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Why be a busybody when we are lacking in social welfareWhy be a busybody when we are lacking in social welfare It is disturbing to know that our gov spent $20 million of public money arranging logistical and security arrangements for Trump-Kim summit. The US Treasury Department has sanctions that prevent tax payers money to be used on ‘hostile’ nations or any regimes they deemed to violate Human Rights. In this case, North...

Are we in a sense ‘jumping the gun’ by saying that the policies are ‘sound’ and only need two ‘improvements’, when the inquiry panel will only complete its work in a few more months?Are we in a sense ‘jumping the gun’ by saying that the... I refer to the article “SAF can improve heat injury prevention: Panel” (Straits Times, Jun 21). It states that “revealed on Tuesday that an external review panel flagged two areas for improvement – though he declined to elaborate further. However, he added that the panel found the SAF’s heat injury policies...

Why do many parents lack 'time' with their children?Why do many parents lack 'time' with their children? I refer to the article “Do not organise work activities that eat into family time, Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin urges employers” (Today, Jun 17). It states that “Employers can help fathers more by being conscious about organising work activities that do not eat into family time … Giving the example that employers...

Why no more statistics on how many were able to meet the CPF Full Retirement Sum at age 55?Why no more statistics on how many were able to meet the... I refer to the article “MOF press secretary lied about our failed CPF scheme” (likedatosocanmeh, Jun 16, 2018). It states that “In “Plain speech also about telling the hard truth“, MOF press secretary Lim Yuin Chien must have thought Singaporeans are dumbasses when he anyhow claimed that “the Central Provident...

Why is Singapore’s public healthcare spending as a percentage of GDP so low?Why is Singapore’s public healthcare spending as a percentage... I refer to the article “May to unveil £20bn a year boost to NHS spending” (The Guardian, Jun 16). It states that “Taxpayers are to be asked to help fund a £20bn a year injection of extra cash into the National Health Service by 2023-24 that will pay for thousands more doctors and nurses, while cutting cancer...

Annual pay gap between junior Ministers and junior civil servants as much as 67 times?Annual pay gap between junior Ministers and junior civil... I refer to the article “Civil servants to get half-month mid-year bonus, one-off payments of $300 to $500″ (Straits Times, Jun 20). It states that “The last time civil servants got a one-off payment was in 2015, when each of them received $500 to mark Singapore’s 50th birthday. About 1,450 civil servants in...

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...

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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
PAP’s petty and divisive politics does little for...

PAP’s petty and divisive politics does little for...

PAP Candidate for Aljunied GRC Victor Lye made a controversial Facebook post on Wednesday (20 May)....
Do the world’s highest paid politicians deliver world...

Do the world’s highest paid politicians deliver world...

The world’s highest paid footballers are now playing at the biggest stage, the World Cup in Russia....
Our responsibility towards ex-offenders

Our responsibility towards ex-offenders

I read with a mixture of intrigue, cheer and dismay the letter from Mr Sunny Lee, Director, Media Relations,...
31 years after Operation Spectrum, the 1987 Marxist...

31 years after Operation Spectrum, the 1987 Marxist...

Exactly 31 years ago, six people were arrested by the People's Action Party government in what was the...
Akan Datang: Why CPF Life payments will begin at 85

Akan Datang: Why CPF Life payments will begin at 85

This will happen because 85 is 2.4 years above the average S’porean life expectancy rate of 82.6 yrs. Let...
Ministerial salary should not be pegged to top 500/501...

Ministerial salary should not be pegged to top 500/501...

Singaporeans should not fear scrutinizing PAP and start to ask hard questions. When PAP tells us that...
Being punitive permeates every aspect of Singapore’s...

Being punitive permeates every aspect of Singapore’s...

From the way a disabled >senior citizen was callously denied aid from the government to how ex...
Non-existent GST subsidy helps PAP gain some political...

Non-existent GST subsidy helps PAP gain some political...

Singaporeans have been fooled by PAP for decades. One of the ways is through various non-existent...
When propaganda gets too ridiculously far-fetched

When propaganda gets too ridiculously far-fetched

Activist and Opposition politician Jose Raymond made a Facebook post yesterday (19 Jun), following...
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...
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
Why be a busybody when we are lacking in social welfare

Why be a busybody when we are lacking in social welfare

It is disturbing to know that our gov spent $20 million of public money arranging logistical and security...
Why no more statistics on how many were able to meet...

Why no more statistics on how many were able to meet...

I refer to the article “MOF press secretary lied about our failed CPF scheme” (likedatosocanmeh,...
Are we in a sense ‘jumping the gun’ by saying that...

Are we in a sense ‘jumping the gun’ by saying that...

I refer to the article “SAF can improve heat injury prevention: Panel” (Straits Times, Jun 21). It...
Why is Singapore’s public healthcare spending as...

Why is Singapore’s public healthcare spending as...

I refer to the article “May to unveil £20bn a year boost to NHS spending” (The Guardian, Jun 16). It...
Why do many parents lack 'time' with their children?

Why do many parents lack 'time' with their children?

I refer to the article “Do not organise work activities that eat into family time, Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin...
Annual pay gap between junior Ministers and junior...

Annual pay gap between junior Ministers and junior...

I refer to the article “Civil servants to get half-month mid-year bonus, one-off payments of $300...
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...
Sticky & Recent Articles

Build barriers to obstruct the handicapped?

Build barriers to obstruct the handicapped?

Just take a closer look at the above picture. See those shinning chrome barriers along the common walkway. Does it not tell you anything? Obviously, those wheelchairs will have difficulty negotiating through them especially if he is alone. Those barriers were put up to deter cyclists from riding along the walkway says the town... 

MICA calls for public tender to rebrand Singapore

MICA calls for public tender to rebrand Singapore

On 26 September, the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA), opened a tender for public relations companies to offer ideas on rebranding Singapore. Titled “Public Relations Plan to Enhance External Perceptions of Singapore”, the tender closes on 25 October. The plan targets “business leaders,... 

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