Amidst the entire hullabaloo about the ministerial pay issue, there seems to be a few other things that are getting overlooked. Indeed one item that no one seems to be questioning is the logic behind the government’s claim that it needs to have the high salary figures to attract political talent from the private sector.
On Wednesday, the Ministerial Salary Review, headed by Gerard Ee, unveiled its recommendations to the government with a new pay formula for all office holders. Amongst the new measures the committee suggested are: reducing Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's annual salary by 28% from its 2010 level to S$2.2 million dollars (US$1.7 million). President Tony Tan, who primarily holds a ceremonial position, may see his annual salary slashed by 51% to S$1.5 million.
"We are proudly taking a stand against sexual violence and the bully tactics of victim-blaming, as we are tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged by our sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result. This is not just a “women’s issue” nor is it just a “men’s issue”; it is everyone’s issue. We seek to challenge the thinking that it is acceptable to live in a victim-blaming society as we do, where we are taught “don’t get raped,” instead of, “don’t rape” - quote from Slut Walk SG FB page: http://www.facebook.com/SlutWalkSGKL
Human Rights organization MARUAH organized public forum to educate Singaporeans about the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement and why we as a nation should care about this movement that is slowly spreading around the world. Maruah president Braema Mathi, P.E. Candidate Tan Jee Say and Leong Sze Hian spoke about the implications of OWS, taking the time to explain things from a financial, economical and human rights perspective.
FreshGrads photographer covered the forum at the National University of Singapore on 31 October. The forum, titled, "The impact of New Media on Politics and Youths", was organised by the university's Democratic Socialist Club.