YOUR VIEW: Promote pink NRIC as benefit for Singaporeans

With the celebrations of National Day 2013 having come and gone, it is fitting to ask what can be done to further encourage Singapore citizenry and nation building during other times of the year. One suggestion that may help galvanise Singaporeans is by promoting the pink NRIC (National Registration Identity Card) as an icon of citizenry through the media and the arts. The pink NRIC is after all a key document that readily identifies a person as being Singaporean. However, this icon should not be relegated to mere imagery.

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YOUR VIEW: 'Is Singapore my home, daddy?'

For every Singaporean worker that leaves, three foreigners come in to take his place. PMET positions, mind you. Not low-level positions.The whole mix in my company is around 30% local and 70% foreigner. Many Singaporeans I see are becoming desperate now. The only job they can do is to drive taxis, be hawkers, small-time push cart business owners. What about the jobs that are related to our education we spent almost17-20 years to get? They're all being snapped up by the so-called foreign "talents". "Talents" because they are not talents at all! They have totally unrelated educational background or working experience -- they do not know the terms and lingo in related fields. Some of them even have fake certificates.

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YOUR VIEW: Give authorities room to make decisions in repatriations

Asking "What does it meant to be granted a discharge amounting to an acquittal by the courts?", Yahoo contributor Andrew Loh in his commentary "Why deport the acquitted in Little India riot?" objects to the deportation of an "innocent" Indian worker who was "acquitted" after the prosecution opted to discontinue the case against him. In his Parliamentary speech in 2008 (which Loh had cited from) Law Minister K Shanmugam in fact explained what an acquittal means. Referring to a lecture by former Attorney-General (later Chief Justice) Chan Sek Keong...

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There’s a special place for smokers in Nee Soon South... and it’s sheltered

Have you spotted this in Nee Soon South? It's one of the designated smoking corners launched on Sunday in a bid to turn the town into a smoke-free zone. What a way to bring them smokers together, hey? While smokers in other parts of Singapore are banned from lighting up at places like sheltered walkways, bus shelters and common areas of residential buildings, those in Nee Soon South have special corners erected just for them. And, they’re sheltered. These corners even have special concrete pathways leading to them. Wow.

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Singapore’s Grandfathers’ Roads – Legacies of Our Pioneers

Last weekend, a campaign called “Is this your grandfather’s road?” was carried out at Tiong Bahru estate to discourage motorists from parking illegally and obstructing the traffic. The “grandfather’s road” phrase has been always a popular and catchy one, and seems a good fit to use in an old housing estate where all its roads were named after Chinese pioneers. A question comes to mind: What are the roads in Singapore that were named after the early pioneers of Singapore?

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LionsXII end pre-season on winning note

The LionsXII ended their pre-season tour of Yogyakarta in Indonesia with a 1-0 victory over PSS Sleman at the Maguwoharjo Stadium today (Jan 10). Khairul Amri scored in the 45th minute to give the LionsXII their second win in three games – after a 2-1 victory over PPSM Magelang on Tuesday and a 0-3 defeat to Persis Solo last Saturday. Head Coach Fandi Ahmad said: “It has been a good tour – with three good matches that provided our players, especially the young ones such as Emmeric Ong, Ignatius Ang and Syafiq Zainal, a feel of the intensity of matches in front of big and vocal crowds.

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Over 400 lodge complaints following Five Stars Tours closure

Since Five Stars Tours closed on Wednesday (Jan 8), there have been 29 customers seeking compensation at the Small Claims Tribunal. The Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) has so far received 437 complaints, of which at least 200 complainants had bought bus tickets to Malaysia. As soon as it opened for business at 9am today, Transtar Travel at Golden Mile Complex had been attending to customers who had bought bus tickets from Five Stars Tours.

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Hacker’s request for return of ATM card rejected

SINGAPORE — The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has denied a request by James Raj Arokiasamy, the alleged hacker who goes by the moniker “the Messiah”, to have his United Overseas Bank ATM card returned. In a letter to his lawyers, the AGC said: “Investigations are currently ongoing in respect of the bank account linked to the ATM card in question.”

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Kampong Lorong Buangkok – Singapore’s Last Village

Built in 1956, Kampong Lorong Buangkok is the last surviving kampong (village) in Singapore. It is also known as Selak Kain in Malay, meaning ‘hitching up one’s sarong’ as people used to lifted their sarongs to wade through floods whenever the village experienced flash floods. Despite being surrounded by concrete housing, Kampong Lorong Buangkok fiercely retains its traditional roots, evident in the rustic wooden huts with zinc roofs, and strong “kampong spirit” reflected by the residents.

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Welfare: Govt still missing the point

If the PAP wants to reconnect with the 40% of voters who voted against the PAP in the last GE, and please its base (including the 35% that “Die, die must vote PAP” , it should rethink its Hard Truth that welfare spending is consumption, not investment. However anti-PAP paper activists should be glad that the govt is unlikely to change its thinking. As ex-scholar Donald Low put it: “What all this points to is that we really need a more robust welfare system that gives Singaporeans much greater assurance of income when they are unemployed, old or sick. The low fertility rate and the desire of even well-to-do Singaporeans to retire somewhere else are signs that the state needs to craft a new social contract with Singaporeans, that it needs to develop more mechanisms to pool risks and give Singaporeans security.

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