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Andrew Loh:  The Independent (TISG) has published rubbish againAndrew Loh: The Independent (TISG) has published rubbish... It reported a discussion I had with Lam Keong Yeoh on my Facebook page about Singapore's healthcare system. In that discussion I had said, referring to the slow changes to our healthcare system, as Mr Yeoh pointed out, I said in response: "I believe the reality of an ageing population will become more acute...

PM Lee: We must continue to improve the lives of Singaporeans in this difficult environmentPM Lee: We must continue to improve the lives of Singaporeans... As the year draws to a close, it is a good time to take stock and prepare for challenges in the coming year and beyond. Shared my thoughts at the PAP Party Conference this morning. Major changes are taking place in the world. They impact not just individual countries, but also the wider international order that Singapore...

Amos Yee: We should we should strive to coexist with Muslims peacefullyAmos Yee: We should we should strive to coexist with Muslims... So this is a sight that I'm quite familiar with. The popular anti-Singapore government Facebook page Wake Up, Singapore rightfully highlights the ridiculous calls for execution to a woman in Saudi Arabia after not wearing a Hijab. Many Muslims in Singapore then responded by accusing the admins of the page for 'inciting...

Break the PAP-SWF-GLC-PA nexus and give control back to the people!Break the PAP-SWF-GLC-PA nexus and give control back to the... Singapore has one of the lowest social benefits among developed countries. Yet, PAP IBs had defended PAP numerous times before with half-past-six logic: 1. No minimum wage – Now PAP has progressive wage. 2. SMRT is best system in the world – Now restructured and privatized. 3. CPF best system in the world better...

Why are we paying out-of-this-world salaries for mediocre governance?Why are we paying out-of-this-world salaries for mediocre... Living in London and Tokyo, I thought there is heck a lot of bellyaching in Singapore over stuff like service outages by SMRT and Singtel, flooding (or ponding according to some) etc. Crowded trains, connections down, strikes - the Brits and the Japanese seems to take them in their stride. Well, the departed master did...

The problem with alternative media and why I don't read most of them anymoreThe problem with alternative media and why I don't read most... The report by The Independent (TISG) - about President Tan inviting the Thai king to eat KFC - is not only stupid - because it doesn't take a lot of commonsense and a nose for real news to know that such a thing is nonsensical - it also shows poor editorial oversight, or none at all. Second, the grammar in the report...

Building of our reserves is simply burdening Singaporeans with costsBuilding of our reserves is simply burdening Singaporeans... On 31 October, Ministry of Health (MOH) reported that S$1.736 billion was collected in premiums for MediShield Life (MSL) from November last year to September this year — almost three times higher than the payouts. Deflecting the question about the large disparity, MOH explained that to distribute premiums more evenly...

Isn't Singapore supposed to be a Top 10 US ally?Isn't Singapore supposed to be a Top 10 US ally? Singapore was not in the 29 countries of Trump's call list, and yet when President Tsai from Taiwan called him and he tweeted about it. When PM Lee called him there is no mention by Trump but a lot of local media drumming up. Trump invited Philippines's Duterte to White House but we didn't get the invite yet trying...

PAP makes use of us to serve NS, but does not give adequate compensationPAP makes use of us to serve NS, but does not give adequate... NS never had meaning from the beginning. I will not elaborate on this. 1) Israeli conscription was due to actual threat. Both male and female had to serve. And in reward, they receive things like free medical care until death. In Singapore, after so much complains, only recently they give out some money. But only...

Amos Yee: Police refused to return confiscated itemsAmos Yee: Police refused to return confiscated items Alright friends, it has happened again. I have been released from prison for several weeks now and the officers from Bedok police station have yet to return my confiscated items. For those who are unaware, prior to my trial for ‘intending to wound religious feelings’, the police came to my house to confiscate...

Realpolitik?Realpolitik? This fracas between China and Singapore. Criticising the government for real or perceived foreign policy failures is not being disloyal. Supporting one's own government's dispute with another country isn't blind loyalty either. But stop all these infantile red in the tooth and claw ranting especially those anti-establishment...

Response to Calvin ChengResponse to Calvin Cheng This is in response to Calvin Cheng's post. This proposition fundamentally fails to appreciate the importance behind constructive criticism. Without prejudice to the government's handling of the PRC-situation, dictating a segment of society to silence themselves indicates a contempt for the opinion of the critical...

Are high costs of living why 56% of high earning millennials in Singapore do not feel successful?Are high costs of living why 56% of high earning millennials... A new report by UBS which surveyed millennials aged between 18 and 34 across 10 different markets reveals some insights into the attitudes of the young and well-heeled in Singapore. Even with a minimum income of $100,000, only 44% of the top 20% of earners in their age bracket surveyed felt that they have already...

SMRT and 2 staff to be charged over fatal train accidentSMRT and 2 staff to be charged over fatal train accident Following an fatal accident earlier this year, SMRT and 2 of its staff were charged in court today (1 Dec) under Section 12 of the Workplace Safety and Health Act. The Act states that it is the duty of every employer to take measures necessary to ensure the safety and health of employees at work so far as is reasonably...

The unholy trinity of economics?The unholy trinity of economics? With rising US bond yields, Singapore will be facing the consequences of the Unholy Trinity at a terrible time. What is that you wonder? The Unholy or the Impossible Trinity is the exchange rate, interest rates and the capital account, of which no government can control all three at the same time. In Singapore's case,...

Editorials
China returns detained Terrex AFVs to Singapore

China returns detained Terrex AFVs 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...
TR Emeritus experiencing technical issues (fixed)

TR Emeritus experiencing technical issues (fixed)

Please be informed that we are currently experiencing technical issues with our CDN server which is responsible...
Credit Suisse: 150,000 millionaires in Singapore while...

Credit Suisse: 150,000 millionaires in Singapore while...

A global wealth report released by Credit Suisse Research Institute has found that that Singapore...
Malfunctioned traffic lights causes chaos at cross...

Malfunctioned traffic lights causes chaos at cross...

Traffic lights which malfunctioned during a heavy downpour today (20 Nov) ended up causing massive...
Man given 12.5 years' jail and caning for preying on...

Man given 12.5 years' jail and caning for preying on...

For performing oral sex on “not less than 10 boys” aged between 10 and 15, Goh Jun Guan was sentenced...
Desmond Kuek: NS and EW lines show best performance...

Desmond Kuek: NS and EW lines show best performance...

Speaking at the first Singapore Rail Technology Conference today (18 Nov) organized by SMRT, its CEO...
Just when you thought it was safe to take the MRT

Just when you thought it was safe to take the MRT

Just when you thought that all the problems on Circle Line (CCL) have been resolved and it is safe to...
NKF sacks CEO over

NKF sacks CEO over "personal indiscretion" with male...

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) announced in a statement yesterday (16 Nov) that they have sacked...
German foreign 'talent' gets 10 days' jail for punching...

German foreign 'talent' gets 10 days' jail for punching...

Claiming that the $40,000 he paid in taxes to the Singapore government should give him priority, a German...
Malaysian SPR jailed 13 years and 20 strokes for raping...

Malaysian SPR jailed 13 years and 20 strokes for raping...

After drowning 8 glasses of beer, cocktail and vodka, Malaysian Chin Swee Chung returned home to...
All Singapore Stuff kenna sabotage?

All Singapore Stuff kenna sabotage?

It appears that All Singapore Stuff (ASS), a blog that prides itself as a "collaborative community project...
2017 Presidental Election to be reserved for Malay...

2017 Presidental Election to be reserved for Malay...

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in Parliament today (8 Nov) that the government is intending to amend...
Rubbish collection fees to increase from 1 Jan

Rubbish collection fees to increase from 1 Jan

Citing increases in operating costs, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on today (7 Nov)...
Temple Medium jailed 4 years for sexual acts on 15...

Temple Medium jailed 4 years for sexual acts on 15...

Yesterday (4 Nov), a self-styled Chinese temple medium was sentenced to 4 years' imprisonment for 3 charges...
Indian national given 8 years' imprisonment and 9 strokes...

Indian national given 8 years' imprisonment and 9 strokes...

An Indian national Krishnan Karunakaran was sentenced to 8 year's imprisonment and 9 strokes of the cane...
Opinion
Singtel screwed up big time = well done from PAP MP...

Singtel screwed up big time = well done from PAP MP...

Singtel has really screwed up big time with its once-in-50-years outage.  Hopefully, it won’t mimic...
What's behind Singapore's latest run-ins with Beijing?

What's behind Singapore's latest run-ins with Beijing?

"China has changed but Singapore has not", suggested ST Editor At Large Han Fook Kwang as reason for...
Terrexgate: How Mindef’s tits got caught in the wringer?

Terrexgate: How Mindef’s tits got caught in the wringer?

The HK version of events as reported by BBC seems to imply that the customes officers were surprised...
Kelvin Cheng – a plea to support the govt

Kelvin Cheng – a plea to support the govt

Below is a statement by Kelvin Cheng posted in the TR Emeritus. I wish Singaporeans would rally...
Singaporeans who want our leaders to apologise to China...

Singaporeans who want our leaders to apologise to China...

So nine of our armoured personnel carriers (APCs) have been impounded in Hong Kong. There are speculations...
The fate of ISIS is sealed

The fate of ISIS is sealed

ISIS is going to be history soon with Russia and the Arab states going in for the kill. How did ISIS...
Keeping power in a one-party state

Keeping power in a one-party state

More on why S’pore should be analysed from the perspective that it’s a one-party state like China...
LTA conducting new trial to push public transport to...

LTA conducting new trial to push public transport to...

Our MRT system has become more unreliable and chronic issues will never be resolved.  This is because...
The silence of the intelligentsia in Red Dot

The silence of the intelligentsia in Red Dot

Anyone notice that there is not a word coming from the intelligentsia about the issues and problems facing...
Global flow of Capital

Global flow of Capital

Noam Chomsky said, there are perhaps two honest politicians in the world today. One is Bernie Sanders,...
Ungrateful India booted George Yeo out of Nalanda University

Ungrateful India booted George Yeo out of Nalanda University

George Yeo was appointed the Chancellor of the Nalanda University in July 2015, taking over from Amartya...
6 Ways To Save On A Driver's License in Singapore

6 Ways To Save On A Driver's License in Singapore

Although Singapore is widely known for its crazy car prices, it doesn't put off people from taking up...
Double standards: S’pore can change position, China...

Double standards: S’pore can change position, China...

China has made an official protest to Singapore over its military ties with Taiwan after nine Singaporean...
5 Tips On Renovating Your Home On A Budget

5 Tips On Renovating Your Home On A Budget

So you've been saving those picture-perfect home renovations and decoration ideas on your Pinterest....
What One China policy means to China Singapore relations?

What One China policy means to China Singapore relations?

The Terrex incident could be over with China returning the vehicles according to international shipping...
Which SAF paper general is responsible for Terrex ICV...

Which SAF paper general is responsible for Terrex ICV...

It has been more than a week since our 9 Terrex ICVs were seized by China and it looks like China has...
On the effect of False Consciousness

On the effect of False Consciousness

Referring to this article : The effect of False Consciousness on TR Emeritus. Some of u may be wondering...
Snippets
Andrew Loh:  The Independent (TISG) has published rubbish...

Andrew Loh: The Independent (TISG) has published rubbish...

It reported a discussion I had with Lam Keong Yeoh on my Facebook page about Singapore's healthcare...
PM Lee: We must continue to improve the lives of Singaporeans...

PM Lee: We must continue to improve the lives of Singaporeans...

As the year draws to a close, it is a good time to take stock and prepare for challenges in the coming...
Amos Yee: We should we should strive to coexist with...

Amos Yee: We should we should strive to coexist with...

So this is a sight that I'm quite familiar with. The popular anti-Singapore government Facebook...
Why are we paying out-of-this-world salaries for mediocre...

Why are we paying out-of-this-world salaries for mediocre...

Living in London and Tokyo, I thought there is heck a lot of bellyaching in Singapore over stuff like...
$45.5 million worth of assets frozen in crackdown on...

$45.5 million worth of assets frozen in crackdown on...

The police said in a press release yesterday (Nov 28) that 4 men and 9 women have been arrested as part...
Building of our reserves is simply burdening Singaporeans...

Building of our reserves is simply burdening Singaporeans...

On 31 October, Ministry of Health (MOH) reported that S$1.736 billion was collected in premiums for MediShield...
The problem with alternative media and why I don't...

The problem with alternative media and why I don't...

The report by The Independent (TISG) - about President Tan inviting the Thai king to eat KFC - is not...
Isn't Singapore supposed to be a Top 10 US ally?

Isn't Singapore supposed to be a Top 10 US ally?

Singapore was not in the 29 countries of Trump's call list, and yet when President Tsai from Taiwan called...
Are high costs of living why 56% of high earning millennials...

Are high costs of living why 56% of high earning millennials...

A new report by UBS which surveyed millennials aged between 18 and 34 across 10 different markets reveals...
Amos Yee: Police refused to return confiscated items

Amos Yee: Police refused to return confiscated items

Alright friends, it has happened again. I have been released from prison for several weeks now and...
Letters
Break the PAP-SWF-GLC-PA nexus and give control back...

Break the PAP-SWF-GLC-PA nexus and give control back...

Singapore has one of the lowest social benefits among developed countries. Yet, PAP IBs had defended...
PAP makes use of us to serve NS, but does not give...

PAP makes use of us to serve NS, but does not give...

NS never had meaning from the beginning. I will not elaborate on this. 1) Israeli conscription...
Response to Calvin Cheng

Response to Calvin Cheng

This is in response to Calvin Cheng's post. This proposition fundamentally fails to appreciate...
“Home-grown talent” drops to 38th place?

“Home-grown talent” drops to 38th place?

I refer to the article “IMD report: Singapore high in attracting talent but poor in developing home-grown...
S'pore govt loses 500K taxes for every citizen who...

S'pore govt loses 500K taxes for every citizen who...

However, after living there for so long, I realize everyone I know has left or leaving. Since 1997 Singapore...
The 70% deserves whats coming for them

The 70% deserves whats coming for them

I HAVE BEEN FIACKING THOSE SINKIES too stupid to realize they are stupid – the daft 70% – true to...
Property: Foreign buyers up, S’poreans down?

Property: Foreign buyers up, S’poreans down?

More foreign demand for S’pore homesI refer to the article “More foreign demand for S’pore homes”...
Singapore is just a temporary business model sold by...

Singapore is just a temporary business model sold by...

To put it into perspective Its a business model Lee kuan yew sold and was successful, just like apple...
PM's gaffe is a case of bad diplomacy

PM's gaffe is a case of bad diplomacy

On the 25 November 2016, a shipment of 9 Singapore made Armored Personal Carriers (APCs) were seized...
How The Current PAP Administration Destroyed Singapore's...

How The Current PAP Administration Destroyed Singapore's...

Sad to say, the current administration is in shambles and possibly the worst thing to have happened...
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$45.5 million worth of assets frozen in crackdown on illegal online betting syndicate

$45.5 million worth of assets frozen in crackdown on illegal online betting syndicate

The police said in a press release yesterday (Nov 28) that 4 men and 9 women have been arrested as part of a crackdown under the newly enacted Organised Crime Act. These suspects – who are aged between 24 and 69 – are suspected of offering lottery and horse betting services through various illegal gambling websites. Through... 

The silence of the intelligentsia in Red Dot

The silence of the intelligentsia in Red Dot

Anyone notice that there is not a word coming from the intelligentsia about the issues and problems facing the little Red Dot for quite a number of years? There could be many reasons to this. Maybe there is no problem, no issue in the Red Dot. Or maybe there is no more intelligentsia left in the Red Dot. Or maybe…. These assumptions... 

Building of our reserves is simply burdening Singaporeans with costs

Building of our reserves is simply burdening Singaporeans with costs

On 31 October, Ministry of Health (MOH) reported that S$1.736 billion was collected in premiums for MediShield Life (MSL) from November last year to September this year — almost three times higher than the payouts. Deflecting the question about the large disparity, MOH explained that to distribute premiums more evenly throughout... 

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