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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Kidnap victim trying to move on, says family

The 79-year-old grandmother who became Singapore’s first kidnap victim in more than a decade stayed away from the limelight yesterday, as Madam Ng Lye Poh broke away from a decade-long routine of going to the market nearby and having breakfast near her home. Instead, she stayed in her Jalan Arif home. Her son, Sheng Siong boss Lim Hock Chee, said the family is helping her to move on. “She didn’t say much this morning. She’s watching TV now. We’re trying to help her move on,” he said yesterday. Mdm Ng, who was described as the matriarch of the family, had not slept for close to 24 hours after she was kidnapped on Wednesday, Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday.

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Pilot becomes 31st man jailed for sex with minor

A commercial pilot yesterday became the 31st man to be jailed in connection with an online vice ring case involving a 17-year-old girl. Joseph Ong Chee Wah, 33, was jailed 12 weeks for having paid sex with the underage escort. Ong — who is married with one young child and whose wife is pregnant — is one of 51 men who were charged in 2012 over the case involving the underage girl.

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Here is why there should be no fare increase

The commuters did not benefit from this increased revenue as the formula for fare increase then only took into account increases in the operating costs, not revenues. At the very least, we could have expected that when the commuters suffered overcrowding, they could have enjoyed the comfort of no fare increases. Since the operators now have to catch up with their maintenance costs, why should commuters have to pay for it again through the proposed fare increase? Operators should be accountable for their past mistakes and should not again be allowed a fare increase until they have sort out their current problems

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