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VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN: CLEANERS TO BE GIVEN ONE DAY OFF, RESIDENTS TO CLEAN UP OWN ESTATE

Cleaners with various town councils this year will be given a day off, with residents instead mobilised to clean up their own neighbourhoods, as part of fresh efforts to tackle the littering scourge. The standard of cleanliness in Singapore has fallen, with surveys showing that from 2006 to 2010, the number of litter items collected almost doubling, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan in Parliament today (March 11).

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PAP MINISTER: WE WANT TO CREATE AGELESS JOBS & EVERGREEN WORKERS FOR S’PORE

Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in Parliament today (3 Mar) that NEA does not have an age limit when it comes to re-employing its daily-rated workers. He said that NEA will continue to re-employ the daily-rated workers beyond 62 years old as long as they are fit to work and have shown satisfactory work performance and good conduct. Meanwhile, Senior Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Heng Chee How wants to create “ageless jobs and evergreen workers”.

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SINGAPORE IS INFESTED WITH RATS?

There are at least 5 rat holes along the bushes near Buangkok MRT station. According to residents, they have spotted rats scurrying around the area in recent months. One 16 year old resident Miss Yang was horrified to discover that a rat was hiding in a corner in an elevator that she was taking. She had to frantically hit...

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GOVERNMENT’S GOAL IS TO BAN SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES!

Smoking is now prohibited in an estimated 32,000 premises, such as entertainment outlets, shopping centres, office premises, hospitals, schools, cinemas, bus stops, public corridors, covered walkways, lift lobbies, stairwells and entrances to buildings. The Government’s long-term goal is to prohibit smoking in all public areas, except designated smoking points, which we are actively working with community groups and stakeholders to implement at more neighbourhoods.

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IS PAP MINISTER VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN SEEKING REDEMPTION?

NEA needs to keep its head in the right place. From food hygiene to the dengue epidermic to the emergence of chikungunya to the continued poor state of cleanliness of public toilets, this country is facing a litany of challenges. Yet instead of dedicating resources to tackling these issues, it prefers to spend a substantial amount of time looking for ways and means to sabotage AHPETC and engage in the most ridiculous form of petty politicking.

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ANOTHER SINGAPOREAN DIES FROM DENGUE

A 69-year-old Chinese man has died from dengue, becoming the fifth person to die of the disease this year. The patient, who lived at Chuan Terrace, an active dengue cluster, was admitted to Mount Alvernia Hospital on Monday. His condition deteriorated and he died yesterday, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Environment Agency (NEA) in a joint press release.

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HOW DOES FOOD CENTER RENOVATION BENEFIT DINERS?

With the dreadful noon temperatures, I had been anticipating the installation of large fans found at surface MRT stations, which can offer better cooling coverage. But there was only a one-for-one replacement of wall fans. There may have been upgrading of operational facilities not obvious to the casual eye, but this renovation has brought no benefits to diners.

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STOP UNNECESSARY HAWKER CENTRE RENOVATIONS

After two months of renovation, the hawker centre at Aljunied Crescent reopened last month. One stallholder said her rent was now S$1,400; it was S$1,000 pre-renovation. She was aware that many of her customers were elderly and poor, but said she had to increase the prices of some dishes. Wanton noodles that were S$2.50 are now S$3. Half the stalls are still closed. Surely the town council’s surplus funds could have been used for the renovation to stall the increase in food prices?

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PUBLIC MUST ACCEPT RISE IN HAWKER FOOD PRICES

Part of the problem is that hawker food is too cheap. While there has been dismay over price increases, in reality they have not increased significantly in recent years. An article last year ("Serving up a good deal for hawkers"; May 30, 2013) noted that overall, the price of chicken rice has increased a mere 50 cents since 1993.

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Haze alert: Vulnerable families get care packs

With the haze poised to hit the island in the coming weeks, the People's Association (PA) yesterday started distributing 26,000 care packages to elderly and sickly residents living alone. These packs contain non-perishable foods and items such as N95 masks, and are meant to help vulnerable residents tide over the impending spate of hazy days. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Intan Azura Mokhtar, who are both advisers to Ang Mo Kio grassroots organisations, launched the WeCare Packs initiative at the annual Jalan Kayu Day yesterday.

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