Tag Archives: Straits Times 29 April 2014

PALANIAPPAN MUTHUKUMAR: CPF BOARD IS INFLEXIBLE

The CPF Board should allow more flexibility and options in funding the Retirement Account. For instance, if the member is able to fund the Retirement Account fully using his Ordinary Account or with a cash top-up, he should be allowed to continue earning higher interest on his Special Account.

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HENRY ONG: WE ARE BEING DISCRIMINATED

IT HAS been five months since my letter ("More motorcycle parking spaces in CBD, please"; Nov 20, 2013) was published. But up to now, nothing has been heard from any government agency on easing the parking woes of motorcyclists. Last Christmas, I entertained a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who had ridden all the way from Bangkok. They had wanted to visit the integrated resorts, but were put off by the fact that Marina Bay Sands did not provide motorcycle parking spaces, and the nearby open carpark was full. The only option was for them to park illegally. Sentosa was worse as motorcycles are not even allowed on the island.

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FORMER DEATHROW DRUG TRAFFICKER CHALLENGES CANING SENTENCE

His lawyer M. Ravi is challenging the constitutionality of caning, in particular, the manner in which the punishment is carried out. Mr Ravi is arguing that the way caning is implemented in the prisons "takes it out of the realm of acceptable punishment and into the realm of torture". He says the "severity of the strikes and intensity of the pain" is evidenced by the fact that women, men aged over 50 and boys under 16 cannot be caned.Also, doctors have to be present when prisoners are caned. Mr Ravi is also arguing that Yong is being made to suffer a greater punishment than was prescribed by law at the time of his offence.

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BOSSES FAVOURING FOREIGNERS

COMPLAINTS about preferential treatment of foreigners remain the No. 1 gripe Singaporeans have over unfair employment practices, for the third year running. They made up more than half of the 475 grievances - involving 295 employers - lodged last year with the national anti-discrimination watchdog. The Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (Tafep) did not reveal an exact breakdown in its annual review released yesterday.

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FOREIGN GRADUATES ON SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT BONDS FINDING JOB HUNT TOUGH

The foreign graduates pointed out that one downside of the tightened hiring policies is that some of their peers may cite difficulty in getting jobs as an excuse to leave Singapore without serving their bonds. They asked that MOE allow them to defer their bonds if they cannot get employed. This has been done previously. In 2001, for example, non-Singaporean graduates on tuition grants could have their bonds suspended for a year if they could not get jobs upon graduation or lost their jobs.

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