WOODLANDS CHECKPOINT: 1500 GOALKEEPERS GUARDING SINGAPORE'S LAST LINE OF DEFENCE

Woodlands Checkpoint commander Ong Choon Beng has 1,500 goalkeepers at his disposal. That is how he refers to his team of Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers, who keep a clean sheet for Singapore the way world- class Dane Peter Schmeichel did at football giants Manchester United. But one miss is enough to undermine years of vigilance. "You can be Peter Schmeichel and save 10,000 goals, but let one through and people say you're kayu (Malay word for 'wooden' meaning silly)," says Assistant Commissioner Ong.

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Welcome, Anton Casey, to Social Media 101 (3 credits)

In response to this event, sites like mothership.sg have tried to be helpful, offering advice like “The moral of the story? Always set your Facebook account to private.” Great advice! Online privacy! Of course, that’s utterly impractical. Facebook is not for privacy. If you want privacy, you write your thoughts down in a hard copy diary, in a personal language you invented, with a complex cipher. Then you burn the diary. Then you eat the ashes.

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Internet opinions: A double-edged sword

Is the Internet killing opinion journalism? Not at all. It provides a vast forum for lots more of it. But it's made the search for high-quality opinion writing more difficult. By "high quality" I mean opinion that adheres to what we regard as journalistic standards. They include a certain loyalty to facts and logic - and transparency. Revealing the writer's real identity helps readers understand where the opinion is coming from.

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OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM CROSSINVEST ASIA

We understand that there has been a lot of attention on one of our employees recently. We are aware of these recent comments made on his personal page which some Singaporeans have found offensive. We are currently investigating the comments made by our employee and will take appropriate action once we are in possession of all the facts.

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What is happening to my country?

I am beginning to feel despondent about Singapore, the country that gave me so many opportunities to build my home, educate my children and lead a safe and secure life. But in the last few years I am seeing a different Singapore, one that moves clumsily from one error to another with alarming regularity. The system is creaking, even cracking. The journey down the slippery slope started in 2008 when the country’s most wanted man, terrorist Mas Selamat, slipped out of a detention centre in the simplest of ways – by jumping out of a toilet window.

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Pakistani cleric slams Malaysia's “ignorant” Allah ruling

A Pakistani Muslim cleric Younos AlGohar said the Malaysian Appeals Court decision that the word ‘Allah’ is exclusively for Muslims, is syirik. “The Malaysian court said, don’t use the word Allah. It is our God. Use your God’s name. This sentence is syirik (sin),” said Younos, the co-founder of Messiah Foundation International in a 16:12 minute video recording by Alra TV.

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Shame on the Home team

Now is as good a time to do so given the tragic-comedy over the past few days involving a Malaysian woman driver who “slipped’’ through Woodlands checkpoint. Now I would have thought that border security would have been stepped up over the year, given that our neighbours in the north have let out those it had detained without trial. Surely, we need an even stronger perimeter to prevent undesirables from entering?

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Illegal for Malaysians to work in Singapore without valid work passes

It is illegal for Malaysians to work in Singapore if they do not have valid work passes, said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin in Parliament on Tuesday. He was responding to a question from Mr Baey Yam Keng (Tampines GRC) who wanted to know how many Malaysians cross the Causeway regularly on social visit passes to work in the informal sector here, such as as freelance plumbers, technicians or electricians. The ministry conducts random checks and acts on public complaints, he said, but it is not realistic to expect the practice to be completely eradicated.

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Singapore Govt gives tuition grants of $210 million a year to foreign students

MOE said that the Govt gives tuition grants of $210 million a year to foreign students. It said that most of the foreign students who received grant have been “contributing to our economy”. Most of the grant recipients have been working and are contributing to our economy, while some did not start work immediately as they had deferred their bonds to pursue further studies. Actions will be taken against those who default on their obligations.

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Pope Francis Commands Elites to Alleviate Worldwide Poverty

Pope Francis on Tuesday called on the world's political and business elite gathered in Davos to use their spirit of entrepreneurship to alleviate crushing global poverty. In a message read out at the opening ceremony of the annual World Economic Forum, Pope Francis said: "Those who have demonstrated their ability to be innovative and for improving the lives of many people by their ingenuity and professional expertise can further contribute by putting their skills at the service of those who are still living in dire poverty."

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