Josephine Teo: 'I’d have had four kids if not for politics'

In Part 2 of this Supper Club interview, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Finance Josephine Teo talks about the annual Budget, her work as an MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC and personal life. Q: You lead the committee for Changi Airport’s expansion. Is it expanding fast enough? Our aviation correspondent said given the projections, Changi Airport could be operating at more than 90 per cent capacity (in the few years before Terminal 5 opens).

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New courses in human resource, space design technology at ITE

O-Level school-leavers will have two more options when they collect their results on Monday, with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) announcing two new courses — Higher Nitec in Human Resource and Administration and Higher Nitec in Space Design Technology — yesterday.

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Two Gay Singaporean Men charged with kidnap of supermarket boss’s mother

Two Singaporeans were charged in a district court under the Kidnapping Act on Friday with abducting and holding a 79-year-old woman for ransom. Media reports say the pair have been living together for more than 10 years. The victim is the mother of Sheng Siong supermarket's chief executive, Mr Lim Hock Chee.

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One of my 37 year old IT executive in NCS National Computer Singapore keeps complaining to me that his salary is depressed by his Pinoy counterparts and during lunch, he also has no common topic with Pinoys. He might as well put NCP National Computer Philippines as he is the minority Singaporean working there which is very shameful as NCS was first started off by the PAP Government. Recently, many government offices and stats board are on the major hiring trend to hire more security IT executives and systems analysts in the wake of online cyberhackers and The Messiah.

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Lui Tuck Yew: I prefer Marina Coastal Expressway

"We will have to be patient, look at the situation over a period of weeks. But so far, LTA (i.e. the Land Transport Authority) tells me, other than the first morning, it’s been relatively smooth, perhaps for a variety of reasons. And I’d like to believe that some (motorists) have moved over to taking public transport, given the convenience of the Circle Line and Downtown Line in the area." Mr Lui said that LTA “will continue to make improvements to the signs, and do the necessary tweaks, to bring about a smoother commute for motorists

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Fair trial for the 53 workers repatriated?

Let’s understand this too – most migrant workers came all the way to Singapore in debt and they contribute to our industries with their labour and skills in exchange of a better life for their families back home. Instead of treating them with such a lack of justice, the least we can do is to let them explain themselves in Court, where evidences will be produced to prove their involvement or innocence in the incident and have all possible mitigating factors considered.

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Basic salary rate is a good start, but does not go far enough

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The causes of the Little India riot are of course many and I do not want to over simplify the problem. That being said, I sincerely believe that chronic frustration over their working conditions are a significant part of the equation. It is therefore crucial to address the needs of our construction workers too. In the words of labour activist, Jolovan Wham: “I think it’s a good first step, but this should pave the way for legislation to be enacted eventually… Such a basic wage should apply to sectors like construction, marine and services, for instance, and also apply to workers of all nationalities.”

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Hard truth about Little India riot

How do we end up with such a disproportionately large number of foreign workers of one nationality and ethnicity? There is no good reason which can justify such a skewed proportion of Indians in our labor force. For the sake of diversity and inclusiveness? In that case, we should not only have a wide variety of nationalities and ethnicity but more importantly, a fair and even distribution of the number of workers from different nationalities. For the sake of meritocracy? Indians are not well known for their building and construction skills. They come from a country notorious for its under-developed infrastructures and decrepit buildings. If I’m not mistaken, a couple of years ago, a newly constructed bridge for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi collapsed just on the eve of the opening of Commonwealth Games.

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Malaysians in Singapore don’t want to become Singaporeans

The survey polled 100 Malaysians in Singapore. 21 of them said that they love their country, Malaysia. Hence, they have no intention of migrating to Singapore. Others cited the high cost of living in Singapore, the accompanying pressure and difficult housing policies. Last August, for example, HDB changed its housing policy so that new permanent residents have to wait three years before they can buy a resale HDB flat.

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