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Why can’t the Government give a yearly remuneration history of the different grades of Ministers?Why can’t the Government give a yearly remuneration history... I refer to the article “ESM Goh Chok Tong reiterates he is not paid a ministerial salary” (Straits Times, Sep 18).It states that “Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has reiterated that he does not receive a ministerial salary.“I shall use this opportunity to debunk public perception that I am paid a ministerial...

Yesterday's blackout should not be taken lightly, and PAP Ministers should be accountableYesterday's blackout should not be taken lightly, and PAP... The black-out early yesterday morning (18th Sep) was massive, and it affected hundreds of thousands of people. It was also something that the authorities could not cover-up and I definitely do not take what happened lightly. To begin, this year to date, our electricity tariffs have increased very substantially already...

SDP questions latest amendment to election rules regarding ballot boxesSDP questions latest amendment to election rules regarding... The proposed amendment to the Parliamentary Elections Act (PEA) regarding ballot boxes announced last week raises troubling questions. The amendment provides for the Elections Department (ELD) to disregard the vote count for a polling station if the votes in a sealed ballot box is lost or destroyed before the ballots...

Hawker food: Another bad joke?Hawker food: Another bad joke? I refer to my RI classmate, Han Fook Kwang’s article “Who will save hawker food?” (Straits Times, Sep 16). It states that “One earlier idea which tried to do so was to allow social enterprises, which are not-for-profit, to operate some of the newer hawker centres. There are now seven such centres run by NTUC...

Ministers’ pay falsehoods: Government is to blame?Ministers’ pay falsehoods: Government is to blame? I refer to the article “Government debunks online ‘falsehoods’ on ministerial salaries” (Channel NewsAsia, Sep 17). It states that “The Government has moved to debunk what it described as “falsehoods” about ministerial salaries that have been circulating recently. The Factually website, which is managed...

Chief Clown Of Circus Seeking Advice!Chief Clown Of Circus Seeking Advice! I am the chief clown of an international circus and I am seeking advice for the running of this circus. My wife is the monkey in the circus and I am the clown. My plan is for my wife to manage the circus but I am ultimately the boss.We did try to hire a puppet for the CEO position but the puppet wanted his own puppet show....

Open letter to NUS regarding Henry YeungOpen letter to NUS regarding Henry Yeung To NUS, NUS Geography, FASS Dean Office, and to Mr Henry Yeung, As you may already be aware, the internet is already well-informed that the individual arrested in the Maserati-saga is Mr Yeung. He has been caught driving against traffic, endangering the lives of fellow drivers and pedestrians, and displaying road rage....

The granting of 20,000 new citizens a year is making the Singaporeans’ unemployment rate look lower than it actually is!The granting of 20,000 new citizens a year is making the... I refer to the article “Unemployment rate for SG citizens inching up as FT employment continues to increase” (theonlinecitizen, Sep 14). It states that “According to new labour data released by MOM yesterday (13 Sep), unemployment rate is inching up for Singapore citizens. The overall unemployment rate rose...

Ministers’ bonus: 4 easy criteria?Ministers’ bonus: 4 easy criteria? I refer to the article “Parliament: Political office holders received average performance bonus of 4 months’ salary in last 5 years” (Straits Times, Sep 10). It states that: Political office holders of all grades received an average annual performance bonus of around four months’ salary in the last five years,...

Facebook's planned $1 billion data center in SingaporeFacebook's planned $1 billion data center in Singapore Last week (6 Sep 2018) it was published that Facebook is spending $1 billion on its first data center in Asia, my country - Singapore: Facebook said it chose Singapore for several reasons, including the quality of the city-state's infrastructure and workforce, and its business friendly environment. The truth is Singapore...

Three years after GE2015, how much has your life changed?Three years after GE2015, how much has your life changed? It is exactly three years ago today since the last General Elections was held, on 9-11 in 2015. Are you leading better and more fulfilling lives? Do you still reckon policies are meant to be "with you, for you, for Singapore" or which help you with "Securing our future together"? Are you able to buy more with the...

PAP MP Seah Kian Peng should apologise and resignPAP MP Seah Kian Peng should apologise and resign PAP MP Seah Kian Peng, a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods adapted and reposted unfounded allegations from “Fabrications about the PAP (FAP)” to attack and question the loyalty of four young Singaporeans, namely Dr PJ Thum, Kirsten Han, Jolovan Wham and Sonny Liew. FAP posted...

Is our Government the least caring one in the world?Is our Government the least caring one in the world? I refer to the articles “Why HDB flat dwellers have the best of both worlds” and “HDB resale market to stabilise with more clarity on older flats” (Sunday Times, Sep 9). My friends said “aiyah, the 2 titles are so obvious – propaganda lah! Heh, are our media paid as much as our Ministers?” I understand...

SDP Calls Out Out-of-Touch and Out-of-Ideas PAP MinistersSDP Calls Out Out-of-Touch and Out-of-Ideas PAP Ministers Things are too expensive? Buy cheap infant milk formula. Meals too costly? Eat at hawker centres instead of food court. Transport fares too high? Walk. This is how callous the PAP is with regards to the difficulties with the high cost of living of ordinary Singaporeans, SDP CEC member Damanhuri Abas said. Mr Damanhuri,...

The cure for our HDB woes?The cure for our HDB woes? Some suggestions for mitigating what is arguably, the mother of Singaporeans’ problems – their HDB flat which may start declining in value after 40 years to zero at end of the typical 99-year lease: … remove the restrictions on the use of CPF and housing loans on older flats, introduced a few years ago This...

Editorials
Unemployment in Singapore rises, while retrenchments...

Unemployment in Singapore rises, while retrenchments...

According to MOM figures released on Thursday (13 Sep), Singapore's labour market showed sings of slowing...
Police investigates post of Singapore flag shown being...

Police investigates post of Singapore flag shown being...

The police are investigating a Facebook post which allegedly disrespected the Singapore flag, that...
Lawsuit against Worker's Party MP set to be heard in...

Lawsuit against Worker's Party MP set to be heard in...

After a closed-door hearing in the High Court on Monday (13 Aug), civil lawsuits brought against WP MPs...
Academic dismisses proposed opposition coalition as...

Academic dismisses proposed opposition coalition as...

Expectedly, an academic has dismissed a proposed opposition coalition to be led by Dr Tan Cheng Bock...
Dr Tan Cheng Bock invited to lead opposition coalition

Dr Tan Cheng Bock invited to lead opposition coalition

Singapore may see the likes of an opposition coalition like the Pakatan Harapan in Malaysia in the...
American professor Christopher Balding losses job

American professor Christopher Balding losses job

Christopher Balding, an American professor of business and economics at HSBC Business School, Peking...
2018 World Cup Free Online Streaming Channels

2018 World Cup Free Online Streaming Channels

For the benefit of those who are unwilling to pay for viewing of the 2018 World Cup or go to a nearby...
A country’s fortunes is not tied to any political...

A country’s fortunes is not tied to any political...

"Dr Mahathir’s stunning win in Malaysia, and subsequent success at governing the country, has hopefully...
Dotard cancels Singapore Summit with Rocket Man

Dotard cancels Singapore Summit with Rocket Man

Probably much to the dismay of the ruling party, US President Donald Trump (aka Dotard) has cancelled...
Google (Singapore)'s Bullshit?

Google (Singapore)'s Bullshit?

TR Emeritus ( TRE) is hoping to contact a real and living human being at Google (Singapore) if possible,...
TR Emeritus cleared of Malware allegation

TR Emeritus cleared of Malware allegation

We are pleased to inform our readers that TR Emeritus (TRE) has been cleared by StopBadware, an independent...
Independent review of TR Emeritus' for alleged Malware

Independent review of TR Emeritus' for alleged Malware

We refer to our notice on Sunday (13th May) titled "TR Emeritus blocked by Google’s Chrome browser". Please...
TR Emeritus blocked by Google's Chrome browser

TR Emeritus blocked by Google's Chrome browser

It has been brought to our attention that since 13th May, readers visiting TR Emeritus (TRE) using Google's...
Ousted premier Najib to be investigated

Ousted premier Najib to be investigated

Malaysia's Prime Minister (PM) Dr Mahathir Mohamad has confirmed that he had instructed that ousted...
Ousted premier Najib to step down as head of Umno and...

Ousted premier Najib to step down as head of Umno and...

It is believed that lightning never strikes twice, but unfortunately for Malaysia's former premier...
Malaysia's ousted Prime Minister to run-road? (updated)

Malaysia's ousted Prime Minister to run-road? (updated)

Barely 3 days after leading Barisan Nasional to its worst electoral defeat ever in Malaysia's GE...
International media's reaction to Malaysia's GE 14

International media's reaction to Malaysia's GE 14

Few Malaysians would have thought they would live to see this day – the defeat of the formidable Umno-led...
Pakatan Harapan set to form new federal government...

Pakatan Harapan set to form new federal government...

Despite vote counting in Malaysia's GE 14 still ongoing, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, former Prime Minister...
Testing of crypto mining script on TR Emeritus (completed)

Testing of crypto mining script on TR Emeritus (completed)

Please be informed that we are currently beta-testing an authentic and non-malicious version of a crypto...
Dr Poh Soo Kai disputes claim on Operation Coldstore

Dr Poh Soo Kai disputes claim on Operation Coldstore

Dr Poh Soo Kai, the former assistant secretary-general of Barisan Sosialis and a former ISA detainee...
Opinions
How fast will the value of Singapore's public housing...

How fast will the value of Singapore's public housing...

According to the government, under the Lease Buyback Scheme (LBS), if your flat has a value of S$450,000...
Five options for Dr Tan Cheng Bock in next GE

Five options for Dr Tan Cheng Bock in next GE

Dr Tan Cheng Bock seems to be the hottest property around these days with so many political parties seeking...
Discrediting the Alternatives

Discrediting the Alternatives

The Alternatives, of course, refer to the Oppositions.  The ruling party of the day prefers to call...
The government’s cringeworthy courtship of vlogger...

The government’s cringeworthy courtship of vlogger...

Give us the good stuff and we will embrace you like a friend, companion and comrade. First, he was...
PAP ministers' half-truth about recycling land to provide...

PAP ministers' half-truth about recycling land to provide...

PAP ministers have repeatedly told Singaporeans that public land will be recycled after 99 years to construct...
Instead of giving vague statements, why shouldn't the...

Instead of giving vague statements, why shouldn't the...

The Singapore government just posted the following on ministerial salaries: "The Prime Minister’s norm...
KL residents more mature than those in Singapore &...

KL residents more mature than those in Singapore &...

The KPKBing that Crazy Rich Asians (Cheer, not jeer, “Crazy Rich Asians”) is “not S’porean”...
Why I speak up on 377A

Why I speak up on 377A

I don't write or speak up for support. I do it because it's the right thing to do. Being a gay person,...
Hypocritical for government to preach prudence when...

Hypocritical for government to preach prudence when...

The government has always preached to us about being prudent in spending our national reserves. It justify...
Thank you President Halimah for exceeding my expectations

Thank you President Halimah for exceeding my expectations

Reserved President Halimah has in fact met – probably exceeded – Singaporeans’ expectations and...
High bonuses inspire Civil Servants to meet their KPIs,...

High bonuses inspire Civil Servants to meet their KPIs,...

A senior civil servant in Hong Kong told me that she receives a good salary but does not get any bonus....
No government will conceal information for 5 decades...

No government will conceal information for 5 decades...

PAP’s existence depends on the concealment of much information which belongs in the public domain. Most...
Access to healthcare here: Below average

Access to healthcare here: Below average

As Yogi Bear might have put it: “Worse than below average bear” I’m sure the editor of the...
Redundant laws for show and the Rule by Law

Redundant laws for show and the Rule by Law

I was shocked to read what PM Lee had said in parliament with regards to 377A. Although he echoed my...
Akan datang says minister: Non-grad minister

Akan datang says minister: Non-grad minister

Or is Ong Ye Kung talking a good game i.e. talking cock? This blog doesn’t think much of Ong Ye...
Woman Molested on the train - SMRT stands Idly because...

Woman Molested on the train - SMRT stands Idly because...

A young lady, Karmen Siew, was supposedly groped multiple times by the same person on the train today...
Winning hearts and minds for s377A repeal

Winning hearts and minds for s377A repeal

The LGBT community and allies have wasted no time in starting to campaign for the repeal of s377A. I...
PM Lee’s parliamentary disclosure found wanting,...

PM Lee’s parliamentary disclosure found wanting,...

I refer to ST’s “Parliament: Political office holders received average performance bonus of 4 months’...
A repeal of 377A should be accompanied by laws which...

A repeal of 377A should be accompanied by laws which...

The repeal of 377A is a sensitive, divisive and emotional issue for both sides of the camp. Many people...
Charles Chong is directly interfering in the affairs...

Charles Chong is directly interfering in the affairs...

Today’s Guardian carries a report of the Cambodian PM being condemned as a dictator by the Asean...
Snippets
SDP questions latest amendment to election rules regarding...

SDP questions latest amendment to election rules regarding...

The proposed amendment to the Parliamentary Elections Act (PEA) regarding ballot boxes announced last...
Three years after GE2015, how much has your life changed?

Three years after GE2015, how much has your life changed?

It is exactly three years ago today since the last General Elections was held, on 9-11 in 2015. Are...
Why Is Forex the Best Market to Trade in 2019?

Why Is Forex the Best Market to Trade in 2019?

Forex, or foreign exchange, market is probably the best market to trade in 2019. Traders are always...
PAP MP Seah Kian Peng should apologise and resign

PAP MP Seah Kian Peng should apologise and resign

PAP MP Seah Kian Peng, a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods...
SDP Calls Out Out-of-Touch and Out-of-Ideas PAP Ministers

SDP Calls Out Out-of-Touch and Out-of-Ideas PAP Ministers

Things are too expensive? Buy cheap infant milk formula. Meals too costly? Eat at hawker centres...
NTUC Foodfare imposes more than $2k ancillary charges...

NTUC Foodfare imposes more than $2k ancillary charges...

Last week (28 Aug), Makansutra food guru KF Seetoh published a write-up on his blog revealing the sorry...
PAP MP Seah Kian Peng's unfounded allegations are distracting...

PAP MP Seah Kian Peng's unfounded allegations are distracting...

In a Facebook post, PAP MP Seah Kian Peng talked about the recent meeting some Singaporeans had with...
MP Seah finally apologises to SDP but not the rest

MP Seah finally apologises to SDP but not the rest

Writing on his Facebook page today (3 Sep), MP Seah Kian Peng finally capitulated and apologised to...
Wild insinuations about the SDP to distract Singaporeans...

Wild insinuations about the SDP to distract Singaporeans...

In a Facebook post, PAP MP Seah Kian Peng talked about the recent meeting some Singaporeans had with...
Poh Soo Kai: I, for One, have Chosen to Support the...

Poh Soo Kai: I, for One, have Chosen to Support the...

Dr Poh Soo Kai, one of the few surviving leaders from the Barisan Sosialis (BS), called on Singaporeans...
Lim Tean's response to PM Lee's NDR speech

Lim Tean's response to PM Lee's NDR speech

My fellow Singaporeans, I am sure by now that many of you have had the chance to watch Lee Hsien Loong’s...
About CPF

About CPF

I don’t post much online. But I feel a need to voice this out because I’m really upset about my situation...
Please step down and stop dragging this country deeper...

Please step down and stop dragging this country deeper...

I am a born and bred Singaporean. My grandfather was here long before Singapore’s independence, when...
Has the PAP government pressed the panic button,  announcing...

Has the PAP government pressed the panic button, announcing...

You’ve seen posters, bumper stickers, T-shirts and all kinds of merchandise with the words, Keep Calm...
Vers and Hip II: More Snake Oil from PAP

Vers and Hip II: More Snake Oil from PAP

PM Lee Hsien Loong's suggestion of the Voluntary Early Redevelopment Scheme (VERS) and Home Improvement...
After 53 years of nation building, it is bloody tragic...

After 53 years of nation building, it is bloody tragic...

I have argued consistently that the leaders of a country should be well-paid and Singapore gets it right,...
Disappointing that PM Lee has not used the NDR to clarify...

Disappointing that PM Lee has not used the NDR to clarify...

I would like to comment on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally. He had conveniently...
Transcript of SDP's NDP 2018 speech

Transcript of SDP's NDP 2018 speech

A very good afternoon to you dear friends and fellow Singaporeans, Let me first thank you for...
MP who owns Bentley strongly believes in meritocracy...

MP who owns Bentley strongly believes in meritocracy...

It was reported that the white Bentley parked at Orchid Country Club featured inside a recent viral...
Former NUS student maintains injustice done to her...

Former NUS student maintains injustice done to her...

A former National University of Singapore (NUS) student has exhausted all her life savings of over...
Letters
Why can’t the Government give a yearly remuneration...

Why can’t the Government give a yearly remuneration...

I refer to the article “ESM Goh Chok Tong reiterates he is not paid a ministerial salary” (Straits...
Yesterday's blackout should not be taken lightly, and...

Yesterday's blackout should not be taken lightly, and...

The black-out early yesterday morning (18th Sep) was massive, and it affected hundreds of thousands of...
Hawker food: Another bad joke?

Hawker food: Another bad joke?

I refer to my RI classmate, Han Fook Kwang’s article “Who will save hawker food?” (Straits Times,...
Ministers’ pay falsehoods: Government is to blame?

Ministers’ pay falsehoods: Government is to blame?

I refer to the article “Government debunks online ‘falsehoods’ on ministerial salaries” (Channel...
Chief Clown Of Circus Seeking Advice!

Chief Clown Of Circus Seeking Advice!

I am the chief clown of an international circus and I am seeking advice for the running of this circus....
Open letter to NUS regarding Henry Yeung

Open letter to NUS regarding Henry Yeung

To NUS, NUS Geography, FASS Dean Office, and to Mr Henry Yeung, As you may already be aware, the internet...
The granting of 20,000 new citizens a year is making...

The granting of 20,000 new citizens a year is making...

I refer to the article “Unemployment rate for SG citizens inching up as FT employment continues to...
Ministers’ bonus: 4 easy criteria?

Ministers’ bonus: 4 easy criteria?

I refer to the article “Parliament: Political office holders received average performance bonus of...
Facebook's planned $1 billion data center in Singapore

Facebook's planned $1 billion data center in Singapore

Last week (6 Sep 2018) it was published that Facebook is spending $1 billion on its first data center...
Is our Government the least caring one in the world?

Is our Government the least caring one in the world?

I refer to the articles “Why HDB flat dwellers have the best of both worlds” and “HDB resale market...
The cure for our HDB woes?

The cure for our HDB woes?

Some suggestions for mitigating what is arguably, the mother of Singaporeans’ problems – their HDB...
Don’t you think the HDB wayang should stop?

Don’t you think the HDB wayang should stop?

I refer to the article “Factually and legally wrong’ to say HDB flat buyers not owners but renting:...
Open letter to PM Lee: Family is gift and an integral...

Open letter to PM Lee: Family is gift and an integral...

Dear Prime Minister, In our lives, moral values are the headlights on a dark road. Imbued into us...
PAP MP apologises to SDP

PAP MP apologises to SDP

I refer to Mr Seah Kian Peng and K. Shanmugam's recent outburst against some Singaporean activists meet-up...
ITE starting pay: 1999 $1,500, 2007 $1,200, 2017 $1,700?

ITE starting pay: 1999 $1,500, 2007 $1,200, 2017 $1,700?

I refer to the article “ITE grads find doors to good jobs opening wider” (Sep 3, Straits Times). It...
NTU graduate collecting PHV at Singpost today!

NTU graduate collecting PHV at Singpost today!

I was queuing to send an article overseas and I noticed a young boy collecting his license. At close...
A Fundamental Problem With The HDB Lease Scheme

A Fundamental Problem With The HDB Lease Scheme

While details of the newly announced housing polices are being worked out, the Government will reach...
Please Remember Who Are The Real Traitors Of Singapore!

Please Remember Who Are The Real Traitors Of Singapore!

Recently, MSM had been very busy portraying the six persons who visited Dr M as the traitors of Singapore....
Transport fares: Change formula to help who?

Transport fares: Change formula to help who?

I refer to the article “Bus, train fares set to rise by as much as 4.3%, with lower rates for those...
Mr PJ Thum being a patriot or traitor?

Mr PJ Thum being a patriot or traitor?

I refer to all the recent disquiet by members of the governing party, regarding Mr Thum's and other persons...
Sticky & Recent Articles

How fast will the value of Singapore’s public housing HDB flats drop?

How fast will the value of Singapore’s public housing HDB flats drop?

According to the government, under the Lease Buyback Scheme (LBS), if your flat has a value of S$450,000 today, and has 65 years left on your lease, the government would buy back the tail-end last 35 years of your lease based on market value. The government values it at only S$190,000. In other words, by the time your flat... 

Why can’t the Government give a yearly remuneration history of the different grades of Ministers?

Why can’t the Government give a yearly remuneration history of the different grades of Ministers?

I refer to the article “ESM Goh Chok Tong reiterates he is not paid a ministerial salary” (Straits Times, Sep 18). It states that “Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has reiterated that he does not receive a ministerial salary. “I shall use this opportunity to debunk public perception that I am paid a ministerial... 

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