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Kbox fined for data privacy breach

Personal data protection act has been around for quite some time now and i am glad that some action is being taken by the authorities against a company that is considered large. Still i hope that this serves as a warning to the smaller companies or property agents. 

Personally i recieved at least 1 non solicated sms everyday and i really hope that this news would spread to stop this bad practice. 

In fact shouldn't some responsibilities fall on the vendor that provide such services?

The Personal Data Protection Commission fined karaoke chain K Box Entertainment S$50,000 for not having sufficient security measures during the 2014 database breach. Credits: PDPC takes action against 11 firms for data privacy breaches
 

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Star wars themed MRT gets mixed review?

 

I wonder what is wrong with Singaporeans, Mixed reactions? This is Star Wars! I may not be a huge fan of the movie but i do appreciate a good one when i see it. Enjoy and have fun. Stop being so serious and tacit about everything sometimes. Life is short 🙂
 
 
In case you haven't noticed, Star Wars fever is at an all time high. Star Wars shirts, mugs, toys and pretty much everything else you can think of. Soon, we'll also have Star Wars themed SMRT trains.

 Credits: New Star Wars themed SMRT trains greeted with mixed reactions
 

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ICA officer and civillian incident

Trying to be fair to both side, i think it takes 2 hand to clap. The guy that posted on facebook was obviously trying to be cheeky with the officer on duty. Random checks have become such a common place now. We even have it on the MRT! The poster had already known that this was nothing but a random check but tried to be chicky by asking “what the office saw in his outlook that caused him to be picked”. 

The office should have and could have replied that this is just a random check and nothing was wrong with his outlook. If he had just said so and continued with his job i doubt anything would have happened.

Towards the end i can't help but feel that the officer was trying to intimidate the civilian in this case by asking to take down his details and asking him to follow him into the search room (both of which had no basis or need but probably within the right and power of the officer). 

I myself have had to deal with custom as well as police officer before from time to time and yes i do agree that the tone and attitude that some can take is pretty offensive. Kind of a follow my instruction or else kind of tone.

See the article on stomp by following the link below:

“A man wrote on Facebook about the 'injustice' he allegedly suffered, after a dispute with an officer from the Immigrations & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) at Changi Airport yesterday (Oct 14).

In his post, PJ Wong said that he had collected his luggage when he was was asked by the officer to scan his belongings.

He then asked the officer why he had to do so, but was apparently ignored. When he repeated his question in a louder voice, the officer allegedly asked for Wong's passport to take down his details.”

Article at: ICA officer and civillian incident

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Polling Day!

Polling day is finally here! One of the best free public holiday you can get i guess. While it is still a few hours away from the time the results is announced, there is kind of a sense of excitement in the air.

Go into any coffee shop and you will likely here some discussion on the possible results we may get tonight.

 

SINGAPORE — Here's a look at what's happening on the ground as some 2.46 million Singaporeans go to the polls in the country's 12th General Election. Polling stations open from 8am today (Sept 11) until 8pm, and the first results are expected a few hours later. For the first time, the Elections Department will release sample counts for all constituencies contested as soon as possible — these are expected by 10pm. In another first, all 89 seats in 16 GRCs and 13 SMCs are being contested

ᔥhttp://www.todayonline.com/ge2015/ge2015-polling-day

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Minimum Wage Request From Worker Party

 

I really do think this is something that should be implemented. At $1k per month or 12k per annum, this is really the bare minimum for anyone to make a living in Singapore. Read more on the original news below. Good job Worker Party.

SINGAPORE: The Workers’ Party (WP) is proposing a “phased rollout” of a national minimum wage starting at S$1,000 a month — around 80 per cent of the average household expenditure on basic needs here.

This amount will be increased gradually over a period “of a few years” to S$1,250, said WP candidate for East Coast Leon Perera.

ᔥhttp://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/specialreports/sgvotes2015/latest/wp-calls-for-minimum-wage/2097732.html

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Worker Party – The latest “hot property” in Singapore Politcal Scene

First of let me apologise if the recent post has seemed a little politcal. But this cannot be helped seeing there is a general election fever in Singapore right now. Since the GE in 2011, one party that has gain lots of ground is the worker party. I myself have been a PAP supporter ever since i came to Singapore but there has been many cases which has occured over the years that made me realized that perhaps, having a 1 party system might not be that good after all (frankly the thing that shook me is the AIM saga that was uncovered thanks in part to the worker party winning a GRC.

This to me a is something major yet somehow or another it is being handled on quite a low profile by the media. Following this i started to see how detached the ruling party is from works on the ground. Many of my friends whom have just started their own business in the last few years have told me that they are going to vote for the ruling party. This is because of the fear of what could happen if the PAP should lose their ground. Some of them actually rely on government grants and claims to earn a living for example, the PIC grant.

However, after much soul searching i realize that what i am about to vote for is not for the present but for the future. I am not opposing the ruling party but rather voting in hope that a 2 party system much like those in the States would be for the better. I remember a story from a male friend of mine some time back with regards to his time in the army. There is a test conducted every year to grade the combat readiness of their unit during that year but he quipped that it was really crazy that because what he does is quite specialize and as such the person that decides the contents of the exercise, supervise the exercise and grades the exercise are non other than people from their own unit. He went on to point out that if this is done in the corporate world, it is as good as a company auditing themselves. So basically the person on top would definitely want a good grade or report since it would affect his promotion or their share prices.

With this, i have been following the worker party intently. My vote may or may not be for them as of yet but i am glad that it finally seemed like their is a opposition that is worth my vote which has been my concern in the past.

Thinking back now, i voted for the ruling party than because of the lack of option. It was not really much of a vote but rather a process to finish just for the sake of doing so at that time. Reflecting back i am glad that the political scene has change that much and there is another choice of quality in the market.

For more information on the worker party you can visit:

https://www.facebook.com/workersparty

http://www.wp.org.sg/

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Singapore election – Boundaries announced.

Yup its time again for the votes to be voted and the people to reaffirm their faith in the ruling party. With so many dissatisfied Singaporean, this election could give us some interesting results! A possibility of a change in ruling political party is almost impossible still thanks to the lack of a qualified opposition party. However there are still hopes that the workers party will work their way up. Personally i am not sure how did the worker party managed to get that far and yet not get sued yet as per what has happened to the any previous opposition. Anyway i just hope that the economy wont turn bad once the election is over.

One of the main talking points right now would be the new boundaries being set. Many Singaporeans can’t help but feel that it is yet another political tool for the PAP to remain in power. The main highlight for me is on the news on some MPs dropping out of the running for this election due to dissatisfaction with some of the policy implemented lately. Well, seems like times are changing and this election would just be the start of the storm that is brewing.

 

SINGAPORE: The Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) on Friday (Jul 24) released its keenly-awaited report on new electoral boundaries, the clearest sign yet that the General Election may be round the corner.

In the report, which has been accepted by the Government, the EBRC recommends that the city-state be carved up into 29 electoral divisions, comprising 13 Single Member Constituencies (SMCs) – up from 12 in the last election – and 16 Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs), a rise from 15 previously.

~ http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/electoral-boundaries/2005186.html

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Rally in Singapore: Pink dot

 

Glad to see such activities in Singapore. Rallying is something rare over here but it does seems like the idea of rallying is picking up as this is the 2nd such rally to be focus on by the local media in the last month or so.

In the days leading up to the sixth annual Pink Dot rally in Singapore, a firestorm of controversy erupted in the island nation as some religious leaders and groups condemned the event, with one influential Christian pastor even calling for the government to ban the gathering. But this weekend, not only did gay rights supporters attend the event, they did so in record numbers.

singapore pink dot

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Riot in Singapore Updates

If you are living in Singapore, this new is probably heard of over and over and over again. Still i think on a personal note this makes Singapore a much nicer place to live in. I really do think that life can get boring when it is always the same with no ups and downs.

Police in Singapore make 27 arrests after hundreds of people take part in a riot triggered by the death of an Indian national.

ᔥhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25294918

Singapore prosecutors will charge 24 Indian workers for taking part in the city-state's first riot in more than 40 years, police said Tuesday. The men face jail terms of up to 10 years plus caning for charges of rioting with dangerous weapons in the hour-long fracas on Sunday night, triggered when an Indian construction worker was struck and killed by a private bus in the Little India district.

ᔥhttp://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-charge-24-indian-workers-rioting-042818846.html