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Not living in SG, why must pay Medishield Life?Not living in SG, why must pay Medishield Life? I read with interest the articles on MediShield Life and how the Central Provident Fund Board will be empowered to access citizens' income details and health status ("Granting access to health and income data makes sense"; last Saturday). It is logical to assume there would be bias against those who have been hospitalised. Patients...

Speech for 31st Jan – 4th PWP Protest@HLPSpeech for 31st Jan – 4th PWP Protest@HLP Influx of foreigners – Speech for 31st Jan 4th PWP Protest Dear friends & fellow Singaporeans, Thank you for taking the time and effort in attending this event. I applaud the organizer and everyone, who has made their way today, in making this day happen. I felt the frustration in every one of you, and...

Lina Chiam: Speech on Medishield Life Scheme BillLina Chiam: Speech on Medishield Life Scheme Bill Parliamentary Speech on Medishield Life Scheme Bill on 29.1.2015 Madam Speaker, I am in favour of the revised Medishield Life Scheme which seeks to provide a compulsory medical insurance to give the pioneers better peace of mind and comfort about their health care bills and ease the burden of caregivers and family...

Jeremy Chen is wrong about Dr CheeJeremy Chen is wrong about Dr Chee I refer to the article: "JEREMY CHEN: WHY I LEFT THE SINGAPORE DEMOCRATIC PARTY". I will state this. I am a member of SDP. I have not been attending recently due to my work schedule. Hence, as I indicate here and later, I have very little clue as to what caused Jeremy to leave. But whatever the reason may be, there...

SDP replies to a 'Concerned Singaporean' SDP replies to a 'Concerned Singaporean' I want to thank 'A Concerned Singaporean' for his feedback in his article "SDP's strategy is all wrong" on TR Emeritus.   The writer points out correctly that it is difficult to make "significant inroads in two GRCs in just 4 hours." This is why over and above these walkabouts, we conduct block parties, house visits,...

Obama tells India to treat women with respect and dignity Obama tells India to treat women with respect and dignity... theguardian - Dan Roberts and Jason Burke in Delhi - 27 January 2015 President speaks out in Delhi on importance of empowering women in India in wake of recent high-profile sexual attacks Play Video Click Here Barack Obama challenged India’s record on religious tolerance and women’s rights on Tuesday in a parting...

My take on Dr Chee Soon JuanMy take on Dr Chee Soon Juan First and foremost, I must say that I am not a member of SDP or any political party. I notice that there are quite a few disparaging remarks posted in social media and our prostituting Shitty Times against Dr Chee, like he is a clown, lunatic, psychopathic, burden to SDP, loose cannon, etc. Well, I ardently believe...

PM, b4 u scold us for littering at Laneway Festival, see thisPM, b4 u scold us for littering at Laneway Festival, see... Look at the no. of foreigners in the laneway festival - yes Sinkees get blamed for everything! I hope the alternate media picks up this. Look at the number of foreigners that were present in the laneway festival 2015, Why are Sinkees being blamed for everything. Nab** u can see ANGMOHsssss everywhere in the...

Institute of Architects: We need foreign talentsInstitute of Architects: We need foreign talents The architecture profession empathises with the dilemma faced by eateries due to the labour crunch ("Empty tables? Sorry, restaurant is 'full' "; Tuesday). The Building and Construction Authority projected that the value of construction deals here will reach $29 billion to $36 billion this year, following an exceptionally...

Singapore Dollar Is Weakest Since 2010Singapore Dollar Is Weakest Since 2010 bloomberg - by Sharon Chen - January 28, 2015 (Bloomberg) -- Singapore unexpectedly eased monetary policy, sending the currency to the weakest since 2010 against the U.S. dollar as the country joined global central banks in shoring up growth amid dwindling inflation. The Monetary Authority of Singapore, which...

My floor used to be clean until FTs moved inMy floor used to be clean until FTs moved in Actually I think assloong wanted to say that many foreigners in SG are littering and messing up the common area at the place where they live. But he dare not say it directly instead he choose to cunningly highlight the Burmese cleaning up after themselves at some public event. My building used to be clean when...

PAP REACH: 8 in 10 support alcohol ban, really?PAP REACH: 8 in 10 support alcohol ban, really? One of the guidelines of designing surveys is to avoid posing leading questions which direct your respondents towards a desired reply. That is, if you are a respectable and impartial surveyor looking for a totally honest and objective survey result. In the case of Reach, the mantra clearly did not quite apply when...

PM wants SGs to learn from Burmese to keep SG cleanPM wants SGs to learn from Burmese to keep SG clean PM Lee posted a message on his Facebook page today (28 Jan) praising the Burmese for cleaning up litter at the National Stadium, even after Myanmar lost to Singapore at an AFF Suzuki Cup match last November . He used this example to try educate Singaporeans about keeping Singapore clean. He said, "All of us can play...

Uncoordinated neighbourhood upgrading wasting moneyUncoordinated neighbourhood upgrading wasting money My block under the Pasir Ris - Punggol town council have been undergoing the so called neighbourhood upgrade/renewal programmes for the past year and still ongoing. In my opinion, I believe that most of the upgrading is not really necessary and just a waste of taxpayer's money. However, the straw that broke the camel's...

Home prices 'collapse' unlikely as possible election loomsHome prices 'collapse' unlikely as possible election looms As Singapore looks to celebrate its 50th year of independence and with the end of 2015 or early 2016 shaping up as a potential election period, property prices are unlikely to crash, revealed a Credit Suisse report. Instead, the government will look to keep home prices stable, especially in a rising and volatile interest...

Editorials
'The Messiah' sentenced to 4 years and 8 months in...

'The Messiah' sentenced to 4 years and 8 months in...

The hacker who caused sleepless nights for government IT Security Experts and forced affected websites...
Govt: Hard to get SG locals to become nurse

Govt: Hard to get SG locals to become nurse

According to latest data released by the Manpower Ministry (MOM) on Tuesday (27 Jan), registered...
Khaw, your 'Zhu Yingtai' is actually an 800-pound gorilla

Khaw, your 'Zhu Yingtai' is actually an 800-pound gorilla

Yesterday (29 Jan), replying to MPs’ questions on the recent Sengkang Chinese temple saga, National...
How did HDB conclude EPL is a vehicle for religious...

How did HDB conclude EPL is a vehicle for religious...

Yesterday (29 Jan), replying to MPs' questions on the recent Sengkang Chinese Temple saga, National...
Khaw: We thought company was affiliated with religious...

Khaw: We thought company was affiliated with religious...

In Parliament today (29 Jan), National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan revealed that until the...
Saw Phaik Hwa retired from Auric Pacific after 3 years

Saw Phaik Hwa retired from Auric Pacific after 3 years

Auric Pacific Group Limited announced on Tuesday (27 Jan) that the company has accepted Ms Saw Phaik...
FT doc found guilty of misconduct now works in UAE

FT doc found guilty of misconduct now works in UAE

A foreign doctor, Dr Uwe Klima, who used to practise at NUH left Singapore and went to work in United...
PM wants SGs to learn from Burmese to keep SG clean

PM wants SGs to learn from Burmese to keep SG clean

PM Lee posted a message on his Facebook page today (28 Jan) praising the Burmese for cleaning up litter...
'You know what to do if you want my vote'

'You know what to do if you want my vote'

At the Singapore Perspectives conference organised by the Institute of Policy Studies at Raffles...
LTA officer told not to issue illegal parking summonses

LTA officer told not to issue illegal parking summonses

A video posted on the Internet is starting to go viral: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nhO9eUOquE It...
AHPETC arrears incident shows HDB and MND sleeping

AHPETC arrears incident shows HDB and MND sleeping

Yesterday (26 Jan), Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) issued a press release stating...
Sylvia: AHPETC's arrears rate is only 5.7%

Sylvia: AHPETC's arrears rate is only 5.7%

Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) issued a press release yesterday night (26 Jan)...
Is SBS Transit's bus operation really losing money?

Is SBS Transit's bus operation really losing money?

During a live Q&A session hosted on Facebook last Saturday (24 Jan), a netizen asked PM Lee why...
Chew: 'Story cooked up' by Kong and gang untrue

Chew: 'Story cooked up' by Kong and gang untrue

In the continuing trial of the 6 City Harvest Church (CHC) leaders, Chew Eng Han, the former investment...
PM Lee's 'fumbling for answers' reported regionally

PM Lee's 'fumbling for answers' reported regionally

On Saturday (24 Jan), international news agency AFP reported PM Lee's live Q&A Facebook chat session...
Nathan criticises the late Dr Toh and Rajaratnam

Nathan criticises the late Dr Toh and Rajaratnam

Nathan criticises 2 PAP old guards who have passed away Former president S R Nathan has claimed in...
Indian FT offers $4-5K to any employer to hire him

Indian FT offers $4-5K to any employer to hire him

A reader forwarded the following post to TRE: It is taken from a closed group on Facebook called "Job...
ESM Goh: Chan poised for bigger role in SG politics

ESM Goh: Chan poised for bigger role in SG politics

After it was announced on Friday (23 Jan) that Minister Chan Chun Sing will be moving to lead NTUC...
Student: PM a true caring leader to make our life better

Student: PM a true caring leader to make our life better

The media reported that a group of 13 Singaporeans were invited to have tea with PM Lee yesterday...
PM Lee replies in live Q&A session on Facebook

PM Lee replies in live Q&A session on Facebook

PM Lee hosted a live Q&A session on his Facebook page today (24 Jan), where he responded to questions...
Opinion
Dr Tan Cheng Bok to Minister Khaw: All the best

Dr Tan Cheng Bok to Minister Khaw: All the best

How to make a U turn look straight? The land for tender at Sengkang was designated a religious site....
骨灰瓮引发诚信问题(二)

骨灰瓮引发诚信问题(二)

国人高度关注与备受争议的盛港西骨灰瓮安置所,终于有了最新发展。仿佛置身事外的国家发展部长许文远,昨天在国会大开金口,对以上事件,回复了多位议员的题问。 许部长慎重宣示,即将完工的盛港西(Fernvale...
Home prices 'collapse' unlikely as possible election...

Home prices 'collapse' unlikely as possible election...

As Singapore looks to celebrate its 50th year of independence and with the end of 2015 or early 2016...
PAP that incompetent meh? WP trying to match it?

PAP that incompetent meh? WP trying to match it?

Barely 3 weeks after being co-opted into the PAP’s main decision-making body, MP for Chua Chu Kang...
Self-censorship in Singapore - Playing the game

Self-censorship in Singapore - Playing the game

Singapore journalist on self-censorship: we can’t be controversial, we have to play the game In...
LHL's Facebook chat reveals an out-of-touch PM

LHL's Facebook chat reveals an out-of-touch PM

5 Answers from PM Lee’s Facebook Chat that Show He’s Lost Touch with Common Singaporeans Prime...
Change of Regime

Change of Regime

Translation - 变天? The Chinese proverb, “Sunny days are suddenly clouded with occasional...
PAP REACH: 8 in 10 support alcohol ban, really?

PAP REACH: 8 in 10 support alcohol ban, really?

One of the guidelines of designing surveys is to avoid posing leading questions which direct your respondents...
From Zorro To Zero

From Zorro To Zero

Does it look like Lim Swee Sway was about to blow a raspberry? After all, it's not every day that you...
TODAY reporters banned for breaking embargoes

TODAY reporters banned for breaking embargoes

TODAY reporters banned from government briefings for repeatedly breaking embargoes Journalists...
WP’s 'human error' nothing out of the ordinary

WP’s 'human error' nothing out of the ordinary

On 26 January, Monday, the Workers’ Party Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council released its findings...
When your friends are really your enemies

When your friends are really your enemies

The suing of Roy Ngerng and the letter to Huffington Post were two incidents that I could not believe...
Jeremy Chen, it shouldn't have ended this way

Jeremy Chen, it shouldn't have ended this way

Dear Jeremy Chen, This is the first time I learned of your name. I do not know Chee Soon Juan personally....
Fare reduction in 2016? Dream on?

Fare reduction in 2016? Dream on?

Three amber signs that this will not happen? Or should that be three straws in the wind? Constructive...
钢铁是怎样炼成的?

钢铁是怎样炼成的?

《钢铁是怎样炼成的》是前苏联的一部长篇小说,记叙主人翁的成长道路。告诉人们一个人只有在革命的艰难困苦中战胜敌人也战胜自己,只有在把自己的追求和祖国、人民的利益联系在一起的时候,才会创造出奇迹,才会成长为钢铁战士。 在50年代,当世界各地,尤其是亚非拉涌起反殖反帝反法西斯的浪潮时,新加坡也酝酿着脱离英帝国殖民地的风潮。而且,托天之幸,不必诉诸“革命”的流血手段。但其过程也汹涌澎湃,其气势也轰轰烈烈。 但是,际此《SG50》大肆庆祝的时候,忆苦思甜,缅怀前人伟大事迹,一连串的反抗殖民统治的工潮,在激动之余,我眼眶却有点而潮湿。一来是当时许多“扛旗”的义士、反帝的先锋后来都成为自己辛苦建设起来的新国家的阶下囚;二来呢?也为着没有经过熬炼,就凭着直升机青云直上、顺风车风驰电掣的领导人感觉担忧…唉,一堆银样蜡枪头。 孟子有句话,说:“故天将降大任于是人也,必先苦其心志,劳其筋骨,饿其体肤,空乏其身,行拂乱其所为,所以动心忍性,增益其所不能。...
SG PMET Short-changed Again

SG PMET Short-changed Again

Two news reports are telling in revealing how the government continue to view the PMETs’ plight. How...
Conversation with my passenger: The fisherman

Conversation with my passenger: The fisherman

I’m now driving the morning from 6am to 6pm Mon to Sat. From next week, I will take the Sun morning...
Dare to dream

Dare to dream

We often hear of Singaporeans or Singaporean parents dreaming of their children becoming top scholars,...
Peanuts Goh wrong about monkeys

Peanuts Goh wrong about monkeys

Mr Goh Chok Tong in 1993 said: ‘If we do not pay ministers adequately, we will get inadequate ministers....
Another strategy to win votes in the next GE

Another strategy to win votes in the next GE

On reflection, after my article "A simple strategy to win in the next GE" was published in TRE, I feel...
Snippets
Speech for 31st Jan – 4th PWP Protest@HLP

Speech for 31st Jan – 4th PWP Protest@HLP

Influx of foreigners – Speech for 31st Jan 4th PWP Protest Dear friends & fellow Singaporeans, Thank...
Report claims Hong Kong media ‘manipulated’ by...

Report claims Hong Kong media ‘manipulated’ by...

themalaysianinsider.com - Published: 26 January 2015 A report by the International Federation...
Lina Chiam: Speech on Medishield Life Scheme Bill

Lina Chiam: Speech on Medishield Life Scheme Bill

Parliamentary Speech on Medishield Life Scheme Bill on 29.1.2015 Madam Speaker, I am in favour...
Obama tells India to treat women with respect and dignity...

Obama tells India to treat women with respect and dignity...

theguardian - Dan Roberts and Jason Burke in Delhi - 27 January 2015 President speaks out in Delhi...
SDP replies to a 'Concerned Singaporean'

SDP replies to a 'Concerned Singaporean'

I want to thank 'A Concerned Singaporean' for his feedback in his article "SDP's strategy is all wrong"...
China court creates 'wall of shame'

China court creates 'wall of shame'

BBC News from Elsewhere - 22 January 2015 A court in China has started naming and shaming people...
Kelantan folks ask: Where did the water come from?...

Kelantan folks ask: Where did the water come from?...

sg.news.yahoo.com - The Malay Mail Online – 26 Jan 2015 KOTA BARU, Jan 24 ― Kelantan folk...
Singapore Dollar Is Weakest Since 2010

Singapore Dollar Is Weakest Since 2010

bloomberg - by Sharon Chen - January 28, 2015 (Bloomberg) -- Singapore unexpectedly eased monetary...
SDP clarifies why Jeremy Chen had to leave the Party

SDP clarifies why Jeremy Chen had to leave the Party

SDP has issued an official response to the recent TRS article JEREMY CHEN: WHY I LEFT THE SINGAPORE...
Chee at FCA: Leaders must inspire, not intimidate

Chee at FCA: Leaders must inspire, not intimidate

Dr Chee Soon Juan talked about the kind of leadership Singapore needs at the Foreign Correspondents Association...
UK General Election — A Question of Immigration?

UK General Election — A Question of Immigration?

(27 Jan) - The UK’s next General Election will be on 7 May 2015, and with neither the Conservatives...
Letters
Not living in SG, why must pay Medishield Life?

Not living in SG, why must pay Medishield Life?

I read with interest the articles on MediShield Life and how the Central Provident Fund Board will be...
My take on Dr Chee Soon Juan

My take on Dr Chee Soon Juan

First and foremost, I must say that I am not a member of SDP or any political party. I notice that...
CCS & NTUC must protect rights of SG workers

CCS & NTUC must protect rights of SG workers

I applaud the Government's decision to release Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing...
PM, b4 u scold us for littering at Laneway Festival,...

PM, b4 u scold us for littering at Laneway Festival,...

Look at the no. of foreigners in the laneway festival - yes Sinkees get blamed for everything! I hope...
Jeremy Chen is wrong about Dr Chee

Jeremy Chen is wrong about Dr Chee

I refer to the article: "JEREMY CHEN: WHY I LEFT THE SINGAPORE DEMOCRATIC PARTY". I will state...
PM: Current opposition provides 'healthy' checks

PM: Current opposition provides 'healthy' checks

Responding to a question in an interview with Singapore media (14 Jan) on how he saw democracy here evolving...
Institute of Architects: We need foreign talents

Institute of Architects: We need foreign talents

The architecture profession empathises with the dilemma faced by eateries due to the labour crunch...
My floor used to be clean until FTs moved in

My floor used to be clean until FTs moved in

Actually I think assloong wanted to say that many foreigners in SG are littering and messing up the...
Uncoordinated neighbourhood upgrading wasting money

Uncoordinated neighbourhood upgrading wasting money

My block under the Pasir Ris - Punggol town council have been undergoing the so called neighbourhood...
Thank you, NTU, for educating my son

Thank you, NTU, for educating my son

My son finished NS last year and entered NTU's Engineering 2nd year program as he is a poly grad. He...
If SBS Transit is losing money, why pay dividends?

If SBS Transit is losing money, why pay dividends?

Ok TRE Editor I take up your request even tho am not a financial analyst or accountant. The first...
Sticky & Recent Articles
Free ‘@Singaporean.Rocks’ email for VMS members

Free ‘@Singaporean.Rocks’ email for VMS members

We would like to remind our VMS members that they are all eligible for a free email address and account (SR account) on our newly acquired uniquely-Singaporean domain “Singaporean.Rocks”, as announced on 10th January 2015. VMS members will enjoy a full 12 months usage of the SR account as long as the current VMS... 

Not living in SG, why must pay Medishield Life?

Not living in SG, why must pay Medishield Life?

I read with interest the articles on MediShield Life and how the Central Provident Fund Board will be empowered to access citizens’ income details and health status (“Granting access to health and income data makes sense”; last Saturday). It is logical to assume there would be bias against those who have been... 

Speech for 31st Jan – 4th PWP Protest@HLP

Speech for 31st Jan – 4th PWP Protest@HLP

Influx of foreigners – Speech for 31st Jan 4th PWP Protest Dear friends & fellow Singaporeans, Thank you for taking the time and effort in attending this event. I applaud the organizer and everyone, who has made their way today, in making this day happen. I felt the frustration in every one of you, and the agony you’ve... 

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