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ON THE DEATH PENALTY FOR RAPE/SEXUAL ASSAULT THAT RESULTS IN DEATH

THEREALSINGAPORE 18 May 2014 - 9:18am

A profile on Law Minister K Shanmugam published in the Business Times on 17 May [paywall] included an alarming proposal. In the article, Mr Shanmugam mentioned his intention to pass laws that would impose the death penalty on those convicted of raping or sexually assaulting women or children in a way that results in the victim’s death.


SINGAPORE & HONG KONG MOST AT RISK OF A FED RATE HIKE

THEREALSINGAPORE 18 May 2014 - 9:03am

The wealthy economies of Singapore and Hong Kong are perhaps not the first that analysts associate with instability, but according to international research house Capital Economics, they're the ones most likely to be burned by U.S. Federal Reserve rate hikes. Most analysts expect the Fed will raise interest rates in mid-2015 once it has finished winding down its tapering program. With their domestic interest rates tied to the Fed, Daniel Martin, emerging markets economist at Capital Economics, said Singapore and Hong Kong are particularly vulnerable to such moves.


REVISIT THE ASSUMPTIONS FOR CPF MINIMUM SUM

THEREALSINGAPORE 18 May 2014 - 8:48am

I think the approach would be better and the argument more sure-footed to win over many other fence-sitters if the opposition take the view that we must go back to the bases used to arrive at the minimum sum when it was first tabled in parliament. Take a 2-step approach: 1. Apparently, Leong TH has already pointed out that the PROJECTED inflation rate used then has not turned up in line with the projection. 


IS THIS THE WAY TO TREAT EXPERIENCED & CAPABLE SENIOR CITIZENS?

THEREALSINGAPORE 18 May 2014 - 8:44am

Dr Edmund Lam has hit the nail on the head (“Age no barrier to working in knowledge economy”; last Friday). Are seniors only suitable for these jobs? One does not need to be young and strong to work in the knowledge industry. I am a case in point. To support my family, I had no choice but to go into sales during my younger days. However, I have been passionate about information technology for about 30 years. 


STUDENTS CHALLENGE WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE ON STOMP

THEREALSINGAPORE 18 May 2014 - 8:43am

The Ping Ming Productions, founded by two Nanyang Technological University students, produced a humorous video to challenge the ongoing debate on where to draw the line on Singapore’s citizen journalism platform, STOMP. While STOMP is an undeniably innovative creation of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) to advocate for the freedom of speech, critics argue that netizens might have been abusing it with trivial and unimportant issues rather than discussion worthy ones


GOVERNMENT POLICIES DISCRIMINATE AGAINST FOREIGN SPOUSES

THEREALSINGAPORE 18 May 2014 - 8:38am

As can be seen, it is my appeal letter to ICA asking them to feedback the policies to Minister Teo Chee Hean. My wife’s repatriation is caused by ICA failing to issue rights status (citizenship) for my wife. This problem could also be faced by other citizens who have foreign spouses. A month later, ICA sent a letter to inform us my wife’s appeal was not successful. I went down to ICA to meet up with an officer and below is the conversation between myself and the ICA officer in an interview room..


FOREIGNER'S SPOUSE BETTER OFF THAN SINGAPOREAN'S FOREIGN SPOUSE

THEREALSINGAPORE 18 May 2014 - 8:35am

Dear TRS, I wish to highlight an issue I am facing now. I am recently married to a foreigner. My spouse was granted a long term visit pass valid for a year. As we wish to start a family soon, my spouse would like to find a job to help with the expenses before starting a family. However, it has been more than 6 months and numerous interviews but was rejected as she was holding to a long term pass.


INTRODUCE FLEXIBILITY IN CPF WITHDRAWAL

THEREALSINGAPORE 17 May 2014 - 9:39pm

After thinking much about the CPF, minimum sum scheme, and getting the views of other people, my conclusions are: 1. The CPF is generally a good scheme 2. The minimum sum scheme is a good feature, as it requires people to keep some savings for the future 3. The current level of the minimum sum scheme, with 50% to be pledged in property, is reasonable 4. 


DEAR PRESIDENT: TALK IS CHEAP, TAKE ACTION

THEREALSINGAPORE 17 May 2014 - 9:24pm

“We should continue to have vigorous debates on the challenges facing our nation, and be prepared to take necessary and bold decisions for our future. It is important for us to do so, to have the best ideas and best leadership for Singapore. Everyone should join in the debates, understand the issues, share their views and argue their positions. Sometimes these debates will stir great passions, but we cannot allow our differences to pull us apart. 


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