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Tan Kin Lian to donate half of salary to charity if electedPresidential hopeful Tan Kin Lian believes that the Singapore presidency is a public service, and wants to use his salary to help more of society. -RazorTV
Fri, Jul 08, 2011
Presidential hopeful Tan Kin Lian, 63, believes that the Singapore presidency is a public service, and wants to use his salary to help more of society.
"I do not need to receive a large salary," he said. "I will pledge that i will donate at least 50 per cent of the salary to charity and other worthy causes."
At a news conference held yesterday (July 7), he reiterated his motivation to run for president.
He said: "Many people have told me they want a president who can be the voice of the people and also to be independent of the PAP government, and to safeguard their CPF savings and the national reserves.
"I am independent of the PAP government. I am not associated with the past policies of the PAP... If I have the chance to be the president, I will be able to bring alternate views. I believe these will be useful to find solutions that will be best for the people."
He also cites his experience in heading NTUC Income as a strong factor for being able to manage CPF savings and the national reserves.
"I have the financial knowledge and the experience to bring to the office. I have nurtured a life insurance company for 30 years looking after the savings of over one million policy holders, managing assets of $17 billion."
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at 10:09 AM
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
Consider law to give maids a day off every week: Halimah
By Kimberly Spykerman
Singapore should consider legislation that makes employers give their domestic helpers a rest day every week, Madam Halimah Yacob said. -- ST PHOTO: TERENCE TAN
SINGAPORE should consider legislation that makes employers give their domestic helpers a rest day every week, said Madam Halimah Yacob, the Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports.
Speaking on the sidelines of a community sports festival at Singapore Polytechnic, she said that giving maids a day off might help to minimise some issues such as stress and overwork that domestic workers are facing now.
Just like other workers who enjoy a rest day, domestic workers, too, need to rest and should not be made to work excessive hours that could affect their health and well-being, she added.
She was commenting on the new International Labour Organisation convention that was approved last week in Geneva to grant domestic workers greater protection from exploitation.
Singapore was among 63 voters which abstained from voting on the convention, and the Ministry of Manpower has said it would sign the treaty only when it was sure it could implement it here, and that it would continue to review the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers.
Saying that Singapore takes its international obligations seriously, Madam Halimah expressed hope that Singapore would 'take stock of its laws and policies and progressively make changes' to be in line with the convention.
at 11:24 AM