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Public accounts watchdog concerned over continuing procurement lapses

One lapse was in the tender evaluation of construction works by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis). For four tenders totalling $17.38 million, seven of the eight evaluation criteria were not made known to potential tenderers and incorrect information was also given to the quotation approving authority. The Ministry of Finance, which is responsible for public procurement policies and rules, said that it is requiring all the permanent secretaries and heads of agencies to report on the key findings from the procurement audits and the follow-up action each year.

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YAACOB IBRAHIM: MALAY PIONEERS TO BE CELEBRATED IN PROGRAMMES

The Malay community can look forward to a series of programmes that celebrates the contributions of their pioneers, said Minister for Communications & Information Yaacob Ibrahim, who is also the Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs. Following Singapore’s independence in 1965, many of these pioneers chose to remain and work with other communities to build the nation. Dr Yaacob said yesterday: “I have asked both MUIS and Mendaki, and working with other Malay-Muslim organisations, to think of programmes in which we can do two things. “One, to acknowledge their contributions, but more importantly, to tap on their experience, to bring about some kind of transfer between them and the younger generation.”

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MOSQUES TO HELP CHANNEL AID FOR THE NEEDY

After a tie-up between the Malay/Muslim self-help group Mendaki and the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis). The application for aid will be decentralised to several heartland locations, including the Al-Muttaqin mosque near her home, under a programme called Nadi Khidmat. Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim, who visited the Ang Mo Kio mosque yesterday, said: "We know there are a lot of Malay/Muslim families out there who need help, who don't know how to navigate the complex social system that we have.

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NEW MOSQUES IN WOODLANDS AND JURONG WEST BY 2016

MUSLIMS in Jurong West and Woodlands can look forward to two new mosques by 2016, which will be built to accommodate the growing numbers of worshippers in these areas. Each mosque will take up about 2,500 sq m of space and cost about $15 million, said the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) at a media conference yesterday. Right now, Muslim worshippers in Jurong West can attend mosques in Jurong East and Taman Jurong.

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Pioneer Malay/Muslim leaders to be honoured

A COMMEMORATIVE publication, an appreciation ceremony and a series of fireside chats are among the initiatives being lined up to pay tribute to Malay/Muslim members of the pioneer generation. The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) and self-help group Mendaki will set up a joint committee to launch these initiatives. They will also think of additional ways to honour the work done by pioneers, Minister in Charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim said in Parliament yesterday. Speaker of the House Halimah Yacob will lead the committee.

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SingTel makes a clear stand on the topic of Whatsapp being chargable for Post-Paid Subscribers.

SingTel have made a clear statement on their Facebook post to clarify about the whole charging for Whatsapp usage saga. My post is in no-sense to attack SingTel or its services, but to seek clarifications and the truth behind this. The ‘Whatsapp Pass’ is a value-added service aimed at providing a manageable data usage plan for heavy Whatsapp users on SingTel’s Post-paying subscription with limited or no-data plans at all.

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PRIME MINISTER LEE HOLDS DIALOGUE OVER TUDUNG ISSUE, SAYS CHANGES MUST BE GRADUAL

Singapore will move in a "broad and informal way" and not take it issue by issue and by rights and entitlements.It is an approach that has worked for the country, he added, and Singapore is more integrated than it was in the past and also compared to many societies. This is the first such dialogue the Prime Minister has held with the Malay community on the issue, which has generated much debate since September last year. The discussion was sparked after a lecturer asked at a forum why nurses were barred from wearing tudungs.

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Internet opinions: A double-edged sword

Is the Internet killing opinion journalism? Not at all. It provides a vast forum for lots more of it. But it's made the search for high-quality opinion writing more difficult. By "high quality" I mean opinion that adheres to what we regard as journalistic standards. They include a certain loyalty to facts and logic - and transparency. Revealing the writer's real identity helps readers understand where the opinion is coming from.

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TUDUNG IN THE WORKPLACE: WHY THE CONTROVERSY?

The issue came to prominence in 2002, when four Malay-Muslim parents sent their daughters to school wearing the tudung. The girls were suspended for not adhering to the school uniform, and where schools previously had the leeway to permit amendments to their own uniforms on religious grounds, the issue came under the purview of the Ministry of Education, which enforced stricter regulations on uniforms in the interest of keeping government schools secular. The case sparked a flurry of discussions, arguing both for and against the acceptance of headscarves.

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ARE MALAYS UNHAPPY WITH PAP?

On the contrary, the recent survey done by Suria/Warna (the Malay Mediacorp TV and Radio channels in Singapore) showed that 74% of Malays did not believe that the Government’s new policies would be adequate to prepare Singaporeans for the future. 57.6% of the Malays surveyed did not have the confidence that the future generation would have better and bright future.

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