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The obscenity of our ministerial salariesThe obscenity of our ministerial salaries Recently, I chanced upon an interesting infographics which depicts the 20 highest paid world leaders. I used the data to compile the relativity between the world leaders' salaries and the GDP per capita of their respective countries (extreme right column). As you can see from the table, the salaries of the heads...

Request for Footages/Witnesses on fight at Club Gaga on 20 Nov 18Request for Footages/Witnesses on fight at Club Gaga on 20... My Nephew is presently held in custody by ‘E’ division police, which is behaving rather suspiciously. Police claims that my Nephew is being held by them due to an unprovoked fight at Club Gaga on 20 Nov 18 that saw my Nephew being unlawfully restrained by a rival gang outside of the club where he was assaulted and...

SDP on Singapore-Malaysia border disputeSDP on Singapore-Malaysia border dispute Singapore's sovereignty cannot and must not be compromised by anyone and in any form. The current dispute with Malaysia presents a situation where we must be resolute in the defence of our sovereignty. The paramount objective must be to protect the well-being of our people. To this end, we must pursue every avenue to...

Workers Party on Malaysian vessel intrusion into Singapore watersWorkers Party on Malaysian vessel intrusion into Singapore... The Workers’ Party notes with grave concern the deployment of Malaysian Government vessels into Singapore waters off Tuas West. As fraternal neighbours with a wide-ranging bilateral relationship, both Singapore and Malaysia cooperate on many fronts, including the military front, with exercises and visits by senior...

Stop talking bigStop talking big Our leaders should stop talking big by telling the Malaysian ships to leave our waters or else. What if they refuse ? Just go ahead and sink their ships? Whats the point of spending billions of dollars on buying big tanks , submarines and F35 planes when we do not have the guts to fight a war ? Our army is now conducting...

Workers Party does not oppose for the sake of opposing?Workers Party does not oppose for the sake of opposing? I refer to the captioned article on TISG. ( LINK ) I think Singaporeans have by and large, grown weary as they have towards the PAP, on the often made motherhood statements by the Workers Party (WP) which they do not intend to keep after being voted into Parliament. If all they could do for the last 7 years was just...

Looks like some countries are back to their old tricks and games?Looks like some countries are back to their old tricks and... I refer to the following article carried over on TISG with regards to political developments across the straits which is causing some disquiet here, especially from members of the ruling party. I find Calvin Cheng and Tan Chuan Jin's "rally call" for us to be behind the PAP government over this issue to be fundamentally...

Do you want a government as uncaring as the PAP?Do you want a government as uncaring as the PAP? No country in the World has a government which is indispensable. People said that India without Mahatma Gandhi would be very difficult for India, but look at how fast India is growing now. Singapore has always been unequal. The PAP Ministers like to put the blame on others but not themselves. If you have a government...

Why Workers Party Never Mention The Arrest Of Terry Xu In Parliament?Why Workers Party Never Mention The Arrest Of Terry Xu In... Why Workers Party (WP) never mention the arrest of Terry Xu in Parliament? When WP was sued, The Online Citizen (TOC) came in defence. When WP got the whipping by PAP in the parliament, TOC was there for them. TOC was always there for the workers party. But when Terry Xu the editor of TOC was arrested, where were the...

Singapore’s uphill battle to maintain ASEAN unitySingapore’s uphill battle to maintain ASEAN unity Singapore’s year as the ASEAN chair was marked by several milestones in the deepening of regional peace and security. Ahead of the 33rd ASEAN summit from 11–15 November 2018 that finished with Singapore’s official handing over of the chairmanship to Thailand, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan stated...

No maids allowed in Singapore Cricket Club?No maids allowed in Singapore Cricket Club? So this happened. What I thought would be an enjoyable occasion with my dad, brother, his wife, three children and their helper turned out to be… not so nice. We were at the Singapore Cricket Club, a historical landmark in Singapore. I was there as a guest to watch my tough-as-nails nephew, whom I adore, play some...

An open letter from 'Willy Sum'An open letter from 'Willy Sum' Dear Fellow Singaporeans, It has been a tulmetenous period for both TOC's Mr Terry Xu and myself, since our undue "arrests" a fortnight ago. We have been rounded up by top CID officers, possibly under directions from the Commissioner himself! We had our IT equipment seized, the items that have very much been the tools...

The Online Citizen hounded by Singapore policeThe Online Citizen hounded by Singapore police Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the actions of Singapore’s police in seizing electronic devices from a news website, The Online Citizen (TOC), and interrogating its editor and a blogger who posted a comment on the site. Carried out on spurious grounds, these actions have all the hallmarks of an unacceptable act...

Open letter to Elizabeth Denham (UK Information Commissioner)Open letter to Elizabeth Denham (UK Information Commissioner) Dear Ms Denham I am writing to you as a Singaporean and also as the leader of a small Singaporean political party. I am extremely concerned by a question raised by the Singapore delegation at the hearingof the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport International Grand Committee onDisinformation and ‘Fake News’...

Singapore needs Bold, Visionary Leadership to Face Future but Heng Provides NoneSingapore needs Bold, Visionary Leadership to Face Future... Mr Heng Swee Keat's appointment as the PAP's 1st Assistant Secretary-General and likely choice as the next Prime Minister has not come as a surprise. He has been mentioned repeatedly as one of the candidates for the PM post. The question that Singaporeans are concerned about is not who becomes the next PM but rather...

Editorials
Police addresses the allegations against their actions...

Police addresses the allegations against their actions...

The police has issued a statement on Wednesday (12th Dec) addressing the allegations made against them...
TR Emeritus needs your financial support

TR Emeritus needs your financial support

Dear readers It's a little awkward, so we'll get straight to the point: On 1st December, we informed...
Leong Sze Hian clarifies inaccurate report by a 'certain...

Leong Sze Hian clarifies inaccurate report by a 'certain...

Veteran blogger Leong Sze Hian has responded to the reporting by a 'certain State media' on the legal...
Veteran blogger Leong Sze Hian kenna 'Davindered'

Veteran blogger Leong Sze Hian kenna 'Davindered'

Veteran blogger Leong Sze Hian has received a Letter of Demand from PM Lee Hsien Loong, accusing...
TR Emeritus on Semi-hiatus

TR Emeritus on Semi-hiatus

Please be informed that we will be placing TR Emeritus (TRE) on semi-hiatus effective 4th December 2018. This...
Mother of 'Willy Sum' relates how they were 'ambushed'...

Mother of 'Willy Sum' relates how they were 'ambushed'...

Ms Judy Tan, the mother of "Willy Sum" (not his real name) has written to TR Emeritus (TRE) relating...
Chan Chun Sing is Singapore's future Prime Minister?

Chan Chun Sing is Singapore's future Prime Minister?

The People's Action Party (PAP) has announced its new CEC appointment holders today (23rd Nov). The...
NTUC Foodfare to sue TISG 'until your pants drop'?...

NTUC Foodfare to sue TISG 'until your pants drop'?...

A Letter of Demand (LOD) has been served on The Independent Singapore (TISG) on Tuesday (20th Nov) by...
The Online Citizen on 'forced' indefinite hiatus

The Online Citizen on 'forced' indefinite hiatus

The Online Citizen (TOC), one of Singapore's pioneer socio-political website has been placed on indefinite...
7 in 10 Singaporeans think that Ministers are being...

7 in 10 Singaporeans think that Ministers are being...

Just how disconnected was ESM Goh Chok Tong’s comments on Ministerial salaries? The answer may come...
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,...
Opinions
The Singapore - Malaysia Territorial Water Dispute

The Singapore - Malaysia Territorial Water Dispute

I have refrained from putting up formal position on the current spat and controversy of the territorial...
Khaw Boon Wan should not stroke nationalistic sentiments...

Khaw Boon Wan should not stroke nationalistic sentiments...

Mr Khaw Boon Wan is stoking up nationalistic sentiments when it calls for Singaporeans to stay united...
The shocking poverty behind Singapore's glamorous facade

The shocking poverty behind Singapore's glamorous facade

I was literally shocked when I watched the recording of the roundtable on wages organised by the Straits...
Real reason why Terry of TOC kanna lim kopi?

Real reason why Terry of TOC kanna lim kopi?

To signal to him to stop publishing fake news on the public transport system? LOL. Let me explain. If...
Useless Trade Union Leader

Useless Trade Union Leader

Zainal Bin Sapari responded to Prof Tommy Koh's comment on raising the workfare component by saying "it...
CLTPA: A Permanent “Temporary” Law

CLTPA: A Permanent “Temporary” Law

Can the Criminal Law Temporary Provisions Act (CLTPA) be considered "temporary" after 60 years? This...
Appalled by the standards (if any) of our main stream...

Appalled by the standards (if any) of our main stream...

I refer to the article on TISG and CNA . I am quite appalled by the standards (if any) of our main...
PM Lee’s Crackdown on Any Whiff of Dissent Finds...

PM Lee’s Crackdown on Any Whiff of Dissent Finds...

LHL is now suing blogger Leong Sze Hian for sharing an article from Alex Tan’s State Times Review (the...
What is the point of having discussions when there...

What is the point of having discussions when there...

It is almost amusing to read that Mr Heng Swee Keat indicated that he will re-start the Singaporean discussions...
While the old guard Ministers led Singapore past various...

While the old guard Ministers led Singapore past various...

Over the past 50 years since our independence, the very capable PAP 'old guard' leaders led us safely...
Trouble across the Causeway & Change

Trouble across the Causeway & Change

Lately, we have had some problems with Malaysia. Southern Johor airspace dispute. And the Johor maritime dispute....
We need an open mind to address the challenges

We need an open mind to address the challenges

China is now promoting globalization. But critics complained that many industries in China are still...
Let us stand united as a country, but it is nonetheless...

Let us stand united as a country, but it is nonetheless...

Many people have read that the Malaysians have expanded their port limits off Tuas and encroached into...
Are PAP Ministers within their pay grade?

Are PAP Ministers within their pay grade?

The reason President Ong Teng Cheong is well respected by Singaporeans (but not PAP) was that President...
Let’s gloat at Tun as he threatens us

Let’s gloat at Tun as he threatens us

Because given the abolition of GST, Tun has a problem: shortage of $ to fund his promises. Until recently,...
Puppet Show – A Reflection Of Life

Puppet Show – A Reflection Of Life

The Straits Times reported on 9th Nov 18 "Lee Hsien Loong: Need To Entrench Culture Of Leadership Self-renewal"....
Dr Mahathir’s new dilemma

Dr Mahathir’s new dilemma

The impending 8 Dec anti-ICERD rally in Malaysia reminds one of the 1936 Battle of Cable Street in London. ICERD...
How Tampines Town Council can use AI to improve productivity

How Tampines Town Council can use AI to improve productivity

I recently read that Uber is using AI to monitor its drivers’ performances, with its systems picking...
The Prime Minister who preaches to the world what he...

The Prime Minister who preaches to the world what he...

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave this bit of advice to world leaders at the G-20 summit in Argentina...
We must not be trapped by PAP's propaganda that they...

We must not be trapped by PAP's propaganda that they...

People always ask if there are people who are intelligent enough in the opposition to become the new...
Snippets
The obscenity of our ministerial salaries

The obscenity of our ministerial salaries

Recently, I chanced upon an interesting infographics which depicts the 20 highest paid world leaders. I...
SDP on Singapore-Malaysia border dispute

SDP on Singapore-Malaysia border dispute

Singapore's sovereignty cannot and must not be compromised by anyone and in any form. The current dispute...
Workers Party on Malaysian vessel intrusion into Singapore...

Workers Party on Malaysian vessel intrusion into Singapore...

The Workers’ Party notes with grave concern the deployment of Malaysian Government vessels into Singapore...
What Online Businesses Owners Need to Know About Augmented...

What Online Businesses Owners Need to Know About Augmented...

There is no doubt that you have heard of virtual reality, but what about "augmented reality"? Augmented...
Singapore’s uphill battle to maintain ASEAN unity

Singapore’s uphill battle to maintain ASEAN unity

Singapore’s year as the ASEAN chair was marked by several milestones in the deepening of regional peace...
No maids allowed in Singapore Cricket Club?

No maids allowed in Singapore Cricket Club?

So this happened. What I thought would be an enjoyable occasion with my dad, brother, his wife, three...
The Online Citizen hounded by Singapore police

The Online Citizen hounded by Singapore police

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the actions of Singapore’s police in seizing electronic devices...
Singapore needs Bold, Visionary Leadership to Face...

Singapore needs Bold, Visionary Leadership to Face...

Mr Heng Swee Keat's appointment as the PAP's 1st Assistant Secretary-General and likely choice as the...
Government must end harassment of online news platform...

Government must end harassment of online news platform...

A news editor facing a criminal investigation over an article that criticized the Singapore government...
Stop Crackdown on Alternative Online News Sites and...

Stop Crackdown on Alternative Online News Sites and...

The police action against The Online Citizen (TOC) and the seizure of Mr Terry Xu's equipment is yet...
Who is the best PAP leader is not necessarily the best...

Who is the best PAP leader is not necessarily the best...

I was asked below by a commentator who I thought should be the next PM. Without naming names, I have...
Singaporean Gilbert Louis released by Malaysian Authorities...

Singaporean Gilbert Louis released by Malaysian Authorities...

By way of a Facebook post on 14 November, international human rights lawyer M Ravi announced that Gilbert...
Why has PAP gotten so out of touch with its citizen's...

Why has PAP gotten so out of touch with its citizen's...

During Singapore early years, many citizens voted firmly for our First Cabinet despite their many imperfections...
Criminal Defamation and STR

Criminal Defamation and STR

Though the case against STR concerns criminal defamation, this article that appeared in ST last year...
Movie Review – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Movie Review – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Young Clara Stahlbaum is devastated by the death of her mother, Marie. She is also confounded and...
Breakfast with Lee Hsien Yang at West Coast Hawker...

Breakfast with Lee Hsien Yang at West Coast Hawker...

This morning I had breakfast with Lee Hsien Yang. We wanted to catch up with each other as we have not...
SDP Mourns Passing Away of Former Chairman Gandhi Ambalam

SDP Mourns Passing Away of Former Chairman Gandhi Ambalam

Mr Gandhi Ambalam, former chairman of the SDP, has died. He passed away last night due to cardiac arrest. Mr...
Transport-fare hike: PAP breaking election promise...

Transport-fare hike: PAP breaking election promise...

The announcement of transport fare increase lays bare the empty rhetoric of the PAP's election promises. At...
A digital internet will allow us to spread the message...

A digital internet will allow us to spread the message...

Greetings to my Honorable Politicians from All countries in Asia and my blessings to His Excellency Jose. First...
Appeal for financial support closed for now (AHTC)

Appeal for financial support closed for now (AHTC)

Dear Friends, We are very touched by the incredible outpouring of support from the public for the...
Letters
Request for Footages/Witnesses on fight at Club Gaga...

Request for Footages/Witnesses on fight at Club Gaga...

My Nephew is presently held in custody by ‘E’ division police, which is behaving rather suspiciously. Police...
Stop talking big

Stop talking big

Our leaders should stop talking big by telling the Malaysian ships to leave our waters or else. What...
Workers Party does not oppose for the sake of opposing?

Workers Party does not oppose for the sake of opposing?

I refer to the captioned article on TISG. ( LINK ) I think Singaporeans have by and large, grown weary...
Looks like some countries are back to their old tricks...

Looks like some countries are back to their old tricks...

I refer to the following article carried over on TISG with regards to political developments across...
Do you want a government as uncaring as the PAP?

Do you want a government as uncaring as the PAP?

No country in the World has a government which is indispensable. People said that India without Mahatma...
Why Workers Party Never Mention The Arrest Of Terry...

Why Workers Party Never Mention The Arrest Of Terry...

Why Workers Party (WP) never mention the arrest of Terry Xu in Parliament? When WP was sued, The Online...
An open letter from 'Willy Sum'

An open letter from 'Willy Sum'

Dear Fellow Singaporeans, It has been a tulmetenous period for both TOC's Mr Terry Xu and myself,...
Open letter to Elizabeth Denham (UK Information Commissioner)

Open letter to Elizabeth Denham (UK Information Commissioner)

Dear Ms Denham I am writing to you as a Singaporean and also as the leader of a small Singaporean...
With the price difference between older and younger...

With the price difference between older and younger...

I refer to the article “Commentary: Mind the varied impact of HDB schemes on different groups of home...
MediShield fund $5.9b, claims to premiums ratio 43%?

MediShield fund $5.9b, claims to premiums ratio 43%?

According to the Ministry of Health‘s (MOH) web site – “As at end 2016, the total assets of the...
Hawkers’ issues addressed, except 2.5x increase in...

Hawkers’ issues addressed, except 2.5x increase in...

I refer to the article “New rules for social enterprise hawker centres from Jan 1, including standard...
Are we setting aside too much reserves for MediShield...

Are we setting aside too much reserves for MediShield...

The MediShield Life Fund is said to be designed in a way that it is self-sustaining and based on actuarial...
Police Report filed by SCDF

Police Report filed by SCDF

I am quite concerned over the high handed way that the authorities are handling the "unauthorised"...
Is our healthcare spending as a percentage of GDP about...

Is our healthcare spending as a percentage of GDP about...

I refer to the article “Singapore Budget 2018: Spending needs to grow in healthcare, infrastructure,...
SLF: $2.4b reserves?

SLF: $2.4b reserves?

I refer to the article “Why Temasek bond got strong retail response” (Sunday Times, Nov 4). It...
Self-employed below 45: Workfare maximum $8 cash monthly?

Self-employed below 45: Workfare maximum $8 cash monthly?

I refer to Josephine Teo’s article “Workfare and the Singapore approach to tackling wage inequality”...
Elite give back to society, but Govt never give back?

Elite give back to society, but Govt never give back?

I refer to the article “Chan Chun Sing urges Singaporean ‘elite’ to give back to society”...
Hawkers: ST not worth the paper its printed on?

Hawkers: ST not worth the paper its printed on?

I refer to the article “Hawker debate: Figuring out a way forward” (Sunday Times, Nov 4). It states...
Jobs growth: 561,800 locals, 611,700 foreigners –...

Jobs growth: 561,800 locals, 611,700 foreigners –...

In the run-up to the United States midterm elections – one of the most hotly debated achievements of...
The focus of our policies to help disadvantaged children...

The focus of our policies to help disadvantaged children...

I refer to the article “Look beyond education to give disadvantaged kids a leg-up” (Straits Times,...
Sticky & Recent Articles

The Singapore – Malaysia Territorial Water Dispute

The Singapore – Malaysia Territorial Water Dispute

I have refrained from putting up formal position on the current spat and controversy of the territorial water dispute because I want to make I have enough information and research on the whole subject before I formulate my views. I am First a Singaporean and my loyalty and allegiance will always pledged towards my country, Singapore.... 

Khaw Boon Wan should not stroke nationalistic sentiments unnecessarily

Khaw Boon Wan should not stroke nationalistic sentiments unnecessarily

Mr Khaw Boon Wan is stoking up nationalistic sentiments when it calls for Singaporeans to stay united and stand our ground. The danger of flaming nationalist emotions is that we can now see that war is being mentioned loosely. It is totally unnecessary of Mr Khaw to do so. It is a given that Singaporeans would stand behind the... 

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