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EZ Link should improve its customer serviceEZ Link should improve its customer service I sent a feedback to EZ Link on 30 September: Dear Ez Link I download the app and tried to read my Senior Citizen card. I got a message that it cannot read my card. This deficiency has been around for more than a decade. Why can't you read the senior citizen card? After all, it is just another special kind of Ez Link...

Not enough good jobs for localsNot enough good jobs for locals That day my friend told me about this very worrying trend of more and more jobs being temporary basis. Many been saying more and more jobs offer, all actually only available for 6 months period after that cancel, will have to be renewed. I find this trend very worrying, because there is no job security like that, work...

The PAP wants political parties to refrain from using children. Got itThe PAP wants political parties to refrain from using children.... Referring to an SDP video, the Elections Department says that “political parties should refrain from inappropriate use of young children who will not fully understand what they may be promoting or subjecting themselves to.” (ST, 6 Oct 2019) We cannot agree more. But finger-pointing is best done in front of the...

Did the leaders of YALE-NUS lie?Did the leaders of YALE-NUS lie? I wrote to Yale's president after Alfian Sa'at shared his version of events about the cancellation of his "dissent" module at Yale-NUS in Singapore. Please consider writing to Yale's president to ask for the re-opening of the inquiry with an unbiased representative, now that there is fresh and convincing evidence that...

Change of Venue for 'Protest 101' forum on 5th OctoberChange of Venue for 'Protest 101' forum on 5th October Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are changing our Protest 101 forum's venue to The Agora at 28 Sin Ming Lane Mid View city #03-142 Singapore 573972. The nearest MRT is Bishan and take bus 410G from the bus interchange. Alight at Ai Tong Primary school and the block is just three minutes' walk away. We apologise for...

Davinder Singh Chambers to represent SBS Transit in wage dispute lawsuitDavinder Singh Chambers to represent SBS Transit in wage... Public transport operator SBS Transit Ltd has appointed Davinder Singh LLC to defend itself against the law suit filed by five of its bus drivers following a wage dispute. Carson Law Chambers, the law firm representing the SBS Transit bus drivers, confirmed the matter in a Facebook post today (1 Oct). “SBS Transit...

Let's Shake It Up! And Create the Biggest Awareness Campaign This Nation Has Ever SeenLet's Shake It Up! And Create the Biggest Awareness Campaign... Shake It Up! That's the theme of SDP's pre-election rally at Hong Lim Park on 19 October 2019. With the PAP set to pile on difficulties on citizens like raising the GST to 9%, jacking up our population to an unbearable 10 million, and retaining the CPF savings of retirees, it is time the Singaporeans send a clear message...

Protest 101 - Singapore's Style on 5th October at The SubstationProtest 101 - Singapore's Style on 5th October at The Substation We will be organising an indoor event entitled "Protest 101 - Singapore's Style" on 5th October (Saturday) from 230pm to 5pm at The Substation 45 Armenian St. The event will cover topics such as barriers and challenges faced by activists when organising a protest held at the speakers' corner and behind-the-scene...

The Way Forward - SDP Outlines Plans in Manifesto for Coming GEThe Way Forward - SDP Outlines Plans in Manifesto for Coming... Today the SDP is proud to unveil our manifesto, The Way Forward. A manifesto is a declaration of a political party’s vision and policies for the country. This is exactly what The Way Forward is – a document that lays out the SDP’s plans on what Singapore needs to do to secure a bright and democratic future, and...

Lazy and Rude Certis Cisco Security Staff at Tuas Checkpoint (Incident at 27 Sep - 10.10pm)Lazy and Rude Certis Cisco Security Staff at Tuas Checkpoint... I have been using the Tuas Checkpoint frequently over the last few years. Of late, it seems like the Certis Security staff manning the scanning X-ray machines are getting increasingly lazy and brazen with their sheer tardiness. The episode I encountered on Friday, 27 September at 10.10pm bordered on the absurd. On disembarking...

Does huge population damage the climate?Does huge population damage the climate? Whole chunk of pongol forest gone to make way for the concrete jungles as the government aggressively pursuing its 10 million target. The next forest to be gone is Tengah near Chua chu kang. An ecological disaster. Forests have been known to provide the cooling effect. Greed had no boundary. We are torturing ourselves...

The Government is handling the PMD issue very badly. The Government is handling the PMD issue very badly. For a country that prides itself on law and order, the Government is handling the PMD issue very badly. Ok, so some people rely on PMDs as a form of transport. In that case, as a motorised vehicle, they should be on roads, with riders needing to learn the Highway Code and wear helmets. No motorised form of transport...

SDP's Manifesto Launch on 28 Sep 2019SDP's Manifesto Launch on 28 Sep 2019 Hi, everyone, You may be aware that we’re launching our Manifesto this Sat, 28 Sep at The Colonial, 31 Scotts Rd starting at 2 pm ( Map: https://goo.gl/maps/oZ4pfiibnyiwEP7K9 ). This is a landmark publication which we are very proud of. It not only showcases our organisation and the work that we do but also the...

Bus drivers file lawsuits against SBS Transit over wage disputeBus drivers file lawsuits against SBS Transit over wage dispute Five bus drivers have filed separate lawsuits against public transport operator SBS Transit Ltd over a wage dispute concerning overtime pay. In a writ of summons filed by lawyer M Ravi last Fri (20 Sep) and seen by TOC today (23 Sep), the bus drivers, who have been working for SBS Transit between three years to a decade,...

Broad laws to make all public expression of any opinion illegalBroad laws to make all public expression of any opinion illegal Nafiz' story (see https://twitter.com/kixes/status/1173880018679685120?s=21 or the article below for a summary) is an example of how systemic oppression works in Singapore. First, self-censorship: you are pressured to voluntarily not express your opinion. Then, marginalisation: if you refuse to self-censor, you are...

Editorials
A tale of 2 politicians - one quotes and the other...

A tale of 2 politicians - one quotes and the other...

Last Sunday (13 Oct), DPM and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat was at a PAP event commemorating the International...
Workers Party' trio found liable for damages suffered...

Workers Party' trio found liable for damages suffered...

Many would say "expectedly", the trio from Workers Party  (WP), Low Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim and Pritam...
Are we less than a month away from the General Elections?

Are we less than a month away from the General Elections?

Last month (4 Sep), it was announced that the Prime Minister has announced the formation of the Electoral...
CNB officer charged for assaulting man to extort confession

CNB officer charged for assaulting man to extort confession

Last Friday (4 Oct), an officer with the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) was charged with three counts...
Cisco defends its supposedly 'lazy and rude' Security...

Cisco defends its supposedly 'lazy and rude' Security...

Cisco has on Monday (7th Oct) issued an official response to Mr Terence Wong, the reader who has accused...
What are the factors affecting the next General Election?

What are the factors affecting the next General Election?

In a July survey by Blackbox, 890 respondents were polled as to what their biggest concern would be for...
PM Lee proceeds to 'Davinder' chief editor of The Online...

PM Lee proceeds to 'Davinder' chief editor of The Online...

Keeping to his promise to sue should The Online Citizen (TOC) not apologise by Wednesday (4th Sept),...
ELD announces the formation of the Electoral Boundaries...

ELD announces the formation of the Electoral Boundaries...

In a press release on Wednesday (4 Sep), the Elections department announced that the Prime Minister has...
The Online Citizen will not comply with PM Lee's demands

The Online Citizen will not comply with PM Lee's demands

The Online Citizen (TOC) has on Wednesday (4th Sept) responded to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's warning...
PM Lee's warning letter to The Online Citizen

PM Lee's warning letter to The Online Citizen

On Sunday (1st Sept), the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) issued a warning letter to the editor of The...
Funding target met for appeal to Appellate Court

Funding target met for appeal to Appellate Court

Ms Ten Leu Jiun Jeanne-Marie has on Monday (26th Aug) informed TR Emeritus (TRE) that she has managed...
Update to 'Uncaring Doctor In Hougang Polyclinic'

Update to 'Uncaring Doctor In Hougang Polyclinic'

The reader 'Armadillo' who submitted Uncaring Doctor In Hougang Polyclinic to TR Emeritus on 19th August...
                                   Theft of $171 tap...

Theft of $171 tap...

The mainstream media reported on Thurs (15 Aug) that Seah Kian Li was jailed for three months for...
Upgrading notice for TR Emeritus's website (updated)

Upgrading notice for TR Emeritus's website (updated)

In view of certain 'reliable information' which TR Emeritus (TRE) has received, please be informed that...
Processes of good governance have gone astray

Processes of good governance have gone astray

Speaking at a Press conference at the Swissotel Merchant Court hotel on Friday (26 Jul), former PAP MP...
Singapore's GDP foretasted to grow by 0.1% in Q2 2019

Singapore's GDP foretasted to grow by 0.1% in Q2 2019

Singapore’s year-on-year economic growth for Q2 2019 was almost flat, as the GDP number increased by...
$130 million spent a year on the education of foreign...

$130 million spent a year on the education of foreign...

According to a Parliamentary reply given by Minister for Education Ong Ke Yung to Worker’s Party NCMP...
Is General Elections still possible in 2019?

Is General Elections still possible in 2019?

Responding to a question by Worker’s Party Secretary-General Pritam Singh, Minister Chan Chun Sing...
Opinions
A more efficient way to handle job interview

A more efficient way to handle job interview

My friend migrated to Canada. He applied for a job as a software developer. There is a big demand for...
How to deal with Fear in Voting?

How to deal with Fear in Voting?

Many people, especially those working for GLCs or who are civil servants, are fearful of voting for the...
Justice Jasvender Kaur’s Judgement Is Not an Outlier...

Justice Jasvender Kaur’s Judgement Is Not an Outlier...

There has been a predictable outcry among Singaporeans to Justice Kaur’s decision not to send NUS molester...
TeamTRE doesn’t know when school holidays begin?

TeamTRE doesn’t know when school holidays begin?

I couldn’t stop thinking the above and laughing when I read a TRE editorial dated 11 th October Are...
Our next generation is the reason why this coming GE...

Our next generation is the reason why this coming GE...

Jimmy Tan wrote a wonderful comment in one in one of our posts. It merits publication to a wider audience...
The ground is sour for PAP

The ground is sour for PAP

After the judgment for the AHTC case was announced, a few people have expressed their anger in their...
Poverty a political tool used to win election?

Poverty a political tool used to win election?

Poverty is a powerful tool to be used by those in power. A cycle of handing-out cash freebies are both...
Ben Davis plays for Thai national team

Ben Davis plays for Thai national team

As one might expect, Ben Davis is walking (more like running) away from Singapore's idiotic laws and...
An elephant in the room

An elephant in the room

An MP is elected to politically represent the people which should be a full time job. Estate management...
All you need to know about the AHTC case are a few...

All you need to know about the AHTC case are a few...

1. Not a single cent went into the pockets of the Workers Party MPs. (So, those alleging corruption are...
We need to change the way that Singapore is governed

We need to change the way that Singapore is governed

We have a dysfunctional system under the leadership of Lee HL. We need to change the way that Singapore...
Do PM Lee's words reflect failed planning on part of...

Do PM Lee's words reflect failed planning on part of...

We have so many plans for Singapore, in terms of new industries, new businesses, new schools, new opportunities,...
Some thoughts on AHTC and AIM

Some thoughts on AHTC and AIM

Maybe the Aljunied Hougang Town Council should be asking why did the common multi-million dollar management...
Sing Post's top management must take responsibility

Sing Post's top management must take responsibility

My friend complained that Sing Post is now quite unreliable. Many of his mails were not delivered. He...
The majority of Singaporeans renting out their HDB...

The majority of Singaporeans renting out their HDB...

The majority of Singaporeans renting out their HDB flats and private homes are by and large decent folks...
Remove discrimination for poly grads job-seekers

Remove discrimination for poly grads job-seekers

I had a chat with an old friend last time, and she complained to me about how hard it is to find a good...
Athlete Soh thinks he PAP minister isit?

Athlete Soh thinks he PAP minister isit?

Recently Mr Soh Rui Yong, a long distance runner, has sued the Singapore Athletics (SA) and its executive...
Address the root cause of the low birth rate

Address the root cause of the low birth rate

I was disgusted when I read this news. Who wants to have babies in Singapore when the boys have to...
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Snippets
The PAP wants political parties to refrain from using...

The PAP wants political parties to refrain from using...

Referring to an SDP video, the Elections Department says that “political parties should refrain from...
Change of Venue for 'Protest 101' forum on 5th October

Change of Venue for 'Protest 101' forum on 5th October

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are changing our Protest 101 forum's venue to The Agora at 28 Sin...
Davinder Singh Chambers to represent SBS Transit in...

Davinder Singh Chambers to represent SBS Transit in...

Public transport operator SBS Transit Ltd has appointed Davinder Singh LLC to defend itself against the...
Let's Shake It Up! And Create the Biggest Awareness...

Let's Shake It Up! And Create the Biggest Awareness...

Shake It Up! That's the theme of SDP's pre-election rally at Hong Lim Park on 19 October 2019. With...
Protest 101 - Singapore's Style on 5th October at The...

Protest 101 - Singapore's Style on 5th October at The...

We will be organising an indoor event entitled "Protest 101 - Singapore's Style" on 5th October (Saturday)...
The Way Forward - SDP Outlines Plans in Manifesto for...

The Way Forward - SDP Outlines Plans in Manifesto for...

Today the SDP is proud to unveil our manifesto, The Way Forward. A manifesto is a declaration of a political...
The Government is handling the PMD issue very badly....

The Government is handling the PMD issue very badly....

For a country that prides itself on law and order, the Government is handling the PMD issue very badly. Ok,...
SDP's Manifesto Launch on 28 Sep 2019

SDP's Manifesto Launch on 28 Sep 2019

Hi, everyone, You may be aware that we’re launching our Manifesto this Sat, 28 Sep at The Colonial,...
Bus drivers file lawsuits against SBS Transit over...

Bus drivers file lawsuits against SBS Transit over...

Five bus drivers have filed separate lawsuits against public transport operator SBS Transit Ltd over...
Broad laws to make all public expression of any opinion...

Broad laws to make all public expression of any opinion...

Nafiz' story (see https://twitter.com/kixes/status/1173880018679685120?s=21 or the article below for...
Disengaged Civil Servants and Politicians

Disengaged Civil Servants and Politicians

Function 8 is disappointed with the civil servants in the Ministry of Home Affairs. They do not acknowledge...
Court to hear Daniel de Costa’s constitutional challenge...

Court to hear Daniel de Costa’s constitutional challenge...

Mr.M.Ravi attended the Pre-Trial Conference yesterday of our client Daniel de Costa who has been jointly...
How to set-up your e-commerce platform in Singapore...

How to set-up your e-commerce platform in Singapore...

Entrepreneurs who want to sell online in Asia often wonder whether it’s best to incorporate their company...
Dr Lee Wei Ling and her new love 'Hiro'

Dr Lee Wei Ling and her new love 'Hiro'

It was clear from early on that Hiro was a lovable rascal with the emphasis on lovable. He also demonstrated...
Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss resigns from Singapore People’s...

Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss resigns from Singapore People’s...

On Monday 2 Sep 2019, I handed in my resignation from the Singapore People's Party (SPP). I did so after...
Letters
EZ Link should improve its customer service

EZ Link should improve its customer service

I sent a feedback to EZ Link on 30 September: Dear Ez Link I download the app and tried to read my...
Not enough good jobs for locals

Not enough good jobs for locals

That day my friend told me about this very worrying trend of more and more jobs being temporary basis. Many...
Did the leaders of YALE-NUS lie?

Did the leaders of YALE-NUS lie?

I wrote to Yale's president after Alfian Sa'at shared his version of events about the cancellation...
Lazy and Rude Certis Cisco Security Staff at Tuas Checkpoint...

Lazy and Rude Certis Cisco Security Staff at Tuas Checkpoint...

I have been using the Tuas Checkpoint frequently over the last few years. Of late, it seems like the...
Does huge population damage the climate?

Does huge population damage the climate?

Whole chunk of pongol forest gone to make way for the concrete jungles as the government aggressively...
Is our government doing enough to control the cost...

Is our government doing enough to control the cost...

I am a 39-year-old a true-blue Singaporean, earning about $3,000 a month working as a warehouse supervisor...
In lieu of a coalition of opposition parties

In lieu of a coalition of opposition parties

As the GE is well nigh upon us but no coalition of the opposition parties seems to be in sight, let me...
Sharing information on migrating (ongoing discussion)

Sharing information on migrating (ongoing discussion)

Dear TRE It would be good if you all can find some readers who are already living overseas to tell...
Provide direct exits for MRT stations

Provide direct exits for MRT stations

I took the MRT to One North station and wanted to go to Pixel building. I got lost, in spite of having...
Eight Tips For Living While Unemployed

Eight Tips For Living While Unemployed

I found myself suddenly jobless. It’s too complicated to explain the whole situation, but suffice...
Lower frequency for trains during off peak hours

Lower frequency for trains during off peak hours

The train operators plan to reduce the frequency of trains during off peak hours. Here are my views: a)...
Govt agencies should stop collecting cash

Govt agencies should stop collecting cash

I suggest that government agencies should stop collecting cash. They should insist of being paid through...
We need a minimum wage in Singapore

We need a minimum wage in Singapore

We need a minimum wage. All the poor people out there working should really be making more than a few...
Higher bursary for higher education

Higher bursary for higher education

I welcome the higher bursary for higher education. However, I must point out that the increase of $44...
Uncaring Doctor In Hougang Polyclinic

Uncaring Doctor In Hougang Polyclinic

I am sick and ill. About 9 months ago, Tan Tock Seng Thyroid Specialist told me that my thyroid condition...
Sticky & Recent Articles

Sharing information on migrating (ongoing discussion)

Sharing information on migrating (ongoing discussion)

Dear TRE It would be good if you all can find some readers who are already living overseas to tell us more about easy or difficult migration was and how that particular country is like. I remembered reading about some people living in Vietnam, Canada etc. Hope to read some articles like that and also hope to know which countries... 

A more efficient way to handle job interview

A more efficient way to handle job interview

My friend migrated to Canada. He applied for a job as a software developer. There is a big demand for this skill in Canada. He told me that their process is different from Singapore. They take the following steps. a) The recruiter telephone the applicant and have a phone interview. b) The applicant has to do some coding assessment... 

A tale of 2 politicians – one quotes and the other understands

A tale of 2 politicians – one quotes and the other understands

Last Sunday (13 Oct), DPM and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat was at a PAP event commemorating the International Day of Older Persons when he shared two events which touched him. The first was a statement jointly issued by the late Lee Kuan Yew and ESM Goh in 2011: “The younger team must always have in mind the interests... 

How to deal with Fear in Voting?

How to deal with Fear in Voting?

Many people, especially those working for GLCs or who are civil servants, are fearful of voting for the opposition despite their discontent with the PAP. Despite many efforts to assure these people that their votes are actually secret, they are still fearful due to many scare tactic employed by PAP people. Let me say this: Without... 

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