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Renounce citizenship form: Not easy to complete?Renounce citizenship form: Not easy to complete? Someone told me that he had some difficulty completing the form to give up his Singapore citizenship to withdraw his CPF as he has obtained Australian citizenship, because the form required the following information:- “Female applicants are only required to complete Section I and Section II of the form … For...

Why upgrade when 10 years' jobs went to foreigners?Why upgrade when 10 years' jobs went to foreigners? I refer to the article “Institutes of higher learning should offer training for workers: Ong Ye Kung” (Straits Times, Oct 21). It states that ” the drive to promote lifelong learning has been in place for more than a decade before the SkillsFuture movement was launched in late 2014. As a result, the average...

SPH Retrenchment - This is Why SDP Proposes the Singaporeans First PolicySPH Retrenchment - This is Why SDP Proposes the Singaporeans... There are reports that the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has hired foreign journalists even as it has laid off 130 staff members. If such an occurrence has indeed taken place, it signals yet again the inability or, worse, unwillingness of the PAP to protect the interests of Singaporeans. It makes a mockery of...

SPH: Should not retrench because…SPH: Should not retrench because… I refer to the article “SPH chiefs address lapse during retrenchment” (Straits Times, Oct 18). It states that “Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) chief executive Ng Yat Chung yesterday called on staff to work together to take the company forward, while apologising for the “serious lapse” which locked some 20 employees...

Khaw must accept full responsibility and step downKhaw must accept full responsibility and step down In keeping with the PAP culture of claiming all the glory while avoiding any responsibility, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has yet again placed blame on everyone but himself in the latest incident of flooding in the MRT tunnel. Mr Khaw pointed his finger at the SMRT staff and said that they had “failed us”. ...

MRT: Hong Kong – cheaper, better, faster?MRT: Hong Kong – cheaper, better, faster? I refer to the article “Billion-dollar boost for HK’s emerging industries” (Straits Times, Oct 12). It states that “SUBSIDY FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT TRAVEL Users of the Octopus card – which is similar to Singapore’s EZ Link card – will get subsidies up to HK$300 (S$52) if they spend more than HK$400 a month....

SMRT: Prefers 'no blame culture' and 'no fines'?SMRT: Prefers 'no blame culture' and 'no fines'? I refer to the article “Flooding in MRT tunnel preventable. says Khaw” (Straits Times, Oct 17). Bonuses will be affected It states that “Mr Seah said the incident will have an impact on the bonuses of the SMRT maintenance team. Mr Kuek said SMRT was taking full responsibility and looking into tackling remaining...

Invitation to Students for Liberty EventInvitation to Students for Liberty Event A very good afternoon to everyone, I hope you are having a pleasant Deepavali public holiday. I am inviting you to Students for Liberty's (SFL) next event, taking place next Saturday afternoon on the 28th October at 4-6pm at ACC Eduhub (postal code 229469). Sexy title aside, the talk delves into the economics of...

Will SMRT management be held accountable by the authorities?Will SMRT management be held accountable by the authorities? I have been very disturbed by the continuing saga, the flooding tunnel as the most recent, with SMRT. I’m even more disturbed with the deafening silence from all those responsible, no less the Minister himself. What I fear is that eventually the blame game will repeat itself and some minion/s will be the scapegoat....

Ministry Of Health Or Ministry Of HellMinistry Of Health Or Ministry Of Hell MOH failure to control the spread of infectious diseases in Singapore has placed Singaporeans at risk of infection. Infectious diseases such as TB, malaria, dengue and foodborne diseases are due mainly to environmental factors which are MOH, NEA and AVA responsibility to control, unlike HIV or sexually transmitted...

PAP: From Shameful to ShamelessPAP: From Shameful to Shameless It’s hard to imagine how shameless the PAP has become. Here are some quick examples: - We used to have contested presidencies. Now they don’t even bother – just make it Reserved, turn an Indian into a Malay, and declare a walkover. How convenient! How shameless! - It used to be that families don’t wash dirty...

GIC 5.1, Temasek 16, Fund Manager 12%?GIC 5.1, Temasek 16, Fund Manager 12%? I refer to the article “Assets under management in S’pore up 7% to $2.7 trillion” (Straits Times, Sep 27). It states that “Sustained net fund inflows and broad-based improvements in market valuations supported the growth, it added. “Compliance requirements are still very onerous and that sets the bar very...

Future Singapore PresidentFuture Singapore President One issue I hope this forum will discuss is the candidacy pool for the Singapore Presidents in future elections. Because of bar has been raised so high ("$500 million of shareholder equity"), the number of eligible candidates is now severely reduced. Furthermore, there are historical confrontations between the President and...

Job statistics: No breakdown into Singaporeans & PRs?Job statistics: No breakdown into Singaporeans & PRs? I refer to the article “Financial firms go big on training for local staff” (Straits Times, Oct 11). It  states that “He said more than eight in 10 of the PMET positions in the industry are filled by Singaporeans and PRs. For instance, 92 per cent of DBS Group’s Singapore workforce are Singaporeans and PRs....

Loan payment increased after bank got acquired?Loan payment increased after bank got acquired? Are there any regulations to protect consumers from any unexpected increase in the quantum of the monthly repayments of a loan, when their original bank is acquired by another bank? Ms Lau was a priority customer of a foreign bank and had a A$ housing loan. A few months’ ago – the foreign bank’s retail business...

Editorials
Sit-in protest to be held for frequent train breakdowns...

Sit-in protest to be held for frequent train breakdowns...

Mr Gilbert Goh, the founder of Transitioning.org is organizing another sit-in protest at Hong Lim Park...
TRE wishes all our Hindu readers a Happy Deepavali...

TRE wishes all our Hindu readers a Happy Deepavali...

  The [email protected] TRE would like to wish all our Hindu readers a Happy Deepavali / Diwali.      
Service disruption on TR Emeritus' web server

Service disruption on TR Emeritus' web server

TRE's website was down for about 15 minutes today (5th Oct ) @ 2225 hours. We wish to assure our...
Dr Tan raises questions on Law Minister’s contradictory...

Dr Tan raises questions on Law Minister’s contradictory...

Former 2011 Presidential candidate, Dr Tan Cheng Bock has raised questions on statements made by Minister...
Gentle reminder on TRE's appeal for assistance

Gentle reminder on TRE's appeal for assistance

This is a gentle reminder that today (30th Sept) will be the last day the POSB account volunteered by...
Blogger Amos Yee wins appeal for asylum in US of A

Blogger Amos Yee wins appeal for asylum in US of A

Teenage blogger Amos Yee Pang Sang, who spent almost a year in a United States detention centre has...
Follow-up to 'TR Emeritus’ in-house techie requires...

Follow-up to 'TR Emeritus’ in-house techie requires...

Following our appeal on Tuesday (20th Sept) titled "TR Emeritus’ in-house techie requires assistance",...
TR Emeritus' in-house techie requires assistance

TR Emeritus' in-house techie requires assistance

TR Emeritus's (TRE) in-house techie, Andrew is currently in a difficult situation and is in need of assistance...
Walkover PE 2017: Protest the Process, Not the Person

Walkover PE 2017: Protest the Process, Not the Person

Several to-be-participants of the sit-in protest at Hong Lim Park have issued a statement on their views...
Activist to hold silent sit-in protest against reserved...

Activist to hold silent sit-in protest against reserved...

Activist Gilbert Goh has posted an announcement that there will be a silent sit-in protest against the...
Mdm Halimah Yacob is the new Madam President of Singapore

Mdm Halimah Yacob is the new Madam President of Singapore

  Mdm Halimah Yacob is the new Madam President of Singapore There were a total of 5...
Tan Chuan Jin nominated as Speaker of Parliament

Tan Chuan Jin nominated as Speaker of Parliament

Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan Jin has been nominated as the new Speaker...
Activist Kirstan Han summoned by police for holding...

Activist Kirstan Han summoned by police for holding...

Human rights activist Ms Kirsten Han has been summoned by the police to assist in an investigation into...
Writ of Election issued for Presidential Election 2017

Writ of Election issued for Presidential Election 2017

A Writ of Election has been issued for the upcoming Presidential Election 2017 (PE 2017), by Prime Minister...
Activist M Ravi offered $20,000 bail (updated)

Activist M Ravi offered $20,000 bail (updated)

Non-practising lawyer and activist M Ravi has been offered bail following his 2 weeks court-ordered...
Leave granted for AGC to commence committal proceedings...

Leave granted for AGC to commence committal proceedings...

The High Court has approved an application by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to commence...
Opinions
MOT Khaw, SMRT CEO and his army buddies should be thrown...

MOT Khaw, SMRT CEO and his army buddies should be thrown...

Acting in unison with SMRT CEO and chairman, MOT Minister Khaw has decided to throw the Bishan maintenance...
How to win over PAP voters

How to win over PAP voters

Online rows cannot be settled by quoting facts, suggests research. Instead focus on the benefits that...
Silencing another generation? – Part 1

Silencing another generation? – Part 1

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman's speech in the recent Majulah lecture at NTU is interesting. Why did...
Examining PAP's Election Manifestos

Examining PAP's Election Manifestos

With the frequent breakdown of the trains and tracks, rising unemployment and underemployment of Singaporeans...
SPH: Blame previous CEO

SPH: Blame previous CEO

It’s fashionable to berate scholars for incompetency especially ex-generals, especially the present...
Class-action suit only option for CPF members to right...

Class-action suit only option for CPF members to right...

My proposal to launch a class-action suit against the government has generated a tremendous amount...
Where’s Khaw? (cont’d)

Where’s Khaw? (cont’d)

Since I wrote Where’s Khaw? on Sunday, he’s resurfaced like a submarine. From a flooded MRT tunnel...
The ridiculously exuberant pay of PAP leaders

The ridiculously exuberant pay of PAP leaders

I have heard many indignant comments from friends in recent days concerning the outrageous pay of $ 550,000...
MOT Minister Khaw’s fake apology: Despite flooded...

MOT Minister Khaw’s fake apology: Despite flooded...

After more than a week of rehearsals, SMRT CEO, Chairman and MOT Minister Khaw have finally decided to...
Doesn’t GIVE.asia owe the public greater transparency...

Doesn’t GIVE.asia owe the public greater transparency...

It is always disappointing when an ostensibly legitimate and valid cause is crippled because of a...
Old told homes are not ‘assets to pass on to offspring’

Old told homes are not ‘assets to pass on to offspring’

No not a PAP minister or MP telling Singaporeans that yr HDB flat is not really yrs. According to...
Can inviting a foreign company to enter Singapore’s...

Can inviting a foreign company to enter Singapore’s...

A Today forum letter dated 9 October (Monday) by Toh Han Shih comments that following the state of...
CPF Board not aware of where CPF was invested

CPF Board not aware of where CPF was invested

Dear CPF members I am trying to establish if indeed CPF is invested in SSGS. However, there is no...
The silence of the Malay Minister

The silence of the Malay Minister

Yaacob AWOL or MIA isit? Jus like Khaw on the flooding of the MRT tunnel isit? Seriously I find it...
Where’s Khaw?

Where’s Khaw?

They seek him here, they seek him there, Those MRT commuters seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven?—Is...
Parliament, Animal Farm and the House of Pigs

Parliament, Animal Farm and the House of Pigs

What is that building in the picture for? It’s grandly named ‘The Singapore Parliament’. As the...
Snippets
Invitation to Students for Liberty Event

Invitation to Students for Liberty Event

A very good afternoon to everyone, I hope you are having a pleasant Deepavali public holiday. I...
SPH Retrenchment - This is Why SDP Proposes the Singaporeans...

SPH Retrenchment - This is Why SDP Proposes the Singaporeans...

There are reports that the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has hired foreign journalists even as it...
Khaw must accept full responsibility and step down

Khaw must accept full responsibility and step down

In keeping with the PAP culture of claiming all the glory while avoiding any responsibility, Transport...
Ang Mo expat complains $4k salary not enough!

Ang Mo expat complains $4k salary not enough!

Singapore Business Review reported 2.5 months ago that a 28-year-old Brit, Kieran Hughes, was not happy...
Why is Zaqy Mohamad Billed as a Representative in Marsiling-Yee...

Why is Zaqy Mohamad Billed as a Representative in Marsiling-Yee...

A banner showing Mr Zaqy Mohamad greeting residents in the Marsiling Yew-Tee GRC is being displayed....
Study so hard to drive Uber?

Study so hard to drive Uber?

A taxi driver, who was in his late fifties told me. "It is very sad to see young graduates driving Uber...
Fundamental Rights of Citizens Must be Protected

Fundamental Rights of Citizens Must be Protected

The Singapore Democratic Party is disappointed with the regressive steps and punitive measures taken...
PAP's Lame Racial Politics Justification

PAP's Lame Racial Politics Justification

PAP's Supreme Leader PM Lee tried to explain and justify his (or his party's?) decision to amend the...
Article 14 of Singapore Constitution guarantees freedom...

Article 14 of Singapore Constitution guarantees freedom...

Function 8 and Community Action Network (CAN) are deeply troubled and saddened by the arrest of artist...
Ministers' speeches not to be taken seriously?

Ministers' speeches not to be taken seriously?

Yahoo News reported: " also agreed with what stated in court that one should not refer to “every...
A Seismic Loss of Faith

A Seismic Loss of Faith

When the Prime Minister and his two Deputy Prime Ministers have talked on an almost daily basis about...
Keep up the good work, SMRT

Keep up the good work, SMRT

SMRT, I used to get very angry with the train service especially for NSL in past few months. It always...
Leon Perera: Questions not answered in Parliament

Leon Perera: Questions not answered in Parliament

Some citizens I meet on outreach and house visits have asked me why they do not see WP MPs asking...
Clarification by DPM Tharman on 'gutter politics'

Clarification by DPM Tharman on 'gutter politics'

Following my NTU Majulah Lecture last week on the future of education we had a dialogue. Some asked...
An open letter to Amos Yee

An open letter to Amos Yee

Congratulations on being released from prison. After ten months of detention, you have been granted...
Welcome to the USA, Amos Yee

Welcome to the USA, Amos Yee

I'm sure you all have heard by now that Amos Yee has finally been freed from detention. Congratulations...
We must always exercise our right to seek answers from...

We must always exercise our right to seek answers from...

My case has finally concluded with no legal costs payable to the Government. At first, the Government...
Letters
Renounce citizenship form: Not easy to complete?

Renounce citizenship form: Not easy to complete?

Someone told me that he had some difficulty completing the form to give up his Singapore citizenship...
Why upgrade when 10 years' jobs went to foreigners?

Why upgrade when 10 years' jobs went to foreigners?

I refer to the article “Institutes of higher learning should offer training for workers: Ong Ye Kung”...
SPH: Should not retrench because…

SPH: Should not retrench because…

I refer to the article “SPH chiefs address lapse during retrenchment” (Straits Times, Oct 18). It...
Job statistics: No breakdown into Singaporeans & PRs?

Job statistics: No breakdown into Singaporeans & PRs?

I refer to the article “Financial firms go big on training for local staff” (Straits Times, Oct 11). It ...
MRT: Hong Kong – cheaper, better, faster?

MRT: Hong Kong – cheaper, better, faster?

I refer to the article “Billion-dollar boost for HK’s emerging industries” (Straits Times, Oct...
SMRT: Prefers 'no blame culture' and 'no fines'?

SMRT: Prefers 'no blame culture' and 'no fines'?

I refer to the article “Flooding in MRT tunnel preventable. says Khaw” (Straits Times, Oct 17). Bonuses...
CPF: All members’ data, not just 'active'?

CPF: All members’ data, not just 'active'?

There are some figures which I find rather puzzling. You can see from the above (Chart 2) that the...
Will SMRT management be held accountable by the authorities?

Will SMRT management be held accountable by the authorities?

I have been very disturbed by the continuing saga, the flooding tunnel as the most recent, with SMRT....
Poverty: Singapore vs Hong Kong?

Poverty: Singapore vs Hong Kong?

I refer  to the article  “Explain This: what does it mean to be poor in Hong Kong, and how many people...
Ministry Of Health Or Ministry Of Hell

Ministry Of Health Or Ministry Of Hell

MOH failure to control the spread of infectious diseases in Singapore has placed Singaporeans at risk...
How many private-hire drivers are not Singaporeans?

How many private-hire drivers are not Singaporeans?

I refer to the article “‘African’ driver in online video is a Singapore PR and approved to ferry...
PAP: From Shameful to Shameless

PAP: From Shameful to Shameless

It’s hard to imagine how shameless the PAP has become. Here are some quick examples: - We used to...
GIC 5.1, Temasek 16, Fund Manager 12%?

GIC 5.1, Temasek 16, Fund Manager 12%?

I refer to the article “Assets under management in S’pore up 7% to $2.7 trillion” (Straits Times,...
Future Singapore President

Future Singapore President

One issue I hope this forum will discuss is the candidacy pool for the Singapore Presidents in future...
Loan payment increased after bank got acquired?

Loan payment increased after bank got acquired?

Are there any regulations to protect consumers from any unexpected increase in the quantum of the monthly...
Public Hospital capitalising on the ignorance of the...

Public Hospital capitalising on the ignorance of the...

Why our Public Hospital becomes so unscrupulous, capitalising on the ignorance of the sick to amass indecent...
New citizens accounted for 69% of the citizens’ growth...

New citizens accounted for 69% of the citizens’ growth...

I refer to the article “Singapore’s non-resident population falls by 1.6%, first drop in 14 years”...
Sticky & Recent Articles

Singapore’s Loan Sharking Problem

Singapore’s Loan Sharking Problem

By Ben Bland from Asia Sentinel When the Singapore police nailed four suspected members of a loan-sharking syndicate on July 21, they seized the usual paraphernalia: mobile phones and prepaid SIM cards and the time-honored tools of intimidation such as paint to be splashed on the doors of bad debtors and superglue to lock them... 

Government backs away from proposed changes to property tax laws

Government backs away from proposed changes to property tax laws

From our Correspondent Succumbing to public pressure, the government has aborted a proposed change to the tax laws dealing with gains made from property sales. The public consultation process for the proposal attracted 64 responses with 60 opposing the change. Under the proposal, an individual who sells a property would be taxed... 

Shame on you, young bloggers

Shame on you, young bloggers

IT IRKS me that young people blog negatively about the Singapore Government. They live in an era where there is peace and harmony, they have a roof over their heads, plenty to eat and so much to enjoy. There is a need to realise that all these good things do not come naturally. Someone has to do the job and we are fortunate... 

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