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     People - News & Articles 2005

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Early Baby Boomer

1947 & 1954

Late Baby Boomer

1955 & 1964

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1965 & 1980

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1981 & 1995

    News, Articles & Reports


Registration of Criminals (Amendment) Bill 2005

"We are amending the Registration of Criminals Act or 'RCA' to allow the record of a conviction kept in the Register of Criminals for a less serious crime to be considered as spent if the person stays clean after a specified period...

"As we are making a start in this area, we have decided to do so on a more cautious note, by providing for criminal records to become spent. In the light of experience gained, we can consider expunging criminal records in the future..."



Singaporeans not eating enough fruit & vegetables

Are you eating enough fruit & vegetables? Find out at:

Date Time Venue
14 & 15 May 2005 11.00am 每 3.00pm Great World City, Cold Storage Outlet
21 & 22 May 2005 11.00am 每 3.00pm Jelita, Cold Storage Outlet
28 & 29 May 2005 11.00am 每 3.00pm Causeway Point, Cold Storage Outlet
4 & 5 Jun 2005 11.30am 每 3.00pm Compass Point, Cold Storage Outlet
11 & 12 Jun 2005 11.00am 每 3.00pm Hougang, Cold Storage Outlet
18 & 19 Jun 2005 11.00am 每 3.00pm Novena, Cold Storage Outlet
25 & 26 Jun 2005 11.00am 每 3.00pm Guthrie House, Level 1 Atrium
2 & 3 July 2005 11.00am 每 3.00pm Centre Point, Cold Storage Outlet
9 & 10 Jul 2005 11.00am 每 3.00pm Venue to be confirmed
16 & 17 Jul 2005 11.00am 每 3.00pm North Point, Cold Storage Outlet

     - IMH upgrades inpatient children psychiatric ward

     - Book a barbecue (BBQ) pit at any AXS station

Can Singapore always remain clean?: MM Lee

"...Whether it is policemen, immigration officers, customs officers or officers in charge of dispensing licences, it is dangerous to have them grossly underpaid.

"Over the last 40 years, Singapore has moved towards paying political and civil service officers 70-80% of what their equivalents are earning in the private sector, the formula is based on an average of 6 professions, their salaried incomes based on the income tax returns.
"This has enabled ministers and officials to live according to their station in society without extra sources of illicit income..."


     - Former President Wee Kim Wee dies

Singaporeans must adapt and seize opportunities created: PM Lee

"...Mindset is changing. Singaporeans used to shun jobs such as healthcare assistants in hospitals. Now they queue up for the jobs, and retention rate is high.

"Singaporeans used to shy about becoming waiters. They asked &What if I have to serve a relative or a friend that comes into the restaurant?* But they are gradually accepting the idea..."


     - Employment Situation in 1st Quarter 2005

     - Latest Civil Defence Emergency Handbook now available

     - Findings of National Health Survey 2004

Monday with the Editor: Teaching Woes

"Handling a class of boisterous Express stream students is a world apart from handling a class of out-of-focus NA or NT students. Express stream students may be noisy and active, but they need the barest of tuning to keep them in order.

"Simple veiled measures such as harping on the haircut of students who stray work quickly to put them in line again. On the other hand, NA and NT students, more often than not, come from dysfunctional families. Some students are even impervious to caning..."


Singapore to have two IRs with a casino each

"...We cannot stand still. The whole region is on the move. If we do not change, where will we be in 20 years* time? Losing our appeal to tourists is the lesser problem. But if we become a backwater, just one of many ordinary cities in Asia, instead of being a cosmopolitan hub of the region, then many good jobs will be lost, and all Singaporeans will suffer. We cannot afford that..."


     - Retrenchment & Re-employment in 2004

Monday with the Editor: What if keys to Singapore were handed over?

"As a resident, I am not concerned whose constituency I am in. All I know is that I am living in Singapore and I expect fair and equal treatment to be accorded to me. I don't want to be served first. I am willing to wait. I just want to be served when it's my turn to be served. And seeing others given the 'official' green light to jump queue makes me see red..."


My Uniquely Singapore Passport 2005

"The Passport offers holders (Singapore residents or visitors) discounts at 40 Singapore establishments including tourist attractions, F&B outlets as well as a family-oriented spa..."


     - Singapore Olympians - The Complete Who's Who 1936 - 2004

Monday with the Editor: Glad my home is Singapore

"...Forgive me for sounding cruel, but I would say -- jolly well have more such experiences while we are overseas, either on short-work assignments or holiday trips. These experiences will help us appreciate things we take for granted in Singapore, as one such experience helped enlighten the Singaporean visitor to Batam, that 'it is only now that I appreciate the orientation towards excellence in public service. A similar incident would not be allowed to happen in Singapore and, even if it did, the victim would be ensured a proper channel for redress'..."


     - Singapore Public Holidays 2006 Gazetted

Count on our children to take care of us in our old age?

"...I see many youngsters engaged in animated conversation over who has the latest mobile phone and I think - at this age, they have yet to earn money and they are already bowing to peer pressure and thinking of spending more than pocket change. When they come into the mainstream of society, will they wise up and live prudently or will their parents still have to support them then..."


      - Man jailed for employing foreigners without work permits

Monday with the Editor: Second-hand smoke in public places

"Just last month, in a small shopping centre in Hougang, I saw someone approaching a teenager who was puffing away in the air-conditioned lobby of the place, just outside a lan-gaming shop. When he told the young man not to smoke there, the boy retorted, 'I like it, leh!'..."


     - Waiting times at Public Sector Emergency Departments

      - Ministry of Manpower fine tunes foreign worker policy


Monday with the Editor: Of pre-university students and CIP

"These boys from Maris Stella were busy running up to the young and the old. You could see the eagerness in their faces as they went about their task. Each approach was energetic, and though some pedestrians did not donate, the boys were not disheartened.

"In these boys, I saw the same enthusiasm which gripped me as a secondary student some thirty years ago when I was selling flags for charity. These boys from Maris Stella were certainly not of the same grain as the one who took the donation tin to lunch with his parents..."


School fields for public use

"Some 50 school fields all over the island will be available for public use under a scheme to maximise the use of sports facilities in Singapore...

"Members of the public can book the fields for a small fee; full soccer-sized fields can be booked for $50 per two-hour slots while smaller-sized soccer fields can be booked for $25 per two-hour slots..."


Man jailed for bomb hoax

A man was jailed for 2½ years yesterday for a bomb hoax. Mak Hoy Meng, 29, had handed over to an MRT employee two notes which claimed there was a bomb in one of the stations. 

Source: Straits Times 11 Mar 2005 (H6)

Student falls from school building

A 16-year-old student of Bedok South Secondary School was injured after he fell off the first floor of a building at his school yesterday. Police are investigating the incident.

Source: Straits Times 11 Mar 2005 (H2)

Changes to CCA and CIP for university admission

"... it will no longer be necessary to have a fixed CCA points system for junior college (JC) and Centralised Institute (CI) students applying to university from 2007 onwards. MOE will remove the CCA grading system, PEARLS, for first year students in JCs starting from this year.

"At the same time, MOE will remove the minimum 6-hour requirement for CIP for all students in JCs and the CI from this year. The CIP scheme, introduced in 1998, is now a vibrant feature of JC life..."


AIDS Epidemic - 311 new cases in 2004: Dr Balaji Sadasivan

"...We do not know the reasons for the sharp increase of HIV in the gay community. An epidemiologist has suggested that this may be linked to the annual predominantly gay party in Sentosa - the Nation Party -which allowed gays from high prevalence societies to fraternize with local gay men, seeding the infection in the local community. However, this is a hypothesis and more research needs to done.

"The reported new cases are only the tip of the ice-berg. In total, we have more than 2,000 HIV/AIDS patients. But for every AIDS patient we have diagnosed, there are possibly 2 to 4 undiagnosed patients with HIV in Singapore. That means there could be, anywhere between 4,000 to 8,000, undiagnosed HIV patients in Singapore..."


     - Smoking ban to cover more public places from 1 Oct 2005

Monday with the Editor: When parents take their children's lives

"...Every few years in Singapore, the lives of innocent young children are sacrificed by their parent or parents in the name of protecting these children who would have otherwise grown up in the absence of these parents. Is it a noble act in the part of such parents, causing their young children to die without the chance to grow up, get married, have children, and then grow old?..."


New biometric passports for Singaporeans

"...The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) plans to introduce a Singapore biometric passport by October this year. This new passport will contain the person's unique facial and fingerprint information.

"It will make use of an inventory control number as the passport number, instead of the current approach of using the person*s NRIC number. This unique inventory number will make it easier to share information on lost and stolen Singaporean passports as part of the global effort to curb passport abuse.

"The validity period will be shortened from the present 10 years to 5 years, to allow us to incorporate new technologies into the Singapore passport more rapidly. The biometric passport will speed up immigration clearance significantly, as well as deter people from misusing the Singapore passport, thus upholding the reputation of the Singapore passport, and facilitating our citizens' travel overseas.

"...Minister elaborated that the fees for the new biometric passport planned to be introduced by October this year, have not been determined. He added that the existing passports that have not expired continue to be valid..."

Response given by the Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Wong Kan Seng at the Committee of Supply Debate on the Ministry of Home Affairs, Thursday, 3 March 2005

Source: Ministry of Home Affairs Press Release 3 Mar 2005

       - 11,790 Immigration Offenders Arrested in 2004

Monday with the Editor: Strangers in our own land?

"...Yet, today, I have difficulty bringing myself to talk to strangers, whether they be people of other races or my own race, in public areas. I hope my behaviour is not representative of a trend taking place in Singapore. If it is, it begs the question: Why are younger Singaporeans withdrawing into their own cocoons nowadays?..."


Loss of medical talent to the private sector

"These are doctors who have devoted many years of their lives to public service; good doctors and dedicated teachers.  I have expected them to retire in public sector.  Why are they now in private practice?
"Within the Ministry, there seems to be a view that the "loss of doctors to the private sector is not a loss, for as long as they continue their practice in Singapore".  I do not agree with this view.  The loss of good teachers and clinicians from the public sector is a big loss to Singapore...


     - Notification of Release of 2004 GCE O-Level Results

     - Singapore Crime Situation 2004

Monday with the Editor: Competition from China whiz kids

"Rather than worry about the influx of talent that could threaten their children's future, our Singaporean parents should see these China whiz kids as a necessity for local schools, for our own students, having outdone their own kind at school over the past decades and not having worthwhile competition to spur them on to greater heights, can now count on these brilliant China kids to pace them into greater excellence..."


     - Singapore Budget 2005

     - Tentative List of Singapore Public Holidays for 2006

Monday with the Editor: Chinese New Year merry-making

"That's when the gambling streak in everyone shows up, albeit for a fortnight till Chap Goh Meh*. That's also when parents tolerate gambling among their young. In fact, many parents, grandparents, and their children join the gambling sessions that go on in almost every Chinese household across the island, and the world..."


 Prime Minister's Chinese New Year message 2005

"...We are making Singapore a great place for families. Many couples are already benefiting from the Marriage and Procreation package.
"It is too early to assess results, but I have met many couples carrying young babies, who tell me happily that they are collecting the Baby Bonus.
"And the hospitals have reported that this year there are more pregnancy consultations, and many applications to use Medisave for antenatal packages..."


Monday with the Editor: Reliving new year memories

"I remember I was in secondary school then, and living in a three-room flat in Toa Payoh. Back then, with every new Chinese New Year, each household, whether in an HDB flat or a private residence, would receive free eggs.
"Some received a tray, others were given more trays of eggs. It was the pig farmers' way of thanking the households for contributing swill to the pigs the farmers were rearing..."


     - Employment Situation in 4th Quarter 2004

Rising Expectations of Singaporeans

※Do not just promise welfare benefits but show people the price tag. Explain how you are going to fund this for the people, how are you going to pay the bill, and who is going to pay the bill.
"And if you impose such a bill on Singaporeans, which Singaporeans will stay to pay it? And which Singaporeans will say, &thank you very much, I*m off. There are so many other countries in the world where the taxes are cheaper*#


Monday with the Editor: Boys at Morning Express are back!

"...Yes! it was just a joke. Did it backfire on the trio? I am happy that the boys are back. I can hear news that I would otherwise have not been privy to.
"For instance, this morning, I heard Glenn Ong sharing with listeners an incident he witnessed at the National Stadium during the recent Tiger Cup Finals. He mentioned that the wife of one of the Singapore players had trouble coming in because her 3-year-old kid did not have a ticket for the match..."


     - Conditions of Employment 2004

     - Release/detention of persons involved with JI and MILF

     - Parent complains about 'taupok' game in JC

     - Monday with the Editor: Pet Island - Singapore Pets Online

     - Tsunami Disaster Memorial Service on 9 Jan 2005

Monday with the Editor: Still envy our children?

School starts today for more than 500,000 children across the island this new year. As these children stream back to their schools and begin looking around in their new classrooms, some of them may notice a classmate or schoolmate missing.

And they may realise that the tsunami which took place far from our shores over the holidays has something to do with that student's absence from school...


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