Tag Archives: CHAN CHUN SING

It is about overcrowding, not xenophobia

In the 1970s, the Government intervened with the “Two is Enough” campaign because our nation and wealth level could not sustain a large population overnight. That was an exercise in prudence, and the crowded buses of the 1980s gave way to a more civil commute. Today, I see scenes at the bus stops and on the buses similar to those of the ’80s. Such crowding can also be said of the MRT and our roads. We should face these facts.

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The case against importing athletes

Fifa condemns foreigner recruitment as a farce Having seen more and more countries deliberately recruiting foreign-born footballers, many of whom are Brazilian, with no familial or ancestral ties to their new country, Fifa president Sepp Blatter told the BBC in 2007: “If we don’t stop this farce, if we don’t take care about the invaders from Brazil towards Europe, Asia and Africa then, in the 2014 or the 2018 World Cup, out of the 32 teams you will have 16 full of Brazilian players.”

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Fion Phua – A True Singaporean Heroine

When I was in a bit of dire straights 9 years ago, her assistance helped me get some basic furnishings for my home as well as things like a fridge, washing machine, microwave etc. She had a trusty delivery driver - Ah Poh, who would collect the stuff and send it over. Later when he had extra stuff, he would sometimes call me and ask me to ask around to see who needed whatever items he had in storage. His initiative allowed Mdm Phua to focus on

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Welfare: Govt still missing the point

Indonesia too has a problem with its fuel subsidy: it’s eating up a growing share of the budget, and meanwhile Thailand has a problem with its rice subsidy for farmers. It’s so bad that there are reports that there are farmers not receiving the subsidy. The govt doesn’t have the money. S’pore govt doesn’t have this problem: the govt doesn’t do subsidies (except in public housing, healthcare and public tpt*: though even PAP Wormtongues** like that Jason chap cannot explain where the subsidies are in healthcare and public housing: they can only repeat parrot-like the govt’s statements about the subsidies, which is there is a subsidy).

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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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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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MCYS, MP ignore sole breadwinner’s plea for help

I am a 30-year-old lady. I have a daughter who’s in primary 2. I had a second child who unfortunately passed away on November 2012. I used to work in an office as an operation assistant for 3 years. After my maternity leave, I went back to work on April 1st.However, the management changed and my job title and salary were adjusted without informing me. I was so depressed at that time due to my loss of child at stillbirth.

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Singapore must ease ‘bandwidth tax’ on the poor

The PAP Government, however, contends there is no shortage of help schemes for the poor. In November last year, Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing defended Singapore’s kueh lapis approach for helping low-income Singaporeans as being more targeted and flexible in meeting their needs than a single poverty line. Poor households need only to apply for the various social assistance programmes that subsidise housing, childcare, healthcare and eldercare.

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