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FCF is ineffective, Singaporeans still discriminated in job market

07 March 2018

Singapore Democrats

When the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) introduced its Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) in 2013, the SDP had predicted that the policy would not be effective.

Five years hence, Minister for Manpower Lim Swee Say revealed in Parliament this week that ... Read more »

A budget of wayang and cheap gimmicks

20 February 2018

Singapore Democrats

If ever there was a budget laden with cheap gimmicks and full of wayang, this one is it.

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced an 'ang pow' of up to $300 for every individual. The giveaway amounts to $700 million. This is against a collection of a surplus of $9.6 billion last year.

In other words, the government is giving back to taxpayers 7 cents for every excess dollar it c ... Read more »

Paul Tambyah: Budget needs to take care of the have-nots

12 February 2018

Singapore Democrats

Good evening all,

I would like to thank Sze Hian and MARUAH for inviting me to speak at this event. Firstly I would like to clarify that I am speaking in my own personal capacity as an activist and politician and NOT as a representative of the University and the hospital. I hope that the Independent can take note of that as it causes problems for a lot of people when the different roles that we speak in are mixed up. The University ... Read more »

MYT by-election: Goh's 1987 statements about GRCs contradict Constitution

22 January 2018

“No by-election will be held to fill any vacancy unless all three members of that GRC have vacated their seats in Parliament,” then DPM Goh Chok Tong said when he introduced the GRC system in 1987.

“This is to ensure that no Member who has been elected under a GRC will be forced to vacate his seat through the departure of his team-mates for whatever reason”.

Parliament pushed through the stipulation in Sec ... Read more »

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