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ElderShield: $133m claims, $4b surpluses/reserves?ElderShield: $133m claims, $4b surpluses/reserves? I refer to the article “Elderly amputee who was denied Eldershield benefits dies weeks after authorities reconsidered his case” (The Independent, Jul 12). It states that “Former Senior Minister of State for Health Chee Hong Tat responded to Lim that increasing payouts and lowering the claims criterion could...

Report GIC returns in S$ also so that we know CPF % rates are very good & fairReport GIC returns in S$ also so that we know CPF % rates... I refer to the article “GIC records 3.4% long-term return above inflation” (Straits Times, Jul 13). It states that “Its benchmark 20-year annualised real rate of return between April 1998 and March this year was 3.4 per cent above the rate of global inflation. This number was 3.7 per cent for the 2017 financial...

Senile Citizens Disappeared From TV!Senile Citizens Disappeared From TV! I always remember that PAP will like to parade senior citizens on National TV, especially after hikes. This year alone, we had hikes of various, the mother of all hikes. In the street interviews that PAP like to showcase is some senior citizens saying, "负担得起,才一两毛钱“。 The senior citizens will say they...

With 4 in 10 earning less than $2,500 or unemployed – do we need such ‘insensitive’ remarks in Parliament? With 4 in 10 earning less than $2,500 or unemployed – do... I refer to the article “Wages rose faster than productivity in recent years: Koh Poh Koon” (Straits Times, Jul 12). It states that “Real wages in Singapore rose faster than productivity in recent years, even though real wage growth should track productivity growth over the long run to be sustainable. As to “From...

Grab suicide caseGrab suicide case I am not writing this article to gain any sympathy, there is no point doing so. I would like to reveal the mishandling of the case and action taken by Grab company. My elder brother was a Grab driver who committed suicide on 19 June 2018. He joined Grab as a private car driver in 2014 during Grab's early start up...

What are the statistics that relate to Singapore ‘looking outdated’?What are the statistics that relate to Singapore ‘looking... I refer to the article “‘New Malaysia’ makes Singapore look outdated‘” by Bridget Welsh, associate professor of political science at John Cabot University, Rome and former professor at SMU (Nikkei Asian Review, Jul 10). It states that “Mahathir’s triumph exposes shortcomings of city-state’s one-party...

Teachers parking kept by schools: Why never tell us earlier?Teachers parking kept by schools: Why never tell us earlier? I refer to the article “Parliament: Charging teachers for parking will result in revenue of $8 million to $10 million a year” (Straits Times, Jul 9). It states that “The estimated revenue from charging teachers for parking will be $8 million to $10 million a year.” As to “Mr Ong said the revenue will be...

Tean Lim: The Lesson From MalaysiaTean Lim: The Lesson From Malaysia I attended a most instructive and enlightening talk by Mr Tian Chua from Pakatan Harapan, held at SDP’s premises. I thank SDP for inviting me and my group to the talk. Many have asked me for my takeaway from the talk and it is this. The Malaysian Opposition were determined to wrest the government away from BN who...

The Illusion Of Wealth Driven By Debt In SingaporeThe Illusion Of Wealth Driven By Debt In Singapore The concept of wealth in Singapore is upside down. Instead of championing entrepreneurship & innovation within people, Singapore is about ‘owning’ private property & ‘buying’ new private cars to be seen as being ‘wealthy’ re: CULTIVATING MATERIALISM. Singapore under the PAP is guilty of cultivating such...

Never Underestimate Stupidity Of Singaporeans!Never Underestimate Stupidity Of Singaporeans! Johor now asking if they can sell Singapore water at higher price, our state media is so eager to publish an article saying Johor is asking for 1600% increase of its price of 1000 gallons. The internet is set on fire, public sentiments towards Johor turn very negative. Singaporeans suddenly becoming very nationalistic...

Dr. Koh Poh Koon warns Parliament about dangers of wages outstripping productivity. What about Ministers?Dr. Koh Poh Koon warns Parliament about dangers of wages... Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday (11 Jul), Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr. Koh Poh Koon said that the growth in wages of resident workers have outstripped productivity growth. In turn, this could have a negative effect on the economy. The 4G leader said that this was as a result of a labour market...

'We must first accurately take stock of where we are' in helping needy Singaporeans?'We must first accurately take stock of where we are' in... I refer to the Ministry for Social & Family Development’s reply “System not perfect but has uplifted life of majority” (Straits Times Forum, Jul 4) to Dr Ng Kok Hoe’s letter (Social workers also tackle structural conditions that lead to poverty; June 27). It states that “Our system is not perfect. But...

SDP brings opposition parties together to hear Pakatan Harapan experienceSDP brings opposition parties together to hear Pakatan Harapan... The SDP held a forum this afternoon where opposition parties came together to hear how the Pakatan Harapan (PH; Alliance of Hope) achieved its historic victory in the recent Malaysian elections. The guest speaker was Mr Chua Tian Chuang, former Malaysian member of parliament and Chief of Information of Parti KeAdilan...

Why is it that Temasek does not disclose its 'management costs' like Norway’s sovereign wealth fund?Why is it that Temasek does not disclose its 'management... I refer to the article “Norway’s $1 Trillion Oil Fund Taken to Task Over Rising Cost” (Bloomberg, Jan 18, 2018). It states that “The ministry said that management costs have risen “significantly over time” and are projected to hit 3.5 billion kroner ($446 million) this year, up from 2.1 billion kroner in...

Are our public service policies really helping Singaporeans?Are our public service policies really helping Singaporeans? I refer to the article “Public servants urged to view service through citizen’s eyes” (Straits Times, Jul 5). It states that “hopes to see in the public service, in which more empathetic policies and programmes will be designed from the citizen’s point of view. … warned: “If we keep doing things the...

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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...
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
PM Lee’s handshake a cause for concern

PM Lee’s handshake a cause for concern

(Image posted on FB) What do you think?   Phillip Ang * The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.    
The PAP way is the American corporate way

The PAP way is the American corporate way

They both exercise “extreme ownership”: Ownself check ownself.This way really delivers compared...
CPF in good hands? Think again!

CPF in good hands? Think again!

Fact: Except for a handful of PAP elites, nobody knows where our CPF monies are invested. The PAP...
Our Public Toilets Reflect Our Status

Our Public Toilets Reflect Our Status

When foreigners from the west come to Singapore, they appreciate the cleanliness and first world infrastructure....
The paradox of 'the most honest country in the world'...

The paradox of 'the most honest country in the world'...

Visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said that his country has much to learn from Singapore,...
Confluence of Najib’s corruption and the peoples’...

Confluence of Najib’s corruption and the peoples’...

The recent elections across the causeway has caused a great flurry of commentaries in our nation state....
Social Norms Used As Control Mechanism And Money Generator...

Social Norms Used As Control Mechanism And Money Generator...

Although not considered to be formal laws within society, norms still work to promote a great deal of...
Temasek cannot disclose management cost, billions paid...

Temasek cannot disclose management cost, billions paid...

An increasing number of Singaporeans are demanding to know why Temasek Holdings is unable to disclose...
What happens when politics becomes a stepping stone...

What happens when politics becomes a stepping stone...

Singapore stands alone on the global stage as a country which rewards its politicians and top civil servants...
Protecting the interests of consumers in Singapore

Protecting the interests of consumers in Singapore

Over the years, some SPA closed down and many customers lost their deposits that could not be refunded....
World Cup viewing: What PAP government got right

World Cup viewing: What PAP government got right

(Part of another occasional series on the good things the PAP govt do that TOC, TRE and other cybernut...
Ho Kwon Ping says that PAP will not suffer same fate...

Ho Kwon Ping says that PAP will not suffer same fate...

Speaking at an OCBC Forum entitled Singapore Politics and Business in an Age of Disruption (12 Jul),...
Why I do not trust GIC to manage my CPF

Why I do not trust GIC to manage my CPF

(Image posted on FB) What so you think?   Phillip Ang * The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.    
Akan datang here: A six-figure salary is ‘low income’

Akan datang here: A six-figure salary is ‘low income’

It’s already happening in parts of the US A family getting by on $117,400 (£87,970) in one US city...
Dr. Koh Poh Koon warns Parliament about dangers of...

Dr. Koh Poh Koon warns Parliament about dangers of...

Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday (11 Jul), Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr. Koh...
Singaporeans can easily believe in the Government?

Singaporeans can easily believe in the Government?

Temasek Holdings, the Singapore Government-owned investment firm's net portfolio value rose to S$308...
Are citizens getting more unahppy and openly critical...

Are citizens getting more unahppy and openly critical...

On Thursday (12 Jul),  there were 2 photos which have gone viral on social media. First, a photo...
CPF monies belong to PAP after legislated as state...

CPF monies belong to PAP after legislated as state...

What do you think?   Phillip Ang * The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.    
As Lawrence Wong tries to implement cooling measures...

As Lawrence Wong tries to implement cooling measures...

Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong revealed on Wednesday (11 Jul) that the Housing and...
'Bigging up' the SAF to send a message to our neighbouring...

'Bigging up' the SAF to send a message to our neighbouring...

There seem to be 2 types of communication between the Singapore establishment and the Malaysian government....
Snippets
Tean Lim: The Lesson From Malaysia

Tean Lim: The Lesson From Malaysia

I attended a most instructive and enlightening talk by Mr Tian Chua from Pakatan Harapan, held at SDP’s...
New Malaysia' makes Singapore look outdated

New Malaysia' makes Singapore look outdated

Over two months after Mahathir Mohamad's election in Malaysia, the political reverberations for Singapore...
SDP brings opposition parties together to hear Pakatan...

SDP brings opposition parties together to hear Pakatan...

The SDP held a forum this afternoon where opposition parties came together to hear how the Pakatan Harapan...
Procedural amendments of laws against 'vexatious litigants'...

Procedural amendments of laws against 'vexatious litigants'...

International Human Rights lawyer M. Ravi has voiced his disagreement with the Ministry of Law's proposal...
Water and Electricity Price Hikes: Trust is not what...

Water and Electricity Price Hikes: Trust is not what...

The recent fee hikes on water and electricity are hitting Singaporeans especially hard and in more ways...
SDP Warning: Ensure Structral Safety of HDB Blocks...

SDP Warning: Ensure Structral Safety of HDB Blocks...

A decorative panel fell 40 storeys from an HDB block in Bendemeer Road "with a loud crash” next to...
They Never Saw A Price Hike They Did Not Like

They Never Saw A Price Hike They Did Not Like

I just read an article in CNA which gives the clearest indication yet Singaporeans will be hit with...
The position and allowance of a NCMP is nothing to...

The position and allowance of a NCMP is nothing to...

As a former Non-Constituency Member of Parliament, it feels kinda surreal to have a PAP politician 'envy'...
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,...
Letters
Senile Citizens Disappeared From TV!

Senile Citizens Disappeared From TV!

I always remember that PAP will like to parade senior citizens on National TV, especially after hikes....
Report GIC returns in S$ also so that we know CPF %...

Report GIC returns in S$ also so that we know CPF %...

I refer to the article “GIC records 3.4% long-term return above inflation” (Straits Times, Jul 13). It...
With 4 in 10 earning less than $2,500 or unemployed...

With 4 in 10 earning less than $2,500 or unemployed...

I refer to the article “Wages rose faster than productivity in recent years: Koh Poh Koon” (Straits...
ElderShield: $133m claims, $4b surpluses/reserves?

ElderShield: $133m claims, $4b surpluses/reserves?

I refer to the article “Elderly amputee who was denied Eldershield benefits dies weeks after authorities...
Grab suicide case

Grab suicide case

I am not writing this article to gain any sympathy, there is no point doing so. I would like to reveal...
What are the statistics that relate to Singapore ‘looking...

What are the statistics that relate to Singapore ‘looking...

I refer to the article “‘New Malaysia’ makes Singapore look outdated‘” by Bridget Welsh, associate...
Teachers parking kept by schools: Why never tell us...

Teachers parking kept by schools: Why never tell us...

I refer to the article “Parliament: Charging teachers for parking will result in revenue of $8 million...
The Illusion Of Wealth Driven By Debt In Singapore

The Illusion Of Wealth Driven By Debt In Singapore

The concept of wealth in Singapore is upside down. Instead of championing entrepreneurship & innovation...
Are our public service policies really helping Singaporeans?

Are our public service policies really helping Singaporeans?

I refer to the article “Public servants urged to view service through citizen’s eyes” (Straits...
Never Underestimate Stupidity Of Singaporeans!

Never Underestimate Stupidity Of Singaporeans!

Johor now asking if they can sell Singapore water at higher price, our state media is so eager to publish...
'We must first accurately take stock of where we are'...

'We must first accurately take stock of where we are'...

I refer to the Ministry for Social & Family Development’s reply “System not perfect but has...
Why is it that Temasek does not disclose its 'management...

Why is it that Temasek does not disclose its 'management...

I refer to the article “Norway’s $1 Trillion Oil Fund Taken to Task Over Rising Cost” (Bloomberg,...
Why is it that the cash component payout under Workfare...

Why is it that the cash component payout under Workfare...

I refer to the article “Review of wage top-up scheme for low-income workers” (Straits Times, Jul...
Do these arguments against giving too much help to...

Do these arguments against giving too much help to...

I refer to “No need for poor families to keep up with the Joneses” (Straits Times, Jul 7) in response...
What’s the point of replying to the Straits Times...

What’s the point of replying to the Straits Times...

I refer to the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) reply “Many measures taken to help the unemployed” to...
Government Should Stop Punishing New Home Buyers

Government Should Stop Punishing New Home Buyers

The Govt has on Thursday, 5th July introduce another new round of Additional Buyers' Stamp Duty or ABSD. Again...
Foreigners Taking Over Jobs Alarming!

Foreigners Taking Over Jobs Alarming!

Every morning, I take the train, honestly I see locals outnumber by foreigners. We have only 4M locals...
Why is the cost of producing water never ever disclosed?

Why is the cost of producing water never ever disclosed?

I refer to the article “PUB focuses on squeezing more value out of each drop of clean water produced”...
HDB down, private property up?

HDB down, private property up?

I refer to the article “HDB resale prices in June down 0.3% from May, SRX Property data shows” (Straits...
Low ‘misclassification’ of PMETs: Really?

Low ‘misclassification’ of PMETs: Really?

I refer to the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) reply “Incidence of misclassification of employees low:...
Sticky & Recent Articles

Senile Citizens Disappeared From TV!

Senile Citizens Disappeared From TV!

I always remember that PAP will like to parade senior citizens on National TV, especially after hikes. This year alone, we had hikes of various, the mother of all hikes. In the street interviews that PAP like to showcase is some senior citizens saying, “负担得起,才一两毛钱“。 The senior citizens will say... 

PM Lee’s handshake a cause for concern

PM Lee’s handshake a cause for concern

(Image posted on FB) What do you think?   Phillip Ang * The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.      Read More →

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