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Alternative tender system for SMRTAlternative tender system for SMRT For the past two decades, I have taken a view that the competitive tender system is a bad system. The principal may get a lower price but the contractor may cut corners and provide inferior material and workmanship to keep a profit. It is difficult for the principal to monitor the work closely. It also leads to conflicts,...

Elitist procreation policies = lowest TFR ever?Elitist procreation policies = lowest TFR ever? I refer to the article “Let’s not condemn Singaporeans to extinction” (Straits Times, Nov 17). It states that “the 2011 elections and conversations on the Population White Paper revealed how Singaporeans might be nervous about the inflow of immigrants. If we over-compensate through immigration to address the...

Trump 'S Speech A Lesson For Us; We Also Might Go BankruptTrump 'S Speech A Lesson For Us; We Also Might Go Bankrupt Trump 's speech a lesson for us; We also might go bankrupt. Trump delivered a crypted messages, America should not be taken advantages again. America is a bankrupt due to trillions dollars spent on her military adventures . They went to second world war, Korean war, Vietnam wars and lastly Iraq war. Investment...

MRT makes money, despite $9b transport revenue?MRT makes money, despite $9b transport revenue? Since we don’t need to make money from MRT – why do we keep doing it since it started? I refer to the article “Khaw Boon Wan: Government don’t need SMRT to make money” (theonlinecitizen, Nov 8). It states that “Mr Khaw stated that he disagrees with Mr Low comment, saying that SMRT is not there to make...

OSAOSA I refer to the recent charge labeled against a HDB officer for supposedly breaching the OSA but refuses to get legal representation, probably under duress! This case has left me wondering, if civil servants serve the taxpayers who's their true boss or a political task master who's leading the Country astray? Don't Public...

SMRT’s lowest tender system is to blame for frequent train breakdownsSMRT’s lowest tender system is to blame for frequent train... I met an engineer who has been in the contracting business for two decades. He also provide cable testing services. I asked him about his view on the frequent MRT breakdowns and if his business involve the testing of cables in the MRT system. He was very convinced in his reply, He said: The problem is with our tender...

Social Solidarity Economy: Singapore’s score card?Social Solidarity Economy: Singapore’s score card? I attended the Asian Solidarity Economy Council (ASEC) conference in Manila from 11 to 13 November, which was held in conjunction with the Asean People’s Forum (APF)/Asean Civil Society Conference (ACSC). How does Singapore relate to the core values of “Social Solidarity Economy” (SSE)? Governance – participation...

4 in 10 graduates can't find full-time jobs?4 in 10 graduates can't find full-time jobs? I refer to the article “8 in 10 SIM grads find jobs amid rising trend of part-time, contract and freelance workers” (Straits Times, Nov 14). It states that “Like its public counterparts, Singapore’s leading private school is also seeing a rising number of its graduates taking on part-time, freelance and contract...

SMRT should render all necessary support to affected passengers of Joo Koon collision incidentSMRT should render all necessary support to affected passengers... The Workers’ Party is disturbed to learn about the MRT train collision this morning which saw 23 commuters and two SMRT staff injured, including at least two with major injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured. We call on SMRT to render all necessary support to them, and ensure that the company covers...

Globalisation = Economic benefits for Singaporeans?Globalisation = Economic benefits for Singaporeans? I refer to the article “At APEC, PM Lee calls for fair distribution of globalisation’s benefits” (Channel NewsAsia, Nov 11). It states that “It is important to ensure that the economic benefits of digitalisation and globalisation are “fairly distributed”, said Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on...

SDP repeats call for MOT Khaw to step down after train collisionSDP repeats call for MOT Khaw to step down after train collision Following the flooding of the train tunnel on 7 October 2017, the SDP called for Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan to step down as it had become clear that he is unable to resolve the problems that plague the SMRT. The SDP renews our call for Mr Khaw to resign his post following the train collision at Joo Koon station...

Show appreciation to transport workers who are overworked?Show appreciation to transport workers who are overworked? Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the failure of SMRT staff in performing proper maintenance have caused the good work of others to go to waste. He had harsh words to say in a speech for the Public Transport Workers' Appreciation Day at Bedok Town Square. He said the flooding incident had tarnished the reputation...

More local PMETs in 'jobs growth', but no no. of jobs?More local PMETs in 'jobs growth', but no no. of jobs? Since the 3-year average shows more PMET jobs growth went to locals – why is the actual number of PMET jobs growth not given? I refer to the article “Parliament: Local PMETs facing brighter job prospects, says Lim Swee Say” (Straits Times, Nov 6). It states that “The job front is perking up for professionals,...

Singaporeans need to know about these guidelinesSingaporeans need to know about these guidelines I refer to the article “Arts House sets out sequence of events leading to cancellation of launch of The Phantom Of Oxley Castle” (Straits Times, Nov 14). It states that “The Arts House has set out the sequence of events leading to the cancellation of the launch of a children’s book at its premises, contradicting...

Court Hearing for Marsiling-Yew Tee By-Election Fixed for Jan 2018Court Hearing for Marsiling-Yew Tee By-Election Fixed for... The hearing for the legal action on whether the government needs to hold a by-election in the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC is set for a half-day hearing on 15 January 2017. This was determined at the pre-trial conference (PTC) held this morning. It was also decided at the PTC that the SDP will not be a party in the matter....

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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...
Gentle reminder on TRE's appeal for assistance

Gentle reminder on TRE's appeal for assistance

This is a gentle reminder that today (30th Sept) will be the last day the POSB account volunteered by...
Blogger Amos Yee wins appeal for asylum in US of A

Blogger Amos Yee wins appeal for asylum in US of A

Teenage blogger Amos Yee Pang Sang, who spent almost a year in a United States detention centre has...
Follow-up to 'TR Emeritus’ in-house techie requires...

Follow-up to 'TR Emeritus’ in-house techie requires...

Following our appeal on Tuesday (20th Sept) titled "TR Emeritus’ in-house techie requires assistance",...
TR Emeritus' in-house techie requires assistance

TR Emeritus' in-house techie requires assistance

TR Emeritus's (TRE) in-house techie, Andrew is currently in a difficult situation and is in need of assistance...
Walkover PE 2017: Protest the Process, Not the Person

Walkover PE 2017: Protest the Process, Not the Person

Several to-be-participants of the sit-in protest at Hong Lim Park have issued a statement on their views...
Activist to hold silent sit-in protest against reserved...

Activist to hold silent sit-in protest against reserved...

Activist Gilbert Goh has posted an announcement that there will be a silent sit-in protest against the...
Mdm Halimah Yacob is the new Madam President of Singapore

Mdm Halimah Yacob is the new Madam President of Singapore

  Mdm Halimah Yacob is the new Madam President of Singapore There were a total of 5...
Tan Chuan Jin nominated as Speaker of Parliament

Tan Chuan Jin nominated as Speaker of Parliament

Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan Jin has been nominated as the new Speaker...
Activist Kirstan Han summoned by police for holding...

Activist Kirstan Han summoned by police for holding...

Human rights activist Ms Kirsten Han has been summoned by the police to assist in an investigation into...
Writ of Election issued for Presidential Election 2017

Writ of Election issued for Presidential Election 2017

A Writ of Election has been issued for the upcoming Presidential Election 2017 (PE 2017), by Prime Minister...
Activist M Ravi offered $20,000 bail (updated)

Activist M Ravi offered $20,000 bail (updated)

Non-practising lawyer and activist M Ravi has been offered bail following his 2 weeks court-ordered...
Leave granted for AGC to commence committal proceedings...

Leave granted for AGC to commence committal proceedings...

The High Court has approved an application by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to commence...
Li ShengWu left Singapore early out of safety concerns

Li ShengWu left Singapore early out of safety concerns

Li ShengWu, the eldest son of Mr Lee Hsien Yang has revealed that he had left Singapore early as...
Halimah Yacob announces bid for Elected Presidency

Halimah Yacob announces bid for Elected Presidency

As expected, Mdm Halimah Yacob has announced that she is leaving the People's Action Party (PAP)...
Opinions
The Great Asian Political Idealist

The Great Asian Political Idealist

12 Nov is the Birthday of a Great Politician of Asia in 20th Century, Dr Sun Yat Sen. In remembrance...
Defence agency roped in to defend MOT’s incompetence...

Defence agency roped in to defend MOT’s incompetence...

The PAP government has continued to leave the issue of MOT’s (yes, ultimately it’s MOT’s responsibility)...
Public deserves a full account of what is going on...

Public deserves a full account of what is going on...

The issues that have plagued Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) in the last few years are nothing new....
SMRT defends itself against 'fake news' with half truths?

SMRT defends itself against 'fake news' with half truths?

An online post which claims that SMRT had fired its night crew to save costs has been circulating online,...
Paying more to Ministers so that they become too big...

Paying more to Ministers so that they become too big...

The scalp of Khaw Boon Wan, the Singapore’s accident-prone Minister for Transport, is demanded by the...
Khaw blaming Dr Goh for SMRT failings?

Khaw blaming Dr Goh for SMRT failings?

How can Khaw say we were poor money 30 yrs ago? Thirty years ago, Singapore’s per capita GDP was...
No CPF monies go towards government spending but using...

No CPF monies go towards government spending but using...

The PAP government should not continue to disseminate CPF half truths to justify the abuse of our CPF...
How SOME Singaporeans Are Worsening the MRT Breakdown...

How SOME Singaporeans Are Worsening the MRT Breakdown...

I’ve been doing happy posts. Time for an angry one. We must be balanced in what we do, yes? Balanced...
MOT minister continues to take a swipe at Lau Goh,...

MOT minister continues to take a swipe at Lau Goh,...

Instead of convening a COI to seriously look into MRT systemic issues, Minister Khaw has continued to...
Maximizing Money Making Machine PAP

Maximizing Money Making Machine PAP

I have put up a post on how HK builds their new satellite towns using Metro-Centric strategy. Some...
SMRT may be in deeper shit than thought

SMRT may be in deeper shit than thought

(An unverified account (below) republished from Goh Meng Seng’s FB. It kind of explains why all...
MRT collision is no play play

MRT collision is no play play

Can really be jialat safety and convenience issues. What happened has implications for the on-going...
Why is the Prime Minister Silent?

Why is the Prime Minister Silent?

The whole country is talking about the SMRT issues yet there’s not a word from the Prime Minister....
The buck stops with MOT Khaw

The buck stops with MOT Khaw

As you know this morning a serious incident happened at Joo Koon Station involving the collision...
Cybernut exposes himself as PAP mole

Cybernut exposes himself as PAP mole

When TRE republished this piece of mine about what called Hernando de Soto called “dead capital”...
SMRT top management caught lying again after train...

SMRT top management caught lying again after train...

SMRT has continued to mismanage major disruptions by refusing to announce the actual estimated delay/providing...
PAP's System Is Symbolic Power And Social Dominance

PAP's System Is Symbolic Power And Social Dominance

The concept of symbolic power was first introduced by French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu to account...
Big Langa of the Day

Big Langa of the Day

The ultimate accident has finally happened with one MRT train banging on another spoilt empty train in...
On Its 60th Anniversary The WP Conspires with PAP to...

On Its 60th Anniversary The WP Conspires with PAP to...

The State Times had published an Insight article  on  the Workers Party 60th Anniversary. A misnomer,...
Things always happen after Khaw opens his big mouth

Things always happen after Khaw opens his big mouth

This morning (15 Nov), I was riding the MRT towards Joo Koon from Pioneer. I was at the front cabin...
Snippets
Alternative tender system for SMRT

Alternative tender system for SMRT

For the past two decades, I have taken a view that the competitive tender system is a bad system....
SMRT’s lowest tender system is to blame for frequent...

SMRT’s lowest tender system is to blame for frequent...

I met an engineer who has been in the contracting business for two decades. He also provide cable testing...
Court Hearing for Marsiling-Yew Tee By-Election Fixed...

Court Hearing for Marsiling-Yew Tee By-Election Fixed...

The hearing for the legal action on whether the government needs to hold a by-election in the Marsiling-Yew...
SMRT should render all necessary support to affected...

SMRT should render all necessary support to affected...

The Workers’ Party is disturbed to learn about the MRT train collision this morning which saw 23 commuters...
SDP repeats call for MOT Khaw to step down after train...

SDP repeats call for MOT Khaw to step down after train...

Following the flooding of the train tunnel on 7 October 2017, the SDP called for Transport Minister...
How to ask LTA to take action against SMRT?

How to ask LTA to take action against SMRT?

Here's something you might not know. The former CEO of the LTA stepped down in November last year,...
Leadership succession of Workers’ Party not a surprise,...

Leadership succession of Workers’ Party not a surprise,...

It may seem to be a surprise to many but those who know Mr Low well will know that he has long been concerned...
Invitation to Students for Liberty Event

Invitation to Students for Liberty Event

A very good afternoon to everyone, I hope you are having a pleasant Deepavali public holiday. I...
SPH Retrenchment - This is Why SDP Proposes the Singaporeans...

SPH Retrenchment - This is Why SDP Proposes the Singaporeans...

There are reports that the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has hired foreign journalists even as it...
Khaw must accept full responsibility and step down

Khaw must accept full responsibility and step down

In keeping with the PAP culture of claiming all the glory while avoiding any responsibility, Transport...
Ang Mo expat complains $4k salary not enough!

Ang Mo expat complains $4k salary not enough!

Singapore Business Review reported 2.5 months ago that a 28-year-old Brit, Kieran Hughes, was not happy...
Why is Zaqy Mohamad Billed as a Representative in Marsiling-Yee...

Why is Zaqy Mohamad Billed as a Representative in Marsiling-Yee...

A banner showing Mr Zaqy Mohamad greeting residents in the Marsiling Yew-Tee GRC is being displayed....
Study so hard to drive Uber?

Study so hard to drive Uber?

A taxi driver, who was in his late fifties told me. "It is very sad to see young graduates driving Uber...
Letters
Elitist procreation policies = lowest TFR ever?

Elitist procreation policies = lowest TFR ever?

I refer to the article “Let’s not condemn Singaporeans to extinction” (Straits Times, Nov 17). It...
4 in 10 graduates can't find full-time jobs?

4 in 10 graduates can't find full-time jobs?

I refer to the article “8 in 10 SIM grads find jobs amid rising trend of part-time, contract and freelance...
Trump 'S Speech A Lesson For Us; We Also Might Go Bankrupt

Trump 'S Speech A Lesson For Us; We Also Might Go Bankrupt

Trump 's speech a lesson for us; We also might go bankrupt. Trump delivered a crypted messages, America...
MRT makes money, despite $9b transport revenue?

MRT makes money, despite $9b transport revenue?

Since we don’t need to make money from MRT – why do we keep doing it since it started? I refer...
OSA

OSA

I refer to the recent charge labeled against a HDB officer for supposedly breaching the OSA but refuses...
Social Solidarity Economy: Singapore’s score card?

Social Solidarity Economy: Singapore’s score card?

I attended the Asian Solidarity Economy Council (ASEC) conference in Manila from 11 to 13 November, which...
Globalisation = Economic benefits for Singaporeans?

Globalisation = Economic benefits for Singaporeans?

I refer to the article “At APEC, PM Lee calls for fair distribution of globalisation’s benefits”...
Show appreciation to transport workers who are overworked?

Show appreciation to transport workers who are overworked?

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the failure of SMRT staff in performing proper maintenance have...
More local PMETs in 'jobs growth', but no no. of jobs?

More local PMETs in 'jobs growth', but no no. of jobs?

Since the 3-year average shows more PMET jobs growth went to locals – why is the actual number of PMET...
Singaporeans need to know about these guidelines

Singaporeans need to know about these guidelines

I refer to the article “Arts House sets out sequence of events leading to cancellation of launch of...
10 most dangerous spots in Johor for Singaporeans

10 most dangerous spots in Johor for Singaporeans

Many Singaporeans love visiting Malaysia, Johor state in particular, because of its proximity to Singapore...
CPF: Economist says tax reform – I say overhaul?

CPF: Economist says tax reform – I say overhaul?

I refer to the article “Economist calls for tax reform as CPF relief benefits the rich” (Today, Nov...
Medisave: Earn $500 more – rate increased 100%?

Medisave: Earn $500 more – rate increased 100%?

I met an elderly self-employed person who complained that because he struggled to earn more in order...
Sticky & Recent Articles

The Great Asian Political Idealist

The Great Asian Political Idealist

12 Nov is the Birthday of a Great Politician of Asia in 20th Century, Dr Sun Yat Sen. In remembrance of this Great man, I shall dedicate my Thought of the Day to talk about his greatness. Many people would have mistaken the source of greatness in Dr Sun. Rightfully, he is credited for bringing the fall of Imperial rule in China,... 

Elitist procreation policies = lowest TFR ever?

Elitist procreation policies = lowest TFR ever?

I refer to the article “Let’s not condemn Singaporeans to extinction” (Straits Times, Nov 17). It states that “the 2011 elections and conversations on the Population White Paper revealed how Singaporeans might be nervous about the inflow of immigrants. If we over-compensate through immigration to address the needs of... 

Defence agency roped in to defend MOT’s incompetence a waste of tax dollars

Defence agency roped in to defend MOT’s incompetence a waste of tax dollars

The PAP government has continued to leave the issue of MOT’s (yes, ultimately it’s MOT’s responsibility) accountability unaddressed. The SMRT wayang will soon include 5 additional actors who work full-time as engineers in Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA). [ CNA ] This would not have happened in any other... 

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