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Dim-witted PAP ministers and their inflexible thinkingDim-witted PAP ministers and their inflexible thinking Over the years, the PAP has implemented numerous ill-conceived, top-down policies which did not work well. Despite this, they would not admit to their subsequent failures and continue to propagate the notion that we need to pay them millions to attract ‘talent’ of their sort Acting Minister of Education, Ong Ye...

Are we opening ourselves to more people like Nisha Padmanabhan?Are we opening ourselves to more people like Nisha Padmanabhan? I'm wondering: What does the average Singaporean think about the new statistic that only 100 out of 31,800 new jobs went to Singaporeans? The FTAs our government signed with countries such as India impose obligation on our government to open the job market to their nationals for return of investment incentives in their...

Why are PAP ministers always preaching to us on high moral grounds?Why are PAP ministers always preaching to us on high moral... It is truly hilarious is when you apply the things PAP has said to themselves. One minister said service to the nation cannot be measured in dollars and cents when the subject of our NSFs pay was brought up. I don’t see how she and all her colleagues can be paid obscene salaries when they are also serving the country. The...

The blind pursuit of GDP will leave all of us worse offThe blind pursuit of GDP will leave all of us worse off Singapore’s economic developmental path under the PAP using GDP route will not end with general prosperity for the masses, will not nurture nor inculcate a knowledge-based domestic economy. What is worse is that we are becoming highly dependent on foreign capital, foreign expertise & foreign management skillsets...

The changing attitudes of foreign 'talents'The changing attitudes of foreign 'talents' I work in an industry with mostly foreigner PMEs and have been working with them for almost 20 years. There has been a slow but sure change in the attitude of these foreigner PMEs. 20 years ago, most foreign PMEs were humble, hardworking and eager to learn & cooperate (e.g. putting in OT to help out during crunch...

Singapore's weakening position in the new Asian World OrderSingapore's weakening position in the new Asian World Order Singapore has gone the full monty with Multi-Lateral Trade Agreements (e.g. ASEAN Free Market & TPPA)! Have the PAP government fully explained the ramifications of these Multi-Lateral Trade Agreements to the Electorate at any time (even during GE2015) before signing them? Or even for that matter, the CECA agreement...

No excuses on welfare and a better life down underNo excuses on welfare and a better life down under I can share some insight about income tax in Australia. Sometimes you hear horror stories about Australia having a tax rate of over 40%. That is only partly true. Currently I am in the highest tax bracket, which is 45% for those earning $180k and higher, but the actual tax I paid is about 32%. This is because Australia...

Did Benjamin Lim die in vain?Did Benjamin Lim die in vain? I got a major complaint to make. Call it a rant, call it whatever you want. I am very pissed. Benjamin Lim, a fourteen year old boy who committed suicide because of police interrogation and stress from being embarrassed at school. The police have honestly failed in their duty to serve and to protect. Instead of protecting...

What is wrong with Singapore's Hiring policy?What is wrong with Singapore's Hiring policy? Do you see or hear other countries blatantly replacing their own educated citizens with ivy-league bloody bullshit tens and hundreds of top notch graduates with extensive experiences from all over the world? The whole world is severely polluted with ivy-league bloody bullshit billions of top notch graduates with...

A shinking middle-class and an unthinking flock?A shinking middle-class and an unthinking flock? Singapore is slowly moving into a society where a drastic class divide is starting to emerge. In turn, the middle-class will be the ones affected most from stagnating salaries and rising costs of living. During independence, everyone started on an almost equal footing and the PAP government was helping people to increase...

Diverse representation is important: Here is howDiverse representation is important: Here is how The current arguments for using the GRC system is to ensure minority representation in parliament, as well as to jump on economies of scale for town council administration. Such logic is flawed at best, and the costs of having it in place of an SMC system grossly outweighs its benefits. Smaller political parties...

Stop treaing us as economic digitsStop treaing us as economic digits In today’s world, we need a policy of assimilation - what makes or defines us as Singaporeans. But in a world that is connected and highly diverse, minorities don't feel that small anymore. They are linked to their larger communities and numbers anywhere in the world and as India, China and ASEAN travel up the ladder...

More clarification needed on NS liablityMore clarification needed on NS liablity This confusion is due to a lack of clarity and transparency on the laws relating to NS and citizenship. It used to be when a male child leaves the country before reaching the age of 11, that he was not required to serve NS if he had already taken up citizenship of another country. however, he had to renounce his Singapore...

Ministers' Silence on Benjamin Lim's Suicide TroublingMinisters' Silence on Benjamin Lim's Suicide Troubling The SDP expresses our deepest sympathies to the family of Benjamin Lim. His suicide is a tragedy that could have been avoided. There is a reason why the law and society treat minors differently from adults: They are presumed to not possess the full maturity in thought and deed as adults. Common sense would have indicated...

Foster, Forge, Future: Conversations With Our YouthFoster, Forge, Future: Conversations With Our Youth Fostering a thinking society, Forging a democratic political system and charting our Future together. That's what the SDP will be doing in the coming months. We will be approaching our schools and universities to initiate a conversation with our youth on national issues that concern them and their future. The objective...

Editorials
Benjamin Lim not the only instance of mishandling by...

Benjamin Lim not the only instance of mishandling by...

It appears that the unfortunate death of teenager Benjamin Lim may not be the only instance where both...
TRE wishes all a Happy & Prosperous Lunar New Year

TRE wishes all a Happy & Prosperous Lunar New Year

The team@TR Emeritus would like to wish all our Chinese readers and contributors a Very Happy &...
Benjamin's schoolmate: Someone was in big trouble that...

Benjamin's schoolmate: Someone was in big trouble that...

It appears that the official statement from the police on the death of young teenager Benjamin Lim may...
Survey: Singaporeans voted PAP because of death of...

Survey: Singaporeans voted PAP because of death of...

Research company Blackbox has concluded that the people's Action Party (PAP) won the General Elections...
Benjamin Lim' last meal was a cold bun

Benjamin Lim' last meal was a cold bun

In a heartbreaking letter addressing the actual chain of events which transpired on the tragic day...
Dr Daniel Goh declared as NCMP in parliament

Dr Daniel Goh declared as NCMP in parliament

Dr Daniel Goh Pei Siong of the Workers' Party (WP) has been officially declared as the 3rd Non-constituency...
Benjamin Lim's family clarifies what actually transpired

Benjamin Lim's family clarifies what actually transpired

The family members of 14-year-old Benjamin Lim, who supposed committed suicide after being questioned...
AG urged to quash the conviction of Tan Wah Piow

AG urged to quash the conviction of Tan Wah Piow

Mr Tan Wah Piow has written an official letter to the Attorney-General (AG) of Singapore, urging the...
What a country means to its citizens

What a country means to its citizens

TR Emeritus was alerted to a story on the internet by one of our reader 'BK'. It is a story about what...
Phey Yew Kok sentenced to 5 years imprisonment

Phey Yew Kok sentenced to 5 years imprisonment

Former NTUC president and People' Action Party (PAP) Member of Parliament (MP) Phey Yew Kok, has...
EIU considers Singapore's

EIU considers Singapore's "electoral process" to be...

Singapore moved up one spot to 74th place in the recently released Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)'s...
A tribute to former Solicitor-General Francis Seow

A tribute to former Solicitor-General Francis Seow

Singapore Democratic Party Secretary-General Dr. Chee Soon Juan announced in a Facebook post today (21...
Singapore PR jailed for misappropriating $470,000

Singapore PR jailed for misappropriating $470,000

A Singaporean Permanent Resident who misappropriated approximately $470,000 from her former employer...
Grace Fu: Lee Li Lian owes everyone an explanation...

Grace Fu: Lee Li Lian owes everyone an explanation...

Continuing in the tradition of her colleagues, People' Action Party (PAP) Grace Fu has fired the...
High HDB prices depriving Singaporeans of a healthy...

High HDB prices depriving Singaporeans of a healthy...

PAP’s logic is that HDB flats have reached “affordable” levels because 80% of applicants...
Opinion
Is Your CPF At Risk if Stock Markets Fall Any Further?

Is Your CPF At Risk if Stock Markets Fall Any Further?

A few days ago I updated my very approximate calculations of how Temasek’s portfolio was likely to...
GE 2015 – 2 confirmations

GE 2015 – 2 confirmations

Let me revisit this shocking GE that knocked everyone out of his comfort zones. The results were not...
Why the SDP way is the future

Why the SDP way is the future

We now know how a bunch of social workers whose poster gal ids PAP MP Kate Spade Tin have made fools...
How many jobs do FT billionaires create for Singaporeans?

How many jobs do FT billionaires create for Singaporeans?

At a public dialogue in 2013 , PM Lee said he would rather get more foreign billionaires into Singapore...
Avoid overlap of charity, community efforts?

Avoid overlap of charity, community efforts?

Avoid overlap of charity, community efforts I refer to the article “More can be done to avoid overlap...
Is the NCMP another scheme due for more tweakings?

Is the NCMP another scheme due for more tweakings?

The Lee Li Lian snub of the NCMP seat revealed quite a number of problems, that the scheme was not well...
Our cock town planners

Our cock town planners

They cut and paste ang moh ideas. Works in Animal Farm but not in India “The draft masterplan for Amaravati was...
No Singaporean willing to work as maid?

No Singaporean willing to work as maid?

I refer to the article “Challenge for S’pore workers to change with times” (Sunday Times, Feb 7). It...
'Lowest' healthcare spending in the world?

'Lowest' healthcare spending in the world?

I refer to Paul Tambyah (Dr), Member, Central Executive Committee, Singapore Democratic Party’s...
Singapore is an exceptional place on earth

Singapore is an exceptional place on earth

When the whole world is threatened by terrorist attacks, Singaporeans can sleep in peace, partly due...
It’s Only Fair that National Servicemen are Paid...

It’s Only Fair that National Servicemen are Paid...

I am very pleased that our Singapore government holds National Servicemen in high regard, to the...
NCMP: WP playing a good game

NCMP: WP playing a good game

Whatever the outcome of its motion on the NCMP post (details below), WP will look good. Heads it wins,...
The trend of development in GRCs

The trend of development in GRCs

The statisticians and social scientists that read trends to predict the future and who are looking at...
Ordinary Singaporeans pay the highest tax rate in the...

Ordinary Singaporeans pay the highest tax rate in the...

I refer to a recent post, “Ordinary Singaporeans pay the highest tax rate in the world”, which has...
Nathan: Singaporeans are singing to me

Nathan: Singaporeans are singing to me

In a recent exclusive ST interview which was published on 31 Jan, former President S R Nathan repeatedly...
Snippets
Urban versus Rural: Where is the Best Place to Buy...

Urban versus Rural: Where is the Best Place to Buy...

Urban versus Rural: Where is the Best Place to Buy Land? Having your own plot of land to call your...
与我国青年对话:共同培养、创造未来

与我国青年对话:共同培养、创造未来

未来数月,新加坡民主党将进行这项工作。我们将联系学校与大学,启动一个与我国青年的对话,谈论有关他们所关注的国家课题以及他们的未来。目的是让政治与政策的制定过程更贴近我国学生,从而挑战他们去针对新加坡所面对的问题进行深思熟虑的分析。 民主党希望借此激发学生群体,公开讨论不同的社会和政治观点,并为青年提供不同的观点,以此鼓励他们进行批判思考。 2013年,当时的教育部高级政务部长英兰妮女士说过:“我们需要各方的协作,以重新思考、寻求,并开发途经去加强我们学生的思考发展,特别是在创意方面,也就是俗称的‘创见性思考’。” 倘若目标是为了培养我们学生具备独立思考,那么接触不同的视角观点是不可或缺的条件。如果目标是为了培养创造性思维,教育制度就必须注入开放式的发问空间。 随着新加坡的进步与未来的发展,国家更需要能够进行公开讨论的人民,而公开讨论的先决条件就是提供所需的资讯以及技能,以加强人民的好奇心。 在一个瞬息万变的世界里,创意和创新能力是重要的资产,也因此促使对更多,而不是更少的,公开的、具活力的讨论的需求。如果要做到这一点,最好的起点莫过于推动我们的学生拥有发问的动力。 民主党将致函征询教育部与学校的同意与学生进行对话。 2月2日
Ministers' Silence on Benjamin Lim's Suicide Troubling

Ministers' Silence on Benjamin Lim's Suicide Troubling

The SDP expresses our deepest sympathies to the family of Benjamin Lim. His suicide is a tragedy...
MOE says School should be Neutral, then why this...?

MOE says School should be Neutral, then why this...?

Part IV (final): What they teach in school The SDP wrote to the Ministry of Education (MOE) as...
AWARE statement on the rights of minors in criminal...

AWARE statement on the rights of minors in criminal...

We are deeply saddened by the death of Benjamin Lim. We offer our best wishes and condolences to his...
Police Statement on Death of 14-Year-Old Male Student...

Police Statement on Death of 14-Year-Old Male Student...

Police Statement on Death of 14-Year-Old Male Student Under Investigation for Outrage of Modesty In...
Home Purchasing Tips: Foreclosed Versus New Properties

Home Purchasing Tips: Foreclosed Versus New Properties

When people decide that they want to buy a home, they normally head to the offices of the nearest property...
Foster, Forge, Future: Conversations With Our Youth

Foster, Forge, Future: Conversations With Our Youth

Fostering a thinking society, Forging a democratic political system and charting our Future together. That's...
Letters
Why are PAP ministers always preaching to us on high...

Why are PAP ministers always preaching to us on high...

It is truly hilarious is when you apply the things PAP has said to themselves. One minister said service...
Are we opening ourselves to more people like Nisha...

Are we opening ourselves to more people like Nisha...

I'm wondering: What does the average Singaporean think about the new statistic that only 100 out of 31,800...
Dim-witted PAP ministers and their inflexible thinking

Dim-witted PAP ministers and their inflexible thinking

Over the years, the PAP has implemented numerous ill-conceived, top-down policies which did not work...
The changing attitudes of foreign 'talents'

The changing attitudes of foreign 'talents'

I work in an industry with mostly foreigner PMEs and have been working with them for almost 20 years....
Diverse representation is important: Here is how

Diverse representation is important: Here is how

The current arguments for using the GRC system is to ensure minority representation in parliament,...
A shinking middle-class and an unthinking flock?

A shinking middle-class and an unthinking flock?

Singapore is slowly moving into a society where a drastic class divide is starting to emerge. In turn,...
The blind pursuit of GDP will leave all of us worse...

The blind pursuit of GDP will leave all of us worse...

Singapore’s economic developmental path under the PAP using GDP route will not end with general...
No excuses on welfare and a better life down under

No excuses on welfare and a better life down under

I can share some insight about income tax in Australia. Sometimes you hear horror stories about Australia...
Sticky & Recent Articles


Benjamin Lim not the only instance of mishandling by police and school

Benjamin Lim not the only instance of mishandling by police and school

It appears that the unfortunate death of teenager Benjamin Lim may not be the only instance where both the police and school have supposedly mishandled the situation badly. According to an email that was sent to TRE, a parent of a teenager wrote that her son was supposedly also intimidated by the school and police into confessing... 

Is Your CPF At Risk if Stock Markets Fall Any Further?

Is Your CPF At Risk if Stock Markets Fall Any Further?

A few days ago I updated my very approximate calculations of how Temasek’s portfolio was likely to be performing since the commencement of the 2016 bear market using the geographical distribution of their portfolio as at 31st March 2015.  You can read about it here. Of course using global stock indices as a proxy for Temasek’s... 

Why are PAP ministers always preaching to us on high moral grounds?

Why are PAP ministers always preaching to us on high moral grounds?

It is truly hilarious is when you apply the things PAP has said to themselves. One minister said service to the nation cannot be measured in dollars and cents when the subject of our NSFs pay was brought up. I don’t see how she and all her colleagues can be paid obscene salaries when they are also serving the country. The... 

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