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Leaders must be open to views, what a joke!Leaders must be open to views, what a joke! PM Lee making us all laugh early this morning. In that sense, he is a terrific PM for Singapore, he knows we all facing Monday Blues, so he is doing his best to help us all laugh to work this Monday morning. He said leaders must remain open to other views, and also important for leaders to not be surrounded by "yes men"...

Amos Yee unfairly kept in solitary confinementAmos Yee unfairly kept in solitary confinement Amos has been in solitary confinement (in a cell alone with no one to talk to and nothing to do for the entire day) for 14 days now, for ‘criticising Islam in Muslim Studies’ in America, McHenry County Jail. We have refused to publish and reveal this news to the public in fear that it will hurt his case, but...

Water a luxury item for the rich?Water a luxury item for the rich? Water price hike is normal but to increase 30% is abnormal. Normal will be 1%-5% for necessities like water. Water must never be a luxury. What happens when you make prices too out of reach for the ordinary Singapore household? Some rich household will have good health and a better standard of living, others will...

Public dental visits: No increase, but population up 1.5m?Public dental visits: No increase, but population up 1.5m? I refer to the article “Not enough locally trained dentists in Singapore” (Straits Times, Feb 11). 75% of newly registered dentists trained overseas It states that “In recent years, locally trained dentists make up less than half the new dentists registered each year. In 2014, for example, 141 – or 75 per...

Gini: Govt transfers – helps to pay less of ever increasing prices?Gini: Govt transfers – helps to pay less of ever increasing... I refer to the article “Income inequality in Singapore lowest in a decade, monthly household income grows but at slower rate” (Straits Times, Feb 17). It states that “Income inequality in Singapore last year was the lowest in a decade, statistics released by the Government on Thursday (Feb 16) showed. The Gini...

6.9 Populations And The Water Hike; As Usual We Have To Bear6.9 Populations And The Water Hike; As Usual We Have To Bear The pattern always remain the same; Huge financial looses, Easy, default on cpf payments and increase the cpf withdrawal and increase the medical insurances. Suddenly, housing price went to the roof, sinkies as usual daft , their cpf wipe out. They are bunch of brain dead economies, they live on ponzi schemes. Suddenly...

Bite the bullet and skip the lunchBite the bullet and skip the lunch Indranee Rajah said Singaporeans have to bite the bullet with all the increase in prices, and with the Budget essentially helping us by paying off what they actually increased just before Budget announcements. The govt will say the increases are minimal, and is a must if we are to ensure Singapore will function well. But...

Graduates real starting pay decreased 2% last 9 years?Graduates real starting pay decreased 2% last 9 years? Higher salaries for university graduates I refer to the article “Higher salaries for university graduates from NUS, NTU and SMU in 2016” (Straits Times, Feb 22). It states that “Median monthly salaries for university graduates last year rose to a new high of $3,360, up from $3,300 for the class of 2015. The...

Public Forum - 'Budget: Govt still not spending on Healthcare, CPF or HDB?'Public Forum - 'Budget: Govt still not spending on Healthcare,... The Budget for 2017 was delivered in Parliament on 20 February. A public forum, jointly organised by Maruah and The Online Citizen will be held on Sathurday (25 Feb) from 2 to 5 pm to discuss the recent Budget and its implications. Will the Government continue with its fiscal policies of not spending any money on healthcare,...

Another Terrex saga coming our way?Another Terrex saga coming our way? Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan was quoted in reports yesterday as having came out and said that ASEAN is set on completing a set of framework for a code of conduct on maritime disputes to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea. He was obviously referring to China. He even said that no one can control...

Amnesty International: Conviction of activists must be overturnedAmnesty International: Conviction of activists must be overturned The Singapore government should end the harassment through the legal system of peaceful protesters and government critics Han Hui Hui, Ivan Koh and Janet Low, who have been convicted and fined for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression. The three activists will attend an appeal hearing on Wednesday,...

Government is doing all it can to help, stop complaining!Government is doing all it can to help, stop complaining! Despite all the bad publicity over the Budget 2017, I feel the government has done all this in the best interest of Singaporeans. They are doing all they can to improve the lives of Singaporeans. You cannot win everyone over, but sometimes, populist acts are not beneficial to a country. Take for example the increase...

Employers should avoid penalising solely based on MC: So, what now?Employers should avoid penalising solely based on MC: So,... I refer to the article “Wield the stick when sick? Some firms in Singapore give out carrots” (Sunday Times, Feb 12). MOM guidelines It states that “MOM guidelines: The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said employees with six or more months of service are entitled to up to 14 days of outpatient non-hospitalisation...

Amos Yee KBKB about his detentionAmos Yee KBKB about his detention Trump's recent order against immigrants coming into the US has greatly affected me. I came to America after being arrested twice in my country of origin, Singapore, for criticizing the Singapore Government and religion, to seek asylum and finally live in a place where I'm able to exercise my free speech. Upon my arrival...

50 chickens in Sin Ming more dangerous than pigeons in hawker centre?50 chickens in Sin Ming more dangerous than pigeons in hawker... In Parliament, while the most anticipated speech is that of the Finance Minister on the 2017 Budget, Minister of State for National Development Koh Poh Koon also spoke in Parliament, explaining that the culling of animals will only be done as a last resort. This follows the recent public outcry over the culling of 24...

Editorials
PM Lee: Leaders must accept criticisms, reject yes-men

PM Lee: Leaders must accept criticisms, reject yes-men

Leaders must accept criticisms and reject yes-men, said Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong when...
Amos Yee in solitary confinement after insulting Muslims...

Amos Yee in solitary confinement after insulting Muslims...

Amos Yee, the self-proclaimed genius blogger who is currently being detained in a jail in Chicago has...
Joseph Tan to leave TRE's editorial team

Joseph Tan to leave TRE's editorial team

Please be informed that effective immediately, Joseph Tan will cease to be a member of the editorial...
Temporary relocation of TR Emeritus's website completed

Temporary relocation of TR Emeritus's website completed

Please be informed that we have completed the temporary relocation of our website to a standby server...
15 PAP Town Councils to increase S&CC charges for...

15 PAP Town Councils to increase S&CC charges for...

Despite feedback that the costs of living are too high during the 2017 Budget via the government's, residents...
Fresh spin on AVA's culling of endangered Red Jungle...

Fresh spin on AVA's culling of endangered Red Jungle...

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has finally broke silence and concocted a new spin...
Status updates for TR Emeritus pre-overhaul (12 Feb...

Status updates for TR Emeritus pre-overhaul (12 Feb...

Malicious Ads Per our editorial on 3rd Feb 2017 , we have managed to identify some, if not all, of...
Alleged molester arrested by police

Alleged molester arrested by police

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has confirmed in a new posting that they have arrested a man who allegedly...
SPF looking into alleged molest and indifference of...

SPF looking into alleged molest and indifference of...

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has issued a statement on its Facebook page, saying that it is "looking...
March: The month the Sun sets on TR Emeritus

March: The month the Sun sets on TR Emeritus

TR Emeritus (TRE) will technically reach its End-Of-Life (EOL) come March, 2017. Not that the [email protected]..
PMO: No by-election if a minority MP leaves GRC

PMO: No by-election if a minority MP leaves GRC

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Chan Chun Sing, has confirmed that no by-election will be...
Prices of water to be increased for new desalination...

Prices of water to be increased for new desalination...

In a media conference yesterday (7th feb), Minister for Environment and Water Resources (MEW) Masagos...
Netizens ROTFL at PTC's Customer Satisfaction Survey

Netizens ROTFL at PTC's Customer Satisfaction Survey

The Public Transport Council (PTC) recently announced that Commuters’ satisfaction with public...
Malicious ads on TR Emeritus (updated)

Malicious ads on TR Emeritus (updated)

Dear readers We have been informed that recently, a certain ad network has constantly been inserting...
Gas tariffs to increase by another 4.5% today (1 Feb)

Gas tariffs to increase by another 4.5% today (1 Feb)

Following a 1.5% increase in gas tariffs last Nov, another 4.5% increase will take effect from the period...
Human Rights Groups support Amos Yee's asylum bid

Human Rights Groups support Amos Yee's asylum bid

Teenage blogger Amos Yee, who is currently being detained in Chicago's McHenry County Jail following...
PM Lee confident of economic renewal while economy...

PM Lee confident of economic renewal while economy...

In his Lunar New year message, PM Lee Hsien Loong emphasised the renewal of the economy stressing the...
Opinion
Trump making Singaporeans angry

Trump making Singaporeans angry

It is not what you are thinking. No it has nothing to do with the killing of the TPP. Trump could not...
Is the Government not being truthful with the expected...

Is the Government not being truthful with the expected...

Finance Minister, Heng Swee Keat said in the Budget 2017 speech in Parliament, “Water prices were last...
Singaporeans have no choice but to bite the bullet?

Singaporeans have no choice but to bite the bullet?

First, it was a clown and PAP MP Lee Bee Wah who equated increasing the price of water to “bring...
'Water' Editorial underscores 154th Press Freedom ranking?

'Water' Editorial underscores 154th Press Freedom ranking?

I refer to the editorial “Ensuring water supply never ends” and the article “On the actual impact...
Tension rising again in the South China Sea

Tension rising again in the South China Sea

The devil would not go away. The Americans have returned with a nuclear powered aircraft carrier Carl...
Fowl play: Cull in haste, repent at leisure

Fowl play: Cull in haste, repent at leisure

TOC and TMG*, both occupying locales at the more responsible end of the cowboy town that is our cyberspace,...
SMOS for Finance Indranee Rajah jokes about increasing...

SMOS for Finance Indranee Rajah jokes about increasing...

First, it was a clown and PAP MP Lee Bee Wah who equated increasing the price of water to “bring...
Singaporeans have the chance to elect their president

Singaporeans have the chance to elect their president

Some Singaporeans still did not know that they did not elect their Prime Minister. The Prime Minister...
Talking cock in Parliament

Talking cock in Parliament

David Attenborough did a small series called Wild City to parade the few and little wildlife that he...
Bishan Otters: Why they’ll be on AVA’s cull list

Bishan Otters: Why they’ll be on AVA’s cull list

S’poreans are great at KPKBing after the event; Jus look at the noise after the culling of the Sing...
Will Donald Trump survive the quicksand?

Will Donald Trump survive the quicksand?

Michael Flynn’s abrupt high-profile departure from the Trump administration, in disgrace, was by...
KPMG says SIA is not a global brand

KPMG says SIA is not a global brand

This was published in the constructive, nation-building freesheet that is MediaCorp last week: Can...
Budget 2017: PAP government increasing housing grants...

Budget 2017: PAP government increasing housing grants...

I refer to “Higher CPF housing grant: No big increase in resale market prices, say analysts”. CNAThis...
Budget reading – A path to self destruct

Budget reading – A path to self destruct

The few key words about budget are raising fees or taxes, grants, safety nets, rebates etc are words...
The dumbing down of Singaporeans

The dumbing down of Singaporeans

HAVE YOU EVER gazed at a distant star at night and find that when you focus on it, it disappears? That's...
Know your history and your past

Know your history and your past

The Syokan Gallery, not sure if I got the spelling right, is history. The untimely reappearance of this...
Budget confirms an extremely greedy and stingy PAP...

Budget confirms an extremely greedy and stingy PAP...

First of all, I never expected this budget or next year budget to be any different. Why? The reason...
Snippets
Amos Yee unfairly kept in solitary confinement

Amos Yee unfairly kept in solitary confinement

Amos has been in solitary confinement (in a cell alone with no one to talk to and nothing to do for the...
Amnesty International: Conviction of activists must...

Amnesty International: Conviction of activists must...

The Singapore government should end the harassment through the legal system of peaceful protesters and...
Amos Yee KBKB about his detention

Amos Yee KBKB about his detention

Trump's recent order against immigrants coming into the US has greatly affected me. I came to America...
Public Forum - 'Budget: Govt still not spending on...

Public Forum - 'Budget: Govt still not spending on...

The Budget for 2017 was delivered in Parliament on 20 February. A public forum, jointly organised...
Does the government understand the struggles of the...

Does the government understand the struggles of the...

Last evening, after listening to the budget broadcast, I went to have an early dinner at the coffee shop...
PAP taking advantage of Singaporeans in latest water...

PAP taking advantage of Singaporeans in latest water...

It is shocking that the Government will increase prices for water by 30 percent. This comes at a time...
PM Lee: 'Syonan Gallery' chosen to 'evoke that dark...

PM Lee: 'Syonan Gallery' chosen to 'evoke that dark...

Many Singaporeans have spoken up in recent days about the exhibition at the Former Ford Factory. We...
PPP: Protest against Israel Prime Minister Benjamin...

PPP: Protest against Israel Prime Minister Benjamin...

The People’s Power Party expresses our dismay and disappointment on the account that the Republic of...
Appointment of former PAP MP to judiciary not ideal

Appointment of former PAP MP to judiciary not ideal

PMO has announced that Mr Hri Kumar, former PAP MP, will be appointed Deputy Attorney-General with...
How dare they question my (Malay) community's loyalty...

How dare they question my (Malay) community's loyalty...

During the war my late father, who was then an officer in the Civil Defence was busy risking his...
亲者痛,仇者快

亲者痛,仇者快

几乎每一晚我都睡得很甜,但昨晚彻夜难眠。今早起身后,怀着内疚的心写了一封道歉信,真诚地向所有在二战期间为保家卫国壮烈牺牲和幸存的抗日英雄们、成千上万枉死的冤魂和饱受迫害煎熬的老百姓致以万二分的歉意。 信中说因人微言轻,抗议无效,无法劝阻当局把日本侵占岛国时取的名称,堂皇冠冕地树立在新加坡沦陷展览馆前,并通过各媒体广为宣传,让天下人耻笑我们的沦陷时期展览馆,是以战犯沾沾自喜的名称命名。让那原本已被历史风沙深埋地层,永不超生的罪恶名称,在幽美的山坡上借尸还魂,得意地飞扬. 要提醒国人记取这段黑暗悲惨的历史有许多方式,展览馆冠以日本蝗军为岛国取的名称最令人无法接受,因为这不但扭曲了历史,把反面教材当正面传扬,还严重污蔑了受苦受难者。只要保留这个令抗日英雄怒发冲冠和数十万战争难民咬牙切齿的称号,所有形式化的祭奠和悼念仪式都显得苍白与荒谬。我为愧对诸位先烈与冤魂而内疚不已。 每回提到这个称号,就听见战犯的狞笑声。我无意逃避史实,而是以提到这个惨绝人寰的罪恶名称为耻。希望大家避免有意或无意提到这个称号,不要为这个沾满血腥的称号宣传,不要让这个令人痛心疾首的称号死灰复燃,开始在人们的口里和各种媒体中活了起来。这是一个小市民对发动残酷战争,滥杀无辜的侵略者所能喊出最大声量的无言抗议。   *...
Letters
Leaders must be open to views, what a joke!

Leaders must be open to views, what a joke!

PM Lee making us all laugh early this morning. In that sense, he is a terrific PM for Singapore, he knows...
Water a luxury item for the rich?

Water a luxury item for the rich?

Water price hike is normal but to increase 30% is abnormal. Normal will be 1%-5% for necessities like...
Public dental visits: No increase, but population up...

Public dental visits: No increase, but population up...

I refer to the article “Not enough locally trained dentists in Singapore” (Straits Times, Feb 11). 75%...
Gini: Govt transfers – helps to pay less of ever...

Gini: Govt transfers – helps to pay less of ever...

I refer to the article “Income inequality in Singapore lowest in a decade, monthly household income...
6.9 Populations And The Water Hike; As Usual We Have...

6.9 Populations And The Water Hike; As Usual We Have...

The pattern always remain the same; Huge financial looses, Easy, default on cpf payments and increase...
Graduates real starting pay decreased 2% last 9 years?

Graduates real starting pay decreased 2% last 9 years?

Higher salaries for university graduates I refer to the article “Higher salaries for university...
Government is doing all it can to help, stop complaining!

Government is doing all it can to help, stop complaining!

Despite all the bad publicity over the Budget 2017, I feel the government has done all this in the best...
Bite the bullet and skip the lunch

Bite the bullet and skip the lunch

Indranee Rajah said Singaporeans have to bite the bullet with all the increase in prices, and with the...
Budget: $5.2b or $8.8b surplus? Unemployment: 2.1 or...

Budget: $5.2b or $8.8b surplus? Unemployment: 2.1 or...

$5.2b Budget surplus From the Straits Times report – “Mr Heng said he expects a budget surplus...
50 chickens in Sin Ming more dangerous than pigeons...

50 chickens in Sin Ming more dangerous than pigeons...

In Parliament, while the most anticipated speech is that of the Finance Minister on the 2017 Budget,...
Another Terrex saga coming our way?

Another Terrex saga coming our way?

Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan was quoted in reports yesterday as having came out and said that...
Sticky & Recent Articles

March: The month the Sun sets on TR Emeritus

March: The month the Sun sets on TR Emeritus

TR Emeritus (TRE) will technically reach its End-Of-Life (EOL) come March, 2017. Not that the [email protected] has decided to call it quits, but that the current infrastructures which TRE’s website are hosted on are reaching its EOL, meaning that the affected software will no longer be supported, i.e. no more security patches,... 

Amos Yee unfairly kept in solitary confinement

Amos Yee unfairly kept in solitary confinement

Amos has been in solitary confinement (in a cell alone with no one to talk to and nothing to do for the entire day) for 14 days now, for ‘criticising Islam in Muslim Studies’ in America, McHenry County Jail. Mary Toh with Amos Yee We have refused to publish and reveal this news to the public in fear that it will hurt his... 

Trump making Singaporeans angry

Trump making Singaporeans angry

It is not what you are thinking. No it has nothing to do with the killing of the TPP. Trump could not do much to the believers of the TPP as the TPP is still alive in their scheme of things. The believers of the TPP would soon change tack and be very nice to Trump as they are hoping to be in Trump’s good book. Abe has... 

Leaders must be open to views, what a joke!

Leaders must be open to views, what a joke!

PM Lee making us all laugh early this morning. In that sense, he is a terrific PM for Singapore, he knows we all facing Monday Blues, so he is doing his best to help us all laugh to work this Monday morning. He said leaders must remain open to other views, and also important for leaders to not be surrounded by “yes men”... 

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