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Workers' Party will be irrelevant if it doesn't fight for reformWorkers' Party will be irrelevant if it doesn't fight for... A well meaning statement by the Worker's Party, but one that draws incomplete conclusions from ‪#‎Brexit‬. Immigration was the precipitating factor, but not the fundamental cause. The underlying issue with Brexit was the nature of the European Union. It is an intrinsically anti-democratic institution. The laws and...

University hostel fees up 6.8% p.a. despite $1b surplus?University hostel fees up 6.8% p.a. despite $1b surplus? University hostel fees “have increased sharply” I refer to the article “Higher operating costs push up university hostel fees” (Channel NewsAsia, Jun 28). It states that “Staying on campus at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has become costlier for undergraduates as hall rental fees have increased...

Singapore’s stance at UPR is a disturbing indication of its unwillingness to work with international human rights processesSingapore’s stance at UPR is a disturbing indication of... This is the following oral statement delivered by Sayoni in person at the 32nd regular session of the UN Human Rights Council.   Mr Vice President, Forum Asia, ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, ALMOS and Sayoni makes this statement on behalf of the LGBT community in Singapore. We are alarmed that Singapore has rejected...

HOPE wins over FEAR in Brexit – Will we vote in HOPE and see PAPxit and LEExit?HOPE wins over FEAR in Brexit – Will we vote in HOPE and... Experts, economists, government and business leaders tried to strike fear into the minds of British voters by warning economic hardships but majority of the voters did not believe them and many even defiantly told them, so what? Instead they voted for hope and took back control over their own destiny. Similarly in every...

Lessons from BrexitLessons from Brexit One thing I learnt from watching Brexit was the spirit of democracy, which never existed in Singapore. People were free to make choices, not lured by upgrading nor intimidation. I sometimes watch the parliamentary debates in UK and found them to be very engaging, at times very loud, cynical and critical. But they...

Workers’ Party: S’pore is not alien to the emotions expressed at BrexitWorkers’ Party: S’pore is not alien to the emotions expressed... Brexit was not only about the United Kingdom and the European Union. It was a sobering reminder about the shortcomings and limits of globalisation, the scale of immigration, how quickly the poison of racism and xenophobia can shape the public discourse, the perceptions and prospects of locals losing good jobs to foreigners,...

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,...

On brexit: At least the Brits got to chooseOn brexit: At least the Brits got to choose Whether you like the results of Brexit or not, at least the British people got to choose. When was the last time we had a referendum in Singapore? When we introduced the GRC? When we introduced the Elected Presidency scheme? When we opened casions? No, no and no. I tell you when was the last time we had a referendum,...

Taxi drivers hit by triple whammy?Taxi drivers hit by triple whammy? Cab firms hit by higher fees I refer to the article “Cab firms hit by higher operating licence fees” (Straits Times, Jun 24). Increase may be passed on to drivers? It states that “National Taxi Association executive adviser Ang Hin Kee said operators may pass the cost on to drivers by raising rental fees....

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...

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...

Editorials
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...
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...
Opinion
Is Brexit really that bad?

Is Brexit really that bad?

Before and after the Brits voted to leave the EU, you only hear one song, Britain leaving the EU is bad,...
“Servicemen hail free insurance” an insult to common...

“Servicemen hail free insurance” an insult to common...

Ah Kow: Wa lau eh, this Shitty Times really dare to insult our common sense man. Ahmad: Bro, what...
Profitable to pay elderly poor to leave S’pore

Profitable to pay elderly poor to leave S’pore

Further to this, where I, tongue-in-cheek, suggested that the PAP administration should follow what...
Singapore evolution into a society of no empathy and...

Singapore evolution into a society of no empathy and...

I grew up in the 70s, somewhere in Geylang, where kampungs existed then. During then, we did not have...
Brexit, Bretton Woods & Globalization

Brexit, Bretton Woods & Globalization

With the Brexit, a good way to pin down the swirling permutations of consequences would be to go back...
Brexit and the implications of social inequality

Brexit and the implications of social inequality

As the example of Brexit has shown, economic inequality causes social inequality and which can tear the...
Only LKY beats Dr Chee’s record

Only LKY beats Dr Chee’s record

Dr Chee has been the secretary-general of SDP since 19993 1993, after the defenestration of Chiam....
NS insurance coverage 49 years late, NSFs unmotivated...

NS insurance coverage 49 years late, NSFs unmotivated...

Below is an imaginary email to the government by an intelligent (not book smart) NSF. Dear Leeder I...
Reply to Quora answer to

Reply to Quora answer to "Why do people hate Singapore?"

I refer to Theodore Shawcross's Quora answers to "Why do people hate Singapore?" 1) Freedom of speech...
Car Park rates to go up

Car Park rates to go up

Front page news that public car park rates will go up soon and a study is in process. You can expect...
Govt give people $100 in activesg$

Govt give people $100 in activesg$

Here is someone sneering at Singaporeans who would be given $100 in activesg.com when they signed up...
And govt wants to encourage fintech?/ PAP is never...

And govt wants to encourage fintech?/ PAP is never...

Is Tharman trying to tell jokes again? (Examples in the past, another recent one?). He’s the leading...
Call me xenophobic. I don't care!

Call me xenophobic. I don't care!

I am sick and tired of foreigners coming to Singapore and giving Singapore Government advice to raise...
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...
Snippets
Workers' Party will be irrelevant if it doesn't fight...

Workers' Party will be irrelevant if it doesn't fight...

A well meaning statement by the Worker's Party, but one that draws incomplete conclusions from ‪#‎Brexit‬....
Workers’ Party: S’pore is not alien to the emotions...

Workers’ Party: S’pore is not alien to the emotions...

Brexit was not only about the United Kingdom and the European Union. It was a sobering reminder about...
HOPE wins over FEAR in Brexit – Will we vote in HOPE...

HOPE wins over FEAR in Brexit – Will we vote in HOPE...

Experts, economists, government and business leaders tried to strike fear into the minds of British voters...
LTA should solve Taxi woes first before increasing...

LTA should solve Taxi woes first before increasing...

Quote: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has told operators that their operating licence fee will...
Singapore’s stance at UPR is a disturbing indication...

Singapore’s stance at UPR is a disturbing indication...

This is the following oral statement delivered by Sayoni in person at the 32nd regular session of the...
On brexit: At least the Brits got to choose

On brexit: At least the Brits got to choose

Whether you like the results of Brexit or not, at least the British people got to choose. When...
MND and Town Councils must Explain Why They Took So...

MND and Town Councils must Explain Why They Took So...

The government announced last week that it would set up a “tighter lift maintenance regime” to be...
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...
Letters
University hostel fees up 6.8% p.a. despite $1b surplus?

University hostel fees up 6.8% p.a. despite $1b surplus?

University hostel fees “have increased sharply” I refer to the article “Higher operating costs...
Taxi drivers hit by triple whammy?

Taxi drivers hit by triple whammy?

Cab firms hit by higher fees I refer to the article “Cab firms hit by higher operating licence fees”...
Lessons from Brexit

Lessons from Brexit

One thing I learnt from watching Brexit was the spirit of democracy, which never existed in Singapore....
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,...
Sticky & Recent Articles


My reply to those human rights groups on Amos Yee

My reply to those human rights groups on Amos Yee

I have written to [email protected] and [email protected] You may want to share with your readers the following article. I am writing in response to the open statement your organization has made on the Amos Yee issue in Singapore. I am writing in full awareness of the current world order and its status quo. I know Westerners... 

Give $1 but take back $10 stone age logic

Give $1 but take back $10 stone age logic

Comes Aug 09, 2015, Singapore will be 50 years old after the separation or rather “kicked out” from Malaysia in the year 1965. Since last year, the celebration of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee is splashed all over and is an oft repeated or used in all kinds of promotional gimmicks. The PAP government is pulling... 

Forced to resign and face breach of contract

Forced to resign and face breach of contract

Singaporean forced to leave company staffed by 90% foreigners and face legal action for breach of contract Dear Mr Goh, My name is Johnny. I’m having a dispute at the moment with my employer regarding my training bond agreement which I have to pay when I breached the contract. Mr Chandra, my neighbour has recommended me to... 

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