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Archive for July 24th, 2012

PRC ‘fashion’ company uses Singapore’s Merlion logo in its products

Posted by temasektimes on July 24, 2012

China is famous for its counterfeit products and it is not a surprise that Singapore’s national trademark – its Merlion logo has been used by a fashion company based in the city of Tianjin:

The use of the Merlion logo is restricted under the the Singapore Tourism Board Act (CAP 305B) which forbids external agencies and persons from using it.

It is not known if the authorities will lodge a complaint against the PRC company for using the logo illegally.


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Tan Chuan Jin: The Singapore identity is ‘alive and kicking’

Posted by temasektimes on July 24, 2012

The relentless influx of foreigners into Singapore in the last five years have changed the island’s demographics to beyond any recognition leading to an erosion of the nascent Singapore identity which has been built up painstakingly since 1965, however according to Minister of State for Manpower Tan Chuan Jin, the Singapore identity is still ‘alive and kicking’.

Speaking during an interview with FM 93.8 ‘Live Ask Programme’ last week, Mr Tan said the Singapore identity is for each individual to discover for themselves and not something which the state can dictate.

He is optimistic that the Singapore identity is alive and growing:

“The Singaporean identity is alive and kicking. We are tied up in a web of relationships, memories, and experiences we all share and that, collectively, with our own individual interpretation, makes up what it means to be Singaporean.”

Mr Tan also calls on Singaporeans to work together with one another to build a future for Singapore:

“We should be proud of it, and work together in whatever capacities to really build a future that we can call our own, and can provide for our children.”

About forty percent of Singapore’s population is now made up of foreigners. Of the remaining 60 percent who are ‘citizens’, an increasing number are born overseas.

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Tan Jee Say clarifies: I was not evicted from Orchard Road base

Posted by temasektimes on July 24, 2012

Popular leader of the opposition Tan Jee Say has clarified on his Facebook that he was not evicted from his ‘base’ in Orchard Road, contrary to earlier media reports.

A Straits Times article last Saturday titled “Tan Jee Say faces eviction from Orchard Road base” claimed that Mr Tan has been told to leave the office he initially rented to hold policy discussions by the landlord, Singapore Land Authority (SLA).

However, it transpired that Mr Tan is not a director nor shareholder of Chanson F&B Pte Ltd, the company who is the tenant that has been served a termination notice by SLA.

Though Mr Tan’s wife Patricia is a shareholder of Chanson F&B, she is also not a director.

Mr Tan has been prevented from carrying out his original plan to hold policy discussions at the office premises, because the SLA had informed Chanson F&B in June that it was not allowed to do so, as it would be in breach of the terms and conditions of use of the premises in the tenancy agreement.

A former high-ranking civil servant, Mr Tan is a REAL opposition leader who contested in last year’s General and Presidential Elections.


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M Ravi seeks public apology and compensation from Law Society

Posted by temasektimes on July 24, 2012

Prominent Human Rights lawyer M Ravi is seeking compensation and a public apology from the Law Society and lawyer Wong Siew Hong for alleged defamation after the latter appeared in High Court last week to hand over a letter to the judge from Mr Ravi’s psychiatrist which said he was medically unfit to practise law.

The stunning move was dismissed by the judge Justice Pillai. Mr Ravi was representing a Hougang resident in the Hougang by-election case.

Mr Ravi’s lawyer and colleague Louis Joseph served a letter of demand on the Law Society and Mr Wong, to which they have seven days to respond.

The letter claimed that Mr Wong’s conduct was “intended primarily to injure” Mr Ravi’s “reputation, goodwill and standing in the community” and by handing over the letter, put the contents of the letter “beyond the scope” of “intrinsic confidentiality”.


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Singaporean to PM Lee: Be fair to Singaporeans

Posted by temasektimes on July 24, 2012

There are a lot of frustration and anger out there towards foreigners in our midst. This may be mistaken for the need for more racial harmony. Something must be done to quell these misguided feelings towards foreigners, before they manifest in violence.

It does not help that the population has increased so substantially by the influx of new immigrants, and within such a short period of time; the trains are crowded, cost of basic housing is high, cost of living is going up, and many foreigners are perceived to be in better positions to take advantage of the economic success of Singapore, while many Singaporeans have perceived that this is done at their expense.

Notwithstanding that some of the newer measures have been taken to make up for inequality of past policies, one cannot help but feel that the horse has bolted out of the stables already, and we are trying to catch-up on the failed policies of the past.. It is well and good to ask Singaporeans to be understanding but the government must be even more proactive in its policies towards a fairer Singapore for Singaporeans.

Talk is often easy but execution of policies need haste and action. I wish you well in a difficult task, but I do hope for the sake of Singaporeans, that this is done expediently.


*The above was first posted as a comment on PM Lee’s Facebook:

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