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Global Retirement Index: ST says up 1 place, but report says down 2Global Retirement Index: ST says up 1 place, but report says... Did Singapore fall 2 places to drop out of the top 25 in the Global Retirement Index, or up 1 place to 27th?   I refer to the article “S’pore in 27th spot in global index on retirement security” (Straits Times, Sep 17). It states that “The latest Global Retirement Index, which measures indicators like health...

LRT breakdowns: ‘Afterthought’ & ‘political pressure’ – what about MRT breakdowns?LRT breakdowns: ‘Afterthought’ & ‘political pressure’... I refer to “Behind the ‘political pressure’ that led to the ‘afterthought’ of Bukit Panjang LRT” (Channel NewsAsia, Sep 16). It states that “Issues such as accessibility problems and traffic congestion could be some of the factors alluded to by Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, who on Tue (Sep 12) described Bukit...

Doesn't Tharman think it's too late?Doesn't Tharman think it's too late? Now only after the undeserving Halimah Yacob has been selected and installed as the President then Tharman comes out to say that he "would have preferred a contest". Why didn't he voice out his opinion before or during the "nomination day"? Or better still, why didn't he voice out when the cynical manipulation of the...

More reporters to lose their jobs soon?More reporters to lose their jobs soon? Job cuts are on the horizon for SPH employees as profits slide for six straight quarters, attributed to decline in advertising sales in its media business. Here's hoping that reporters from Chua Mui Hong to Rachel Au-Yong to Elgin Toh will lose their jobs because political lapdogs don't deserve to get paid. Moreover,...

Khaw's Admission is Indication that PAP's Infrastructural Projects are Offten Carried Out to Win VotesKhaw's Admission is Indication that PAP's Infrastructural... Minister of Transport Khaw Boon Wan's admission last week that the government had built the Bukit Panjang Light Rail System (BPLRT) as an “afterthought” and “under political pressure” was unsurprising. Mr Khaw's statement has laid bare the issue that the SDP has brought up repeatedly in the past which is...

You don't really need a minority President to unify citizens in the midst of terrorismYou don't really need a minority President to unify citizens... At Halimah's presidential inauguration (14 Sep), PM Lee said that Halimah, as a member of minority race, will "unify all of us" as President when extremist terrorism is sowing distrust and fear in the community. "In an age when ethnic nationalism is rising, extremist terrorism sows distrust and fear, and exclusivist...

Top-up $2.8m CPF to protect from creditors?Top-up $2.8m CPF to protect from creditors? With reference to my article “Put Everything in CPF when in debt” – my friends remarked that they liked the title of the article very much. One of my friends asked: “If I expect to be sued, and I think I will end up having to pay say a few million dollars – and I have 2.5 million in the bank and no other assets,...

Put everything in CPF when in debtPut everything in CPF when in debt Talk on Debt Management Some of my friends who were unable to attend my talk on Debt management at the seminar on 9 September, organised jointly by the Singapore Professional Centre and the Society of Financial Service Professionals, have asked me if I could write a short article about it. HDB/CPF tips for the cash-strapped or...

Urgency for us to find our identity and voice againUrgency for us to find our identity and voice again I was one of the attendees of the event on Saturday.  I am very clear with why I was there from the start. To stand for what I believe in - Democracy and Meritocracy. I have always believe in leadership that's far-sighted. The reason for the reserved election is truly understandable... It is to safeguard the interest...

MSM grossly under-reported attendance for silent sit-in protestMSM grossly under-reported attendance for silent sit-in protest It was a great occasion at Hong Lim Park today , made more special by the attendance of Dr Tan Cheng Bock . The Straits Times has grossly under-reported the number of attendees , putting the numbers at a few hundred . My friends , there were at least 2500-3000 of us there . Once again , thank you for your support...

4,000 jobs growth: 0 to Singaporeans?4,000 jobs growth: 0 to Singaporeans? New PRs granted may mean 0 jobs growth to S’poreans and the unemployment rate up, not down? I refer to the article “Labour market shows slight uptick in first half of 2017: Manpower Ministry” (Straits Times, Sep 14). 4,000 more locals employed It states that “By June 2017, 4,000 more Singaporean and permanent...

Elaborate Plot To Remove Workers Party From ParliamentElaborate Plot To Remove Workers Party From Parliament The plot: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ahtc-appointed-independent-panel-files-lawsuit-against-workers-9064544 Defense cum entrapment scheme: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/workers-party-mps-contest-ahtc-lawsuit-reject-allegations By luring the worker's party into a defense suit, they will...

Congrats To PAP Supporters, Your Fate Is Sealed!Congrats To PAP Supporters, Your Fate Is Sealed! Good day 70% PAP supporters. How are u feeling? I hope u are in the pink of health. I am sure many of u wanted your favourite PAP president Haalimah Yacoob. Hope u are enjoying every bit of the selected president to represent u. Come 2020, expect similar rules to disqualify opposition. Hope u will be happy again....

MRT: Take 7 years to fix breakdowns?MRT: Take 7 years to fix breakdowns? I refer to Christopher Tan’s article “Focus on people, not just numbers, in rail reliability” (Straits Times, Sep 13). Disconnect between rail reliability statistics & commuters’ experience? It states that “Commuters in Singapore will be among the first to agree that there is a disconnect between rail...

At least North Koreans get to say 'yes' or 'no' to elect Kim Jong UnAt least North Koreans get to say 'yes' or 'no' to elect... In 2014, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was elected with 100% 'yes' votes. Every 5 years, North Koreans get to elect their deputies for the Supreme People's Assembly, the equivalent of a parliament in the West. Each deputy represents a district. Voters do not really have a choice who to vote for — there is only...

Editorials
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)...
Li ShengWu not returning to Singapore

Li ShengWu not returning to Singapore

Li ShengWu, the eldest son of Mr Lee Hsien yang, has indicated that he will not be returning to Singapore...
AGC to commence committal proceedings against Li ShengWu

AGC to commence committal proceedings against Li ShengWu

The Attorney-General Chambers (AGC) has decided to commence committal proceedings against Li ShengWu...
Li ShengWu clarifies private post after 'threat' from...

Li ShengWu clarifies private post after 'threat' from...

Li ShengWu has amended a post he made on 15th July and posted further clarification after he supposedly...
Workers Party's MPs deny all allegations made by AHTC's...

Workers Party's MPs deny all allegations made by AHTC's...

Workers’ Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang, party and town council chairman Sylvia Lim and town council...
Target achieved for M Ravi's foreclosure assistance...

Target achieved for M Ravi's foreclosure assistance...

Netizens have managed to raise about $9000 over a period of 3 days to help Human Rights activist...
Joseph Schooling qualifies for final of 50m Butterfly...

Joseph Schooling qualifies for final of 50m Butterfly...

Singapore's homegrown swimming talent, Mr Joseph Schooling has qualified for the 50m Butterfly final...
Opinions
PAP serving Singaporeans? Only fools will believe this.

PAP serving Singaporeans? Only fools will believe this.

Singaporeans have been repeatedly fooled for decades. PAP is a self-serving party and the appointment...
NOL: More evidence scholar screwed up

NOL: More evidence scholar screwed up

Looks like NOL was sold juz when the shipping cycle was about to turn (finally). Yesterday FT’s...
Manipulates everything to his and the party's advantage

Manipulates everything to his and the party's advantage

Did you see die hard staunch PAP supporter and blogger Ms Xia Xue lashed out at Shammugan? Even PAP...
Madam President, it’s time to move out; either you...

Madam President, it’s time to move out; either you...

We get it. Absent an election, the next best way to demonstrate you are the people’s president...
Do You Think Singaporeans Are Hopeless?

Do You Think Singaporeans Are Hopeless?

After Halimah is declared the next Malay minority president, the whole internet is set on fire with...
What we should consider now about Malay rights

What we should consider now about Malay rights

Just came back from a conference about ASEAN volunteerism in Bangkok, and for what it's worth, I'm still...
Hali cracks a great joke

Hali cracks a great joke

“Although this is a reserved election, I am not a reserved President. I’m a President for everyone” There...
There are no honest people in Singapore!

There are no honest people in Singapore!

In Singapore there are no laws to protect whistleblowers. Even assuming there are, things are not as...
Politically incorrect views on PE 2017

Politically incorrect views on PE 2017

Like Halimah Yacob, President S.R. Nathan himself also was a walkover candidate. He was so for 2 consecutive...
Minister Khaw: Lau Goh’s government threw away 285...

Minister Khaw: Lau Goh’s government threw away 285...

MOT Minister Khaw Boon Wan has confirmed the “afterthought” Bukit Panjang LRT (BPLRT) is a flop. The...
Train breakdowns: Is dishonesty really the best policy?

Train breakdowns: Is dishonesty really the best policy?

Last updated on September 17th, 2017 at 12:40 pm Another train breakdown, another delay, another inaccurate...
Ramifications of the (S)elected Presidency

Ramifications of the (S)elected Presidency

If Michael Palmer had kept his willy within his trousers and not sneaked into Hotel 81, Halimah Yacob...
Hali humble? What a load of bull

Hali humble? What a load of bull

Justin Wee posted this on FB PAP and the MSM keeps telling us the sham President Halimah Yacob is...
Reserved PE mission accomplished: Singaporeans will...

Reserved PE mission accomplished: Singaporeans will...

With the PE out of the way, PAP can now heave a huge sigh of relief: its preferred candidate will not...
Close to 2000 turn up at Hong Lim Park for protest...

Close to 2000 turn up at Hong Lim Park for protest...

Close to 2000 individuals turned up at Hong Lim Park on 16 September to show their concern and unhappiness...
SMRT signaling fault again? Commuters should ‘signal’...

SMRT signaling fault again? Commuters should ‘signal’...

(SMRT has announced that this is a ‘train fault’ but most faults are related to the testing of its...
#hardlymahpresident

#hardlymahpresident

WTF? President is paid millions but we got to do her work for her isit? This is the implication of...
Who are you to cast the first stone on M. Ravi?

Who are you to cast the first stone on M. Ravi?

The following is a letter to the editor in response to several comments that appeared on our website...
Snippets
Doesn't Tharman think it's too late?

Doesn't Tharman think it's too late?

Now only after the undeserving Halimah Yacob has been selected and installed as the President then Tharman...
More reporters to lose their jobs soon?

More reporters to lose their jobs soon?

Job cuts are on the horizon for SPH employees as profits slide for six straight quarters, attributed...
Urgency for us to find our identity and voice again

Urgency for us to find our identity and voice again

I was one of the attendees of the event on Saturday.  I am very clear with why I was there from the...
Khaw's Admission is Indication that PAP's Infrastructural...

Khaw's Admission is Indication that PAP's Infrastructural...

Minister of Transport Khaw Boon Wan's admission last week that the government had built the Bukit...
You don't really need a minority President to unify...

You don't really need a minority President to unify...

At Halimah's presidential inauguration (14 Sep), PM Lee said that Halimah, as a member of minority race,...
MSM grossly under-reported attendance for silent sit-in...

MSM grossly under-reported attendance for silent sit-in...

It was a great occasion at Hong Lim Park today , made more special by the attendance of Dr Tan Cheng...
At least North Koreans get to say 'yes' or 'no' to...

At least North Koreans get to say 'yes' or 'no' to...

In 2014, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was elected with 100% 'yes' votes. Every 5 years, North Koreans...
PAP supporter: The recent round of musical chairs has...

PAP supporter: The recent round of musical chairs has...

I've always been an unabashed supporter of the PAP--because a few tone-deaf individuals do not a party...
Committee to attract shoppers?

Committee to attract shoppers?

PAP Ministers are so free they have time to form a Ministerial Committee just to study how to attract...
Tan Cheng Bock: I will be there at Hong Lim Park

Tan Cheng Bock: I will be there at Hong Lim Park

I will be there..Silent Sit-in Protest . A Silent Sit-in protest will be held at Hong Lim Park today...
Singaporeans were ready to give the PAP a bloody nose

Singaporeans were ready to give the PAP a bloody nose

As momentum built in the run-up to nomination day for the reserved Presidential Election , it was...
Halimah will just fade into a silent President

Halimah will just fade into a silent President

In the end, Halimah Yacob - like SR Nathan and Tony Tan before her - will just fade into a silent president....
Calvin Cheng: I detest fake news and lies spread by...

Calvin Cheng: I detest fake news and lies spread by...

There are quite a few reasons to feel disgruntled by the elected Presidency but I detest fake news and...
Press Release - Silence Sit-in Protest on 16th Sep...

Press Release - Silence Sit-in Protest on 16th Sep...

Dear members of the press and our online media, Re: Silence Sit-in Protest on 16th Sep (Sat) 430 to...
Race just a distraction for PAP to retain power

Race just a distraction for PAP to retain power

While it's understandable that discussions of the Halimah Presidency might focus on issues of race,...
Letters
Global Retirement Index: ST says up 1 place, but report...

Global Retirement Index: ST says up 1 place, but report...

Did Singapore fall 2 places to drop out of the top 25 in the Global Retirement Index, or up 1 place to...
LRT breakdowns: ‘Afterthought’ & ‘political pressure’...

LRT breakdowns: ‘Afterthought’ & ‘political pressure’...

I refer to “Behind the ‘political pressure’ that led to the ‘afterthought’ of Bukit Panjang...
4,000 jobs growth: 0 to Singaporeans?

4,000 jobs growth: 0 to Singaporeans?

New PRs granted may mean 0 jobs growth to S’poreans and the unemployment rate up, not down? I refer...
Top-up $2.8m CPF to protect from creditors?

Top-up $2.8m CPF to protect from creditors?

With reference to my article “Put Everything in CPF when in debt” – my friends remarked that they...
Put everything in CPF when in debt

Put everything in CPF when in debt

Talk on Debt Management Some of my friends who were unable to attend my talk on Debt management at...
Congrats To PAP Supporters, Your Fate Is Sealed!

Congrats To PAP Supporters, Your Fate Is Sealed!

Good day 70% PAP supporters. How are u feeling? I hope u are in the pink of health. I am sure many of...
Elaborate Plot To Remove Workers Party From Parliament

Elaborate Plot To Remove Workers Party From Parliament

The plot: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ahtc-appointed-independent-panel-files-lawsuit-against-workers-9064544 Defense...
MRT: Take 7 years to fix breakdowns?

MRT: Take 7 years to fix breakdowns?

I refer to Christopher Tan’s article “Focus on people, not just numbers, in rail reliability” (Straits...
F1 visitors magically increased when ticket sales at...

F1 visitors magically increased when ticket sales at...

I refer to the article “Formula One: Singapore Grand Prix signs 4-year extension to host night race”...
Elected President

Elected President

ANIMAL FARM Once upon a time there was an animal farm in Singapore. Napoleon the first among pigs...
Healthcare: 9,000 more jobs – What % jobs now to...

Healthcare: 9,000 more jobs – What % jobs now to...

I refer to the article “Thousands of jobs opening up in healthcare sector” (Straits Times, Sep 11). It...
Why qualified Malay candidates not interested in Presidency?

Why qualified Malay candidates not interested in Presidency?

Everyone is now visibly upset with the Presidential walkover but I am more upset with the passive nature...
7,618 caught cheating on transport fares: So many poor...

7,618 caught cheating on transport fares: So many poor...

I refer to the article “$5.2 million lost to fare cheats on public transport in 2016” (Straits Times,...
Halimah's victory expected

Halimah's victory expected

I was watching the news update as Mdm Halimah was declared president of Singapore and would have...
Near stampede at Tampines MRT

Near stampede at Tampines MRT

Dear SMRT I would like to bring to your attention to an incident that happened this morning at Tampines...
Sticky & Recent Articles

Follow-up to ‘TR Emeritus’ in-house techie requires assistance’

Follow-up to ‘TR Emeritus’ in-house techie requires assistance’

Following our appeal on Tuesday (20th Sept) titled “TR Emeritus’ in-house techie requires assistance“, a kind reader has written to TRE to suggest that we should use a local bank account to receive the goodwill donations as most readers are not comfortable with using their credit/debit cards via PayPal to make... 

PAP serving Singaporeans? Only fools will believe this.

PAP serving Singaporeans? Only fools will believe this.

Singaporeans have been repeatedly fooled for decades. PAP is a self-serving party and the appointment of Halimah as President is to serve PAP. Singaporeans are not that stupid. Why are many angry if Halimah is capable of serving us? Bear in mind that Halimah does not have finance/investment background to understand what’s... 

NOL: More evidence scholar screwed up

NOL: More evidence scholar screwed up

Looks like NOL was sold juz when the shipping cycle was about to turn (finally). Yesterday FT’s authoritative Lex column said under the title “Container shipping: surf’s up Now that the industry is rationalising, how high can prices go?” Industry volume growth is expected to hit 5 per cent this year, from 3.8 last year.... 

Global Retirement Index: ST says up 1 place, but report says down 2

Global Retirement Index: ST says up 1 place, but report says down 2

Did Singapore fall 2 places to drop out of the top 25 in the Global Retirement Index, or up 1 place to 27th?   I refer to the article “S’pore in 27th spot in global index on retirement security” (Straits Times, Sep 17). It states that “The latest Global Retirement Index, which measures indicators like health and material... 

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