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PSP Poses Tough Questions for Budget 2020PSP Poses Tough Questions for Budget 2020 A more sizable budget should have been allocated to households to cope with the COVID-19 crises and economic slowdown Progress Singapore Party’s Budget 2020 Response The Singapore Budget 2020 was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister in Parliament on Tuesday, 18 February 2020. In our pre-Budget...

HSA on Import of Hand Sanitisers, Masks, Thermometers and Protective GearHSA on Import of Hand Sanitisers, Masks, Thermometers and... Hand Sanitisers Hand sanitisers are not required to be approved by HSA. To obtain more information on topical antiseptics such hygienic hand rubs or sanitisers, please click here. Masks, Thermometers and Protective Gear With a surge in demand for masks, thermometers and protective gear for medical professionals locally,...

Self-sufficency critical to our survivalSelf-sufficency critical to our survival The idea of producing masks in Singapore is a reminder for us to cherish the value of strategic capability in times of crisis (Singapore should produce its own masks, by Mr David Kong, Feb 11). Having gone through the dark days of the Japanese Occupation, I raised the issue of Singapore's food production capability with...

MP wear a mask to visit an infected personMP wear a mask to visit an infected person I am not taking sides but I think Mr GMS does have a point. A ruling party MP has responded to a Facebook post by an opposition politician that criticized her for wearing a mask during a visit to a block with one of Singapore’s coronavirus patients. In her response on Facebook the same day, Ms Cheng said: “One of our...

Singapore should produce its own masks Singapore should produce its own masks Foxconn, the maker of Apple's iPhone and other consumer electronics products, is taking the unusual step to produce surgical masks, which is not its core business. Foxconn has about one million workers in mainland China. It argues that the masks are needed to protect its workers as a precautionary measure against the...

PAP's leadership found wanting in times of the COVID-19 outbreakPAP's leadership found wanting in times of the COVID-19 outbreak The COVID-19 outbreak was an excellent opportunity to cover lost ground by showing off its leadership capabilities. Sadly, and naturally, leadership was found wanting. On the contrary, it shot its own foot with idiotic utterings, bizarre actions and inertia. The chief clown created the greatest faux pas with the...

SDP's Young Democrats Push for Meaningful and Decisive Action on Climate Change in SingaporeSDP's Young Democrats Push for Meaningful and Decisive Action... The government "talks a good game" but continues to drag its feet over implementing urgent and meaningful measures that would mitigate climate change, Ms Min Cheong, youth member of the SDP, said today at the launch of the party's climate change policy. The launch was streamed live on Youtube and FB this afternoon....

M Ravi sets up law firm in Myanmar as regional officeM Ravi sets up law firm in Myanmar as regional office In a unique collaboration with domestic human rights and commercial lawyers, renowned international human rights lawyer, M. Ravi enters the Myanmar market to meet the rising legal needs of the business and non-government (NGO) community in Myanmar and the Indo-Chinese region. Mr Ravi is a prominent international human...

SDP Calls on PAP to Scrap Plans to Hike GST to 9 Percent, Now is Not the TimeSDP Calls on PAP to Scrap Plans to Hike GST to 9 Percent,... With the spread of the novel coronavirus, the SDP calls on Singaporeans to come together to help contain the virus by heeding public health warnings and advice. We acknowledge and appreciate the hard work of public health experts and recognise that this will be a trying few weeks ahead for all of us. This is also...

Need for better control over panic buyingNeed for better control over panic buying The Government could have done better by holding a meeting with supermarket operators before they announced the raising of the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (Dorscon) to orange (No risk of shortage of essential food, household items, Feb 8). This would have allowed all parties concerned to prepare in advance...

There is more to life than 2019-nCoVThere is more to life than 2019-nCoV While everyone is seized with nCoV and engaged in battling this serious medical outbreak, there is more to life than nCoV. In MOT, we press on with the expansion of our MRT network. TEL1 opened last week. Today, LTA has just signed a contract with Korea’s Hyundai Rotem Company to place our order for 62 trains for the...

Where are all the 'sufficient' masks?Where are all the 'sufficient' masks? I am a senior citizen (Merdeka Gen) with many illness such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and Heart problem. This afternoon I went to Bedok North Centre to try to buy some face masks. I was shock that NTUC, Guardian and several Medical shops do not have any face mask available. The government said the we have sufficient...

We should bite the bullet and shut the Airshow for this roundWe should bite the bullet and shut the Airshow for this round We should bite the bullet and shut the Airshow for this round. A simple company meeting at Grand Hyatt Hotel has turned us into an unofficial "WUHAN VIRUS HUB of international transmission". If this Airshow becomes another example of Hub of International Transmission, we might face blockade of travel between Singapore...

MP Cheng Li Hui on why she wore a maskMP Cheng Li Hui on why she wore a mask One of our residents here at Tampines East is a confirmed patient of the nCoV. I visited the patient’s block again today, to support the cleaning done by the Tampines Town Council. I also stopped by the quarantined home briefly, and dropped the family a card with the CC’s contact details should they need help. I...

Do they believe their own propaganda?Do they believe their own propaganda? PAP leaders and Ministers keep saying you don't need to wear mask if you are not unwell. At the same time propaganda machine works over time to brainwash Singaporeans that mask is ineffective in prevention of infection, etc etc... BUT their own MPs are most honest with their actions... Do they believe their own...

Editorials
SDP's response to Budget 2020

SDP's response to Budget 2020

  On Tuesday (18 Feb), the Singapore Democratic Party released a video depicting their response...
Government orders Facebook to block access to States...

Government orders Facebook to block access to States...

After a failure to comply with an earlier notice to label itself as a Declared Online Location (DOL),...
Singapore confirms 3 new cases, raising total infected...

Singapore confirms 3 new cases, raising total infected...

Singapore has registered another 3 cases of Covid-19 infections, bringing the total tally of infected...
WHO: Advisory on 'when to use a mask' applies 'generally'

WHO: Advisory on 'when to use a mask' applies 'generally'

The World Health Organization (WHO) has clarified that its advisory on "when to use a mask" is only a...
First confirmed infection of a medical worker in Singapore

First confirmed infection of a medical worker in Singapore

Singapore has registered its first case of medical worker being infected with the Covid-19. Among...
MOE clarifies it was WHO which said 'no need to wear...

MOE clarifies it was WHO which said 'no need to wear...

Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) has issued a statement clarifying that their health advisory...
SDP calls out 2 Facebook accounts for posting

SDP calls out 2 Facebook accounts for posting "copy...

In a Facebook post on Thursday (13 Feb), the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) called out 2 Facebook accounts...
Sacrifices of medical workers battling Covid-19 in...

Sacrifices of medical workers battling Covid-19 in...

Other than risk being infected and killed by the deadly Covid-19, medical workers in infected cities...
Getting hold of masks in Singapore

Getting hold of masks in Singapore

With the expected increase in outbreak of the Covid-19 in Singapore, a few readers have emailed TR Emeritus...
Where did the Wuhan travellers went before the lockdown?

Where did the Wuhan travellers went before the lockdown?

A group of British researchers have generated a predictive global risk map for the likely spread of Covid-19...
Work passes revoked for 2 who entered Singapore without...

Work passes revoked for 2 who entered Singapore without...

Two work pass workers have had their passes revoked by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for entering the...
Singapore the most Covid-19 infected city outside China

Singapore the most Covid-19 infected city outside China

Singapore is now the most infected city outside of mainland China, after the island city announced another...
United Kingdom's Covid-19 'super carrier' has recovered

United Kingdom's Covid-19 'super carrier' has recovered

The British businessman who became known as a "super-spreader" of the COVID-19 said on Tuesday (11...
Senior medical practitioners advise Singaporeans to...

Senior medical practitioners advise Singaporeans to...

Four medical practitioners in Singapore have come together to issue a friendly health advisory , advising...
Singapore may register first death from Covid-19 infection?

Singapore may register first death from Covid-19 infection?

With 8 confirmed Covid-19 patients in intensive care, health authorities (MOH) in Singapore have warned...
Hundreds of medical workers in China infected by Covid-19

Hundreds of medical workers in China infected by Covid-19

Hundreds of medical workers in China have been infected by the Covid-19 and at least 6 have died,...
Japanese evacuees from Wuhan infected after initially...

Japanese evacuees from Wuhan infected after initially...

Two citizens evacuated from Wuhan, the epicentre of a Covid-19 outbreak have been diagnosed with...
Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) renamed to SARS-CoV-2...

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) renamed to SARS-CoV-2...

The Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) that has wrecked havoc in China and dozens of countries around...
2019-nCOV virus could remain dormant for up to 24 days

2019-nCOV virus could remain dormant for up to 24 days

Top medical researchers in China have discovered that the incubation period for the Novel Coronavirus...
Opinions
The Sad Decline of a Pioneering People

The Sad Decline of a Pioneering People

You have to hand it to the Anglo-Saxons, namely the British and later on the Americans, for shaping much...
Leave the scarce supply of face masks for the hospital...

Leave the scarce supply of face masks for the hospital...

Minister Chan said that the govt has to conserve the limited supply of surgical masks for use in the...
Macau’s handling of viral outbreak puts PAP to shame

Macau’s handling of viral outbreak puts PAP to shame

After first confirmed case Macau – 20 million masks distributed from national stockpile 1 day...
Dear opposition parties, it's time to turn your gear...

Dear opposition parties, it's time to turn your gear...

Ok, the PAP Govt is fighting Cov19, and receiving praise (from Singaporeans and international...
Irrational PAP control and charges on Masks and Sanitizers...

Irrational PAP control and charges on Masks and Sanitizers...

I am told that from now on, anyone who wants to bring in masks from overseas must submit a form to the...
Thanks to cybernuts, Fairprice is laughing all the...

Thanks to cybernuts, Fairprice is laughing all the...

NTUC Fairprice made so much money recently that it stopped advertising last Thursday its discounts for...
Wuhan, China's Pearl Harbour from a sneaky attack?

Wuhan, China's Pearl Harbour from a sneaky attack?

The Atlantis Report on the coronavirus as a bioweapon (13.45min) - https://youtu.be/1CM2z3Od9yo Pearl...
Duty of govt to ensure workers are gainfully employed

Duty of govt to ensure workers are gainfully employed

During the negotiation to resolve the US-China trade war, the US side complained that China was subsidizing...
Has the Covid-19 infection peaking and under control...

Has the Covid-19 infection peaking and under control...

The above chart shows the number of cases as on 16 Feb, a total of 75 cases positive so far. Singapore...
Provide hand sanitizers at public places

Provide hand sanitizers at public places

The medical experts advised that people should wash their hands frequently to get rid of the virus. I...
Philippines Termination of Defence Pact with US is...

Philippines Termination of Defence Pact with US is...

By now everybody should know that the Evil Empire, USA is the source of all troubles, turmoils, wars...
In Praise of a Jewish Elf

In Praise of a Jewish Elf

The Democratic Party is currently trying to choose the candidate that they hope will be able to remove...
Two experts think Wuhan virus is juz 'bad cold'

Two experts think Wuhan virus is juz 'bad cold'

Update on 16 February at 10.55 am: World Health Organisation (WHO) found 82% of infected have mild symptoms,...
Measures to stop the spread of the virus

Measures to stop the spread of the virus

Under code orange, the govt implement the following strategies to stop the spread of the virus: a)...
Covid19 - When Singapore is Code Red

Covid19 - When Singapore is Code Red

The govt has just announced that it would not hastily move the country to Code Red status given the strong...
So much hassle to use DBS Remit

So much hassle to use DBS Remit

I wanted to send some money to a manufacturer in China through DBS Remit. I have to create an payee...
Wuhan virus: Look on the bright side

Wuhan virus: Look on the bright side

So DBS, our biggest bank, has lowered its 2020 GDP growth forecast for Singapore by 28% from 1.4% previously...
Roy Ngerng: Why Bloomberg's praise of the Singapore...

Roy Ngerng: Why Bloomberg's praise of the Singapore...

Bloomberg praised Singapore's coronavirus management but the reality is very different on ground...
Get everyone to have a temperature screen once a week

Get everyone to have a temperature screen once a week

This is what I gathered from reading many sources. When a person is infected with the coronavirus,...
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PSP Poses Tough Questions for Budget 2020

PSP Poses Tough Questions for Budget 2020

A more sizable budget should have been allocated to households to cope with the COVID-19 crises and...
HSA on Import of Hand Sanitisers, Masks, Thermometers...

HSA on Import of Hand Sanitisers, Masks, Thermometers...

Hand Sanitisers Hand sanitisers are not required to be approved by HSA. To obtain more information on...
SDP's Young Democrats Push for Meaningful and Decisive...

SDP's Young Democrats Push for Meaningful and Decisive...

The government "talks a good game" but continues to drag its feet over implementing urgent and meaningful...
M Ravi sets up law firm in Myanmar as regional office

M Ravi sets up law firm in Myanmar as regional office

In a unique collaboration with domestic human rights and commercial lawyers, renowned international human...
SDP Calls on PAP to Scrap Plans to Hike GST to 9 Percent,...

SDP Calls on PAP to Scrap Plans to Hike GST to 9 Percent,...

With the spread of the novel coronavirus, the SDP calls on Singaporeans to come together to help contain...
There is more to life than 2019-nCoV

There is more to life than 2019-nCoV

While everyone is seized with nCoV and engaged in battling this serious medical outbreak, there is more...
We should bite the bullet and shut the Airshow for...

We should bite the bullet and shut the Airshow for...

We should bite the bullet and shut the Airshow for this round. A simple company meeting at Grand Hyatt...
MP Cheng Li Hui on why she wore a mask

MP Cheng Li Hui on why she wore a mask

One of our residents here at Tampines East is a confirmed patient of the nCoV. I visited the patient’s...
Do they believe their own propaganda?

Do they believe their own propaganda?

PAP leaders and Ministers keep saying you don't need to wear mask if you are not unwell. At the...
Covid-19 infections in Hubei (20 Feb @0730 hours)

Covid-19 infections in Hubei (20 Feb @0730 hours)

The Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak in China rages on, as more are infected with the virus that’s spreading...
Covid-19 infections in China (20 Feb @1145 hours)

Covid-19 infections in China (20 Feb @1145 hours)

The Covid-19 outbreak in China rages on, as more are infected with the virus that’s spreading faster...
Covid-19 infections worldwide (20 Feb @0750 hours)

Covid-19 infections worldwide (20 Feb @0750 hours)

The Covid-19 outbreak rages on, as more are infected with the virus that’s spreading faster than...
SDP Draws Up Climate Change Policy, Calls Out PAP for...

SDP Draws Up Climate Change Policy, Calls Out PAP for...

If you don't want to read all of the 39 pages of our climate change policy, here's a summary. What...
High Court reserves judgement on TOC POFMA appeal

High Court reserves judgement on TOC POFMA appeal

The High Court on Thu (6 Feb) reserved its judgement on The Online Citizen’s (TOC) appeal against Home...
Judge: Court is constrained by what legislation compels

Judge: Court is constrained by what legislation compels

High Court Judge Ang Cheng Hock has ruled against the SDP in the MOM’s POFMA action against us over...
Letters
Self-sufficency critical to our survival

Self-sufficency critical to our survival

The idea of producing masks in Singapore is a reminder for us to cherish the value of strategic capability...
MP wear a mask to visit an infected person

MP wear a mask to visit an infected person

I am not taking sides but I think Mr GMS does have a point. A ruling party MP has responded to a Facebook...
Singapore should produce its own masks

Singapore should produce its own masks

Foxconn, the maker of Apple's iPhone and other consumer electronics products, is taking the unusual step...
PAP's leadership found wanting in times of the COVID-19...

PAP's leadership found wanting in times of the COVID-19...

The COVID-19 outbreak was an excellent opportunity to cover lost ground by showing off its leadership...
Need for better control over panic buying

Need for better control over panic buying

The Government could have done better by holding a meeting with supermarket operators before they announced...
Where are all the 'sufficient' masks?

Where are all the 'sufficient' masks?

I am a senior citizen (Merdeka Gen) with many illness such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and Heart...
Coronavirus: Confusion over different approaches taken

Coronavirus: Confusion over different approaches taken

The Ministry of Health has been sending out notifications and taking out advertisements to inform the...
A 'reactive' PAP government does not give confidence...

A 'reactive' PAP government does not give confidence...

I am not a doctor but somehow my gut feelings tell me that there is something not right about the...
Telemedicine can help prevent local outbreak

Telemedicine can help prevent local outbreak

I was president of the Singapore Medical Association 17 years ago during the severe acute respiratory...
Handling of the Wuhan crisis does not give confidence...

Handling of the Wuhan crisis does not give confidence...

After much radio silence, PM Lee gave a press conference while in Davos to say that Singaporeans...
Minister Gan's track record does not give confidence...

Minister Gan's track record does not give confidence...

As Minister of Health, Gan Kim Yong has overseen some of the worse cock-ups in our medical system....
Are the authorities doing enough to prevent the spread...

Are the authorities doing enough to prevent the spread...

It was reported in Bloomberg that not all who are affected by the Wuhan virus showed symptoms of fever....
Is the label 'divisive force' a bogeyman to take the...

Is the label 'divisive force' a bogeyman to take the...

The latest label being thrown at Singapore citizens - from a Minister no less  are - "divisive force"...
Despite the witholding of data, we must fight on to...

Despite the witholding of data, we must fight on to...

The government's consistent refusal to be transparent and reveal data that affects the well being...
Minister Chan's statistics lead us to more questions...

Minister Chan's statistics lead us to more questions...

Minister Chan Chun Sing revealed that 17% of new jobs went to PRs, whilst they make up a total of...
Sticky & Recent Articles

SDP calls out 2 Facebook accounts for posting “copy and paste” messages

SDP calls out 2 Facebook accounts for posting “copy and paste” messages

In a Facebook post on Thursday (13 Feb), the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) called out 2 Facebook accounts which had posted comments in response to its earlier proposal to scrap the GST hike to 9%. The party had come out with a proposal the day before, saying that the GST hike was not appropriate at this time. The party said... 

Sacrifices of medical workers battling Covid-19 in China

Sacrifices of medical workers battling Covid-19 in China

Other than risk being infected and killed by the deadly Covid-19, medical workers in infected cities throughout China are literally “suffering” a lot of inconvenience and making a lot of sacrifice to ensure that infected patients are receiving proper treatments. For starters, most of the medical workers put in prolonged... 

Getting hold of masks in Singapore

Getting hold of masks in Singapore

With the expected increase in outbreak of the Covid-19 in Singapore, a few readers have emailed TR Emeritus (TRE) suggesting that we start a thread for readers to share their experiences in getting their hands on masks. As far as TRE is aware, there is currently not a single retail outlet on the island that has masks for sale,... 

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