Monday, 6 January 2014

From Heng Tan Yam to Halimah

S'pore leaders will not waver on two core beliefs as pursuit of excellence evolves: Heng

Singapore's leaders will not waver on two core beliefs even as they continue striving for success, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Wednesday

These are that everyone must have a role and stake in the success, and that the key to future success lies in developing the young.

"How we go about pursuing excellence will change with time and conditions, but what must not change is our belief that success must be shared, both in the making and the partaking, by all in our society," he said at a book launch by former civil service chief Lim Siong Guan.

"Nor do I see us changing our deep belief that the road to future success lies in developing and growing our young to their fullest potential."

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Big bash 'for all' as little red dot turns 50

SINGAPORE turns 50 next year and the chief party planner, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, yesterday invited all Singaporeans to pitch in with their ideas on how best to celebrate the occasion, with an emphasis on including everyone.

He made special mention of the pioneer generation, who played a key role in helping the nation overcome tough odds in the early years of independence.

The first major SG50 event will be a tribute to these pioneers that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will host at the Istana next month.

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Singapore's teaching strategies are working: Heng Swee Keat


Education Minister Heng Swee Keat congratulated local teenagers for doing well in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) in a Facebook posting on Wednesday.

Singapore came in second in mathematics and third in science and reading in the most recent Pisa test carried out last year. The test measures how well students use mathematics, science and reading to solve real-world problems.

"Regardless of how they rank relative to students from elsewhere, our students' own scores are better this time than when we first took part in Pisa in 2009," said Mr Heng, adding that this means the education system is moving in the right direction.

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Principals must continue to push learning boundaries: Heng Swee Keat

Principals must continue to push learning boundaries, by testing out new ideas in teaching and learning, and tapping on the experience of senior staff, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Friday

As parents today become more educated, the more they expect of their children, which translate into similarly high expectations of teachers and principals, said Mr Heng at the appointment and appreciation ceremony for principals at the Shangri-la Hotel. "I believe that as a leader in education, you need to combine the science and the art of teaching and learning," he pointed out.

Research in education practices and in cognitive science has given educators practical insights into how humans learn, he noted. "Even as the experts share their latest insights, somewhere in our schools, our school leaders are already testing out new ideas in teaching and learning," he said. "But wisdom does not come just from mastering the science of learning... Wisdom includes the art of education, which is about abiding by timeless values and principles, and making judgments on whether specific practices that seem to have worked well elsewhere are relevant in our context."

Principals should also devote attention to the social-emotional aspect of learning, by helping students gain confidence, and broadening their exposure to new interests, said Mr Heng.

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Heng Swee Keat emphasises importance of right policies for sustainable growth

It is important to put in place the right structural policies so that resources can be put to the most productive use and the economy can grow in a sustainable way, said Singapore’s Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.

But such policies take time to bear fruit and can be politically unpopular in the short term.

Mr Heng was speaking to economists and business leaders at a conference organised by the Asia Competitiveness Institute at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

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HENG SWEE KEAT: WE HAVE ENGAGED SINGAPOREANS IN POLICY DISCUSSIONS
Heng Swee Keat
Over the past year, we have engaged Singaporeans in intensive discussions on various policies.

Domestically, our country is at a more mature stage of development. Externally, many new developments will affect us in profound ways. By thinking ahead and acting together, we can create a better future for ourselves, our children and our communities. We need to rethink our approaches to many issues, examine what remains relevant and change what needs to be changed.

However, before getting into the specifics of policies, we should have a broader conversation about ourselves: What do we want our country, Singapore, to be in 2030? What are our ideals? What principles should underpin our public policies and what values should guide us as a people? What attributes will enable us to attain our ideals?

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OPINION: Education Minister Heng Swee Keat not that connected to the ground level after all
Where Bears Roam Free, 16 Sep 2012
I agree with the Minister for Education that some parents have gone overboard. However, in the last few days, Heng Swee Keat's method of making his point is much to be desired.

The point of contention is that the minister did not bother to listen to the parent's side of the story regarding the boy who was punished, having his hair cut. He depended solely on the feedback from the school and/or MOE. That itself may be OK, but.... the problem is that he used the above example and publicly mentioned it.

I feel that Mr Heng not only is insensitive towards the boy's mental condition before his exam, he even does not respect his mother's right to be heard. Talking about having the need to respect others, in trying to point out that teachers need respect! How about practising what you preach, Mr Minister? Full story

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Minister Heng blames students to cover up a flawed education system


Education minister Heng Swee Keat has come out openly to say that a lack of drive in Singaporean students is worrying. Singapore’s education system is built to create workers not business starters. Thus students when at the end of the education are often lost in what they can do for a living. Our education system do not identify each student skill and talent very early on in their schooling life.


It is rather ironic that he mentions that that a lack of drive in Singaporean students is worrying when the problem itself is caused by his own govt policies.The conformist, assessment and grade driven education system here sucks. Even when you graduate here, if you hold a pink IC and Singapore passport, you are discriminated as it has become common knowledge that employers in the private sector know about the draconian education system here in Singapore , hence they prefer foreign talents.


To expose half truths and illusion. Let me just state that the education system is one of the most reflective aspects of a country or state’s democracy level. 


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PAP has been working hard to "help" Singaporeans even without any opposition in Parliament: Heng Swee Keat

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat hit back swiftly at opposition Workers' Party claims that residents of Punggol East should vote for them to make the PAP "work hard".

"PAP has been working hard to come up with various ways to help Singaporeans even when they was no opposition in Parliament," he told reporters at a community event at Tampines Central Temple.

Referring to WP chief Low Thia Kiang's rally message on Saturday that people should vote for WP to keep up the pressure on PAP, Minister Heng turned the tables.

"Voters should look at what the various (PAP) MPs have done and contributed in their constituencies and in Parliament," he said.

"And I think they will come to the conclusion that they should vote for the PAP to make the Workers' Party work harder for you". Full story

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TAN CHUAN-JIN: I THINK THE PAP WILL REMAIN IN POWER IN THE FUTURE

Tan Chuan-Jin said that the PAP will "certainly be governing Singapore in the near future" in a Bloomberg interview which was shown on TV on Friday

He explained further saying that the people generally feel that the PAP is in a good position to continue leading Singapore and to be the government. This is what he felt was true in the near future and even suggested that it may still be true in the medium term.

Apparently, Tan Chuan-Jin hasn't been keeping a close eye on social media as he believes  that the PAP can "certainly" retain popular support in the near future and even in the medium term.

Perhaps he has been noticing some of the voices but simply chooses to believe that they are still a minority.

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Rebutting Tan Chuan-Jin: The PAP has a higher chance of failing in 2016


I refer to the article: “Tan Chuan-Jin: PAP will ‘certainly govern SG in the near future’”.

The minister believes that the PAP has the support of many members of the electorate, who he believes see the PAP as the best party to lead and govern. I would like to express my disappointment at how much a minister is out of touch with the ground. Here are some of the key factors and political events which contradict the minister’s views as to why the PAP will be in the power in the near future.

Increased fallibility of and within the PAP? Since the 2011 general elections, we have seen more and more flops within the PAP leadership as well as those who were once with it. Not only has there been issues such as the Michael Palmer affair as well as the AIM issue which are highly frowned upon by the electorate, there are also issues with the direction that Singapore has been pushed into in the latest population planning exercise. “Wither Singapore” as posted by George Yeo after the loss of Punggol East by-election does say a lot, whether or not they apply to this context.

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Singapore's youth unemployment rate one of the world's lowest: Tan Chuan-Jin

Singapore currently has one of the lowest youth unemployment rates in the world, at 6.7 per cent, and most tertiary graduates receive quality job offers within six months

In comparison, six out of 10 graduates in Greece remain unemployed for months, and in Taiwan, the youth unemployment rate stands at 13 per cent.

Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin said this on Tuesday to 405 students from Republic Polytechnic at their graduation ceremony. In his speech, he added that the Government would continue to generate jobs and employment for people. He urged the graduates to continue learning and tap on resources to upgrade their skills even after entering the workforce.

A total of 4,060 students from Republic Polytechnic will graduate this year, along with 93 mature learners, who will be getting their specialist diplomas this week

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Retrenchments happen even when economy is doing well: Tan Chuan-Jin

File photo: Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin


Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin said on his Facebook page on Friday evening that HGST's retrenchment exercise "is one of the larger retrenchments this year".

He said that even with a tight labour market and an economy that is doing reasonably well, "we will continue to see some amount of redundancy as our economy restructures and that this is an inevitable reality and we will see more of this in the coming years."

He believed that the key thing is to make sure that there is adequate assistance available to help displaced workers re-enter suitable jobs and for jobs to be available in the first place.

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Tan Chuan-Jin: 'SMRT strike was biggest test so far'
Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin said Monday that the foreign worker levy sends a clear signal to companies who do not restructure and continue relying heavily on foreign workers.

He was responding in a written answer to Ms Tan Su Shan, who asked whether the Manpower Ministry will consider adjusting the foreign worker levy rates according to each sector's importance to the local economy, and its dependence on foreign workers.

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Mum and Dad are 'best teachers': Tan Chuan-Jin

A parent can be a child's most important teacher and the home, the best school, said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin

"We can talk about values all we want but it is about how we live on a day-to-day basis," he said. "As parents we are the foremost educators and have a big part to play."

Mr Tan, who was speaking at the Singapore Indian Development Association (Sinda) Excellence Awards yesterday, added that children learn by watching how their parents behave and interact at home every day. "Oftentimes we talk about the system at large (and) this is not to say the system doesn't have responsibilities, but what is our role in the overall scheme of things?" he said.

"As parents, we know the easiest way to keep a child quiet is to give him an iPad or an Xbox... But we will shape the way they grow up."

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Tan Chuan-Jin's evasive replies to callers' questions in Talking Point leave viewers unconvinced that Govt is not clamping down on the internet

Watching Acting Minister of Manpower Tan Chuan Jin on the Talking Point programme special reminds one of a book which has the full title

"Denialism, How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms The Planet, And Threatens Our Lives." The despicable licensing of news sites is no rocket science, but Tan was definitely in full denial mode.

He repeated ad nausem there was nothing new to regulations already in place. Well, before 1 June 2013, there was no $50,000 dangling like the sword of damocles over sites that have a reach of 50,000 and offer at least one article per week on Singapore’s news and current affairs. And then there's the potential fine of up to $200,000 and/or 3 years in jail if the Media Development Authority (MDA) feels you are tardy in taking down the offending post within 24 hours. The lawyers' letters of demand, which has seen quite a bit of action, at least provides a longer time-frame to respond.

One caller phoning in asked point blank whether Tan is prepared to state on air that no blog site will ever need to be licensed. The cowardly general took evasive action behind the "until such point that we notify other sites" caveat emptor, choosing instead to keep all options open. His empty promises smack of the hypocrisy of 377A, which also promised a light touchFull story


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TAN CHUAN JIN: THE OLDER GENERATION ARE INDEPENDENT AND DO NOT LIKE TO RECEIVE HELP


Madam Lim sells evening papers and magazines at Tanjong Katong Complex. I bumped into her this evening at the rear entrance as I arrived for our Hainan Tan Clan's 78th Anniversary. Her table was crammed but neatly laid out.

As I left, she was still there and business must have been good! Only some items left. We chatted for awhile. See the bicycle behind? She cycles there every evening at about 4pm or so. She is 60+ and has 4 children and 8 grandchildren. Her husband passed away a few years ago.

She has a caring family and shared that if she stays home, she would feel very 闷 or bored.

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Tan Chuan-Jin: A Look Back at 2013

Time flies! We are coming to the end of 2013 in a week or so. It has been an eventful year – mostly fair, occasionally hazy, but we came through in decent shape overall. As with all organisations, we can always still improve, and we will

Unemployment remains low, and real income grew more strongly compared to 2012. We enhanced laws to better protect our workers and announced the Fair Consideration Framework to send a signal to all businesses to consider Singaporeans fairly for job opportunities. We introduced measures to help companies reduce their dependence on foreign manpower, as well as WorkPro, which helps companies facilitate older workers and back-to-work women to rejoin the workforce.

And more recently, officers from our various divisions responded swiftly to the Little India riot and reached out to foreign workers in their dormitories as well as employers, to reassure them and keep them informed about the latest developments.

Much has been done behind the scenes, and I know that my fellow colleagues have put in much heart and effort in making things better for fellow citizens. And before the year ends, I would like to express my appreciation to each and every colleague in MOM and our statutory boards – CPF Board, Singapore Workforce Development Agency and Singapore Labour Foundation. I am truly grateful for all their professionalism and dedication.

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Freezing foreign manpower growth will hurt S’poreans: Tan Chuan-Jin


Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin has said that the opposition Workers’ Party’s proposal for a zero-foreign manpower growth in this decade, when put in practice, will hurt Singaporeans.

Speaking in Parliament today on the Population White Paper, Mr Tan noted that in fact, the strategies outlined in the paper has opted for slower growth and a significant reduction in the foreign labour force numbers.


He noted Singapore cannot continue on the same growth trajectory as before but what it needs to decide on is the pace of growth that will bring benefits to citizens, and in achieving this, the country will need to transit carefully.





Foreign manpower tightening up a notch
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Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said the minimum salary at which foreign PMEs secure EPs would be raised to ensure that their typically lower wages do not depress those of young Singaporeans - PHOTO: SPH

The government is tightening the foreign manpower regime further, with a 10 per cent hike to the minimum salary required to hire a young foreign professional on an employment pass (EP) - the category of work passes not subject to quotas and levies.


Also, under new rules to ensure Singaporeans get fair consideration before foreigners are hired, employers will have to advertise job vacancies on a new national jobs bank for two weeks before any applications for EPs for those professional, managerial and executive (PME) jobs will be accepted.


While businesses do expect the higher EP qualifying salary to add to already rising labour costs, reactions from representative bodies after yesterday's announcement were more muted than has been the case for previous rounds of measures to slow the influx of manpower from abroad.


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MOM: New rules to consider hiring SGs before FTs

Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin (ST Photo)

MOM today (23 Sep) announced new rules that require employers to consider Singaporeans fairly before hiring Employment Pass (EP) holders. Firms with discriminatory hiring practices will be subject to additional scrutiny and may have their work pass privileges curtailed.


MOM said that these changes will reinforce expectations for employers to consider Singaporeans fairly for job opportunities and enhance job market transparency.


“Providing better jobs and diverse opportunities to meet Singaporeans’ aspirations are the ultimate objectives of economic growth. Even as we remain open to foreign manpower to complement our local workforce, all firms must make an effort to consider Singaporeans fairly,” said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin


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MP Alex Yam continues his Ah Long


We have you in our sight. This evening we met with Choa Chu Kang NPC to update our plans on combating Ah Longs. The Police Camera (PolCam) system has been progressively rolled out to the following cluster of blocks in our town: Blks 533-527, Blks 540-552A and Blks 687-692D. Police updated that one suspect has also been arrested recently for loan sharking activities.

The Singapore Police Force has recommended that should any residents receive suspicious letters they are to bring them down untouched in a clear plastic bag or ziploc bag to our NPC so that any residual DNA will not be tempered with.

We will be conducting two rounds of Citizens on Patrol training for our volunteers and any interested residents on 3rd and 10th January. Please enquire with our RCs or the CC if you are interested. About 30 are already registered.

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Bag of bodily waste left at back door of PAP's Yew Tee branch office

A bag of bodily waste was left at the back door of a People's Action Party branch office in Yew Tee on Monday, days after Chua Chu Kang GRC MP Alex Yam issued a stern warning to loan sharks and runners active in the constituency.

The office is located at Block 608 Chua Chu Kang Street 62.

In a Facebook post on Thursday evening, Mr Yam said: "Whether it was a coincidence, an act of mischief or otherwise, we will not stop in our efforts to keep our town safe for all residents."

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BAG OF SH*T LEFT OUTSIDE PAP BRANCH OFFICE IN YEW TEE

A bag of sh*t was placed on the ground just outside the back door of the PAP's Yew Tee branch office  at Blk608 Chua Chu Kang Street 62 on Monday.

It is suspected to have been a retaliation message to Chua Chu Kang GRC MP Alex Yam who had earlier said that they would be cracking down on Loan Sharks and runners in the area.

Mr Yam posted about the incident on facebook yesterday (19 Dec):
"On Monday, a bag of bodily waste was left at the back door of our branch office in Yew Tee. Whether it was a coincidence, an act of mischief or otherwise, we will not stop in our efforts to keep our town safe for all residents."
As part of the efforts to reduce loan sharking activities, MP Yam also explained that they have been working with the neighbourhood police centre to install CCTV cameras around the various blocks.

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PAP MP ALEX YAM: I HAD A SMOOTH JOURNEY DRIVING THROUGH THE NEW MCE

Dear The Real Singapore, - This is what PAP MP Alex Yam posted on his Facebook today. He said he had a smooth journey driving through the new Marina Expressway (MCE) and said that he even cut his time to work by 5mins. I am very curious which expressway he is taking because I was 3 hours late for my work and my cab fare came up to be $80! This is a nightmare for me today!

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LKY stood up to thank everyone despite his frailty: Alex Yam
Writing on his Facebook account, Chua Chu Kang GRC MP Alex Yam posted this first-person account of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's time in Parliament on Monday, on the occasion of his 90th birthday

Halfway through Minister Chan Chun Sing's response to Dr Lily Neo's Adjournment Motion, everyone's attention was momentarily diverted.

From where I sit in the chamber, the entrance was always square in my sight and today, through those doors I saw Mr Lee Kuan Yew come through. From all around, there was a momentary pause.

Conscious as always of protocol, helped by his two assistants, Mr Lee gingerly stood to take his bow and moved to his seat in the chambers. Everyone watched every move, some with visible concern for his current health but yet joyful that he was with us in the chambers.

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Halimah Yacob: Poor must not be left behind

Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob on Saturday urged the Government to legislate family care or eldercare leave. This, she said, will send a strong signal to employers about the growing need to support workers who have to take care of sick and frail family members.

"It would be really helpful for families if family care leave or eldercare leave is also legislated as, increasingly, caregiving of the frail elderly has become one big strain on work-life balance," she said.

During the keynote address on work-life balance at the 7th Singapore Children's Society Lecture at Singapore Management University, Madam Halimah pointed out to the audience of 200 how parents are already given childcare leave.

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Halimah Yacob urges women to rejoin the workforce

Women should not worry if they want to rejoin the workforce, said Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports Halimah Yacob

In fact, doing so would bolster their families' finances, provide greater stability for their children, and help them save up for their own retirement, she added.

"I think you would feel a greater sense of security if you could also save for your own retirement through work," said Madam Halimah at the inaugural Flexi-work Seminar held at the Woodlands Regional Library on Saturday.

Speaking to an audience of mostly women at the event, she urged them to tap a special package of courses offered by the training unit of Muslim self-help group Mendaki.

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Halimah Yacob urges govt to review housing policy for single mothers

File photo: Speaker of Parliament, Madam Halimah Yacob

Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob has urged the government to review its housing policy for single mothers.

She was speaking at a forum organised by the NUS Alumni Association.

Currently, single unmarried mothers are not eligible for housing subsidies.

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HALIMAH YACOB WANTS MORE FEEDBACK FROM THE MALAY COMMUNITY

Speaker of Parliament, Halimah Yacob, expressed an interest in receiving more feedback from the Malay Community.

She said that there are many platforms available to give feedback such as the Our Singapore Conversation and Community Leaders' Forum.

She was responding to reporters at the free lunch today at Geyland Serai, an event aimed at building friendship and understanding within the community.

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Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob turned down Workers' Party motion to debate MND's review of PAP Town Council-AIM controversial software deal

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Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob has ruled that an adjournment motion on the town council review, filed by Workers' Party chairman Sylvia Lim, is inadmissible in Parliament when it sits next Monday

The reason: The subject of the motion will be fully debated under a ministerial statement to be presented at the same sitting. Ms Lim had filed the adjournment motion earlier this week, on Monday, following last Friday's announcement that National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan would deliver a ministerial statement on the review in Parliament.

She did so as she wanted more time to discuss the issue, she had said, citing Standing Order 23 of parliamentary rules. It states that MPs may only seek clarification on a ministerial statement, not debate it. Full story


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IF PAP HALIMAH YACOB SAYS "SINGAPORE IS AGEIST", WHY CAN'T PAP WALK THE TALK

Recently, SPH carried an exclusive Mdm Halimah Yacob interview "Singapore Still Ageist" and Mdm Halimah chairs a new PAP Seniors Group. [Link]

Mdm Halimah has always championed Womens' Rights, "Hire Singaporeans First", re-training and also headed NTUC Union since elected as MP

Many times, we hear too many PAP MPs talk about our needs in Parliament but how many of them dared to even walk the talk?

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HALIMAH, HOW LONG MUST MUSLIM WOMEN WAIT FOR YOU TO SPEAK ON THE TUDUNG ISSUE?


There are some (unfortunately Muslims included, especially Muslim feminists) who claim that the hijab is not compulsory for Muslim women. They claim that it is not explicitly mentioned in the Quran. But the Quran is not the only source of Islamic Law. There are other sources which includes Ijma (consensus among the scholars). See this link for full explanation - The Science of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul Fiqh)

To those who say that the hijab is not compulsory for the Muslim woman, I challenge him or her to quote me any Islamic scholar who is trained in Islamic Jurisprudence who says that is so. Failing which, he or she will just have to admit that his or her source is from a person who is not trained in Islamic Jurisprudence.

(I am not trained in the field of Islamic Jurisprudence either, but I follow closely to the teachings of mainstream Islamic jurists.)

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Being a Minister is so stressful

Being a Minister is so stressful, no wonder they need to be paid higher...

- Lui Tuck Yew worried why MRTs and buses are unreliable and always breakdown
- Yaccob Ibrahim worried why M1 and Singtel are not perform their duties
- Teo Chee Hean worried why civil servants are increasingly corrupt
- Gan Kim Yong worried why there hospitals are short of beds
- Tan Chuan-Jin worried why employers prefer to employ foreigners
- Khaw Boon Wan worried why housing prices are too high
- Ng Eng Hen worried why Citizens not treating others as they would like to be treated
- Lim Hng Kiang worried why SG's FTAs are not working well
- Vivian Bala is worried why NEA cant nail WP for the lapses
- Heng Swee Keat worried why education system is not producing employable citizens
- Chan Chun Sing is worried why there are so many poor citizens in SG
- Lee Hsien Loong worried he feels S'poreans are like a pack of hounds going after him


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