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The Hallmark Failures Of Lee's AdministrationThe Hallmark Failures Of Lee's Administration Sharp observation; this is another hallmark of the LHL's administration - embarking onto national decisions and projects that does not benefit its citizens. Key differentiator from Gen 1 and Gen 2 PAP leaders' decisions is the LHL's administration decisions make things worse for Singapore and Singaporeans instead of...

Do CPF inflows to the Government exceed the outflows every year?Do CPF inflows to the Government exceed the outflows every... After writing “UK’s % of GDP public healthcare spending 4x S’pore’s?” (Jun 18) – someone asked me what about pensions? Well, “For the fiscal year ending in March 2019: UK pensions spending is budgeted to be £164.7 billion”. In contrast for Singapore, since almost all of our CPF is our own money (contributions)...

Why are there so many 'unknown' controversial CPF policies? Why are there so many 'unknown' controversial CPF policies?... I refer to the CPF board’s reply “CPF Board procedures on disclosing dead members’ details” to the letters from Mr Neo Lin Chen (Unable to access CPF statement, June 1; and Having procedures doesn’t mean error-free execution, June 8), Ms Margaret Lee (Transparency, accountability needed when handling CPF money;...

SIA went out of its way to make the experience horrifying for usSIA went out of its way to make the experience horrifying... On the 8th of June, I was flying back via Singapore Airlines (SQ 516) to Calcutta with my parents (both senior citizens) and younger sister from Brisbane. We had a layover in Singapore and after six hours of being in transit, we were ready to board our flight that was scheduled to take off at 9.10pm Singapore time. We were...

Is ComCare’s financial assistance criteria rather subjective?Is ComCare’s financial assistance criteria rather subjective? I refer to the article “MSF responds but fails to address core issue – why is CPF considered an income?” (theonlinecitizen, Jun 16). It states that “As part of our ComCare assessment, we take into consideration the needs of the individual or household, as well as monies received and overall support rendered by...

Government's preference for MNCs is to the detriment of local businesses and workersGovernment's preference for MNCs is to the detriment of local... One cannot understand ground sentiments without understanding how problems are the result of its systemic origins. The 'problem' here is that Singapore economy is based entirely on big corporations' interests and needs. The ideology of the state is to give priority to the corporate sector which includes its own government-linked...

On 'Is the Opposition truly ready for 2020?'On 'Is the Opposition truly ready for 2020?' I refer to Ms Jaffar's FB post reproduced on your site a couple days ago, Is our opposition ready for 2020? I doubt so! Before we criticise the various Opposition parties, my assertion to Ms Jaffar's observation is: "Are the people themselves ready to vote in an Opposition?" Elections after elections, screwing after...

Is our opposition ready for 2020? I doubt so!Is our opposition ready for 2020? I doubt so! It ain't easy to put up a fight to the incumbents when they only rear their heads during the General Election and fade away once the election is over. We need a credible one united party under a single flag where ordinary Singaporeans can have faith to work with. Oppositions supporters too need to be seen as willing...

What percentage of ex-offenders actually get jobs when they are released?What percentage of ex-offenders actually get jobs when they... I refer to the article “Some job curbs on ex-offenders to protect public interest: MHA” (Straits Times, Jun 16). The article quoted Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) director of media relations Sunny Lee saying, that “Different government agencies impose restrictions on ex-offenders for some jobs “to protect the...

How many of the 'locals' employment change went to Singaporeans?How many of the 'locals' employment change went to Singaporeans? I refer to the article “Retrenchments at 5-year low, job vacancies on the rise: Manpower Ministry” (Straits Times, Jun 13). It states that “But it has remained difficult for some groups of people to get back into a job. The re-entry rate for residents in the first quarter – which is the share of residents...

The Clown Claimed You Voted For It!The Clown Claimed You Voted For It! When the clown was questioned by the international press over the state of freedom in Singapore, he was flustered. The clown was  caught off guard by the unscripted question and said the following: "Why are we so repressive? The answer is we are now. Why is the political scene like that? Because that is the way Singaporeans...

Inequality caused by tax, labour, economic, social policies?Inequality caused by tax, labour, economic, social policies? I refer to the article “Lack of social mixing is a symptom of inequality, not a cause” (Straits Times, Jun 7). It states that “It is implied that a key solution to inequality lies in greater mixing. This is misleading. The lack of mixing is one way that inequality manifests in our society, but it is an effect,...

Joint statement of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong UnJoint statement of President Trump and North Korean leader... Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit. President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s...

How many people get into debt because of medical expenses?How many people get into debt because of medical expenses? I refer to the article “‘I don’t know how to face my children’: How one woman fell prey to 50 loan sharks” (Channel NewsAsia, Jun 7). It states that “”I had gotten married without savings and I needed a house to stay,” Madam Tan, who is in her early 40s, told reporters at the Police Cantonment Complex...

How many and what percentage of employees in the civil service are ex-offenders?How many and what percentage of employees in the civil service... I refer to the article “MP Lim Biow Chuan clarifies comments on former offender’s job snub, calls for ‘proper conversation’” (Straits Times, Jun 11). It states that “Mr Lim commented on it, noting that while it was easy to say that the SPF should give ex-offenders a second chance, the reality is that...

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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...
Pritam Singh new Secretary-General of Workers Party

Pritam Singh new Secretary-General of Workers Party

The Workers’ Party (WP) has unanimously elected Mr Pritam Singh as its new secretary-general (Sec-Gen)...
Open letter petitioning for Dr PJ Thum

Open letter petitioning for Dr PJ Thum

There has been an open letter addressed to the chairman of the Select Committee on fake news, MP Charles...
Grace Fu: Workers Party and Sylvia Lim 'low standards'

Grace Fu: Workers Party and Sylvia Lim 'low standards'

Leader of the House, Grace Fu has described the Workers Party (WP) as "low standards" after its Chairman,...
Not PAP supporter: I am fine with budget 2018

Not PAP supporter: I am fine with budget 2018

A self-proclaimed not-PAP supporter has taken to Facebook to express his support for the budget 2018...
Former City Harvest Church fund manager arrested while...

Former City Harvest Church fund manager arrested while...

Former City Harvest Church (CHC) fund manager Chew Eng Heng has been arrested for attempting to leave...
Wishing all Chinese readers A Prosperous Lunar New...

Wishing all Chinese readers A Prosperous Lunar New...

Wishing all our Chinese readers:   A Happy & Prosperous Lunar New Year.     The...
Opinions
President Halimah becomes Milo promoter after Trump-Kim...

President Halimah becomes Milo promoter after Trump-Kim...

Do businesses need to have a conversation with jiak liow bee president to launch new products? Phillip...
PAP has no solution for self-created problem, HDB resale...

PAP has no solution for self-created problem, HDB resale...

Falling prices of resale HDB flats has fallen flat on PAP’s face and the government has no  solution. Through...
Trump Kim Summit – Singapore, a schoolboy trying...

Trump Kim Summit – Singapore, a schoolboy trying...

I am all for Singapore hosting international events of historic significance. It boosts our global reputation...
CPF Life: How withdrawal age 'moved' to 70/ Silence...

CPF Life: How withdrawal age 'moved' to 70/ Silence...

I was going to explain how the dastardly deed was done but when TRE republished:Red alert! Achtung! S’poreans...
The police are not just enforcers but public servants...

The police are not just enforcers but public servants...

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) seem to be on a public relations drive to present a heroic image. From...
MOF press secretary lied about our failed CPF scheme?

MOF press secretary lied about our failed CPF scheme?

In “Plain speech also about telling the hard truth“, MOF press secretary Lim Yuin Chien must have...
Waz the point of Social Service Office and Comcare?

Waz the point of Social Service Office and Comcare?

When “Got CPF income” is the excuse for the PAP govt not helping a man in need? “Got CPF income,”...
Singapore should be ashamed of hosting the US-North...

Singapore should be ashamed of hosting the US-North...

During dinner with a group of friends, one topic that invariably popped up was that Singapore was chosen...
You’ve heard of 'fake news', what about 'fake awards'?

You’ve heard of 'fake news', what about 'fake awards'?

When the Keppel Group is held as a standard bearer for corporate governance and SMRT for customer...
Building a relationship of trust and friendship

Building a relationship of trust and friendship

Straits Times Editor-At-Large, Han Fook Kwong wrote an article in the Sunday Times: "Time for Singapore...
Government In Overdrive To Justify $20M Summit Spending

Government In Overdrive To Justify $20M Summit Spending

Seems like the focus of our govt after the US-N Korea Summit ended is to justify the $20 M poured into...
Malaysia: Bit rich coming from Daim?

Malaysia: Bit rich coming from Daim?

The following remarks, by Tun’s right-hand man, had Tun’s anti-PAP fans here wetting their pants...
Humanising a totalitarian known for his transgression...

Humanising a totalitarian known for his transgression...

While I am a fan of neither Kim Jong Un or Trump, I can understand why Singapore took the step of playing...
PAP Continues To Bluff

PAP Continues To Bluff

"Retrenchments at 5-year low, job vacancies on the rise: Manpower Ministry" on 13 June gave the impression...
Making Singapore a Peace Centre

Making Singapore a Peace Centre

The Trump-Kim summit has successfully concluded and I hope it is now clear that Singapore should promote...
US-North Korea Summit, YOG, F1 -$ Worth ?

US-North Korea Summit, YOG, F1 -$ Worth ?

What is common linkage of US-North Korean Summit, YOG and F1 Race in Singapore ? Answer : Obscene amount...
Singapore a Malaysian state? US State Dept’s error...

Singapore a Malaysian state? US State Dept’s error...

It has been reported that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had mistakenly thought Singapore to be part...
PM Lee says that Singapore is not a repressive country

PM Lee says that Singapore is not a repressive country

In a recent interview with renowned CNN anchorwoman, Christine Amanpour, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong...
38 Oxley Road saga: One year on, what have we learnt?

38 Oxley Road saga: One year on, what have we learnt?

About one year ago, Singaporeans woke up to a Facebook post by Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling with the...
Malaysia Currently A New Leash Of Fresh Air Under Oppositons!

Malaysia Currently A New Leash Of Fresh Air Under Oppositons!

The Malaysia's AG had once commented there is no constitution in kiasu land, hinting there is no separation...
Snippets
SIA went out of its way to make the experience horrifying...

SIA went out of its way to make the experience horrifying...

On the 8th of June, I was flying back via Singapore Airlines (SQ 516) to Calcutta with my parents (both...
Is our opposition ready for 2020? I doubt so!

Is our opposition ready for 2020? I doubt so!

It ain't easy to put up a fight to the incumbents when they only rear their heads during the General...
Joint statement of President Trump and North Korean...

Joint statement of President Trump and North Korean...

Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un...
Lim Biow Chuan: I don’t reply to comments on TOC...

Lim Biow Chuan: I don’t reply to comments on TOC...

Last Friday (8 Jun), it was reported on TOC that MP Lim Biow Chuan had made a controversial Facebook...
In Singapore, remember history before signing a deal...

In Singapore, remember history before signing a deal...

Let me take a crack at answering the question on the minds of every TV host, pundit, journalist and think-tanker,...
How to Part With a Girl if You Feel Sorry for Her

How to Part With a Girl if You Feel Sorry for Her

One day, when I was a little boy, I met a dog. It was dirty, emaciated, with a pitiful look. It came...
What to do When a girl is Visiting You for the First...

What to do When a girl is Visiting You for the First...

If it seems to you that the most hellish experience is for the first time to speak with a girl who you...
How not to Exchange Friendship for a Girlfriend

How not to Exchange Friendship for a Girlfriend

In his life, a man must face three problems: the girl's jealousy towards her friends, the resentment...
SDP Questioned the HSR-1MDB in 2016; PAP must be Held...

SDP Questioned the HSR-1MDB in 2016; PAP must be Held...

In July 2016, the SDP questioned the agreement between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur over the high speed...
Pro-PAP fanpage spreads misinformation about GST cuts...

Pro-PAP fanpage spreads misinformation about GST cuts...

"Fabrication about The PAP", a pro-establishment Facebook fanpage is creating much confusion amongst...
Careshield: Stop Making Public Health a Profit-Making...

Careshield: Stop Making Public Health a Profit-Making...

The government's introduction of the Careshield Life medical insurance scheme will deepen the financial...
Looking Beyond the HSR: Considering Contractual Damages,...

Looking Beyond the HSR: Considering Contractual Damages,...

The Mahathir Government’s decision to scrap the High-Speed Rail (HSR) with Singapore is disappointing,...
MOH rejects appeal of Singaporean retiree to use medisave...

MOH rejects appeal of Singaporean retiree to use medisave...

"We note that your family are currently not residing in Singapore. Hence, we are unable to accede to...
SDP will Continue to Work towards Common Opposition...

SDP will Continue to Work towards Common Opposition...

The SDP will continue our work of presenting voters with a united and competent opposition platform....
Conversations that resemble an audience between the...

Conversations that resemble an audience between the...

Our 4G ministers say they want to listen to the views of the people so as to forge partnerships to make...
No Need for Another Dialogue Exercise, Just Keep Promises...

No Need for Another Dialogue Exercise, Just Keep Promises...

Mr Heng Swee Keat has announced that the so-called 4G leaders will embark on a series of dialogue sessions...
Anwar thanks Malaysian alternative news site while...

Anwar thanks Malaysian alternative news site while...

In a recent interview with Malaysiakini, a Malaysian alternative news site, Mr Anwar Ibrahim who was...
We should be grateful for the good government we have?

We should be grateful for the good government we have?

My PAP loyalist friends say that we should be grateful for the good government we have not to compare...
It's hard to be gracious towards Barisan Nasional

It's hard to be gracious towards Barisan Nasional

I never thought BN would actually be ousted from power in Malaysia. After 61 years since independence,...
Dr Mahathir has finally made Malaysia a democracy

Dr Mahathir has finally made Malaysia a democracy

* The following is a comment that appeared on MalaysiaKini and has been edited (shortened) for clarity...
Letters
The Hallmark Failures Of Lee's Administration

The Hallmark Failures Of Lee's Administration

Sharp observation; this is another hallmark of the LHL's administration - embarking onto national decisions...
Do CPF inflows to the Government exceed the outflows...

Do CPF inflows to the Government exceed the outflows...

After writing “UK’s % of GDP public healthcare spending 4x S’pore’s?” (Jun 18) – someone...
Why are there so many 'unknown' controversial CPF policies?...

Why are there so many 'unknown' controversial CPF policies?...

I refer to the CPF board’s reply “CPF Board procedures on disclosing dead members’ details” to...
Is ComCare’s financial assistance criteria rather...

Is ComCare’s financial assistance criteria rather...

I refer to the article “MSF responds but fails to address core issue – why is CPF considered an income?”...
Government's preference for MNCs is to the detriment...

Government's preference for MNCs is to the detriment...

One cannot understand ground sentiments without understanding how problems are the result of its systemic...
On 'Is the Opposition truly ready for 2020?'

On 'Is the Opposition truly ready for 2020?'

I refer to Ms Jaffar's FB post reproduced on your site a couple days ago, Is our opposition ready for...
What percentage of ex-offenders actually get jobs when...

What percentage of ex-offenders actually get jobs when...

I refer to the article “Some job curbs on ex-offenders to protect public interest: MHA” (Straits...
How many of the 'locals' employment change went to...

How many of the 'locals' employment change went to...

I refer to the article “Retrenchments at 5-year low, job vacancies on the rise: Manpower Ministry”...
The Clown Claimed You Voted For It!

The Clown Claimed You Voted For It!

When the clown was questioned by the international press over the state of freedom in Singapore, he was...
Inequality caused by tax, labour, economic, social...

Inequality caused by tax, labour, economic, social...

I refer to the article “Lack of social mixing is a symptom of inequality, not a cause” (Straits Times,...
How many people get into debt because of medical expenses?

How many people get into debt because of medical expenses?

I refer to the article “‘I don’t know how to face my children’: How one woman fell prey to 50...
How many and what percentage of employees in the civil...

How many and what percentage of employees in the civil...

I refer to the article “MP Lim Biow Chuan clarifies comments on former offender’s job snub,...
PG Medisave top-up: Not spending any money?

PG Medisave top-up: Not spending any money?

I refer to the article “$180 million in Medisave top-ups for Pioneer Generation in 2018” (Straits...
COE, HDB 3-room, Michelin down?

COE, HDB 3-room, Michelin down?

I refer to the article “COE prices for bigger cars lowest in eight years” (Straits Times, Jun 7). It...
Why are the accumulated surpluses of ElderShield not...

Why are the accumulated surpluses of ElderShield not...

I refer to the Ministry of Health's (MOH) reply "ElderShield premiums collected meant to support future...
10 schemes help CareShield Life: 260k households earn...

10 schemes help CareShield Life: 260k households earn...

I refer to the article “Easing the costs of long-term care needs” (Straits Times, Jun 5). It states...
Why not give Singaporeans the 'plain speaking hard...

Why not give Singaporeans the 'plain speaking hard...

I refer to the Press Secretary of the Minister of Finance’s letter “Plain speech also about telling...
What are the historical CPFIS returns?

What are the historical CPFIS returns?

I refer to the article “CPFIS funds down 1.65% on average in first quarter” (Straits Times, Jun...
CareShield Life: Estimates 1 in 2 severely disabled?

CareShield Life: Estimates 1 in 2 severely disabled?

I refer to the article “ElderShield to be renamed CareShield Life with higher, lifetime payouts from...
Temasek’s 1st retail bond: Riskiest asset class?

Temasek’s 1st retail bond: Riskiest asset class?

I refer to the article “Investors can invest in Temasek’s first retail bond to boost retirement income:...
Sticky & Recent Articles

President Halimah becomes Milo promoter after Trump-Kim summit?

President Halimah becomes Milo promoter after Trump-Kim summit?

Do businesses need to have a conversation with jiak liow bee president to launch new products? Phillip Ang * The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.      Read More →

PAP has no solution for self-created problem, HDB resale flat prices to continue falling

PAP has no solution for self-created problem, HDB resale flat prices to continue falling

Falling prices of resale HDB flats has fallen flat on PAP’s face and the government has no  solution. Through a combination of abusing CPF to support property prices, boosting demand by importing foreigners and lies about asset enhancement, HDB resale prices had headed too far north where it shouldn’t.  Hundreds of thousands... 

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