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Building bonds or simply sexual?Building bonds or simply sexual? Here is an orientation activity that took place at one of the local tertiary institutes a while ago. This activity involves raffia strings threaded around a dead fish. The objective of the game is to pass the fish on the string from one point to another, and to do this the boys and girls will have to pass the string...

PAP should reveal Singapore's commitments with 1MDBPAP should reveal Singapore's commitments with 1MDB A report by the the online newsite Sarawak Report alleges that Malaysian PM Najib has gotten a RM30b injection of funds from a Chinese construction consortium into 1MDB to secretly pay off its debts. This is done by inflating the cost of constructing the KL-Terengganu railway line (from RM30b to RM60b).  The situation...

Singapore is the former capital of China (Satire)Singapore is the former capital of China (Satire) “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...

I have lesser respect for NUS students nowI have lesser respect for NUS students now I used to think NUS students are intelligent and well disciplined leaders of tomorrow. NOT ANYMORE by the way they choose to conduct those degrading and ridiculous camp activities. All other tertiary institutions should take note and stop such similar camp activities. Just because NUS conducted such camps does not mean...

MP Louis Ng collecting cardboard for 'excercise' or show?MP Louis Ng collecting cardboard for 'excercise' or show? I am writing in to complain about the standard of our MPs. I really think some MPs are the most rubbish quality and I don't know how they can get into parliament other than on the coattails of ministers and daft Singaporeans who voted for PAP. Look at this guy for example. He says he spent one whole day collecting...

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...

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...

Editorials
Passenger: LTR train shoots past 3 stations at high...

Passenger: LTR train shoots past 3 stations at high...

According to a Facebook user who left feedback on SMRT's Facebook page, the LTR train she was on had...
Woman experienced multiple treatment errors at Choa...

Woman experienced multiple treatment errors at Choa...

According to a report by the Straits Times, a housewife Karen Koh got the wrong vaccine earlier in July...
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...
Opinion
 Lee Kuan Yew’s “garden city” vision not feasible...

Lee Kuan Yew’s “garden city” vision not feasible...

According to official history, Lee Kuan Yew had envisioned the transformation of Singapore into a “garden...
What can opposition parties do for you?

What can opposition parties do for you?

This is a standard response from a lot kiasi and kiasu voters, they need a reason to substantiate why...
Orientation games must respect human dignity and remember...

Orientation games must respect human dignity and remember...

Entering university is a heady experience. It is an adventure that as a father to two teenage girls,...
Think AGO report is not a wayang? Think again

Think AGO report is not a wayang? Think again

Poor/no oversight, weak governance, financial and procedural lapses, overspending on consultancy fee,...
NAC bin’s key consultant’s dad was an admirer of...

NAC bin’s key consultant’s dad was an admirer of...

Singapore’s national auditor – the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) – flagged that the National...
Malaysia PM Najib Razak seeks new powers amid protests...

Malaysia PM Najib Razak seeks new powers amid protests...

A National Security Bill, which will come into force on Monday, will give powers to a council, the...
The truth about a China apologist

The truth about a China apologist

“The truth about the South China Sea issue” is the title of an article written by Uncle Redbean that...
Proof of an Incompetent multi-million-dollar PAP Government

Proof of an Incompetent multi-million-dollar PAP Government

Quotable Quote: The PAP Govt may fool SOME People SOME of the time, but definitely NOT ALL The People...
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...
Snippets
Jobless diploma holder living in JB with husband to...

Jobless diploma holder living in JB with husband to...

Hi, I’m so glad I have found your website. I’m currently jobless and homeless. It’s impossible...
DESPITE REPEATED WARNINGS, MONEY-LAUNDERING IS STILL...

DESPITE REPEATED WARNINGS, MONEY-LAUNDERING IS STILL...

It should come as no surprise that Singapore was used to launder money from Malaysia in the corruption...
PAP should reveal Singapore's commitments with 1MDB

PAP should reveal Singapore's commitments with 1MDB

A report by the the online newsite Sarawak Report alleges that Malaysian PM Najib has gotten a RM30b...
SPCA: Stop buying Rabbit fur products

SPCA: Stop buying Rabbit fur products

Rabbit bag chains (as pictured) have been gaining popularity in Singapore. Some members of public have...
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...
Letters
Building bonds or simply sexual?

Building bonds or simply sexual?

Here is an orientation activity that took place at one of the local tertiary institutes a while ago....
I have lesser respect for NUS students now

I have lesser respect for NUS students now

I used to think NUS students are intelligent and well disciplined leaders of tomorrow. NOT ANYMORE by...
MP Louis Ng collecting cardboard for 'excercise' or...

MP Louis Ng collecting cardboard for 'excercise' or...

I am writing in to complain about the standard of our MPs. I really think some MPs are the most rubbish...
Singapore is the former capital of China (Satire)

Singapore is the former capital of China (Satire)

“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...
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... 

Jobless diploma holder living in JB with husband to save cost

Jobless diploma holder living in JB with husband to save cost

Hi, I’m so glad I have found your website. I’m currently jobless and homeless. It’s impossible for anybody to understand but I wish to be anonymous for this. I came from an abusive/demanding family which I had to leave to survive. I met someone who really loved me from another part of the world and got married. We lived... 

Lee Kuan Yew’s “garden city” vision not feasible as fatalities on the rise

Lee Kuan Yew’s “garden city” vision not feasible as fatalities on the rise

According to official history, Lee Kuan Yew had envisioned the transformation of Singapore into a “garden city”. Since 1967, the government has spent billions of tax dollars to create an artificial environment to realise the vision of one man. Civil servants coasted along and have planted about 1.5 million trees to date.... 

DESPITE REPEATED WARNINGS, MONEY-LAUNDERING IS STILL A DANGEROUS PROBLEM IN SINGAPORE

DESPITE REPEATED WARNINGS, MONEY-LAUNDERING IS STILL A DANGEROUS PROBLEM IN SINGAPORE

It should come as no surprise that Singapore was used to launder money from Malaysia in the corruption scandal that has engulfed 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). This is because Mr Lee Hsien Loong, then finance minister, rewrote our finance laws in 2001 which resulted in Singapore being turned into a banking secrecy hub. Since... 

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