POLITICS

OBAMA WILL SIGN ORDER BARRING GAY, TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION

THEREALSINGAPORE 22 July 2014 - 9:23am

President Obama has turned down a plea from religious groups that they be exempt from an executive order he plans to sign Monday prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against gay or transgender workers, officials said Friday. The policy — which will add sexual orientation and gender identity to a long-standing list of protected groups — continues the exemption for religious employers provided by former President George W. Bush, said a senior administration official, who asked not to be named in advance of the formal announcement.


GOMEZ: DE-COUPLE HEALTHCARE AND HOUSING COSTS FROM CPF

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 July 2014 - 2:28pm

Any reform of the CPF scheme needs to concurrently look at healthcare and public housing reform. SDP’s Dr. James Gomez made this key point during a video forum organised by The Online Citizen last Saturday. Pointing to two of the party’s policy papers on healthcare and public housing, Dr Gomez, who stood as SDP's candidate at the Sembawang GRC in 2011, explained the SDP’s holistic approach to tackling the burden currently placed on CPF monies. He pointed that the present system forced CPF members to use their retirement savings to pay for their medical bills and housing loans.


WHY DO AMBULANCES ASK YOU WHETHER YOU CAN PAY $120 BEFORE BRINGING YOU TO HOSPITAL?

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 July 2014 - 2:23pm

In response to a guy called Christopher Ng Wai Chung who accused me of "politicking" when I raise the issue of ambulance asking whether you can pay the fee of $120 before they offer their service to you.. Christopher Ng Wai Chung is just too fortunate to be in the upper income group and he does not really understand what is actually happening on the ground nor does he care because he only cares for himself. Thus, in a way, I cannot blame him for not having that kind of empathy of what $120 means to the poor people on the ground because that is just "peanuts" to him.


GERALD GIAM: QUESTIONS ON THE NEW BUS CONTRACTING MODEL

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 July 2014 - 6:06pm

I asked the Minister for Transport 3 parliamentary questions and another 4 supplementary questions regarding the new bus contracting model, during the sitting of Parliament on 7 July 2014. This is the relevant extract from the Hansard. 1. Mr R Dhinakaran asked the Minister for Transport what are the key considerations for the change in the public bus transport model and what will be the initial investment by the Government in this model.


TURKISH PRIME MINISTER: ISRAEL IS MORE BARBARIC THAN HITLER

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 July 2014 - 3:52pm

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Israel of "barbarism that surpasses Hitler" during its ground invasion of Gaza. Erdogan made the comment during a campaign speech Saturday in the Black Sea port city of Ordu. He is running for the presidency in elections next month.


RUSSIA SPOTTED EDITING WIKIPEDIA PAGE ABOUT DOWNED MALAYSIA AIRLINES JET

THEREALSINGAPORE 19 July 2014 - 12:01pm

A Twitter bot that keeps watch on Wikipedia pages edited by those inside the Russian government spotted major changes to an entry about yesterday's crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which killed all 298 people on board. The Telegraph reports that a Russian language page about Boeing 777 accidents that mentioned flight MH17 initially included language pointing to "terrorists" before being changed to "Ukrainian soldiers." Before the edit, the entry read: The plane [flight MH17] was shot down by terrorists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic with Buk system missiles, which the terrorists received from the Russian Federation


NSP: STRAITS TIMES SHARED OUR CONFIDENTIAL DRAFT WITH OTHERS WITHOUT OUR PERMISSION

THEREALSINGAPORE 18 July 2014 - 6:07pm

On Sat 28 June 2014, NSP invited The Straits Times (ST) to attend our Press Conference to be held at 7.45 pm, 2 July 2014 at which NSP would present our Electoral Reform Proposal. On Sat 28 June 2014, ST responded to accept our invitation and requested for a copy of the Proposal. We were happy to provide ST with an advanced (but embargoed) copy of our Proposal to help them be better prepared for our Press Conference.

 

 


M'SIA MINISTER: S'POREANS WILL STILL COME INTO M'SIA FOR CHEAP FOOD AND PRODUCTS

THEREALSINGAPORE 17 July 2014 - 8:59pm

The proposed Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee for all foreign vehicles entering Johor Baru will have minimal to no impact on Singaporeans entering the city via the Causeway and Second Link. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said that tourist arrivals from across the border would not drop just because of an imposed entry fee and that Singaporeans would still come into Malaysia for cheaper food and cheaper products.


SDP: THE CHEQUE BOUNCED

THEREALSINGAPORE 17 July 2014 - 4:25pm

In 1960, Mr Lee Kuan Yew said: “I have not the slightest doubt that I could govern much more effectively in [the people's] interests.” With that promise, the PAP wrote Singaporeans a cheque: If we forsook our political rights and let the party take care of our interests, we would be well-taken care of. We have lived the past half-a-century with no freedom of the media and assembly, critics get sued or detained when they spoke up, and we have no right to information about our reserves and savings.


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