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Protecting Our Judiciary Bill by Teo Soh LungProtecting Our Judiciary Bill by Teo Soh Lung The Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill presented to parliament on 11 July 2016 reminds me of another law, the Preservation of Public Security Ordinance (PPSO), 1955. Far from “preserving” public security, the government of that day used the law to “legally imprison” thousands of people without trial. The...

Singaporeans react to AGO findings of Mindef’s $50 million investments on US propertiesSingaporeans react to AGO findings of Mindef’s $50 million... Last January, Mindef invested S$50.26 million in a United States Real Estate Investment Trust exchange-traded fund (US REIT ETF) without proper approval by the SAVER-Premium Fund’s Board of Trustees. The ministry only sought approval from the then Director of Defence Finance. These thoughts must have entered your mind...

Fourth-generation Singaporean lost his $150,000 salary job to his foreign subordinateFourth-generation Singaporean lost his $150,000 salary job... Dear Gilbert, I am a fourth generation Millennial Singaporean. I am writing this article as a rant anonymously and this is the first time I am doing so to pen my thoughts down to vent my frustrations hoping I will feel better. In this article I will call out certain regulations the Government have enacted to reduce...

Is Temasek is a poor custodian when compared to GIC?Is Temasek is a poor custodian when compared to GIC? In its annual report released yesterday, GIC has reported that its 20 year USD-based real rate of return has fallen from 4.9% to 4.0%. Before the anti-government zealots fall over themselves with claims of incompetence, much of the fall is due to the increased inflation rate. In last year's report, the applicable long...

Singapore is the former capital of ChinaSingapore is the former capital of China “Hi, where are you from?” “I’m from Singapore.” “Which part of China is that?” I’m here in Austin’s SXSW and you can’t believe the number of times this has happened. You feel like it’s your duty as a Singaporean to correct and educate everyone. But what’s the point? The required geographical...

Former Malaysian premier Mahathir sues PM Najib over 'abuse of power'Former Malaysian premier Mahathir sues PM Najib over 'abuse... Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is suing the current premier Najib Razak for corruption and misfeasance in public office, according to a statement from his law firm. Mahathir, 90, who served for more than two decades, has led the charge against his former protégé who has faced corruption allegations...

Singapore’s Universities: Immoral students or incompetent management?Singapore’s Universities: Immoral students or incompetent... Almost every year, we heard members of public chastised the degrading and offensive orientation activities put up by our local institutes of higher learning in welcoming their new students. The activities were organised by senior students of the institutes and they seemed to be getting more degrading and offensive year...

Why the $3,600 EP salary would not change things muchWhy the $3,600 EP salary would not change things much The upcoming $3,600 salary for Employment Pass holders is a farce. The recent prosecution of employers for over-declaring salary for their foreign employers may only be the tip of an iceberg. It is still very prevalent and there were few or no prosecutions prior to GE2011. There can be no fundamental change since PAP’s...

Ministers must Answer for Shocking Neglect in Public SpendingMinisters must Answer for Shocking Neglect in Public Spending Accounts of lapses and neglect in public spending by government ministries and departments documented in the Auditor-General's Office (AGO) latest report are shocking. They include (but are not limited to): The Singapore Police Force overpaying its Volunteer Special Constabulary officers in allowance to the tune of...

Human Rights Watch: State Visit by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien LoongHuman Rights Watch: State Visit by Singapore Prime Minister... Dear President Obama, As you prepare for the state visit of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on August 2, 2016, we write to highlight key human rights concerns that we hope you will raise in both public and private with Prime Minister Lee. These include issues of freedom of speech, assembly, and association,...

Employment Pass qualifying salary increase more than locals?Employment Pass qualifying salary increase more than locals? I refer to the article “Qualifying salary for Employment Pass to be raised from $3,300 to $3,600 from Jan 1: Manpower Ministry” (Straits Times, Jul 26). the article said: “The qualifying salary for Employment Pass (EP) applications will be raised from $3,300 to $3,600, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced on...

Tourist to Taxi driver: 'We go to bed, ok?'Tourist to Taxi driver: 'We go to bed, ok?' This incident happened to my friend's dad who's a cabdriver but there is no way to verify if it is true. Once the friend's dad picked up a Japanese passenger at the airport. To his surprise, the passenger asked, "We go to bed, ok?" Thinking that the passenger may want to rest at a hotel, the cab driver suggested a...

Singapore has lost its compassionate soul along with its kampong spiritSingapore has lost its compassionate soul along with its... What has become of Singapore? Have we successfully evolved to become a society of binary minded beings, where the mind only sees Ones and Zeros in our day to day living? A neighbour of mine is in the middle of shifting out and like most of us living in high rise HDB flats, we get help from movers. By all logical thinking...

SDP Raises Questions About 1MDB and the KL-Singapore High-Speed Railway ProjectSDP Raises Questions About 1MDB and the KL-Singapore High-Speed... Given the recent announcement of the US Department of Justice's (DoJ's) investigation into 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the alleged corrupt practices in the company, the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of the high-speed railway (HSR) is troubling. The first issue involves the terminus of...

PUB allowed corrupted staff to stay on for four years until officially chargedPUB allowed corrupted staff to stay on for four years until... This article - . - states that anomalies were discovered in 2012 but the investigation by CPIB ended this year. The article also stated that the staff was suspended for one month. That means that PUB allowed the corrupted staff to remain working for about four years until he was officially charged by CPIB. It...

Editorials
Doctor jailed three-and-a-half years for molesting...

Doctor jailed three-and-a-half years for molesting...

After an 18-day trial, District Judge Siva Shanmugam found 50 year-old aesthetic doctor Tan Kok Leong...
MOM looking into alleged unfair labour practices by...

MOM looking into alleged unfair labour practices by...

According to a report by TODAY, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is looking into allegedly unfair labour...
New Philippine President Duterte signs Freedom of Information...

New Philippine President Duterte signs Freedom of Information...

Just 25 days after taking office, newly-elected Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a landmark...
29 winners at Singapore's inaugural Michelin Star guide

29 winners at Singapore's inaugural Michelin Star guide

At a Gala dinner held at RWS on Thursday (21 Jul), 27 restaurants and 2 hawker food stalls were accorded...
Authorities seized assets amounting to $240m linked...

Authorities seized assets amounting to $240m linked...

In a joint statement by the AGC, CAD, MAS and SPF on Thursday (21 Jul), authorities have seized more...
Temasek to buy out SMRT at $1.68 a share

Temasek to buy out SMRT at $1.68 a share

An offer has been made by Temasek Holdings today (20 Jul) to take rail operator SMRT private at $1.68...
All California Fitness gyms to be closed with immediate...

All California Fitness gyms to be closed with immediate...

In an announcement made shortly after midnight today (20 Jul), accounting specialist firm Ferrier Hodgson...
Local study: taking red meat once a day increases risk...

Local study: taking red meat once a day increases risk...

A local health study conducted over a period of 15 years has highlighted the health risks of frequently...
Former British Minister: downsizing homes for retirement...

Former British Minister: downsizing homes for retirement...

Downsizing homes for retirement could result in a "rude shock" In a report commissioned for British insurance...
SPH reports 46% drop in Q3 profit

SPH reports 46% drop in Q3 profit

For the quarter ending May 31, SPH’s overall revenue slid by 5.7% to $296.7 million. Its media and...
Police arrest 3 suspects in relation to DHL phone scam

Police arrest 3 suspects in relation to DHL phone scam

After cheating victims out of more than $4 million in total to date, the police have made their first...
FactWire responds to 'false statement' by Singapore's...

FactWire responds to 'false statement' by Singapore's...

FactWire, a Hong Kong based news agency "founded by 3,300 Hong Kong people" has released a public statement...
LTA: Trains on North-South and East-West Lines safe...

LTA: Trains on North-South and East-West Lines safe...

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has issued a press release on Wednesday (6th July) evening to address...
Factwire: SMRT secretly shipping defective trains back...

Factwire: SMRT secretly shipping defective trains back...

Acting on a tip-off, Hong Kong-based Factwire conducted an investigation and discovered that SMRT...
NUS professor allegedly demands cabby to 'respect'...

NUS professor allegedly demands cabby to 'respect'...

Police had to be called in after a bizarre dispute between a cabby and his passenger on Tuesday (28...
Man behind The Real Singapore jailed 8 months

Man behind The Real Singapore jailed 8 months

The man behind the now-defunct The Real Singapore (TRS) socio-political website has been sentenced to...
Cab firms set to face higher operating licence fees

Cab firms set to face higher operating licence fees

Despite a decrease in their daily earnings due to the proliferation of Grab and Uber, taxi drivers may...
HDB and URA to review public parking charges

HDB and URA to review public parking charges

Both the HDB and URA have confirmed yesterday (22 Jun) that a review is underway to look at raising public...
NSmen to get free personal insurance coverage from...

NSmen to get free personal insurance coverage from...

Starting 1st Jul, all active national servicemen and operationally ready NSmen will get a $150,000 personal...
Police reports filed against FAP for electoral advertising...

Police reports filed against FAP for electoral advertising...

Two individuals have filed police reports against the Facebook page "Fabrications About the PAP"...
Opinion
PAP got a point about election uncertainity

PAP got a point about election uncertainity

Last GE was the only GE in which I don’t recall the PAP saying that a less than empathic victory would...
The Empire robbing Najib of his billions

The Empire robbing Najib of his billions

Read in front page news that the Americans are going after the assets of Najib in the US worth more than...
: Bin Centre Design Diploma course application closed...

: Bin Centre Design Diploma course application closed...

Joint statement by 15 Singapore Polytechnics We thank applicants for their interest in our little-known...
My storm in a teacup, and thoughts on some wider implications

My storm in a teacup, and thoughts on some wider implications

So several days have gone by since the little storm in a teacup that involved Calvin Cheng trying to...
Our National Paradox

Our National Paradox

Our national paradox is that while the Chinese can wake up hating China, he does not cease to be Chinese,...
DoJ connects 1MDB bonds’ proceeds to Najib personally

DoJ connects 1MDB bonds’ proceeds to Najib personally

etween 2012 and 2013 Goldman helped 1MDB raise $6.5 billion by issuing three bonds. The Justice Department...
AGO report on MCCY, Minister Grace Fu chut pattern

AGO report on MCCY, Minister Grace Fu chut pattern

The AGO report has revealed lots of lapses, including an eye-popping $410,000 consultancy fee for a $470,000...
Singapore Puts Claim Limits on Health, but Asian Tigers...

Singapore Puts Claim Limits on Health, but Asian Tigers...

I came down with flu yesterday and had to see the doctor. The bill came up to quite a hefty sum. So...
Who will be accountable for all the lapses in the AGO...

Who will be accountable for all the lapses in the AGO...

The inadequate financial controls and weak governance report by the AGO sound like it was made from...
Smart nation, stupid people – Too big to lose

Smart nation, stupid people – Too big to lose

There is this saying, if you owe the bank a few hundred thousand, you are in deep trouble. But when you...
Why is it that SAF Officers can choose their retirement...

Why is it that SAF Officers can choose their retirement...

The AGO report certainly shone a light on something very interesting in my view. This is the unauthorised...
Dr Chee Soon Juan: Singapore’s future and the PAP

Dr Chee Soon Juan: Singapore’s future and the PAP

How many times have we heard of this mantra that this little island which we inhabit has scant natural...
Social disintegration and the Racial Harmony Day wayang

Social disintegration and the Racial Harmony Day wayang

No thanks to PAP’s mindless immigration policy, Singapore’s social fabric is now in tatters. The...
Brexiters and Aljunied residents

Brexiters and Aljunied residents

Brexiters (52% of Britons) and 51% of Aljunied GRC voters vote against their own economic interests. On...
3 big banks, DBS, UBS and Stanchart, serious lapses...

3 big banks, DBS, UBS and Stanchart, serious lapses...

I can expect the foreign banks to be involved in money laundering activities as many have been charged...
No Separation Of Power, Absolute Power Corrupts

No Separation Of Power, Absolute Power Corrupts

Most Singaporeans are laughing at how the politicians refused to admit who is the Malaysian Number 1...
Freedom is more than a Pendulum

Freedom is more than a Pendulum

It has been said before, the existence of humans depends on security and freedom. It is the constant...
Singaporeans should fear PAP no more, PAP fears its...

Singaporeans should fear PAP no more, PAP fears its...

(This post is dedicated to Singaporeans who still fear the PAP.) Lee Kuan Yew had understood the power...
SMRT: Taxpayers get screwed

SMRT: Taxpayers get screwed

Temasek is offering $1.68 per share or $1.18bn to buy out the minority shareholders of SMRT, a 9% premium...
The truth about the South China Sea issue

The truth about the South China Sea issue

First let those politicians, strategic studies research personals , the mass medias, the TVs and Radio...
Snippets
Protecting Our Judiciary Bill by Teo Soh Lung

Protecting Our Judiciary Bill by Teo Soh Lung

The Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill presented to parliament on 11 July 2016 reminds me of...
Fourth-generation Singaporean lost his $150,000 salary...

Fourth-generation Singaporean lost his $150,000 salary...

Dear Gilbert, I am a fourth generation Millennial Singaporean. I am writing this article as a rant...
Human Rights Watch: State Visit by Singapore Prime...

Human Rights Watch: State Visit by Singapore Prime...

Dear President Obama, As you prepare for the state visit of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien...
Is Temasek is a poor custodian when compared to GIC?

Is Temasek is a poor custodian when compared to GIC?

In its annual report released yesterday, GIC has reported that its 20 year USD-based real rate of return...
Former Malaysian premier Mahathir sues PM Najib over...

Former Malaysian premier Mahathir sues PM Najib over...

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is suing the current premier Najib Razak for corruption...
Singapore has lost its compassionate soul along with...

Singapore has lost its compassionate soul along with...

What has become of Singapore? Have we successfully evolved to become a society of binary minded beings,...
Ministers must Answer for Shocking Neglect in Public...

Ministers must Answer for Shocking Neglect in Public...

Accounts of lapses and neglect in public spending by government ministries and departments documented...
SDP Raises Questions About 1MDB and the KL-Singapore...

SDP Raises Questions About 1MDB and the KL-Singapore...

Given the recent announcement of the US Department of Justice's (DoJ's) investigation into 1 Malaysia...
Letters
Singapore is the former capital of China

Singapore is the former capital of China

“Hi, where are you from?” “I’m from Singapore.” “Which part of China is that?” I’m...
Singaporeans’ unemployment rate back to being higher...

Singaporeans’ unemployment rate back to being higher...

I refer to the article “Unemployment and layoffs up in second quarter: Manpower Ministry” (Straits...
Singaporeans react to AGO findings of Mindef’s $50...

Singaporeans react to AGO findings of Mindef’s $50...

Last January, Mindef invested S$50.26 million in a United States Real Estate Investment Trust exchange-traded...
Singapore’s Universities: Immoral students or incompetent...

Singapore’s Universities: Immoral students or incompetent...

Almost every year, we heard members of public chastised the degrading and offensive orientation activities...
Why the $3,600 EP salary would not change things much

Why the $3,600 EP salary would not change things much

The upcoming $3,600 salary for Employment Pass holders is a farce. The recent prosecution of employers...
Employment Pass qualifying salary increase more than...

Employment Pass qualifying salary increase more than...

I refer to the article “Qualifying salary for Employment Pass to be raised from $3,300 to $3,600 from...
PUB allowed corrupted staff to stay on for four years...

PUB allowed corrupted staff to stay on for four years...

This article - . - states that anomalies were discovered in 2012 but the investigation by CPIB...
Tourist to Taxi driver: 'We go to bed, ok?'

Tourist to Taxi driver: 'We go to bed, ok?'

This incident happened to my friend's dad who's a cabdriver but there is no way to verify if it is true. Once...
Sticky & Recent Articles


Last dance for TR Emeritus?

Last dance for TR Emeritus?

Per our editorial dated 11th March [ LINK ], we would like to reiterate again that it is currently increasingly difficult for the team to maintain the TR Emeritus (TRE) website on our own efforts. In the past, there was no problem maintaining TRE because the advertising revenues then were sufficient to cover the hosting charges... 

PAP got a point about election uncertainity

PAP got a point about election uncertainity

Last GE was the only GE in which I don’t recall the PAP saying that a less than empathic victory would drive away foreign invrstors. I guess they realise that that line no longer works. So it was interesting that I read the u/m in NYT Dealbook about the US markets and election uncertainty: ELECTION YEARS ARE STEEPED IN MARKETS’... 

The Empire robbing Najib of his billions

The Empire robbing Najib of his billions

Read in front page news that the Americans are going after the assets of Najib in the US worth more than US$1b. The Americans have unilaterally judged that the assets were illegally acquired using stolen money from 1MDB by Najib’s step son Riza Aziz, Najib’s friend Jho Low and Mohamed Badawy al-Husseiny. The best part, the... 

Singapore is the former capital of China

Singapore is the former capital of China

“Hi, where are you from?” “I’m from Singapore.” “Which part of China is that?” I’m here in Austin’s SXSW and you can’t believe the number of times this has happened. You feel like it’s your duty as a Singaporean to correct and educate everyone. But what’s the point? The required geographical knowledge... 

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