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Foreign & new citizens’ population increased 7 times more than 'real' citizens?Foreign & new citizens’ population increased 7 times... Population hits 5.61m I refer to the article “Singapore’s population hits 5.61 million in June, with more births, maids, long-term visit passes” (Straits Times, Sep 27). It states that “On the whole, the citizen population grew by 1 per cent from June 2015 to June 2016. The non-resident population grew...

Downsizing to retire a delusion?Downsizing to retire a delusion? I refer to the article “Using home to fund retirement is a delusion, says former minister” (BBC, Jul 15). Relying on homes for a pension in for  shock? It states that “As many as three million people who are planning to rely on their homes for a pension are in for a shock, he said” (the percentage in Singapore...

HDB 1 & 2-room increase from 45,600 to 68,800? HDB 1 & 2-room increase from 45,600 to 68,800? I refer to the Department of Statistics’ Population Trends 2016 report released on 27 September 2016. Increase in 1 & 2-room households? The number of HDB 1 and 2-room resident households has increased gradually from 45,600 in 2000 to 68,800 in 2016. Increase in percentage of 1 & 2-room households? HDB...

Dr Chee: We have lost our wayDr Chee: We have lost our way Read these 3 reports in the last couple of weeks: 1. A couple expecting their first-born lived in a lorry for two years because they could not afford to rent a flat. (ST) 2. A man spent at least five months sleeping in a 24-hr McDonald's outlet after losing his flat due to financial difficulties. They call such people...

One who wins the Presidency without special measures commands respectOne who wins the Presidency without special measures commands... Both – the requirement of having a member from the ethnic minority group in the GRC and the reservation of one term for ethnic minority groups if they have not been represented after five consecutive terms in the Elected Presidency – mean that the ethnic minority groups are not having equal access to opportunities and...

49,000 foreign jobs versus 500 local jobs?49,000 foreign jobs versus 500 local jobs? I refer to the article "Private school graduates find it harder to land jobs: Poll" (Straits Times, Sep 24). It states that "Only 58 per cent of the fresh graduates who had no prior working experience found full-time jobs within six months of completing their studies. Another 21 per cent managed to find only part-time...

Social Media Still the Way to Effect ChangeSocial Media Still the Way to Effect Change It has now become a cliché, but no less a general truth, to say that the magnitude of social media's influence ever since its advent has been enormous, and its potential to grow cannot be understated. Even in Singapore, where social media has thus far failed to bring about electoral change, its importance will no...

Why don't CHC members admit that they trusted the wrong man and move on?Why don't CHC members admit that they trusted the wrong man... To those who believe in Kong Hee, there are other churches out there doing great deeds as well. Just admit that you have trusted the wrong guy, wasted your time and money and move on to the next church. Why even bother to fight a lost cause? Jump ship and do good from other ship. This is what you should do if your...

Kong Hee would have been great PAP materialKong Hee would have been great PAP material Kong Hee is really a charismatic man who can move crowds and make smart logical people do his bidding. He has powers of persuasion which few mortal men possess. Look at the CHC trial, after years of wrangling in the courts where the public prosecutor shot down their weak lame arguments systematically, CHC members are still...

AWARE on the elected presidencyAWARE on the elected presidency We agree that the representation of diverse races in political leadership is important, and welcome the greater recognition that racism and prejudice are urgent and enduring problems that require proactive solutions. Members of minority groups need to see people like themselves being represented meaningfully in important...

Why voters should elect one-third non-PAP MPsWhy voters should elect one-third non-PAP MPs On his Facebook, Dr Chee Soon Juan reminds us that, according to a report, some years ago a certain senior PAP minister told a visiting American newspaper executive that there is only one law – i.e. the PAP must win and all other laws be adjusted to make sure that that will happen. No one in this country would doubt the...

Have our millionaire Ministers ever spared a thought for Singapore's poor?Have our millionaire Ministers ever spared a thought for... If one were to look at how Singapore’s wealth is divided, then it should come as no surprise that the rich own the bulk of financial assets relative to the size of our economy. When the negative and low interest rates are start to appear, the poor in Singapore will be in for a bigger shock of their lives. Why?...

Tan Chuan Jin: Even ministers cannot perform miraclesTan Chuan Jin: Even ministers cannot perform miracles Some of you ask me about issues we deal with. This is one. We have an ongoing dispute between two neighbours about a tree between their two properties. W asked us to help. We have been trying to mediate, reaching out to X but they aren't responding. This email pops up from W: "I would like to register my disappointment...

Marine Parade TC violates Article 12Marine Parade TC violates Article 12 When Marine Parade Town Council rejects the application to hold a wake on the ground that the applicant is ‘not a resident of the area’, it acts against the spirit of Article 12 of the Constitution of Singapore. Under this Art, all persons are guaranteed equality before the law. ‘Sanson Ng with HooCheong Fong and...

Editorials
Gay teacher jailed a year for committing an indecent...

Gay teacher jailed a year for committing an indecent...

When the aunt of a young Primary school kid jokingly told her nephew to beware of perverted teachers,...
Female Indian Minister mistaken for

Female Indian Minister mistaken for "Vivian Balakrishnan"

In what appears to be a diplomatic faux pas, India's External Affairs Minister was mistaken for Singapore's...
How clean are your hotel bed linens?

How clean are your hotel bed linens?

A viral video by American reality show Inside Edition has raised fears for frequent travellers: Even...
Are Malaysian registered cars adequately insured in...

Are Malaysian registered cars adequately insured in...

A car dashcam video which went viral this morning has raised the question on whether Malaysian vehicles...
High bike COE prices raise questions about government...

High bike COE prices raise questions about government...

Yesterday morning, WP candidate Cheryl Denise Loh posted a photo of her new motorcycle on Facebook with...
Singapore’s ‘rich-but-not-really-rich’

Singapore’s ‘rich-but-not-really-rich’

Yesterday, Bloomberg ran an article on how Singapore’s supposedly middle-class have been classified...
A lack of compassion from Marine Parade Town Council?

A lack of compassion from Marine Parade Town Council?

Facebook user Sanson Ng wrote in a post on how Marine Parade Town Council (MPTC) had been lacking...
New tourist ‘challenge’: sneaking into MBS’s...

New tourist ‘challenge’: sneaking into MBS’s...

The New Paper reported on Sunday that tourists to Singapore now have a new and adventurous ‘challenge’,...
Higher S&CC to come sooon?

Higher S&CC to come sooon?

Following recommendations from the BCA on how to make public lifts more reliable, Teo Ho Pin – who...
$12 billion of previously-undeclared Indonesian wealth...

$12 billion of previously-undeclared Indonesian wealth...

Under a new tax-amnesty scheme, more than $12 billion of previously undeclared assets held in Singapore...
Malaysian jailed for using forged boarding passes to...

Malaysian jailed for using forged boarding passes to...

In a bizzare case, a jobless Malaysian man who missed his flight back to Kuala Lumpur and then decided...
FT CEO gets 2-weeks jail for causing hurt to taxi driver

FT CEO gets 2-weeks jail for causing hurt to taxi driver

The former CEO of a German MNS has been sentenced to 2 weeks jail for causing hurt by slapping a Taxi...
Unemployment edges up in Q2 2016

Unemployment edges up in Q2 2016

According to official data released by MOM on Thursday (15 Sep), the unemployment rate in Singapore...
Tharman: CPF Investment Scheme to be reviewed

Tharman: CPF Investment Scheme to be reviewed

At the Economic Society of Singapore’s dinner on Tuesday (13 Sep), Deputy Prime Minister Tharman...
Chen Show Mao resigns as Workers Party's treasurer

Chen Show Mao resigns as Workers Party's treasurer

Member of Parliament (MP) for Aljunied GRC, Mr Chen Show Mao of the Workers Party (WP) has resigned as...
Tengah to be Singapore's 24th - and also Singapore's...

Tengah to be Singapore's 24th - and also Singapore's...

Minster for National Development Lawrence Wong revealed the master plan for Tengah at the HDB Awards...
PRC 'wife' will not get deceased man's CPF as marriage...

PRC 'wife' will not get deceased man's CPF as marriage...

The High Court has ruled that the CPF savings of a deceased man will go to his sisters instead of his...
Cartoonist shares his experience about costs of living...

Cartoonist shares his experience about costs of living...

Cartoonist Leslie Chew – the man behind the popular series of Demon-cratic strips – has shared how...
Barclays to cut approximately 100 jobs from Singapore...

Barclays to cut approximately 100 jobs from Singapore...

According to a Bloomberg report, British banking giant Barclays is intending to cut approximately...
Should we pay to access case law judgements?

Should we pay to access case law judgements?

Prominent Human Rights lawyer M Ravi said in a Facebook post today that he is “greatly concerned”...
Opinion
To get a job, lower your expectations - WTH!

To get a job, lower your expectations - WTH!

The article by TNP on 26 September said extremely high unemployment for degree holders since 2009, even...
Learning to code is like learning to ride a bicycle

Learning to code is like learning to ride a bicycle

So I finished the Web Development Immersive (WDI) course last week. But that doesn’t mean that I have...
Singapore PR = tissue paper?

Singapore PR = tissue paper?

The PAP must review its flawed immigration policy and not continue to treat PRs as a numbers game to...
Accountability the PAP way

Accountability the PAP way

“Your definition of accountability is to push this on your low-level employees. This is gutless leadership.” – Senator...
Global Bureaucratic Incumbency

Global Bureaucratic Incumbency

Of late, you cannot escape the amount of literature both in politics and economics that try to explain...
Singapore’s leadership is on the decline

Singapore’s leadership is on the decline

Regardless of what the PAP says, the late LKY was a once-in-a-millennium abnormality and Singapore...
Another ex-paper general appointed LTA CEO, expect...

Another ex-paper general appointed LTA CEO, expect...

The PAP has just announced the appointment of ex-paper general Ngien Hoon Ping as CEO of LTA with effect...
CMIO classification – Greater importance and indispensability

CMIO classification – Greater importance and indispensability

For a long time, there have been calls for the removal of the race classification in our identity card....
Locals have been betrayed! Its time for you to wake...

Locals have been betrayed! Its time for you to wake...

TNP published an article stating that unemployed degree holders is now at the highest, even First Class...
Elected Presidency – The number games

Elected Presidency – The number games

Since the changes to the Constitution is going to be a reality come what may, let’s look at the numbers...
Singapore: Falling down, broken, breakdown, falling...

Singapore: Falling down, broken, breakdown, falling...

I refer to “External structure collapses at HDB block in Tampines” (photo below). It has become increasingly...
What to do if you lose your job and have no savings

What to do if you lose your job and have no savings

Make these financial moves within a week of losing your job, so you can survive unemployment in Singapore...
Made in Singapore?

Made in Singapore?

Modi wants to turn India into another manufacturing hub and came out with his Make in India slogan. His...
Singaporean peasants should not expect PAP elites to...

Singaporean peasants should not expect PAP elites to...

PAP elites see themselves as superior in intellect and appoint like-minded elites to leadership positions...
Why did Singaporeans lost money in the CPF investment...

Why did Singaporeans lost money in the CPF investment...

If most CPF Investment Scheme (CPFIS) assets are low-risk, why did some Singaporeans make losses in...
Why were so many KepCorp subsidiaries incorporated...

Why were so many KepCorp subsidiaries incorporated...

According to Keppel Corporation 2015 Annual Report, a number of its subsidiaries were incorporated in...
Elected President - My last post on this issue?

Elected President - My last post on this issue?

I thought I have written enough on this thing with my last post yesterday but someone prompted me to...
Why access to the truth has not set Singaporeans free

Why access to the truth has not set Singaporeans free

Knowledge is supposed to be power in one-party states and the internet gives people access to knowledge....
Mahathir speaks

Mahathir speaks

"What are we to do" asked a concerned student at a public meeting in London last night. "What...
Zika – Invite the mosquitoes for tea

Zika – Invite the mosquitoes for tea

Masagos is complaining that it is very difficult to find mosquito breeding grounds. Many are actually...
Snippets
Dr Chee: We have lost our way

Dr Chee: We have lost our way

Read these 3 reports in the last couple of weeks: 1. A couple expecting their first-born lived in...
Why don't CHC members admit that they trusted the wrong...

Why don't CHC members admit that they trusted the wrong...

To those who believe in Kong Hee, there are other churches out there doing great deeds as well. Just...
Social Media Still the Way to Effect Change

Social Media Still the Way to Effect Change

It has now become a cliché, but no less a general truth, to say that the magnitude of social media's...
AWARE on the elected presidency

AWARE on the elected presidency

We agree that the representation of diverse races in political leadership is important, and welcome the...
Tan Chuan Jin: Even ministers cannot perform miracles

Tan Chuan Jin: Even ministers cannot perform miracles

Some of you ask me about issues we deal with. This is one. We have an ongoing dispute between two neighbours...
Have our millionaire Ministers ever spared a thought...

Have our millionaire Ministers ever spared a thought...

If one were to look at how Singapore’s wealth is divided, then it should come as no surprise that...
 Living in a time of deception

Living in a time of deception

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre in collaboration with the Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia...
Dr Lee Wei Ling remembers her dad on his birthday

Dr Lee Wei Ling remembers her dad on his birthday

Papa would be 93 today if he were still alive. He lived a full life, committing most of his time and...
Someone crash a drone plane into my house

Someone crash a drone plane into my house

Boom! I look out of the kitchen window and see debris falling off the lower roof of my HDB block. A large...
Khaw Boon Wan must Look into SMRT Sackings

Khaw Boon Wan must Look into SMRT Sackings

The SMRT's decision to sack two of its employees over the deaths of Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari and...
One year later, five questions to ponder on for the...

One year later, five questions to ponder on for the...

“The only thing I know about elections is that I don’t need to work on Polling Day because it’s...
SDP Chair Congratulates Pro-Democracy Hong Kong Legislators

SDP Chair Congratulates Pro-Democracy Hong Kong Legislators

The SDP would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to the people of Hong Kong for voting in a...
LTA & SBS: Hairline cracks on 11 first-generation Sengkang-Punggol...

LTA & SBS: Hairline cracks on 11 first-generation Sengkang-Punggol...

1.  As part of SBS Transit’s fleet-wide inspection in July 2016, hairline cracks were discovered on...
If you think Lee Hsien Loong is bad enough..

If you think Lee Hsien Loong is bad enough..

If you think Lee Hsien Loong was bad, wait till you see the batch of fourth generation "leaders"...
Letters
Foreign & new citizens’ population increased...

Foreign & new citizens’ population increased...

Population hits 5.61m I refer to the article “Singapore’s population hits 5.61 million in June,...
Downsizing to retire a delusion?

Downsizing to retire a delusion?

I refer to the article “Using home to fund retirement is a delusion, says former minister” (BBC,...
HDB 1 & 2-room increase from 45,600 to 68,800?...

HDB 1 & 2-room increase from 45,600 to 68,800?...

I refer to the Department of Statistics’ Population Trends 2016 report released on 27 September...
One who wins the Presidency without special measures...

One who wins the Presidency without special measures...

Both – the requirement of having a member from the ethnic minority group in the GRC and the reservation...
49,000 foreign jobs versus 500 local jobs?

49,000 foreign jobs versus 500 local jobs?

I refer to the article "Private school graduates find it harder to land jobs: Poll" (Straits Times, Sep...
Kong Hee would have been great PAP material

Kong Hee would have been great PAP material

Kong Hee is really a charismatic man who can move crowds and make smart logical people do his bidding....
Why voters should elect one-third non-PAP MPs

Why voters should elect one-third non-PAP MPs

On his Facebook, Dr Chee Soon Juan reminds us that, according to a report, some years ago a certain senior...
Marine Parade TC violates Article 12

Marine Parade TC violates Article 12

When Marine Parade Town Council rejects the application to hold a wake on the ground that the applicant...
How to make Singapore prosper in the next 50 years

How to make Singapore prosper in the next 50 years

PAP made a grave mistake when they let in foreign 'talents' which are doubtfully "cheaper, faster, better". Through...
Whats' the obsession with 'water parade'?

Whats' the obsession with 'water parade'?

Does SAF have fetish or obsession with NSFs drinking water? Their water parade is crazy, either making...
No positive discrimination in Elected Presidency

No positive discrimination in Elected Presidency

The idea of safeguarding minority representation is to ensure that a particular race group can hold the...
Khaw's performance as Transport Minister, one year...

Khaw's performance as Transport Minister, one year...

One obvious difference between the current and past MOT ministers is that Lui Tuck Yew is more honest...
The flood of foreigners?

The flood of foreigners?

My regular insider, ES sent me the following very interesting jobs statistics extracted from a Parliamentary...
Sticky & Recent Articles


Learning to code is like learning to ride a bicycle

Learning to code is like learning to ride a bicycle

So I finished the Web Development Immersive (WDI) course last week. But that doesn’t mean that I have stopped coding. I’m still continuing to work with my group mates on the final project. Why? Cos it’s for a good cause. And, more importantly, it’s really great fun working with my group mates! Today, I went back to visit... 

Singapore PR = tissue paper?

Singapore PR = tissue paper?

The PAP must review its flawed immigration policy and not continue to treat PRs as a numbers game to increase the GDP. Since PMs Lee and Goh increased the number of PRs from 112,100 in 1990 to 541,000 in 2010, their numbers have been on a decline. Some serious issues need to be addressed. (It’s not difficult to understand... 

Dr Chee: We have lost our way

Dr Chee: We have lost our way

Read these 3 reports in the last couple of weeks: 1. A couple expecting their first-born lived in a lorry for two years because they could not afford to rent a flat. (ST) 2. A man spent at least five months sleeping in a 24-hr McDonald’s outlet after losing his flat due to financial difficulties. They call such people... 

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