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Singapore Parody!Singapore Parody! If histories can tell us something, let us reminisce on the past. 2008, town councils' using sinking funds incurred massive losses with structured bonds. In 2013, an article surfaced that GM of JTC is also the MD of UGL P. which owned Esmaco, the contractor employed by JTC itself. In 2015, MP Ah Huey defended her company’s...

FAS $25m, MDA $27m, etc, gone?FAS $25m, MDA $27m, etc, gone? I refer to the article “Sports marketing firm MP & Silva wound up, FAS $25m deal in limbo” (Straits Times, Oct 19). It states that “Sports marketing agency MP & Silva (MPS) wrote itself into Singapore’s sporting annals in 2015, signing what was the biggest commercial deal in local football history –...

NEA: No action, meaningless statements on foodcourts?NEA: No action, meaningless statements on foodcourts? I refer to the article “Jurong West Hawker Centre customers to pay deposit when using trays: Hawker Management” (Channel NewsAsia, Oct 18). It states that “The Koufu Group social enterprise subsidiary had received complaints from stallholders who had to pay for a tray-return programme that rewarded customers with...

Why is SGX promoting Temasek retail bonds?Why is SGX promoting Temasek retail bonds? I received an email from the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) on Thursday - an invitation to attend a seminar on Temasek's retail bond. The retail bond which is being offered by Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, was launched on Wednesday (17 Oct). This bond comes with a five-year maturity and a fixed interest rate of...

Temasek’ 1st or 2nd retail bonds?Temasek’ 1st or 2nd retail bonds? I refer to the article “Temasek offering first retail bonds at 2.7% fixed interest” (Straits Times, Oct 17). It states that “Investment company Temasek has launched its first public bond offer for retail investors.” Someone asked me what is the difference between the subject Temasek’s first public bond for...

NTUC Foodfare: No fish/drumstick, got profits?NTUC Foodfare: No fish/drumstick, got profits? I refer to the article “NTUC Foodfare: Fish or chicken drumstick not for seniors or Comcare people at subsidized price” (theonlinecitizen, Oct 17). It states that “Last Thursday (11 OCT), a member of the public, Mr Lee Chee Meng, wrote to ST Forum complaining that NTUC Foodfare does not give patrons much choice...

CNA: Not worth the screen you watch it on?CNA: Not worth the screen you watch it on? I refer to the “Commentary: A minimum wage isn’t the answer to inequality” (Oct 13). It states that “The minimum wage has a life of its own, and will face pressure to increase over time. Once introduced, it will be extremely politically and economically difficult to remove, and does nothing for social mobility. My...

‘Human capital’ good, ‘Inequality’ bad: Apples to oranges?‘Human capital’ good, ‘Inequality’ bad: Apples to... I refer to the article “Heng slams Oxfam report on inequality, saying outcomes matter” (Straits Times, Oct 13). It states that “Outcomes, not measures of input, are what matters, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said yesterday, in a sharp criticism of the way a report arrived at its conclusion that Singapore was...

HDB bear market is more than 5 years already – due to ’99-year lease’ problem?HDB bear market is more than 5 years already – due to ’99-year... I refer to the article “HDB prices fall 0.2% from previous quarter; 3,800 BTO flats to be released in November” (Straits Times, Oct 1). It states that “Housing Board resale prices fell 0.2 per cent for the third quarter from the previous quarter this year, according to the latest flash estimates released on Monday...

Is our media among the highest paid in the world?Is our media among the highest paid in the world? I refer to the article “SPH panel finds two ST editors breached code of conduct” (Straits Times, Oct 4). It states that “”One editor will be removed from his post, demoted and redeployed; the other will be given a written warning, have his salary docked, and redeployed,” the SPH statement said.” My friend...

Action Information Management Pte LtdAction Information Management Pte Ltd Approximately eight year ago on 12 October 2010, 14 PAP TCs collectively awarded the tender for the sale of their Town Council Management System (TCMS) software to Action Information Management Pte Ltd (AIM), a PAP-owned $2 company, for $140,000. The TCs then leased back the software for one year at $131,880, effectively...

Roy Ngerng’s ‘education inequality’ analysis: Some commentsRoy Ngerng’s ‘education inequality’ analysis: Some... I refer to Roy Ngerng’s article “Singapore’s Education Outcomes Are Very Unequal at Higher Levels of Difficulty” (thehearttruths, Oct 13).It states that “It is true that Singapore “outperforms the rest of the world” in education – in science, reading and mathematics, and ranks top in human capital.But...

Latest data: Worsening HDB ethnic quota & 99-year problem?Latest data: Worsening HDB ethnic quota & 99-year problem? After writing “HDB resale flats cheaper than BTO flats?” (Oct 6) – the person   (who prefers to remain anonymous) who alerted me to these interesting HDB data in the first place, has just sent me the ‘Private Treaty Sales’ listing for October of just one property portal. There are 12 HDB ‘Bank Sale’....

HDB Resale flats cheaper than BTO flats?HDB Resale flats cheaper than BTO flats? After writing “HDB ethnic quota: Show the data, not ‘talk thru your nose’?” (Oct 2) – someone  (who prefers to remain anonymous) alerted me to some very interesting HDB data. According to the HDB’s web site – “Consistent Approach in Pricing New Flats In pricing new BTO flats, regardless of the differences,...

Refuting the ‘refute’ of the ‘149th’ Inequality Index?Refuting the ‘refute’ of the ‘149th’ Inequality Index? I refer to the article “S’pore refutes criticism over tackling inequality” (Straits Times, Oct 10). It states that “Social and Family Development Minister Desmond Lee pointed out that while Singapore’s spending on healthcare and education may not be as much as other nations, the outcomes it achieves in these...

Editorials
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,...
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...
Opinions
The Lion and the Lamb

The Lion and the Lamb

One of the issues KPMG and thus also PwC had with the WP MPs was that the managing agent (MA) contracts...
PAP’s failed attempt of Weaponizing Town Council...

PAP’s failed attempt of Weaponizing Town Council...

The current Court Hearing is definitely being judged in two courts: the court of Law as well as court...
That AIM Contract

That AIM Contract

Ms Sylvia Lim was sworn in on the witness stand on Thursday afternoon. After she was affirmed, SC Davinder...
Parable of the Slumdog Otter

Parable of the Slumdog Otter

A tale for Singaporeans and the PAP to ponder. It’s a tale that should have come from P(olitican)...
5 Acres Of Prime Land Dedicated To Propaganda

5 Acres Of Prime Land Dedicated To Propaganda

Pinky appears to be in full steam to get rid of dissidents, oppositions and critics. Fake news law,...
How to react to PAP’s prognosis of doom and gloom

How to react to PAP’s prognosis of doom and gloom

But first, why take IMF’s & other int’l bodies forecasts with a large pinch of salt Forecasting...
BS: SingPost’s 'next working day' delivery statement?

BS: SingPost’s 'next working day' delivery statement?

The ongoing case against the WP MPs etc reminded me that about three weeks ago, I posted a cheque to...
The Inequality Index puts Singapore as the last in...

The Inequality Index puts Singapore as the last in...

I refer to the article “Oxfam places Singapore last in Govt’s policy on progressivity of taxation...
Alt media only get their news from SPH, MediaCorp isit?

Alt media only get their news from SPH, MediaCorp isit?

Seems that TOC, TRE, Idiots and other alt media sites only get the news that they use to KPKB about how...
How to ensure no GST rise

How to ensure no GST rise

This suggested tight slap to PAP sure to work. Sad that it wouldn’t be administered. A TRE reader...
Impact Of Islamophobia On Singapore's Multi-religious...

Impact Of Islamophobia On Singapore's Multi-religious...

I refer to an upcoming event at Tin Pei Ling's usually inactive Macpherson CC this coming week on the...
Eight observation points on opening statement by SC...

Eight observation points on opening statement by SC...

7. IN GOOD FAITH I will end with this seventh observation point for now, and maybe combine the eighth...
Yet another Crazy Rich Asian druggie has good lawyer

Yet another Crazy Rich Asian druggie has good lawyer

Looks like Crazy Rich Asians want to flaunt their drug taking habits and their ability to get the best...
Eight observation points on opening statement by SC...

Eight observation points on opening statement by SC...

6. ON SPECULATION Let me sum up the points of SC Chelva Rajah’s opening statement for the Defendants...
World Bank Human Capital Ranking vs. Oxfam Inequality...

World Bank Human Capital Ranking vs. Oxfam Inequality...

Singapore topped a World Bank Human Capital index that essentially measures certain societal outcomes...
Uniquely Temasek? Kill Mandai wildlife to build wildlife...

Uniquely Temasek? Kill Mandai wildlife to build wildlife...

This headline in our constructive, nation-building media on Monday Mandai mangrove and mudflats to be...
AIM - that shell company with no employees except for...

AIM - that shell company with no employees except for...

AIM, AIM, AIM - that shell company with no employees except for 3 ex-PAP MP directors. The ongoing court...
Eight observation points on opening statement by SC...

Eight observation points on opening statement by SC...

5. PAST PRACTICE PRINCIPLE There was this interesting exchange between SC Rajah for the Defendants...
Another flaw in argument why ministers’ pay must...

Another flaw in argument why ministers’ pay must...

Many of the people in the fat cats top earners list that the PAP govt uses to set the pay for ministers...
‘Temasek’ and ‘GIC’ unable to prevent Hyflux...

‘Temasek’ and ‘GIC’ unable to prevent Hyflux...

Although Temasek may not have any interest in Hyflux, it is a government-linked company. On Hyflux’s...
Snippets
Action Information Management Pte Ltd

Action Information Management Pte Ltd

Approximately eight year ago on 12 October 2010, 14 PAP TCs collectively awarded the tender for the...
Quash the Wrongful Conviction of Artist-activist Seelan...

Quash the Wrongful Conviction of Artist-activist Seelan...

Singapore Unbound condemns the conviction of artist-activist Seelan Palay on October 3, 2018, for...
SDP Warned about EIP and PAP's Racial Politics Years...

SDP Warned about EIP and PAP's Racial Politics Years...

It was reported yesterday that minorities are having a hard time selling their flats because, under the...
 Singapore’s PAP has little to fear from Malaysia’s...

Singapore’s PAP has little to fear from Malaysia’s...

Pakatan Harapan’s recent defeat of Malaysia’s long-dominant UMNO-led coalition came as a near universal...
The Workers’ Party Manifesto

The Workers’ Party Manifesto

The WP began the review of its 2015 General Elections manifesto some months ago. The WP manifesto...
CAN: Singapore Should Respect the Right to Freedom...

CAN: Singapore Should Respect the Right to Freedom...

Singaporean social worker and activist Jolovan Wham will be back in court on October 1, 2018. This time,...
Defiant Love: From Nigeria and Singapore

Defiant Love: From Nigeria and Singapore

"Homosexuals are doomed to spend eternity in hell. If they wanted to change, they could be healed of...
MARUAH Calls for Repeal of Section 377A of the Penal...

MARUAH Calls for Repeal of Section 377A of the Penal...

As a human rights organisation, MARUAH is disconcerted by the Government’s position not to take steps...
SDP raises serious questions about Select Committee...

SDP raises serious questions about Select Committee...

The recommendations made by the Select Committee on dealing with fake news are troubling. The call...
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...
Letters
Singapore Parody!

Singapore Parody!

If histories can tell us something, let us reminisce on the past. 2008, town councils' using sinking...
FAS $25m, MDA $27m, etc, gone?

FAS $25m, MDA $27m, etc, gone?

I refer to the article “Sports marketing firm MP & Silva wound up, FAS $25m deal in limbo” (Straits...
NEA: No action, meaningless statements on foodcourts?

NEA: No action, meaningless statements on foodcourts?

I refer to the article “Jurong West Hawker Centre customers to pay deposit when using trays: Hawker...
Why is SGX promoting Temasek retail bonds?

Why is SGX promoting Temasek retail bonds?

I received an email from the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) on Thursday - an invitation to attend a seminar...
Temasek’ 1st or 2nd retail bonds?

Temasek’ 1st or 2nd retail bonds?

I refer to the article “Temasek offering first retail bonds at 2.7% fixed interest” (Straits Times,...
NTUC Foodfare: No fish/drumstick, got profits?

NTUC Foodfare: No fish/drumstick, got profits?

I refer to the article “NTUC Foodfare: Fish or chicken drumstick not for seniors or Comcare people...
CNA: Not worth the screen you watch it on?

CNA: Not worth the screen you watch it on?

I refer to the “Commentary: A minimum wage isn’t the answer to inequality” (Oct 13). It states...
NEA: Hawkers’ plight no issue – fees up 2.5 times...

NEA: Hawkers’ plight no issue – fees up 2.5 times...

I refer to the article “NEA defends operators: None of them has raised rental or operating costs”...
Latest data: Worsening HDB ethnic quota & 99-year problem?

Latest data: Worsening HDB ethnic quota & 99-year problem?

After writing “HDB resale flats cheaper than BTO flats?” (Oct 6) – the person   (who prefers...
‘Human capital’ good, ‘Inequality’ bad: Apples...

‘Human capital’ good, ‘Inequality’ bad: Apples...

I refer to the article “Heng slams Oxfam report on inequality, saying outcomes matter” (Straits Times,...
HDB bear market is more than 5 years already – due...

HDB bear market is more than 5 years already – due...

I refer to the article “HDB prices fall 0.2% from previous quarter; 3,800 BTO flats to be released...
Is our media among the highest paid in the world?

Is our media among the highest paid in the world?

I refer to the article “SPH panel finds two ST editors breached code of conduct” (Straits Times,...
Roy Ngerng’s ‘education inequality’ analysis:...

Roy Ngerng’s ‘education inequality’ analysis:...

I refer to Roy Ngerng’s article “Singapore’s Education Outcomes Are Very Unequal at Higher Levels...
HDB Resale flats cheaper than BTO flats?

HDB Resale flats cheaper than BTO flats?

After writing “HDB ethnic quota: Show the data, not ‘talk thru your nose’?” (Oct 2) – someone ...
Are we, arguably, so afraid of losing power, that we...

Are we, arguably, so afraid of losing power, that we...

I refer to Singapore’s Electoral Freedom ranking of 173rd in the world. Dear Singaporeans, Are...
Hospitals’ foreign patients: Only ‘good’ data,...

Hospitals’ foreign patients: Only ‘good’ data,...

I refer to the article “Percentage of foreigners admitted to public hospitals falls from 2008” (Sunday...
Our poicies are fueling greater inequality, not reducing...

Our poicies are fueling greater inequality, not reducing...

I refer to the article “Nigeria, Singapore and India fuel wealth gap – Oxfam” (Reuters, Oct 9). It...
Refuting the ‘refute’ of the ‘149th’ Inequality...

Refuting the ‘refute’ of the ‘149th’ Inequality...

I refer to the article “S’pore refutes criticism over tackling inequality” (Straits Times, Oct...
Why is it that Singapore’s health protection gap...

Why is it that Singapore’s health protection gap...

I refer to the article “Asia’s health protection gap widens to US$1.8 trillion: Swiss Re” (Business...
AHTC & PRPTC against the Workers Party MPs

AHTC & PRPTC against the Workers Party MPs

I refer to the ongoing case against the WP MPs and Town Councillors. I find the editorial by TISG a little...
Sticky & Recent Articles

The Lion and the Lamb

The Lion and the Lamb

One of the issues KPMG and thus also PwC had with the WP MPs was that the managing agent (MA) contracts AHTC had with FMSS was allegedly more expensive compared to the CPG contract, if CPG was compelled to stay on as MA. According to the PwC Report, FMSS was more expensive by around 0.5m for the first MA contract for one year,... 

Singapore Parody!

Singapore Parody!

If histories can tell us something, let us reminisce on the past. 2008, town councils’ using sinking funds incurred massive losses with structured bonds. In 2013, an article surfaced that GM of JTC is also the MD of UGL P. which owned Esmaco, the contractor employed by JTC itself. In 2015, MP Ah Huey defended her company’s... 

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