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    Default Expect lower prices at Jurong's FairPrice Hub

    Supermarket chain's first 'wholesale retailing' outlet to open at year-end



    Published on Feb 28, 2014
    8:09 AM


    An artist’s impression of the Joo Koon integrated transport hub, which will host FairPrice’s biggest and most high-tech distribution centre. -- PHOTO: NTUC FAIRPRICE


    By Hoe Pei Shan

    When the Joo Koon integrated transport hub opens in Jurong at the end of the year, it will be more than a place to shop and dine.

    It will also host NTUC FairPrice's biggest distribution centre and its most high-tech.

    The centre will occupy 730,000 sq ft of the new $350 million, 16-storey FairPrice Hub, which will also have 260,000 sq ft of office space and 130,000 sq ft of retail space.


    The bus interchange being built next to the existing MRT station will be on the first floor of the facility.

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    Default A Day Out: Pulau Ubin




    Singapore’s Rustic Playground



    Thursday, 30 Jan 2014
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    The adventure begins at the Changi Village Ferry Terminal. Each ferry will depart as soon as 12 passengers cross the ferryman’s palm with silver ($2.50 one way)! If you’d rather not wait, the ferryman will take your group with a fee of $30. The littlies, regardless of age, will definitely enjoy the 15-minute wooden bumboat ride to Pulau Ubin!

    Upon arrival, the Pulau Ubin Taxi Kiosk is on the left of the jetty. For you Honeys with younger kids, we recommend that you book a mini-bus taxi – marked with the distinctive “PU” license plate – to take you around the island. For the weekend warrior, there are tandem bikes available too. Parents with older kids, rent your bicycles (the best way to get around the island, we think!) from Ubin Town.




    Looking exactly the part of a 1960s Singaporean kampong
    , the small village is a wonderful mish-mash of old wooden buildings with restaurants, bicycle rental stores, and the odd provision shop. After renting your bikes (training wheels included), it’s time to explore the island!

    Literally Island Granite, Pulau Ubin had many quarries, which used to supply granite to local construction industry. Though now abandoned, the scenic spots make really great photo stops! In fact, the hill and water combination of the quarries are reminiscent of traditional Chinese brush paintings (to us at least).





    Pulau Ubin is also a haven for nature lovers, and rightly so! The main attraction is Chek Jawa, located on the southeastern tip of the island, a pristine 6-in-1 ecosystem (mangrove, sandy beach, coastal forest, sand flats, mud flats, and coral rubble) teeming with wildlife. There are two main boardwalks (coastal and mangrove), a lookout jetty, and the 21-metre high Jejawi observation tower. Remember to check out House No. 1, situated behind the Information Counter and on the way to the viewing jetty, a Tudor-style cottage with the only remaining fireplace in Singapore!

    Head back to Ubin town for lunch (or early dinner, depending on what time you arrived) via the one-way road system from Chek Jawa. Note that the terrain on the way back would probably require some bike-pushing (which might mean more work for the ‘rents!). After your meal, return to Singapore with the same type of bumboat, which should fill up a lot faster!





    If a day trip isn’t enough, stay overnight at Celestial Ubin Beach Resort. A short walk from the Ubin jetty, they have outdoor facilities like water sports, flying fox, and beach volleyball. If the littlies are really looking to bask in the nature of Pulau Ubin, consider camping outdoors at Noordin Beach, Mamam Beach, or Jelutong Beach! Permits are not required, but do register your particulars with Pulau Ubin Police Post (to the right of the jetty) in case of emergencies.

    Final tips: do bring plenty of water, snacks, and insect repellent; ensure you have sufficient cash, and respect the wildlife! The wild boars and monkeys all over the island would appreciate it.
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    Default 'Marvellous' to have otters and ducks here: National Development Minister

    Published on Feb 28, 2014
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    It is "marvellous" to have otters and whistling ducks "right smack in the city", said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan in a blog post on Feb 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: GARDENS BY THE BAY


    By Priscilla Goy

    It is "marvellous" to have otters and whistling ducks "right smack in the city", said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan in a blog post on Friday.

    This comes after a pair of otters and a pair of lesser whistling ducks were sighted at the Gardens by the Bay.

    Whistling ducks are rarely seen here, while the smooth-coated otters are of the same species as those that are now frequently seen in Pasir Ris Park. They were a native species but had not been seen "for decades", he said in a blog entry titled "Year of the Horse, Otters and Ducks at Marina Bay".

    In the past 10 years, sightings of wild smooth-coated otters have soared. In 2000, just four sightings were reported. But by 2011, the number had risen to 39, according to figures from otter researcher Meryl Theng.

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    Default Singapore 'will be alright' despite dry spell, but conserve water: Vivian Balakrishna

    Published on Feb 28, 2014
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    Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan does not currently foresee a need for water rationing despite the dry spell. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO


    By David Ee


    The prolonged dry weather is expected to continue for another two or three weeks, or possibly even longer because weather can be unpredictable, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan on Friday. But he assured Singaporeans that "no matter how long this goes on, whether the next few weeks or or the next few months, we will be alright".

    He stressed that Singapore's investments in desalination and Newater plants are paying off, with both water sources able to provide 55 per cent of the country's demand regardless of the amount of rainfall. This technology gives Singapore "a safety margin which today we are tapping," he said, adding that this margin was one we did not have just ten years ago.

    Because of this, he does not currently foresee a need for water rationing, last seen here during droughts in the 1960s. He also ruled out cloud-seeding for now as it is ineffective.

    Reservoir water and imported water from Malaysia make up the remaining 45 per cent of Singapore's water demand. National water agency PUB is pumping 35 million gallons of Newater a day into reservoirs during this period to maintain water levels. Singapore has had barely any rain for the past month and a half.

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    Default Close to 90% of fresh graduates employed in 2013: Joint university survey

    Published on Feb 28, 2014
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    Crowd at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Career Fair held on Feb 18, 2014. About nine in 10 graduates from the National University of Singapore, NTU and Singapore Management University were able to find employment within six months of finishing their final examinations. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG


    By Amelia Teng

    About nine in 10 graduates from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU) were able to find employment within six months of finishing their final examinations.

    This is according to the results of a joint graduate employment survey conducted by the three universities. A total of 10,534 full-time, fresh graduates took part in the survey.

    As of Nov 1 last year, 89.3 per cent of their graduates found jobs, with 83.4 per cent of them having full-time permanent jobs.

    The average gross monthly salary among fresh graduates in full-time jobs was $3,229, while the median gross monthly salary was $3,050. These figures are comparable to what fresh graduates received in 2012.

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    Default Singapore's tourism industry must continue to upgrade and enhance its attractions: PM

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    PM Lee Hsien Loong is the guest of honour at the River Safari Grand Opening. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


    By Karamjit Kaur

    It has taken years of hard work and investments to grow Singapore's attractiveness as a key tourist destination but upgrades and enhancements must continue, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

    Speaking at the official opening of River Safari on Friday, he said travellers are becoming increasingly spoilt for choice. They are not attracted just by iconic buildings or infrastructure, and want different and unique experiences customised to meet their interests.

    Companies must provide more interesting and varied options. And workers must deliver higher quality service.
    On its part, the government has set aside almost $1 billion in a Tourism Development Fund to help fund new tourism concepts among other initiatives, he said.

    Turning to Asia's first and only river-themed wildlife park, Mr Lee said that the River Safari together with the Zoo and Night Safari will make the Mandai cluster an even more exciting nature destination.

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    Default Team Singapore athletes rewarded with S$400,000

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    Team Singapore athletes rewarded with S$400,000 for 34 gold-medal haul at 2013 SEA Games



    Stephanie Chen (third from left) and Suzanne Seah (fourth from left) were among the top five awarded athletes for the 2013 SEA Games. The canoeing duo won gold medals in the K2 200m and 500m events. (Photo courtesy of Singapore Sports Council)



    Swissotel Merchant Court, Friday, February 7, 2014 – The 27th SEA Games Myanmar 2013 will be remembered as one of many historic firsts for Team Singapore and the athletes who brought home the bounty of 34 gold medals were rewarded with a total Multi-Million Dollar Award Programme (MAP) reward of S$400,000.

    The athletes received their awards from Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC).

    “You not only gave us many moments to cheer and celebrate during the Games, but also made us cherish the journey you took to make our nation proud,” said DPM Teo, who is also the Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs.

    Added DPM Teo, “More than half of our contingent were young debutants and they contributed to almost half of our total medal haul. This is a good sign that we have a strong pipeline of sportsmen and women. We look forward to their continued progress and success in the years to come.”

    Team Singapore’s swimmers ruled the pool in Naypyidaw and made the biggest splash at the Awards Ceremony, as they took home S$115,000 for their 11-gold haul. Joseph Schooling was the outstanding athlete at the Games, winning five gold medals and setting four Games records in the process. He was awarded S$27,500.

    Sailing and Table Tennis were the other big winners as their athletes received S$60,000 (five gold) and S$50,000 (four gold) in total respectively.

    SEA Games doubles pair for the Women’s K2 500m and 200m events, Stephenie Chen and Suzanne Seah, are also amongst the top five awarded athletes for these Games. Stephenie Chen said, “It has been quite a journey so far and it would not be possible without the support from my team mates, coach, and family, who have been there every step of the way. Together with my doubles partner, Suzanne, we are glad to be able to not only retain our K2 200m title, but bring back another victory for the team and make Singapore proud.”

    309 Team Singapore athletes competed in the 27th SEA Games, Myanmar 2013. They brought home 108 medals (34 gold, 29 silver, 45 bronze) to finish sixth on the final medal tally.

    Top 3 Sports

    Swimming – $115,000
    ?Sailing – $60,000
    Table Tennis – $50,000

    Top Five Athletes for 2013

    Joseph Isaac Schooling
    $27,500

    1. 200m Individual Medley
    2. Men’s 100m Butterfly
    3. Men’s 200m Butterfly
    4. Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay
    5. Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay

    Tao Li
    $22,500

    1. Women’s 100m Backstroke
    2. Women’s 100m Butterfly
    3. Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay
    4. Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay

    Amanda Lim Xiang Qi
    $17,500

    1. Women’s 50m Freestyle
    2. Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay
    3. Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay

    Chen Jiexian Stephenie
    $15,000

    1. Women’s K2 500m
    2. Women’s K2 200m

    Suzanne Seah
    $15,000

    1. Women’s K2 500m
    2. Women’s K2 200m
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    Default MPs voice strong support for Pioneer Generation Package

    Budget debate begins today, with 50 lawmakers expected to speak up



    Published on Mar 03, 2014
    8:52 AM


    Members of Parliament say they plan to offer more bouquets than brickbats to the Government in this year's Budget debate, which starts today, on Mar 3, 2014. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI


    By Janice Heng


    Members of Parliament say they plan to offer more bouquets than brickbats to the Government in this year's Budget debate, which starts today.

    That is thanks to the $8 billion Pioneer Generation Package, which has gone down well with people.

    Some 50 MPs are expected to join the debate, including Holland-Bukit Timah GRC MP Christopher de Souza, who said: "I think we will see strong support for the Pioneer Generation Package."

    Said Mr Cedric Foo, the MP for Pioneer: "MPs generally reflect the public's opinions. The kinds of feedback that I have gotten so far have been positive."

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    Default Govt taps recruiters to lure overseas Singaporeans home

    Published on Mar 03, 2014
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    The Government is turning to headhunters to woo overseas Singaporeans back to the country. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND WEE


    By Toh Yong Chuan Manpower Correspondent

    The Government is turning to headhunters to woo overseas Singaporeans back to the country.

    Contact Singapore, a state outfit focused on attracting skilled foreigners, is stepping up efforts to draw overseas Singaporeans as well.

    While it has done things like giving out job information to Singaporeans abroad previously, it is now going one step further by involving headhunting firms.

    Contact Singapore has invited recruitment firms to come up with proposals to help overseas Singaporeans land jobs here. It is thought to be the first time it has turned to professional headhunters.

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    Ace the Place a reflection of how far community centres have come, even though their rationale stays the same: Khaw

    ByAshley Chia

    Published: March 3, 4:04 AM


    SINGAPORE — Boasting facilities such as the first indoor water playground in a community centre (CC) and a 24-hour gym, “modern” CCs, such as Ace the Place in Admiralty, better reflect the current needs and expectations of residents, said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

    The four-storey CC — eight times bigger than the previous one in the estate, which was housed at a Housing and Development Board (HDB) void deck — also has a childcare centre, two dance studios and a karaoke area, among other things.

    It is also the first public facility to be awarded the Building and Construction Authority Green Mark, which certifies environmentally-friendly buildings.

    At an appreciation lunch for donors of the new CC at Woodlands Avenue 1 yesterday, Mr Khaw traced the beginnings and rationale behind the formation of CCs in the 1960s, which was to provide a platform for communication between the Government and the villagers as well as a venue for villages to watch TV and interact with one another. The facilities at these centres have evolved since then to suit the needs of residents, he noted.

    “The basis of forming community centres remains the same, which is to build a place for people to bond, to bring residents together to socialise, learn a skill, learn a hobby, engage in leisure activities and, more importantly, forge a sense of community.”

    While the HDB will do its part to build the “hardware”, such as homes and facilities, to provide “watering holes” for communities to meet one another, Mr Khaw also stressed the need for volunteers and residents to bring alive the “heartware”.

    The new CC is expected to service about 52,000 Admiralty residents, up from about 40,000 previously.

    Mdm Zhu Jun, 33, who has been living in Admiralty for four years, welcomed the new facilities, particularly the indoor water playground.

    “With this water playground, I need not travel so far to the swimming complex for my four-year-old daughter to play with water,” she said. “There is also shade here so my daughter won’t get sunburnt.”

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    Default Sengkang West 'not quite Jalan Kayu'

    Residents say new names lack geographical and historical bearing



    Published on Mar 04, 2014
    9:12 AM



    Seletar Hills residents (from left) George Pasqual, 80; Larry Kuah, 66; Percival Jeyapal, 62; Ronald Phua, 55; Bob McClure, 71; and John Phang, 61, standing next to Sengkang West Avenue. To the left is the stretch of Jalan Kayu Road that has been removed and fenced off. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN


    By Melody Zaccheus

    Seletar residents are up in arms over the naming of a new dual two-lane road where a portion of Jalan Kayu used to stand.

    They say the names - Sengkang West Avenue and Sengkang West Way - bear little geographical and historical significance.

    "Jalan Kayu, which means road of wood, reflects how the area was heavily wooded in the past. Naming it after Sengkang has little relation to the immediate area's past and heritage," said Seletar Hills resident George Pasqual.

    The road is part of a new road network that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has been upgrading since 2011 to meet the expected rise in traffic generated by the new Seletar Aerospace Park and other developments in the area.

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    Default Singapore scientist wins top award, one of 15 women scientists around the world

    Published on Mar 04, 2014
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    Dr Li with mammogram images, which she studies to see how breast density can be used to predict cancer risks. -- PHOTO: L'OREAL SINGAPORE


    By Grace Chua

    A young researcher from Singapore will soon have the chance to get her hands on a trove of data that may shed light on breast cancer risks, thanks to a prestigious international science fellowship.

    Dr Li Jingmei, 31, received this year's Unesco-L'Oreal International For Women In Science Fellowship, one of 15 women scientists around the world to do so.

    Dr Li, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's (A*Star) Genome Institute of Singapore,
    was picked from three Singaporean finalists. She will receive her award at a ceremony in Paris this month.

    The Unesco-L'Oreal international fellowship was started in 2000 to encourage women scientists at the doctoral or post-doctoral level. Previous fellows include Dr Patricia Ng of A*Star's Singapore Immunology Network and Dr Marissa Teo of the National Cancer Centre Singapore.

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    Default Singapore Budget 2014: Thumbs-up for pioneer generation

    Singapore Budget 2014: Thumbs-up for pioneer generation, but leg-up needed for productivity


    Published on Mar 03, 2014
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    The Pioneer Generation Package, which was a highlight of the Budget speech on Feb 21, remained a hot topic on the first day of the Budget debate - both in and outside Parliament - on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: THE BUSINESS TIMES


    Budget Talk: What are MPs and observers saying about the Budget debate outside Parliament? We sum up some of the topics being discussed on social media.

    The Pioneer Generation Package, which was a highlight of the Budget speech on Feb 21, remained a hot topic on the first day of the Budget debate - both in and outside Parliament - on Monday.

    Most expressed support, including MP Foo Mee Har (West Coast GRC), who blogged about the package of health-care benefits for Singaporeans aged 65 and older. She said in a Facebook post: "I applaud the Government for the Pioneer Generation Package, both in terms of how it provides much needed health-care benefits to a special generation of 450,000 people, for the rest of their lives, as well as how the package was delivered: As a well-deserved tribute to our seniors'
    contributions to Singapore!"



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    Default Singapore Budget 2014: WP supports Budget

    Singapore Budget 2014: WP supports Budget and 'unique emphasis' on pioneer generation


    Published on Mar 03, 2014
    2:54 PM



    By Andrea Ong


    The Workers' Party (WP) supports this year's Budget, said party chairman Sylvia Lim (Aljunied GRC) on Monday.

    The first opposition MP to speak during the Budget debate in Parliament, Ms Lim said the WP agrees with the Budget's "unique emphasis" on the pioneer generation; helping businesses to restructure, the move towards strengthening social safety nets, particularly in health-care; and giving more recognition to people with disabilities.

    The Government's move to set aside $8 billion from this year's Budget to fund the Pioneer Generation Package marked a "refreshing departure" from public conversations of the past, Ms Lim added.

    Instead of merely urging respect for the elderly as a virtue, public monies are being set aside to help the pioneers, she said. And instead of "attributing Singapore's success mainly to visionary leaders", the package recognises the contributions of all - from followers, mothers to labourers - on "equal footing".



    Elderly men chat with each other on Feb 21, 2014. The Workers' Party (WP) supports this year's Budget and agrees with the "unique emphasis" on the pioneer generation, said party chairman Sylvia Lim (Aljunied GRC) on Monday, March 3, 2014. -- BT FILE PHOTO: YEN MENG JIIN


    Ms Lim then recounted a personal story of her father
    , a member of the pioneer generation, to illustrate how younger Singaporeans are bound by their ties to the pioneers and also witnessed first-hand their struggles in the nation's early years of independence.

    Her father, Mr Lim Choon Mong, was personally involved when the new nation mobilised its men to fill the "huge defence lacuna" left by the British decision to withdraw its troops from Singapore by the mid-1970s, said Ms Lim.

    The Government then had drawn people from other services to fill the ranks of the armed forces - including Mr Lim, who was seconded from the police to the army and became part of the first batch of Singapore Armed Forces officers in the 1960s.

    Mr Lim and his colleagues had to quickly build up the armed forces, learning from Israeli consultants in Singapore and in Jerusalem, and managing the introduction of compulsory national service for Singaporean men.

    "The early political leaders too were very hands-on and kept abreast of many details," she said, recalling black-and-white photographs of her father giving briefings to then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who used to visit army camps with his family dressed in shorts.

    "These photographs told, perhaps, of a different working culture then, with little time for pomp and ceremony."

    Ms Lim also noted how the contributions of the pioneers had far-reaching impact. For instance, when she was sworn in as a Non-Constituency MP in 2006, then-Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo told her he had been taught military law by her father, and he believed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had been too.

    "It is indeed quite mind-boggling to think of how many Singaporeans are inter-connected through their links with pioneers," she said.

    Ms Lim also welcomed the move to give benefits to the pioneers without means-testing under the Pioneer Generation Package, as it recognises all regardless of where they live now or what they earned in the past.

    Ms Lim, who has previously called for a review of the annual value of property criteria for the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) to help asset-rich but cash-poor seniors, also welcomed the move to give all pioneers a Chas card.

    On the new MediShield Life, however, Ms Lim said some seniors who are currently not on MediShield have bought their own private health-care insurance.

    She asked whether such pioneers would be given the choice to use the MediShield Life premium subsidies they will receive for their own private plans, instead of being compulsorily brought onto the new national insurance scheme.

    Noting that medication is a significant cost for many pioneers, who tend to have several chronic conditions, she also asked if the Government could identify the drugs that are usually needed by these seniors and focus the highest subsidies on these drugs.

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    Default A-level results: 91.1% with at least three H2 passes, up from 90.6 per cent the year

    Published on Mar 03, 2014
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    About 91.1 per cent of the 13,936 students who took last year’s GCE A-level examination achieved at least three H2 passes. -- BH FILE PHOTO: MOHD TAUFIK A KADER


    By Amelia Teng

    About 91.1 per cent of the 13,936 students who took last year’s GCE A-level examination achieved at least three H2 passes, with a pass in General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry.

    Their results were slightly better - by 0.5 percentage point - than the cohort which took the exams in 2012.

    Students received their result slips from their schools from 2pm on Monday. Private candidates will receive their results by post, or they can also obtain their results through the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board website at http://www.seab.gov.sg from 2pm on Monday.

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    Default Singapore Budget 2014: Tripartite partners

    Singapore Budget 2014: Tripartite partners working on extending re-employment age


    Published on Mar 03, 2014
    2:31 PM

    By Toh Yong Chuan


    Older workers may face the prospects of working beyond the age of 65. Unions, employers and the Government have agreed to work on extending the re-employment age of workers to 67, Senior Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Heng Chee How said on Monday.

    Mr Heng, who is also the deputy secretary general of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), said this will help seniors earn income for two more years, boosting their retirement savings.

    "With life expectancy continuing to rise, I firmly believe that the re-employment age ceiling need not and cannot stagnate at 65," he added.

    Besides helping seniors work longer, Mr Heng also called for a stronger push to ramp up workplace health practices to protect workers "against premature loss of employability and employment".



    Older workers may face the prospects of working beyond the age of 65. Unions, employers and the Government have agreed to work on extending the re-employment age of workers to 67, Senior Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Heng Chee How said on Monday. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE


    Without citing specific occupations, he said that jobs which require workers to sit, stand or repeatedly use their joints, or sectors that hire large numbers of older workers, should be targeted, so these workers can continue to remain healthy and keep working.

    Mr Heng also praised the raft of measures under the Pioneer Generation Package, which covers the healthcare costs for the 450,000 Singaporeans who helped lay the foundations for modern-day Singapore.

    But, he urged the Government to do more for seniors in areas other than healthcare. He suggested that the authorities draw up a list of financial help targeted at seniors and group them into healthcare and non-healthcare measures.

    Healthcare costs involve large but infrequent bills, while non-healthcare spending such as transport are "more recurrent and related to the costs of living", he said.

    He suggested, among other things, for the authorities to pay the transport fares of older Singaporeans and provide a different form of "basic support" for older workers who are under Workfare but cannot not find work due to old age.

    These moves, said Mr Heng, will give seniors greater peace of mind when they grow old.
    Mr Heng is the first of four labour MPs who are scheduled to speak on this year's Budget on Monday.

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    Default Former swimmer Mark Chay appointed chef de mission for Youth Olympic Games in Aug

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    Former national swimmer Mark Chay will lead Singapore's young athletes to Nanjing this August, after being named chef de mission for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG). -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE NATIONAL OLYMPIC COUNCIL


    By May Chen


    Former national swimmer Mark Chay will lead Singapore's young athletes to Nanjing this August, after being named chef de mission for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

    The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) announced on Sunday that the 32-year-old will head the Republic's delegation to the Aug 16-28 event.

    Said Chay: "It's an honour and privilege to be appointed chef de mission. It's a very different role from what I'm used to as an athlete, and I hope I'm up to it."

    A two-time Olympian (2000 and 2004), he is a former Sportsboy (2001) and Sportsman (2002) of the Year and has also competed at the SEA Games, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games levels.

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