Cleaners' Progressive (Minimum) Wage Model

The Government announced in the Committee of Supply debate 2013 that all cleaning companies (presumably, it means the cleaning services providers) would be licensed this year to uplift standards more widely across the industry. Key licensing requirements include mandatory training courses and adoption of the PWM for cleaners. Do we really need to license cleaning services providers to uplift cleaning standards? Does the Government intend to mandate minimum cleaning standards and suspend or revoke licences if such standards are not achieved or maintained.

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The alternative news in 1 day? (part 24) – Polytechnic graduates’ pay dropped 5%?

Leong is the Past President of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, an alumnus of Harvard University, has authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been host of a money radio show, a daily newspaper column, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for Malaysiakini, executive producer of the movie Ilo Ilo (26 international awards). He has served as Honorary Consul of Jamaica and founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of Brunei and Indonesia. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors and 13 professional qualifications. He blogs at www.leongszehian.com

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New guidelines on issuance of itemised payslips

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) have developed a set of guidelines on the issuance of itemised payslips, the MOM announced today (Jan 13).

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Resale private home prices fall for 4th month

Prices of resale private homes fell for a fourth month in December as prices weakened by a further 0.2 per cent, according to the latest data today (Jan 13) from the Singapore Real Estate Exchange (SRX) which compiles data from property agencies in Singapore

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TEACHERS: GENUINE EDUCATORS OR GREEDY OPPPORTUNISTS?

I personally know someone, whose name I won’t be revealing due to ethical purposes, who has a “passion for teaching”. However, I doubted that “passion”, as her personality and demeanour is not fitting of a teacher. Slowly, I discovered that she’s not actually interested in teaching, but interested in the lucrative salary that teachers draw! What a personality she is! The scary thing is that these “potential teachers” will be educating my children in the future! If such a catastrophe is not enough of a catalyst for you to take your kids out of Singapore to experience a truly holistic education, I don’t know what other catalyst will work!

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Are old-fashioned coffee shops slowly dying out?

IN the small neighbourhood where I have lived for 30 years, residents are abuzz over the closure of yet another coffee shop.Their disappearance mirrors a changing Singapore, where many past lifestyles are gradually being erased. The coffee shop is an old institution that makes life in one of the world’s most expensive cities more liveable. Stalls that operate there dish out – for only a few dollars – some of the most exotic Asian dishes, with diversity unmatched in many other countries.

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Indian FT JONATHAN PINTO from Accenture Singapore has destroyed the Lives of Singaporean Girls

The photographer is JONATHAN PINTO and he is a senior manager at multi-national company, Accenture, Singapore. He is IT trained and likely to be from India where he got both his degrees. After Jonathan knew that I was trying to find him, he did one of the most common thing to confirm my suspicion. First, he started to change profile pictures to some pussy (the real cat lah) and hiding parts of his Facebook. Later, he totally removed all his Facebook and Linkedin profiles. Now why would someone who have nothing to hide suddenly do all this?

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Can -- and should -- the internet be tamed in Singapore?

The government and mainstream media sometimes seem fixated with what happens online. Perhaps seeing it as a threat to their monopoly on power and narrative, they are eager to paint the online community as the “Wild Wild West” where battles have to be fought. Creative acronyms like DRUMS (Distortions, Rumours, Untruths, Misinformation and Smears) are created to depict the Internet as a place of irresponsible trouble-makers. Everyone who isn’t with them is, apparently, a troll.

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