Post-Riot Apprehensions and Activism

The COI, quickly set up before the weekend to assure the public, would issue its findings in 6 months. I’m not at all particular if there is a COI or not. Nevertheless, the composition of the COI with visible Indian members is also an assurance to the foreign workers and overseas South Asian audience that there is no racism underfoot. The COI is in essence a public relations show that if there is something wrong, the government would fix it. There is however a missed opportunity here if the government really wanted to stage a show – the COI should have also included a PAP MP, and also a WP MP.

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Fion Phua - A True Singaporean Heroine

When I was in a bit of dire straights 9 years ago, her assistance helped me get some basic furnishings for my home as well as things like a fridge, washing machine, microwave etc. She had a trusty delivery driver - Ah Poh, who would collect the stuff and send it over. Later when he had extra stuff, he would sometimes call me and ask me to ask around to see who needed whatever items he had in storage. His initiative allowed Mdm Phua to focus on

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Re-think the notion of Meritocracy in Singapore

The big picture is to nurture each individual not based on their ability or intelligence but their goals and contributions to society. The abolishment of the school rankings and Primary School Leaving Examination results gave students the equal opportunity to excel in whichever school they go to. It is not the school that brings out the best result or the brightest student but the student who as an individual who strives to do their best and their attitude towards having a good education. With the right infrastructure such as parental support and government appraisal rewards, I am positive that students will want to excel and achieve good results for themselves. Opportunities should be given by the school to every student to have a good education.

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Revised penalties for train operators expected to be announced in Jan

Details of the revised penalty framework for train operators are expected to be announced this month, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo. The review followed a high-level Committee of Inquiry recommendation that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) improve its oversight of train operator’s maintenance and handling of incidents. In the first major disruption this year, commuters had to disembark and walk along the tracks towards Kranji station yesterday (Jan 11) after train services along the North-South Line were disrupted for one and a half hours following a power outage.

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Good Grades Not The Only Ticket To University

The flexibility of the selection process in SIM University (UniSIM) is constructive, and echoes the admission components of the newer universities (More Than Good Grades Needed For A Place At UniSIM, Jan. 6). It recognises that examination results per se do not necessarily reflect a student’s true quality and potential. While one might not be too enthusiastic about UniSIM’s “five Cs” model, for assessors run the risk of pigeon-holing applicants, the school’s four-step model does go beyond the traditional focus on grades.

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Welfare: Govt still missing the point

Indonesia too has a problem with its fuel subsidy: it’s eating up a growing share of the budget, and meanwhile Thailand has a problem with its rice subsidy for farmers. It’s so bad that there are reports that there are farmers not receiving the subsidy. The govt doesn’t have the money. S’pore govt doesn’t have this problem: the govt doesn’t do subsidies (except in public housing, healthcare and public tpt*: though even PAP Wormtongues** like that Jason chap cannot explain where the subsidies are in healthcare and public housing: they can only repeat parrot-like the govt’s statements about the subsidies, which is there is a subsidy).

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No takers for some colonial bungalows in Singapore

Mr Chris Koh, director of Chris International, said: “There must be someone willing to pay. We’re talking about a premium because of (the size and location) of the sites — that could be one. Number two is there’s a lot of upkeeping of the place.” Mr Ku Swee Yong, CEO of Century 21 Singapore, said: “If we rent these out to private companies for marketing events, or as corporate training centres, then we could see more bids.” There are about 500 of these bungalows in Singapore, located in central areas like Nassim Road, Goodwood Hill and Bukit Timah, as well as in areas further from the city, like Alexandra Park, Sembawang and Seletar.

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Singaporeans got blamed for PAP's mistakes

I see this this as Lui shifting the blame to motorists using the MCE for the initial congestion problems on the MCE for what a user (at 11 am on the Monday day, so he had plenty of time to observe his surroundings) told me was a failure by tpt officials: “There is only one sign indicating the first exit into the city. One would have tot that based on the signage used on other expressways, there would be signs saying ‘Exit to X, 100m’ etc at regular intervals.” As the media reports a lot more signage going up since I heard this comment, I assume this problem has been fixed. And that this is the source of the problem.

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PRs not idiots – they can see how PAP tortures S’poreans

Well, not to talk about Malaysians alone who prefer holding to a PR Status than changing their Nationality to become Singaporeans but even foreigners from PRC, India, Philippine and so forth are having the same mentality…!!!

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16 YEAR OLD S'POREAN: WE SHOULD BE APPRECIATIVE OF THE PAP AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING

For me, I see things fairly and not like some Singaporeans who have a dogmatic view about our government – either positively or negatively. Though I may be a youthful 16-year-old Singaporean, however I believe that what need to be said have to be said. I hope that all of you will take my post into consideration not take it as a platform for you to try and correct me or go against me.

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