By MP for Aljunied GRC, Sylvia Lim [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 6 March 2014] Madam, I am concerned about many Home Team uniformed services turning to outsourcing as a response to increasing demand for services and manpower shortages. For example, in October 2013, the SCDF added only four more emergency ambulances to increase its fleet to 50 vehicles, but doubled the number of private ambulances to 20.
Singapore needs to address its drastic wealth inequality in order to, among other things, reduce social tensions, improve social mobility and maintain its commitment to building a fair and just society. While there has been much discussion about income inequality in Singapore’s recent past, wealth inequality has garnered little attention. This is partly because of a paucity of official data. But a report on global wealth last year by Credit Suisse, an investment bank, suggests that Singapore has one of the biggest wealth disparities in the world.
I went for a dialogue with about 1,700 property agents, organised by Propnex. They asked me, and I explained to them the government’s rationale behind some of the property cooling measures. A stable property market, which will have positive impact on our overall macroeconomic and social environment, will be in every one’s interest, including their own.
CPF proceeds are distributed according to the intestacy law if the member did not make any nomination prior to his/ her death, with the exception of our Muslim friends whose proceeds will be distributed under the Administration of Muslim Law Act . The intestacy law states that when a CPF member is married, it will revoke a previous nomination.
In the latest breakdown of economically inactive persons in Labour Force Survey 2013 , there were 8,600 discouraged workers. These are persons who are not actively looking for a job because they believe their job search will not yield results. There are others who want to work but cannot because of family responsibilities like childcare, care-giving to family and relatives, and housework. Almost half of the over 300,000 economically inactive women cited these reasons .
As expected, the commentaries by Straits Times and Lee Hsien Loong (see above picture) has spun the Ukraine crisis into one that supports the ridiculous Defence Budget and the necessity of National Service. But are these really true lessons about the necessity of defence for a small nation Singaporeans should consider?
The LTA has said that they are currently studying the possibility of implementing express trains on the new cross island line which is expected to be completed by 2030. Express trains are used in many other countries as they allow commuters to get to their destinations faster by skipping some of the stations along the way. The LTA is currently in the process of planning the alignment of the new line which will span roughly 50kms from Jurong industrial estate to Changi.
My friend sent me a letter which he received from the CPF Board. Defer CPF withdrawal – get bonus? The letter encourages him to defer the starting date of his monthly withdrawals from the original age 63 by 2 years to 65. For example, if he defers for 2 years until age 65 – he will get a voluntary deferment bonus of $1,200.
Odex's actions against file sharing were legal actions against Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and their subscribers in Singapore by Odex, a Singapore-based company that virtually distributes sub-licensed Japanese anime. From early 2007 to January 2008 Odex took action against anyone who had downloaded anime through BitTorrent for alleged copyright infringement. Odex tracked their IP addresses without their consent and sought subpoenas to compel the ISPs to disclose the personal details of these subscribers.