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The late Lee Kuan Yew was misled by Lee Hsien LoongThe late Lee Kuan Yew was misled by Lee Hsien Loong Papa was led by Loong to believe that Oxley Road had been “gazetted” by the government. This was the background to Loong’s insistence that Papa should change his will to give Oxley Road to Loong alone. Indeed, Pa wrote to his lawyer Kwa Kim Li of Lee & Lee, on 6 Sep 2012 saying "Although it has been gazetted as...

Allow foreign spouses to live in Singapore as home makersAllow foreign spouses to live in Singapore as home makers I think there is an unspoken policy that foreign spouses should be well educated and able to work in Singapore and earn a high income. This is why the low income locals are not able to marry a foreign spouse and bring them to live in Singapore. I think that this policy is short sighted. It does not recognize the value...

Team EffortTeam Effort Gaudy Boy, our imprint for publishing Asian voices, has been from the start a team effort. Our Managing Editor Kimberley Lim was instrumental in setting up operations in 2018. We were soon joined by Judy Luo as an editorial intern. With her sharp literary intelligence, Judy has been so valuable in assessing new manuscripts...

SDP's Alternative Healthcare Plan will Lessen Burden on S'poreansSDP's Alternative Healthcare Plan will Lessen Burden on S'poreans Do away with the 3Ms (Medisave, Medishield and Medifund) and introduce a single-payer insurance scheme for Singapore's healthcare system. This was the main proposal by the SDP which launched its healthcare plan at its office this afternoon. Presented by its Chairman Professor Paul Tambyah and CEC member Khung...

Gardens on top of busesGardens on top of buses When I read this article about plants on top of buses, my immediate reaction was - what a bad idea. It will never work. It will take too much maintenence. My common sense tells me that a better idea is to put solar panel on top of the buses. To keep the bus cool, it should be possible to have a cushion of air below...

A Family and an OrganisationA Family and an Organisation It was a privilege to be a member of this team over the last few days in Parliament, debating the Criminal Law Reform Bill, POHA and of course, POFMA. People often underestimate how difficult it is to build a team. In politics, there is no commercial reward, no monetary benefit to motivate and incentivise performance....

Tan Wah Piow's Marxist AnalysisTan Wah Piow's Marxist Analysis Recently Tan Wah Piow posted on Facebook on Marxism, commenting that "Marx is not dead", and that he is "even more relevant". I am not making this up. It can be found on Facebook. Now, we have socioeconomic issues that deserves and needs to be debated, such as the adequacy of our safety nets, depreciating value of...

Dr Lee Wei Ling: 'Kwa Kim Lee Has Been Lying'Dr Lee Wei Ling: 'Kwa Kim Lee Has Been Lying' My dishonourable brother Loong has repeatedly alleged that my sister-in-law, Yang’s wife, prepared and somehow got our father to sign a will in December 2013. Kwa Kim Li (KKL) of Lee & Lee has denied involvement in the events that led to this 2013 will. These are all falsehoods. KKL has been lying. She has also...

Solidarity the Way to Overcome FearSolidarity the Way to Overcome Fear Singapore Unbound joins 27 other Singapore arts and civil society groups in expressing our shared concerns about the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill. In our view, the Bill would grant excessive discretionary powers of censorship to the executive branch of government. "Action to address misinformation...

SDP to Launch Alternative Plan That Will Make Healthcare Truly Affordable for the PeopleSDP to Launch Alternative Plan That Will Make Healthcare... Shortly after the SDP pushed the idea of universal coverage of our healthcare system, the PAP government adopted the idea – or at least the rhetoric. For instance, we said in 2012 that “healthcare reform must spring from and be underpinned by this fundamental principle of universal, affordable coverage.” In...

Baey and Students Courageous for Talking Lead, Shanmugam Cannot Remain SilentBaey and Students Courageous for Talking Lead, Shanmugam... Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam's continued silence on Ms Monica Baey's case is telling. Under his watch, the police and AGC have not prosecuted the perpetrator, Mr Nicholas Lim. Contrast this with the case of 20-year-old Edmund Zhong who was investigated by the police for merely saying that he wanted to throw...

Judge Says Bullying Is A Frequent OccurrenceJudge Says Bullying Is A Frequent Occurrence I refer to this article on TNP. First off, let me say that I do not condone of this parent's action. And being a teacher, he should have known better than to do something like this. However, let's imagine if something like this, were to happen to us. Imagine you have a child who is constantly bullied at school. Imagine...

Relooking at POFMARelooking at POFMA Real news about fake news. Parliament sits again on 6 May, with POFMA or the fake news bill being up for the second reading. Expect the debate to be a marathon one by Singapore's standard, taking several days. What are the 'readings'? First reading is when the minister in charge puts up the bill and makes it available...

Is forgiving so difficult for usIs forgiving so difficult for us Is forgiving so difficult for us, or have we forgotten how to? My opinion that the society should not always put their perspective in only black or white. When I mention that the penalty given to a person due to the fact that he was remorseful and that he is also not a repeat offender. People says that I am endorsing...

Be a real supporter of changeBe a real supporter of change Many people are unhappy with the conditions in Singapore - high cost of living, insecurity of job, depleting value of HDB flats, delay in payout of CPF savings and other issues. They like to see people come forward to stand for election and provide an alternative to the PAP in Parliament. They claim to support these...

Editorials
 Fake news law is a ploy by the government to hold...

Fake news law is a ploy by the government to hold...

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday (7 May), MP for Aljunied GRC Low Thia Khiang said that the latest...
Please format and punctuate your comments

Please format and punctuate your comments

Recently, we have noticed a few new readers who like to post long comments in a post but neglecting to...
Heng Swee Keat is Deputy Prime Minister effective 1st...

Heng Swee Keat is Deputy Prime Minister effective 1st...

Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat will be promoted to Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) with effect from...
Police: Punishment meted to Nicholas Lim is 'consistent...

Police: Punishment meted to Nicholas Lim is 'consistent...

The Singapore Police Force (police) has issued an official statement in defense of its perceived...
Updated statement from media practitioners on concerns...

Updated statement from media practitioners on concerns...

We are deeply disappointed with the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill (POFMA),...
WP's claims in 2015 that PAP would increase GST after...

WP's claims in 2015 that PAP would increase GST after...

Speaking in Parliament on 1 Apr, Minister for Law and Home Affairs K Shanmugam said that the new Law...
Self-exiled Alex Tan returning to face the music?

Self-exiled Alex Tan returning to face the music?

The former editor of now-defunct States Times Review (STR) and current editor of Singapore Herald...
Interesting segments from Tean Lim's Rally speech

Interesting segments from Tean Lim's Rally speech

Peoples Voice organised a live rally recently asking the question of "Where is the Accountability in...
Retrenched PMETs on the rise while observers say government...

Retrenched PMETs on the rise while observers say government...

According to a labour market report released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Thursday, PMETs accounted...
Temasek-owned SingPost to divest US e-commerce business...

Temasek-owned SingPost to divest US e-commerce business...

After several social media sagas on its service standards, Bloomberg reported on Wed (13 Mar) that Singapore...
GIC invests $700 million in Bharti Airtel after Moody's...

GIC invests $700 million in Bharti Airtel after Moody's...

The Asia Times reported last week (8 Mar) that Singapore’s Government Investment Corporation will...
Singapore purchases fighter jets described as '$1.4...

Singapore purchases fighter jets described as '$1.4...

It was reported that Singapore is looking to purchase four F-35 fighter jets, with an option for eight...
Nurse sentenced to 12 weeks jail for assaulting man...

Nurse sentenced to 12 weeks jail for assaulting man...

A nurse was sentenced to 12 weeks' jail after punching an elderly resident at the SPH-owned Orange Valley...
Netizens upset that appeals from grassroots advisers...

Netizens upset that appeals from grassroots advisers...

Speaking at the Committee of Supply debate for the Ministry of Home Affairs, WP MP and Vice-Chair...
Grassroots leader involved in unprovoked assault on...

Grassroots leader involved in unprovoked assault on...

The mainstream media reported (3 Mar) that a grassroots leader is under investigations and currently...
No conflict of Interest for Auditor-General to be Minister’s...

No conflict of Interest for Auditor-General to be Minister’s...

Speaking in Parliament on Thursday (28 Feb), Minister-in-Charge of the Civil Service Chan Chun Sing said...
Apex Court rules that CGH's negligence had cause woman's...

Apex Court rules that CGH's negligence had cause woman's...

The Court of Appeal (CA) ruled on Tuesday (Feb 26) that a patient with lung cancer would have been...
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Contacting TR Emeritus with a free Gmail email address

Please be informed that effective immediately, we will NOT be answering any emails addressed to TR Emeritus...
Businessman donates 'meaningful sum' towards TR Emeritus'...

Businessman donates 'meaningful sum' towards TR Emeritus'...

We are pleased to announce that a local businessman has donated a "meaningful sum" towards TR Emeritus's...
Members of Progress Singapore Party revealed

Members of Progress Singapore Party revealed

The office-holders and some members of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) which Dr Tan Cheng Bock has...
Opinions
The man who would be 'PM'

The man who would be 'PM'

In an interview Mr Heng Swee Keat struggles to reinvent himself from arch bureaucrat to 'leader'. According...
Why the politically aware must vote non PAP

Why the politically aware must vote non PAP

Many people who are politically aware of the situation in Singapore and the future for their children...
Religious equality, the PAP way

Religious equality, the PAP way

Yesterday was Vesak Day and this reminded me of the way the PAP govt treats the sensibilities of the...
Singaporeans Need To Overcome The Pyschological Barrier...

Singaporeans Need To Overcome The Pyschological Barrier...

I am in my 50s, I need to say the PAP had evolved from a caring party to now a self serving one. Yes,...
Worrisome features about POFMA

Worrisome features about POFMA

I attended a forum organised by Function 8 about POFMA, the fake news law. The panelists point out...
How robust is the process of the Singapore government...

How robust is the process of the Singapore government...

I refer to the report by Straits Times that a Singapore Permanent Resident (of Nigerian nationality)...
 PAP’s 'fake news' legislation Is an insult to Singaporean’s...

PAP’s 'fake news' legislation Is an insult to Singaporean’s...

After more than 15 months of convulsive and bitter debate on the subject, it is clear that Singaporeans...
Simplify Medisave and make it voluntary

Simplify Medisave and make it voluntary

I saw a 10 page booklet explaining about Medisave. It tells what Medisave can be used for and the limits...
Why most Singaporeans keep voting for PAP

Why most Singaporeans keep voting for PAP

It’s like shopping leh: self-reinforcing cycle, where they became more and more attached to a product. We...
May Singaporeans Wake-up One Day

May Singaporeans Wake-up One Day

In New Zealand service in public life is important: they are free of Dishnourables and Hollow Men. As...
Redefining democracy and practices for the future of...

Redefining democracy and practices for the future of...

Democracy is not just about having a vote it is more about how we operate between the votes and support...
Let the court decide on what is fake news

Let the court decide on what is fake news

Under the POFMA or fake news law, any of the 20 ministers can make a determination that a news is false...
What is making the 4G PAP politicians so nervous?

What is making the 4G PAP politicians so nervous?

When parliament passed the POFMA Bill at 10.30pm during the second day of the fasting month of Ramadan,...
The painful lessons of Ceasescu’s Romania

The painful lessons of Ceasescu’s Romania

Following yesterday’s article, this is for the many who asked me about Romanian History. I have...
Jobs for Singaporeans

Jobs for Singaporeans

Someone said that the govt prefers to have foreign workers to be employed, rather than locals. I asked...
Malaysia 1 year on: What Tun’s fans here don’t...

Malaysia 1 year on: What Tun’s fans here don’t...

When Tun and his new gang took power around this time last year, anti-PAP types were so happy. They asked...
Distortion in residential property market

Distortion in residential property market

The govt offers a grant for a citizen to buy a new or resale HDB flat. This grant is very attractive,...
Mega losses expected next crisis, $45 billion transferred...

Mega losses expected next crisis, $45 billion transferred...

Phillip Ang * The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.    
A democratic warning and a wake up call for everyone

A democratic warning and a wake up call for everyone

Many academics have attempted to define what constitutes a democratic country and while some details...
The Price Is Right Politicians

The Price Is Right Politicians

We are fortunate that we still have good people around who are willing to be part of alternative...
Snippets
The late Lee Kuan Yew was misled by Lee Hsien Loong

The late Lee Kuan Yew was misled by Lee Hsien Loong

Papa was led by Loong to believe that Oxley Road had been “gazetted” by the government. This was...
Team Effort

Team Effort

Gaudy Boy, our imprint for publishing Asian voices, has been from the start a team effort. Our Managing...
SDP's Alternative Healthcare Plan will Lessen Burden...

SDP's Alternative Healthcare Plan will Lessen Burden...

Do away with the 3Ms (Medisave, Medishield and Medifund) and introduce a single-payer insurance scheme...
A Family and an Organisation

A Family and an Organisation

It was a privilege to be a member of this team over the last few days in Parliament, debating the Criminal...
Dr Lee Wei Ling: 'Kwa Kim Lee Has Been Lying'

Dr Lee Wei Ling: 'Kwa Kim Lee Has Been Lying'

My dishonourable brother Loong has repeatedly alleged that my sister-in-law, Yang’s wife, prepared...
Solidarity the Way to Overcome Fear

Solidarity the Way to Overcome Fear

Singapore Unbound joins 27 other Singapore arts and civil society groups in expressing our shared concerns...
SDP to Launch Alternative Plan That Will Make Healthcare...

SDP to Launch Alternative Plan That Will Make Healthcare...

Shortly after the SDP pushed the idea of universal coverage of our healthcare system, the PAP government...
Baey and Students Courageous for Talking Lead, Shanmugam...

Baey and Students Courageous for Talking Lead, Shanmugam...

Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam's continued silence on Ms Monica Baey's case is telling. Under...
Young Singapore Drivers Given The Opportunity To Get...

Young Singapore Drivers Given The Opportunity To Get...

Young Singapore Drivers Given The Opportunity To Get Reduced Car Insurance The average Singapore driver...
Photo Collection: World of Fantasy - Surrealism In...

Photo Collection: World of Fantasy - Surrealism In...

Stock photography platforms can be a great source of artistic ideas and inspiration. Modern digital artists,...
Relooking at POFMA

Relooking at POFMA

Real news about fake news. Parliament sits again on 6 May, with POFMA or the fake news bill being up...
Statement of Concern Regarding Sexual Harassment at...

Statement of Concern Regarding Sexual Harassment at...

Dear President Prof Tan Eng Chye, Senior Deputy President and Provost Prof Ho Teck Hua, Vice Provost...
Singaporean Workers Having Their Lunches Stolen

Singaporean Workers Having Their Lunches Stolen

Peoples Voice notes with sadness IBM’s decision to close its plant in Tampines and to relocate the...
The SDP Deeply Regrets Appeal Court's Decision

The SDP Deeply Regrets Appeal Court's Decision

The Court of Appeal has dismissed Dr Wong Souk Yee's appeal against the High Court's decision not to...
Progress Singapore Party Symbol approved

Progress Singapore Party Symbol approved

I am pleased to announce that the party symbol for the Progress Singapore Party has been approved and...
ICA's statement on supposed 'deal' with Alex Tan

ICA's statement on supposed 'deal' with Alex Tan

Alex Tan, the editor of States Times Review and its spin-offs, the Singapore Herald and Singapore Hereld,...
SDP Proposes Non-Open Market Flats to Address HDB's...

SDP Proposes Non-Open Market Flats to Address HDB's...

Non-Open Market, or NOM, flats that do not include land costs in their price should be introduced into...
Letters
Allow foreign spouses to live in Singapore as home...

Allow foreign spouses to live in Singapore as home...

I think there is an unspoken policy that foreign spouses should be well educated and able to work in...
Gardens on top of buses

Gardens on top of buses

When I read this article about plants on top of buses, my immediate reaction was - what a bad idea....
Tan Wah Piow's Marxist Analysis

Tan Wah Piow's Marxist Analysis

Recently Tan Wah Piow posted on Facebook on Marxism, commenting that "Marx is not dead", and that...
Judge Says Bullying Is A Frequent Occurrence

Judge Says Bullying Is A Frequent Occurrence

I refer to this article on TNP. First off, let me say that I do not condone of this parent's action....
Is forgiving so difficult for us

Is forgiving so difficult for us

Is forgiving so difficult for us, or have we forgotten how to? My opinion that the society should...
Be a real supporter of change

Be a real supporter of change

Many people are unhappy with the conditions in Singapore - high cost of living, insecurity of job, depleting...
Undergraduate Monica Baey’s plight

Undergraduate Monica Baey’s plight

Dear National University of Singapore 3 days ago, I came across Monica Baey’s plight. As a student...
 Who are the victims of the NUS peeping tom incident?

Who are the victims of the NUS peeping tom incident?

I want to make a statement that will appear to be controversial. Most people think that Monica...
NUS Peeping tom incident

NUS Peeping tom incident

Someone said: For the NUS case, perhaps the public authorities can make clear what is its difference...
Who funds the building of the Jewel at Changi?

Who funds the building of the Jewel at Changi?

I read a report that the Jewel in Changi is not funded by taxpayers. It stated that the Jewel is a joint...
Fundamental flaw in POFMA

Fundamental flaw in POFMA

The State and its Organs must not be the judge whether there is malicious intent to besmirch the reputation...
It seems like it is better to be a panda in Singapore

It seems like it is better to be a panda in Singapore

Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) assists average about 300 homeless cases each year -...
Something is not right

Something is not right

1. We have overall budget surplus of over 2 billion dollars. But GST will still be increased to 9%. 2....
PAP Government made three fundamental errors

PAP Government made three fundamental errors

1) It allowed the use of CPF (retirement) money on HDB flats which are basically depreciating assets...
Guide to what you can or cannot write about in Singapore?

Guide to what you can or cannot write about in Singapore?

… when the Protection From Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) before Parliament is passed...
Lax enforcement of rules a shame to Singapore

Lax enforcement of rules a shame to Singapore

This PAP government is very good at passing legislations and laws in Parliament because of their absolute...
Open letter to PM Lee regarding budget

Open letter to PM Lee regarding budget

Dear Prime Minister Lee, Recently at the opening of the Sengkang General Hospital, you spoke about...
Sticky & Recent Articles

A national day of mourning for JBJ by Singaporeans

A national day of mourning for JBJ by Singaporeans

By Fang Zhi Yuan “A giant in politics”, “A Singapore patriot”, “A hero of the people”, “A great man”, “The father of Singapore democracy” – these are some of the superlatives by Singaporeans to eulogize a political leader who passed away last Tuesday. And no,... 

Roundtable: Is Malaysia’s society more divided than Singapore’s due to differences in education system ?

Roundtable: Is Malaysia’s society more divided than Singapore’s due to differences in education system ?

By Fang Zhi Yuan, Mohammad Fairuz and Lim Siow Kuan (Note: we will be adapting a roundtable format for this article to solicit different opinions from our writers in the Editorial Team.) Prologue In an article titled “The centre must hold” published in the Straits Times Review on 29 September 2008 (page 22), Singapore’s... 

Philip Jeyaratnam’s Eulogy of JBJ on 4 October 2008

Philip Jeyaratnam’s Eulogy of JBJ on 4 October 2008

Video and editing by Eugene Yeo   “Since I got to know him, JB has been an incorrigible optimist. He was convinced that a better Singapore, a better ASEAN and a better world is possible.”     Part 1       [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nefOQpnJxHo&hl=en&fs=1]       Part 2       [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AcFCHSZkNs&hl=en&fs=1]   “A... 

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