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Is our public transport the most profitable in the world?Is our public transport the most profitable in the world? I refer to the article “SBS Transit profit grows 50% to $47m” (Straits Times, Feb 12). It states that “Bus and train operator SBS Transit posted a 50.3 per cent rise in net earnings to $47.1 million for the year ended Dec 31, 2017.” SMRT‘s “operating profit increased 14.6% to $138.5 million” in FY2016. In...

Is the average resale levy more or less than the average housing grant?Is the average resale levy more or less than the average... I refer to the article “11,000 households get government grant in buying resale flats near parents or children” (Straits Times, Feb 11). It states that “About $211 million in PHG has been disbursed to the 11,000 families, HDB said”. So, does it mean that the average grant is $19,182 ($211 million divided by...

Fake Jobs Ads May Possibly Aqquire Your Personal DataFake Jobs Ads May Possibly Aqquire Your Personal Data There seems be a number of fake ads which target personal data and although there has been no studies done on establishing a link between between scam calls and the how the private data of individuals are acquired, on the ground it is baffling how scammers get hold of such personal details. THe 1988 privacy act of Australia...

SDP: A Budget of Wayang and Cheap GimmicksSDP: A Budget of Wayang and Cheap Gimmicks If ever there was a budget laden with cheap gimmicks and full of wayang, this one is it. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced an 'ang pow' of up to $300 for every individual. The giveaway amounts to $700 million. This is against a collection of a surplus of $9.6 billion the previous year. In other words, the...

Was there or wasn’t there '$22.5 million missing' in Punggol East?Was there or wasn’t there '$22.5 million missing' in Punggol... I refer to the article “Issue of Punggol East’s missing $22.5m resurfaces” (Straits Times, Feb 19). It states that “Questions surrounding $22.5 million in “missing” funds from Punggol East have resurfaced after they were first raised during the General Election in 2015. In respect of “Last Thursday,...

How much of the $3 billion foreign workers’ levies have been used to help such workers?How much of the $3 billion foreign workers’ levies have... I refer to the article “Left in the lurch when foreign bosses disappear” (Straits Times, Feb 12). It states that “In the past 1½ years, there have been at least six cases of non-Singaporean employers absconding without paying their foreign workers, according to the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC). In each case,...

Are rosy jobs creation projections a far cry from the actual statistics?Are rosy jobs creation projections a far cry from the actual... I refer to the article “Foreign investments will remain steady this year: EDB” (Straits Times, Jan 31). It states that “The changing nature of the local economy and the workforce will likely mean the amount of foreign direct investment here will remain similar to that in recent years, although with fewer jobs created. But...

Pritam Singh remains favourite to succeed Low Thia Khiang?Pritam Singh remains favourite to succeed Low Thia Khiang? I refer to the article on TISG, titled http://www.theindependent.sg/pritam-singh-remains-favourite-to-succeed-low-thia-khiang-as-wp-secretary-general/ and would like to respectfully disagree with and as well as NCMP Goh's premature assessment of Pritam Singh's "ascension" to become the next WP Sec-Gen! As we already...

The mystery of the unaccounted $22.5 millionThe mystery of the unaccounted $22.5 million With the release of the final KPMG report on AHTC today, I can finally finish writing this post which has bugged me for almost 30 months. At the tail end of GE2015 campaign, Mr Charles Chong sent a letter dated 8 September 2015 to all Punggol East (PE) residents stating that $22.5 million transferred to AHPETC by Pasir-Ris...

Is the HDB making losses because it pays for land at market prices to the Singapore Land Authority (SLA)?Is the HDB making losses because it pays for land at market... I refer to the article “Bank Negara’s land buy sparks talk of 1MDB bailout” (Straits Times, Feb 9). It states that “Questions are growing around the Malaysian central bank’s recent purchase of government land for RM2 billion (S$678 million), with observers saying it is unusual for the institution to pay market...

Has our CPF Ordinary Account’s interest rates been beating inflation, historically?Has our CPF Ordinary Account’s interest rates been beating... I refer to the article “Malaysian pension fund set to make record payout” (Straits Times, Feb 10). It states that “”We have been informed it will definitely be higher than before,” an EPF board member told The Straits Times ahead of Saturday’s (Feb 10) expected dividend announcement.” The EPF, which...

Autocracy And Dictatorships Are Hampering Development In AsiaAutocracy And Dictatorships Are Hampering Development In... The Asian Tigers and Japan have enjoyed a remarkable growth streak over the last half a decade that has put them firmly in the league of high-income countries – at least as measured by GDP per capita – a phenomenon bested by only some oil-rich Gulf states. But in terms of the actual livelihoods of their citizens,...

Jurassic Era SingaporeansJurassic Era Singaporeans Have u Singaporeans still living in Jurassic era? Have they noticed even noticed how fast and far the world has overtaken them? Even developing countries are past that stage of developing in terms of living. But Singaporeans still live in the Jurassic era worshiping their idols, the man who saved them , the cult...

Singapore is not exciting, because … ?Singapore is not exciting, because … ? I refer to the article “Singapore Tourism Board responds with witty video after Time Out survey calls the city boring” (Straits Times, Feb 3). It states that “Singapore scored a high rating for safety and public transport and its “much buzzier restaurant scene” compared with other cities towards the bottom...

Are we doing 'too much' to achieve 'too little' for Singaporeans on jobs?Are we doing 'too much' to achieve 'too little' for Singaporeans... There are 3.5 pages on jobs in today’s Sunday Times (Feb 11). It states that “The number of foreigners working here was also a major issue earlier in the decade, when Singaporeans were concerned about competition for jobs and the strain on infrastructure”. So, what are we saying? That “The number of foreigners...

Editorials
Wishing all Chinese readers A Prosperous Lunar New...

Wishing all Chinese readers A Prosperous Lunar New...

Wishing all our Chinese readers:   A Happy & Prosperous Lunar New Year.     The...
Amended CLTPA passed with strong opposition from Workers...

Amended CLTPA passed with strong opposition from Workers...

A four-hour debate took place in Parliament on Tuesday (6th Feb) with 11 MPs speaking on the Criminal...
Maintenance notice for TR Emeritus on 11th Jan 2018

Maintenance notice for TR Emeritus on 11th Jan 2018

Please be informed that we will be taking our CDN and Email servers offline today (11 Jan) for urgent...
MNCs should be allowed to 'legally' pay bribes?

MNCs should be allowed to 'legally' pay bribes?

The 150+ ranking MSM has just published an interesting forum letter by a certain "Francis Cheng", arguing...
FamiLee members in self-imposed exile?

FamiLee members in self-imposed exile?

Mr and Mrs Lee Hsien Yang has moved to Hong Kong, according to their eldest son, Mr Li ShengWu. Mr...
Wishing all A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018

Wishing all A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018

The team at TR Emeritus would like to wish all our readers       Thank you for...
Singapore is doomed under PM Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore is doomed under PM Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore is doomed under PM Lee Hsien Loong, says former Presidential candidate Tan Kin Lian. Mr...
Malaysian organisations issue joint statement in solidarity...

Malaysian organisations issue joint statement in solidarity...

A total of 52 organisations in Malaysia from various fields of civil society and states have signed...
Mandatory Treatment Order being considered for M Ravi

Mandatory Treatment Order being considered for M Ravi

Human rights activist Mr M Ravi is to be assessed  by an Institute of Mental Health (IMH) psychiatrist...
SMRT: Train not struck by lightning

SMRT: Train not struck by lightning

Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) has issued a further statement pertaining to the train which was...
Hat Trick for SMRT's misfortunes

Hat Trick for SMRT's misfortunes

SMRT has scored a hat trick for the number of misfortunes within a short period of time, when lightning...
TR Emeritus reviewing its advertising networks

TR Emeritus reviewing its advertising networks

Please be informed that we are currently in the process of reviewing our advertising networks (AN), who...
25 injured in SMRT trains collision at Joo Koon Station

25 injured in SMRT trains collision at Joo Koon Station

Plagued by both management and maintenance problems, the aging Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is...
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...
Opinions
Singapore Does Badly in World Bank Report on Wealth...

Singapore Does Badly in World Bank Report on Wealth...

Just as you would not be able to judge the financial soundness of a company by looking at its income...
Heng says budget surplus is $9.6b but IMF says $78.5b...

Heng says budget surplus is $9.6b but IMF says $78.5b...

It was announced in Parliament today (19 Feb) that as the Government has accumulated a budget surplus...
PAP Has Become Too Greedy For Its Own Good

PAP Has Become Too Greedy For Its Own Good

2018 has been the year for all sort of taxes and hikes, the brainwashing is almost every year. Singaporeans...
Budget: Consistently flawed

Budget: Consistently flawed

My prediction that GST increase would be announced but delayed is correct: Heng announced GST increase...
No need to increase GST if use 10% more from investment...

No need to increase GST if use 10% more from investment...

Currently, under the Singapore's Net Investment Returns (NIR) framework, the government can spend up...
Budget 2018: Mega projects necessitate tax burden on...

Budget 2018: Mega projects necessitate tax burden on...

Propaganda: Tax hike needed to fund healthcare for ageing population. Fact: The healthcare issue was...
Rubbish Budget 2018

Rubbish Budget 2018

Where on Earth do you hear a CURRENT GOVERNMENT making decision to raise tax for the NEXT government?...
Beyond 70? It’s putting the brakes on leadership...

Beyond 70? It’s putting the brakes on leadership...

Lee Kuan Yew stepped down as Prime Minister at 67. Goh Chok Tong stepped down at 63 and for 14 years...
WP Walks The Talk, Pap Just Talk And Talk!

WP Walks The Talk, Pap Just Talk And Talk!

In the recent development, WP Secretary General has decided to deliver his promise of renewal, letting...
PAP Chong now blames WP’s 'unreliable' figures qualified...

PAP Chong now blames WP’s 'unreliable' figures qualified...

It was earlier reported that Mr Charles Chong, Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament...
AssBeeAss: LRT did not break down, train track ‘tour’...

AssBeeAss: LRT did not break down, train track ‘tour’...

For urgent release: CEO, AssBeeAss Dear commuters According to media reports, our Sengkang...
Heng Swee Kiat can be PM meh?

Heng Swee Kiat can be PM meh?

Two major biz trade groups are publicly very unhappy with Heng’s Industry Transformation Maps. Looks...
PAP Ministers and Top Civil Servants are myopic in...

PAP Ministers and Top Civil Servants are myopic in...

Most of our ministers and top civil servants are quite myopic and narrow in their thinking. They...
We Know It’s Budget Time When State Media Put Up...

We Know It’s Budget Time When State Media Put Up...

It is Budget time again and part of our good old PAP-controlled state media’s job is to prepare Singaporeans...
Malaysia’s EPF declares highest payout of 6.9% since...

Malaysia’s EPF declares highest payout of 6.9% since...

Have CPF members been fleeced by the PAP government for decades?  A comparison between Malaysia’s...
Freedom to be offensive: West following PAP’s lead?

Freedom to be offensive: West following PAP’s lead?

Talking about Western liberal democracies, the Economist wrote sometime back it is worth remembering...
SG PM’s pay 43.3 times of Singaporeans’ while UK...

SG PM’s pay 43.3 times of Singaporeans’ while UK...

In Parliament on Monday (5 Feb), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that it is not necessary to...
Why PAP rule will end in 2019

Why PAP rule will end in 2019

A doctor turned fat cat investor responded to Jialat for PAP where I reported a property saleman (OK,...
Snippets
SDP: A Budget of Wayang and Cheap Gimmicks

SDP: A Budget of Wayang and Cheap Gimmicks

If ever there was a budget laden with cheap gimmicks and full of wayang, this one is it. Finance Minister...
The mystery of the unaccounted $22.5 million

The mystery of the unaccounted $22.5 million

With the release of the final KPMG report on AHTC today, I can finally finish writing this post which...
Police statement on Thaipusam incident

Police statement on Thaipusam incident

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has issued a clarification on the Thaipusam incident on their Facebook...
Alternative Budget Forum 2018

Alternative Budget Forum 2018

Singapore has zero external debt and our approach to a balanced budget with each term of government is...
MARUAH’s Statement on the National Budget 2018

MARUAH’s Statement on the National Budget 2018

MARUAH would like to state its concerns in four main areas. We ask that the concerns be noted and we...
Public Transport Council needs to be sensitive towards...

Public Transport Council needs to be sensitive towards...

The Singapore People’s Party (SPP) disagrees with the Public Transport Council’s (PTC) decision to...
MYT By-Election: Goh's 1987 Statements About GRCs Contradict...

MYT By-Election: Goh's 1987 Statements About GRCs Contradict...

“No by-election will be held to fill any vacancy unless all three members of that GRC have vacated...
PAP MPs can suka suka go AWOL from Parliament?

PAP MPs can suka suka go AWOL from Parliament?

As I understand, one of a Member of Parliament’s (MP) primary duties is to attend the sittings of the...
Court Challenge: Constitution Says that PM Must Call...

Court Challenge: Constitution Says that PM Must Call...

“Whenever the seat of a Member, not being a non-constituency Member, has become vacant for any...
Statement on the Extension of the Criminal Law (Temporary...

Statement on the Extension of the Criminal Law (Temporary...

We are strongly opposed to the extension of the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act by another five...
What happened to the investigation on alleged corruption...

What happened to the investigation on alleged corruption...

More than a year has passed since the news broke on 30 Dec 2016 about the removal of the general manager...
SDP'S Daman: Open Up Political Space for Students and...

SDP'S Daman: Open Up Political Space for Students and...

It was a quiet evening on campus, during the University vacation when the NUS Student’s political...
Letters
Fake Jobs Ads May Possibly Aqquire Your Personal Data

Fake Jobs Ads May Possibly Aqquire Your Personal Data

There seems be a number of fake ads which target personal data and although there has been no studies...
Is our public transport the most profitable in the...

Is our public transport the most profitable in the...

I refer to the article “SBS Transit profit grows 50% to $47m” (Straits Times, Feb 12). It states...
Is the average resale levy more or less than the average...

Is the average resale levy more or less than the average...

I refer to the article “11,000 households get government grant in buying resale flats near parents...
Are we doing 'too much' to achieve 'too little' for...

Are we doing 'too much' to achieve 'too little' for...

There are 3.5 pages on jobs in today’s Sunday Times (Feb 11). It states that “The number of foreigners...
Was there or wasn’t there '$22.5 million missing'...

Was there or wasn’t there '$22.5 million missing'...

I refer to the article “Issue of Punggol East’s missing $22.5m resurfaces” (Straits Times,...
How much of the $3 billion foreign workers’ levies...

How much of the $3 billion foreign workers’ levies...

I refer to the article “Left in the lurch when foreign bosses disappear” (Straits Times, Feb 12). It...
Are rosy jobs creation projections a far cry from the...

Are rosy jobs creation projections a far cry from the...

I refer to the article “Foreign investments will remain steady this year: EDB” (Straits Times, Jan...
Pritam Singh remains favourite to succeed Low Thia...

Pritam Singh remains favourite to succeed Low Thia...

I refer to the article on TISG, titled http://www.theindependent.sg/pritam-singh-remains-favourite-to-succeed-low-thia-khiang-as-wp-secretary-general/ and...
So many low-wage workers did not get the NWC recommended...

So many low-wage workers did not get the NWC recommended...

I refer to the article “Fewer low-wage workers received pay rises in 2016” (Straits Times, Feb 9). It...
Leedership Succession

Leedership Succession

Singapore has always been an autocracy marketed as a democracy. Only in the eyes of the sheep, Singapore...
GDP Growth Madness : Responsibility Is Passed On To...

GDP Growth Madness : Responsibility Is Passed On To...

This GDP madeness and obsession of the PAP has to stop. Singaporeans cant possibly sit at an interview...
Is the HDB making losses because it pays for land at...

Is the HDB making losses because it pays for land at...

I refer to the article “Bank Negara’s land buy sparks talk of 1MDB bailout” (Straits Times, Feb...
Sticky & Recent Articles

Disgusting spin by state media to downplay anger and frustration of investors

Disgusting spin by state media to downplay anger and frustration of investors

By Fang Zhi Yuan, Chief Editor and Cheng Siew Peng, Senior writer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woEOibikm5M&hl=en&fs=1] Due to indirect pressure from the alternative media as well as news blogs like ours which has been reporting on the weekly Saturday investors’ gathering at Hong Lim Park, the mainstream... 

Mr Goh Meng Seng’s speech at Hong Lim Park on 1 Nov 2008

Mr Goh Meng Seng’s speech at Hong Lim Park on 1 Nov 2008

Video and editing by Lim Siow Kuan, Deputy Chief Editor and Malaysian Correspondent Part 1 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3QPa-L5GSs&hl=en&fs=1]   Part 2 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NKqvg3ux0U&hl=en&fs=1] The last part was cut off as Mr Goh Meng Seng spent 5 full minutes promoting his... 

Mr Tan Kin Lian’s speech at Hong Lim Park on 1 Nov 2008 (Part 2)

Mr Tan Kin Lian’s speech at Hong Lim Park on 1 Nov 2008 (Part 2)

Video and editing by Lim Siow Kuan, uploaded at 8.20pm [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZjIk9K_Ng8&hl=en&fs=1] “I think from what I hear, many investors going to complain to the financial institutions and many cases come back and the financial institutions say ‘no case’. If it is going to be... 

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