsidy, for my daily pill.

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MALAYSIA: CADBURY CHOCOLATES HERE CONTAIN NO PORK

Cadbury chocolates sold in Malaysia have been cleared of containing pork. New tests conducted by Malaysian authorities found that chocolate bars made by the British confectioner do not contain pig DNA, contrary to a previous finding, the country’s Islamic affairs agency said on Monday. Cadbury withdrew two types of chocolate bars from sale in Muslim-majority Malaysia last week after government tests found traces of pork in them, leading some Islamic groups to call for a boycott on all of its products.

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AFP: Blogger Roy Ngerng uses crowdfunding to fight PM's defamation suit

Roy Ngerng Yi Ling, a government health worker who posts comments on social issues, said 1,104 people had so far contributed more than Sg$72,000 ($55,700), exceeding his target of Sg$70,000 when he launched the campaign Friday. Ngerng published the transaction history of his bank account on his crowdfunding platform. Many of the donors registered comments criticising Lee and opposing the use of libel suits to silence government critics. Singapore officials have long used defamation suits against printed publications to defend their reputations. Ngerng was the first online critic brought to court by a Singaporean leader.

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Siemens study: Singapore has best public transport system

Commissioned by Siemens, the study by Credo entitled “The Mobility Opportunity” presented today in Singapore looked at transportation networks in 35 major cities around the globe and assessed how prepared cities were to meet future challenges such as population growth and higher competition. With a high capacity system able to meet demand with minimal crowding and high levels of user functionality, Singapore is well able to cope with future growth, the study said. The country was also praised for its long-term planning – helped by highly integrated governance – reliability and punctuality levels as well as provision of air-conditioning on almost all of its public transport vehicles.

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Scammers somehow make MOM’s phone number appear on Caller ID, use it to cheat foreign workers of thousands of dollars

In what could be an act of pure sorcery or advanced technological know-how, scammers have managed to make the Ministry of Manpower’s phone number appear in the Caller ID of unsuspecting victims and then proceed to cheat them of their money. The ruse was simple: The caller would claim to be from MOM, read out personal particulars of the victim — for example, the date of birth and foreign identification number — and then accuse the victim of doing something wrong, such as providing an incorrect date of birth in their embarkation form.

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Unlikely allies in the CPF debate

However, what is surprising is that several PAP MPs have also come out to voice their disapproval with the current CPF system and the government’s performance as a whole thus far. There are clear signs that the consensus is being questioned.

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TIPS ON CHOOSING YOUR HDB BTO UNIT

To avoid the sun from shining directly into your windows, don't choose units that face east or west. Provided that nothing is blocking your flat, the north-east and south-west facing units will get more breeze due to the monsoon winds. If possible, avoid choosing lower floors which have windows facing the multi-storey carparks (MSCP) as not only will it be harder for you to sell your unit next time, but you may have your peace disturbed by the closing of vehicle doors, the odd alarm sounding off, and exhaust fumes.

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BACK IN 2011, FINANCE MINISTER THARMAN SAYS GST WILL NOT BE RAISED FOR 5-YEARS

He said: "As Finance Minister, I have made that very clear in Parliament that at least for the next five years - it does not mean we will raise it in five years' time - but at least for five years, there is absolutely no reason to raise the GST, because this was the whole idea - we strengthen our revenue base in time. In fact, in the good years before the crisis, it came in very handy in the crisis but it is also going to come in handy in the next five years when we build our infrastructure in health, in infrastructure and we increase our support for the poor. That was the original motivation for GST, help the poor more and prepare Singaporeans for the future through investment income, two very solid sources of revenue to help us in the years to come."

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