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Roy Ngerng: Critique and Solutions for SingaporeRoy Ngerng: Critique and Solutions for Singapore CRITIQUE OF SINGAPORE'S MODEL: (1) No minimum wage, wages of low-income earners lowest among richest countries (Portugal upwards) (2) Government spends lowest expenditure on health as % of GDP, Singaporeans pay the highest out-of-pocket health expenditure (purchasing power parity) (3) Government spends lowest expenditure...

HDB earned $595m in carpark income in 2015, so why still increase rates?HDB earned $595m in carpark income in 2015, so why still... After writing “Public parking rates increase = more profits?” (Jun 22), I looked at the HDB’s financial statements and found that its income from car parks for the year ended 31 March 2015, was $595.2 million. HDB’s car parks’ income keeps increasing? This is an increase of $72.3 million from 2010’s $522.9...

Where does ELD draw the line?Where does ELD draw the line? I have read the news of the arrest of Teo Soh Lung, Roy Ngerng and Jason Chua by the police for breaking the Cooling Off or Polling Day rules. How did the election department know who break the Cooling-Off day rules? I thought it only applied to candidates and their parties? If they are investigating individuals who had...

Public parking rates increase = more profits?Public parking rates increase = more profits? I refer to the article “Public parking rates set to rise after review” (Straits Times, Jun 23). It states that “The Housing Development Board (HDB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) both confirmed yesterday that an islandwide review of both short-term and season parking schemes is in the works. This...

1 day job termination notice is sufficient?1 day job termination notice is sufficient? I refer to the article “Guidelines released on leave benefits, notice period for contract employees” (Channel NewsAsia, Jun 20). It states that “Under the new guidelines, employers are encouraged to treat contracts renewed within one month of the previous contract as continuous, and provide leave benefits based...

Hawkers’ misc fees increased by ? %?Hawkers’ misc fees increased by ? %? I refer to the article “Chan, your NTUC Foodfare is benefiting cleaning companies” (The Independent, Jun 22). Total fees of $1,787 monthly excluding rental? It states that “Blogger Aaron said: “So here’s the thing, even before you start bidding for rentals, you’ll need to consider the running costs,...

CNB's advisory on fake CNB officersCNB's advisory on fake CNB officers It has come to the attention of the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) that some person/s had been impersonating a CNB officer and had messaged others via WhatsApp messages, informing them that they ‘have cases with CNB’ and attempting to request for money. Reference: Jonathan Low's Facebook CNB will be working with...

 GST voucher – 2007 2.1m get it, now 1.3m? GST voucher – 2007 2.1m get it, now 1.3m? 1.54m get GST vouchers, Medisave top-ups I refer to the article “1.54m Singaporeans to get GST vouchers, Medisave top-ups this year” (Channel NewsAsia, Jun 20). Maximum GST Cash voucher of $500 per adult? It states that “Under the GST voucher benefits, 1.3 million eligible Singaporeans will receive up to...

What I did for my country (Singapore)What I did for my country (Singapore) Dear Government of Singapore: I am a law abiding citizen and always have been. I dutifully served NS for 2 years from 1986 to 1988. My NS allowance at that time was approximately $100 or so. I would like the government to know that I had to forgo at least $13,320 in CPF contributions during these 2 years (based on a...

PAP should ask themselves why our youth CMIPAP should ask themselves why our youth CMI Speaking at the inaugural Singapore Teochew Entrepreneur Award dinner, DPM Tharman said, "Many employers give us feedback that something is changing in our new generation, those who are starting work or who are early in their careers – people do not stay long on the job, and are impatient to move on, fewer believe in...

Not satisfied with illegal sexual service in a foreign country? Call MFA?Not satisfied with illegal sexual service in a foreign country?... Can the government get involved if a Singaporean gets illegal sexual services overseas, but is not satisfied and wants a refund? The answer seems obvious. But it was not obvious to one person at least. Some days ago, I wrote on the work done by MFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) officers providing consular services....

NSmen should be given education subsidies, rather than ASEAN scholars!NSmen should be given education subsidies, rather than ASEAN... Any NSmen who have completed at least 3 high key cycle without medical excuse or deferment, should be give 90% subsidies to take a Degree from any of the government-recognize Uni. No matter part time or full time basis. Its not like we are asking for a free meal, we still have to spend time in NS and do our studies and...

SIngPass 2FA system is an epic failureSIngPass 2FA system is an epic failure As we all know, all citizens are required to register for the recent singpass 2FA (2 step verification). I had been trying to help my mum who is computer illiterate to register for the new Singpass 2FA. Not only did the registration failed for both SMS and online web registration, it appeared that my mum's information...

What justifies the million-dollar salaries for Ministers?What justifies the million-dollar salaries for Ministers? Singapore is the only country in the world with the audacity to pay its ministers obscene millions. We were told that was the only way to buy talent and keep corruption at bay. Well, has it worked out that way? Ever since ministers started enjoying such unprecedented wealth, our life has gone into a tailspin. Many...

Kenna Police How?: Your right to due process (18 June @ HLP)Kenna Police How?: Your right to due process (18 June @ HLP) The following is a press release by the organisers of the event, ‘Kenna Police How?: Your right to due process’. Civil society event at Hong Lim Park to address police powers and due process On 18 June, Community Action Network (CAN), Function 8 and Think Centre invite all concerned members of society to join...

Editorials
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"...
AGC: No power to quash Tan Wah Piow’s conviction

AGC: No power to quash Tan Wah Piow’s conviction

The Attorney-General Chambers (AGC) has replied to Mr Tan Wah Piow's appeal to quash his convictions...
52% of Singaporean parents willing to go into debt...

52% of Singaporean parents willing to go into debt...

According to a HSBC study that was released today (9 Jun), Singaporean parents on average spend $21,000...
Pritam Singh nominated Assistant Secretary-General...

Pritam Singh nominated Assistant Secretary-General...

During the first meeting of its newly formed Central Executive Committee, the Worker's Party has nominated...
MHA: Foreign entities should not interfere with local...

MHA: Foreign entities should not interfere with local...

While homosexual activists and their supporters have proudly proclaimed that large corporate entities...
SMRT's Kuek paid $1.87m for financial year 2016 despite...

SMRT's Kuek paid $1.87m for financial year 2016 despite...

According to the latest Annual Report, SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek had received a total remuneration of $1.87...
PAP supporter berates deaf-mute cleaner at JEM foodcourt

PAP supporter berates deaf-mute cleaner at JEM foodcourt

  In a Facebook video uploaded by netizen Euphemia Lee that went viral with more than 1.1million...
Data Register Pte Ltd fined $200,000 for flouting Companies...

Data Register Pte Ltd fined $200,000 for flouting Companies...

Data Register Pte Ltd (previously known as "Company Register Pte Ltd") was fined $200,000 today (3 Jun)...
Lawyer Alfred Dodwell apologizes to Supreme Court

Lawyer Alfred Dodwell apologizes to Supreme Court

One of the lawyers acting for executed convict Kho Jabing has issued an unreserved apology to the Supreme...
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat 'recovering well'

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat 'recovering well'

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat is "recovering well", said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a Facebook...
Low Thia Khiang survives leadership challenge as Worker's...

Low Thia Khiang survives leadership challenge as Worker's...

Since taking up the post of Secretary-General of the Workers' Party in 2001, Low Thia Khiang has survived...
Elections Department files police reports against TISG...

Elections Department files police reports against TISG...

The Elections Department (ELD) has filed police reports against a local socio-political website The...
Two homosexuals jailed for sexual offences in the week...

Two homosexuals jailed for sexual offences in the week...

Jailed 5 years for sexually abusing an intellectually disabled youth A former volunteer police...
Amos Yee faces 8 charges

Amos Yee faces 8 charges

Teenage blogger Amos Yee Pang San has been slapped with 8 charges this morning (26 May),  less than...
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...
Opinion
Leaving our internal security door wide open

Leaving our internal security door wide open

A recent commentary by a Chinese academic published in the Global Times ominously questioned Singapore’s...
'All 400 lifts in housing estate hit by power outage'...

'All 400 lifts in housing estate hit by power outage'...

On Sunday night, all 3 lifts broke down at a 33-storey Woodlands HDB block. Two days later, all...
TB and contagious diseases in the most expensive city...

TB and contagious diseases in the most expensive city...

The govt is so generous to offer free TB screening to those living in Ang Mo Kio around the cluster block....
Brexit and Singapore

Brexit and Singapore

Everyone is looking at the UK referendum on whether to leave the European Union, as a microcosm of the...
Foreigners think Sinkies are naive and daft! We are...

Foreigners think Sinkies are naive and daft! We are...

Recently, saw an article that Singaporeans going to sightseeing trips in China were brought shopping...
Where TRS got its money, eyeballs from?

Where TRS got its money, eyeballs from?

Remember The Real S’porean and the husband-and-wife team behind it? The couple behind socio-political...
Spate of lift breakdowns in PAP’s Town Councils show...

Spate of lift breakdowns in PAP’s Town Councils show...

It started with the “freak accident” last year just after the general elections. An elderly lady’s...
Do not abuse and tarnish the reputation of the Police

Do not abuse and tarnish the reputation of the Police

The daily reports of violence against citizens and residents have nudged Shanmugam to come out and say...
Jason Chua investigated, so what?

Jason Chua investigated, so what?

This doesn’t absolve the ELD from accusations of partisanship – why did it report only PAP-critical...
So perhaps SPF is impartial a bit? But what of ELD?

So perhaps SPF is impartial a bit? But what of ELD?

It looks like the SPF has finally decided to get off their asses and haul in Jason Chua, the guy behind...
Justifications for obscene ministerial pay a pack of...

Justifications for obscene ministerial pay a pack of...

PAP has always insisted on paying millions to attract ‘talents’, perceived by many to be clowns,...
Straits Times took a shot at social media

Straits Times took a shot at social media

Jumping on TR Emeritus’s (TRE) error that the TRE had already apologized, the ST’s editorial on 15...
Other admins of FAP not investigated?

Other admins of FAP not investigated?

Proof that Jason Chua is NOT the only one behind FAP (Picha Lobang.... hope he didn't tell the police...
Who has it better? Singaporeans or Malaysians?

Who has it better? Singaporeans or Malaysians?

A supposedly 'first-world' country with Ministers drawing top tier salaries must be able to come up with...
Frequent lift breakdowns and killer lift confirm MPs...

Frequent lift breakdowns and killer lift confirm MPs...

Ah Kow: Bro, you heard about the lift breakdown in Woodlands on Sunday night? Not one but ALL the lifts...
Have our police force gone stupid?

Have our police force gone stupid?

Jason Chua of Fabrications about the PAP has now suffered the same fate as Roy and me, Kumaran and...
Would u buy a second-hand car from this guy?

Would u buy a second-hand car from this guy?

Or a property from him or live in his state? Remember Iskandar is named after his dad. In Malaysia,...
Civil Servants no direct access to internet

Civil Servants no direct access to internet

‘The Govt’s move to delink computers used by civil servants from direct access to the Internet is...
Snippets
Roy Ngerng: Critique and Solutions for Singapore

Roy Ngerng: Critique and Solutions for Singapore

CRITIQUE OF SINGAPORE'S MODEL: (1) No minimum wage, wages of low-income earners lowest among richest...
CNB's advisory on fake CNB officers

CNB's advisory on fake CNB officers

It has come to the attention of the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) that some person/s had been impersonating...
What I did for my country (Singapore)

What I did for my country (Singapore)

Dear Government of Singapore: I am a law abiding citizen and always have been. I dutifully served...
国家发展部应对电梯事故做详尽交代

国家发展部应对电梯事故做详尽交代

最近,政府组屋电梯发生了一系列事故。新加坡民主党对此表示关注。这些电梯事故不仅造成几人受伤,还导致一人身亡。最近所发生的事故包括: 2015年10月14日,裕廊:电梯门卡住,扯断一名85岁老妇的手掌。 2016年1月23日,榜鹅:电梯内门没有关上,电梯却继续运行。 2016年3月6日,宏茂桥:一架电梯因制动器失灵而直冲17楼,导致一名电梯乘客受困长达1个半小时。 2016年5月15日,巴西立:电梯卡住。电梯门打开时没有与地面对齐,结果一名轮椅阿伯摔倒而不治身亡。 2016年6月7日,武吉班让:一架电梯像悠悠球(yo-yo)一样地突上突下,从9楼突降到1楼,然后又直冲上11楼,再往下降到3楼,最后升到12楼。这起事故结果造成一名59岁妇女脊椎骨折。 2016年6月10日,盛港:电梯突然在一股强烈的震动后停顿下来,之后又猛降几层楼才完全停下来。 去年10月发生了裕廊老妇断掌事故后,该区议员尚达曼副总理呼吁提升电梯安全水平。 他要求一个强而有力的审查机制以监督维修承包商的例行检查。他补充道:“我们需要培养零意外的文化……特别是涉及电梯问题这方面。” 裕廊不幸事故发生至今已经超过半年,然而电梯安全问题始终悬而未决。这些问题不仅造成电梯搭客受伤,甚至还夺走了一条人命。 尽管国家发展部长黄循财在今年三月时做出了保证,他的部门“绝对不能向安全妥协”。 为什么过了这么久之后,黄先生才向公众公布他的部门所将采取的应对措施?难道不能更迫切地采取更严格的措施吗?所造成的人命伤亡是可以避免的吗? 民主党吁请国家发展部即刻采取措施避免同样事故发生。发展部也应该立即公布一份详尽报告,列明全岛电梯在维修方面所进行的工作项目。报告应该公开电梯制造商的名字以及制造商的原产国以及生产地。 陈两裕 副主席 新加坡民主党
Not satisfied with illegal sexual service in a foreign...

Not satisfied with illegal sexual service in a foreign...

Can the government get involved if a Singaporean gets illegal sexual services overseas, but is not...
Kenna Police How?: Your right to due process (18 June...

Kenna Police How?: Your right to due process (18 June...

The following is a press release by the organisers of the event, ‘Kenna Police How?: Your right to...
Tan Wah Piow responds to Attorney General's Chambers

Tan Wah Piow responds to Attorney General's Chambers

Singapore exile and lawyer, Tan Wah Piow has just replied to Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) on their...
Open letter to Pastor Lawrence Khong of FCBC

Open letter to Pastor Lawrence Khong of FCBC

The following is an open letter sent by Nicholas Lim, founder and Facebook administrator of GLBT Voices...
Lawrence Khong the opportunist

Lawrence Khong the opportunist

Sorry but you don't get to pray for us Lawrence Khong. Your systematic hate campaign against the the...
Letters
Hawkers’ misc fees increased by ? %?

Hawkers’ misc fees increased by ? %?

I refer to the article “Chan, your NTUC Foodfare is benefiting cleaning companies” (The Independent,...
HDB earned $595m in carpark income in 2015, so why...

HDB earned $595m in carpark income in 2015, so why...

After writing “Public parking rates increase = more profits?” (Jun 22), I looked at the HDB’s financial...
Where does ELD draw the line?

Where does ELD draw the line?

I have read the news of the arrest of Teo Soh Lung, Roy Ngerng and Jason Chua by the police for breaking...
Public parking rates increase = more profits?

Public parking rates increase = more profits?

I refer to the article “Public parking rates set to rise after review” (Straits Times, Jun 23). It...
1 day job termination notice is sufficient?

1 day job termination notice is sufficient?

I refer to the article “Guidelines released on leave benefits, notice period for contract employees”...
 GST voucher – 2007 2.1m get it, now 1.3m?

GST voucher – 2007 2.1m get it, now 1.3m?

1.54m get GST vouchers, Medisave top-ups I refer to the article “1.54m Singaporeans to get GST vouchers,...
GRC is a ruse by the PAP to stay in power forever!

GRC is a ruse by the PAP to stay in power forever!

The recent Bukit Batok by-election has blown the cover of the myth that people will vote along racial...
PAP should ask themselves why our youth CMI

PAP should ask themselves why our youth CMI

Speaking at the inaugural Singapore Teochew Entrepreneur Award dinner, DPM Tharman said, "Many employers...
NSmen should be given education subsidies, rather than...

NSmen should be given education subsidies, rather than...

Any NSmen who have completed at least 3 high key cycle without medical excuse or deferment, should be...
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... 

Leaving our internal security door wide open

Leaving our internal security door wide open

A recent commentary by a Chinese academic published in the Global Times ominously questioned Singapore’s strategy over the South China Sea dispute: “Can [Singapore] sustain the contradictory two-faced approach towards China? If the South China Sea conflict between China and the US deepens, and the US drags Singapore in,... 

Hawkers’ misc fees increased by ? %?

Hawkers’ misc fees increased by ? %?

I refer to the article “Chan, your NTUC Foodfare is benefiting cleaning companies” (The Independent, Jun 22). Total fees of $1,787 monthly excluding rental? It states that “Blogger Aaron said: “So here’s the thing, even before you start bidding for rentals, you’ll need to consider the running costs, which are: $320... 

‘All 400 lifts in housing estate hit by power outage’ soon?

‘All 400 lifts in housing estate hit by power outage’ soon?

On Sunday night, all 3 lifts broke down at a 33-storey Woodlands HDB block. Two days later, all 4 lifts broke down at a 40-storey HDB block in Dover Cresent. A resident of the affected block in Dover Cresent told CNA that there had been issues with the lifts since more than 5 years ago. It is believed that the lifts under Halimah... 

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