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HRI KUMAR: SOME QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON DIFFICULT END-OF-LIFE DECISIONS

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 November 2014 - 8:02pm

I would like to thank the panel and the residents for a very interesting forum. Here are some of the questions and answers that were discussed: Advance Medical Directives (AMD) Question 1: Is the Advance Medical Directive (AMD) equivalent to euthanasia? Answer: No. Euthanasia is not legal in Singapore. AMD allows an individual to decide on treatment options after being certified as terminally ill by three doctors. Doctors are not assisting to accelerate death.


SINGAPORE'S GIC TO INVEST IN INDONESIAN REAL ESTATE

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 November 2014 - 7:08pm

Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC and Rajawali Group will jointly invest $500 million in Indonesian real estate with a focus on projects in fast-growing Jakarta, both firms said on Tuesday. The joint venture would involve the development of office, retail, residential as well as mixed-used projects in Indonesia, the Singapore firm said in a statement on its website. 


EX-PRESIDENT'S AIDE AND EX-BODYGUARD TO PM LEE SCAMMED PREGNANT WOMAN'S MONEY

ROY 25 November 2014 - 7:06pm

A police report has been made against the special aide to ex-president SR Nathan and the ex-bodyguard for ex-prime minister Lee Kuan Yew and current prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, for fraud and criminal breach of trust. He had apparently used his high level connections in the civil service and his wife’s position as an Assistant Director in the Attorney General’s Chambers to cheat his victims. He also conned them by telling them that even the President and his friends as well as the Minister of Trade and Industry had also invested their money with him.


WHY MATERIALISM IS MAKING SINGAPOREANS UNHAPPY

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 November 2014 - 6:59pm

There are many reasons to explain why Singaporeans are such a dour bunch, and at the heart of most of them is money. While the fact that this place is so darned expensive definitely puts a dampener on many people’s spirits, could it be that individual attitudes also play a part in causing unhappiness? A 2012 news report revealed that Singaporeans regard being “kiasu” as the top value in society.


CIVIL SERVANTS TO RECEIVE 1.8 MONTHS BONUS THIS YEAR-END

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 November 2014 - 6:35pm

Civil servants are going to be receiving a total of 1.8 months bonus this year consisting of a 0.8 month variable component and the standard annual 13th month bonus. The Public Service Division explained that lower-wage workers will receive an annual variable component (AVC) bonus of at least $1,200 if 0.8 months salary is less than this amount. The 0.8 AVC is lower than last year’s 1.1 months.


STRANGE THINGS ARE HAPPENING: CPF INTEREST RATES

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 November 2014 - 6:15pm

I refer to the article “CPF interest rates to remain unchanged” (Channel NewsAsia, Nov 25). Strange things unique to Singapore continue? It states that “The computed OA interest rate – derived from the major local banks’ interest rates from August to October 2014 – worked out to be 0.21 per cent per annum. 


SECURITY GUARDS: AN EGO BREAKING JOB

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 November 2014 - 4:32pm

On Sunday wifey mentioned that there was an article on security guards in the papers that day. I replied it is an ego destroying job. Later that day I had the chance to find out what the article was about. I already know why, but I learned the details of how in the story. I think one of the best places to be a security guard is in our public schools. The guards there get more respect and even responsibilities.


NGIAM IS NOT THE ONLY PAP INSIDER TO CRITICIZE THE PAP

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 November 2014 - 4:23pm

This was not the first time Ngiam Tong Dow had critiqued the PAP leadership. In 2003, he asked for more competition for PAP elites. His retraction is a desperate play of power by PAP, it may even be LKY bleeding for retraction. Given what Ngiam had said earlier in 2003, his retraction cannot be sincere. 1. About political competition. “It is the law of nature that all things must atrophy. 


INDONESIA MAY STOP SENDING MAIDS OVERSEAS FROM 2019

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 November 2014 - 4:03pm

The Indonesian Government is considering stopping the practice of allowing their nationals to go and work overseas as maids. The changes could come into effect from 2019. The proposed change is in relation to the large number of cases where maids are abused physically and mentally while overseas. The Jakarta Globe reported that the Indonesian Vice President, Jusuf Kalla had said explained these plans last Friday.


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