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Monday with the Editor: Make Your Vote Count!
Level examinations ended last Friday. So have the
End-of-Year examinations for most primary and secondary
schools here. Already schoolchildren are taking a rest from
school as many schools are having what is known locally as
Marking Days during which students get to stay at home
whilst their teachers do the marking of the examination
answer sheets at school. Primary school students get about
four days of rest while those in secondary schools take a
elections are also around the corner. Some had accurately
predicted the Polling Day as 3rd Nov 2001. I want to let you
in on their somewhat strange method of arriving at the date.
You see, recently the Government introduced the 2nd
Off-Budget aid Package to help Singaporeans tide over the
economic crisis. The amount of the aid is S$11.3 billion.
These chaps used the 11.3 to arrive at the 11.3.2001 (3rd
Nov 2001) date for the election. And as it turned out, they
were correct indeed in their assumption. Ha Ha Ha - isn't
that a strange coincidence, or is it not?
will be the first time I get to vote in the past 10 years. I
will be exercising my right to partake in the process of
electing a Member of Parliament for the Nee Soon East
constituency which has been taken out of the Sembawang GRC
to become a single ward in this General Election. After 10
years of walkovers, the incumbent, Associate Professor HO
Peng Kee is expected to have a face-off with an opposition
candidate for the parliamentary seat. He is sincere,
approachable and self-driven. I believe he will continue to
get the support of the voters in the constituency.
attained the age of 21, I have always voted for the People's
Action Party, and I guess I will continue to do so for many
more years to come. Why is that so? It is in my upbringing.
I belong to that generation of baby boomers (born between
1947 and 1964) who have been influenced by their parents -
pragmatic people who have seen the worst of poverty, war and
unrest - into returning to power a party that has eradicated
corruption, enabled the ordinary Singaporean to own his own
home, introduced the CPF scheme to secure the future of its
people, and last but not least, made Singapore a safe place
- probably the safest place in South-East Asia - to live
I certainly can't decide
for you whom you should vote for. It's up to you to decide
the future of this Singapore. Remember, whichever way you or
I vote will determine the kind of Singapore that our
children will get to grow up in. Make your vote count.
|General Election 2001
Nomination Date: 25 Oct 2001 Polling Date: 3 Nov 2001
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People's Action Party (PAP) decided to retire a large number of
MPs to make way for new ones to ensure that Singapore is well
prepared for the future, Prime Minister GOH Chok Tong said
yesterday. This was a difficult task, he said, "It was
painful to have to retire so many MPs. Quite a number of them
deserve another term. But I have to explain to them that I am not
just fighting this election. I am also thinking of the 2007
Tourism Board (STB) would be promoting the year-end event
Celebration Singapore, a 15-week festivity which starts with the
Deepavali Light-up in Little India this Saturday and ends with the
Singapore River Hong Bao during the Chinese New Year in February
next year. For the first time, the board is publishing a 24-page
booklet on the events, and these publications will be sent
overseas. While total tourist arrivals is expected to fall by
between 3 and 4 per cent this year, STB's chief executive YEO Khee
Leng said the number of tourists from Australia and China is still
growing. Visitors from Australia grew by 12.9 per cent between
January and August over the same period last year to reach 366,410
and those from China during the same period went up by 11.4 per
cent to 331,209. (4)
August and September this year, the Education Ministry (MOE)
received 2,680 applications for teaching positions - about three
times more than the same period last year. A ministry spokesman
said that there were 9,000 applications in the last recruitment
cycle - Aug 1 last year to July 31 this year - and 2,450 teachers
were hired. For the coming cycle, the ministry, which hopes to
take in more than 3,000 teachers, expects the number to double.
MOE noted that the current economic situation has increased the
relative attractiveness of teaching compared to other professions.
retrenched middle-aged managers are turning to psychiatrists
because they cannot cope with the blow to their self-esteem caused
by losing their jobs. The number of people treated at the
Institute of Mental Health (IMH) has jumped from 38, which was the
figure from October last year to April this year, to over 66 in
the past six months. The men are more badly affected by job loss
than women. The number of male patients has risen three-fold, from
less than 10 last year to 30 this year. Of these, 17 are from the
30- to 49-year-old age group - men in the prime of their working
Sydney: Shoppers across
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instead of credit cards. Several leading retailers were yesterday
reported to be in talks with an American company pioneering technology
that would enable customers to pay by simply pressing their fingertip
against a sensor and then entering a password. Britain's largest
supermarket chain, Tesco's, is to begin trials of the scanner within a
year. If the trials were successful, the so-called biometric system
could be introduced in Australian stores, the Sun-Herald newspaper
reported yesterday. (16)
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The British government plans to ban happy hours in pubs and clubs
in central London to curb alcohol-related crime and violence. The
results will be closely monitored and if drunken behaviour and
crime is significantly reduced, happy hours will be outlawed in
other parts of Britain. Statistics show that just after happy
hours end, more than one in six emergency calls to police involve
a drink-related incident. A quarter of all those arrested within
two hours of happy hours ending are drunk. (6)
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