PM Lee says Singaporeans want to be rescued

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singaporeans generally feel more secure these days, but one of the government's tasks is to remind them that this is a result of a continuing act of will, and an appropriate sense of insecurity is very helpful. In an interview with The Financial Times, Mr Lee was asked by the publication's chief foreign affairs columnist Gideon Rachman, if Singaporeans still need to feel insecure, after having come a long way since its independence in 1965. "You don't have to be paranoid but you do have to take risks very seriously," said Mr Lee.

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'When you've an opportunity to improve your life, grab it'

One of (former prime minister) Lee Kuan Yew's major political platforms was to eradicate poor housing. His plan was to build 50,000 units (in five years). They formed the Housing and Development Board (HDB). The HDB had no planners. The expat architects half-finished Queenstown but packed up and left. The HDB headhunted me and created a title, architect-planner. First thing they told me: "Finish Queenstown." One way to swell the numbers was to do a lot of one-room flats. No more than 300 sq ft. No partitioning. Communal toilets. Communal kitchen. A lift was a luxury. Every fifth floor, you had a lift so that the tenants walked two floors down or two floors up. We also could not afford casement windows. We used louvres, with a lock. You press it down, it locks, so people cannot break in.

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MAS refuses to reveal action taken against StanChart

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has taken “appropriate supervisory action” against Standard Chartered Bank (StanChart) for last year’s theft of bank statements belonging to 647 of its private banking clients. However, in the central bank’s response to media queries yesterday, it did not disclose the details of its action against StanChart.

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HIGH-FLYER CIVIL SERVANT KWEK MEAN LUCK: "I WANTED TO BUY HER CHAIRS AND UPGRADE HER BED, HER CLOTHES"

It was a humbling experience. "It shows that in terms of assistance, you need to have that broader view of what is helpful and not just have your view of what is helpful." These and other encounters taught him that people's circumstances are complex and that non-material assistance - like company - can be just as important. Caritas is building a social services hub in Toa Payoh, and Mr Kwek recalls a social worker's advice: "Please don't make it look like a help centre, because if you do, those who need help will not come. People don't want to be seen as though they need help."

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Amazon pay its staff $5000 if they quit - no strings attached

Here's our favorite part of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders. He describes how the company will pay Amazon's warehouse workers up to $5,000 to quit their jobs. The intent of the program is to ensure that Amazon only retains people who really, really want to work at Amazon:

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Govt ministry employee sentenced to probation for taking upskirts

The offender, a 30-year-old former government ministry employee, was sentenced to probation with conditions for 17 charges pertaining to possession of obscene films and filming of upskirt and hidden-camera videos of women and children. Prosecutors, however, are pressing for jail time for the offender, a diagnosed voyeur and fetishist. He cannot be named so as to protect the identity of his victims.

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SINGAPOREANS INFECTED BY MEASLES OUTBREAK IN PHILIPPINES

A measles outbreak in the Philippines has infected 23 Singaporeans who had travelled there since January, said an alert from the Ministry of Health (MOH). They are among 80 people here have come down with measles so far this year. This is high, given that the annual numbers were 46 and 38 respectively for the past two years. But the risk of an outbreak here is low, said the MOH, as most people are vaccinated against this highly contagious disease.

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Was former minister Dhanabalan ever slapped by Mini Lee?

A major alternative news website has rehashed an old story of current Singapore Prime Minister Mini Lee slapping former cabinet minister S Dhanabalan. This rumour first appeared in the book "Governance in Singapore", written by some angmoh called Ross Worthington. However, this was refuted by PM Goh in 2002. Who do you believe?

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Police woman calms down teenager who attempted suicide in Yishun

On 26 March 2014, a case of attempted suicide was reported at a housing estate along Yishun Ring Road and police officers were dispatch to the scene to render assistance. A teenager, sitting on the ledge of the estate was seen in a state of distress. W/CPL Fadhilah proceeded to engage her to understand her plight. Despite continuous engagement, the girl who is believed to be experiencing multiple emotions rejected all engagement by our caring officer.

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PAP MP Lim Wee Kiak introduces his foot to his mouth. Again. For the 4th time.

Lim Wee Kiak, People’s Action Party (PAP) Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, had to eat his own words — again. This time round he had to retract his comments about the way Malaysia is handling the missing MH370 plane incident. Lim, who is also the Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Defence and Foreign Affairs, was unusually critical about the Malaysian authorities in an interview with The Straits Times on April 5, 2014. Here is a look back at all the things he has said publicly that weren’t too popular:

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