On June 5, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minster Heng Swee Keat took the opportunity to sum up his aims with his Fortitude Budget, the fourth budget of the year, which he announced on May 26. He focused on the necessity of preserving jobs and maintaining a strong fiscal position as Singapore battles Covid-19, the "global crisis of our generation". Heng said, "There is now talk of a global 'Lockdown Generation', and fears that the youth of our time could have their skills, employability, and incomes permanently affected, even after the world recovers from the pandemic. We must work to prevent a 'Covid Generation' of workers and students in Singapore." Overall spending on four budgets has come up to S$193 billion Coming in at S$33 billion, the Fortitude Budget means that a total of S$92.9 billion will be committed by the government to its Covid-19 response across all four budgets. In addition, over S$72 billion, or nearly 80 per cent of the $92.9 billion sum, ... » Learn More about DPM Heng: ‘Central plank’ of 4 Budgets is preserving jobs & helping unemployed find work
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Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg PERSPECTIVE: In Singapore, Muslim women who work as nurses are not allowed to wear the tudung/hijab as part of their work uniform. This issue has been highly debated for years , and recently resurfaced in this year's Committee of Supply (COS) debates . Mothership speaks with five nurses/nursing students who wear the tudung to hear their views on this issue. Their names have been changed to protect their identities. Farah, 25, was a student when she first discovered that she wouldn't be able to wear the tudung as a nurse. Can't wear tudung due to infection control purposes She was told by her lecturers that nurses couldn't wear the tudung due to infection control purposes, and said she was convinced by the reason. Sarah, a 21-year-old nursing student who has had several attachments to various hospitals, was told the same thing: "Before I even joined ... » Learn More about Hijabi nurses in S’pore who still choose healthcare profession share their views on tudung policy
The writing's been on the wall for the past five years — the Singapore Sports Hub has definitely not been having an easy time. The ongoing pandemic continues to grind large group activities to a halt — this means no concerts, no football matches, no events that involve large crowds of people filling the high-tech aerated seats at the new Grand Old Dame. Sporting activities have resumed for some time now though, so people are slowly returning, but the glittering dome in Kallang remains largely a shadow of the hive of activity it used to be all year through in the years prior to 2020. All this, of course, throws up questions about the sustainability of the Sports Hub, as it navigates the tricky and thorny public-private partnership it as a private limited straddles between its financiers, the public and of course, its biggest customer, the Singapore government. In the middle of this complexity and tension stands Lionel Yeo, the man headhunted for the role of Sports Hub CEO ... » Learn More about Alignment vs approval: What Sports Hub CEO Lionel Yeo learned from the private sector after 22 years in govt
There are many names for what Singapore is going through at the moment. Circuit Breaker in all but name. Phase 2: The Empire Strikes Back. Déjà vu. A lockdown with Singaporean characteristics. Take your pick, but officially, it's known as Phase 2: Heightened Alert (P2HA), which resulted in at least one glorious meme, for those of us who spent endless hours playing "Command & Conquer: Red Alert" back in the day. Here's a handy comparison chart for what you can and cannot do during P2HA: Notice something? PH2A is much more "easy-going" as compared to the Circuit Breaker. Retail shops are open, you can buy 4D and Toto, and perhaps most important of all, bubble tea shops are open for takeaway orders (although some have closed ). Back on May 4, when now-Finance Minister and Covid-19 multi-ministry task force co-chair Lawrence Wong announced the latest measures, he said that the government is not ruling out the possibility of another Circuit Breaker. More ... » Learn More about Comment: Should S’pore do another Circuit Breaker? Maybe not.
A push back. Officials from different government agencies joined forces on Tuesday, May 2, in a forum dubbed “RealNumbersPH". The forum was organized by several agencies led by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police. From 3 to 5 pm, representatives from different agencies took turns presenting video after video, and sought to debunk claims that President Rodrigo Duterte’s popular but controversial war on drugs advocates the violation of human rights and is as bloody as local and international media paint it to be. Social Welfare Assistant Secretary and staunch Duterte supporter Lorraine Badoy, one of the speakers, said the forum was a “push back” against the apparent lies being peddled about the war on drugs. “We’re here because a narrative is being pushed down our throats, di ba ? And not just that, but the whole international community, and it’s patently false. We’re here because we’re pushing back. It’s not ... » Learn More about PH gov’t moves to counter ‘false’ narrative on drug war
MANILA, Philippines – Lawyer Cristina Antonio was summoned sometime last week to the barangay hall of San Andres Bukid in Manila, where furious officials demanded an explanation why, without their knowledge, they filed a Supreme Court (SC) petition alleging 35 cases of extrajudicial killings in their area in the last 13 months and pointed to the police as masterminds. “ Ipit sila (they’re caught in the middle). It’s a case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” Antonio told Rappler in an interview held inside the small Makati office of the Center for International Law or Centerlaw , a non-governmental organization that’s been on the forefront of filing cases challenging the bloody drug war of President Rodrigo Duterte. The wrath of barangay officials of San Andres Bukid is understandable, Antonio said. In a volatile situation where people are shamelessly killed inside their homes, everybody can be a walking target. It’s especially harder for the ... » Learn More about Lawyers do dirty groundwork to fight Duterte’s drug war
If you're looking for some Hainanese-style Western fare, then you might want to give British Hainan a try. It is known for its Braised Oxtail Stew (S$29.90) , basically, the tail of a cow — chopped up and stewed in a hearty gravy with carrots, potatoes, and celery — until it becomes tender and falls off the bone easily. The dish also comes with toasted bread so you can mop up every last bit of gravy. Not many places serve oxtail stew today, so you might want to visit British Hainan if you want to try this dish. We also had the Fish & Chips (S$14.90) . Its batter was crispy and light (so you don't jelak after the meal) while the inside was soft, flaky, and very well-seasoned. It comes with a side of fries and a simple yet refreshing salad. Lastly, we also had the Hainanese Curry Rice (S$15.80) . You can't choose the sides for the curry rice here; it comes with a Hainanese pork chop, Chinese stewed pork, chap chye (mixed vegetables), and Peranakan ... » Learn More about Joo Chiat restaurant sells Hainanese-style Western fare like oxtail stew & braised lamb shank
Chances are, you already know quite a bit about the cherry blossom flower, or sakura. The delicate and ephemeral flower not only represents the arrival of spring, but also the circle of life. This change in scenery also reminds the industrious Japanese to take a break from work, open picnic mats in nearby parks and just relax. A brief history of Hanami The act of gathering under sakura trees to eat, drink and socialise is called hanami , which translates to “flower viewing”. Marking the beginning of the rice planting season, hanami was initially only enjoyed by Japanese nobility . Dating back to the Nara period (710–794AD), it was ume (plum) blossoms or momo (peach) that people admired at that time. Eventually, sakura, being similar in appearance to ume blossoms, gained popularity and became synonymous with hanami . Rulers of the archipelago would eventually plant cherry blossom trees across Japan, so that sakura and hanami can be enjoyed by people of ... » Learn More about People around the world have been admiring sakura blossoms for more than 100 years. Here’s why.
SINGAPORE: It has been about eight months since Dr Wong Choo Wai ended his volunteer stint taking care of COVID-19 patients at Singapore Expo, but the 50-year-old sometimes wakes up in panic, thinking that he has overslept and is late for work. The senior family physician is still reeling from his experience of working almost 24/7 from April to September last year - pulling 12-hour volunteering shifts at the community care facility, while also still running his two clinics and seeing his regular patients. Getting only three hours of sleep each day, Dr Wong said that there were days where he almost dozed off at work due to the mental and physical exhaustion. He recalled one particular night in early May last year when he and other volunteers saw patients coming into the facility up until around 4am the next morning. Usually, new cases would stop coming in by midnight. “The next day, we were all so zonked out because each one of us saw at least a few hundred patients for that ... » Learn More about The Big Read: Frontline healthcare workers pushed to limits by non-stop, never-ending COVID-19 fight
Who would have thought that the Covid-19 pandemic can make its way even to the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest? The news of the virus reaching the Himalayas via overseas climbers is a blow for Datuk M. Magendran and Datuk N. Mohanadas, the first Malaysians to reach the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal in 1997. Their plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their feat in 2022 is now uncertain. “If the pandemic is about to stay for a while with no signs of recovery, then we might just call off our plans to travel to Kathmandu and find other means to celebrate our anniversary, ” Magendran said recently. Magendran and Mohanadas had initially planned to celebrate the silver jubilee of their climb together with fellow Malaysians at Everest Base Camp on the summit day of May 23, 2022. Magendran, the first Malaysian to step on the majestic Mount Everest peak at 11.55am local time – 15 minutes before teammate Mohanadas – on May 23, 1997, said preparations for the silver jubilee ... » Learn More about First Malaysian Everest conquerors re-route silver jubilee plans amid pandemic