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Think again before migrating to New ZealandThink again before migrating to New Zealand I’m a Singaporean and have been in NZ for the past almost 5 years. I have traveled extensively prior to coming to NZ and never have I seen any other country that exhibits such ridiculous behaviors! Imagine turning on the TV and the ads are showing you that 1) Violence is Not ok, 2) Do not ever shake a baby, 3)...

14% price differential – BTO vs Resale Index?14% price differential – BTO vs Resale Index? I refer to the article “3,770 BTO flats, 5,170 balance flats in mature and non-mature estates launched for sale” (Straits Times, May 24). The price for Sembawang [email protected] BTO 4-room HDB flats starts from $235,000. BTO price increased by 4.4%? In the May 2013 BTO launch – Sembawang Eastbank,...

Lawrence Khong: #Wearwhite on 4th Jun to preserve pro-family Singapore!Lawrence Khong: #Wearwhite on 4th Jun to preserve pro-family... We.Wear.White | Saturday, June 4 | Sunday, June 5 Why Wear White? Because it is a pro-Family, pro-Government, pro-Singapore message! 1. It is a message to our Government that we fully support its pro-Family policies. We reinforce the important role of Family in nation-building. Guó Jiā. Guó means country. Jiā...

What the PAP says, the reality is anotherWhat the PAP says, the reality is another Just read between the lines whenever PAP says anything and you will realise that the reality is always quite contrasting. For instance, let's look at their party manifesto: - We will enable every Singaporean to realise their full potential, regardless of the starting point: However, the civil service and ministers...

The Chiam issue: Why this, why now?The Chiam issue: Why this, why now? Below are some frequently asked questions about Mr Chiam See Tong's departure from the SDP and why we are raising the issue now. I answer them here: Why rehash the past over the split with Chiam See Tong? Aren't there more important issues to discuss? Many of you are sick of this matter and you don't want to hear...

Toilet at Clementi MRT a gathering hub for gays?Toilet at Clementi MRT a gathering hub for gays? I recently moved to a flat near the Clementi MRT station. On one occasion, I needed to use the toilet at the MRT station. Upon reaching it, I noticed three middle-aged looking guys just loitering in the toilet, and eyeing every guy who went in. The way they behave made me feel very uncomfortable. A quick Google online...

Amnesty International strongly condemns the sudden execution of Kho JabingAmnesty International strongly condemns the sudden execution... Amnesty International strongly condemns the sudden execution of Kho Jabing, undertaken with shameful haste. The rushed execution, that occurred mere hours after his final appeal was rejected, marked a cruel and inhuman end to Kho Jabing’s life after a six year legal battle in the courts. Kho Jabing, a Malaysian...

PAP Ministers and MPs - act and talk big but little action?PAP Ministers and MPs - act and talk big but little action? Why should the MP and Ministers be the ones to grace so many public ceremonies and events as the Guests of Honour? To my mind, this is because the PAP want its Ministers and MPs to grab every opportunity of publicity and limelight for themselves and for their party. Behind all these 'wayang', all the actual work is...

The truth behind a 'beautiful' and ever-evolving SingaporeThe truth behind a 'beautiful' and ever-evolving Singapore I’ve left Singapore for about 12 years now and have come back yearly to see family & friends. This recent trip I went around Singapore – what I saw was shocking but it didn’t really surprise me. Older & smaller shopping centres are suffering from long-term vacancies especially those on prime ground floors...

Has NS lost its meaning with so many foreigners?Has NS lost its meaning with so many foreigners? We used to think NS is great and we would protect our country at all costs. Now, with so many foreigners everywhere and foreigners projected to be two-thirds of our population, we are ending up protecting foreigners and PRs who take our jobs, form enclaves and think they are superior to Singaporeans. Such crowds everywhere...

Re-employment guidelines revised: For better or worse?Re-employment guidelines revised: For better or worse? I refer to the article “Highlights of revised Tripartite Guidelines on the Re-employment of Older Workers” (Straits Times, May 18). Employer determines performance and fitness to be re-employed? It states that “Employers should aim to re-employ the majority of their older employees. Re-employment contracts...

Will Amos Yee find a caring doctor to help overcome his mental issues?Will Amos Yee find a caring doctor to help overcome his mental... Amos splits people into 2 groups: you either like him or you don’t (aside from those who can’t be bothered). Those who like him thinks he is very intelligent but emotionally immature and therefore needs to be helped. Those who don’t like him think he is too manipulative and attention seeking and they suggest just...

LOVE is the basis of everythingLOVE is the basis of everything A response to Tan Kheng-Liang (Joseph)'s letter regarding Leow Yangfa's plea to support Pink Dot. We understand that Singapore is a multi-cultural and multi-religious society. In recent years, we saw that "religious" people from the community have been shaming the LGBTQ community through what they thought is the "WORD...

Why the rush to kill Kho Jabing?Why the rush to kill Kho Jabing? On 4 April 2016, the Court of Appeal dismissed the application to reopen the case of Kho Jabing, the Sarawakian who was convicted of murder in the course of robbery in 2010. Jabing’s journey to his impending execution this Friday, 20 May 2016 is fraught with grief. Like the case of Yong Vui Kong now a devout Buddhist,...

Please stop hurting opposition's opportunity to enter parliamentPlease stop hurting opposition's opportunity to enter parliament The way I see the dispute between Dr Chee Soon Juan and Mr Chiam See Tong is that the matter should have been buried a long time ago. It no longer has political relevance. It is annoying to continue to see it in the news every election time. It is an unfortunate distraction to the real issues the public should attend...

Editorials
S-chips make up bulk of SGX suspended counters

S-chips make up bulk of SGX suspended counters

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) has released an inaugural report detailing the number of listed-companies...
Last dance for The Online citizen?

Last dance for The Online citizen?

One of Singapore's top socio-political website, The Online Citizen (TOC) will be going on hiatus effective...
EIU: 4-year degree in Singapore to become less affordable...

EIU: 4-year degree in Singapore to become less affordable...

According to a study by the the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the affordability of a 4-year undergraduate...
Police 'interrogates' 88 year-old for collecting cardboard...

Police 'interrogates' 88 year-old for collecting cardboard...

A Facebook post by prominent labour activist Gilbert Goh has alleged that officers from the Singapore...
Malaysian SPR jailed 12 weeks for brazen act of rash...

Malaysian SPR jailed 12 weeks for brazen act of rash...

42 year-old Malaysian Singapore Permanent Resident Chee Chern Chun was sentenced to 12 weeks jail yesterday...
Popular cafe at Nee Soon South CC to be replaced by...

Popular cafe at Nee Soon South CC to be replaced by...

A popular family-run cafe at the Nee Soon South Community Club (CC) - Buddy Hoagies - is set to be closed...
Kho Jabing's final stay of execution dismissed by Court...

Kho Jabing's final stay of execution dismissed by Court...

Even though he was scheduled to be hanged this morning (20 May) for murder, lawyers acting for Kho...
11 year-old student commits suicide at Fernvale Link

11 year-old student commits suicide at Fernvale Link

According to the Lianhe Zaobao, an 11-year old boy had committed suicide by jumping off a block at...
LTA draws flak for poorly worded ad campaign

LTA draws flak for poorly worded ad campaign

LTA recently launched a series of ad campaigns to promote the use of public transport after the PAP...
PRC woman inherits $200k after husband from sham marriage...

PRC woman inherits $200k after husband from sham marriage...

A Permanent Resident from China Diao Yen Mei  inherited more than $200k in CPF monies from her...
Should we be rewarding bus companies for poor services?

Should we be rewarding bus companies for poor services?

Earlier this month, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that SMRT and SBS would be getting...
Elderly man dies after wheelchair tips over due to...

Elderly man dies after wheelchair tips over due to...

A 77- year-old wheelchair-bound man was killed in an accident yesterday morning (15 May) due to a faulty...
Police report lodged against PAP MP Rahayu Mahzam

Police report lodged against PAP MP Rahayu Mahzam

A member of the public has lodged a police report against Ms Rahayu Mahzam, a Member of Parliament...
Should we pity these natural aristocrats for their...

Should we pity these natural aristocrats for their...

Shortly after Finance Minister Heng Swee  Keat suffered from a stroke, numerous individuals have gone...
Cat and mouse game over for Amos Yee

Cat and mouse game over for Amos Yee

Self-proclaimed genius teenager, Amos Yee Pang Sang appears to have given up his cat-and-mouse game with...
Opinion
Death sentence is a lazy form of penalty that does...

Death sentence is a lazy form of penalty that does...

Death sentence in recent time has been an issue of contention of whether it is an effective mean to deter...
11 year old student commit suicide – So sad

11 year old student commit suicide – So sad

Read this in the TRE. ‘According to the Lianhe Zaobao, an 11-year old boy had committed suicide by...
Chipping away at PAP hegemony

Chipping away at PAP hegemony

But first, a truism: if the public are not buying the product politicians are selling, no end of stunts...
Perfect gentlemen police force

Perfect gentlemen police force

I read this report of a drunk Japanese man slapping three policemen while being held at an MRT station...
Singapore’s health system – efficient and effective?

Singapore’s health system – efficient and effective?

A Facebook user, Catrina Wong, recounted her experience at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and...
Dr Chee fixed Chiam in the 1990s

Dr Chee fixed Chiam in the 1990s

I wrote sometime back that the Chiams were really very petty people when they got real shirty about...
Snippets from Lord Anthony Lester book 'Five Ideas...

Snippets from Lord Anthony Lester book 'Five Ideas...

Lord Lester QC in this week’s BBC Hardtalk interview described British judges in the earlier years...
Benjamin Lim’s death – Who caused it?

Benjamin Lim’s death – Who caused it?

The inquiry into the premature death of this 14 year old boy is all about how or what led to his...
Investing in Gold

Investing in Gold

Spot gold price has gone wild in May, turning bearish from month beginning peak closer to US $1,294 per...
LKY’s hard truths outdated

LKY’s hard truths outdated

There are many thoughts of LKY but not many are outdated. Many are still valid and would be valid for...
The initial question on by-election by Raymond Tan...

The initial question on by-election by Raymond Tan...

This is the by-product of gutter politics - in all it's ugly, debilitating glory. The initial statement...
Should have shouted 'I’m not a Muslim'?

Should have shouted 'I’m not a Muslim'?

Or “Jesus died”? Or “I’m Siva the destroyer”? Or Buddhists can kill”? Or “I God am a healous...
SDP is re-liar-ble in misrepresenting statistics

SDP is re-liar-ble in misrepresenting statistics

There’s this saying that if you torture statistics enough, it will tell you anything you want it to....
Millionaire Minsters and MPs working too hard? Are...

Millionaire Minsters and MPs working too hard? Are...

To answer Chua Mui Hoong's question, nope, we are not expecting too much of our ministers and MPs. Let's...
Character in Bukit Batok

Character in Bukit Batok

With a restful past week, I have had the opportunity to reflect on the eventful election at Bukit Batok....
Snippets
Lawrence Khong: #Wearwhite on 4th Jun to preserve pro-family...

Lawrence Khong: #Wearwhite on 4th Jun to preserve pro-family...

We.Wear.White | Saturday, June 4 | Sunday, June 5 Why Wear White? Because it is a pro-Family, pro-Government,...
The Chiam issue: Why this, why now?

The Chiam issue: Why this, why now?

Below are some frequently asked questions about Mr Chiam See Tong's departure from the SDP and why...
Amnesty International strongly condemns the sudden...

Amnesty International strongly condemns the sudden...

Amnesty International strongly condemns the sudden execution of Kho Jabing, undertaken with shameful...
Will Amos Yee find a caring doctor to help overcome...

Will Amos Yee find a caring doctor to help overcome...

Amos splits people into 2 groups: you either like him or you don’t (aside from those who can’t be...
Squabbles between Chiam and Chee meaningless

Squabbles between Chiam and Chee meaningless

Knowing 'who's right, who's wrong' in the Chiam- Chee saga of the 1990s does not make any difference...
That ST Report about Goh and Chiam

That ST Report about Goh and Chiam

(PAP sets five goals to win elections in 2002 , Straits Times. Jan 12, 1998) PAP secretary-general...
Why the rush to kill Kho Jabing?

Why the rush to kill Kho Jabing?

On 4 April 2016, the Court of Appeal dismissed the application to reopen the case of Kho Jabing, the...
LOVE is the basis of everything

LOVE is the basis of everything

A response to Tan Kheng-Liang (Joseph)'s letter regarding Leow Yangfa's plea to support Pink Dot. We...
Letters
Think again before migrating to New Zealand

Think again before migrating to New Zealand

I’m a Singaporean and have been in NZ for the past almost 5 years. I have traveled extensively prior...
14% price differential – BTO vs Resale Index?

14% price differential – BTO vs Resale Index?

I refer to the article “3,770 BTO flats, 5,170 balance flats in mature and non-mature estates launched...
What the PAP says, the reality is another

What the PAP says, the reality is another

Just read between the lines whenever PAP says anything and you will realise that the reality is always...
Toilet at Clementi MRT a gathering hub for gays?

Toilet at Clementi MRT a gathering hub for gays?

I recently moved to a flat near the Clementi MRT station. On one occasion, I needed to use the toilet...
PAP Ministers and MPs - act and talk big but little...

PAP Ministers and MPs - act and talk big but little...

Why should the MP and Ministers be the ones to grace so many public ceremonies and events as the Guests...
The truth behind a 'beautiful' and ever-evolving Singapore

The truth behind a 'beautiful' and ever-evolving Singapore

I’ve left Singapore for about 12 years now and have come back yearly to see family & friends....
Has NS lost its meaning with so many foreigners?

Has NS lost its meaning with so many foreigners?

We used to think NS is great and we would protect our country at all costs. Now, with so many foreigners...
Re-employment guidelines revised: For better or worse?

Re-employment guidelines revised: For better or worse?

I refer to the article “Highlights of revised Tripartite Guidelines on the Re-employment of Older...
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... 

Death sentence is a lazy form of penalty that does not prevent crimes

Death sentence is a lazy form of penalty that does not prevent crimes

Death sentence in recent time has been an issue of contention of whether it is an effective mean to deter crime and whether it is a crime against humanity for taking a life from another. Of course, some would argue that its an eye for an eye and the person deserve the penalty, the victim’s family too would desire the person... 

Think again before migrating to New Zealand

Think again before migrating to New Zealand

I’m a Singaporean and have been in NZ for the past almost 5 years. I have traveled extensively prior to coming to NZ and never have I seen any other country that exhibits such ridiculous behaviors! Imagine turning on the TV and the ads are showing you that 1) Violence is Not ok, 2) Do not ever shake a baby, 3) People... 

S-chips make up bulk of SGX suspended counters

S-chips make up bulk of SGX suspended counters

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) has released an inaugural report detailing the number of listed-companies which have had their stocks suspended from trading for 12 months or more. Of the 20 companies, 17 were S-chips – companies which had their operations in China but are listed in Singapore – while only one was a local... 

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