MERITOCRACY: YOU SHALL SOW WHAT YOU REAP

For an island so small that you can't run a marathon in a straight line in without hitting the sea, Singapore has done extremely well by any account. It has zilch natural resources but today, Singapore outstrips almost all other countries in the world, including countries which are many times its size and have a far longer history than this young nation that hasn't even hit 50. If you want the facts, here they are: Singapore is the 6th best country in the world to be born in (Cllick here) and it comes in fifth in the world on education

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MARINA COASTAL EXPRESSWAY (MCE) IS SMOOTH - BUT WHAT ABOUT OTHER EXPRESSWAYS?

Dont juz talk abt MCE. It may be smooth due to higher traffic diverted to other expressways. Pls share the traffic conditions across all expressways, comparing MCE, ECP, KPE, CTE, AYE during peak hours. This would be a better justification than juz talk on MCE. It is not convincing in yr statement.

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ARE MALAYS UNHAPPY WITH PAP?

On the contrary, the recent survey done by Suria/Warna (the Malay Mediacorp TV and Radio channels in Singapore) showed that 74% of Malays did not believe that the Government’s new policies would be adequate to prepare Singaporeans for the future. 57.6% of the Malays surveyed did not have the confidence that the future generation would have better and bright future.

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ARE YOU PROUD OF THE MARINA COASTAL EXPRESSWAY?

I have been using the Marina Coastal Expressway to commute to work since the second day of its opening.With the exception of the severe congestion at the exit to Central Boulevard on my first day driving along the expressway, the subsequent commutes have been relatively smooth. Many people have criticised the expressway’s design and the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) communication exercise, on both social and mainstream media. Some were reasonable, such as those calling for more and better signage, but others have been too quick to judge.

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DELTA SWIMMING POOL SICK UNCLE

I started going swimming at Delta Swimming pool (very near to Redhill MRT station) recently as it is near my working place and along the way home. There is this uncle who wears spectacles and lying on one of the benches in the changing/bathing room. He is always holding a book but when you take note of his eyes he is not reading the book but looking at the other guys who are changing especially the young boys who have just completed their swimming lessons. When i go for my swim he is there, after i have completed my swim he is still there

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LEE HSIEN LOONG: MORE SUPPORT FOR NEEDY SINGAPOREANS IN BUDGET 2014

Speaking at the Thye Hua Kwan (THK) Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) @ Ang Mo Kio, Mr Lee also announced that the Government will set aside S$250 million for a new fund to build up the social service sector as well as spur Singaporeans and organisations to give more of their time and money to help those in need. Mr Lee said more details on the measures to strengthen the social safety net and enhance social mobility will be announced in the Budget statement, which will be delivered on Feb 21.

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FARE CONCESSIONS FOR LESS FORTUNATE A GOOD STEP

I refer to the report, “New fare discounts for low-wage workers, those with disabilities” (Jan 17). Singaporeans have, over the years, asked the Government to give concessions to the less fortunate, and I commend it for taking the plunge. I hope there are other big-ticket items in this year’s Budget, though Singaporeans should not assume that the country is on the slippery slope to becoming a welfare state.

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DO DRUG SMUGGLERS DESERVE A SECOND CHANCE?

A Malaysian on death row for drug trafficking has filed for judicial review in the High Court, after he was refused a Certificate of Cooperation by the Public Prosecutor under the amended Misuse of Drugs Act. Lawyer M Ravi, acting for Cheong Chun Yin, argued that his client had provided the Central Narcotics Bureau with all the information known to him concerning the offence.

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A GIRLFRIEND'S EXPERIENCE WITH NS AND RESERVISTS

The second year of his NS stint, I was back and I’d started working. We had dates on the weekend and some times on the week days. It was nice, except for the part where he complains about the NS stuff. I didn’t understand why he was so pissed off at doing NS but since I wasn’t the one in his shoes, I just kept my mouth shut. Because the then-boyfriend hate NS, I thought that all men had the same thought. Until I met Dude. Dude enjoyed his NS. He had fun and didn’t regret any part of it. It was refreshing to hear someone who said that it was his duty to serve the country, instead of how much he hated NS and wished that the government would abolish it.

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