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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...

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...

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 live in poverty?” (South China Morning Post, Oct 12). It states that “The latest official figures showed 1.34 million people were living below the poverty line in 2015, out of a total population of 7.34 million....

Legal curbs imposed on M Ravi on suing the Govt?Legal curbs imposed on M Ravi on suing the Govt? I refer to the article “Legal curbs imposed on lawyer M. Ravi” (Straits Times, Oct 13). It states that “Non-practising lawyer M. Ravi, 48, has been barred from instituting legal proceedings against the government, the Attorney-General or the public prosecutor without the High Court’s permission. The Attorney-General’s...

On intended legal framework to protect police officersOn intended legal framework to protect police officers I refer to TOC's article: Public’s response to intended legal framework to protect police officers, “Respect needs to be earned, not asked or bought” regarding the needless need for MHA to further enhance legislation to an already lopsided and overprotective criminal procedural code in Singapore, one where even...

LTA and SMRT must shoulder the blame and be held accountable for persistent MRT issuesLTA and SMRT must shoulder the blame and be held accountable... LTA, SMRT should take the blame. It is strange to read the excuses that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has been giving for the shutdowns of our train system. First, it was the signalling system’s fault. Then, it was the track’s fault. With Saturday’s flooding of the tunnel, resulting in a major shutdown...

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....

Public Hospital capitalising on the ignorance of the sick to amass indecent profit?Public Hospital capitalising on the ignorance of the sick... Why our Public Hospital becomes so unscrupulous, capitalising on the ignorance of the sick to amass indecent profit? I went for a treatment on my scalp where injections were required on seven different spots. The nurse administrating the procedure first loaded the solution into the syringe from a 40ml bottle. After the...

Politics of ParanoiaPolitics of Paranoia The PAP displayed its authentic true self, reeking of fear and paranoia. And so a President now occupies a throne that is stolen (no fault of hers). A would-be President now feels aggrieved (can’t blame him). And meanwhile Singaporeans go about their daily lives and when the next General Election comes around, all will...

AGO reported lapses: Ownself check ownself?AGO reported lapses: Ownself check ownself? I refer to the article “Parliament: Annual checks of public agencies by Auditor-General ‘not forensic in nature’” (Straits Times, Oct 2). It states that “The annual audit checks of government agencies by the Auditor-General are not forensic investigations, said Senior Minister of State for Finance Indranee...

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 with his $4k a month salary working in Singapore. He came to Singapore a year ago. He revealed that in UK, he was working as a professional broadcast engineer earning an equivalent of $96,000 a year. This was enough...

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 passengers: Uber” (Straits Times, Sep 26). It states that “Under the Land Transport Authority’s regulations, PRs and foreign work pass holders can apply to become private-hire drivers but they must be employees...

Editorials
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...
Li ShengWu left Singapore early out of safety concerns

Li ShengWu left Singapore early out of safety concerns

Li ShengWu, the eldest son of Mr Lee Hsien Yang has revealed that he had left Singapore early as...
Halimah Yacob announces bid for Elected Presidency

Halimah Yacob announces bid for Elected Presidency

As expected, Mdm Halimah Yacob has announced that she is leaving the People's Action Party (PAP)...
Opinions
MRT tunnel flooding could have been prevented if SMRT...

MRT tunnel flooding could have been prevented if SMRT...

SMRT has just announced the sacking of its maintenance VP, Mr Ng Tek Poo for Saturday’s 20-hour disruption. The...
PAP: Chinese defecate in public, Indians clean up

PAP: Chinese defecate in public, Indians clean up

When I read the u/m TOC FB post, I couldn’t help but think of stereotypical Indian roadsweepers (the...
How did we become so racist?

How did we become so racist?

Grace, not race All this talk about race and race relations, culminating with a president elected...
Pro Foreigners Till Damn Obvious!

Pro Foreigners Till Damn Obvious!

Sometimes I do go about housing estates, I encountered so many massage parlors with PRC ladies standing...
CPF changes: Rob Peter to Pay Paul and worse

CPF changes: Rob Peter to Pay Paul and worse

When I read earlier this month about the changes proposed to make it easier to transfer CPF payments...
Is The Development of Singapore T4 Airport A Sign Of...

Is The Development of Singapore T4 Airport A Sign Of...

The late Lee Kuan Yew was vehentmently against having casino in Singapore. A debate was carry out in...
Why 2033 will be the year PAP rule ends

Why 2033 will be the year PAP rule ends

Recently, I wrote The USSR lasted for 74 years from 1917’s October Revolution. Counting from 1959,...
Silver lining for retrenched SPH journalists

Silver lining for retrenched SPH journalists

Dear retrenched journalists Things happen for a reason and all is not doom and gloom. For those...
How anti-PAP websites can raise $$$

How anti-PAP websites can raise $$$

Something for TOC, TRE, TISG and the SDP website to think about. They get the bulk of their traffic from...
Dynastic Succession and Plans

Dynastic Succession and Plans

The red dot succession has always been dynastic but in order to bluff naive sheep, they make it...
Is Our Government Caring And People Centered Enough?

Is Our Government Caring And People Centered Enough?

Lately, there are some TRE readers commenting China has 1.3 billion people, and they are happy with 1...
Public lambast PM Lee for the “wayang” to justify...

Public lambast PM Lee for the “wayang” to justify...

In reports by The Straits Times and Channel NewsAsia dated Friday (29 September), it is reported...
CPF members should stop government abuse of our retirement...

CPF members should stop government abuse of our retirement...

Enough has been said and written about our CPF scheme and its abuse by the government. It’s time to...
CITYDEV Property: Freehold rules OK

CITYDEV Property: Freehold rules OK

In Property dev, S’pore style,I reported that CityDev build Amber Park 34 yrs ago and sold each unit...
Public’s response to intended legal framework to...

Public’s response to intended legal framework to...

In a report by TODAY and Channel NewsAsia dated Thursday (28 September), it is reported that Home...
Singapore Prices Getting Out Of Hands!

Singapore Prices Getting Out Of Hands!

Absolute greed model is killing businesses, around my new estate, I saw many shops giving up and coffee...
Snippets
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...
Paul Tambyah Elected New Chairman of SDP

Paul Tambyah Elected New Chairman of SDP

Prof Paul Tambyah was elected party Chairman at the SDP's 18th Ordinary Party Conference held over...
Why some Malays are proud of an installed President?

Why some Malays are proud of an installed President?

It troubles me that some segments in the Malay community celebrate President Halimah’s selection...
Doesn't Tharman think it's too late?

Doesn't Tharman think it's too late?

Now only after the undeserving Halimah Yacob has been selected and installed as the President then Tharman...
Letters
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”...
Legal curbs imposed on M Ravi on suing the Govt?

Legal curbs imposed on M Ravi on suing the Govt?

I refer to the article “Legal curbs imposed on lawyer M. Ravi” (Straits Times, Oct 13). It states...
Singapore No.1 in debt, No.1 in gross assets?

Singapore No.1 in debt, No.1 in gross assets?

I refer to the article “S’pore is No. 1 in in Asia for gross financial assets” (Straits Times,...
On intended legal framework to protect police officers

On intended legal framework to protect police officers

I refer to TOC's article: Public’s response to intended legal framework to protect police officers,...
CPFIS: Only 49% had profits above 2.5%?

CPFIS: Only 49% had profits above 2.5%?

I refer to the article “Most members in CPF Investment Scheme made a profit in 2016” (Straits Times,...
LTA and SMRT must shoulder the blame and be held accountable...

LTA and SMRT must shoulder the blame and be held accountable...

LTA, SMRT should take the blame. It is strange to read the excuses that the Land Transport Authority...
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 ...
Politics of Paranoia

Politics of Paranoia

The PAP displayed its authentic true self, reeking of fear and paranoia. And so a President now occupies...
Schools: 14% non-Singaporeans, but universities –...

Schools: 14% non-Singaporeans, but universities –...

I refer to the article “Parliament: Some 1,800 foreign pupils who applied to enter Primary 1 this year...
Sticky & Recent Articles

PAP: Chinese defecate in public, Indians clean up

PAP: Chinese defecate in public, Indians clean up

When I read the u/m TOC FB post, I couldn’t help but think of stereotypical Indian roadsweepers (the “hewers of wood and drawers of water” or “thambies” as they were once derogatorily called ) cleaning up after their stereotypical arrogant, entitled Chinese masters were caught defecating and urinating in public. A... 

How did we become so racist?

How did we become so racist?

Grace, not race All this talk about race and race relations, culminating with a president elected on the basis of ethnicity, troubles me. An indelible memory of mine is Mrs Jalleh (Primary one, Tiong Bahru Primary School) teaching me to read about Osman and Kew Teng. They have different types of names, foods and religious practices... 

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 passengers: Uber” (Straits Times, Sep 26). It states that “Under the Land Transport Authority’s regulations, PRs and foreign work pass holders can apply to become private-hire drivers but they must be employees of a company... 

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