Omigosh! Did Tommy Koh really say that? Elsewhere in the mainstream media, every one is singing the old man's praises on cue, including one guy who claims the clean toilets at Changi Airport are attributed to his personal intervention. Former Law Minister Jayakumar, still sprightly for his advanced years, was quick to jump to the defence. Paraphrasing his successor Shanmugam, and using similar vernacular, Jayakumar said, "He can be criticised for foolishness, maybe even for incompetence, for arrogance, but his red line was - not on reputation and integrity."
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The private tuition industry came under the spotlight in Parliament yesterday as several Members of Parliament (MPs) raised questions on how to retain teachers in the Education Service. These teachers may leave for more lucrative roles in the private sector. Nominated MP Janice Koh had tabled a question about the impact of the tuition industry on social mobility and providing children with equal opportunities, and the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) ability to retain good teachers.
Mr Eddie Teo, Chairman of PSC wrote an open letter on the PSC interview process in 2009. The aim was to help ensure that the applicants for PSC scholarships understood what kind of candidates the PSC was looking for. Chairman of PSC has written a second open letter which highlights the value of diversity in the Singapore Public Service. It describes how the PSC has sought diversity by selecting scholarship holders from a variety of schools and backgrounds and sending them to study in different courses and countries. It also elaborates on how the PSC guards against elitism and ensures that candidates are selected for scholarships based on a broad definition of merit.
A fake Red Bull production site at an undisclosed location. Screenshot from Sina Weibo. Chinese authorities are continuing their year-long crackdown on fake food products by targeting producers of counterfeit Red Bull cans. Police have detained 13 people across 10 provinces in China, China News Service said on Tuesday evening, in an effort to rein in the production and sale of large quantities of counterfeit versions of the popular energy drink.
1. This article discusses how it was Lim Yew Hock, who was the real brave man who softened the political ground that made way for Singapore’s independence, against the backdrop of hardened hardcore Leftists who were bent on creating disorder, mayhem and havoc for the then ruling Brit govt. 2. It was this softening of the ground that led the Brits to give Singapore autonomy, which LKY gladly grabbed with both hands to be Singapore’s first PM as autonomous Singapore.
We thank Mr Desmond Teo Mingjie (“COE change goes against green drive”) and Mr James Wong (“What makes a luxury car?”) for their letters last Thursday, as well as senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan for his commentary on the same day (“Bring fairness back to the COE system”), on the refinements to the certificate of entitlement system. Many people suggested categorising cars according to their open market value (OMV). However, using OMV directly is problematic because a car’s OMV can fluctuate significantly over a short period, depending on exchange rates and car model specifications.
Speaking in Parliament yesterday (16 Sep), Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said that RSAF will soon acquire a new surface-to-air missile system called the Aster-30. He said that the Aster-30 capability is many times more potent than the current I-hawk air defence system RSAF is using. “The Aster will allow us to engage multiple threats simultaneously and from a longer distance,” Dr Ng said.
A 32-year-old woman, who claims that she has been treated like a sex slave by her "silat master" husband, was beaten up by 20 of his disciples when she divorced him, reported Harian Metro. The woman, who only wanted to be known as Hanim, said she met the man in 2005 when she was studying martial arts, shortly after she divorced her first husband. Hanim became the man's second wife and helped the silat master, who is in his 50s, manage his foundation.
In parliament on Monday, Lee Kuan Yew was honoured with a speech and a standing ovation. Leader of the house, Dr Ng Eng Hen, said that LKY had left a lasting legacy and achieved greatness by lifting Singapore from poverty into prosperity. “I would on behalf of all members express our profound admiration and gratitude on Mr Lee’s birthday.” He said.