One of the biggest changes made by the government this year is the imposing of stricter rules on foreign labour in Singapore.
It was one of the many new changes made to the Employment Act and will benefit up to 450,000 workers once it comes into effect in 2014.
During the first phase of the Employment Act review, Acting Minister of Manpower Tan Chuan Jin announced in March that firms looking to hire foreigners must pay their full-time local workers at least S$1,000 a month.
Tan had mentioned this in his speech in Parliament, while addressing Singaporeans’ concerns on nationality discrimination and impact of foreign labour on their jobs.
During the second phase, which includes a review of the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA), Tan announced more rules in September saying that the government will force many companies operating in the city-state to consider Singaporeans for skilled job vacancies before turning to candidates from abroad.
From August 2014, firms with more than 25
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- Nurul Azliah Aripin | Year in Review – 16 hours ago
One of the biggest changes made by the government this year is the imposing of stricter rules on foreign labour in Singapore.Read More »from Year in Review 2013: Government impose stricter rules on foreign labour
- Nurul Azliah Aripin | Yahoo Newsroom – 20 hours ago
Results of the latest bidding for the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) sees a decrease in premiums across all categories except for motorcycles.
According to the Land Transport Authority, the results for the latest bidding in December sees a decrease for cars in Category A from S$74,991 to S$73,160, and a decrease for those in Category B from S$79,300 to S$73,010.
Premiums for goods vehicles and buses decreased from S$55,002 to S$51,112 while those for vehicles in the open category sees a decrease from S$83,000 to S$76,901.
However, premiums for motorcycles have increased from S$1,712 TO S$1,782.
The total number of successful bids in the latest bidding round is 1,740, an increase from the earlier bidding which saw 1,684 successful bids.
Here's another way to look at the results released on 4 December:
Here are the results released earlier on 20 November:
- Nurul Azliah Aripin | Yahoo Newsroom – 23 hours ago
A 38-year-old man pleaded guilty on Thursday for harassing a US singer for six years, according to The Straits Times.Read More »from Singapore stalker pleads guilty to harassing US singer for 6 years
Colin Mak Yew Loong was convicted for criminal intimidation, harassment, criminal trespass and theft, after admitting to sending 31 threatening emails to 29-year-old American singer Leandra Ramm and her boyfriend, the report revealed.
It added that Mak had first seen Ramm when she was featured in an interview with US celebrity news reporter Anderson Cooper in 2005 on his “360” news programme.
Mak had contacted Ramm, promising to further her music career. Ramm was initially "grateful" but began receiving threatening emails and phone calls when she stopped responding to Mak, the report said, adding that the both of them had never met.
According to court documents, Mak was also charged for harassing two others. One is a 28-year-old Ukrainian music instructor Veronika Sakhno and the other German photographer Siegfried Geyer, the boyfriend of a Hungarian music teacher,
- Nurul Azliah Aripin | Yahoo Newsroom – Mon, Dec 2, 2013
Now you can avoid all those pesky telemarketers.Read More »from How to avoid telemarketers through the 'Do Not Call' registry
Through the “Do Not Call” Registry, getting your number off the list of people marketing folks can contact can be done through any of three simple steps.
You can register online at www.dnc.gov.sg, you can send the text message "DNC" to 78772, or you can call 1800 248 0772.
Those are the numbers to use if you don't want to be contacted in any way: call, text or other form.
Let's say you only want to unsubscribe from calls, however, then use the other numbers provided by the registry.
You can find the list and more detailed registration instructions here.
According to the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC), you should expect to stop receiving unsolicited telemarketing messages through your registered telephone number 30 days after registration (if you register on or after 2 July 2014) and up to 60 days after registration (if you register before 2 July 2014).
The DNC Registry has registered more than 67,000 unique numbers as of 6pm on
- Nurul Azliah Aripin | Yahoo Newsroom – Thu, Nov 28, 2013
Both news platforms, run by Singapore Press Holdings, published the apology on their respective websites. Lianhe Wanbao posted the apology on Wednesday while AsiaOne on Thursday after both sites had published an inaccurate article featuring National Solidarity Party member Seah and social site mig33 CEO Goh.Read More »from AsiaOne, Lianhe Wanbao apologise to Nicole Seah and Steven Goh over inaccurate headline
The stories – which have drawn flak online - were both posted on the respective sites on Tuesday suggesting that Seah was dating a married man. In reality, however, the man, Steven Goh, is actually divorced.
The headline published on AsiaOne said, “Nicole Seah uploads photo of her with a man believed to be married,” while the one in Lianhe Wanbao said, “Nicole Seah posts intimate photo of herself with a married man on Facebook”.
“AsiaOne would like to unreservedly apologise to Miss Nicole Seah and to Mr Steven Goh for any distress and
- Nurul Azliah Aripin | Yahoo Newsroom – Wed, Nov 27, 2013
More taxis are on Singapore roads serving commuters since the Taxi Availability (TA) standards were implemented in January 2013, according to the Land Transport Authority (LTA).Read More »from More taxis on the road since implementation of Taxi Availability standards: LTA
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, LTA said that most taxi companies have at least 70 per cent of their taxis on the roads serving commuters during peak periods between 7am and 11am, and between 5pm and 11pm, since the TA standards were implemented early this year.
The TA standards were implemented on 1 January to improve the availability of taxis on the roads. It took place after a study was initiated with the National Taxi Association (NTA) and taxi operators to ensure that taxis better fulfill their public transport role.
The TA standards are applied to individual taxi operators based on their respective fleet sizes and it is being phased in progressively for over three years – starting from 2013 - to give operators time to adjust.
There is no financial penalty for taxi operators who fail to meet the
- Nurul Azliah Aripin | Yahoo Newsroom – Mon, Nov 18, 2013
The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) is reportedly considering structured fitness training for National Service pre-enlistees who fail to achieve a silver standard for their National Physical Fitness Award (NAPFA) a year before enlistment.Read More »from MINDEF mulling fitness training for NS pre-enlistees, says Chan Chun Sing: reports
This was mentioned by the Second Minister for Defence, Chan Chun Sing, who was speaking to the press on Monday after chairing the fourth “Support for NS” Working Group meeting at Paya Lebar Air Base. He added that the training will be similar to the existing Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) for reservists.
Chan had said that the training would help boost physical fitness standards among pre-enlistees, reducing the amount of time needed to improve their fitness levels while undergoing National Service (NS), Today reported.
According to Today, he also added that students from polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) are currently lagging behind those in Junior Colleges in terms of NAPFA test results.
The local media also
- Nurul Azliah Aripin | Yahoo Newsroom – Sun, Nov 17, 2013
[Update on 18 November 2013 10.53pm; Added report from Channel NewsAsia]Read More »from 2 dead in fire at Bukit Timah home
Two of the the three people who were sent to the hospital for inhaling smoke after a fire had broken out at a Bukit Timah home on Sunday, were reportedly discharged from the hospital on Monday morning.
This was reported by Channel NewsAsia, adding that the third person - believed to be the home owner's mother - is still in the hospital; the mother is known to be a Buddhist priest.
The report also said that there were nine people in the house when the fire happened, and that the two who died were father and son while the remaining seven escaped.
Neighbours reportedly said that the unit was also used as a temple and that it was rented out to several tenants.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) earlier said that they sent three occupants to the National University Hospital for smoke inhalation.
The fire took place at 40 Jalan Gaharu and involved the contents of the unit. It was brought under control within 15
- Nurul Azliah Aripin | What’s buzzing? – Sun, Nov 17, 2013
Four Japanese exchange students got hundreds of people dancing at 45 spots around Singapore, bringing smiles to many faces.
The undergraduates from National University of Singapore (NUS), aged between 20 and 22, had people groove to “Koi Suru Fortune Cookie” by AKB48, a popular pop girl group in Japan, at such places as the National Museum of Singapore and Sultan Mosque.
“We feel that many people (mostly Japanese) do not know much about Singapore…we felt that Singapore is not only about Marina Bay Sands and Merlion. So we would like to introduce Singapore to the world including Japan,” said one of them, Takanori Ito, 22, in an email interview with Yahoo Singapore.
He added, “We would like many people who have some interests in Singapore to know more about Singapore. We would like this video to be one of the guides of Singapore. Moreover we would like those who watch this video to enjoy and smile.”
With support from Singapore Zoo and Resorts World Sentosa, it took a whole month for theRead More »from Foreign students’ video of Singapore tourist spots gets people dancing, smiling
- Nurul Azliah Aripin | Yahoo Newsroom – Sat, Nov 16, 2013
A former Robinsons employee seeking constitutional protection against workplace discrimination of homosexual men has launched a campaign to create awareness about the issue and raise funds for legal costs.
Lawrence Bernard Wee Kim San, together with seven other people, launched the campaign “Stop hurting, quit labeling” on Friday evening at the home of film and theatre director Glenn Goei. About 50 people turned up at the event to show their support, including local actors Lim Yu Beng and Neo Swee Lin, and former Singapore Democratic Party member Vincent Wijeysingha.
In his application filed with the High Court in August, Wee is seeking a declaration that protection against discrimination under Article 12 of the Constitution should include within its ambit all Singaporeans regardless of race, religion, place of origin, gender and sexual orientation.
Wee said in an interview at the launch that the campaign was meant to create awareness within the larger community on the lack of protectionRead More »from Gay man launches Singapore campaign for workplace discrimination protection