POLITICS

FEES CHARGED FOR TRANSIT WARDS IN HOSPITALS

THEREALSINGAPORE 1 November 2014 - 4:14pm

The following question stood in the name of Mr Zainal Sapari – 10 To ask the Minister for Health (a) what is the average length of time that a person will be in the transit ward of the Accident and Emergency Department of a public hospital before getting a bed at the subsidised wards; and (b) whether the Ministry can allow patients who are in transit wards to use their Medisave for payment during their stay there.


KHAW BOON WAN: WE HAVE MANY PAP MPS WHO CARE A LOT ABOUT ANIMALS

THEREALSINGAPORE 29 October 2014 - 9:53pm

We have many MPs who care a lot about animal welfare. So when I broached the subject of updating our legislation to raise the standard of care for animals, a few of them spoke out passionately. I decided that we should work together on this. First, I asked MP Yeo Guat Kwang to chair the Animal Welfare Legislation Review Committee (AWLRC) to review the subject comprehensively.


AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: END PERSECUTION OF ANWAR IBRAHIM AND OTHER GOVT CRITICS

THEREALSINGAPORE 28 October 2014 - 4:54pm

The Malaysian authorities should end their politically motivated persecution of government critics including Anwar Ibrahim, Amnesty International said ahead of the final decision in the long-standing ‘sodomy’ case against the opposition leader. “The ‘sodomy’ charges against Anwar Ibrahim are clearly politically motivated and a blatant attempt by the Malaysian authorities to silence and undermine a critical voice.


SDP: DR CHEE TO SPEAK IN HONG KONG ON INEQUALITY AND FREEDOM

THEREALSINGAPORE 28 October 2014 - 2:11pm

The SDP will attend a conference in Hong Kong titled “Promoting Growth, Reducing Inequality” from 6-8 November 2014. The delegation comprises Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan, Assistant Secretary-General Chris Ang and Assistant Treasurer Jaslyn Go. Dr Chee will be speaking at the event which will bring together delegates from research institutes, think tanks, political parties, and the business community to discuss the interplay between growth and inequality as well as how the liberal economy relates to wealth creation and disparity.


‘WORLD'S POOREST PRESIDENT' EXPLAINS WHY WE SHOULD KICK RICH PEOPLE OUT OF POLITICS

THEREALSINGAPORE 27 October 2014 - 9:30am

People who like money too much ought to be kicked out of politics, Uruguayan President José Mujica told CNN en Español in an interview posted online Wednesday. “We invented this thing called representative democracy, where we say the majority is who decides,” Mujica said in the interview. “So it seems to me that we [heads of state] should live like the majority and not like the minority.”


SDP: IT'S ABOUT YOU, OUR FELLOW CITIZENS

THEREALSINGAPORE 26 October 2014 - 7:51pm

Members of the SDP were out and about in Marsiling and Bukit Panjang estates this morning continuing with our campaign to get into Parliament to speak up for our fellow citizens. We were heartened by the many handshakes and voices of support as we went from block to block and table to table greeting the thousands of residents as they went about their breakfast and marketing on a Sunday morning.


'TO SINGAPORE WITH LOVE' IS A NO SHOW AT MALAYSIA'S FILM FEST

THEREALSINGAPORE 26 October 2014 - 7:42pm

Around 15 officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs turned up at the Freedom Film Fest in Georgetown, Penang yesterday requesting the organisers to stop screening the film, To Singapore With Love. The officers cited that the film has not been vetted and approved by the Malaysian film censor board. Anna Har, Executive Director, of Komas, in press statement said that, after about half-an-hour of negotiation with the organisers, Penang state assemblyperson, , Ng Aik Wei and Cheah Kah Peng, the screening was allowed.


M'SIA WARNS MUSLIMS NOT TO TAKE PART IN HALLOWEEN AS IT IS AGAINST M'SIAN CULTURE

THEREALSINGAPORE 26 October 2014 - 3:19pm

Several Muslim groups are now training their guns on the coming Halloween festival, warning that the annual event to remember the dead is part of Western culture and could wrongly influence local Muslim youths. Ikatan Guru Muslim Malaysia (IGMM) deputy president Mohd Azizee Hassan said that the Halloween celebration is inappropriate as it clashes with Malaysian culture and traditions. According to a Sinar Harian Online report, banners promoting the October 31 event at a Seremban international school have triggered unease among the Muslim residents in the Negeri Sembilan township.


OVERCOMING THE DEAFENING SILENCE: LOW THIA KHIANG

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 October 2014 - 6:20pm

He may need aid to hear you clearly, but the leader of The Workers’ Party needs no help in speaking up–Photo: Sam Kang Li For someone who is critical of the government for being deaf to its citizen’s opinions, especially in the past, the leader of Singapore’s largest opposition political party, The Workers’ Party (WP), is ironically half-deaf himself. As Mr Low Thia Khiang puts on his hearing aids at the start of the interview, the 52-year-old said he lost 50 per cent of high frequency hearing in both ears probably from not wearing earplugs at the shooting range during his National Service when he served as an instructor.


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