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Uncaring Doctor In Hougang PolyclinicUncaring Doctor In Hougang Polyclinic I am sick and ill. About 9 months ago, Tan Tock Seng Thyroid Specialist told me that my thyroid condition has stabilised and had then transferred me to Hougang Polyclinic to collect my 6 months’ worth of daily thyroxine. He told me that Hougang Polyclinic would call me with the arrangement which they did. 6 months...

SMEs should increase starting pay for workersSMEs should increase starting pay for workers Hi all Singaporeans, elections are going to come soon and this is a reminder to all to vote wisely. I have a diploma in business management from a reputable polytechnic and served my country proudly in MINDEF HQ for 2 years. I initially wanted to sign on as a DXO but due to friction between me and my superior, I...

School Streaming Should Not Exist in the First PlaceSchool Streaming Should Not Exist in the First Place To an outsider looking in, Singapore is a country of smart people. According to the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, the country’s primary four and secondary two students led the world in mathematics and science scores. But apart from the performance at standardized tests, there is a vast...

Feedback on Transport RegulationsFeedback on Transport Regulations I would like to provide an important feedback as I was faced with a child emergency and the GRAB driver refused to ferry us to the A&E, claiming that transport regulations forbade her to do so. On 24 July, my infant ingested some egg white which caused an adverse allergic reaction which did not even subside an hour...

Extremely expensive food at social enterprise hawkersExtremely expensive food at social enterprise hawkers The pricing of social enterprise hawkers are getting too ridiculous! How is a $6/$7 plate of Nasi Briyani a value meal? It is so expensive for normal people like us! Do the social enterprise think the neighbourhood aunties and uncles drive Ferraris and BMs? How can they call themselves a social enterprise with prices like...

Urgent Appeal For Funds To Get To The Court Of AppealUrgent Appeal For Funds To Get To The Court Of Appeal Dear friends, Legal Battle with NUS – For the past 14 years, I have fought a tough battle against the National University of Singapore for the wrongful denial of my Master’s Degree. In 2012, I sued the university as a last resort. I am now trying to raise $20,000 for Security for Costs so that my lawsuit can...

Leaving debts to the next generationLeaving debts to the next generation Minister Chan Chun Sing said that accountability means not leaving debts to the next generation. I think that a better term to describe it is - financial responsibility. This implies that a person is not financially responsible when he or she have to leave debts to the next generation. Debts could be caused by spending...

Unfair treatment during NS needs to changeUnfair treatment during NS needs to change The difference in treatment of NSFs has caused serious social divide between the haves and haves-not, or in this case, stay-in and stay-out. I have used a pseudonym for my friend's son to protect his identity but I am sure his story will sound familiar to many of us. A colleague of mine was very worried for his son,...

SDP Repeats Call for Opposition Parties to Work Together, Youth Wing to Focus on Engaging Younger VotersSDP Repeats Call for Opposition Parties to Work Together,... The SDP embarked on an extensive walkabout this morning covering all the five constituencies it contested in the last elections (Bukit Batok, Bukit Panjang, Yuhua, Holland-Bukit Timah and Marsiling-Yew Tee). During a media doorstop, Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan repeated the party's call for the opposition to present...

Avoid being overbearing in giving your feedbackAvoid being overbearing in giving your feedback On two recent occasions, my friend gave me a lengthy feedback about the feelings from the ground. I generally welcome feedback, but it should be within sensible limit. On these occasions, the feedback was given to me in a lengthy fashion, and gave the impression that it is the dominant feedback. I have received...

Government has led youths' values astray and unready for the job marketGovernment has led youths' values astray and unready for... I saw this previous article about a taxi driver's son who was unable to find a good job in Singapore, and found myself agreeing with much of what was mentioned. Not every millennial is sufficiently ready to deal with the new economy, especially with disruptions and the advent of the gig economy. Furthermore, his son had...

Confusing table of Medishield Life premiumConfusing table of Medishield Life premium Someone asked me why the cost of private health insurance keeps premium. I advised him to switch to Medishield Life to reduce the lower cost of health insurance. What is the difference? I searched for the cost. I found this page. https://www.moh.gov.sg/medishield-life/medishield-life-premiums-and-subsidies It...

Focus on the positiveFocus on the positive I was having breakfast with a friend at a hotel in Jakarta. He saw another friend at another table and invited him to sit next to us. He introduce me to his friend. He said - This is Mr. Tan Kin Lian from Singapore. If you look at Wikipedia, you will see that he contested the presidential election. My friend was not...

Bad governance causing horrible drivers to plague our transport systemBad governance causing horrible drivers to plague our transport... Dear Singaporeans, Ever since the merger of Grab and Uber, the service standards of Grab drivers have fallen to atrocious levels. In the past, it was common for taxi drivers to blatantly not pick up passengers right before midnight and during rainy days, when passengers need them most, as they wish to earn additional...

You have the right to remain silent … Or do you? You have the right to remain silent … Or do you? “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you …” Singaporeans familiar with films or television drama series originating from the United States are bound to...

Editorials
Update to 'Uncaring Doctor In Hougang Polyclinic'

Update to 'Uncaring Doctor In Hougang Polyclinic'

The reader 'Armadillo' who submitted Uncaring Doctor In Hougang Polyclinic to TR Emeritus on 19th August...
                                   Theft of $171 tap...

Theft of $171 tap...

The mainstream media reported on Thurs (15 Aug) that Seah Kian Li was jailed for three months for...
Snap upgrading notice for TR Emeritus's website

Snap upgrading notice for TR Emeritus's website

In view of certain 'reliable information' which TR Emeritus (TRE) has received, please be informed that...
Processes of good governance have gone astray

Processes of good governance have gone astray

Speaking at a Press conference at the Swissotel Merchant Court hotel on Friday (26 Jul), former PAP MP...
Singapore's GDP foretasted to grow by 0.1% in Q2 2019

Singapore's GDP foretasted to grow by 0.1% in Q2 2019

Singapore’s year-on-year economic growth for Q2 2019 was almost flat, as the GDP number increased by...
$130 million spent a year on the education of foreign...

$130 million spent a year on the education of foreign...

According to a Parliamentary reply given by Minister for Education Ong Ke Yung to Worker’s Party NCMP...
Is General Elections still possible in 2019?

Is General Elections still possible in 2019?

Responding to a question by Worker’s Party Secretary-General Pritam Singh, Minister Chan Chun Sing...
Merdeka Package is giving you a wing and taking back...

Merdeka Package is giving you a wing and taking back...

On a Facebook post on Monday (17 Jun), opposition leader Lim Tean called the Merdeka Package a “total...
Singaporean sues Malaysian Government for 2.67 million

Singaporean sues Malaysian Government for 2.67 million

A Singaporean has on Tuesday (28th May) initiated a lawsuit in the High Court of Kuala Lumpur against...
Lee Hsien Yang contributes to Jolovan Whan's security...

Lee Hsien Yang contributes to Jolovan Whan's security...

Taking to Twitter this morning (22 May), activist Jolovan Wham revealed that he is intending to appeal...
 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...
Opinions
When MoE makes a gal’s dream come true

When MoE makes a gal’s dream come true

PM’s talk of spending more on education reminded me that a govt scholarship can help a kid’s dream...
Ho Ching, please stop dissembling...

Ho Ching, please stop dissembling...

Today Ho Ching posted a defence of her husband’s (PM Lee Hsien Loong) salary after an article appeared...
Are we unconsciously pushing our children into forced...

Are we unconsciously pushing our children into forced...

When PM Lee spoke about his plan for our children at the National Day Rally last Sunday night to assure...
Spend $100 billion to deal with climate change?

Spend $100 billion to deal with climate change?

I agree that we need to deal with climate change. I am not sure if we need to spend $100 billion to achieve...
Instead of Hot Air We Need to Talk About Where the...

Instead of Hot Air We Need to Talk About Where the...

State media lost no time in branding PM Lee’s plans announced at Sunday’s National Day Rally (NDR)...
CPF in urgent need of revamp, will ultimately collapse...

CPF in urgent need of revamp, will ultimately collapse...

Most Singaporeans are aware that CPF scheme has failed. A scheme that works does not require frequent...
Time for a universal pension scheme for all Singaporeans

Time for a universal pension scheme for all Singaporeans

Many Singaporeans in the sandwiched middle class have been squeezed left right and center by our populist...
Streamline the bus network

Streamline the bus network

Many people are used to the current bus network of over 300 bus services. They find that more services...
A strange absence in PM's NDR speech

A strange absence in PM's NDR speech

There is a strange absence in PM's speech. It was strange because it was a straight line account of progress...
Will SIA continue to be a great way to fly?

Will SIA continue to be a great way to fly?

  Phillip Ang * The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.    
How to control wasteful expenditure by bureaucracy

How to control wasteful expenditure by bureaucracy

There was some consternation in social media about the $170 spent on a toilet tap in Woodlands Police...
What PM will say in National Dally Rally speech

What PM will say in National Dally Rally speech

Singapore must treat climate change seriously as the Republic is a low-lying island that is particularly...
Incompetent leadership of PAP leaders are exposed during...

Incompetent leadership of PAP leaders are exposed during...

The 2nd quarter GDP numbers are out - Singapore's GDP shrunk by 3.3% against the Malaysia's GDP growth...
Batman and the Alternative Parties

Batman and the Alternative Parties

Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of “Batman” gave excellent insights on how Alternative Parties should...
Regardless of race? Really?

Regardless of race? Really?

Phillip Ang * The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.    
Leave it to the free market

Leave it to the free market

When an issue comes out for discussion, I have often seen these statements that guide the views of many...
Hey Heng, Hong Kong announced HK$19.1 billion economic...

Hey Heng, Hong Kong announced HK$19.1 billion economic...

Where’s ours? U waiting for election is it? Remember the govt recently cut its growth forecast Taking...
Snippets
School Streaming Should Not Exist in the First Place

School Streaming Should Not Exist in the First Place

To an outsider looking in, Singapore is a country of smart people. According to the 2015 Trends in...
Alexa, what am I thinking? The potential of thought...

Alexa, what am I thinking? The potential of thought...

Voice controlled devices have had their mainstream moment – with the market for devices rocketing 187%...
SDP Repeats Call for Opposition Parties to Work Together,...

SDP Repeats Call for Opposition Parties to Work Together,...

The SDP embarked on an extensive walkabout this morning covering all the five constituencies it contested...
You have the right to remain silent … Or do you?...

You have the right to remain silent … Or do you?...

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court...
Hypocrite

Hypocrite

* Facebook post by Roy Ngerng in response to PM Lee's Facebook post on Wednesday (24 July) where he shared...
PSP Official Launch - All tickets given out

PSP Official Launch - All tickets given out

ALL TICKETS HAVE BEEN GIVEN OUT In a few short hours, all tickets to the launch were taken up. Dear...
Invitation to launch of Progress Singapore Party on...

Invitation to launch of Progress Singapore Party on...

Progress Singapore Party (PSP) will be launching the Party on 3 Aug 2019 at Swissotel Merchant Court. Singaporeans...
SDP: Our Education System in Dire Need of Reform; Shows...

SDP: Our Education System in Dire Need of Reform; Shows...

Our education system is outmoded and does not prepare our students for the future. It is in dire need...
Give chicken wing, take back the whole chicken

Give chicken wing, take back the whole chicken

  * Facebook post by WakeUpSG.    
PAP Continues to Follow SDP's Lead in Education Reform...

PAP Continues to Follow SDP's Lead in Education Reform...

In 1994, the SDP stated: “A major problem of streaming is the effect of self-fulfilling prophecy...It...
Why are we taxpayers being penalised for inefficiencies...

Why are we taxpayers being penalised for inefficiencies...

In Parliament today, Khaw announced that the public transport fare formula would need to be reviewed...
A case for increasing welfare spending for the 700,000...

A case for increasing welfare spending for the 700,000...

CPF sent me a birthday greeting a few days ago and reminded me: "Don’t forget to review your finances...
M Ravi gets green light to practise law in SIngapore

M Ravi gets green light to practise law in SIngapore

5th July 2019 - A truly remarkable day which will stay etched in my memory. After 4 years of being a...
An Open Invitation to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

An Open Invitation to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Our Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong was reported by TODAY to have made the following statement in...
Letters
Uncaring Doctor In Hougang Polyclinic

Uncaring Doctor In Hougang Polyclinic

I am sick and ill. About 9 months ago, Tan Tock Seng Thyroid Specialist told me that my thyroid condition...
SMEs should increase starting pay for workers

SMEs should increase starting pay for workers

Hi all Singaporeans, elections are going to come soon and this is a reminder to all to vote wisely. I...
Feedback on Transport Regulations

Feedback on Transport Regulations

I would like to provide an important feedback as I was faced with a child emergency and the GRAB driver...
Government should help those who have fallen on bad...

Government should help those who have fallen on bad...

I will like to share some bad experience from a friend that has fallen on bad time and seeked help from...
Extremely expensive food at social enterprise hawkers

Extremely expensive food at social enterprise hawkers

The pricing of social enterprise hawkers are getting too ridiculous! How is a $6/$7 plate of Nasi Briyani...
Leaving debts to the next generation

Leaving debts to the next generation

Minister Chan Chun Sing said that accountability means not leaving debts to the next generation. I think...
Urgent Appeal For Funds To Get To The Court Of Appeal

Urgent Appeal For Funds To Get To The Court Of Appeal

Dear friends, Legal Battle with NUS – For the past 14 years, I have fought a tough battle against...
Unfair treatment during NS needs to change

Unfair treatment during NS needs to change

The difference in treatment of NSFs has caused serious social divide between the haves and haves-not,...
Avoid being overbearing in giving your feedback

Avoid being overbearing in giving your feedback

On two recent occasions, my friend gave me a lengthy feedback about the feelings from the ground. I...
Confusing table of Medishield Life premium

Confusing table of Medishield Life premium

Someone asked me why the cost of private health insurance keeps premium. I advised him to switch to...
Government has led youths' values astray and unready...

Government has led youths' values astray and unready...

I saw this previous article about a taxi driver's son who was unable to find a good job in Singapore,...
Focus on the positive

Focus on the positive

I was having breakfast with a friend at a hotel in Jakarta. He saw another friend at another table...
Bad governance causing horrible drivers to plague our...

Bad governance causing horrible drivers to plague our...

Dear Singaporeans, Ever since the merger of Grab and Uber, the service standards of Grab drivers have...
Avoid arrogance in giving comments

Avoid arrogance in giving comments

I have often seem many cases of arrogant comments given by people. They have certain knowledge of...
Sticky & Recent Articles

LATEST from Hong Lim Park: Over 500 disgruntled investors turn up to protest against MAS’s inaction

LATEST from Hong Lim Park: Over 500 disgruntled investors turn up to protest against MAS’s inaction

Article and photos by Eugene Yeo and Cheng Siew Peng on site from Hong Lim Park, 6.15pm [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNSTHTs-wRw&hl=en&fs=1] Mr Tan Kin Lian preparing for his speech. The 15 minutes speech will be uploaded in 3 parts on our blog in the next few hours In spite of the latest offer by 3 banks... 

Who are the real winners and losers of the Lehman minibond fiasco ?

Who are the real winners and losers of the Lehman minibond fiasco ?

By Fang Zhi Yuan In spite of my initial misgivings of the government’s handling of the Lehman minibond fiasco, I must applaud them for bringing about a faster than expected closure with the latest announcement by Hong Leong Finance, Maybank and DBS to compensate “vulnerable” buyers for their losses. If the... 

Comparison of how MAS and HKMA are handling the complaints of Lehman investors

Comparison of how MAS and HKMA are handling the complaints of Lehman investors

By Fang Zhi Yuan In parliament yesterday, Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Mr Lim Hng Kiang claimed that MAS is already doing everything that it can for the affected minibond investors. “It is fully understandable he said, that investors are anxious but the process must be allowed to take its course as rushing into... 

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