Touted as the most “representative” and “comprehensive” national dialogue ever undertaken, Our Singapore Conversation (OSC) drew a lot of buzz when it was completed in August.
One of the key components of the year-long dialogue was a survey of 4,000 Singaporeans.
An interesting finding from the survey was that views of Singaporeans on social issues have become more diverse – diverging mainly between the old versus young and the higher versus lower income groups.
Younger Singaporeans showed a stronger preference for less censorship, while older Singaporeans were reflected as placing more value in censorship to protect public interest.
While the statistics reflect that society in general did not accept gay lifestyles, the acceptance level varied significantly. The younger and more educated tended to be more accepting while the older and the less educated were far less open to the idea.
A whopping 72 per cent of Singaporeans with no formal education rejected the idea of gay lifestyles,
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Year in Review 2013: OSC survey reveals Singaporeans split over gay, censorship, social support issuesBy Chiu Peace | Year in Review – Wed, Nov 27, 2013
Touted as the most “representative” and “comprehensive” national dialogue ever undertaken, Our Singapore Conversation (OSC) drew a lot of buzz when it was completed in August.Read More »from Year in Review 2013: OSC survey reveals Singaporeans split over gay, censorship, social support issues
- Chiu Peace | Year in Review – Wed, Nov 27, 2013
The shocking murder of a father and son in the usually peaceful HDB heartland of Kovan -- by a former Singapore cop no less -- grabbed national headlines in July.Read More »from Year in Review 2013: Ex-cop charged for shocking Kovan double murder
How the case unfolded was fitting of a crime novel: two dead bodies discovered less than 1km apart, with one of them dragged along the road by car in broad daylight, reported eyewitnesses.
42-year-old Tan Chee Heong, a director and shareholder at an electronics company, was finally recovered near Kovan MRT station.
Following a trail of blood, the police ended up at a house at 14J Hillside Drive, where they found his father, 66-year-old Tan Boon Sin, who died of numerous slash wounds.
A nationwide manhunt was launched for a male suspect who had fled the scene. Three days later, former Singapore Police Force senior staff sergeant, Iskandar bin Rahmat, 34, was picked up with the help of Malaysian police, at Danga Bay in Johor.
A veteran of the SPF for 14 years, it was revealed he was serving at the Bedok police station and was the
- Chiu Peace | Yahoo Newsroom – Tue, Nov 26, 2013
[UPDATE 27 November 2013, 9am: Adding details of mother charged with murder.]
The mother of an 17-month-old baby found dead in waters off Bedok Jetty has been charged with murder.
According to a report by The Straits Times, the 44-year-old woman known as Lim Ann Nee was charged in court on Tuesday afternoon "for the offence of murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, which carries the death penalty", a police statement said.
Earlier on Tuesday, police had issued a statement regarding the woman's arrest, adding that investigations are ongoing.Read More »from Dead baby found off Bedok Jetty, mother charged for murder: reports
According to Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao, members of the public found a woman struggling in the sea off East Coast Park at around 6:30pm on Monday.
They immediately called the police, who alerted coast guard officers about the case.
The woman, whom Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily reported to be 45 years old, was rescued and subsequently conveyed conscious to Singapore General Hospital for treatment.
The Chinese papers reported that she
- Chiu Peace | Yahoo Newsroom – Mon, Nov 25, 2013
[UPDATE 27 Nov 12pm Adding response from the Ministry of Manpower]Read More »from Ex-DJ Daniel Ong dismisses allegations of Twelve Cupcakes exploiting foreign workers
Former DJ and CEO of Twelve Cupcakes Daniel Ong has rejected claims made by a report that his company exploits foreign workers.
The report was published by The Real Singapore (TRS) and was written by a contributor called Vettel. The writer claimed to have spoken to two Filipino employees and one China staff member. They had allegedly said that the company, owned by Ong and his wife, former beauty queen Jaime Teo, requires its full-time foreign staff to work 12 hours a day and that they only get a day off every week.
On the contrary, full-time local staff work eight hours a day, and get one and a half days off a week, said Vettel.
The writer also added that these foreign workers are only earning S$3 an hour.
Vettel also said that foreign baking staff are subject to the same working hours and also have to shuttle between two outlets on the same day.
Accounts from different staff members revealed that kitchen and baking staff
- Chiu Peace | Yahoo Newsroom – Fri, Nov 22, 2013
A portion of a roof parapet was dislodged from the 13th storey of Blk 147, Bedok Reservoir Road on Tuesday and landed metres away from a man who is around 40 years old..Read More »from Falling roof debris in Bedok nearly hits man
According to Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao, an eyewitness — a 61-year-old retiree known as Zheng — said he was walking his dog when the accident happened at 11:12am.
He added that he saw the debris, which looked around 5kg with sharp corners, falling from the sky and landing less than 2m from the man.
Realising what just happened, the man shouted really loudly, added Zheng.
Thankfully, the man was not hurt.
Aljunied GRC MP Pritam Singh went down to the site after the incident.
According to a Facebook post by the Worker’s Party MP, no one was injured.
He added that the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) and HDB staff had assessed the damage and the town council had activated its building contractor to comb the facade of the block and to carry out repairs to signs of serious wear and tear.
In his Facebook post,
- Chiu Peace | Yahoo Newsroom – Thu, Nov 21, 2013
"How many of our leaders and top officers who say that every school is a good school put their children in ordinary schools near their home? (Only) until they actually do so are parents going to buy (it)."Read More »from Jurong West Secondary vice-principal takes issue with ‘every school is a good school’ ideal
Those were the exact words of Jurong West Secondary School (JWSS) vice-principal Pushparani Nadarajah, who was responding to speakers and teachers’ discussions of making every school a good one at the inaugural AsiaEducationExpo (AEX) 2013, according to a report by The Straits Times.
During the first panel discussion, which was attended by about 200 participants, several educators expressed hope that parents would recognise the efforts of all schools to bring out the best in students.
The neighbourhood school’s vice principal’s startling remark drew applause from those who attended the event.
A 37-year-old mother, who has a primary-school-going child and another child attending pre-school, who did not want to be named, told Yahoo Singapore she agrees with the vice-principal's comments.
- Chiu Peace | Yahoo Newsroom – Wed, Nov 20, 2013
Email addresses and phone numbers of about 4,000 people have been taken from a data file on the Singapore Art Museum’s (SAM) website, and illegally published and uploaded to an overseas server.Read More »from Email addresses, phone numbers of about 4,000 people taken from SAM website illegally
According to a statement from SAM released on Wednesday, it was alerted by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) about the incident on 5 November.
It has since removed the data file from its website and filed a police report.
SAM also revealed that the affected individuals had participated in the museum’s events in 2011 and 2013.
In the statement, the museum also said investigations are still ongoing.
It has also contacted each of the affected individuals to inform them of the illegally published information, and to convey its apologies to them.
More pieces of artwork at Night Festival go missing
How stolen Dutch art fooled even Sotheby's expert eyes
Picasso most stolen artist after more works boosted
- Chiu Peace | Yahoo Newsroom – Wed, Nov 20, 2013
Certificate of entitlement (COE) premiums ended mixed in the latest bidding exercise on Wednesday.Read More »from COE premiums end mixed in latest bidding exercise
The COE price for small cars (up to 1,600cc) ended at S$74,991, up from S$72,609 previously.
The premium for big cars dropped from S$84,578 to S$79,300.
The commercial vehicle COE premium ended lower at S$55,002, down from S$55,503.
The motorcycle COE price rose slightly to S$1,712, up from S$1,710.
The COE price for the open category, which can be used for any vehicle type but ends up mainly for bigger cars, fell from S$89,001 to S$83,000.
COE prices fall in first round of bidding in November
Singapore plans waterfront city, sets land for 500k homes under Draft Master Plan 2013
Fire, explosions at Kaki Bukit Industrial Estate
- Chiu Peace | Yahoo Newsroom – Sat, Nov 16, 2013
The plight of another “skeleton dog” has sent shockwaves among animal lovers in Singapore.Read More »from Another 'skeleton dog' case in Singapore shocks animal welfare group
In a blog post on Friday, animal welfare group Hope Dog Rescue said a man had written to them on Thursday about a grossly emaciated dog named Elmo that he had found a few days back.
The photograph (see above) that the man sent to Hope Dog Rescue immediately put the volunteers on panic mode as they “haven't seen a skinnier dog other than Prince”, referring to the case of another severely starved dog that was rescued.
Prince was a 5-year-old poodle that only weighed 2.8kg when he was found back in April last year, but he has since been nursed back to health by volunteers and his adopters.
Hope Dog Rescue said the man informed them that the one-year-old Elmo had not eaten for five days and had been extremely weak and listless, adding that his urine and faeces also contained traces of blood.
The animal welfare group then arranged for food to be delivered to the rescuer as well as for the dog to be taken
Concession schemes for low income workers, persons with disabilities among fare review recommendationsBy Chiu Peace | Yahoo Newsroom – Tue, Nov 5, 2013
The Fare Review Mechanism Committee (FRMC) announced Tuesday recommendations on public transport fares concessions, after completing and submitting its report to Minister for Transport Lui Tuck Yew.Read More »from Concession schemes for low income workers, persons with disabilities among fare review recommendations
Among the recommendations are two new concession schemes – one for low income workers and the other for persons with disabilities.
The FRMC also proposed that the government fund these two new schemes without imposing them as a financial burden on the Public Transport Operators (PTOs).
Other recommendations include enhancing benefits for existing schemes, such as free travel for below 7 years of age instead of using the current 0.9m height criterion and a Monthly Travel Pass (MTP) be made available to adult commuters to help frequent and heavy public transport users.
The FRMC also took into consideration the concerns of students from polytechnics and private institutions.
It recommended the extension of eligibility of current student concessions to Singaporeans studying full-time locally,