Close to a month ago, I noticed these two stories about the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) published in The Straits Times on consecutive days:
From these two stories alone, the CCCS stands to collect some $39 million worth of fines from the firms mentioned.
And that’s after subtracting the whistle-blower’s reward mentioned in the chicken cartel story!
I sent an e-mail message to the two journalists whose bylines were on those stories asking them if it might be possible to do a story on the following:
- On average, how much does the CCCS collect, in fines, each year?
- What happens to the fines collected by the CCCS?
I thought it’d be in the public interest to understand how – and how much – monies collected by the CCCS are eventually returned to Singaporean consumers.
Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any follow-up stories on those two questions yet, on any media platform.
I thought I’d share my curiosity with everyone else, in case some other media outlet might be able to provide some answers to my questions.
Wed, 25 Apr 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APPOINTMENT OF MS INDRANEE RAJAH AS SPECIAL ADVISOR TO THE MINISTRY OF CHINDIAN AFFAIRS
- The Prime Minister’s Office announced yesterday that Ms Indranee Rajah has been promoted to full minister. She will be appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for Education. She will also be appointed Second Minister for Law until 30 June 2018.
- The Ministry of Chindian Affairs approves of this and congratulates Ms Indranee on her promotion.
- The Ministry would also like to announce that Ms Indranee will be appointed as Special Advisor to the Ministry with effect from today.
- As Special Advisor, Ms Indranee will provide advice on the Ministry’s strategies to grow Chindian capabilities. Ms Indranee will also advise on the participation and engagement of Chindians in national fora and conversations.
- To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Ministry would like to announce a special, one-off holiday. This will take place immediately after Chindian New Year.
- As Diwali 2018 will fall on Tue, 6 Nov 2018, Chindian New Year will be celebrated on 1.5 days – from Wed, 27 Jun 2018 till noon on Thu, 28 Jun 2018.
- The special holiday will be celebrated from noon on Thu, 28 Jun 2018 till noon on Fri, 29 Jun 2018.
- Chindian Chap Goh Meh will be celebrated on Thu, 12 Jul 2018.
MINISTRY OF CHINDIAN AFFAIRS
(NOTE: This is satire.)
My review of Philip Holden’s Heaven Has Eyes is now up on Quarterly Literary Review Singapore:
Full marks for freshman effort
Philip Holden hits the bull’s-eye with Heaven Has Eyes
Code-switching, or alternating between languages or language varieties, is never an easy feat.
But Philip Holden makes the practice look effortless with Heaven Has Eyes, his debut collection of short stories that centre on or revolve around Singapore.
Each of the 12 texts demonstrates Holden’s keen understanding of both the Singaporean condition and the linguistic oddities that characterise the nation-state.
Whether it is portraying characters that converse using a mix of English and Singlish, or shifting between English and the various Chinese language varieties in telling each of the stories, Holden is equally at ease.
“Aeroplane”, for one, utilises an intelligent interplay of English, Mandarin and Hokkien, conveying, through the symbol of flying, themes of migration, abandonment and exile.
It is done masterfully.