GE 2015

"The Workers Party won't win East Coast GRC"

He also revealed that the government exerts significant pressure on ST editors to ensure that published articles toe the government’s line. For example, ministers routinely call ST editors to ensure that media coverage of an issue comes out the way they want it. He said that no editors have been fired or otherwise punished for printing articles critical of the government because all of them have already been vetted to ensure their pro-government leanings. The ST Bureau Chief even conceded that he would likely never advance higher up the ladder at ST due to the ‘expectations’ placed on editors.

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SENIOR CIVIL SERVANT CHEE HONG TAT RESIGNS TO CONTEST IN GE2015

The second Permanent Secretary for Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat submitted his resignation and his last day at work is on 11 August 2015. This is a sign that he Mr Chee is likely to enter politics in the coming elections. Public servants are required to resign before they are allowed to enter politics.

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BERTHA HENSON: WHY THE PAP-GOVERNMENT DESERVES OUR SUPPORT!

I’m going to use the word of week: cynicism. There’s too much of it going around such that everything bad is laid at the G’s door and any attempt by the G to do anything is viewed with suspicion. Past mistakes are not forgiven, even if amends are being made. There is a tendency to “mis-read’’ stuff, especially complicated stuff. There are too many who will die, die not give the G the benefit of the doubt, much less praise of any kind. And those who do, get tarred with some bad names including those that can’t be printed.

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BACK IN 2011, FINANCE MINISTER THARMAN SAYS GST WILL NOT BE RAISED FOR 5-YEARS

He said: "As Finance Minister, I have made that very clear in Parliament that at least for the next five years - it does not mean we will raise it in five years' time - but at least for five years, there is absolutely no reason to raise the GST, because this was the whole idea - we strengthen our revenue base in time. In fact, in the good years before the crisis, it came in very handy in the crisis but it is also going to come in handy in the next five years when we build our infrastructure in health, in infrastructure and we increase our support for the poor. That was the original motivation for GST, help the poor more and prepare Singaporeans for the future through investment income, two very solid sources of revenue to help us in the years to come."

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SINGAPORE GIRL OFFERING SEX FOR $80-PER-SHOT TO RAISE SCHOOL FEES

A self-proclaimed Singapore girl put up an advertisement on a local portal offering sexual services at $80 ‘per shot’ as she needs money for her school fees. Besides putting her vital statistics online, she also revealed that she ‘welcomes’ all races. Having paid sex with girls under 18 years of age is a crime in Singapore and clients are advised to check their Identity Card to verify their age first before proceeding with the deal.

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[YOUR LETTERS] ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT IS HIRING TEMP STAFF TO TRAIN ELECTION AGENTS - ELECTIONS IN 2015?

According to the ad, Elections Department is looking for "Training Support Executive" and "Training Facilitator", both are temporary position for 1-year with application dateline in mid-May 2014. Let's assume that the trainers were hired by August 2014, this means their tenure will end by August 2015. However, the ads stated that candidates are required "to be prepared to work extended hours under pressure during elections period".

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