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RESERVED PRESIDENCY IS CONDESCENDING, SHOWS MALAYS ARE “USED ONLY WHEN NEEDED”

Khan Osman Sulaiman talks about the upcoming Presidential Election and highlighted some of its problems. He thinks it is condescending to reserve the election for Malays as it shows that they cannot stand on their own merits. "It places the Malay community as a pawn in a chess game. To be used only when needed". He said the reserved presidency with its strict conditions is only for the elitist and described the President position as a lame duck.

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IMPROVEMENTS IN BEDOK AFTER NCMP DENNIS TAN FIGHTS FOR THEM IN PARLIAMENT

Kudos to NCMP Dennis Tan Lip Fong for suggesting to build a better footpath for Bedok residents! Earlier, he raised the issue in Parliament to Minister Ng Chee Meng to widen the footpath along Bedok North Avenue 4. He proposed the idea after seeing that there are many pedestrians, cyclists and e-scooters there and saw the need to make things convenient for residents. The improvement works, which have recently started, will include the area opposite St Anthony's Canossian Secondary School and Fengshan SMC. If completed, the footpath will be at least 2 times wider and will definitely add to a safer environment.

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WP CALLS FOR REDUNDANCY INSURANCE SHOULD BE PROPERLY CONSIDERED

Associate Professor Daniel Goh made an articulate presentation of the Workers’ Party’s proposal for a Redundancy Insurance scheme in Parliament today. Minister Josephine Teo responded that redundancy insurance schemes may reduce the incentive of the workers made redundant to find a new job. But wouldn't some breathing room on day to day expenses (capped to 6 months) allow the laid-off worker to find a job with a better fit? And does it do the employer any good to hire someone who has accepted a job she does not like out of financial pressure? That employee may not fully commit to that job and focus on finding the job she wants, which does not make for good productivity for the company. Minister Teo also said that the true cost of redundancy insurance may not be the 0.1% of wages in the WP proposal; it could be 1.5% as in Korea, or more. But she did not explain by what mechanism premiums and pay-outs would inflate by 10 times from the level we suggested. By the same token, we should not have introduced Com-care since the Com-care disbursement level may inflate by 10 or more times to European levels, which represent the “true cost” of such welfare schemes.

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RACE AND RELIGION ISSUES TO BE KEPT AWAY FROM PUBLIC EYE. GOVT WILL TELL YOU WHAT TO DO

Now, everyone will be talking about this, everyone will have their own opinions, everyone will have their own camps, be it WP or the Government. At the end of the day, it is not who is right, or who is wrong in the exchange in Parliament yesterday. It is about the general public now waking up again to race and religion issues, thanks to the very exchange in Parliament. You make a mountain out of a molehill, now it becomes a monster that will be hard to keep down. Well done! So, the narrative is the same. All issues that government not comfortable with the public discussing, or the government have no ready answers with, keep them away from public. Government will tell you all what to do, and you do. No questions asked.

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THEY AMENDED ELECTED PRESIDENCY TO MAKE TAN CHENG BOCK INELIGIBLE

Guys, no need to vote in the September 2017 presidential election! Looks like it has already been decided that Halimah will become president whether you vote or not. Dr Tan Cheng Bock is now ineligible to contest and will have to silently watch as the rules are changed to make it easy for PAP's preferred candidate, Mdm Halimah to win. In fact, Mdm Halimah's victory is so ridiculously easy that any other Malay could have done it too.

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A GUIDE TO WHAT YOU CAN & CANNOT WRITE UNDER S’PORE LAW

I refer to the article “Views sought on Bill covering Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital” (Straits Times, Jan 11). Parliament said it is an offence for any person to publish any evidence given, or any documents presented to the committee, or extracts, before the committee has presented its report to Parliament.”

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