29 January 2014

Will Bus Service Reliability Framework Work?

Land Transport Authority ("LTA") will introduce the Bus Service Reliability Framework ("BSRF") in a two-year trial to improve en-route bus regularity, and reduce instances of bus bunching and prolonged waiting times.

Twenty-two bus services, which include a mix of long and short trunk services and feeder services, have been selected for the trial.

The BSRF assesses the regularity of a bus service using the concept of Excess Wait Time ("EWT"). EWT is the average actual additional waiting time at selected bus stops for the respective services compared to the expected waiting time based on the buses arriving at regular intervals.

28 January 2014

The Mainstream Media's Mission

MediaCorp recently aired some advertisements for positions in the group.

Some of these positions purport to achieve the following career goals:

▪ Reporters: serve the country.

▪ Digital artists: make hearts beat faster.

▪ Producers: unite a nation.

▪ Cameramen: open hearts and minds.

What is the mission of our mainstream media?

24 January 2014

Singapore's Coming Challenge: ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint's Free Flow of Skilled Labour

The ASEAN Economic Community ("AEC") Blueprint[1] signed by the heads of government of the ASEAN countries in 2007 envisaged a single market and production base in ASEAN comprising five core elements — free flow of goods, services, investment, capital and skilled labour.

The goal is to transform ASEAN into a single market and production base, a highly competitive economic region, a region of equitable economic development, and a region fully integrated into the global economy.

The AEC Blueprint builds on the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement ("AFTA") of 28 January 1992 among the then six nations of ASEAN. AFTA's objective was economic growth by accelerating intra-ASEAN trade and investment using the Common Effective Preferential Tariff ("CEPT") Scheme.

Most people understand a free trade agreement ("FTA") to be an agreement involving two or more countries to promote free flow of goods and services among those countries. Beyond this traditional view, many FTAs also promote free flow of investment, capital and labour.

13 January 2014

Cleaners' Progressive (Minimum) Wage Model

The Government will introduce the Progressive Wage Model ("PWM") in the cleaning services sector.

It will legislate cleaning services providers to pay their staff an entry-level salary of $1,000 per month, and subsequently give staff increments in tandem with their skills upgrading.

The median gross monthly wage is about $850 currently.

A similar PWM will be implemented in the security services sector once the tripartite partners (i.e., the Government, NTUC and employers) reach a consensus.