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Covid19: ST Engineering Assembly Operators Allegedly Handled Surgical Masks Without Wearing Gloves

Covid19: ST Engineering Assembly Operators Allegedly Handled Surgical Masks Without Wearing Gloves

Minister for Trade and Industry (MTI) Chan Chun Sing recently updated on his Facebook about Singapore's face mask strategies. This Facebook post included photographs of Chan Chun Sing visiting ST Engineering's mask production facility in Feburary 2020. However some sharp-eyed netizens noticed the photographs captured a few assembly line operators without gloves.

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Is Singapore's Gold Standard Of Handling COVID-19 Outshone By Taiwan?

Will Singapore's Gold Standard Of Handling COVID-19 Be Outshone By Taiwan?

Singapore was previously hailed by Harvard researchers as having the "Gold Standard" in detecting new infections. However it looks like the gold may be losing its shine as daily cases have been rising since then. Many Singapore netizens have praised Taiwanese Ministers for doing a great job in controlling the infection. Some netizens also say they have a higher expectation for Singapore, especially when Taiwanese politicians are paid a fraction of their Singaporean counterparts.

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Singapore PM's Wife Ho Ching Strains Diplomatic Ties With Taiwan Over Masks Donation

Singapore PM's Wife Ho Ching Strains Diplomatic Ties With Taiwan Over Masks Donation

Ho Ching, the wife of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, stirred controversy in response to the Taiwanese news article about the face masks being donated to Singapore. She simply wrote "Errrr..." on Facebook. Many Taiwanese netizens expressed their anger and unhappiness with Ho Ching's comment. Faced with such online backlash, keen-eyed netizens noticed that Ho Ching had quietly deleted this controversial Facebook post. There was no official word on why the post was removed.

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SG LGBTQS REJOICE! MARRIAGE FOR HOMOSEXUALS NOW LEGAL IN TAIWAN!

14 judges in a Taiwanese legal panel have ruled that defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman in Taiwan's civil law is discriminatory against homosexuals, and violates constitutional guarantees of equal protection. They have asked for the government to amend the law within 2 years.

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TAIWAN VILLAGERS PROTEST SAF ARTILLERY TRAINING, TELLS SAF TO GET OUT OF TAIWAN

Taiwanese villagers from Hsinchu County who were unhappy with how the SAF artillery training exercises have affected their lives protested for SAF to get out of their country. Protestors delivered a protest letter to a Taiwan military personnel who later clarified that these protesters were a minority and they protested due to a dispute over land compensation made in 1985.

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HOSPITAL BED CRUNCH: SG NOT AS PREPARED AS HK AND TAIWAN?

Hong Kong’s ratio of hospital beds double S’pore’s? There were a total of 31,819 hospital beds in Hong Kong (Number of Hospital Beds in Hospitals in Hospital Authority 27,805 + Number of Hospital Beds in Private Hospitals 4,014) for end 2015. This works out to a hospital beds to population ratio of 44 hospital beds per 10,000 population (31,819 beds divided by 7,305,700 population).

In contrast, Singapore’s 13,490 hospital beds in 2015, according to the Department of Statistics’ Yearbook of Statistics 2016 – works out to a ratio of only 24 beds per 10,000 population (13,490 divided by 5,540,000). So, does it mean that Hong Kong’s ratio is almost double (44 divided by 24 = 83 per cent more) Singapore’s?

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WATER PRICES IN SG COST 10 TIMES MORE THAN IN HK!

I refer to the articles “Price of water will go up to ensure sustainable supply” and “Water users worried but see need to curb wastage” (Straits Times, Feb 8). According to the table in the latter article – the cost of 15 cubic m of water a month (S$) is $17.55 in Singapore, compared to $2.28 and $3.43 in Hong Kong and Taiwan’s, respectively. However, since the figures exclude “variable taxes like GST, water conservation and maintenance taxes” – does it mean that the cost in Singapore after including the 30 per cent water conservation tax and seven per cent GST is about $24.04 ($17.55 x 137%)? If so, the cost in Singapore is about 10 times ($24.04 divided by $2.28) Hong Kong’s and seven times ($24.04 divided by $3.43) Taiwan’s.

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SAF TO TRAIN IN NZ, GO TAIWAN MAYBE MORE TERREX WILL BE TAKEN

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said yesterday that Singapore will explore more training opportunities for SAF in New Zealand. He also said that this was an opportunity to strengthen relationships with like-minded countries like NZ, due to uncertain times now.

Was this just a smokescreen, and a silent agreement that Singapore need to look for other training places away from Taiwan after what happened to our Terrexes? Have we finally admitted defeat in this saga? Of course, they won't say it out loud, but the timing of the agreement with NZ seems mighty suspicious. Really like admitting we lost in the Terrex issue, and now it's time to find training places away from places where China say we can't be there.

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DR CHEE: WHY ARE WE RECRUITING FROM TAIWAN WHEN S'PORE GRADUATES CANNOT FIND JOB?

This report says that some fresh graduates are sending 20 to 50 job applications, yet unable to get interviews, much less a job offer. This report shows rising unemployment in Singapore, more jobseekers than openings, and more workers laid off. There are more than 60,000 unemployed Singaporeans. Yet, we're going to Taiwan to recruit Cisco officers.

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