FIGHTING IN SMRT TRAIN

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SOUTH KOREA JAILS HUNDREDS FOR REFUSING TO SERVE NS

The young dentist was uncuffed and led to his seat in the courtroom. A few rows back, his mother watched motionlessly, her hands gently clasped together as if in prayer. Jeon Seong Jin is being punished for a crime that is not a crime at all in most of the world. A Jehovah’s Witness, he has refused to become a soldier in South Korea, where all able-bodied male citizens are required to serve about 21 months in the army.

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SMRT: ON THE WRONG TRACK?

The government and Temasek should take this opportunity to review this model of ownership where a public service company is listed on the stock exchange. It is also ironic that many who can only depend on public transport, cannot afford equities that are listed to provide them this essential service. No doubt, public transport companies should be profit making, but should they be publicly listed?

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Are we ready for the hijab-in-uniform?

So, is society ready for the hijab-in-uniform? There is no way to really know until we try allowing it. No matter how many surveys we take or how much we debate the issue, there will always be the suspicion there are too many of us with prejudices hiding behind politically correct opinions. If we do not try, we will not rid those prejudices lingering in us. Trying is the best way to search for practical solutions.

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Mercedes driver who bulldozed 4 people at Chong Pang Market fined $7,000

A businessman who injured four people near Chong Pang Market when his car crashed into them was fined $7,000 on Wednesday. Lim Swee Huat, 66, was also banned from driving for two years over the Aug 6, 2012 accident in Yishun, reports The Straits Times.He pleaded guilty to causing grievous hurt to Madam Thangaraj Mahalakshmi, 52, a production operator, and Mr Toh Eng Lay, 55, by a negligent act that had put lives at risk. He also admitted to causing hurt to Mr Ng Yeo Hock, 69, a newspaper vendor, and Madam Seah Peck Hong, 63.

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When the fabric of society is tissue

Most of them, hair greying at the temples, a slight limp in their gaits as they roam the streets selling packets of tissues to earn a living. They were once a good-looking “two-ply tissue”, until they did the inevitable – they grew old and creased.

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Rules of engagement for a civil, civil society

Interest groups form precisely because people have common interests. But it would be a mistake to assume that all interest groups are inevitably anti-government. Politics may actuate some, but most are apolitical. This is evident in groups interested in the environment, culture, heritage, the arts, crafts, hobbies, sports and so forth. Foreigners who live and work in Singapore will also form their own formal and informal support groups. The friction will not always be between that great brooding omnipresence known as THE GOVERNMENT (as some people see it) and helpless citizens. Civil society groups will present competing interests too.

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Condo rental yield dips below 4%

Non-landed private residential rental yield fell below 4 per cent last year, the Singapore Real Estate Exchange (SRX) said today (Jan 17). Overall, the median gross rental yield for non-landed private residential properties dropped from 4.2 per cent to 3.9 per cent last year.

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Raise CPF pay-outs to low-wage workers: Lim Chong Yah

Former National Wages Council (NWC) chairman Lim Chong Yah has suggested to the NWC to consider getting companies to increase their Central Provident Fund (CPF) pay-outs to low-wage workers. Instead of a national minimum wage, this could be used to raise pay across the board for low-income employees, he said. Emeritus Professor Lim was speaking to reporters at the launch of his latest book, Singapore’s National Wages Council - An Insider’s View.

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