Replacing Ho Ching…what is the problem?

For over a decade now, questions have been asked – and countless media articles written – about when Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, will name a successor. Almost nine years ago, back in 2005, it was reported that the Board of Temasek Holdings had initiated the process of CEO succession as part of a disciplined governance system. At that point in time, Ho Ching had been CEO of Temasek for three years.

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Crime and punishment: Where is the debate?

In the wake of the recent riot in Little India, one of the observations that struck me was how relatively little public discussion we see in the mainstream media about the issues of crime and punishment. When riots rocked London in August 2011, journalists and politicians got on their soapboxes and spent the following weeks denouncing the crimes and speculating on the underlying causes, as expected, but also engaged in debates about the fairness of punishments meted out, including questioning the use of excessive police force, etc.

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Motorcyclist dies in Tuas accident

A motorcyclist died in an accident with a tipper truck this morning. Police and the Singapore Civil Defence Force said they received a call at about 6am about an accident at the junction of Tuas West Road and Tuas Avenue 7.

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MCE traffic flowing easier now: DPM Teo

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said this morning (Jan 9) that he is glad to see traffic on the Marina Costal Expressway (MCE) flowing well in a full work week. Mr Teo, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security and Home Affairs Minister, noted on his Facebook page that more people have become familiar with Singapore’s latest expressway.

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Alleged rioters file complaint, claim abuse by police

The police are investigating a formal complaint of abuse filed by three Indian nationals facing criminal charges for rioting in Little India on December 2013.

The complaint, by construction workers Rajendran Mohan and Ravi Arun Vengatesh, as well as IT project manager Arun Kaliamurthy, alleges physical assault and verbal abuse by police officers during the course of their arrest after the riot.

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4 former ICA officers charged with corruption

Four former officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) were charged today (Jan 9) with accepting bribes for facilitating or granting visit passes that would allow foreigners to prolong their stay in Singapore.

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Cleaners, guards to get pay hike under new system

Cleaning firms must offer entry-level salary of S$1,000 and give increments in tandem with skills upgrading. Starting in September — after legislative changes are introduced later this month and passed by Parliament — cleaning companies must pay an entry-level salary of S$1,000 each month, up from the current median gross monthly wage of about S$850, and subsequently give increments in tandem with skills upgrading.

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Can Singapore cultivate resilience in face of change?

The churning undercurrent of grievances over the Population White Paper, the toxic haze from Indonesia, the graft trials of public figures and senior civil servants, the series of hacking incidents and the Little India riot were events that captured the national consciousness through the year. Singaporeans could no longer boast about being above the fray. Today, a sense of doubt, pessimism, insecurity and, to some extent, despair, is palpable. The angst over the failure of our well-oiled state machinery has led some to describe the successive events over recent years as a failure of governance.

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