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Dr Lee Wei Ling's further comment on the late Lee Kuan Yew's willDr Lee Wei Ling's further comment on the late Lee Kuan Yew's... My father, Lee Kuan Yew, has always been the man in charge, including for his final Will and Codicil. Hsien Loong and his AG have suggested the process was rushed by my brother and/or his wife. But it was my father who dictated the timing: "OK. Do not wait for Kim Li. Engross and I will sign it before a solicitor in...

Five bus drivers to file civil lawsuit against SBS TransitFive bus drivers to file civil lawsuit against SBS Transit Five SBS Transit drivers have decided to file a civil lawsuit against the public transport operator after the two parties had failed to reach a settlement in their final mediation session on Fri (28 Feb). Their lawyer M Ravi of Carson Law Chambers last month told The Straits Times that his clients were set on filing...

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo does not seem to have a sufficient understanding of labour market economicsManpower Minister Josephine Teo does not seem to have a sufficient... Unfortunately, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo does not seem to have a sufficient understanding of labour market economics required to see the important need for unemployment insurance ( UI ) in Singapore for at least three reasons. First, Minister Teo’s portrayal that companies with UI “usually have persistently...

Cultivate new mindset to face future crisesCultivate new mindset to face future crises It is time for us to take the flu or the common cold seriously. If we wake up with a cough or runny nose, we often will just pop a Panadol and carry on going to work or going to school. How many of us actually see a doctor, diligently take our medicine and rest at home? With our Singapore mindset, getting to school...

What in the world did I stand to gain out of my supposed elaborate deception?What in the world did I stand to gain out of my supposed... 1. My brother Hsien Loong and the AG have alleged that I engineered, with my wife’s help, my father’s final will which gave his children equal shares in order to get a larger share of his Estate. In the course of the Disciplinary Tribunal, undisputed evidence was presented that LKY decided to revert to equal shares...

China Embassy's statement on Bilahari Kausikan's Straits Times articleChina Embassy's statement on Bilahari Kausikan's Straits... Regarding the article by Mr Bilahari Kausikan, Chairman of the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore,published on 24th February in the Straits Times, the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Singapore made the following comments: We read Mr Bilahari's article published in the Straits Times on...

Are telcos doing enough to protect consumers from scam?Are telcos doing enough to protect consumers from scam? Scam calls have been an issue for Singapore society for the longest time, with elderly citizens often being the victims. Even with all these reports of scam calls, neither the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) nor any of the telcos have stepped forward to offer a solution. Browsing the comments sections...

Why the spread of covid-19 is slow in SingaporeWhy the spread of covid-19 is slow in Singapore I urge Singaporeans to think rationally. We have 91 covid-19 cases in Singapore. Were all of these people identified early? No! Some of them came from Wuhan and Hubei and has been around for a while. They must have contacted many people in the hotel, shops, taxis and public transport, but the virus did not transmit. What...

Dr Lee Wei Ling's comment on sister-in-law's caseDr Lee Wei Ling's comment on sister-in-law's case The Disciplinary Tribunal’s report on the case referred by AG against Hsien Yang’s wife, in my view, is a travesty. I am appalled and disgusted by the The Sunday Times reports that seek to character assassinate my brother and his wife. This all is yet another attempt to rewrite history following on from the secret...

Hypocrite first thank you WP, now screw you WPHypocrite first thank you WP, now screw you WP HR: I noticed you have not been working for the past 3 years. Can I ask what is the reason? Interviewee: I can get you my work history. But let me say this: What is the point behind the question? ---- Cher: Xiaoming, why have you not submitted your homework? Xiaoming: I can tell you my excuse. But let me say...

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...

Editorials
Muhyiddin Yassin appointed 8th Prime Minister of Malaysia

Muhyiddin Yassin appointed 8th Prime Minister of Malaysia

Malay nationalist leader Muhyiddin Yassin has been appointed as the 8th Prime Minister of Malaysia. The...
Wuhan re-quarantines discharged Covid-19 patients

Wuhan re-quarantines discharged Covid-19 patients

Authorities in virus city Wuhan have ordered the compulsory quarantine of all Covid-19 patients who were...
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...
Opinions
Warped Logic From Virus Taskforce!

Warped Logic From Virus Taskforce!

I almost fell off my chair when I read the article below yesterday. So Gan Kim Yong is seriously suggesting...
A broad minded approach to coping with this financial...

A broad minded approach to coping with this financial...

Under code Orange of the disease outbreak framework, workplaces are required to implement measures to...
How does Singapore's pension compares with other developed...

How does Singapore's pension compares with other developed...

In Singapore, the average CPF pension payout is S$355. The average wage is S$5,183. This means the average...
Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund Made US$ 180 Billion...

Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund Made US$ 180 Billion...

Wow! Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund Made US$ 180 Billion In 2019! That’s US$34 000 for every Norwegian!...
Government must do more to help our people and businesses

Government must do more to help our people and businesses

Although Hongkong and Singapore are 2 distinct and different entities, ie, one being an independent country...
Simple guide to Malaysian politics

Simple guide to Malaysian politics

Or “Why 37 MPs ratted on Perkatan Harapan and outsmarted themselves”. Bersatu’s 26 MPs (This...
Get ready for code Yellow

Get ready for code Yellow

Minister Gan gave this reason for the possibility of changing Dorscon level from Orange to Yellow. Many...
Companies taking the initiatives

Companies taking the initiatives

In the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic in Singapore, I am heartened to note that a growing numbers of...
Xia suay! KNN! Why our millionaire ministers not ordering...

Xia suay! KNN! Why our millionaire ministers not ordering...

Chinese banks have been ordered to remove potentially contaminated notes from circulation. Only after...
I’m Like That What!

I’m Like That What!

The big news today comes from across the causeway where Malaysia’s once and future Prime Minister...
A good way to do contact tracing

A good way to do contact tracing

There is a good way and a bad way to do contact tracing. A good way is for the infected person to...
Investors who gave finger to Wuhan virus doom mongers...

Investors who gave finger to Wuhan virus doom mongers...

The S&P 500 was down by 3.6% by lunchtime today, its worst day since February 2018, and the tech-heavy...
Why I support temperature screening

Why I support temperature screening

I support temperature screening, but not contact tracing. Here are my reasons. Contact tracing takes...
What If Everyone Must Wear Mask?

What If Everyone Must Wear Mask?

With regards to COVID-19, I, an ordinary layman have a very simple basic question for people to ponder. Do...
No need to worry excessively about the spread of the...

No need to worry excessively about the spread of the...

There is no need to worry excessively about the spread of the virus during the incubation period. The...
Damaged Reputation?

Damaged Reputation?

I was exceedingly amused by the letter written by the President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce...
The Real Jobs Issue

The Real Jobs Issue

There was a recent spat in parliament between Chan Chun Sing, our Minister for Trade and Industry and...
Xia suay! PRC monkey see, Singaporean monkey must do...

Xia suay! PRC monkey see, Singaporean monkey must do...

Not juz the PAP govt question masks’ effectiveness. Public health bodies, including the World Health...
The minister calling Singaporeans idiots and stupid

The minister calling Singaporeans idiots and stupid

I just think it's very sad people don't understand why people panic. There's research on epidemic psychology....
Contact tracing is an ineffective and wasteful activity

Contact tracing is an ineffective and wasteful activity

Contact tracing is implemented under Dorscon Orange. I find it to be an ineffective and wasteful activity. Let...
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Snippets
Five bus drivers to file civil lawsuit against SBS...

Five bus drivers to file civil lawsuit against SBS...

Five SBS Transit drivers have decided to file a civil lawsuit against the public transport operator after...
Dr Lee Wei Ling's further comment on the late Lee Kuan...

Dr Lee Wei Ling's further comment on the late Lee Kuan...

My father, Lee Kuan Yew, has always been the man in charge, including for his final Will and Codicil....
Manpower Minister Josephine Teo does not seem to have...

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo does not seem to have...

Unfortunately, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo does not seem to have a sufficient understanding of...
What in the world did I stand to gain out of my supposed...

What in the world did I stand to gain out of my supposed...

1. My brother Hsien Loong and the AG have alleged that I engineered, with my wife’s help, my father’s...
China Embassy's statement on Bilahari Kausikan's Straits...

China Embassy's statement on Bilahari Kausikan's Straits...

Regarding the article by Mr Bilahari Kausikan, Chairman of the Middle East Institute at the National...
Dr Lee Wei Ling's comment on sister-in-law's case

Dr Lee Wei Ling's comment on sister-in-law's case

The Disciplinary Tribunal’s report on the case referred by AG against Hsien Yang’s wife, in my...
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 (29 Feb @1453 hours)

Covid-19 infections in Hubei (29 Feb @1453 hours)

The Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak in China rages on, as more are infected with the virus that’s spreading...
Letters
Cultivate new mindset to face future crises

Cultivate new mindset to face future crises

It is time for us to take the flu or the common cold seriously. If we wake up with a cough or runny nose,...
Are telcos doing enough to protect consumers from scam?

Are telcos doing enough to protect consumers from scam?

Scam calls have been an issue for Singapore society for the longest time, with elderly citizens often...
Why the spread of covid-19 is slow in Singapore

Why the spread of covid-19 is slow in Singapore

I urge Singaporeans to think rationally. We have 91 covid-19 cases in Singapore. Were all of these...
Hypocrite first thank you WP, now screw you WP

Hypocrite first thank you WP, now screw you WP

HR: I noticed you have not been working for the past 3 years. Can I ask what is the reason? Interviewee:...
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....
Sticky & Recent Articles

Rebuking PM Lee’s flawed concepts of “two-party” state

Rebuking PM Lee’s flawed concepts of “two-party” state

By Fang Zhi Yuan, Chief Editor [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHXVrxWL-zU&hl=en&fs=1] For the second time in a week, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong broached the impracticability of having a two-party system in Singapore, a reflection of how close the topic is to his heart. A TWO-PARTY system cannot work in... 

The official smear campaign against Tan Kin Lian has begun

The official smear campaign against Tan Kin Lian has begun

By Fang Zhi Yuan, Chief Editor Two weeks ago, I wrote a series of article warning that the regime’s tolerance for Mr Tan Kin Lian is reaching its limit. It appears that my worst fears have materialized: the official state-sponsored character assassination of Tan Kin Lian has begun. After 5 weeks of near total silence on... 

The life story of a newspaper seller, his half-paralyzed wife and a 9 year old daughter

The life story of a newspaper seller, his half-paralyzed wife and a 9 year old daughter

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkEwN_0--tY&hl=en&fs=1] Background: This is a touching story of a family of three Singaporeans. The Wangs live in a sparse three room flat in an estate in the west of Singapore. Mr Wang had a right knee amputation 6 years ago due to diabetes and is now selling newspaper for a... 

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