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Broad laws to make all public expression of any opinion illegalBroad laws to make all public expression of any opinion illegal Nafiz' story (see https://twitter.com/kixes/status/1173880018679685120?s=21 or the article below for a summary) is an example of how systemic oppression works in Singapore. First, self-censorship: you are pressured to voluntarily not express your opinion. Then, marginalisation: if you refuse to self-censor, you are...

Disengaged Civil Servants and PoliticiansDisengaged Civil Servants and Politicians Function 8 is disappointed with the civil servants in the Ministry of Home Affairs. They do not acknowledge or answer correspondence from citizens. Their feedback unit does not even generate an automatic acknowledgement. As a public institution serving the citizens of Singapore with an estimated expenditure of nearly...

Is our government doing enough to control the cost of living?Is our government doing enough to control the cost of living? I am a 39-year-old a true-blue Singaporean, earning about $3,000 a month working as a warehouse supervisor for the past 8 years. My wife has been working part-time as a retail assistant, earning around less than $1,800 a month and retail business has been bad and she might even lose her job. The standard of living...

Court to hear Daniel de Costa’s constitutional challenge in criminal defamation chargeCourt to hear Daniel de Costa’s constitutional challenge... Mr.M.Ravi attended the Pre-Trial Conference yesterday of our client Daniel de Costa who has been jointly charged with Terry Xu of The Online Citizen (TOC) for criminal defamation. It was alleged that he made certain comments by email which was subsequently published on TOC that would harm the reputation of members of the...

In lieu of a coalition of opposition partiesIn lieu of a coalition of opposition parties As the GE is well nigh upon us but no coalition of the opposition parties seems to be in sight, let me propose a solution. I will list here below what I feel are nine important policies that voters want. I propose that opposition party leaders: -- sign on to at least six of them, --declare which they are signing...

Sharing information on migrating (ongoing discussion)Sharing information on migrating (ongoing discussion) Dear TRE It would be good if you all can find some readers who are already living overseas to tell us more about easy or difficult migration was and how that particular country is like. I remembered reading about some people living in Vietnam, Canada etc. Hope to read some articles like that and also hope to know...

Provide direct exits for MRT stationsProvide direct exits for MRT stations I took the MRT to One North station and wanted to go to Pixel building. I got lost, in spite of having Google Map to guide me. What is the problem? The One North station comes out to a building called Fusionpolis. It is connected to other buildings, e.g. Galaxis. I did not want to go to any of these buildings. I just...

Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss resigns from Singapore People’s PartyJeannette Chong-Aruldoss resigns from Singapore People’s... On Monday 2 Sep 2019, I handed in my resignation from the Singapore People's Party (SPP). I did so after much thought and careful deliberation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Lina Chiam for her guidance, counsel and mentorship. I am also very grateful for the support given by SPP members, several...

Dr Lee Wei Ling and her new love 'Hiro'Dr Lee Wei Ling and her new love 'Hiro' It was clear from early on that Hiro was a lovable rascal with the emphasis on lovable. He also demonstrated early on his intelligence with the soufflé incident and the fact that he quickly figured out whining and getting restless in his crate or “house” would get him out. We did so because we thought he needed...

Eight Tips For Living While UnemployedEight Tips For Living While Unemployed I found myself suddenly jobless. It’s too complicated to explain the whole situation, but suffice to say, it left me feeling anxious and sad. I did what I could to resolve the situation but it was all in vain. During these past few days of being jobless, I took the following steps to make me feel better. I can look...

Lower frequency for trains during off peak hoursLower frequency for trains during off peak hours The train operators plan to reduce the frequency of trains during off peak hours. Here are my views: a) It is acceptable for the waiting time to be up to 10 minutes during off peak hours. This is the waiting time for buses as well. b) During my travel on off peak hours, I hardly find a place to seat. I do not think...

Govt agencies should stop collecting cash Govt agencies should stop collecting cash I suggest that government agencies should stop collecting cash. They should insist of being paid through the QR system. This will force people to move to the QR system. They can pay from their bank account with an app (under PayNow). What about people who do not have an app or mobile phone? They can ask a friend or...

We need a minimum wage in SingaporeWe need a minimum wage in Singapore We need a minimum wage. All the poor people out there working should really be making more than a few hundred a month. Much more, if I may say so myself. As the saying goes, a stitch in time saves nine. If we have a minimum wage now, we will not be dealing with stupid problems like absolute poverty and extreme inequality...

Higher bursary for higher educationHigher bursary for higher education I welcome the higher bursary for higher education. However, I must point out that the increase of $44 million a year is a small amount, when seen in the context of the total budget of Singapore of $20 billion. The total bursary of $167 million a year is also small. It is probably the cost of 2 F35-A fighter jets. We...

Lawyer M Ravi highlights the importance of lawyer’s presence during police’s interview to avoid self-incriminationLawyer M Ravi highlights the importance of lawyer’s presence... In 2016, 14-year-old Benjamin Lim fell to his death from his Yishun flat, hours after returning home from Ang Mo Kio police division for an alleged molestation incident involving an 11-year-old girl in a lift. The North View Secondary School student was brought to the police station by police officers for his statement...

Editorials
What are the factors affecting the next General Election?

What are the factors affecting the next General Election?

In a July survey by Blackbox, 890 respondents were polled as to what their biggest concern would be for...
PM Lee proceeds to 'Davinder' chief editor of The Online...

PM Lee proceeds to 'Davinder' chief editor of The Online...

Keeping to his promise to sue should The Online Citizen (TOC) not apologise by Wednesday (4th Sept),...
ELD announces the formation of the Electoral Boundaries...

ELD announces the formation of the Electoral Boundaries...

In a press release on Wednesday (4 Sep), the Elections department announced that the Prime Minister has...
The Online Citizen will not comply with PM Lee's demands

The Online Citizen will not comply with PM Lee's demands

The Online Citizen (TOC) has on Wednesday (4th Sept) responded to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's warning...
PM Lee's warning letter to The Online Citizen

PM Lee's warning letter to The Online Citizen

On Sunday (1st Sept), the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) issued a warning letter to the editor of The...
Funding target met for appeal to Appellate Court

Funding target met for appeal to Appellate Court

Ms Ten Leu Jiun Jeanne-Marie has on Monday (26th Aug) informed TR Emeritus (TRE) that she has managed...
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...
Upgrading notice for TR Emeritus's website (updated)

Upgrading notice for TR Emeritus's website (updated)

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...
Opinions
Singapore companies should learn to be fair to customers

Singapore companies should learn to be fair to customers

I do not like the way that many organizations do their business in Singapore. They abuse their monopolistic...
The art of saying 'No'

The art of saying 'No'

It is laughable that college students in Singapore need a course on modes of dissent and activism, which...
Does the PAP give citizenship to maintain the Chinese...

Does the PAP give citizenship to maintain the Chinese...

A non Chinese asked for my views about the perceived policy of the PAP to give citizenship to maintain...
Call not to throw out the PAP government with an important...

Call not to throw out the PAP government with an important...

“My response was that now they have done so in the UK, look what has happened? Pandora Box is opened....
Fairprice cares, it really does

Fairprice cares, it really does

Either that or maybe PAP now thinks that it has not got 65% of the votes in the bag? (Why PAP aiming...
How to tax the rich

How to tax the rich

Paul Krugman wrote in New York Times - How to tax the rich. Whether or not she becomes the Democratic...
NTUC Fairprice: Cock-up or no more discounted lunches?

NTUC Fairprice: Cock-up or no more discounted lunches?

Fairprice’s plan to charge for plastic bags (see below) reminded me of a really dumb Fairprice...
Higher grants, more choices for first time flat buyers?

Higher grants, more choices for first time flat buyers?

I will be blunt. To me, never mind how HDB mixes and matches or adjusts their grant structures, HDB Grants...
Make it more attractive for employers to employ locals

Make it more attractive for employers to employ locals

Singapore has a dysfunctional employment system. The workforce is 3.6 million of which 36% or 1.3 million...
Hong Kong: Next prediction

Hong Kong: Next prediction

I got this right. Last week, in HK: Who Beijing really blames for the protests and riots, I wrote Morocco...
Referendum for independence of Hong Kong

Referendum for independence of Hong Kong

I suggest that China should hold a referendum for the people of Hong Kong - do you want to be independent...
Two diet drinks a day = dying young

Two diet drinks a day = dying young

Recently, a health story about fizzy drinks was widely shared online in the UK. Some of the newspapers...
Disadvantage of blockchain technology

Disadvantage of blockchain technology

The proponents of blockchain are excited about its application. It remove the need for a trusted third...
Who Beijing really blames for the protests and riots

Who Beijing really blames for the protests and riots

Chinese officials and their running dogs have publicly blamed the West (CIA. MI6, etc etc) for instigating...
My views about bitcoin and cypto currencies

My views about bitcoin and cypto currencies

I wish to share my views about bitcoin and cypto currencies. When I learned that bitcoin was built...
When will the next General Election be called?

When will the next General Election be called?

Under Singapore’s electoral rules, the ruling party decides: when to form the Electoral Boundaries...
Entirely affordable for PAP to help the poor, so why...

Entirely affordable for PAP to help the poor, so why...

"The latest estimates are that there are around 250,0000 Singaporeans who are absolute poor. That’s...
Maintain a high frequency for off peak train service

Maintain a high frequency for off peak train service

62% of the participants in a survey wanted the Land Transport Authority to maintain a high level of frequency...
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Broad laws to make all public expression of any opinion...

Broad laws to make all public expression of any opinion...

Nafiz' story (see https://twitter.com/kixes/status/1173880018679685120?s=21 or the article below for...
Disengaged Civil Servants and Politicians

Disengaged Civil Servants and Politicians

Function 8 is disappointed with the civil servants in the Ministry of Home Affairs. They do not acknowledge...
Court to hear Daniel de Costa’s constitutional challenge...

Court to hear Daniel de Costa’s constitutional challenge...

Mr.M.Ravi attended the Pre-Trial Conference yesterday of our client Daniel de Costa who has been jointly...
How to set-up your e-commerce platform in Singapore...

How to set-up your e-commerce platform in Singapore...

Entrepreneurs who want to sell online in Asia often wonder whether it’s best to incorporate their company...
Dr Lee Wei Ling and her new love 'Hiro'

Dr Lee Wei Ling and her new love 'Hiro'

It was clear from early on that Hiro was a lovable rascal with the emphasis on lovable. He also demonstrated...
Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss resigns from Singapore People’s...

Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss resigns from Singapore People’s...

On Monday 2 Sep 2019, I handed in my resignation from the Singapore People's Party (SPP). I did so after...
Lawyer M Ravi highlights the importance of lawyer’s...

Lawyer M Ravi highlights the importance of lawyer’s...

In 2016, 14-year-old Benjamin Lim fell to his death from his Yishun flat, hours after returning home...
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...
Letters
Is our government doing enough to control the cost...

Is our government doing enough to control the cost...

I am a 39-year-old a true-blue Singaporean, earning about $3,000 a month working as a warehouse supervisor...
In lieu of a coalition of opposition parties

In lieu of a coalition of opposition parties

As the GE is well nigh upon us but no coalition of the opposition parties seems to be in sight, let me...
Sharing information on migrating (ongoing discussion)

Sharing information on migrating (ongoing discussion)

Dear TRE It would be good if you all can find some readers who are already living overseas to tell...
Provide direct exits for MRT stations

Provide direct exits for MRT stations

I took the MRT to One North station and wanted to go to Pixel building. I got lost, in spite of having...
Eight Tips For Living While Unemployed

Eight Tips For Living While Unemployed

I found myself suddenly jobless. It’s too complicated to explain the whole situation, but suffice...
Lower frequency for trains during off peak hours

Lower frequency for trains during off peak hours

The train operators plan to reduce the frequency of trains during off peak hours. Here are my views: a)...
Govt agencies should stop collecting cash

Govt agencies should stop collecting cash

I suggest that government agencies should stop collecting cash. They should insist of being paid through...
We need a minimum wage in Singapore

We need a minimum wage in Singapore

We need a minimum wage. All the poor people out there working should really be making more than a few...
Higher bursary for higher education

Higher bursary for higher education

I welcome the higher bursary for higher education. However, I must point out that the increase of $44...
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...
Sticky & Recent Articles

Headline news on 11 October 2008

Headline news on 11 October 2008

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The NTU debacle: still counting the cost of an "unsolicited" censorship

The NTU debacle: still counting the cost of an "unsolicited" censorship

By Fang Zhi Yuan According to a Straits Times report on 9 October 2008, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) fell eight places to No.77 on the list of 200 universities  in the latest survey of international universities by The Times of London Higher Education supplement. Judging from the negative publicity NTU has received... 

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,... 

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