Tag Archives: Straits Times 8 May 2014

ZHAO XINYING: PROBLEM WITH GENDER-NEUTRAL LAWS

The rationale behind the law imposing a duty on men to maintain their former wives is to even out any financial inequalities between the spouses. If marriage is to be an equal cooperative partnership of efforts, then both parties should leave the marriage on equal terms. To deprive women of maintenance would be to ignore the immeasurable sacrifices they have made.

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KHAW BOON WAN: SENIORS WHO DOWNGRADE FLAT CAN PROFIT $200,000

SENIOR citizens who downgrade to a studio apartment have made around $200,000 per flat. That is the balance of the sale proceeds after paying off the outstanding loan for their old flat and paying fully for the new one. Retired civil servant Annie Tang, 69, sold her three-room flat in Woodlands in October 2012 and moved into a studio apartment in the area. She made about $300,000 in net sales proceeds, she said. Ms Tang, who is single and lives alone, said she feels safer with an alarm system in her home that will notify her neighbours in an emergency.

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ABDULLAH ZAIK: CHINESE ARE TRESPASSERS USED TO WEAKEN MALAY IDENTITY

On Tuesday, Isma president Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman provoked an outcry when he was quoted by his group's website as saying that the influx of Chinese migrants into Malaysia had been "a mistake" which must be corrected. Mr Abdullah Zaik also urged Malays to uphold the sanctity of Islam in order to keep power in the hands of the Malays. He said implementing hudud in Malaysia would help seal their political position in the country, as it would be under Muslim control. "The Chinese have forgotten their origins, so I must remind them," he was quoted as saying by a news website. "It is they (the Chinese) who should be mindful of our (the Malays') feelings. They shouldn't just count on us Malays to care for their feelings."

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