Manpower director makes incredible claims about how well migrant workers are treated by ministry

A divisional director from the Manpower ministry gave testimony last week at the Committee of Inquiry looking into the Little India riot. Based on a report in the Straits Times, his statements more than support a view that I have long held: there is a strong tendency in this government to confuse theory with practice. There is unwarranted faith in policy papers penned in cloisters. Either there is naive ignorance of the shameful reality out there, or a resistance to unearth empirical facts, or both.

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HDB issues about 740 parking summonses a month

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) said it issued an average of 740 summonses each month in the last five years to drivers who park illegally in reserved lots. These include the lots set aside for disabled drivers, police and Singapore Civil Defence Force vehicles. HDB said it takes a serious view of such “inconsiderate acts”.

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Malaysia receives new satellite data from France

Malaysia said on Sunday it had received new satellite data from France indicating floating objects in the search area for a missing Malaysian jet in the southern Indian Ocean. The Transport Ministry said the information had been passed on to Australian authorities who are coordinating the search for the plane, now focused on a remote stretch of ocean 2,500km southwest of Perth. The ministry earlier said the latest data came in the form of images but France’s foreign ministry later clarified this, saying it came in the form of “satellite-generated radar echoes”.

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Ten things I wish will happen in Singapore

1. Public transport will be deprivatised - the privatization has brought on too much unhappiness due to profiteering because its now a business entity and fare kept going up as shareholders want more money. The strange thing about the latest fare hike is that the transport business is still profitable for both operators but yet fare has to increase. Greed...

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Ng Eng Hen: New PAP candidates for next GE already on the ground

Potential People's Action Party candidates are already active on the ground, ahead of the next General Election, said party organising secretary Ng Eng Hen. Their earlier-than-usual deployment was in response to feedback after the 2011 General Election, he said in an interview published in Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao on Sunday. Then, many Singaporeans had said that the PAP should send people to grassroots organisations as early as possible.

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DPM Teo why did you grant a radical Singapore citizenship?

From what I see, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to become a supermarket manager. I gather that he must have been a PR for a few years before you granted him citizenship. Was he working as a supermarket manager when he was a PR? Why can’t this job be done by our own Singaporeans in the first place? Why let foreigners come into Singapore to even take such jobs and forcing our own people to end up as taxi drivers? I know of many Singaporean taxi drivers are willing to switch jobs if they can be paid $2-3K a month doing a 9 to 5 job. Given a choice, they won’t want to drive 12-14 hours a day, 7 days a week, just to earn that $2-3K.

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Shoddy workmanship at new Yishun EC The Canopy

After nearly four years of waiting, residents of The Canopy, an executive condominium (EC) project in Yishun, were glad to receive their keys earlier this year. However, for some residents, the joy turned to shock when they saw the workmanship at their new homes: There were scratches on glass surfaces, cracks on walls and ceilings, uneven flooring, paint stains, poorly plastered walls and water-damaged tiles, among other defects.

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MH370: Indian Ocean search focuses on wooden pallet

Planes and a ship scrambled today (March 23) to find a pallet and other debris in a remote patch of the southern Indian Ocean to determine whether the objects were from the Malaysia Airlines jet that has been missing for more than two weeks. The pallet was spotted by a search plane yesterday, but has not been closely examined. Wooden pallets are commonly used in shipping, but can also be used on planes. It is the latest in a series of clues experts and searchers are trying to run down to solve the mystery of what happened to Flight 370 when it disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board.

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JORG DIETZEL: A VIEW OF SINGAPORE - FROM THE OUTSIDE

But compared to one hour on the bus to Incheon airport, to the Hong Kong voting system, to Malaysia's government - Singapore has got many things right. My Singaporean friends may complain about the lack of freedom, and some online forums are full of fierce discussions about the MRT and foreign talent. But in shops and trains, malls and offices, I have never experienced anything other than helpfulness, efficiency and warmth. That's why I am looking forward to my return and to the continual improvement of this ambitious little island.

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