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Tan Cheng Bock: No more blank chequeTan Cheng Bock: No more blank cheque Since 1963, the people have given this Government a blank cheque. They went with us all the way, accepting our policies readily because they believed in us. They had faith in us and, above all, they trusted us. Our Prime Minister and his able men led them through the first stage of our development – the construction...

Making out totally naked nia, no sex hor...Making out totally naked nia, no sex hor... I am in a 5 years+ relationship with my gf. Recently, she cheated on me by going to another guy's house to make out totally naked. Make out, not sex, since she claimed that they stop before penetration. Ever since then, my gf and me kept quarreling but mainly because she kept meeting and chatting with that guy despite...

Singapore only Asian economy to contract?Singapore only Asian economy to contract? I refer to the article "Singapore is only Asian economy to suffer contraction in nominal GDP in Q2: BNP Paribas" (Straits Times, September 27). It states that "Unlike real GDP, nominal GDP is economic output at current prices without adjusting for inflation." Deflation - Nominal GDP matters more? This may arguably...

The Wayang on Succession in SingaporeThe Wayang on Succession in Singapore Remember, there was a time where there were 3 DPMs. One was strategically promoted to Elected President (EP), while the late leader said the other was not interested in politics. Ironically, the other DPM came back into politics and became the current EP. The late leader said the current was the reluctant one, he was...

Why link CPF to housing?Why link CPF to housing? CPF is a complete failure dressed up as a success story. When you have prices of HDB flats all a very high level, your average working class citizen is left with inadequate amounts for retirement. Whatever remining peanuts are then locked up past 55 on false pretext that retirees will blow up their money on some...

Foreign & new citizens’ population increased 7 times more than 'real' citizens?Foreign & new citizens’ population increased 7 times... Population hits 5.61m I refer to the article “Singapore’s population hits 5.61 million in June, with more births, maids, long-term visit passes” (Straits Times, Sep 27). It states that “On the whole, the citizen population grew by 1 per cent from June 2015 to June 2016. The non-resident population grew...

Downsizing to retire a delusion?Downsizing to retire a delusion? I refer to the article “Using home to fund retirement is a delusion, says former minister” (BBC, Jul 15). Relying on homes for a pension in for  shock? It states that “As many as three million people who are planning to rely on their homes for a pension are in for a shock, he said” (the percentage in Singapore...

HDB 1 & 2-room increase from 45,600 to 68,800? HDB 1 & 2-room increase from 45,600 to 68,800? I refer to the Department of Statistics’ Population Trends 2016 report released on 27 September 2016. Increase in 1 & 2-room households? The number of HDB 1 and 2-room resident households has increased gradually from 45,600 in 2000 to 68,800 in 2016. Increase in percentage of 1 & 2-room households? HDB...

Dr Chee: We have lost our wayDr Chee: We have lost our way Read these 3 reports in the last couple of weeks: 1. A couple expecting their first-born lived in a lorry for two years because they could not afford to rent a flat. (ST) 2. A man spent at least five months sleeping in a 24-hr McDonald's outlet after losing his flat due to financial difficulties. They call such people...

One who wins the Presidency without special measures commands respectOne who wins the Presidency without special measures commands... Both – the requirement of having a member from the ethnic minority group in the GRC and the reservation of one term for ethnic minority groups if they have not been represented after five consecutive terms in the Elected Presidency – mean that the ethnic minority groups are not having equal access to opportunities and...

49,000 foreign jobs versus 500 local jobs?49,000 foreign jobs versus 500 local jobs? I refer to the article "Private school graduates find it harder to land jobs: Poll" (Straits Times, Sep 24). It states that "Only 58 per cent of the fresh graduates who had no prior working experience found full-time jobs within six months of completing their studies. Another 21 per cent managed to find only part-time...

Social Media Still the Way to Effect ChangeSocial Media Still the Way to Effect Change It has now become a cliché, but no less a general truth, to say that the magnitude of social media's influence ever since its advent has been enormous, and its potential to grow cannot be understated. Even in Singapore, where social media has thus far failed to bring about electoral change, its importance will no...

Why don't CHC members admit that they trusted the wrong man and move on?Why don't CHC members admit that they trusted the wrong man... To those who believe in Kong Hee, there are other churches out there doing great deeds as well. Just admit that you have trusted the wrong guy, wasted your time and money and move on to the next church. Why even bother to fight a lost cause? Jump ship and do good from other ship. This is what you should do if your...

Kong Hee would have been great PAP materialKong Hee would have been great PAP material Kong Hee is really a charismatic man who can move crowds and make smart logical people do his bidding. He has powers of persuasion which few mortal men possess. Look at the CHC trial, after years of wrangling in the courts where the public prosecutor shot down their weak lame arguments systematically, CHC members are still...

AWARE on the elected presidencyAWARE on the elected presidency We agree that the representation of diverse races in political leadership is important, and welcome the greater recognition that racism and prejudice are urgent and enduring problems that require proactive solutions. Members of minority groups need to see people like themselves being represented meaningfully in important...

Editorials
DPM Tharman: I am not the man for Prime Minister

DPM Tharman: I am not the man for Prime Minister

Despite overwhelming support from Singaporeans, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Tharman Shanmugaratnam...
PRC conman Yang Yin jailed 8 years and 2 months

PRC conman Yang Yin jailed 8 years and 2 months

Former grassroots volunteer Yang Yin has been sentenced to 6 years' imprisonment for misappropriating...
Teacher jailed for committing an indecent act with...

Teacher jailed for committing an indecent act with...

When the aunt of a young Primary school kid jokingly told her nephew to beware of perverted teachers,...
Female Indian Minister mistaken for

Female Indian Minister mistaken for "Vivian Balakrishnan"

In what appears to be a diplomatic faux pas, India's External Affairs Minister was mistaken for Singapore's...
How clean are your hotel bed linens?

How clean are your hotel bed linens?

A viral video by American reality show Inside Edition has raised fears for frequent travellers: Even...
Are Malaysian registered cars adequately insured in...

Are Malaysian registered cars adequately insured in...

A car dashcam video which went viral this morning has raised the question on whether Malaysian vehicles...
High bike COE prices raise questions about government...

High bike COE prices raise questions about government...

Yesterday morning, WP candidate Cheryl Denise Loh posted a photo of her new motorcycle on Facebook with...
Singapore’s ‘rich-but-not-really-rich’

Singapore’s ‘rich-but-not-really-rich’

Yesterday, Bloomberg ran an article on how Singapore’s supposedly middle-class have been classified...
A lack of compassion from Marine Parade Town Council?

A lack of compassion from Marine Parade Town Council?

Facebook user Sanson Ng wrote in a post on how Marine Parade Town Council (MPTC) had been lacking...
New tourist ‘challenge’: sneaking into MBS’s...

New tourist ‘challenge’: sneaking into MBS’s...

The New Paper reported on Sunday that tourists to Singapore now have a new and adventurous ‘challenge’,...
Higher S&CC to come sooon?

Higher S&CC to come sooon?

Following recommendations from the BCA on how to make public lifts more reliable, Teo Ho Pin – who...
$12 billion of previously-undeclared Indonesian wealth...

$12 billion of previously-undeclared Indonesian wealth...

Under a new tax-amnesty scheme, more than $12 billion of previously undeclared assets held in Singapore...
Malaysian jailed for using forged boarding passes to...

Malaysian jailed for using forged boarding passes to...

In a bizzare case, a jobless Malaysian man who missed his flight back to Kuala Lumpur and then decided...
FT CEO gets 2-weeks jail for causing hurt to taxi driver

FT CEO gets 2-weeks jail for causing hurt to taxi driver

The former CEO of a German MNS has been sentenced to 2 weeks jail for causing hurt by slapping a Taxi...
Unemployment edges up in Q2 2016

Unemployment edges up in Q2 2016

According to official data released by MOM on Thursday (15 Sep), the unemployment rate in Singapore...
Tharman: CPF Investment Scheme to be reviewed

Tharman: CPF Investment Scheme to be reviewed

At the Economic Society of Singapore’s dinner on Tuesday (13 Sep), Deputy Prime Minister Tharman...
Chen Show Mao resigns as Workers Party's treasurer

Chen Show Mao resigns as Workers Party's treasurer

Member of Parliament (MP) for Aljunied GRC, Mr Chen Show Mao of the Workers Party (WP) has resigned as...
Tengah to be Singapore's 24th - and also Singapore's...

Tengah to be Singapore's 24th - and also Singapore's...

Minster for National Development Lawrence Wong revealed the master plan for Tengah at the HDB Awards...
PRC 'wife' will not get deceased man's CPF as marriage...

PRC 'wife' will not get deceased man's CPF as marriage...

The High Court has ruled that the CPF savings of a deceased man will go to his sisters instead of his...
Cartoonist shares his experience about costs of living...

Cartoonist shares his experience about costs of living...

Cartoonist Leslie Chew – the man behind the popular series of Demon-cratic strips – has shared how...
Opinion
Just when you think no more Chee By election

Just when you think no more Chee By election

The Bukit Batok by election was all about Chee Soon Juan and was popularly and cheekily called the Chee...
The Allure of Contraband

The Allure of Contraband

For the Singapore government, the issue of contraband existing in Singapore is a tough problem to...
A storm is brewing between Singapore and China

A storm is brewing between Singapore and China

The Global Times, a China media, lashed out at Singapore for raising the South China Sea Dispute at the...
Questions about the quality of our foreign workforce

Questions about the quality of our foreign workforce

The recent past has seen several deadly mishaps that leads one to question the quality of our workforce...
Which mess do you want? Hillary or Donald Trump

Which mess do you want? Hillary or Donald Trump

This is what the Americans are going to choose in the coming Presidential Election for the most powerful...
Want to be a millionaire? Do sai kang.

Want to be a millionaire? Do sai kang.

I thought that I would be freer now that I am done with my Web Development Immersive (WDI) course. Boy...
Five things that are much cheaper in Johor Bahru than...

Five things that are much cheaper in Johor Bahru than...

While almost everything is cheaper in Johor Bahru, these five things really make a trip across the Johor...
'People are unsatisfied, but we’re afraid of change'

'People are unsatisfied, but we’re afraid of change'

True here too? Especially the bits about “Power and the state … are one and the same,”and “And...
Temasek’s net profit significantly below previous...

Temasek’s net profit significantly below previous...

Due to Temasek’s selective disclosure of information, ordinary Singaporeans and even experts don’t...
To get a job, lower your expectations - WTH!

To get a job, lower your expectations - WTH!

The article by TNP on 26 September said extremely high unemployment for degree holders since 2009, even...
Learning to code is like learning to ride a bicycle

Learning to code is like learning to ride a bicycle

So I finished the Web Development Immersive (WDI) course last week. But that doesn’t mean that I have...
Singapore PR = tissue paper?

Singapore PR = tissue paper?

The PAP must review its flawed immigration policy and not continue to treat PRs as a numbers game to...
Accountability the PAP way

Accountability the PAP way

“Your definition of accountability is to push this on your low-level employees. This is gutless leadership.” – Senator...
Global Bureaucratic Incumbency

Global Bureaucratic Incumbency

Of late, you cannot escape the amount of literature both in politics and economics that try to explain...
Singapore’s leadership is on the decline

Singapore’s leadership is on the decline

Regardless of what the PAP says, the late LKY was a once-in-a-millennium abnormality and Singapore...
Another ex-paper general appointed LTA CEO, expect...

Another ex-paper general appointed LTA CEO, expect...

The PAP has just announced the appointment of ex-paper general Ngien Hoon Ping as CEO of LTA with effect...
CMIO classification – Greater importance and indispensability

CMIO classification – Greater importance and indispensability

For a long time, there have been calls for the removal of the race classification in our identity card....
Locals have been betrayed! Its time for you to wake...

Locals have been betrayed! Its time for you to wake...

TNP published an article stating that unemployed degree holders is now at the highest, even First Class...
Elected Presidency – The number games

Elected Presidency – The number games

Since the changes to the Constitution is going to be a reality come what may, let’s look at the numbers...
Singapore: Falling down, broken, breakdown, falling...

Singapore: Falling down, broken, breakdown, falling...

I refer to “External structure collapses at HDB block in Tampines” (photo below). It has become increasingly...
Snippets
Dr Chee: We have lost our way

Dr Chee: We have lost our way

Read these 3 reports in the last couple of weeks: 1. A couple expecting their first-born lived in...
Why don't CHC members admit that they trusted the wrong...

Why don't CHC members admit that they trusted the wrong...

To those who believe in Kong Hee, there are other churches out there doing great deeds as well. Just...
Social Media Still the Way to Effect Change

Social Media Still the Way to Effect Change

It has now become a cliché, but no less a general truth, to say that the magnitude of social media's...
AWARE on the elected presidency

AWARE on the elected presidency

We agree that the representation of diverse races in political leadership is important, and welcome the...
Tan Chuan Jin: Even ministers cannot perform miracles

Tan Chuan Jin: Even ministers cannot perform miracles

Some of you ask me about issues we deal with. This is one. We have an ongoing dispute between two neighbours...
Have our millionaire Ministers ever spared a thought...

Have our millionaire Ministers ever spared a thought...

If one were to look at how Singapore’s wealth is divided, then it should come as no surprise that...
 Living in a time of deception

Living in a time of deception

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre in collaboration with the Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia...
Dr Lee Wei Ling remembers her dad on his birthday

Dr Lee Wei Ling remembers her dad on his birthday

Papa would be 93 today if he were still alive. He lived a full life, committing most of his time and...
Someone crash a drone plane into my house

Someone crash a drone plane into my house

Boom! I look out of the kitchen window and see debris falling off the lower roof of my HDB block. A large...
Khaw Boon Wan must Look into SMRT Sackings

Khaw Boon Wan must Look into SMRT Sackings

The SMRT's decision to sack two of its employees over the deaths of Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari and...
One year later, five questions to ponder on for the...

One year later, five questions to ponder on for the...

“The only thing I know about elections is that I don’t need to work on Polling Day because it’s...
SDP Chair Congratulates Pro-Democracy Hong Kong Legislators

SDP Chair Congratulates Pro-Democracy Hong Kong Legislators

The SDP would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to the people of Hong Kong for voting in a...
LTA & SBS: Hairline cracks on 11 first-generation Sengkang-Punggol...

LTA & SBS: Hairline cracks on 11 first-generation Sengkang-Punggol...

1.  As part of SBS Transit’s fleet-wide inspection in July 2016, hairline cracks were discovered on...
If you think Lee Hsien Loong is bad enough..

If you think Lee Hsien Loong is bad enough..

If you think Lee Hsien Loong was bad, wait till you see the batch of fourth generation "leaders"...
Letters
The Wayang on Succession in Singapore

The Wayang on Succession in Singapore

Remember, there was a time where there were 3 DPMs. One was strategically promoted to Elected President...
Tan Cheng Bock: No more blank cheque

Tan Cheng Bock: No more blank cheque

Since 1963, the people have given this Government a blank cheque. They went with us all the way,...
Making out totally naked nia, no sex hor...

Making out totally naked nia, no sex hor...

I am in a 5 years+ relationship with my gf. Recently, she cheated on me by going to another guy's house...
Singapore only Asian economy to contract?

Singapore only Asian economy to contract?

I refer to the article "Singapore is only Asian economy to suffer contraction in nominal GDP in Q2: BNP...
Why link CPF to housing?

Why link CPF to housing?

CPF is a complete failure dressed up as a success story. When you have prices of HDB flats all a...
Foreign & new citizens’ population increased...

Foreign & new citizens’ population increased...

Population hits 5.61m I refer to the article “Singapore’s population hits 5.61 million in June,...
Downsizing to retire a delusion?

Downsizing to retire a delusion?

I refer to the article “Using home to fund retirement is a delusion, says former minister” (BBC,...
HDB 1 & 2-room increase from 45,600 to 68,800?...

HDB 1 & 2-room increase from 45,600 to 68,800?...

I refer to the Department of Statistics’ Population Trends 2016 report released on 27 September...
One who wins the Presidency without special measures...

One who wins the Presidency without special measures...

Both – the requirement of having a member from the ethnic minority group in the GRC and the reservation...
49,000 foreign jobs versus 500 local jobs?

49,000 foreign jobs versus 500 local jobs?

I refer to the article "Private school graduates find it harder to land jobs: Poll" (Straits Times, Sep...
Kong Hee would have been great PAP material

Kong Hee would have been great PAP material

Kong Hee is really a charismatic man who can move crowds and make smart logical people do his bidding....
Why voters should elect one-third non-PAP MPs

Why voters should elect one-third non-PAP MPs

On his Facebook, Dr Chee Soon Juan reminds us that, according to a report, some years ago a certain senior...
Marine Parade TC violates Article 12

Marine Parade TC violates Article 12

When Marine Parade Town Council rejects the application to hold a wake on the ground that the applicant...
Sticky & Recent Articles


Why Pasir Ris voters should support SDA

Why Pasir Ris voters should support SDA

SDA’s Desmond Lim does not deserve to be ridiculed for not being articulate. There are good reasons for voters not to dismiss Desmond as a potential MP. In fact, we really do not have any choice but to ensure Desmond and his team get into parliament. Singaporeans demand change and we NEED a government that’s transparent,... 

PAP’s dream team

PAP’s dream team

Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC Ellen Lee has been given the boot to make way for new candidate Amrin Amin and former Aljunied GRC candidate Ong Ye Kung. The lady voters may not take this too kindly, after all the lip service about dearth of women in politics. The acronym FILTH is for Failed In London, Try Hongkong. But... 

Today’s PAP can’t manage a changed world economy

Today’s PAP can’t manage a changed world economy

This article (i.e. TRE article ‘My reply to Ng Kok Lim’s response to my article‘) conflates political systems with economic models and is oblivious to today’s realities in the politico-economic spaces operated by nations in a radically different global economy. China’s totalitarian in structure (one party)... 

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