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S’poreans react to NTU setting up a new college with NTUC

S’poreans react to NTU setting up a new college with NTUC

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Three thoughts you must have had.


Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has set up a new college for working adults with the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) called the College of Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE).

The new school will develop 28 undergraduate-level courses for part-time study that will include those for professionals, managers and executives (PMEs).

It starts this August. Classes will be held at NTU or in NTUC premises around the city.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:


sian-half-auntie “All along I suspected the two entities were linked. Guess I was right.”
Da Xue Sheng, 44-year-old diploma holder


sian-half-uncle “It’s nice to see graduates qualify as cashiers these days.”
Shou Qian, 67-year-old supermarket assistant


happy-bird-girl “It’s as if NTU does not already have an image problem these days.”
Sing Xiang, 18-year-old pool parlour assistant










S’poreans react to PAP GE2015 candidates joining NTUC in senior positions

S’poreans react to PAP GE2015 candidates joining NTUC in senior positions

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Three thoughts that must have went past your mind at some point.


PAP’s newly elected MP Melvin Yong and former teacher Shamsul Kamar who lost in Aljunied GRC have taken up full-time senior management jobs in National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).

Yong, a former assistant commissioner of police, and Shamsul, a department head at Spectra Secondary School, quit the civil service to contest the Sept. 11 General Election.

Both men are 43.

They are the latest in a line of PAP politicians to join NTUC, which has long been a sponge to suck up aspiring and failed PAP politicians.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:


sian-half-auntie “70 percent of Singaporeans approve of this.”
Fang Qi, 45-year-old fishmonger


sian-half-uncle “There is no doubt NTUC is an apolitical co-operative that does things not in the interest of one particular political party.”
Cheng Hu, 63-year-old bank clerk


happy-bird-girl “Having to switch from one cushy job to another underscores the risk of taking part in elections on a PAP ticket.”
See Baey Song, 17-year-old drinks stall owner










Minister spotted shopping at NTUC

Minister spotted shopping at NTUC

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You wouldn’t believe what happened next

The internet is still reeling from shock

The internet is still reeling from shock

Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence and prime minister designate Chan Chun Sing was spotted shopping alone at NTUC on Sunday morning, much to the shock of netizens in Singapore.

This shocking news was posted on the Facebook page of Denise Phua Lay Peng, a PAP MP who is not Chan’s GRC teammate. As such, it is safe to say that she does not have a vested interest in promoting Chan as not one of those super atas MPs who go into politics for money.

Which means she was genuinely shocked that a minister would shop at NTUC for groceries.

More shock from Denise Phua's Facebook page

More shock from Denise Phua’s Facebook page

“I thought all Ministers got their maids to do grocery shopping for them one. Or they shop at Marketplace in CBD,” exclaimed future voter Goh Show Peng who declared her allegiance to the humble minister.

However, not all netizens were impressed with this apparent display of humility.

“If he really want to be blue collar, go shop at Sheng Siong lah,” said supermarket shopper Da Jian Jia.

Super efficient NTUC fires Amy Cheong, immediately advertises her vacated position

Super efficient NTUC fires Amy Cheong, immediately advertises her vacated position

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Her ex-job is up on www.jobstreet.com.sg already.

Ad seen on http://www.jobstreet.com.sg/jobs/2012/10/n/20/3239503.htm

Amy Cheong, ex-Assistant Director (Service Quality), Membership, and not the first person from NTUC to put her foot in her mouth for racially insensitive comments, has been fired.

She posted unflattering Facebook updates on her personal page over the weekend about noise and stuff, prompting her employer NTUC, which wields incredible power over their staff and Singaporeans in general, to take immediate action.

She has been given the sack early Monday and almost immediately, NTUC has put out an advertisement on www.jobstreet.com.sg for her position.

The requirements for the position have been spelt out. NTUC says it is hoping to employ someone who is:

A ‘people grower’, experienced in managing a diverse team
Passionate about service, with a background in Service Quality management
Confident of your influencing skills
A champion of Proactive Change Management
Highly enterprising and performance-oriented, yet strategic in your approach
8-10 years of relevant working experience

New Nation would like to re-iterate these points.

Those who are interested in the position of Assistant Director (Service Quality), Membership must possess the following qualities:

– born without a foot in the mouth
– does not have a Facebook account

More confusion over role of Elected President?

More confusion over role of Elected President?

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Key considerations of public sector union leaders’ support for presidential candidate do not jive with clarifications put out by Law Minister.

It has been revealed that 75 percent of 61 NTUC-affiliated unions and associations have endorsed Tony Tan, while the remaining 25 percent have decided to remain neutral.

Among those remaining neutral are the aerospace and aviation cluster, as well as the public sector unions, such as HDB, IRAS and PUB that felt it was inappropriate for its employees to endorse anyone in particular.

However, NTUC chief Lim Swee Say outlined the union leaders’ three key considerations for supporting a candidate: A president that “could enhance Singapore’s global standing, set the right tone for the future economy” and “able to put workers’ interest first”.

These key considerations, however, appears to run counter to recent clarifications made by the Law Minister to put straight “some confusion over what the President can and cannot do”.

In the statement put out by the Law Minister in June this year, it stated in no uncertain terms that “National policies and running the Government are the responsibility of the Prime Minister and Cabinet” and this “is so for all policies, whether they concern security and defence, immigration and population, or housing and social safety nets”.

The ability for the president of Singapore to meet the key considerations of union leaders, is therefore, in doubt.

On top of that, the Law Minister’s clarification stated that the Elected President “can veto or block Government actions in specified areas, but he has no role to advance his own policy agenda”.

Strangely, the unions in the Labour movement who have backed Tony Tan “say they want a President who can boost Singapore’s international standing to attract foreign investment“.

It remains to be seen what the true presidential powers, or the lack of, can be after Aug.  27.

Read the original articles hereherehere and here.
Bye bye, Tan Kin Lian?

Bye bye, Tan Kin Lian?

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Why Singapore presidential hopeful Tan Kin Lian isn’t an automatic shoo-in.

By Belmont Lay

NTUC not company meh?

TAN Kin Lian might, after all, not be eligible to be president of Singapore based on a technicality.

Here’s why: Tan was the CEO of NTUC Income, a “co-operative insurance society” registered under the Co-operative Societies Act, which although strives for “commercial leadership” in its “business“, is actually structured differently from a company registered under the Companies Act.

So, in English, this means that Tan was NOT AND NEVER WAS the CEO of a company incorporated or registered under the Companies Act.

And if you check out the Singapore Elections Department list of Qualifications for Candidates seeking to become president, it is stated in no uncertain terms that one of the essential criteria for presidential aspirants is that they must have served as CEO (or as chairman of the board of directors) of a company incorporated or registered under the Companies Act.

Still not convinced? Here’s more.

When you google “Tan Kin Lian”, you will most likely find displayed among the top three results, his Wikipedia entry.

In his entry, it is stated that Tan is the “former CEO of NTUC Income”.

Next, follow the NTUC Income link at the footnote and you’ll arrive at its official website and click on its About Us page where it is stated in black and white that “NTUC Income, a co-operative insurance society formed in 1970″, was initiated by Goh Keng Swee (bless his soul).

So are we really splitting hairs when we try to make heads or tails of a co-operative and a company?

Sure as hell!

Therefore, to dig further, simply google “co-operative vs company singapore” because you want to find out what’s the difference between them and you will most likely find your query answered by the Singapore National Co-operative Federation’s FAQ page, which should be displayed as one of the top three results.

In it, transmitted through the ones-and-noughts of the supreme Internet, are three ways a co-operative is different from a company.

Primo: Voting in a co-operative is determined by one-member-one-vote policy but voting in a company is determined by type and number of shares held. (Think Singapore Press Holdings where there exists ordinary shares for mortals and not-so-ordinary-200-times-voting-power management shares if you’re part of the potentate.)

Secundo: A co-operative is an association of members while a company is an association of capital (an association I actually find damn sexy).

Tertio: The objective of a co-operative is to serve members’ needs while a company is to maximise profits for its shareholders. (Think SPH again!)

And to bludgeon the nail and seal the lid on the coffin, do spend four seconds to read the PDF document stating the by-laws of NTUC Income.

It states in page one that NTUC Income is registered under the Co-operative Societies Act.

So here’s the point of today’s missive: I stated before that Tan Cheng Bock must be bonkers if he honestly (or rather naively) thinks that his take on the 1987 so-called Marxist conspiracy can be buried and hidden from public scrutiny.

Sure, Tan Kin Lian might have been CEO for 30 years with a business that manages capital of $20 billion and beyond, but I just hope he will not join the club for the bonkers if he thinks that the Presidential Elections Committee will lay the red carpet out for him.

Because I hate false hope. Likewise for the multitudes out there who are counting on him.

Editor’s note:

This article was edited on July 5, at 5.25pm after it was first published for the following reason:

While Tan Kin Lian isn’t the CEO of a company, he may still qualify on the basis that he is “in any other similar or comparable position of seniority and responsibility in any other organization or department of equivalent size or complexity in the public or private sector which, in the opinion of the Presidential Elections Committee, has given him such experience and ability in administering and managing financial affairs as to enable him to carry out effectively the functions and duties of the office of President.”

We thank Wong Chun Han for pointing this out.

What this means is that whether Tan Kin Lian contests is still the decision of the Presidential Elections Committee. It’s no longer obvious that he will stand for elections.