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Uber-Grab AllianceUber-Grab Alliance I refer to the yet again deferred merger of Uber & Grab, which is only a delaying tactic that does not solve the crux of the issue. When I tried to board a "Grab Share" yesterday at 7am from Liang Court to Geylang East Central, the fare was a whopping $26! There is no justification and transparency whatsoever, for...

$336m PR & Communications vs $130m ComCare?$336m PR & Communications vs $130m ComCare? I refer to the article “Wanted: Master media agency to handle bulk of govt ad spending” (Straits Times, Apr 14). It states that “According to this year’s Budget, the Government spent $275 million on public relations and communications in 2016, $296 million last year and has allocated $339 million for the current...

Open letter to Mr Neo, incoming CEO of SMRTOpen letter to Mr Neo, incoming CEO of SMRT Dear Mr. Neo, I congratulate you on your appointment as the next CEO of SMRT. I wish you success in managing this challenging job. It is difficult but it can be done. Do not worry too much about the comments of netizens who have already written you off. They said that you did not have any experience in driving...

Drone 720X – Best New Drone On The Market For Selfies?Drone 720X – Best New Drone On The Market For Selfies? The Drone 720X is a brand-new drone that has a high 720-Pixel Resolution Camera that shoots at 30 FPS. Drones are becoming more and more popular, and they are also typically very expensive. The Drone 720X is a drone that is designed to be high-quality and very affordable for the average person. How Does The Drone...

The real questions about 'football match’s lights went off at 9 pm'?The real questions about 'football match’s lights went... I refer to the article “Football: MP Lee Bee Wah denies report that she instructed stadium’s lights to be turned off during match” (Straits Times, Apr 17). It states that “MP Lee Bee Wah has denied claims in an online report that she gave instructions to the centre manager of Yishun Stadium to turn the facility’s...

Oxford Project Southeast Asia calls on Select Committee to issue immediate and public apology for unacceptable treatment of Dr ThumOxford Project Southeast Asia calls on Select Committee to... We, the undersigned Trustees of Oxford Project Southeast Asia, wish to express in the strongest possible terms our concern regarding the treatment of Dr PJ Thum in recent hearings of the Singapore government’s Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods. Co-ordinator of Project Southeast Asia, and a member of its...

Your HDB Ticking Time-bomb Lease - There is a SolutionYour HDB Ticking Time-bomb Lease - There is a Solution HDB's CEO Dr Cheong Koon Hean said in a forum last week that buyers of resale flats should pay less for older flats because these flats have a lease of 99 years. This is bad news for Singaporeans who paid premium prices for the flats because we were promised that the value of our flats would appreciate over time. Moreover,...

CPF due to members increased by 149x?CPF due to members increased by 149x? After writing “An unofficial history of the CPF?” (Apr 9) – my regular insider ES sent me some more historical information on CPF. After some computational analysis – you may find the following statistics quite interesting:- … in 2017 – contributions ($32.3 billion)  exceeded withdrawals ($19.9 billion)...

Has HDB been used as a political tool for votes?Has HDB been used as a political tool for votes? I refer to the article “HDB chief suggests buyers should pay less for resale flats with shorter leases” (Yahoo News, Apr 11). It states that “And you must remember that actually their children will go on to buy an affordable flat from me. Correct? Now how do you make sure they can buy back an affordable flat from...

The notion that owning a Housing Board flat is an investment for old age is no longer valid todayThe notion that owning a Housing Board flat is an investment... The notion that owning a Housing Board flat is an investment for old age is no longer valid today. This is made worse by the announcement by National Development Minister Lawrence Wong that not all old HDB flats will be eligible for the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers) and that once flats reach 99 years, they...

Some schemes don’t look like 'benefits'?Some schemes don’t look like 'benefits'? I received the following message by Whatsapp:- “If you are Singaporean above 50. FYI – All the massive Govt schemes available to all Seniors of various age groups have been linked under one *Senior Silver Schemes* website. Just select the age group and the schemes relevant to you. These schemes are linked to various...

An unofficial history of the CPF?An unofficial history of the CPF? My regular insider ES sent me some very interesting historical information about CPF. … In a speech on CPF at the Pasir Panjang Forum on 31 October 1982 – the Minister for Labour and Communications said “Capital Formation: CPF savings form a large portion of Singapore’s savings. These savings are used for capital...

Singaporean academic Prof Lim stands up to defend Dr Thum when others keep silenceSingaporean academic Prof Lim stands up to defend Dr Thum... Mr Yeoh Lam Keong, the former GIC chief economist and adjunct professor at the LKY School of Public Policy, published a letter from Prof Linda Lim on his Facebook page today (13 Apr). Prof Lim, a Singaporean and the Professor Emerita of Corporate Strategy and International Business at the University of Michigan, is...

Joint Statement of Civil Society Organisations to the ‘AICHR High Level Dialogue on Managing Freedom of Expression in the Information AgeJoint Statement of Civil Society Organisations to the ‘AICHR... We, the undersigned civil society organisations with a consultative relationship with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), welcome the initiative of the representatives of the AICHR from Indonesia and Malaysia on organising the ‘AICHR High Level Dialogue on Managing Freedom of Expression in...

Does GRC 'Team' stll exists after resignation of any team-mate?Does GRC 'Team' stll exists after resignation of any team-mate? The judgement, against Madam Wong Souk Yee's case for by-election at Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, is crucially that "the Team remains to servethe Constituency after the resignation of one member". What's a team? Surely, without any essential component of it, you don't have the team any longer? Let's take a glaring example,...

Editorials
Dr Poh Soo Kai disputes claim on Operation Coldstore

Dr Poh Soo Kai disputes claim on Operation Coldstore

Dr Poh Soo Kai, the former assistant secretary-general of Barisan Sosialis and a former ISA detainee...
Pritam Singh new Secretary-General of Workers Party

Pritam Singh new Secretary-General of Workers Party

The Workers’ Party (WP) has unanimously elected Mr Pritam Singh as its new secretary-general (Sec-Gen)...
Open letter petitioning for Dr PJ Thum

Open letter petitioning for Dr PJ Thum

There has been an open letter addressed to the chairman of the Select Committee on fake news, MP Charles...
Grace Fu: Workers Party and Sylvia Lim 'low standards'

Grace Fu: Workers Party and Sylvia Lim 'low standards'

Leader of the House, Grace Fu has described the Workers Party (WP) as "low standards" after its Chairman,...
Not PAP supporter: I am fine with budget 2018

Not PAP supporter: I am fine with budget 2018

A self-proclaimed not-PAP supporter has taken to Facebook to express his support for the budget 2018...
Former City Harvest Church fund manager arrested while...

Former City Harvest Church fund manager arrested while...

Former City Harvest Church (CHC) fund manager Chew Eng Heng has been arrested for attempting to leave...
Wishing all Chinese readers A Prosperous Lunar New...

Wishing all Chinese readers A Prosperous Lunar New...

Wishing all our Chinese readers:   A Happy & Prosperous Lunar New Year.     The...
Amended CLTPA passed with strong opposition from Workers...

Amended CLTPA passed with strong opposition from Workers...

A four-hour debate took place in Parliament on Tuesday (6th Feb) with 11 MPs speaking on the Criminal...
Maintenance notice for TR Emeritus on 11th Jan 2018

Maintenance notice for TR Emeritus on 11th Jan 2018

Please be informed that we will be taking our CDN and Email servers offline today (11 Jan) for urgent...
MNCs should be allowed to 'legally' pay bribes?

MNCs should be allowed to 'legally' pay bribes?

The 150+ ranking MSM has just published an interesting forum letter by a certain "Francis Cheng", arguing...
FamiLee members in self-imposed exile?

FamiLee members in self-imposed exile?

Mr and Mrs Lee Hsien Yang has moved to Hong Kong, according to their eldest son, Mr Li ShengWu. Mr...
Wishing all A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018

Wishing all A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018

The team at TR Emeritus would like to wish all our readers       Thank you for...
Singapore is doomed under PM Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore is doomed under PM Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore is doomed under PM Lee Hsien Loong, says former Presidential candidate Tan Kin Lian. Mr...
Malaysian organisations issue joint statement in solidarity...

Malaysian organisations issue joint statement in solidarity...

A total of 52 organisations in Malaysia from various fields of civil society and states have signed...
SMRT: Train not struck by lightning

SMRT: Train not struck by lightning

Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) has issued a further statement pertaining to the train which was...
Hat Trick for SMRT's misfortunes

Hat Trick for SMRT's misfortunes

SMRT has scored a hat trick for the number of misfortunes within a short period of time, when lightning...
TR Emeritus reviewing its advertising networks

TR Emeritus reviewing its advertising networks

Please be informed that we are currently in the process of reviewing our advertising networks (AN), who...
25 injured in SMRT trains collision at Joo Koon Station

25 injured in SMRT trains collision at Joo Koon Station

Plagued by both management and maintenance problems, the aging Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is...
Sit-in protest to be held for frequent train breakdowns...

Sit-in protest to be held for frequent train breakdowns...

Mr Gilbert Goh, the founder of Transitioning.org is organizing another sit-in protest at Hong Lim Park...
TRE wishes all our Hindu readers a Happy Deepavali...

TRE wishes all our Hindu readers a Happy Deepavali...

  The [email protected] TRE would like to wish all our Hindu readers a Happy Deepavali / Diwali.      
Opinions
Applied Learning BS

Applied Learning BS

I can’t stop laughing Imagine this scenario – a teacher gives the following math problem sum to...
AssMRT: Appointment of paper general as new CEO follows...

AssMRT: Appointment of paper general as new CEO follows...

Dustbin Kuek CEO, AssMRT Dear Singaporeans The majority of commuters seemed to be upset by the...
Let us all make it a personal goal to covert 3 or more...

Let us all make it a personal goal to covert 3 or more...

I believe that many right thinking and concerned citizens must be shocked and much sadden by the recent...
HDB CEO Cheong thinks she owns HDB

HDB CEO Cheong thinks she owns HDB

At a recent IPS forum, HDB CEO Cheong replied to questions as if she owns the HDB. Phillip Ang *...
CCS only took an interest in the Uber-Grab merger after...

CCS only took an interest in the Uber-Grab merger after...

On March 28 Uber announced it had sold its operations in South-East Asia to rival Grab in return for...
Singapore: An illiberal democracy?

Singapore: An illiberal democracy?

I’ve said repeatedly that S’pore is not a democracy but a one-party state like China (Keeping power...
Will SPH shares go to hell or company privatized?

Will SPH shares go to hell or company privatized?

SPH has confirmed its ship is indeed sinking with its Q2 results. (SPH Q2 net profit falls 25% amid...
'Fake news' is not 'fake' says Harvard expert

'Fake news' is not 'fake' says Harvard expert

There’s a lot of chatter (Local academics propogate fake news?) and some thought both here and abroad...
A New Shady World Under The Clown

A New Shady World Under The Clown

Singapore is no longer the same, the clown made the trip to China and even told China Singapore needs...
Parliament Speaker is world’s highest-paid part-time...

Parliament Speaker is world’s highest-paid part-time...

5 days ago, Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan Jin was reported to have been appointed chairman of Healthway...
MPs: Ours compared to Taiwanese

MPs: Ours compared to Taiwanese

The Taiwanese parliament has a really bad reputation here because our constructive, nation-building media...
HDB asset enhancement was a PAP scam to win votes

HDB asset enhancement was a PAP scam to win votes

I refer to “The ticking time bomb of the 99-year-leasehold HDB flats“. Although the ‘time bomb’...
Foolhardy to Keep Wishing for a Lee Kuan Yew

Foolhardy to Keep Wishing for a Lee Kuan Yew

PM Lee Hsien Loong said last week that the Opposition (unfortunately for them) does not have a Lee Kuan...
Fighting fake news while raising revenue

Fighting fake news while raising revenue

Funny our Pay and Pay scholar-filled govt didn’t think of this idea first. Uganda in darkest, dysfunctional...
I was saying publicly as long ago as the 2011 GE that...

I was saying publicly as long ago as the 2011 GE that...

Yesterday the Independent Singapore (an ironic title if ever there was one since the Independent posts...
HDB CEO hints at overpriced flats (shorter leases),...

HDB CEO hints at overpriced flats (shorter leases),...

I refer to “HDB chief suggests buyers should pay less for resale flats with shorter leases“. At...
The Death of the Singapore Dream

The Death of the Singapore Dream

I grew up on the Singapore Dream. Study hard, get good grades, go to a good school, get a good degree,...
More fresh graduates unemployed while government exercises...

More fresh graduates unemployed while government exercises...

After a shock revelation that more young people were turning to drive for GRAB and Uber as a full-time...
While Norway insists on transparency, our Familee-managed...

While Norway insists on transparency, our Familee-managed...

Yesterday the Financial Times reported that Norway’s Finance Ministry had forbidden its sovereign wealth...
Are there errors in budget statements or are ministerial...

Are there errors in budget statements or are ministerial...

Last month, DPM Teo told Singaporeans that the PAP-approved ministerial pay review committee had recommended...
Snippets
Drone 720X – Best New Drone On The Market For Selfies?

Drone 720X – Best New Drone On The Market For Selfies?

The Drone 720X is a brand-new drone that has a high 720-Pixel Resolution Camera that shoots at 30...
Your HDB Ticking Time-bomb Lease - There is a Solution

Your HDB Ticking Time-bomb Lease - There is a Solution

HDB's CEO Dr Cheong Koon Hean said in a forum last week that buyers of resale flats should pay less for...
Joint Statement of Civil Society Organisations to the...

Joint Statement of Civil Society Organisations to the...

We, the undersigned civil society organisations with a consultative relationship with the ASEAN Intergovernmental...
Oxford Project Southeast Asia calls on Select Committee...

Oxford Project Southeast Asia calls on Select Committee...

We, the undersigned Trustees of Oxford Project Southeast Asia, wish to express in the strongest possible...
Three areas in which investment could boost Singapore's...

Three areas in which investment could boost Singapore's...

More than S$9 billion of investment was made in the Singapore economy in 2017 – with a similar amount...
FB Tells SDP that Employees Engaged in Politics Cannot...

FB Tells SDP that Employees Engaged in Politics Cannot...

Mr Simon Milner, Facebook's Vice President for Public Policy, Asia Pacific, has assured the SDP that...
Singaporean academic Prof Lim stands up to defend Dr...

Singaporean academic Prof Lim stands up to defend Dr...

Mr Yeoh Lam Keong, the former GIC chief economist and adjunct professor at the LKY School of Public...
Spirit of Parliamentary Elections Must be Respected

Spirit of Parliamentary Elections Must be Respected

In his judgement rendered today, High Court Judge Chua Lee Ming said that a by-election cannot be...
Sporting Singapore: How Elite Sporting Events are Boosting...

Sporting Singapore: How Elite Sporting Events are Boosting...

Some of the world’s top athletes will be descending on Singapore next year, as the Lion City plays...
Freedom of expression undermined in Singapore’s hearings...

Freedom of expression undermined in Singapore’s hearings...

Amnesty International is deeply concerned by the treatment of human rights defenders and human rights...
Singapore a Them-Against-Us society?

Singapore a Them-Against-Us society?

In case you haven't realised it the PAP ruling party has created a Them-Against-Us society. From one...
PAP Does Not Need to Purposely Let Opposition Grow,...

PAP Does Not Need to Purposely Let Opposition Grow,...

PM Lee Hsien Loong says that it is not wise for the PAP to “purposely” let the opposition grow....
Letters
Uber-Grab Alliance

Uber-Grab Alliance

I refer to the yet again deferred merger of Uber & Grab, which is only a delaying tactic that does...
$336m PR & Communications vs $130m ComCare?

$336m PR & Communications vs $130m ComCare?

I refer to the article “Wanted: Master media agency to handle bulk of govt ad spending” (Straits...
Open letter to Mr Neo, incoming CEO of SMRT

Open letter to Mr Neo, incoming CEO of SMRT

Dear Mr. Neo, I congratulate you on your appointment as the next CEO of SMRT. I wish you success...
The notion that owning a Housing Board flat is an investment...

The notion that owning a Housing Board flat is an investment...

The notion that owning a Housing Board flat is an investment for old age is no longer valid today. This...
The real questions about 'football match’s lights...

The real questions about 'football match’s lights...

I refer to the article “Football: MP Lee Bee Wah denies report that she instructed stadium’s lights...
CPF due to members increased by 149x?

CPF due to members increased by 149x?

After writing “An unofficial history of the CPF?” (Apr 9) – my regular insider ES sent me some...
Has HDB been used as a political tool for votes?

Has HDB been used as a political tool for votes?

I refer to the article “HDB chief suggests buyers should pay less for resale flats with shorter leases”...
Does GRC 'Team' stll exists after resignation of any...

Does GRC 'Team' stll exists after resignation of any...

The judgement, against Madam Wong Souk Yee's case for by-election at Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, is crucially...
Some schemes don’t look like 'benefits'?

Some schemes don’t look like 'benefits'?

I received the following message by Whatsapp:- “If you are Singaporean above 50. FYI – All...
An unofficial history of the CPF?

An unofficial history of the CPF?

My regular insider ES sent me some very interesting historical information about CPF. … In a speech...
Why nobody may buy older HDB flats?

Why nobody may buy older HDB flats?

I refer to the article “ST Forum: HDB flat as an investment for old age is no longer valid” (theonlinecitizen,...
What happens when your HDB flat becomes 34 years old?

What happens when your HDB flat becomes 34 years old?

A few years ago – the Government announced a new property cooling measure for HDB flats. But...
Sticky & Recent Articles

Drone 720X – Best New Drone On The Market For Selfies?

Drone 720X – Best New Drone On The Market For Selfies?

Click to order at Official Site with 50% Discount The Drone 720X is a brand-new drone that has a high 720-Pixel Resolution Camera that shoots at 30 FPS. Drones are becoming more and more popular, and they are also typically very expensive. The Drone 720X is a drone that is designed to be high-quality and very affordable for... 

Applied Learning BS

Applied Learning BS

I can’t stop laughing Imagine this scenario – a teacher gives the following math problem sum to his students: “There are 15 crows on a tree. One is shot. How many are left?” Student A responds that the answer is 14. Student B responds zero. Who is correct? In a traditional system, Student A would have gotten the full... 

Uber-Grab Alliance

Uber-Grab Alliance

I refer to the yet again deferred merger of Uber & Grab, which is only a delaying tactic that does not solve the crux of the issue. When I tried to board a “Grab Share” yesterday at 7am from Liang Court to Geylang East Central, the fare was a whopping $26! There is no justification and transparency whatsoever,... 

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