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SINGAPORE FAMILY SENDS DAUGHTER TO PUBLIC SCHOOL IN PHILIPPINES

THEREALSINGAPORE 10 July 2014 - 12:40am

While most tourists in the Philippines head straight for the beaches, a Singaporean family went off the beaten track for their vacation by sending their child to a Philippine public school. Toh Yong Chuan and his wife were taken aback one day to learn that their 8-year-old daughter, Deborah, and her peers compared vacation plans in school. Deborah went home that day wondering why her family didn't travel outside the country like her classmates did over the holidays.


SHANMUGAM: IT'S DISAPPOINTING THAT OPPOSITION SUPPORTERS 'HIJACKED' OUR FEEDBACK WALL

THEREALSINGAPORE 9 July 2014 - 11:22pm

Shanmugam posted a status on facebook talking about the recent feedback wall which was put up by grassroots in Chong Pang to collect suggestions and ideas on elderly care centre facilities. He expressed that he was disappointed with opposition supporters who had 'defaced' the wall. Here is Shanmugam's facebook status in full: We had put up an Expression Wall early this year, at the Amphitheatre in Chong Pang City...


NCMP YEE JENN JONG: KEEPING HEALTHCARE COSTS MANAGEABLE

THEREALSINGAPORE 9 July 2014 - 10:35pm

Mr Deputy Speaker, I welcome the move to improve protection against large hospital bills and against expensive chronic treatments, as well as to cover those with preexisting conditions. My colleagues have touched on and will be touching on various aspects of MediShield life. I wish to speak today about keeping healthcare costs manageable. The Committee reported that in the recent five years, our total healthcare spending has risen close to 10% each year on average. Medical inflation has been rising much faster than inflation in general. The healthcare industry has little incentive in itself to contain costs. If this medical inflation trend continues, it can be worrying as to how much MediShield Life’s premiums will be in future, as well as the cost of smaller medical bills which are not covered by MediShield Life.


HIGH MINIMUM WAGE LEADS TO HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT

THEREALSINGAPORE 9 July 2014 - 10:13pm

Recently, someone posted articles on the minimum wage. I would like to bring your attention to this article: Study: States with higher minimum wages had higher unemployment Here are a few excerpts (in Italics) with my comments: Overall, they found that just a $1 increase in the minimum wage was “associated with a 1.48 percentage point increase in the unemployment rate,” and a “0.18 percentage point decrease in the net job growth rate.” 


CHINA OPENING UP MORE OF UNIT 731 WARFARE LAB

THEREALSINGAPORE 9 July 2014 - 10:01pm

China will allow the public to visit previously restricted areas at a World War II-era chemical and biological weapons lab run by the Imperial Japanese Army’s notorious Unit 731 beginning next year, Chinese state media are reporting. The laboratory forms part of a site in the northeastern city of Harbin used by the Japanese military to test unconventional weapons — including deadly bacteria and toxic gas — on human prisoners. Thousands of people are reported to have died in the experiments.


MALAYSIAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDERING A FRENCH GIRL WHO REJECTED HIM

THEREALSINGAPORE 9 July 2014 - 9:13pm

A Malaysian shopkeeper was sentenced to death on Wednesday after a court found him guilty of murdering a French tourist on a popular resort island. Stephanie Foray, 30, went missing on Tioman island off the east coast state of Pahang in May 2011. Her partially mummified remains were found some three months later buried in a cave on the island.


CPF MEMBERS SHORTCHANGED BY PAP’S GUARANTEE OF WORLD'S LOWEST RATE OF RETURNS

THEREALSINGAPORE 9 July 2014 - 9:05pm

“In CPF monies are safe: DPM Tharman“, the government has again repeated the half truth ie “Risk on GIC investments are wholly borne by the Government”. There is inherently no logic because the “government” and CPF members are one and the same. Anyreturns shortfall resulting from GIC’s poor performance will be paid out from the budget surplus. CPF members contribute to the budget revenue. 


WATCHING PARLIAMENT DEBATE IS LIKE WATCHING A HORROR MOVIE

THEREALSINGAPORE 9 July 2014 - 8:37pm

I managed to catch a couple of minutes of the news when the CPF was discussed. They were talking about the withdrawal of CPF on retirement. The argument went something like this. The govt allowed CPF members to withdraw their money in one lump sum at 55 at a time when life was short. The people were expected to die in 5 or 7 years after retiring at 55.


KHAW BOON WAN: WE WILL STILL BE RELEASING ANOTHER 12,700 FLATS THIS YEAR

THEREALSINGAPORE 9 July 2014 - 8:30pm

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan explained in parliament yesterday that the government is still going to be releasing another 12,700 flats this year. The government had originally targeted to release 22,400 BTO flats this year and already, 9,700 flats have been launched in the first half of 2014. 


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