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ISA Detentions and Restrictions forum by Function 8ISA Detentions and Restrictions forum by Function 8 Function 8 is organizing a forum on ISA Detentions and Restrictions - From "Communists" to "Terrorists". This forum will consider the effectiveness and legality of the Internal Security Act (ISA) in combating extremism. The discussion will centre on three critical issues – debate on the abolition of the ISA, the constitutionality...

Dr Chee: Tweaks to Presidency is just PAP ensuring it’s not beaten at its own gameDr Chee: Tweaks to Presidency is just PAP ensuring it’s... I have often pointed out that the PAP is never sincere in ensuring that there is genuine political contestation, it always raises the bar just when its opponents come close to beating it at its own game (think GRC, Cooling-off Day, Public Order Act, etc). The most recent example is the tweaking of the EP (Elected Presidency)....

WP Bernard Chen: The tyranny of the parliamentary majority should worry us allWP Bernard Chen: The tyranny of the parliamentary majority... This “political condition” and the denial of it were clearly evident during the parliamentary debate on the Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill on 15 August 2016. At first sight, this “political condition” was a clear reference to the tyranny of the parliamentary majority enjoyed by the ruling party....

Do we deserve a champion like Joseph Schooling?Do we deserve a champion like Joseph Schooling? #‎NeverForget‬ The same group of people who have seemingly turned their backs on our national hero is now por-ing and licking his boots like their lives depend on it. I met Joseph Schooling's father, Colin Schooling, during a sports dialogue, ironically headed by Tan Chuan-Jin, back in 2015, and the way he spoke...

Did 154th tried to whitewash late President Ong Teng Cheong?Did 154th tried to whitewash late President Ong Teng Cheong? Dear The Straits Times. If you have read the book "Men in White The Untold Story of Singapore's Ruling Political Party" published by SPH, you would find on page 349, that it states that Mr Ong Teng Cheong was Singapore's first elected president. I am not trying to steal the limelight away from Mr SR Nathan's demise (he...

PMO's statement on late SR NathanPMO's statement on late SR Nathan STATEMENT FROM THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE The Government has accepted the wishes of the late Mr S R Nathan and his family in making the following funeral arrangements. The Government will provide all the necessary assistance. As a mark of respect to Mr Nathan, the State flag on all Government buildings will...

Doing away with affirmative action Doing away with affirmative action If the PAP thinks that a Malay president is important periodically, and has always been confident of its party's credibility and branding, then it should field a Malay candidate for the coming presidential election. Often times, the ones who made the Malays feel that they are of sub-par quality is the PAP itself. Creating...

[Revisited] Honour rites still evolving; No formula for state funeral entitlement Honour rites still evolving; No formula for state funeral... The following is a reply given by the Prime Minister's Office on the 13 May 2010 to media queries: --- Mr Leong Sze Hian (Today, May 10) and Mr Goh Choon Kang (Lianhe Zaobao, May 12) have asked why the funeral arrangements for Mr Ong Teng Cheong and Dr Wee Kim Wee, both former presidents, were not the same. Mr...

Importing foreign players is an act of chickening outImporting foreign players is an act of chickening out We are not saying the “Foreign-born athletes” are not human. Rather, they land themselves in an unwelcome position: 猪八戒照镜子 - 里外不是人 (两面不讨好). We see them as "bought-in goods" and people in China see them as "traitors". In addition, there is a psychological hurdle for them - to be disloyal...

Why the issue of minority as president only now?Why the issue of minority as president only now? We've had four Presidential elections (of which two went uncontested). The issue of whether it was important for a minority Singaporean to become the Elected President did not once crop up. Not even when there were four Tans running for the post in the year 2011. So I can't help but view the recent call for a minority...

Will you support TOC’s parallel analysis of race relations?Will you support TOC’s parallel analysis of race relations? This week, Singaporeans were stunned yet again by some mysterious survey findings that fly in the face of the lived experiences of the people in Singapore. The CNA-IPS Survey on Race Relations suggested that everyone was multicultural and some Singaporeans found racism a problem. TOC has been trying to get hold of...

PM Lee: President Nathan was a true son of SingaporePM Lee: President Nathan was a true son of Singapore Deeply saddened by the passing of Mr SR Nathan today. He passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital, surrounded by family and loved ones, three weeks after suffering a stroke. Mr Nathan’s life is an inspiration to us all. His was a story of how a young boy strove to triumph over his circumstances...

WP Silva Lim: President Nathan believed in SingaporeWP Silva Lim: President Nathan believed in Singapore It is with sadness that I learn of the passing of President SR Nathan. President Nathan has been a public servant practically all his life. He believed in Singapore, from the early days before independence when our survival was by no means guaranteed. My father had the privilege of working alongside him in the MID...

NDR 2016 Frightening Lacking in Ideas to Address Looming ProblemsNDR 2016 Frightening Lacking in Ideas to Address Looming... Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's speech at the National Day Rally last night was long on feel-good buzzwords but conspicuously short on ideas to navigate the perilous socio-economic landscape looming ahead. Apart from assuring Singaporeans that the “best is yet to come”, Mr Lee failed to tell the nation how the government...

Broken Lift since June in Holland Bukit-Timah Repaired only after MP's VisitBroken Lift since June in Holland Bukit-Timah Repaired only... During our rounds at the Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, we spoke to a resident who informed us that when he called the constituency's Town Council to find out when a broken-down lift would be repaired, he was advised to look for the sub-contractor responsible for the lift maintenance. According to the resident, the lift at...

Editorials
Et tu, Straits Times?

Et tu, Straits Times?

Sometime back, TR Emeritus (TRE) was slammed by the Straits Times (ST), among other things, when it wrongly...
Former President SR Nathan passes away at 92

Former President SR Nathan passes away at 92

In a Statement released by the Prime Minister's Office on Monday (22 Aug), it was revealed that former...
Kenneth Jeyaretnam draws flak for insensitive comments...

Kenneth Jeyaretnam draws flak for insensitive comments...

Opposition politician Kenneth Jeyaretnam has drawn flak for his comments about PM Lee Hsien Loong after...
NDR suspended after PM Lee collapses on stage

NDR suspended after PM Lee collapses on stage

The National Day Rally for 2016 was abruptly suspended at approximately 2120 hours after PM Lee Hsien...
PRC Grabcar driver allegedly leads passengers into...

PRC Grabcar driver allegedly leads passengers into...

A Facebook post by Jennifer Tan has alleged that a PRC Grabcar driver almost caused 4 potential accidents...
The Story of Ang Peng Siong and imported athletes

The Story of Ang Peng Siong and imported athletes

In an interview with MyPaper on Friday (19 Aug), former national swimming Head Coach Ang Peng Siong describes...
Pokemon GO players causing public nuisance at increasing...

Pokemon GO players causing public nuisance at increasing...

According to various media reports, Pokemon GO users have been causing increasing public nuisance in...
IRAS investigating 43 individuals suspected of GST...

IRAS investigating 43 individuals suspected of GST...

Through a press release on Thursday (18 Aug), IRAS revealed that an island-wide operation on Monday and...
Singapore's July exports drop by 10.6% year-on-year

Singapore's July exports drop by 10.6% year-on-year

According to official statistics released by IE Singapore (17 Aug), Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports...
SIA draws flak for group photo with Joseph Schooling...

SIA draws flak for group photo with Joseph Schooling...

A photo that was uploaded onto Channel NewsAsia's Facebook page yesterday has drawn flak from netizens...
Joseph Schooling clinches Singapore's first-ever Olympic...

Joseph Schooling clinches Singapore's first-ever Olympic...

Singapore’s home-grown national swimmer, Joseph Schooling has done Singapore proud, finishing first...
Prison officer sentenced to 27 months’ jail for repeatedly...

Prison officer sentenced to 27 months’ jail for repeatedly...

Prison officer Sergeant Mohamed Faris Osman was sentenced to 27 months’ jail today (Aug 12) after being...
Joseph Schooling qualifies for Men's 100m Butterfly...

Joseph Schooling qualifies for Men's 100m Butterfly...

Singapore's home-grown national swimmer, Joseph Schooling has qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics Men's...
Technical issues affecting TR Emeritus' website (fixed)

Technical issues affecting TR Emeritus' website (fixed)

Dear readers Please be informed that we are having technical issues with one of our servers which...
Did Nisha Padmanabhan move to San Francisco?

Did Nisha Padmanabhan move to San Francisco?

With anti-immigration sentiment already at a high, netizens were further outraged back in Apr...
Six terrorist suspects targeting Marina Bay arrested...

Six terrorist suspects targeting Marina Bay arrested...

Six suspected terrorists planning to attack Singapore have been arrested by the Indonesian authorities...
Opinion
The objective thinkers in red dot

The objective thinkers in red dot

The absence of Kishore Mahbubani in political debates has exposed a glaring big gap in the number...
Paper generals: Don’t forget social media

Paper generals: Don’t forget social media

Based on the performance Ministers Chan and Tan the ex-CEO of NOL and the CEO of SMRT one gets the impression...
Another CPF/GIC investment gone ‘pock kai’, more...

Another CPF/GIC investment gone ‘pock kai’, more...

I refer to a May 2015 post, “GIC investing our CPF using ‘tikam tikam’ model, based on hope”,...
PRC: Why I choose Singapore to emigrate

PRC: Why I choose Singapore to emigrate

Last night I had a dream. I dreamt that I was a middle income Chinese living in Shanghai. I’ve made...
Prata or people’s president?

Prata or people’s president?

MSM, PAP’s in house newsletter, has expectedly gone into propaganda overdrive after former president...
Is President Tony Tan a minority?

Is President Tony Tan a minority?

It did not escape my cynicism that when the Constitutional Commission on Elected President submitted...
Temasek’s return only negative 9% last year?

Temasek’s return only negative 9% last year?

Last month, Temasek disclosed it’s portfolio value had declined by $24 billion to $242 billion. However,...
The Presidency Myth

The Presidency Myth

Recently Singaporeans have been bombarded with the information that minorities are not well represented...
The only Elected President that is worth our respect...

The only Elected President that is worth our respect...

It is well known that if Ong Teng Cheong had stood against Nathan he would have won. One of the reasons...
What a load of BS from PM

What a load of BS from PM

And PM’s  behind the curve again. And Harry was right. These were my tots on reading his NDR speech. But...
2016 NDR speech: PAP still trying to rally Singaporeans...

2016 NDR speech: PAP still trying to rally Singaporeans...

I refer to PM Lee’s 2016 NDR speech. As with previous NDR speeches, it was yet another occasion for...
SR Nathan – Another stalwart passes away

SR Nathan – Another stalwart passes away

Singapore will have another state funeral with the passing of SR Nathan at the age of 92. There are not...
Things that make me glad that I am a Singaporean (Part...

Things that make me glad that I am a Singaporean (Part...

I’m going to be starting a new series called things that make me glad that I am a Singaporean. This...
When the majority do not represent the majority

When the majority do not represent the majority

How can this be? The majority must always represent the majority or else they can’t be the majority....
Is our Constitution a meaningless piece of crap which...

Is our Constitution a meaningless piece of crap which...

A little observation: After President Ong Teng Cheong questioned them about the reserves,...
If Roy Ngerng had defamed a real 'natural aristocrat'

If Roy Ngerng had defamed a real 'natural aristocrat'

Remember PM quoting Jefferson on “natural aristocrats”? Well Jefferson, a real “natural aristocrat”...
Snippets
Will you support TOC’s parallel analysis of race...

Will you support TOC’s parallel analysis of race...

This week, Singaporeans were stunned yet again by some mysterious survey findings that fly in the face...
Doing away with affirmative action

Doing away with affirmative action

If the PAP thinks that a Malay president is important periodically, and has always been confident of...
ISA Detentions and Restrictions forum by Function 8

ISA Detentions and Restrictions forum by Function 8

Function 8 is organizing a forum on ISA Detentions and Restrictions - From "Communists" to "Terrorists". This...
Dr Chee: Tweaks to Presidency is just PAP ensuring...

Dr Chee: Tweaks to Presidency is just PAP ensuring...

I have often pointed out that the PAP is never sincere in ensuring that there is genuine political contestation,...
WP Bernard Chen: The tyranny of the parliamentary majority...

WP Bernard Chen: The tyranny of the parliamentary majority...

This “political condition” and the denial of it were clearly evident during the parliamentary...
PM Lee: President Nathan was a true son of Singapore

PM Lee: President Nathan was a true son of Singapore

Deeply saddened by the passing of Mr SR Nathan today. He passed away peacefully at the Singapore...
Do we deserve a champion like Joseph Schooling?

Do we deserve a champion like Joseph Schooling?

#‎NeverForget‬ The same group of people who have seemingly turned their backs on our national...
PMO's statement on late SR Nathan

PMO's statement on late SR Nathan

STATEMENT FROM THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE The Government has accepted the wishes of the late...
Letters
Our government needs to change its cultural outlook...

Our government needs to change its cultural outlook...

Our government has a culture of closely associating with successful athletes only after they score successes...
Did 154th tried to whitewash late President Ong Teng...

Did 154th tried to whitewash late President Ong Teng...

Dear The Straits Times. If you have read the book "Men in White The Untold Story of Singapore's Ruling...
Importing foreign players is an act of chickening out

Importing foreign players is an act of chickening out

We are not saying the “Foreign-born athletes” are not human. Rather, they land themselves in an unwelcome...
Lee Hsien Loong is a Singaporean too

Lee Hsien Loong is a Singaporean too

Social media now some people are just fucking heartless and morons. They are asking when is the by-election...
Joseph Schooling being robbed?

Joseph Schooling being robbed?

In MSM, it was reported that Joseph Schooling will have to give 20% to the National Sports Association...
Why are the opposition parties not arguing about TPP?

Why are the opposition parties not arguing about TPP?

 We are at the Memorandum stage when the US are arguing the TPP in their govt why are we quiet.  Now...
 HDB BTO up 16.1% price differential?

HDB BTO up 16.1% price differential?

I refer to the article “4,841 HDB flats on offer in August BTO exercise” (Channel NewsAsia, Aug...
Local journalists have no professional ethics?

Local journalists have no professional ethics?

Let’s compare them (Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen), since everyone is doing that and their...
Sticky & Recent Articles


Doing away with affirmative action

Doing away with affirmative action

If the PAP thinks that a Malay president is important periodically, and has always been confident of its party’s credibility and branding, then it should field a Malay candidate for the coming presidential election. Often times, the ones who made the Malays feel that they are of sub-par quality is the PAP itself. Creating... 

Another CPF/GIC investment gone ‘pock kai’, more than A$400 million loss

Another CPF/GIC investment gone ‘pock kai’, more than A$400 million loss

I refer to a May 2015 post, “GIC investing our CPF using ‘tikam tikam’ model, based on hope”, where I had highlighted “Arrium Ltd”, an Australian company with business interests in mining, mining consumables and steel. Sadly, Arrium recently went into Voluntary Administration in April and the chances of shareholders... 

PRC: Why I choose Singapore to emigrate

PRC: Why I choose Singapore to emigrate

Last night I had a dream. I dreamt that I was a middle income Chinese living in Shanghai. I’ve made a small fortune there. I have a wife and a tender child about to enter pre-school. We do not speak English. We envy those who could speak English fluently. My wife and I are determined to seek a better life for our child with... 

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