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‘Human capital’ good, ‘Inequality’ bad: Apples to oranges?‘Human capital’ good, ‘Inequality’ bad: Apples to... I refer to the article “Heng slams Oxfam report on inequality, saying outcomes matter” (Straits Times, Oct 13). It states that “Outcomes, not measures of input, are what matters, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said yesterday, in a sharp criticism of the way a report arrived at its conclusion that Singapore was...

HDB bear market is more than 5 years already – due to ’99-year lease’ problem?HDB bear market is more than 5 years already – due to ’99-year... I refer to the article “HDB prices fall 0.2% from previous quarter; 3,800 BTO flats to be released in November” (Straits Times, Oct 1). It states that “Housing Board resale prices fell 0.2 per cent for the third quarter from the previous quarter this year, according to the latest flash estimates released on Monday...

Is our media among the highest paid in the world?Is our media among the highest paid in the world? I refer to the article “SPH panel finds two ST editors breached code of conduct” (Straits Times, Oct 4). It states that “”One editor will be removed from his post, demoted and redeployed; the other will be given a written warning, have his salary docked, and redeployed,” the SPH statement said.” My friend...

Action Information Management Pte LtdAction Information Management Pte Ltd Approximately eight year ago on 12 October 2010, 14 PAP TCs collectively awarded the tender for the sale of their Town Council Management System (TCMS) software to Action Information Management Pte Ltd (AIM), a PAP-owned $2 company, for $140,000. The TCs then leased back the software for one year at $131,880, effectively...

Roy Ngerng’s ‘education inequality’ analysis: Some commentsRoy Ngerng’s ‘education inequality’ analysis: Some... I refer to Roy Ngerng’s article “Singapore’s Education Outcomes Are Very Unequal at Higher Levels of Difficulty” (thehearttruths, Oct 13).It states that “It is true that Singapore “outperforms the rest of the world” in education – in science, reading and mathematics, and ranks top in human capital.But...

HDB Resale flats cheaper than BTO flats?HDB Resale flats cheaper than BTO flats? After writing “HDB ethnic quota: Show the data, not ‘talk thru your nose’?” (Oct 2) – someone  (who prefers to remain anonymous) alerted me to some very interesting HDB data. According to the HDB’s web site – “Consistent Approach in Pricing New Flats In pricing new BTO flats, regardless of the differences,...

Refuting the ‘refute’ of the ‘149th’ Inequality Index?Refuting the ‘refute’ of the ‘149th’ Inequality Index? I refer to the article “S’pore refutes criticism over tackling inequality” (Straits Times, Oct 10). It states that “Social and Family Development Minister Desmond Lee pointed out that while Singapore’s spending on healthcare and education may not be as much as other nations, the outcomes it achieves in these...

Are we, arguably, so afraid of losing power, that we forget what is undemocratic, unfair, unjust, etc?Are we, arguably, so afraid of losing power, that we forget... I refer to Singapore’s Electoral Freedom ranking of 173rd in the world. Dear Singaporeans, Are you not appalled and ashamed by a Government which has laws, contracts, systems, etc, that results in … the termination of the Town Council Management Software (TCMS), by giving one month’s notice, when a different...

Hospitals’ foreign patients: Only ‘good’ data, ‘bad’ all missing?Hospitals’ foreign patients: Only ‘good’ data, ‘bad’... I refer to the article “Percentage of foreigners admitted to public hospitals falls from 2008” (Sunday Times, Oct 7). It states that “The percentage of foreigners admitted to public hospitals here last year was lower than that for 2008. The proportion of foreigners among all inpatient and day surgery patients dropped...

Our poicies are fueling greater inequality, not reducing it!Our poicies are fueling greater inequality, not reducing... I refer to the article “Nigeria, Singapore and India fuel wealth gap – Oxfam” (Reuters, Oct 9). It states that “Nigeria, Singapore and India are among countries fuelling the gap between the super-rich and poor, aid agency Oxfam said today as it launched an index spotlighting those nations doing least to bridge...

Quash the Wrongful Conviction of Artist-activist Seelan PalayQuash the Wrongful Conviction of Artist-activist Seelan Palay Singapore Unbound condemns the conviction of artist-activist Seelan Palay on October 3, 2018, for holding a piece of art outside Parliament in 2017. After reasonably refusing to pay the fine of SGD2000 (USD1800), Palay was sentenced to two weeks’ imprisonment. Singapore Unbound considers the conviction a violation...

Why is it that Singapore’s health protection gap is the highest in Asia, on a per capita basis?Why is it that Singapore’s health protection gap is the... I refer to the article “Asia’s health protection gap widens to US$1.8 trillion: Swiss Re” (Business Times, Oct 6). It states that “THE health protection gap in Asia is estimated to have reached US$1.8 trillion, representing 40 million households that forgo medical treatment to avoid financial stress, a study...

AHTC & PRPTC against the Workers Party MPsAHTC & PRPTC against the Workers Party MPs I refer to the ongoing case against the WP MPs and Town Councillors. I find the editorial by TISG a little redundant as I believe most of us are aware what the issues are in the lead up to GE 2019! When SC Davinder read the opening statement, I can’t help but wonder if it’s referring to the WP or to his colleagues...

SDP Warned about EIP and PAP's Racial Politics Years AgoSDP Warned about EIP and PAP's Racial Politics Years Ago It was reported yesterday that minorities are having a hard time selling their flats because, under the Ethnic Integration Policy or EIP, they cannot sell them to Singaporean Chinese families under certain conditions. This means that they are only able to sell the flats to people from minority races, a situation that...

Why did MOH provide statistics from 2008 on comparison of foreign patients admitted to public hospitals?Why did MOH provide statistics from 2008 on comparison of... Public institutions should stop giving selective statistics, as it is arguably in a sense like ‘fake news’ or ‘propaganda’ which may only further undermine the already diluted trust of the public in our public institutions  I refer to the article “Percentage of foreigners admitted to public hospitals falls...

Editorials
7 in 10 Singaporeans think that Ministers are being...

7 in 10 Singaporeans think that Ministers are being...

Just how disconnected was ESM Goh Chok Tong’s comments on Ministerial salaries? The answer may come...
Unemployment in Singapore rises, while retrenchments...

Unemployment in Singapore rises, while retrenchments...

According to MOM figures released on Thursday (13 Sep), Singapore's labour market showed sings of slowing...
Police investigates post of Singapore flag shown being...

Police investigates post of Singapore flag shown being...

The police are investigating a Facebook post which allegedly disrespected the Singapore flag, that...
Lawsuit against Worker's Party MP set to be heard in...

Lawsuit against Worker's Party MP set to be heard in...

After a closed-door hearing in the High Court on Monday (13 Aug), civil lawsuits brought against WP MPs...
Academic dismisses proposed opposition coalition as...

Academic dismisses proposed opposition coalition as...

Expectedly, an academic has dismissed a proposed opposition coalition to be led by Dr Tan Cheng Bock...
Dr Tan Cheng Bock invited to lead opposition coalition

Dr Tan Cheng Bock invited to lead opposition coalition

Singapore may see the likes of an opposition coalition like the Pakatan Harapan in Malaysia in the...
American professor Christopher Balding losses job

American professor Christopher Balding losses job

Christopher Balding, an American professor of business and economics at HSBC Business School, Peking...
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...
Opinions
Eight observation points on opening statement by SC...

Eight observation points on opening statement by SC...

6. ON SPECULATION Let me sum up the points of SC Chelva Rajah’s opening statement for the Defendants...
World Bank Human Capital Ranking vs. Oxfam Inequality...

World Bank Human Capital Ranking vs. Oxfam Inequality...

Singapore topped a World Bank Human Capital index that essentially measures certain societal outcomes...
Uniquely Temasek? Kill Mandai wildlife to build wildlife...

Uniquely Temasek? Kill Mandai wildlife to build wildlife...

This headline in our constructive, nation-building media on Monday Mandai mangrove and mudflats to be...
AIM - that shell company with no employees except for...

AIM - that shell company with no employees except for...

AIM, AIM, AIM - that shell company with no employees except for 3 ex-PAP MP directors. The ongoing court...
Eight observation points on opening statement by SC...

Eight observation points on opening statement by SC...

5. PAST PRACTICE PRINCIPLE There was this interesting exchange between SC Rajah for the Defendants...
Another flaw in argument why ministers’ pay must...

Another flaw in argument why ministers’ pay must...

Many of the people in the fat cats top earners list that the PAP govt uses to set the pay for ministers...
‘Temasek’ and ‘GIC’ unable to prevent Hyflux...

‘Temasek’ and ‘GIC’ unable to prevent Hyflux...

Although Temasek may not have any interest in Hyflux, it is a government-linked company. On Hyflux’s...
Eight observation points on opening statement by SC...

Eight observation points on opening statement by SC...

4. SYMPATHY FOR THE WINNER In my last observation point (3. CPG DÉJÀ VU) on the opening statement...
Why does PAP Minister Lee attack the Oxfam survey when...

Why does PAP Minister Lee attack the Oxfam survey when...

I take strong issue with what Desmond Lee said in response to the recent Oxfam survey findings on inequity...
Eight observation points on opening statement by SC...

Eight observation points on opening statement by SC...

3. CPG DÉJÀ VU I have observed two points raised in senior counsel Chelva Rajah's opening statement...
Like a spoiled brat, the government throws a tantrum...

Like a spoiled brat, the government throws a tantrum...

If the global ranking is good, we’ll embrace it. If it is bad, we’ll trash it. This week illustrates...
HoHoHo: Time for StanChart’s CEO to go?

HoHoHo: Time for StanChart’s CEO to go?

Another one for the repair shop is UK-listed Standard Chartered. After damaging revelations about the...
The incredible world of ownself check ownself, ownself...

The incredible world of ownself check ownself, ownself...

The current court case involving the Workers’ Party borders between the curious and the ludicrous. The...
Can We Rebut Desmond Lee's Rebuttal?

Can We Rebut Desmond Lee's Rebuttal?

I refer to the following TNP article. Minister Desmond Lee rebuts Oxfam's report. His rebuttal...
HoHoHo: StanChart’s CEO is worse than our paper generals

HoHoHo: StanChart’s CEO is worse than our paper generals

Singaporeans have few good things to say about our paper generals and scholars: think SPH’s CEO and...
Anti-PAPpies screaming about Oxfam report, what about...

Anti-PAPpies screaming about Oxfam report, what about...

Another way to measure economic success other than by GDP was launchedreleased two days ago earlier...
Scandalising the Judiciary

Scandalising the Judiciary

I read with regret, the convictions of civil rights activist Jolovan Wham and the Singapore Democratic...
Things Will Never Change, We Voted For It Again And...

Things Will Never Change, We Voted For It Again And...

I refer to Today's article that we are ranked the bottom 10 countries in reducing inequality. Did not...
The Minister is right – let’s look at outcomes...

The Minister is right – let’s look at outcomes...

Look at the outcomes Singapore has achieved, Social and Family Development Minister Desmond Lee has urged....
Conserve water: Xeros washing machines should be compulsory

Conserve water: Xeros washing machines should be compulsory

In view of the PAP govt’s attempt to reduce water consumption, Xeros washing machines seem to juz the...
Snippets
Action Information Management Pte Ltd

Action Information Management Pte Ltd

Approximately eight year ago on 12 October 2010, 14 PAP TCs collectively awarded the tender for the...
Quash the Wrongful Conviction of Artist-activist Seelan...

Quash the Wrongful Conviction of Artist-activist Seelan...

Singapore Unbound condemns the conviction of artist-activist Seelan Palay on October 3, 2018, for...
SDP Warned about EIP and PAP's Racial Politics Years...

SDP Warned about EIP and PAP's Racial Politics Years...

It was reported yesterday that minorities are having a hard time selling their flats because, under the...
 Singapore’s PAP has little to fear from Malaysia’s...

Singapore’s PAP has little to fear from Malaysia’s...

Pakatan Harapan’s recent defeat of Malaysia’s long-dominant UMNO-led coalition came as a near universal...
The Workers’ Party Manifesto

The Workers’ Party Manifesto

The WP began the review of its 2015 General Elections manifesto some months ago. The WP manifesto...
CAN: Singapore Should Respect the Right to Freedom...

CAN: Singapore Should Respect the Right to Freedom...

Singaporean social worker and activist Jolovan Wham will be back in court on October 1, 2018. This time,...
Defiant Love: From Nigeria and Singapore

Defiant Love: From Nigeria and Singapore

"Homosexuals are doomed to spend eternity in hell. If they wanted to change, they could be healed of...
MARUAH Calls for Repeal of Section 377A of the Penal...

MARUAH Calls for Repeal of Section 377A of the Penal...

As a human rights organisation, MARUAH is disconcerted by the Government’s position not to take steps...
SDP raises serious questions about Select Committee...

SDP raises serious questions about Select Committee...

The recommendations made by the Select Committee on dealing with fake news are troubling. The call...
SDP questions latest amendment to election rules regarding...

SDP questions latest amendment to election rules regarding...

The proposed amendment to the Parliamentary Elections Act (PEA) regarding ballot boxes announced last...
Three years after GE2015, how much has your life changed?

Three years after GE2015, how much has your life changed?

It is exactly three years ago today since the last General Elections was held, on 9-11 in 2015. Are...
Why Is Forex the Best Market to Trade in 2019?

Why Is Forex the Best Market to Trade in 2019?

Forex, or foreign exchange, market is probably the best market to trade in 2019. Traders are always...
PAP MP Seah Kian Peng should apologise and resign

PAP MP Seah Kian Peng should apologise and resign

PAP MP Seah Kian Peng, a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods...
SDP Calls Out Out-of-Touch and Out-of-Ideas PAP Ministers

SDP Calls Out Out-of-Touch and Out-of-Ideas PAP Ministers

Things are too expensive? Buy cheap infant milk formula. Meals too costly? Eat at hawker centres...
NTUC Foodfare imposes more than $2k ancillary charges...

NTUC Foodfare imposes more than $2k ancillary charges...

Last week (28 Aug), Makansutra food guru KF Seetoh published a write-up on his blog revealing the sorry...
PAP MP Seah Kian Peng's unfounded allegations are distracting...

PAP MP Seah Kian Peng's unfounded allegations are distracting...

In a Facebook post, PAP MP Seah Kian Peng talked about the recent meeting some Singaporeans had with...
MP Seah finally apologises to SDP but not the rest

MP Seah finally apologises to SDP but not the rest

Writing on his Facebook page today (3 Sep), MP Seah Kian Peng finally capitulated and apologised to...
Wild insinuations about the SDP to distract Singaporeans...

Wild insinuations about the SDP to distract Singaporeans...

In a Facebook post, PAP MP Seah Kian Peng talked about the recent meeting some Singaporeans had with...
Poh Soo Kai: I, for One, have Chosen to Support the...

Poh Soo Kai: I, for One, have Chosen to Support the...

Dr Poh Soo Kai, one of the few surviving leaders from the Barisan Sosialis (BS), called on Singaporeans...
Lim Tean's response to PM Lee's NDR speech

Lim Tean's response to PM Lee's NDR speech

My fellow Singaporeans, I am sure by now that many of you have had the chance to watch Lee Hsien Loong’s...
Letters
‘Human capital’ good, ‘Inequality’ bad: Apples...

‘Human capital’ good, ‘Inequality’ bad: Apples...

I refer to the article “Heng slams Oxfam report on inequality, saying outcomes matter” (Straits Times,...
HDB bear market is more than 5 years already – due...

HDB bear market is more than 5 years already – due...

I refer to the article “HDB prices fall 0.2% from previous quarter; 3,800 BTO flats to be released...
Is our media among the highest paid in the world?

Is our media among the highest paid in the world?

I refer to the article “SPH panel finds two ST editors breached code of conduct” (Straits Times,...
Roy Ngerng’s ‘education inequality’ analysis:...

Roy Ngerng’s ‘education inequality’ analysis:...

I refer to Roy Ngerng’s article “Singapore’s Education Outcomes Are Very Unequal at Higher Levels...
HDB Resale flats cheaper than BTO flats?

HDB Resale flats cheaper than BTO flats?

After writing “HDB ethnic quota: Show the data, not ‘talk thru your nose’?” (Oct 2) – someone ...
Are we, arguably, so afraid of losing power, that we...

Are we, arguably, so afraid of losing power, that we...

I refer to Singapore’s Electoral Freedom ranking of 173rd in the world. Dear Singaporeans, Are...
Hospitals’ foreign patients: Only ‘good’ data,...

Hospitals’ foreign patients: Only ‘good’ data,...

I refer to the article “Percentage of foreigners admitted to public hospitals falls from 2008” (Sunday...
Our poicies are fueling greater inequality, not reducing...

Our poicies are fueling greater inequality, not reducing...

I refer to the article “Nigeria, Singapore and India fuel wealth gap – Oxfam” (Reuters, Oct 9). It...
Refuting the ‘refute’ of the ‘149th’ Inequality...

Refuting the ‘refute’ of the ‘149th’ Inequality...

I refer to the article “S’pore refutes criticism over tackling inequality” (Straits Times, Oct...
Why is it that Singapore’s health protection gap...

Why is it that Singapore’s health protection gap...

I refer to the article “Asia’s health protection gap widens to US$1.8 trillion: Swiss Re” (Business...
AHTC & PRPTC against the Workers Party MPs

AHTC & PRPTC against the Workers Party MPs

I refer to the ongoing case against the WP MPs and Town Councillors. I find the editorial by TISG a little...
Help is not the solution for the needy?

Help is not the solution for the needy?

I refer to the article “In the search for solutions to the class divide, a call for more financial...
Why did MOH provide statistics from 2008 on comparison...

Why did MOH provide statistics from 2008 on comparison...

Public institutions should stop giving selective statistics, as it is arguably in a sense like ‘fake...
Why can’t the formula to determine the amount of...

Why can’t the formula to determine the amount of...

I refer to the article “More families depending on long-term financial aid from Government to get by:...
Divide we rule; PAP had won again!

Divide we rule; PAP had won again!

The White Raj master, the British managed to win many battles by using divide and rule. Good example...
Can Ministers” word in Parliament be relied upon...

Can Ministers” word in Parliament be relied upon...

I refer to the article “Government has not curbed public prosecutor’s discretion for Section 377A:...
CPF - Retirement Fund Or Tax In Disguise

CPF - Retirement Fund Or Tax In Disguise

The Central Provident Fund (CPF) is a comprehensive social security system that enables working Singapore...
Cleaners’ pay charade must stop?

Cleaners’ pay charade must stop?

So many schemes to pretend to help cleaners increase their slave wages? I refer to the article “Cleaning...
The HDB should disclose the statistics on the price...

The HDB should disclose the statistics on the price...

I refer to the article “Parliament: No plans to buy back HDB flats from owners who cannot sell them...
Institutionalised Opposition?

Institutionalised Opposition?

I refer to Mr Pritam Singh's comment of wanting to become one of the numerous Institutions and High Level...
Sticky & Recent Articles

World Bank Human Capital Ranking vs. Oxfam Inequality Index

World Bank Human Capital Ranking vs. Oxfam Inequality Index

Singapore topped a World Bank Human Capital index that essentially measures certain societal outcomes like our mortality rates and how well our kids do in Maths and Science exams. Human capital for this ranking list refers to our education, health and mortality as that translates into our GDP or eventual economic success for... 

Uniquely Temasek? Kill Mandai wildlife to build wildlife paradise

Uniquely Temasek? Kill Mandai wildlife to build wildlife paradise

This headline in our constructive, nation-building media on Monday Mandai mangrove and mudflats to be Singapore’s newest nature park reminded of a BBC story a few months back headlined Singapore’s Mandai eco-resort: Paving paradise to put up an eco-resort Singaporeans are getting a new wildlife paradise to bring them closer... 

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