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MHA: Sole purpose of the applications by Kho’s counsels was to try and delay his executionMHA: Sole purpose of the applications by Kho’s counsels... Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued a media statement on 26 May 2016 stating that there had been several inaccurate points made in relation to the legal process in the case of Kho Jabing, a Malaysian national who has been executed on 20 May 2016. It went on to state that sole purpose of the applications by Kho's counsels...

There is no need to demonize SinglishThere is no need to demonize Singlish So I've been thinking about the standard English versus Singlish debate and questioning the government's assumption that for some people at least, speaking Singlish "crowds out" or limits their ability to master standard English. It's an alluring and plausible assumption, but I'm not sure it's correct. Even if it's possible...

AGC: Abuse of process of court in Kho Jabing’s caseAGC: Abuse of process of court in Kho Jabing’s case It is a cherished principle in our legal tradition that a legal practitioner must do his utmost to uphold the administration of justice. He must also conduct proceedings before a court in a manner that maintains the fairness, integrity and efficiency of those proceedings. In this context, it is important to set the...

Let's reflect on the state of our economy and not be distracted by 'feel-good factors'Let's reflect on the state of our economy and not be distracted... Despite their control over all domains in Singapore, the PAP can be toppled because of their gross incompetence. We just need to wake-up our politically-educated friends to the reality of their poor governance. Today, the developing countries of Asia such as Vietnam. Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar are attracting foreign...

Why are the police so harsh?Why are the police so harsh? I would like to highlight to you this incident where I saw a few police officers were surrounding this handicapped auntie and a younger girl who might possibly be mentally challenged making a living selling tissues. I have always walked past them and usually they don't harrass people to buy and the auntie will just park...

Time to revamp the political system?Time to revamp the political system? PAP had completely gained from the GRC system that the horrible old man had cunningly crafted on the pretext of  a government that can serve all races. Over time, the reality is not what the PAP claims the system to be, and we have instead a high quantum of MPs who are parachuted into parliament. Up to date,...

A Falsehood that SDP Broke Agreement on Secret Meeting. Here's Proof A Falsehood that SDP Broke Agreement on Secret Meeting. Here's... During the Bukit Batok by-election, the Straits Times published a report on Cooling-off Day (6 May 2016) attacking Dr Chee over the matter of a meeting the SDP had with the Chiams in 2011. Because the report was made on Cooling-off Day, it made it impossible for Dr Chee Soon Juan to provide a timely response. The...

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...

Editorials
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...
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...
Opinion
Pithy Observation (Part 2)

Pithy Observation (Part 2)

The Gini Story How unique is PAP with regards to their thinking and conceptual manipulation of State...
More clarification needed from the elections department

More clarification needed from the elections department

The Elections Department (ELD) has listed down some exceptions to the prohibition of campaign activities...
Hate quitters?

Hate quitters?

Let me quote a paragraph from BK’s article in the TRE titled ‘Race and Patriotism’. ‘In 2002,...
No need tea parties to recruit top PAPpies

No need tea parties to recruit top PAPpies

Can data crunching tell you the best candidate for a job vacancy? Any established organisation will...
Tan Kin Lian: Wasteful practices hurting Singaporeans

Tan Kin Lian: Wasteful practices hurting Singaporeans

The food court in Thomson Plaza was operated by Kopitiam for many years. One day, customers saw different...
Seniors coping with job transition, boom or bane?

Seniors coping with job transition, boom or bane?

The topic of concern in the main media these few days is about how seniors are coping with job transition....
We need the death penalty to keep us safe… Really?

We need the death penalty to keep us safe… Really?

To hang. Not to hang. To hang. Finally hung. The case of Kho Jabing is now finally closed. Kirsten Han,...
Lesson for Kong Hee and friends

Lesson for Kong Hee and friends

Eat yr hearts out Kong Hee, Sun Ho and CHC members for nor seeling the Kingdom of Heaven but lucre. God...
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...
Snippets
AGC: Abuse of process of court in Kho Jabing’s case

AGC: Abuse of process of court in Kho Jabing’s case

It is a cherished principle in our legal tradition that a legal practitioner must do his utmost to...
MHA: Sole purpose of the applications by Kho’s counsels...

MHA: Sole purpose of the applications by Kho’s counsels...

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued a media statement on 26 May 2016 stating that there had been...
There is no need to demonize Singlish

There is no need to demonize Singlish

So I've been thinking about the standard English versus Singlish debate and questioning the government's...
A Falsehood that SDP Broke Agreement on Secret Meeting....

A Falsehood that SDP Broke Agreement on Secret Meeting....

During the Bukit Batok by-election, the Straits Times published a report on Cooling-off Day (6 May...
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...
Letters
Let's reflect on the state of our economy and not be...

Let's reflect on the state of our economy and not be...

Despite their control over all domains in Singapore, the PAP can be toppled because of their gross incompetence....
Why are the police so harsh?

Why are the police so harsh?

I would like to highlight to you this incident where I saw a few police officers were surrounding this...
Time to revamp the political system?

Time to revamp the political system?

PAP had completely gained from the GRC system that the horrible old man had cunningly crafted on the pretext...
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...
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... 

Elections Department files police reports against TISG and 2 individuals

Elections Department files police reports against TISG and 2 individuals

The Elections Department (ELD) has filed police reports against a local socio-political website The Independent Singapore (TISG), CPF activist Roy Ngerng and lawyer Teo Soh Lung for allegedly flouting Cooling-Off Day and Polling Day rules under the Parliamentary Election Act. In a statement released by the Prime Minister’s... 

AGC: Abuse of process of court in Kho Jabing’s case

AGC: Abuse of process of court in Kho Jabing’s case

Ms Jeanette Chong-Aruldoss It is a cherished principle in our legal tradition that a legal practitioner must do his utmost to uphold the administration of justice. He must also conduct proceedings before a court in a manner that maintains the fairness, integrity and efficiency of those proceedings. In this context, it is important... 

Pithy Observation (Part 2)

Pithy Observation (Part 2)

The Gini Story How unique is PAP with regards to their thinking and conceptual manipulation of State craft? And if you look back at the inchoate of PAP it was rather common for its time. PAP was anti-government and anti-colonialists. They supported rumbustious Unions that had agitated with riots and strikes. They backstabbed... 

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