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GOVT USES MAINSTREAM MEDIA TO CONVINCE THE PUBLIC THAT GRADES ARE NOT EVERYTHING

THEREALSINGAPORE 24 August 2014 - 8:01pm

Following PM Lee's announcement in his National Day Rally Speech that more focus would be put on non-degree holders, the mainstream media has been publishing many articles about how grades and educational qualifications are not everything. Other Ministers, including Shanmugam have also come out to say that grades are not the most important thing in life. PM Lee had explained in his NDR that Singapore needs a cultural shift where people stop judging others based on their qualifications. 


8 CLEAR SIGNS THAT THE PAP IS BECOMING A GROUPTHINK

THEREALSINGAPORE 24 August 2014 - 7:08pm

What is Groupthink? Groupthink, a term coined by social psychologist Irving Janis (1972), occurs when a group makes faulty decisions because group pressures lead to a deterioration of “mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment”. Groups affected by groupthink ignore alternatives and tend to take irrational actions that dehumanize other groups. A group is especially vulnerable to groupthink when its members are similar in background, when the group is insulated from outside opinions, and when there are no clear rules for decision making.


PM LEE: TIN PEI LING HAS DONE A GREAT JOB AND WON OVER THE RESIDENTS OF MACPHERSON

THEREALSINGAPORE 24 August 2014 - 6:44pm

PM Lee Hsien Loong praised the PAP's youngest MP, Tin Pei Ling today in a Facebook post about the re-opening of the MacPherson Community Club. He wrote glowing praises of Ms Tin and the work of the Grassroots leaders in the estate of MacPherson and attributed the refreshed CC to her and her team. He wrote that many had doubted her when she was first fielded in GE 2011 but she has since won over "the hearts and minds" of her residents. 


REUTERS: SINGAPORE TO REFORM CPF SCHEME AFTER HONG LIM PARK PROTESTS

THEREALSINGAPORE 24 August 2014 - 6:35pm

Singapore is to reform its mandatory retirement savings scheme and will provide greater support to low-income pensioners, the Prime Minister said on Sunday, in response to growing public criticism of the system. Providing for Singapore's ageing society is one of the biggest challenges facing Lee Hsien Loong's government, with the present enforced savings system threatening to erode dwindling support for his ruling People's Action Party, which won its lowest ever share of the vote in a 2011 election.


JOBLESS ITE GRAD STRUGGLING WITH LOW WAGES AND SELF-ESTEEM

THEREALSINGAPORE 24 August 2014 - 6:28pm

Dear Gilbert, I believe we have met before back in 2012 and I admire you and your volunteer colleagues’ attempts to help fellow Singaporeans get back on track in the workforce by assisting to alleviate their financial and unemployment crunches when our own government fails to help us. I’m in my mid-twenties and currently feeling down and struggling to find a job.


GRACE FU: YOU CAN STILL COMPLAIN TO INDIVIDUAL AGENCIES EVEN AFTER MSO IS SET UP

THEREALSINGAPORE 24 August 2014 - 6:06pm

Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Grace Fu, explained that the new Municipal Services Office (MSO) that PM Lee announced during the National Day Rally is not meant to be the only feedback channel. She also said that the MSO is not meant to be take over the responsibilities or management functions of the different government agencies or town councils. 


AN OPEN LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG

THEREALSINGAPORE 24 August 2014 - 4:13pm

This proposal you made is evidently lacking in consideration of the current situation. You said you want Jurong East to be transformed into a commercial business gateway. The direction is correct but is it a priority? The current situation faced in Jurong East is overcrowding. The transport system in the area is paralyzed every peak hour - the platforms are so packed people have to queue to get into the station, and the trains are so crowded the people have to wait for the next ride. We should be addressing the issue of overcrowding in Jurong and not build more shopping malls to introduce more human traffic. It is apparent you have not done your site survey and are simply pencil pushing.


HENG SWEE KEAT: ELITE SCHOOLS CANNOT FORM THEIR OWN LITTLE CLOSED CIRCLES

THEREALSINGAPORE 24 August 2014 - 4:09pm

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat explained yesterday evening that established schools cannot form "closed circles". He was speaking at the 40th anniversary gala dinner of Hwa Chong JC which is now part of Hwa Chong Institution. Mr Heng said that established schools such as Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) play an important role in "levelling up" children from less advantages backgrounds. 


MALAYSIAN MAN WINS NOBLE PEACE PRIZE FOR WORK AGAINST USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS

THEREALSINGAPORE 24 August 2014 - 3:53pm

All that Mohd Nasarudin Mohd Yusof (pic) wanted to do after moving to The Hague, Netherlands, and joining the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) three years ago, was to make Malaysia proud of his service there. Never did the 52-year-old retired Malaysian Armed Forces personnel dream that he would get a chance to fly the Jalur Gemilang high with a Nobel Peace Prize 2013 award for his work at the intergovernmental organisation that ensures member countries adhere to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits the use of chemical weapons and requires their destruction.


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