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Increase taxes for ordinary Singaporeans starting from 2019, despite overall Budget surplus of $9.6 and $12 billion for FY2017 and FY2016, respectively?Increase taxes for ordinary Singaporeans starting from 2019,... I refer to the article “GST set to rise to 9% as S’pore plans for future spending needs” (Straits Times, Feb 20). It states that “Other revenue-raising measures announced in Mr Heng’s Budget statement in Parliament were a one percentage point increase from today in the top marginal stamp duty on residential...

An open letter to the Prime Minister on Budget 2018An open letter to the Prime Minister on Budget 2018 Dear Prime Minister. We are not against you. But at least listen from us lower income families. No problem for high income families. Your budget makes no sense at all. I am not like one of these many lemmings on here that praise it and don't know what its about. Can you care to explain the following: 1) If you...

Half dished justice is akin to serving none at allHalf dished justice is akin to serving none at all I make reference to TOC's post about the upcoming extradition of the "Standard Charted Robber" to Singapore to face our Justice system. Like most citizens, we were at first delighted to hear news of the Head of Commonwealth cooperating with us in ensuring "Justice has long arms" but are now arm twisting the Judicial...

'Helping transport operators' profits is more important than helping seniors?'Helping transport operators' profits is more important than... I refer to the article “MPs ‘chip in’ when senior citizens cannot afford public transport fares: Khaw Boon Wan” (Channel NewsAsia, Feb 5). It states that “Members of Parliament (MP) can offer financial assistance to senior citizens who face difficulties paying for public transport, after the off-peak pass for...

Is our public transport the most profitable in the world?Is our public transport the most profitable in the world? I refer to the article “SBS Transit profit grows 50% to $47m” (Straits Times, Feb 12). It states that “Bus and train operator SBS Transit posted a 50.3 per cent rise in net earnings to $47.1 million for the year ended Dec 31, 2017.” SMRT‘s “operating profit increased 14.6% to $138.5 million” in FY2016. In...

Is the average resale levy more or less than the average housing grant?Is the average resale levy more or less than the average... I refer to the article “11,000 households get government grant in buying resale flats near parents or children” (Straits Times, Feb 11). It states that “About $211 million in PHG has been disbursed to the 11,000 families, HDB said”. So, does it mean that the average grant is $19,182 ($211 million divided by...

Fake Jobs Ads May Possibly Aqquire Your Personal DataFake Jobs Ads May Possibly Aqquire Your Personal Data There seems be a number of fake ads which target personal data and although there has been no studies done on establishing a link between between scam calls and the how the private data of individuals are acquired, on the ground it is baffling how scammers get hold of such personal details. THe 1988 privacy act of Australia...

SDP: A Budget of Wayang and Cheap GimmicksSDP: A Budget of Wayang and Cheap Gimmicks If ever there was a budget laden with cheap gimmicks and full of wayang, this one is it. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced an 'ang pow' of up to $300 for every individual. The giveaway amounts to $700 million. This is against a collection of a surplus of $9.6 billion the previous year. In other words, the...

Was there or wasn’t there '$22.5 million missing' in Punggol East?Was there or wasn’t there '$22.5 million missing' in Punggol... I refer to the article “Issue of Punggol East’s missing $22.5m resurfaces” (Straits Times, Feb 19). It states that “Questions surrounding $22.5 million in “missing” funds from Punggol East have resurfaced after they were first raised during the General Election in 2015. In respect of “Last Thursday,...

How much of the $3 billion foreign workers’ levies have been used to help such workers?How much of the $3 billion foreign workers’ levies have... I refer to the article “Left in the lurch when foreign bosses disappear” (Straits Times, Feb 12). It states that “In the past 1½ years, there have been at least six cases of non-Singaporean employers absconding without paying their foreign workers, according to the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC). In each case,...

Are rosy jobs creation projections a far cry from the actual statistics?Are rosy jobs creation projections a far cry from the actual... I refer to the article “Foreign investments will remain steady this year: EDB” (Straits Times, Jan 31). It states that “The changing nature of the local economy and the workforce will likely mean the amount of foreign direct investment here will remain similar to that in recent years, although with fewer jobs created. But...

Pritam Singh remains favourite to succeed Low Thia Khiang?Pritam Singh remains favourite to succeed Low Thia Khiang? I refer to the article on TISG, titled http://www.theindependent.sg/pritam-singh-remains-favourite-to-succeed-low-thia-khiang-as-wp-secretary-general/ and would like to respectfully disagree with and as well as NCMP Goh's premature assessment of Pritam Singh's "ascension" to become the next WP Sec-Gen! As we already...

The mystery of the unaccounted $22.5 millionThe mystery of the unaccounted $22.5 million With the release of the final KPMG report on AHTC today, I can finally finish writing this post which has bugged me for almost 30 months. At the tail end of GE2015 campaign, Mr Charles Chong sent a letter dated 8 September 2015 to all Punggol East (PE) residents stating that $22.5 million transferred to AHPETC by Pasir-Ris...

Is the HDB making losses because it pays for land at market prices to the Singapore Land Authority (SLA)?Is the HDB making losses because it pays for land at market... I refer to the article “Bank Negara’s land buy sparks talk of 1MDB bailout” (Straits Times, Feb 9). It states that “Questions are growing around the Malaysian central bank’s recent purchase of government land for RM2 billion (S$678 million), with observers saying it is unusual for the institution to pay market...

Has our CPF Ordinary Account’s interest rates been beating inflation, historically?Has our CPF Ordinary Account’s interest rates been beating... I refer to the article “Malaysian pension fund set to make record payout” (Straits Times, Feb 10). It states that “”We have been informed it will definitely be higher than before,” an EPF board member told The Straits Times ahead of Saturday’s (Feb 10) expected dividend announcement.” The EPF, which...

Editorials
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...
Mandatory Treatment Order being considered for M Ravi

Mandatory Treatment Order being considered for M Ravi

Human rights activist Mr M Ravi is to be assessed  by an Institute of Mental Health (IMH) psychiatrist...
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.      
Service disruption on TR Emeritus' web server

Service disruption on TR Emeritus' web server

TRE's website was down for about 15 minutes today (5th Oct ) @ 2225 hours. We wish to assure our...
Dr Tan raises questions on Law Minister’s contradictory...

Dr Tan raises questions on Law Minister’s contradictory...

Former 2011 Presidential candidate, Dr Tan Cheng Bock has raised questions on statements made by Minister...
Opinions
How Can Singaporeans Accept PAP Warped Logic?

How Can Singaporeans Accept PAP Warped Logic?

The whole budget is warped, make a lot of money but still need to make even more money. Isn't this PAP...
The Great Paradox: World’s most powerful passport...

The Great Paradox: World’s most powerful passport...

We carry the world’s most powerful passport, giving us unlimited freedom and access beyond our borders....
Are sub-standard laws applicable only for Singaporeans?

Are sub-standard laws applicable only for Singaporeans?

Will the Law Minister of Singapore explain in plain English why a Canadian defendant, if convicted of...
My main wish-list for budget 2018 – help the elderly...

My main wish-list for budget 2018 – help the elderly...

For this year budget 2018, I only have one main wish-list for Mr Heng Swee Kiat our finance minister...
Budget 2018: Government needs to explain $7 billion...

Budget 2018: Government needs to explain $7 billion...

The PAP government owes Singaporeans an explanation as to how it ‘missed’ statutory boards’ contributions...
Budget 2018: Same Old Cliches As Heng Makes Your Money...

Budget 2018: Same Old Cliches As Heng Makes Your Money...

Budget time and my first thought was that I had stepped into a time machine and been transported back...
Leadership Planning II: The best-laid plans of mice...

Leadership Planning II: The best-laid plans of mice...

It bears repeating: The leadership of People's Action Party should and must not be conflated with Singapore’s...
Singapore Does Badly in World Bank Report on Wealth...

Singapore Does Badly in World Bank Report on Wealth...

Just as you would not be able to judge the financial soundness of a company by looking at its income...
Heng says budget surplus is $9.6b but IMF says $78.5b...

Heng says budget surplus is $9.6b but IMF says $78.5b...

It was announced in Parliament today (19 Feb) that as the Government has accumulated a budget surplus...
PAP Has Become Too Greedy For Its Own Good

PAP Has Become Too Greedy For Its Own Good

2018 has been the year for all sort of taxes and hikes, the brainwashing is almost every year. Singaporeans...
Budget: Consistently flawed

Budget: Consistently flawed

My prediction that GST increase would be announced but delayed is correct: Heng announced GST increase...
No need to increase GST if use 10% more from investment...

No need to increase GST if use 10% more from investment...

Currently, under the Singapore's Net Investment Returns (NIR) framework, the government can spend up...
Budget 2018: Mega projects necessitate tax burden on...

Budget 2018: Mega projects necessitate tax burden on...

Propaganda: Tax hike needed to fund healthcare for ageing population. Fact: The healthcare issue was...
Rubbish Budget 2018

Rubbish Budget 2018

Where on Earth do you hear a CURRENT GOVERNMENT making decision to raise tax for the NEXT government?...
Beyond 70? It’s putting the brakes on leadership...

Beyond 70? It’s putting the brakes on leadership...

Lee Kuan Yew stepped down as Prime Minister at 67. Goh Chok Tong stepped down at 63 and for 14 years...
WP Walks The Talk, Pap Just Talk And Talk!

WP Walks The Talk, Pap Just Talk And Talk!

In the recent development, WP Secretary General has decided to deliver his promise of renewal, letting...
PAP Chong now blames WP’s 'unreliable' figures qualified...

PAP Chong now blames WP’s 'unreliable' figures qualified...

It was earlier reported that Mr Charles Chong, Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament...
AssBeeAss: LRT did not break down, train track ‘tour’...

AssBeeAss: LRT did not break down, train track ‘tour’...

For urgent release: CEO, AssBeeAss Dear commuters According to media reports, our Sengkang...
Snippets
An open letter to the Prime Minister on Budget 2018

An open letter to the Prime Minister on Budget 2018

Dear Prime Minister. We are not against you. But at least listen from us lower income families. No...
SDP: A Budget of Wayang and Cheap Gimmicks

SDP: A Budget of Wayang and Cheap Gimmicks

If ever there was a budget laden with cheap gimmicks and full of wayang, this one is it. Finance Minister...
The mystery of the unaccounted $22.5 million

The mystery of the unaccounted $22.5 million

With the release of the final KPMG report on AHTC today, I can finally finish writing this post which...
Police statement on Thaipusam incident

Police statement on Thaipusam incident

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has issued a clarification on the Thaipusam incident on their Facebook...
Alternative Budget Forum 2018

Alternative Budget Forum 2018

Singapore has zero external debt and our approach to a balanced budget with each term of government is...
MARUAH’s Statement on the National Budget 2018

MARUAH’s Statement on the National Budget 2018

MARUAH would like to state its concerns in four main areas. We ask that the concerns be noted and we...
Public Transport Council needs to be sensitive towards...

Public Transport Council needs to be sensitive towards...

The Singapore People’s Party (SPP) disagrees with the Public Transport Council’s (PTC) decision to...
MYT By-Election: Goh's 1987 Statements About GRCs Contradict...

MYT By-Election: Goh's 1987 Statements About GRCs Contradict...

“No by-election will be held to fill any vacancy unless all three members of that GRC have vacated...
PAP MPs can suka suka go AWOL from Parliament?

PAP MPs can suka suka go AWOL from Parliament?

As I understand, one of a Member of Parliament’s (MP) primary duties is to attend the sittings of the...
Court Challenge: Constitution Says that PM Must Call...

Court Challenge: Constitution Says that PM Must Call...

“Whenever the seat of a Member, not being a non-constituency Member, has become vacant for any...
Statement on the Extension of the Criminal Law (Temporary...

Statement on the Extension of the Criminal Law (Temporary...

We are strongly opposed to the extension of the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act by another five...
What happened to the investigation on alleged corruption...

What happened to the investigation on alleged corruption...

More than a year has passed since the news broke on 30 Dec 2016 about the removal of the general manager...
Letters
Increase taxes for ordinary Singaporeans starting from...

Increase taxes for ordinary Singaporeans starting from...

I refer to the article “GST set to rise to 9% as S’pore plans for future spending needs” (Straits...
Half dished justice is akin to serving none at all

Half dished justice is akin to serving none at all

I make reference to TOC's post about the upcoming extradition of the "Standard Charted Robber" to Singapore...
'Helping transport operators' profits is more important...

'Helping transport operators' profits is more important...

I refer to the article “MPs ‘chip in’ when senior citizens cannot afford public transport fares:...
Fake Jobs Ads May Possibly Aqquire Your Personal Data

Fake Jobs Ads May Possibly Aqquire Your Personal Data

There seems be a number of fake ads which target personal data and although there has been no studies...
Is our public transport the most profitable in the...

Is our public transport the most profitable in the...

I refer to the article “SBS Transit profit grows 50% to $47m” (Straits Times, Feb 12). It states...
Is the average resale levy more or less than the average...

Is the average resale levy more or less than the average...

I refer to the article “11,000 households get government grant in buying resale flats near parents...
Are we doing 'too much' to achieve 'too little' for...

Are we doing 'too much' to achieve 'too little' for...

There are 3.5 pages on jobs in today’s Sunday Times (Feb 11). It states that “The number of foreigners...
Was there or wasn’t there '$22.5 million missing'...

Was there or wasn’t there '$22.5 million missing'...

I refer to the article “Issue of Punggol East’s missing $22.5m resurfaces” (Straits Times,...
How much of the $3 billion foreign workers’ levies...

How much of the $3 billion foreign workers’ levies...

I refer to the article “Left in the lurch when foreign bosses disappear” (Straits Times, Feb 12). It...
Are rosy jobs creation projections a far cry from the...

Are rosy jobs creation projections a far cry from the...

I refer to the article “Foreign investments will remain steady this year: EDB” (Straits Times, Jan...
Pritam Singh remains favourite to succeed Low Thia...

Pritam Singh remains favourite to succeed Low Thia...

I refer to the article on TISG, titled http://www.theindependent.sg/pritam-singh-remains-favourite-to-succeed-low-thia-khiang-as-wp-secretary-general/ and...
So many low-wage workers did not get the NWC recommended...

So many low-wage workers did not get the NWC recommended...

I refer to the article “Fewer low-wage workers received pay rises in 2016” (Straits Times, Feb 9). It...
Sticky & Recent Articles

How Can Singaporeans Accept PAP Warped Logic?

How Can Singaporeans Accept PAP Warped Logic?

The whole budget is warped, make a lot of money but still need to make even more money. Isn’t this PAP motto? Remember the infamous, “What’s wrong with making more money?” Billions of surpluses but still raises all sort of taxes, even making the used to be cheap water more expensive than electricity.... 

Increase taxes for ordinary Singaporeans starting from 2019, despite overall Budget surplus of $9.6 and $12 billion for FY2017 and FY2016, respectively?

Increase taxes for ordinary Singaporeans starting from 2019, despite overall Budget surplus of $9.6 and $12 billion for FY2017 and FY2016, respectively?

I refer to the article “GST set to rise to 9% as S’pore plans for future spending needs” (Straits Times, Feb 20). It states that “Other revenue-raising measures announced in Mr Heng’s Budget statement in Parliament were a one percentage point increase from today in the top marginal stamp duty on residential property,... 

The Great Paradox: World’s most powerful passport but lagging behind in civil liberties

The Great Paradox: World’s most powerful passport but lagging behind in civil liberties

We carry the world’s most powerful passport, giving us unlimited freedom and access beyond our borders. But right here at home, it would seem that civil liberties are compromised and freedom is restricted, going by how Singapore is ranked under freedom indexes. Such is the paradox for the Singaporean lot. Last October, the... 

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