Tag Archives: Straits Times 26 April 2014

HRI KUMAR NAIR: SINGAPOREANS ARE FORGETFUL

To sustain the momentum, the Government created jobs and grew the economy. Foreign firms came, along with foreigners who filled positions that Singaporeans could not. "There was a huge credit side which no one wants to talk about," said Mr Nair. But since Singaporeans did not feel the harshest effects of the recession and hence "no sense of loss and redemption", the credit just felt like business as usual, he said. The debit, however, could be felt in pressure points such as infrastructure strains and transport.

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PAP IS GOING TO WOO THE LGBT CROWD FOR COMING ELECTIONS?

"Non-bread-and-butter issues will feature more prominently, going forward," the Bishan-Toa Payoh MP said. "Particularly for the young, for whom these things such as freedom of speech and LGBT rights, are important. They'll want to know what their MPs are doing (about them)." "Same-sex marriage issues are vote-changers in other countries," Mr Nair said, citing the United States, where decisions on gay rights have been made recently. "It's going to happen to us - we are not immune," he added.

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DEREK LOW: STOP THE ABUSE OF WOMAN CHARTER!

The Charter was enacted in the 1960s to protect the many housewives who were supported by their husbands. But times have changed. Our Government has encouraged women to join the workforce to be independent and contribute to nation building.I urge Singapore's modern women to take pride in who they are, what they do and the effort they have put into their marriages. But when the marriage fails, they ought to be logical and sensible, instead of making unreasonable demands under the outdated Charter.

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LEE HSIEN LOONG: UPGRADED GEYLANG DISTRICT TO KEEP ITS MALAY CHARACTER

"From humble beginnings, Pasar Geylang Serai now occupies an important place in our social landscape," he said. Not only does the Malay community organise events there, but other races also head there to enjoy the Hari Raya bazaar, said Mr Lee, who spoke first in Malay and then in English. Even tourists visit the market to buy the baju kurung, the traditional Malay dress, and to enjoy Malay cuisine, he added.

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