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    Default Universities to add 2,000 more places for S'poreans

    By Evelyn Choo | Posted: 14 August 2011 2123 hrs



    SINGAPORE: The government will add 2,000 more university places by 2015, all of which will go to Singaporeans.

    However, foreign enrolment will be capped at present levels, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday evening.

    This year saw a record number of local students being enrolled.

    One in four Singaporean students entered local universities this year. But not all made the cut and the prime minister said he has received numerous appeals from those wanting to further their studies here.

    Mr Lee said: "But for those who did not get in, my advice is 'don't give up'. There are many different pathways up.

    "We are providing a good education for all our students, whether or not you go to university, or you go to poly, or you go to the ITE, or you go to work, and later on you advance to the university.

    "There are many opportunities to keep upgrading yourselves, not just once off, but all your lives. And whichever way you go, do your best, do well because that way, you open up more opportunities, and that way I think you make it easier for us to help you."

    Another concern acknowledged by Mr Lee is the competition from foreigners.

    He said: "One unhappiness is the feeling that, maybe, foreign students have taken the place of locals in universities because our universities do take in a proportion of foreign students.

    "Right now, we have about 18 per cent of foreign students. But I should say that these foreign students have not been at the expense of the local students because we have steadily increased the number of places for Singaporeans in our universities."

    Ten years ago, there were 9,000 spots for locals. This year, the number has increased by 3,000. And by 2015, there will be another 2,000 places added, raising the total number of places for Singaporeans to 14,000.

    As for foreign enrolment, the number will be capped at present levels.

    Going beyond 2015, Mr Lee believes that university intakes should rise further as the economy will need more graduates.

    With students from schools and polytechnics producing better results these days, more students are also looking at earning their degrees. Mr Lee said the Education Ministry will be studying how best to proceed from here.

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    Default Foreign-worker policies to be tightened

    By Rachel Kelly | Posted: 14 August 2011 2216 hrs


    SINGAPORE: The government will further tighten its policy on middle-income foreign workers, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday during his National Day Rally speech.

    PM Lee said this was to address challenges at the workplace.

    The measures include raising the salary thresholds for Employment Passes and tightening educational qualifications.

    Details of the changes will be announced soon by the Ministry of Manpower.

    Mr Lee said the ministry will work with tripartite partners to develop guidelines for fair and responsible recruitment and employment practices.

    The change comes just a few months after the ministry raised qualifying salaries for foreign professionals and skilled workers.

    Mr Lee said the issue in the middle-lower range arose because foreigners on Employment Pass work alongside Singapore's middle-level managers and executives

    Mr Lee said Singapore may be seeing full employment, but Singa*poreans still worry about competition from foreigners.

    "One polytechnic student asked me this very direct question," Mr Lee said.

    "He said 'you know you have the S Pass for people who are one level above the work permits; why do you set the S Pass qualifying salary at S$1800?'

    "Why did he ask me that question? Because really, what he meant was, S$1,800 is less than what many diploma holders are earning.

    "Diploma holders earn more than that, so if you set the level there, we are going to be having people who are earning less than us, but competing against us. Why do you let the foreigner compete directly against me?

    "And I understand those feelings, but we need some non-Singaporeans to complement the Singaporeans and to make up our short falls."

    From July 1, 2011, to qualify for S Pass, applicants' monthly salaries have to be S$2,000 or more, up from S$1,800.

    Similarly, the qualifying salary thresholds for Q1, P2, and P1 Passes were raised to S$2,800, S$4,000, and S$8,000 respectively
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    Mr Lee added small and medium sized enterprises must also be taken into consideration, as they often need foreign workers the most.

    He cautioned tightening on foreign workers does not mean Singaporeans will automatically get better jobs or higher pay, and that slowing down the inflow of foreign workers means accepting slower economic growth.

    Mr Lee said Singapore must stay open to the world, attracting global winners to invest here, and with diverse teams creating jobs and prosperity for Singaporeans.

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    Default Malay Village redevelopment could take four to five years

    Posted: 14 August 2011 2326 hrs


    SINGAPORE: New plans to redevelop the "Malay Village" area in Geylang will be underway soon, starting with the formation of a working committee.

    The committee will decide on how the precinct will look like and engage community stakeholders for their views.

    Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman, who will oversee the development, said it is too early to tell how much it will cost but estimated the project could take four to five years to complete.

    "We want to make sure that it becomes a cultural hub," said Dr Maliki, who is an MP for East Coast GRC.

    "There will be a civic plaza that allows performances. We will make sure that the pathway along Geylang Road provides opportunities for cultural groups to use it as a space for them.

    "So the whole of Geylang Serai precinct will be transformed into a uniquely and distinctly Malay heritage area," added Dr Maliki.

    Earlier Sunday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at his National Day Rally that part of the Malay Village, whose lease will expire soon, will be developed into a civic centre and plaza. The working name for the centre is Wisma Geylang Serai.

    He said that even as Geylang is modernised and upgraded, the government will keep its Malay feel and character and its special place in the Malay community's heart.

    PM Lee's National Day Rally Speech: video clips and texts available at www.channelnewsasia.com/nd2011

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    Default Citizens' CPF money "safe", says MOF

    By Rachel Kelly | Posted: 14 August 2011 1659 hrs


    SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Finance said Central Provident Fund (CPF) money of citizens is safe, and that it has the full backing of the government.

    The ministry was responding to concerns expressed by the public over CPF monies, which are usually invested in bonds guaranteed by the Singapore government.

    The ministry said CPF monies are safe, because the government is in a strong reserve position with assets exceeding liabilities.

    The ministry's website said the strong reserve position can be seen from the investment returns made available for spending on the Government Budget or Net Investment Returns Contribution (NIRC).

    The NIRC is currently about seven billion dollars each year.

    The NIRC of about S$7 billion is drawn from returns on assets in excess of the liabilities, not gross assets.

    This means after deducting all the governments liabilities, including CPF monies, the remaining net assets produce significant returns.

    The NIRC figures are submitted to the President's Office.

    The President has full information about the size of the reserves and the performance of the investment entities.

    With assets much larger than liabilities, and no net government debt, Singapore, it said, has the highest short- and long-term credit rating of AAA.

    The ministry said the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section on its reserves has been updated and expanded based on feedback from the public.

    It will also update the FAQs on other policy areas as part of regular updating of its website.

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    Default Local unis say foreign students pull up standards

    Published on Aug 16, 2011

    By Leonard Lim & Lin Zhaowei

    Mr Irving Paul Girsang received a personal invitation from Arizona State University after he topped his cohort at his high school, Santoh Thomas 1 Medan.

    Seniors whose grades were similar to his had bagged places in top American colleges like Columbia University, and he was thinking of going to Stanford University or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    But in the end, the 21-year-old Indonesian chose to come to Singapore to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He is among the foreign students at the local universities - they make up 18 per cent of the total cohort - who have been in the spotlight in recent years.

    Singaporeans take up about 12,000 places this year. Many have complained that foreigners are depriving Singaporeans of chances for university places here. But university dons say these overseas students are top-notch and, like Mr Irving, are among the brightest minds back in their home country. Their presence pulls up standards and adds to the diversity here, say the local universities


    Social media firm Socialico was born out of the friendship between (above) Mr Damon, an Indonesian, and Mr Ng. Mr Irving, an Indonesian, chose to study here although he received an invitation from a US university. -- PHOTOS: COURTESY OF KEITH NG AND IRVING PAUL GIRSANG
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    Default MOH announces initiatives to make healthcare more affordable

    By Saifulbahri Ismail | Posted: 15 August 2011 1540 hrs


    SINGAPORE : The Ministry of Health (MOH) has said it will almost double the qualifying income criteria for the Primary Care Partnership Scheme to S$1,500 from January next year.

    The current qualifying income criterion is S$800 a month.

    The scheme allows needy patients to receive subsidised treatment at general practitioners (GPs) and dental clinics near their homes.

    The age eligibility criteria of the scheme will also be lowered from 65 to 40.

    The new criteria will benefit some 710,000 more Singaporeans.

    They are part of a series of initiatives to be rolled out in the first quarter of next year to make healthcare more affordable.

    About 20 per cent of private clinics are participating in the scheme, and MOH wants to encourage more private clinics to join in.

    Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said: "Part of the reason why not all the GPs are in the scheme today is because the numbers are small. We have just over 30,000 patients on the PCPS scheme today.

    "So I think going forward, with the increase in the number, in the larger pool of eligible Singaporeans, more GPs are likely to come on board."

    Private doctors welcome the initiative, but they also express concerns.

    Dr Chong Yeh Woei, president of the Singapore Medical Association, said: "We are a little bit concerned about the paper work and the administrative hurdles. The second is of course the scale.

    "The present number of PCPS patients is about 31,000; we will see this potentially enlarge to 700,000 patients. So to handle such a scale of patients, we will definitely need a more robust system."

    MOH said it will find ways to minimise administrative procedures.

    It will also be revising the application process to the scheme to cater to the larger number of patients eligible under the new criteria.

    To help Singaporeans better manage chronic diseases, MOH will raise the Medisave withdrawal limit for outpatient treatments from S$300 to S$400 per Medisave account per year. The scheme will be renamed Medisave400.

    About 112,000 chronic patients will stand to benefit from the scheme.

    Subsidies for drugs
    required for chronic disease management will be raised from the current 50 per cent to 75 per cent.

    In addition, MOH will enhance the subsidy under the Medication Assistance Fund (MAF), also to 75 per cent. The fund helps needy Singaporean patients pay for expensive drugs used to treat specific medical conditions.

    Mr Gan believes the new initiatives, which are meant to help outpatient treatment, will also indirectly ease the bed crunch in hospitals over the long term. Mr Gan explained that if chronic ailments can be better managed, the patient's health can be improved. Eventually, this can minimise the need to hospitalise them.

    In other key changes, MOH will also enhance Medifund to include non-residential intermediate and long-term care services (ILTC), such as day rehabilitation and home nursing.

    With this, needy Singaporeans can opt for non-residential care, helping them recover and age gracefully in the community. This is expected to benefit about 1,000 more Singaporeans.

    Mr Gan is also taking over former Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Lim Boon Heng, as the person in charge of the Ministerial Committee on Ageing.

    He said he has set up four sub-committees to look into ageing issues. The sub-committees will study areas in active ageing and employability, healthcare and social care services, home care and family support, as well as manpower needs.

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    Default Singles and seniors get more help for housing

    By Joanne Chan | Posted: 15 August 2011 1141 hrs

    SINGAPORE: Singles buying a resale flat for the first time will receive more assistance from the government.

    The monthly income ceiling to qualify under the single Singapore Citizen scheme will be raised to S$5,000, up from S$3,000. Singles will also enjoy a CPF Housing Grant of S$15,000, up from S$11,000.

    Those applying under the Joint Singles Scheme will see the monthly income ceiling raised from S$8,000 to S$10,000, and they will receive up to S$30,000 in housing grants.

    Speaking to reporters after touring the Pinnacle at Duxton, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said it was necessary to raise the income ceilings and housing grants to match rising salaries.

    This was the same reason for raising the qualifying income ceiling for a Build-To-Order (BTO) flat, said Mr Khaw.

    These changes follow announcements made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Raly speech on Sunday, which saw the income ceiling for Build-To-Order (BTO) flats raised to S$10,000 from S$8,000.

    This is matched by a similar increase in income ceiling for Executive Condominiums (ECs) to S$12,000.

    HDB said the higher income ceiling will give more families the added option of buying an EC, besides resale flats and private property.

    The CPF housing grant for ECs will also be adjusted to cater to the higher income ceiling, which will be tiered according to the monthly household income.

    Those earning up to $10,000 will receive the full sum of $30,000, while those earning between $11,000 and $12,000 will receive $10,000.

    To cater to the expected increase in demand, Mr Khaw said HDB is committed to building 25,000 BTO flats this year and next.

    This is equivalent to building a new Ang Mo Kio town, which has about 48,000 flats, in two years.

    With this surge in numbers, the National Development Minister said he is confident that the pent-up demand in the market will be addressed.

    "When prices were going up, people rushed in, worried that the next launch, prices will be even higher. So now that they know there's some stability, hopefully people will be calmer," said Mr Khaw.

    "And really, only if you need it, you're serious about your girlfriend or boyfriend, then only come and apply. It's not 'masak-masak' (games), put down your names and then worry if (you) split up or really proceed," he added.

    Mr Khaw said some 8,000 new flats will be launched in September - 5,500 from BTO projects and the rest will be released under a Sale of Balance Flats exercise - in areas like Punggol, Sengkang, Hougang, Yishun and Jurong East.

    He added that the increase in supply will not drive up costs and the construction industry has the capacity.

    "20,000, 25,000 is something that they can cope with because fortunately, major projects like IRs have been completed so they are not competing for the same resources," said Mr Khaw.

    And to give the elderly more options in their purchase, the monthly income ceiling for Studio Apartments will be raised to $10,000 from $8,000.

    The changes will be implemented from Monday for applications to buy new or resale HDB flats.

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    Default Profile of Joan Bowen Cafe raised after ND Rally mention

    By Dylan Loh | Posted: 15 August 2011 2048 hrs


    SINGAPORE: A tiny cafe is getting employment and joint venture requests after being mentioned in Sunday's National Day Rally.

    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the cafe is an example of community-led efforts to help youths with special needs.

    The Joan Bowen Cafe is tucked in a cosy corner of south-eastern Singapore, along Jalan Wangi.

    21-year-old Joan Bowen has learning disabilities but can work the kitchen like a pro.

    Her friends too, have various special needs.

    "I did pasta and the salad for few months before I train up to do the grill," said Joan.

    She is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Khong. Both wanted a safe place for disabled youths to work and learn.

    With no prior industry knowledge, starting the cafe wasn't easy.

    Mr and Mrs Khong said a significant portion of their savings went into managing the cafe, which recently started a second branch in Saint Andrews Village at Francis Thomas Drive.

    The business broke even, but is not yet profitable.

    The couple hopes authorities can consider supporting initiatives so that barriers for social entrepreneurship can be lowered.

    "What the government could consider doing, on top of monetary incentives, is to help more parents or other entrepreneurs who want to start up something like this to help special needs children, by providing them tools, setting standards," said Khong Yoon Kay and Jeanne Seah, owners of Joan Bowen Cafe
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    Staff of the cafe are paid between S$250 and S$1,200. About 20 of them currently run the cafe's daily operations.

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    Default Elderly healthcare review "timely"

    Posted: 14 August 2011 2246 hrs



    SINGAPORE: Members of Parliament (MPs) on Sunday welcomed the reviews made in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally speech, describing them as timely.

    In his Mandarin speech, Mr Lee said the government is focusing on addressing healthcare concerns for seniors.

    So, there will be more Medifund support for lower-income households, to go for rehabilitation or other elderly care services.

    Mr Lee said there is a need to increase capacity and support for nursing homes.

    Some pointed out the changes would cater to the needs of an ageing population.

    MP for Tampines Group Representation Constituency (GRC) Baey Yam Keng said: "Certainly, this is good news for Singaporeans.

    "As you know, we have an ageing population -- there are fewer children to take care of parents now. So, with increasing healthcare costs that's certainly a concern. And I think it'd be good to tap on Medisave or Medifund to help families to ease those burdens."

    MP for Marine Parade GRC Tin Pei Ling said: "From my area in MacPherson, it's a mature estate with (many) elderly residents.

    "And I have seen firsthand how many of them are struggling with healthcare costs, even with the subsidies.

    "So I am heartened to hear that... (the government)... will be reviewing the (Medifund) criteria and look at ways (of) expanding the coverage to help these senior citizens cope with their healthcare costs."

    MP for Marine Parade GRC Fatimah Lateef said: "The review of the nursing home criteria and places is also a welcome change, all in line with our development for managing the elderly and the onslaught of the silver tsunami problem."

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    Default Young athletes use YOG as springboard to London 2012

    Published on Aug 16, 2011


    One year after the first Youth Olympic Games (YOG), some of the 3,600 athletes who competed at the event say the Singapore experience - both in competition and out - has aided their development and made them more prepared for international competition when up against older athletes.

    Some of these athletes are making the best of their stint in Singapore to help them in the preparation of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The world's best athletes aged 14 to 18 took part in the 12-day Singapore 2010 Games.

    They were accompanied by 1,850 officials, and some 20,000 volunteers helped make the organisational aspect of the Games a success, the International Olympics Committee said in a press release.

    'Through the Youth Olympic Games, I feel that I took one step further, like crossing a hurdle,' said the first YOG gold medal winner, triathlete Yuka Sato of Japan. 'It gave me confidence to stand at starting grids with some pride, even in elite races.'
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    Default Manchester United to list IPO in Singapore by end-2011

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    By Robin Chan & Magdalen Ng

    English Premier League champion club Manchester United is set to list in Singapore by the end of 2011, with plans to raise as much as US$1 billion ($1.2 billion).

    If the deal comes through, it will score well with its fans here and in the rest of Asia, which number 190 million and counting.

    It will also be a sensational coup for the Singapore Exchange, which had lobbied hard for the club to be listed here instead of in Hong Kong.

    Sources told The Straits Times that representatives from Manchester United met Singapore Exchange officials recently. The club hopes to attract cornerstone investors, such as Singapore investment firm Temasek Holdings.
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    Default President Nathan attends site dedication ceremony

    Posted: 16 August 2011 2056 hrs

    SINGAPORE: A site dedication ceremony, to mark the next step in the building of the Indian Heritage Centre, was held on Tuesday.

    A foundation plaque was unveiled at the site's premises in Little India, at the junction of Campbell Lane and Clive Street.

    The ceremony was attended by President S R Nathan, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law, K Shanmugam.

    It also included professor S Jayakumar and Minister in the Prime Minister's Office S Iswaran.

    The centre will be an institution for Singaporeans to gain a deeper appreciation of Indian heritage.

    It will include donated artefacts, and galleries showcasing the community's contribution to Singapore.

    The project is expected to be completed by December 2013.

    Gracing the event, President Nathan said the centre would be an ally of education in the area of Indian arts, culture and heritage.

    He also noted the importance the institution would have on Indian youth.

    "Our young people, who are growing up in a very Westernised environment way of life... must see the richness of our heritage," Mr Nathan said.

    "I hope they will come. This place is quite prominent for visiting people from South Asia, whether they are Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans - they will all find some information that they want."

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    New committee to develop, expand varsity sector


    by Tan Weizhen
    04:46 AM Aug 17, 2011

    SINGAPORE - Issues such as the oft-heard call for more university places for polytechnic students, and the need for more scholarships to prepare Singaporeans in emerging fields, will now be looked at by a newly-convened committee set up to develop and expand the university sector up to 2020 and beyond.

    Chaired by Minister of State (Education & Defence) Lawrence Wong, the Committee to Review University Education Pathways Beyond 2015 will study how to expand the university sector in four key areas: More places, more scholarships, especially in emerging fields, increased training and upgrading, and preparing students for the global economy.

    New scholarships, for instance, will groom Singaporeans for positions in the private sector, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat when he announced the committee yesterday. "The majority of these (public sector scholarships) are to groom talent for their own agencies. These (new scholarships) will not be for the public sector, but to nurture a strong core of Singaporean talent with the requisite skills to anchor our key current and emerging economic and social sectors," he said.

    Students should also be groomed with "global orientation and cultural competencies", as such students will command a "premium" with their ability to operate across diverse cultures and strong networks in the region, he said.

    The formation of the committee comes days after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, on Sunday, flagged the need to expand university intakes further beyond the 2,000 additional places coming on-stream over the next four years.

    A "big chunk" of the 2,000 places will go to the Singapore Institute of Technology, while the publicly-funded universities and other tertiary institutions like the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts - will all see places added, said Mr Wong.

    And by 2015, 30 per cent of each Primary 1 cohort - or around 14,000 Singaporeans - will have places in one of the four publicly-funded universities.

    While the assessment is that the numbers can be increased further, Mr Heng noted it "cannot be a numbers game alone". "It has to be a strategic approach, responding to the needs of the economy," he said.

    As for the number of university places going to foreign students, Mr Heng said the proportion will fall to about 15 per cent to 16 per cent from the present 18 per cent, when enrolment levels are capped as announced by Mr Lee.

    Asked how many foreign students actually stay on to work in Singapore after they graduate from a local university, Mr Heng said that over 80 per cent serve out their bond.

    The review will be carried out by a mix of private and government players and recommendations will be submitted to the Government by the end of next year.



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    Default A fair salary for the President would be ...

    04:46 AM Aug 17, 2011

    The Straits Times held a roundtable discussion for the four presidential hopefuls yesterday. Among the questions posed to them was what they thought would be a "fair salary" for the President. Their replies were:



    Former NTUC Income chief Tan Kin Lian, 63

    My position is very clear. If it is S$4 million, the fair salary is less than half. And if it is reduced by the salary review, probably about half.

    I've read the views of many people and they say, why are you paying such a big salary when you don't have much to do.

    I want to assure the people of Singapore, if I'm President, there's a lot of things to do, and even so I want to donate at least half.



    Former Ayer Rajah MP Tan Cheng Bock, 71

    I think it's a question that is quite difficult to answer. And you cannot just pluck a figure from the air and say okay this is the amount. There must be some basis when you make this type of decisions. And I would say you really have to study the roles and responsibilities of the President. Many people think being the President is just to go around waving hands and so on.

    When I read (President) Nathan's report, I think he's done a lot of things, apart from the ceremonial role, the custodian role and so on.

    I think it's a lot of work that is being done. Therefore I think before we do this and cut here cut there, let's study the subject properly. There's a committee review, I will go by what the committee has decided.



    Former Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan, 71

    The Government has set up a salary committee under the chairmanship of Mr Gerard Ee, comprising of people from a wide sector of society in Singapore, and I'm sure they are studying this issue very seriously.

    What compensation the President should get, the Ministers should get, other public office holders (should get) ... We should wait until we get the decision, and whoever is President I'm sure will abide by the recommendation and decision of the committee as determined by the Government.



    Investment adviser and former civil servant Tan Jee Say, 57

    I agree with Dr Tan Cheng Bock we can't really pluck the figure from the air, but there are certain benchmarks, and I would disagree with the approach taken by the Government, at least the Prime Minister, in his terms of reference for the Gerard Ee committee - that you benchmark the salaries against the salaries of CEOs, and then you take a discount.

    I think that is the wrong approach. The Minister is not a CEO. He is a public officer, looking after the public's interest. And his salary should be benchmarked to somebody in (the) public sector.

    You have Japan, UK, they benchmark their salary to the lowest paid civil servant. And I think we should as public figures, not take the CEO's salary as the starting point.

    I would prefer a certain multiple of (the) minimum salary. Maybe we don't have a minimum salary in Singapore, but obviously I would advocate a minimum salary. But let's take the lowest salary of a civil servant of the lowest grade. If it is S$1,000, take a multiple of it, whether it's 20, 30 or 40.

    In Japan its 40 times ... I read a report somewhere, because salaries are low. In the UK it's lower than that because the UK salaries are higher. So I would benchmark against a public officer, if not a minimum salary.




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    Default (Presidential Elections) Coverage on MediaCorp

    04:45 AM Aug 17, 2011

    From Nomination Day today to Polling Day on Aug 27, MediaCorp will cover the entire campaign and produce a slew of programmes on the Presidential Election, before some 2.2 million Singaporeans go to the polls next Saturday to elect the Republic's seventh President.

    For the first time the candidates will be interviewed jointly on television by three media and diplomatic veterans in a Channel NewsAsia Special, Singapore Presidential Election - Meet The Candidates. MediaCorp said in a statement yesterday that the programme will be recorded and aired next Tuesday.

    It gives a platform for the candidates to articulate their views and take questions on issues relating to the Presidency.

    Today, Channel NewsAsia will report live from 11am to 2pm on all the presidential hopefuls as they file their papers at the at the People's Association headquarters at King George's Avenue. And tonight at 10pm, Channel NewsAsia will air a one-hour Nomination Day Special bulletin.

    During the campaign period, presidential candidates are allowed one rally each. Channel NewsAsia will cover these rallies. Online, there will be live streaming of the rallies at channelnewsasia.com/pe.

    MediaCorp will also be broadcasting the candidates' TV statements of 10 minutes each in two separate telecasts of the Presidential Candidate Broadcasts (PCB).

    The first of the PCBs will air tomorrow and the second will be televised on the eve of Polling Day, next Friday.

    MediaCorp will also produce a programme to profile the candidates to give voters an in-depth understanding of their personal and professional backgrounds and outlook. The half-hour programme in four languages will be shown on MediaCorp's six TV channels.

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    Default Former World Footballer of the Year Cannavaro in town next week

    The retired Italian defender will hold football clinics and meet his fans

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    04:46 AM Aug 17, 2011

    SINGAPORE - He is one of 19 men who have held the World Cup aloft. Voted player of the tournament in 2006, Fabio Cannavaro led Italy to their fourth world crown in Germany.

    Now a technical consultant and global brand ambassador for Dubai's Al Ahli FC, Cannavaro has accepted the invitation of Dentsu Sports Asia and will be in Singapore next week for a series of promotional activities for his club.

    Regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation, the 37-year-old retired from football last month after doctors told him he would not recover from a knee injury.

    Earlier this month, the former World Footballer of the Year took part in the testimonial match for Manchester United's Paul Scholes, and next week he will lead Al Ahli on their five-match tour of Australia.

    Cannavaro will be in Singapore from Aug 24 to 28 and will hold a series of football clinics, including one with the Courts Young Lions.

    He will also attend corporate social responsibility events, which will include a day at Universal Studios Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa with underprivileged kids.

    StarHub have also organised a meet-the-fans session with the Italian. PHILIP GOH


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    Default It's official: It's a four-horse race

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    01:54 PM Aug 17, 2011

    SINGAPORE - It's official: The four Tans will be contesting the Aug 27 presidential elections.

    After submitting their nomination papers, the four candidates addressed supporters at the Nomination Centre at the People's Association's headquarters at King George's Avenue just after 12.30pm today.

    Dr Tan Cheng Bock, a former People's Action Party (PAP) member, told the crowd: "I want to see the office of the Presidency as a place where we can help Singaporeans to be united. I want to think Singaporeans first."

    Mr Tan Jee Say called this an historic opportunity for Singaporeans.

    He said: "The primary purpose of the President is to provide checks and balances on the Government. Now is your opportunity to ensure the Government does not abuse its position for their own benefit.

    "I want to ensure that economic growth is enjoyed not by some at the expense of others, but by all Singaporeans."

    Dr Tony Tan, another former PAP member, said he was honoured to be contesting as he had thought that the 2006 General Election would be his last elections.

    He said: "Seeing all of you here today, with your support, confirms that this was the right decision.

    "I want to reach out to every Singaporean to share with them my vision of the Presidency. The President must be above politics. I'm confident Singapore has a bright future ahead."

    The final candidate, Mr Tan Kin Lian, made his speech in all four national languages, saying: "I will work towards a better life for all Singaporeans. Give me your support! High-five!"

    The high-five is his campaign calling-card.

    The candidates now have nine days of campaigning to look forward to before 2.2 million Singaporeans go to the polls next Saturday.

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