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Should ST apologise to Surbana for publishing wrong figure for its SG workforce?Should ST apologise to Surbana for publishing wrong figure... Surbana CEO defends axing “poor performers” I refer to the article “Surbana CEO defends axing ‘poor performers’” (Straits Times, Jan 19). The article states that “We cannot allow our 1 per cent of poor performers to continue to affect the rest of the 99 per cent of staff who are performing.” 54...

Retired Perm Sec has more common sense than Grace Fu when comes to engaging FTsRetired Perm Sec has more common sense than Grace Fu when... Retired Permanent Secretary Benny Lim who started his career in the police force recently gave an interview to magazine “Urban Solutions”, which was also published on ST today (18 Jan). In the interview, he was asked for his views on immigration issue in Singapore. “A Singaporeans’ concerns over foreigners...

Ms Fu, is this the kind of foreigners you want to supplement us with?Ms Fu, is this the kind of foreigners you want to supplement... At a dialogue session with students and residents in Tampines 2 years ago, Grace Fu told everyone that she supports importing foreigners into Singapore "to supplement" Singaporeans. “Actually if you look at the population growth of Singapore, we have been having quite low growth for some time already,” she said....

ElderShield: Stay voluntary or be made mandatory?ElderShield: Stay voluntary or be made mandatory? I refer to the article “ElderShield: Stay voluntary or be made mandatory? (Straits Times, Jan 12). It states that “As the severe disability insurance scheme ElderShield is being reviewed, one new question is whether it should remain voluntary or be made mandatory. This is part of the feedback received by the...

Kra Canal - What is Grace Fu going to do?Kra Canal - What is Grace Fu going to do? According to an article published by LaRouche PAC on Tues (17 Jan), the new Thai King Vajiralongkorn who ascended the throne last year is reported to be favorable to building the Kra Canal. It also said that several leading figures on the Thai Privy Council are fully behind the project. Mr Lyndon LaRouche who is the...

China is bullying but hasn't Singapore been authoritarian to its citizens too?China is bullying but hasn't Singapore been authoritarian... I don't agree with a foreign power setting terms for my country, flexing its muscles to browbeat us into submission. I don't think Singapore should become subservient to China just because they are bigger than us. I don't think we should accede to conditions imposed by China – if indeed any conditions have been imposed...

'Fake news', 'real news' or 'no news'?'Fake news', 'real news' or 'no news'? I refer to the article “Is Government a person? Court rules on anti-harassment law provision” (Straits Times, Jan 17). Fake news & misleading information? It states that “fake news” has become a major problem for many societies. “As recent events elsewhere show, the spreading of false and misleading...

Malaysia versus Singapore over VEPMalaysia versus Singapore over VEP Did not take Malaysia authorities that long to react to Singapore's government announcement of foreign vehicles having to pay to enter Singapore. Our government recently announced that vehicles entering via the two causeways will have to pay $6.50, on top of the $35 VEP charge from 17 February onwards, a move they said...

BHS increased to $52,000 – $346,000 at 65?BHS increased to $52,000 – $346,000 at 65? Basic Healthcare Sum increased to $52,000 The Basic Healthcare Sum has been increased from $49,800 to $52,000, from 1 January 2017. Got announce in media? I don’t remember reading about this increase in the media. Did you? 4.4% increase in 1 year? So, the BHS increased by $2,200 or about 4.4 per cent...

Successful debt scheme applicants got played out?Successful debt scheme applicants got played out? I refer to the article “New plan to help borrowers cut debt” (Straits Times, Jan 18). 4% of unsecured credit borrowers owed over 12 months’ income A Monetary Authority of Singapore spokesman said: “As of November 2016, about 4 per cent of unsecured credit borrowers in Singapore had outstanding interest-bearing...

Understanding the flawed reasoning behind the causeway Reciprocal Road Charge Understanding the flawed reasoning behind the causeway Reciprocal... The money-crazy PAP Government tries to justify their latest increase on cross-border road charges by portraying it as tit-for-tat. “This is to ensure that Malaysia takes into consideration our response whenever they raise their tolls or introduce a new levy,” Mr Khaw said. But before anyone is fooled, let's...

Whistleblower sheds light on Keppel Corporation' retrenchmentsWhistleblower sheds light on Keppel Corporation' retrenchments I refer to your article by Mr Leong Sze Hian "Terminate so many, but say 'not retrenchment'?", highlighting the plight of retrenched workers by Temasek-owned Surbana Jurong. Thank you for calling the bluff of both Temasek and GIC and I would like to share the same plight of another group of affected workers by Temasek-owned...

Currency Valuations and Implications for Trade in Southeast AsiaCurrency Valuations and Implications for Trade in Southeast... Most consumers notice currency values, or exchange rates, when they travel abroad. One year you may find yourself feeling wealthy upon entering a foreign country, but the next year you may find yourself “shortchanged” at customs. How are these exchange rates set, and how do these rates impact trade within Southeast...

SAF to train in New Zealand?SAF to train in New Zealand? Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said yesterday that Singapore will explore more training opportunities for SAF in New Zealand. He also said that this was an opportunity to strengthen relationships with like-minded countries like NZ, due to uncertain times now. He cited the US new president, Brexit, and rising powers like China...

Terminate so many, but say 'not retrenchment'?Terminate so many, but say 'not retrenchment'? I refer to the article “Dozens Surbana staff lose their jobs” (Straits Times, Jan 14). It states that “Temasek Holdings-owned infrastructure consultant Surbana Jurong has terminated the employment of a number of employees as part of a performance management review, The Straits Times has learnt. All the affected...

Editorials
PM Lee: Growth slow but no unemployment problem in...

PM Lee: Growth slow but no unemployment problem in...

There is no unemployment problem in Singapore, claims PM Lee Hsien Loong at a forum held by Straits Times...
Apex Court: Government is not a 'person' to invoke...

Apex Court: Government is not a 'person' to invoke...

Singapore’s Court of Appeal (CA) has ruled that the Singapore Government is not deemed as a “person”...
AHTC resolves more areas of non-compliance

AHTC resolves more areas of non-compliance

The Workers’ Party, which runs Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC), has resolved more areas of non-compliance...
SPH's profit for the latest quarter plunges by 44%!

SPH's profit for the latest quarter plunges by 44%!

SPH’s its net profit for the 1st quarter ended in November 2016 had plunged by 43.8% to $45.7m. This...
Minister Shanmugam on AMKTC allegations

Minister Shanmugam on AMKTC allegations

Minister of Home Affairs and Law, Mr K Shanmugam had strong words for the complaint against a former...
TR Emeritus to launch free classifieds section

TR Emeritus to launch free classifieds section

Our in-house techie has finally managed to complete the necessary modifications to the current theme...
The team@TRE wishes all A Very Happy 2017 New Year

The [email protected] wishes all A Very Happy 2017 New Year

The [email protected] Emeritus (the team) would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a Very Happy...
Blogger Amos Yee seeks asylum in USA

Blogger Amos Yee seeks asylum in USA

Teenage blogger Amos Yee, who was only recently released from prison in Singapore has sought political...
SPF issues advisory on fake letters issued in its name

SPF issues advisory on fake letters issued in its name

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has issued a warning for members of the public to stay alert as...
Humanitarian doctor & Singapore exile wins Mulan’s...

Humanitarian doctor & Singapore exile wins Mulan’s...

Humanitarian doctor and Singapore exile, Dr Ang Swee Chai has once again been recognised by the international...
Former TRS editor suffered a miscarriage while in prison?

Former TRS editor suffered a miscarriage while in prison?

Former The Real Singapore (TRS) editor Ai Takagi has suffered a miscarriage while in prison, according...
Beware of scam attempts in offering cash in exchange...

Beware of scam attempts in offering cash in exchange...

The Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) has issued a warning on its Facebook page about...
Singaporeans in Chennai, India to exercise precautions

Singaporeans in Chennai, India to exercise precautions

The Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Chennai, India, has advised Singaporeans in...
China to return detained Terrex ICVs to Singapore

China to return detained Terrex ICVs to Singapore

China Foreign Affairs Minister Geng Shuang has reportedly confirmed today (28 Nov) that Beijing has given...
Man arrested for slashing incident at Orchard Plaza

Man arrested for slashing incident at Orchard Plaza

Police have arrested a 23-year-old man over a slashing incident which took place at Orchard Plaza...
PAP activist leaves for NSP, claims that PAP has gone...

PAP activist leaves for NSP, claims that PAP has gone...

  A prominent PAP activist has joined NSP, citing two key reasons behind his departure from...
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TR Emeritus experiencing technical issues (fixed)

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Opinion
How poor or how rich are Singaporeans?

How poor or how rich are Singaporeans?

Leong Sze Hian quoted some numbers from the MOM. Let me quote below: Median gross income of all employed...
Only the rich will get richer in Singapore?

Only the rich will get richer in Singapore?

Based on what the Mathematician (who had never stayed in a HDB flat, hold a commercial job had highlighted...
Soiled population white paper - who wants it?

Soiled population white paper - who wants it?

Calvin Cheng’s recent scholarly publishing - The Population White Paper (PWP) – Time to revisit an...
Jennifer Granholm – Ignorance is no blessing

Jennifer Granholm – Ignorance is no blessing

The ex governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, has told Trump to look at Singapore as a role model...
The Parasites of Elite GLCs

The Parasites of Elite GLCs

Government Linked companies used to be the PRIDE of Singaporeans where many Singaporeans would like to...
Government confessed that it intended to allow POHA...

Government confessed that it intended to allow POHA...

Just yesterday, the Court of Appeal passed a historic judgment by the virtue of majority votes that...
Currency Valuations and Implications for Trade in Southeast...

Currency Valuations and Implications for Trade in Southeast...

Most consumers notice currency values, or exchange rates, when they travel abroad. One year you may find...
How to 'chiong' when the general is paralysed behind...

How to 'chiong' when the general is paralysed behind...

THE BACKLASH AGAINST globalisation has never been stronger, the oil and gas industry is in the doldrums...
MND should consider to take back Town Council Management

MND should consider to take back Town Council Management

In light of the prolonged saga of former Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol-East Town Council (AHPETC) and the...
Surbana Jurong should not try to explain away disguised...

Surbana Jurong should not try to explain away disguised...

Surbana Jurong, a government-owned company, has drawn flak for terminating dozens of employees to avoid...
UN Resolution and the Rule of Law

UN Resolution and the Rule of Law

The UN recently passed a resolution telling the Israelis to vacate the occupied land belonging to the...
Terrex – Who bullies who?

Terrex – Who bullies who?

Many commentators have responded angrily that China reacted and seized the Terrex APVs. Many simply pointed...
Where were our pro-business unions when our workers...

Where were our pro-business unions when our workers...

Singaporean employees should wake up to the fact that they are alone in their times of need, no thanks...
What is the reason for the disappearance of auto car-washers?

What is the reason for the disappearance of auto car-washers?

The Channel News Asia article on 13 January, “Commentary: Getting back to the future on productivity”...
The evil Empire has declared war on China

The evil Empire has declared war on China

According to a Bloomberg report filed by Isabel Reynolds, Rex Tillerson, the State Secretary designate,...
PHA appeal an abuse of court process

PHA appeal an abuse of court process

The courts have now given its final decision, after a two year battle involving the Attorney General’s...
Civil servants treated like dirt while white elites...

Civil servants treated like dirt while white elites...

While talking to a woman whose husband was a teacher, I found out something interesting. His husband...
Snippets
Ms Fu, is this the kind of foreigners you want to

Ms Fu, is this the kind of foreigners you want to "supplement"...

At a dialogue session with students and residents in Tampines 2 years ago, Grace Fu told everyone that...
Retired Perm Sec has more common sense than Grace Fu...

Retired Perm Sec has more common sense than Grace Fu...

Retired Permanent Secretary Benny Lim who started his career in the police force recently gave an interview...
Kra Canal - What is Grace Fu going to do?

Kra Canal - What is Grace Fu going to do?

According to an article published by LaRouche PAC on Tues (17 Jan), the new Thai King Vajiralongkorn...
Citibank has officially become CITISHIT

Citibank has officially become CITISHIT

When citishit decides to close a banking account, all information of it will cease to exist anywhere...
Grace Fu lucky to have computer games to play 40 years...

Grace Fu lucky to have computer games to play 40 years...

On Friday night (13 Jan), Grace Fu put up a Facebook posting revealing that she used to play computer...
China is bullying but hasn't Singapore been authoritarian...

China is bullying but hasn't Singapore been authoritarian...

I don't agree with a foreign power setting terms for my country, flexing its muscles to browbeat us into...
Understanding the flawed reasoning behind the causeway...

Understanding the flawed reasoning behind the causeway...

The money-crazy PAP Government tries to justify their latest increase on cross-border road charges...
Police: Appeal for information on attempted armed robbery...

Police: Appeal for information on attempted armed robbery...

The police are looking for the person shown in the picture to assist with their investigation into a...
Why Did Lawrence Wong Not Tell Public About the Ban...

Why Did Lawrence Wong Not Tell Public About the Ban...

The Straits Times reported last week that Sigma Elevator, a lift company, had been banned from tendering...
S'pore football has been governed badly for the past...

S'pore football has been governed badly for the past...

What a mess! The S.League very rarely hits ST's front-page news. It did so today. But for all the...
Letters
BHS increased to $52,000 – $346,000 at 65?

BHS increased to $52,000 – $346,000 at 65?

Basic Healthcare Sum increased to $52,000 The Basic Healthcare Sum has been increased from $49,800...
Should ST apologise to Surbana for publishing wrong...

Should ST apologise to Surbana for publishing wrong...

Surbana CEO defends axing “poor performers” I refer to the article “Surbana CEO defends axing...
Malaysia versus Singapore over VEP

Malaysia versus Singapore over VEP

Did not take Malaysia authorities that long to react to Singapore's government announcement of foreign...
Successful debt scheme applicants got played out?

Successful debt scheme applicants got played out?

I refer to the article “New plan to help borrowers cut debt” (Straits Times, Jan 18). 4% of unsecured...
ElderShield: Stay voluntary or be made mandatory?

ElderShield: Stay voluntary or be made mandatory?

I refer to the article “ElderShield: Stay voluntary or be made mandatory? (Straits Times, Jan 12). It...
'Fake news', 'real news' or 'no news'?

'Fake news', 'real news' or 'no news'?

I refer to the article “Is Government a person? Court rules on anti-harassment law provision” (Straits...
Whistleblower sheds light on Keppel Corporation' retrenchments

Whistleblower sheds light on Keppel Corporation' retrenchments

I refer to your article by Mr Leong Sze Hian "Terminate so many, but say 'not retrenchment'?", highlighting...
SAF to train in New Zealand?

SAF to train in New Zealand?

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said yesterday that Singapore will explore more training opportunities for...
Terminate so many, but say 'not retrenchment'?

Terminate so many, but say 'not retrenchment'?

I refer to the article “Dozens Surbana staff lose their jobs” (Straits Times, Jan 14). It states...
Terrexes' problem is PAP's failure, not China's bullying

Terrexes' problem is PAP's failure, not China's bullying

Everyone seems to say that china is bullying. But have you consider the fact that somebody go and step...
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Soiled population white paper – who wants it?

Soiled population white paper – who wants it?

Calvin Cheng’s recent scholarly publishing – The Population White Paper (PWP) – Time to revisit an unpopular policy? – is great piece of political pole dancing but lousy “thesis” of stupid economics lecture. [ LINK ]. As this contribution came from a media and technology writer, I thought that was cute but I... 

Should ST apologise to Surbana for publishing wrong figure for its SG workforce?

Should ST apologise to Surbana for publishing wrong figure for its SG workforce?

Surbana CEO defends axing “poor performers” I refer to the article “Surbana CEO defends axing ‘poor performers’” (Straits Times, Jan 19). The article states that “We cannot allow our 1 per cent of poor performers to continue to affect the rest of the 99 per cent of staff who are performing.” 54 poor performers... 

PM Lee: Growth slow but no unemployment problem in Singapore

PM Lee: Growth slow but no unemployment problem in Singapore

There is no unemployment problem in Singapore, claims PM Lee Hsien Loong at a forum held by Straits Times and the Economic Development Board (EDB) yesterday (20th Jan). My growth rate is constrained by how many people I have. And if I have more workers, more students coming out who are well-trained, well-educated, I can grow... 

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