Today the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) announced that they were looking to increase competition in the mobile sector by expanding the role of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO). To those who are not familiar with the jargon of the mobile industry, MVNOs, as the name suggests, do not operate their own networks but instead lease spectrum from other operators and piggy-back on their networks.
I asked the Finance Minister this question during the 14 April 2014 sitting of Parliament to find out if the Government had been using the full 50% of Net Investment Returns (NIR) to supplement the Budget, as is provided for in the Constitution. While it is widely assumed that 50% of the estimated long term annual returns from investing our Reserves is contributed to the Budget each year, the Constitution actually allows for “up to 50%”, which means it could be less than 50%.
According to a Straits Times survey, voters are most concerned about the presence of government accountability when it comes to picking an MP. Residents want to see proper checks and balances in place to ensure accountability within the government. For many, this is more important that having a well run estate at the constituency level. The survey also revealed that another issue that was seen as important was an MP's personal attributes rather than the party he or she belonged to.
The developments over the celebration of the Philippines Independence Day (PID) by Filipinos at Ngee Ann City is cause for concern – a concern not just over the event but also over the wider and more pressing issue of immigration in Singapore. Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-jin said that Singaporeans who oppose the celebration “peddle hate”, that such behaviour is “repulsive” and that they were engaging in “bigotry”.
Ten reasons why you must resist the Filipino celebration of their independence day at Orchard Road:- 1. Its our country, our land and though we allow foreigners to celebrate their national day here, it must be done discreetly and preferably indoor. The real show must always belongs to Singapore only.
I was appalled to read about those who harassed the organisers of the Philippine Independence Day celebrations, and spammed their Facebook page. They are a disgrace to Singapore. Fortunately this appears to be the work of few trolls. Heartened that many sensible Singaporeans condemn this thuggish behaviour, and support Tan Chuan-Jin’s stand on this issue .
There’s much to be said for the spirit of the Chingay Parade, well rooted after over 40 years, which inspires people to “celebrate together as one” the different cultures of Singapore and the world, as its organisers put it. That international flavour has been a highlight of the much-loved street event over the years. Singaporeans have also come to appreciate the cultural expression of foreign residents, like the Songkran water festival which is synonymous with Thai exuberance. In turn, Singapore citizens abroad and their guests are hospitably treated when they celebrate Singapore Day in a public place, as in London’s Victoria Park.