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Assessment of cabinet reshuffleAssessment of cabinet reshuffle This is my take on the cabinet reshuffle announced yesterday which is essentially nothing new but the "switching of roles in a musical chair"! PM Lee is actually scrapping the bottom of the barrel when appointing these office holders as it really does not take much to get the attention of the PM by simply acting up something...

MYT By-Election Appeal: Why We must All Continue to ResistMYT By-Election Appeal: Why We must All Continue to Resist SDP's Assistant Treasurer Dr Wong Souk Yee has filed an appeal against High Court Judge Chua Lee Ming's decision to dismiss her application for a by-election in the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC. Some question the rationale of spending time and money on a matter that has little chance of succeeding. Here's the reason why the...

Is there a world of difference in the way that SMRT’s last 3 CEOs were selected?Is there a world of difference in the way that SMRT’s last... A great deal has been said, commented and debated on the appointment of SMRT’s incoming CEO, but arguably, nobody seems to have focused on the difference in the selection process of its last three CEOs. Do you know that prior to former SMRT CEO Saw Phaik Hwa’s appointment in 2002 – “the SMRT’s top post has...

Is the income of family members needed when applying for financial assistance?Is the income of family members needed when applying for... I refer to the Service Delivery and Coordination Division, Social Policy and Services Group, Ministry of Social and Family Development’s reply “Social service agencies seek only relevant information to offer help” (Straits Times Forum, Apr 23) to Ms Tang Siew Ngoh’s letter (Be sensitive when helping less fortunate;...

Here's why the Judge is Wrong on the M-YT By-Election MatterHere's why the Judge is Wrong on the M-YT By-Election Matter The SDP is of the view that High Court Judge Chua Lee Ming is mistaken in his decision to dismiss Dr Wong Souk Yee's application for a by-election in the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC on two counts. The first is that the Constitution stipulates that “Whenever the seat of a Member, not being a non-constituency Member, has become...

Public Forum on Parliamentary Proceedings in Singapore: Live/Not-livePublic Forum on Parliamentary Proceedings in Singapore: Live/Not-live MARUAH collaborates with The Online Citizen to discuss the issue of live telecasting of parliamentary proceedings. On Saturday 28th April, the public forum Live/Not: Parliamentary Proceedings in Singapore will be held at Success Training Centre, Bras Basah Complex at 1 pm as part of the conversation on live telecasting...

How many ‘graduate poor’ in the workforce?How many ‘graduate poor’ in the workforce? I refer to the article “Survey findings on underemployment show S’pore’s ‘graduate poor’ earn less than $2,000 a month” (Today, Apr 11). It states that “A survey, among the first of its kind, has revealed “worrying statistics of seriously underemployed Singaporean graduates”, in the words of a labour...

PAP’s dismal policy failures create Singapore’s ‘Graduate Poor’PAP’s dismal policy failures create Singapore’s ‘Graduate... I have long inveighed against the People's Action Party's lack of ideas on how to grow the economy. I have never believed that the economy has actually grown in real terms for a good number years. It is not difficult for an increasingly meaningless statistic such as the Gross Domestic Product to grow when the cost...

Uber-Grab AllianceUber-Grab Alliance I refer to the yet again deferred merger of Uber & Grab, which is only a delaying tactic that does not solve the crux of the issue. When I tried to board a "Grab Share" yesterday at 7am from Liang Court to Geylang East Central, the fare was a whopping $26! There is no justification and transparency whatsoever, for...

$336m PR & Communications vs $130m ComCare?$336m PR & Communications vs $130m ComCare? I refer to the article “Wanted: Master media agency to handle bulk of govt ad spending” (Straits Times, Apr 14). It states that “According to this year’s Budget, the Government spent $275 million on public relations and communications in 2016, $296 million last year and has allocated $339 million for the current...

Open letter to Mr Neo, incoming CEO of SMRTOpen letter to Mr Neo, incoming CEO of SMRT Dear Mr. Neo, I congratulate you on your appointment as the next CEO of SMRT. I wish you success in managing this challenging job. It is difficult but it can be done. Do not worry too much about the comments of netizens who have already written you off. They said that you did not have any experience in driving...

Open letter to incoming CEO of SMRT, Neo Kian HongOpen letter to incoming CEO of SMRT, Neo Kian Hong Dear Mr Neo I trust that “Congratulations” are in order for your new appointment. Some people see this job as a kind of poisoned chalice. Hopefully your big risk will lead to big rewards. Not just for you, but for the Singapore travelling public. I feel like I know you. I’m from Nanyang Junior College, you...

Drone 720X – Best New Drone On The Market For Selfies?Drone 720X – Best New Drone On The Market For Selfies? The Drone 720X is a brand-new drone that has a high 720-Pixel Resolution Camera that shoots at 30 FPS. Drones are becoming more and more popular, and they are also typically very expensive. The Drone 720X is a drone that is designed to be high-quality and very affordable for the average person. How Does The Drone...

The real questions about 'football match’s lights went off at 9 pm'?The real questions about 'football match’s lights went... I refer to the article “Football: MP Lee Bee Wah denies report that she instructed stadium’s lights to be turned off during match” (Straits Times, Apr 17). It states that “MP Lee Bee Wah has denied claims in an online report that she gave instructions to the centre manager of Yishun Stadium to turn the facility’s...

Oxford Project Southeast Asia calls on Select Committee to issue immediate and public apology for unacceptable treatment of Dr ThumOxford Project Southeast Asia calls on Select Committee to... We, the undersigned Trustees of Oxford Project Southeast Asia, wish to express in the strongest possible terms our concern regarding the treatment of Dr PJ Thum in recent hearings of the Singapore government’s Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods. Co-ordinator of Project Southeast Asia, and a member of its...

Editorials
Dr Poh Soo Kai disputes claim on Operation Coldstore

Dr Poh Soo Kai disputes claim on Operation Coldstore

Dr Poh Soo Kai, the former assistant secretary-general of Barisan Sosialis and a former ISA detainee...
Pritam Singh new Secretary-General of Workers Party

Pritam Singh new Secretary-General of Workers Party

The Workers’ Party (WP) has unanimously elected Mr Pritam Singh as its new secretary-general (Sec-Gen)...
Open letter petitioning for Dr PJ Thum

Open letter petitioning for Dr PJ Thum

There has been an open letter addressed to the chairman of the Select Committee on fake news, MP Charles...
Grace Fu: Workers Party and Sylvia Lim 'low standards'

Grace Fu: Workers Party and Sylvia Lim 'low standards'

Leader of the House, Grace Fu has described the Workers Party (WP) as "low standards" after its Chairman,...
Not PAP supporter: I am fine with budget 2018

Not PAP supporter: I am fine with budget 2018

A self-proclaimed not-PAP supporter has taken to Facebook to express his support for the budget 2018...
Former City Harvest Church fund manager arrested while...

Former City Harvest Church fund manager arrested while...

Former City Harvest Church (CHC) fund manager Chew Eng Heng has been arrested for attempting to leave...
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...
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.      
Opinions
PAP Is Right About FTs Creating Jobs For Singaporeans!

PAP Is Right About FTs Creating Jobs For Singaporeans!

As I visited Giant, ShenSiong, NTUC and even wet markets, I discovered almost more than 80% are foreigners....
SMRT: Driven to drink?

SMRT: Driven to drink?

The constructive nation-building ST reported that an SMRT executive, a Mr Kek, was arrested for drink...
Every Pap Voter Thinks He/She Has Golden Shield!

Every Pap Voter Thinks He/She Has Golden Shield!

I just need to tell you few stories, firstly my school mate, a FB manager of 20 years making $6000++...
SMRT Comms Chief Margaret Teo just sabo her colleague...

SMRT Comms Chief Margaret Teo just sabo her colleague...

SMRT VP for corporate communications Margaret Teo has mastered the art of flipping prata super fast. With...
SMRT: Desmond was economical with the truth isit?

SMRT: Desmond was economical with the truth isit?

In January, Kuek said publicly that rumours of his resignation were speculative: neither denying nor...
Honest HDB CEO claims PAP government plans sibeh long...

Honest HDB CEO claims PAP government plans sibeh long...

From what Singaporeans know since decades ago, the longest PAP ever planned was 40 to 50 years, ie URA...
An evaluation of PAP’s mid-term performance: Policies...

An evaluation of PAP’s mid-term performance: Policies...

Earlier this month, I had argued that we were already mid-way into the current term of government and...
Arrested SMRT Trains COO a super SAF scholar?

Arrested SMRT Trains COO a super SAF scholar?

I refer to ST article “SMRT Trains chief operations officer Alvin Kek arrested for drink driving...
Building The Most Expensive White Elephant

Building The Most Expensive White Elephant

Singapore is currently spending billions of dollars to build Airport Terminal 5. However, there is a...
PAP should not conceal ministers’ remuneration in...

PAP should not conceal ministers’ remuneration in...

Something is seriously amiss with our budget statements. Table below shows the manpower budget for...
TRE poster asks 'Why save when struggling?'

TRE poster asks 'Why save when struggling?'

When TRE used PAP is losing the war to keep S’poreans in ignorance there was this comment SUNNY: why...
HDB flat as retirement nest egg is fast becoming a...

HDB flat as retirement nest egg is fast becoming a...

After having been repeatedly assured by PAP that public housing prices could only increase, HDB lessees...
Cost of living in Singapore

Cost of living in Singapore

Spore cost of living is impacted by factors of COE/ ERP/ GST/ FW Levy plus the high rental of shopping...
Are Singaporeans able to retire with escalating medical...

Are Singaporeans able to retire with escalating medical...

On Friday (13 Apr), a netizen wrote to former NTUC Income Chief Tan Kin Lian asking if average Singaporeans...
HDB time bomb: Should lessees wait for it to explode?

HDB time bomb: Should lessees wait for it to explode?

Retiring Singaporeans who bought into PAP’s asset enhancement (AE) programme – now turned out to...
Estate agents so stupid and selfish meh?

Estate agents so stupid and selfish meh?

Mr and Mrs Ow should lose their licences because they are so stupid that they didn’t know that the...
Applied Learning BS

Applied Learning BS

I can’t stop laughing Imagine this scenario – a teacher gives the following math problem sum to...
AssMRT: Appointment of paper general as new CEO follows...

AssMRT: Appointment of paper general as new CEO follows...

Dustbin Kuek CEO, AssMRT Dear Singaporeans The majority of commuters seemed to be upset by the...
Let us all make it a personal goal to covert 3 or more...

Let us all make it a personal goal to covert 3 or more...

I believe that many right thinking and concerned citizens must be shocked and much sadden by the recent...
HDB CEO Cheong thinks she owns HDB

HDB CEO Cheong thinks she owns HDB

At a recent IPS forum, HDB CEO Cheong replied to questions as if she owns the HDB. Phillip Ang *...
Snippets
MYT By-Election Appeal: Why We must All Continue to...

MYT By-Election Appeal: Why We must All Continue to...

SDP's Assistant Treasurer Dr Wong Souk Yee has filed an appeal against High Court Judge Chua Lee Ming's...
Here's why the Judge is Wrong on the M-YT By-Election...

Here's why the Judge is Wrong on the M-YT By-Election...

The SDP is of the view that High Court Judge Chua Lee Ming is mistaken in his decision to dismiss Dr...
Public Forum on Parliamentary Proceedings in Singapore:...

Public Forum on Parliamentary Proceedings in Singapore:...

MARUAH collaborates with The Online Citizen to discuss the issue of live telecasting of parliamentary...
PAP’s dismal policy failures create Singapore’s...

PAP’s dismal policy failures create Singapore’s...

I have long inveighed against the People's Action Party's lack of ideas on how to grow the economy....
Drone 720X – Best New Drone On The Market For Selfies?

Drone 720X – Best New Drone On The Market For Selfies?

The Drone 720X is a brand-new drone that has a high 720-Pixel Resolution Camera that shoots at 30...
Your HDB Ticking Time-bomb Lease - There is a Solution

Your HDB Ticking Time-bomb Lease - There is a Solution

HDB's CEO Dr Cheong Koon Hean said in a forum last week that buyers of resale flats should pay less for...
Joint Statement of Civil Society Organisations to the...

Joint Statement of Civil Society Organisations to the...

We, the undersigned civil society organisations with a consultative relationship with the ASEAN Intergovernmental...
Oxford Project Southeast Asia calls on Select Committee...

Oxford Project Southeast Asia calls on Select Committee...

We, the undersigned Trustees of Oxford Project Southeast Asia, wish to express in the strongest possible...
Three areas in which investment could boost Singapore's...

Three areas in which investment could boost Singapore's...

More than S$9 billion of investment was made in the Singapore economy in 2017 – with a similar amount...
FB Tells SDP that Employees Engaged in Politics Cannot...

FB Tells SDP that Employees Engaged in Politics Cannot...

Mr Simon Milner, Facebook's Vice President for Public Policy, Asia Pacific, has assured the SDP that...
Singaporean academic Prof Lim stands up to defend Dr...

Singaporean academic Prof Lim stands up to defend Dr...

Mr Yeoh Lam Keong, the former GIC chief economist and adjunct professor at the LKY School of Public...
Spirit of Parliamentary Elections Must be Respected

Spirit of Parliamentary Elections Must be Respected

In his judgement rendered today, High Court Judge Chua Lee Ming said that a by-election cannot be...
Letters
Is the income of family members needed when applying...

Is the income of family members needed when applying...

I refer to the Service Delivery and Coordination Division, Social Policy and Services Group, Ministry...
Assessment of cabinet reshuffle

Assessment of cabinet reshuffle

This is my take on the cabinet reshuffle announced yesterday which is essentially nothing new but the...
Is there a world of difference in the way that SMRT’s...

Is there a world of difference in the way that SMRT’s...

A great deal has been said, commented and debated on the appointment of SMRT’s incoming CEO, but arguably,...
Open letter to incoming CEO of SMRT, Neo Kian Hong

Open letter to incoming CEO of SMRT, Neo Kian Hong

Dear Mr Neo I trust that “Congratulations” are in order for your new appointment. Some people...
How many ‘graduate poor’ in the workforce?

How many ‘graduate poor’ in the workforce?

I refer to the article “Survey findings on underemployment show S’pore’s ‘graduate poor’ earn...
Uber-Grab Alliance

Uber-Grab Alliance

I refer to the yet again deferred merger of Uber & Grab, which is only a delaying tactic that does...
$336m PR & Communications vs $130m ComCare?

$336m PR & Communications vs $130m ComCare?

I refer to the article “Wanted: Master media agency to handle bulk of govt ad spending” (Straits...
Open letter to Mr Neo, incoming CEO of SMRT

Open letter to Mr Neo, incoming CEO of SMRT

Dear Mr. Neo, I congratulate you on your appointment as the next CEO of SMRT. I wish you success...
The notion that owning a Housing Board flat is an investment...

The notion that owning a Housing Board flat is an investment...

The notion that owning a Housing Board flat is an investment for old age is no longer valid today. This...
The real questions about 'football match’s lights...

The real questions about 'football match’s lights...

I refer to the article “Football: MP Lee Bee Wah denies report that she instructed stadium’s lights...
CPF due to members increased by 149x?

CPF due to members increased by 149x?

After writing “An unofficial history of the CPF?” (Apr 9) – my regular insider ES sent me some...
Has HDB been used as a political tool for votes?

Has HDB been used as a political tool for votes?

I refer to the article “HDB chief suggests buyers should pay less for resale flats with shorter leases”...
Sticky & Recent Articles

DBS standard letter of rejection to investors

DBS standard letter of rejection to investors

This letter was sent to us by one irate reader which is a standard letter received by many DBS High Notes investors:   As the quality of the file is not very good, we have taken the liberty to type out the exact words used in the letter for you. DBS High Notes 5: We refer to your inquiry regarding High Notes 5. We also refer... 

Mr Tan Kin Lian seeks help to trace IP address of cyber-stalker from….

Mr Tan Kin Lian seeks help to trace IP address of cyber-stalker from….

EDITORS’ NOTE: The NTUC voucher for last week’s quiz has been won by Mr Low H X. This week’s quiz will be published on 9 Nov 2008 between 9am to 11am on our blog. By Eugene Yeo, Senior writer It appears that Mr Tan has an enemy out there who is attempting to sabotage his good work. “Siew Khim”,... 

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