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Why are our reserves so secretive?Why are our reserves so secretive? I refer to the article “Singapore is a model for how to reform some of the world’s most-flawed investment vehicles” (The Economist, Aug 17). It states that “The aim is to ensure that the pool of reserves and their income remain constant as a share of GDP over time, which Singapore has achieved; its capital is...

On Ben Davis's defermentOn Ben Davis's deferment I've been following news reports and comments in parliament of this case, came to the conclusion that the government is still failing to sufficiently comprehend the sentiments of the people which proves its severe disconnect with the ground. Nobody cares if Ben Davis is granted 1, 2 or 10 years deferment or whether he's...

Dear CPF, I entrusted my money in you so please do not abuse itDear CPF, I entrusted my money in you so please do not abuse... Dear CPF Board, You are the appointed agency to manage my retirement fund, which comes from my monthly contribution from the day I started working. I had no options to self manage my fund, or to appoint better fund manager. In short, I was forced to work with you. Nonetheless, I thank you for the hard work all these...

Mahathir’s 'Singapore poor country’: Statistically speaking? (Part 2)Mahathir’s 'Singapore poor country’: Statistically speaking?... Are there any countries in the world that allow employers to hire 100 per cent foreigners?  After writing “Mahathir’s ‘S’pore poor country’: Statistically speaking?” (Aug 15), I was so motivated by the comments in the original article by Khush Chopra, that I decided to do a part 2: The raising of the...

Mahathir’s 'Singapore poor country’: Statistically speaking? (Part 1)Mahathir’s 'Singapore poor country’: Statistically speaking?... I refer to Khush Chopra’ article “MAHATHIR SAYS SINGAPORE IS A POOR COUNTRY” (Aug 13). It states that “The Malaysian Prime Minister’s remarks constitute a scathing indictment of the Singapore system. Mahathir essentially suggests that Singaporeans have a lower purchasing power relative to Malaysians in contradiction...

Support Dr Tan Cheng Bok and Lim Tean’s political party, for the sake of our future generations!Support Dr Tan Cheng Bok and Lim Tean’s political party,... I refer to Lim Tean’s facebook post (Aug 12) – “Let’s Remind The PAP That Possession Of Their Office Is A Leasehold And Not A Freehold Chan Chun Sing said last night at the Tanjong Pagar National Day dinner that the PAP has plans to improve the lives of Singaporeans over the next 50-100 years. Let’s remind...

Aiyoh, look at the ‘tokong’ outcomes of  our ‘creative and bold planning’!Aiyoh, look at the ‘tokong’ outcomes of our ‘creative... I refer to the front page headline news “Bold, creative planning key to reimagining the future: PM” (Straits Times, Aug 9). It states that “Tomorrow, we celebrate National Day. Singapore has come a long way. Today, we are a vibrant, flourishing city-state, offering Singaporeans a good quality of life. Our policies...

Thorny Tan topped National Day Award and Tin Tin is now a Hero?Thorny Tan topped National Day Award and Tin Tin is now a... Ah Goh has been preaching to why ministers are under paid and meritocracy in Singapore. For a second, this man is paid million for sitting in empty parliament and not doing much, isn't he ashamed of it yet? Thorny Tan, what did he do to justify for this award? Did he check the books? Does it really take 50 man years...

Nobody wants to be Minister because if you are rich and successful – what for take job that kenna sai everyday from the people lah!Nobody wants to be Minister because if you are rich and successful... I refer to  Hwang Jin Pyng’s article “The hidden agenda in GCT’s FaceBook postings” (theonlinecitizen, Aug 11). It states that “Speaking of friendship, Goh is known to be close to former Ayer Rajah SMC Member of Parliament Tan Cheng Bock. Yet, following Tan’s declaration in 2016 that he would contest the...

From poor ‘O’ levels to 5 degrees & 13 diplomasFrom poor ‘O’ levels to 5 degrees & 13 diplomas I refer to the article “How much should O levels matter? The case for late bloomers” (Sunday Times, Aug 12). It states that “applying to enter the National University of Singapore (NUS) or Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The applicant would have a composite university admission score used to evaluate him...

Is having a ‘hospital beds to population’ ratio that is only about a third of Taiwan’s – something to celebrate on our 53rd National Day?Is having a ‘hospital beds to population’ ratio that... I refer to the article “Singapore public hospitals cave under pressure of overcrowding” (msn, Aug 9). It states that “”Due to a variety of factors like an ageing population, increasing mortality rates and medical tourism, a growing portion of people in Singapore are seeking hospital care, which could be causing...

Former NUS student maintains injustice done to her by universityFormer NUS student maintains injustice done to her by university A former National University of Singapore (NUS) student has exhausted all her life savings of over S$100,000 fighting a legal battle that has ruined her life for the last 10 years. In a High Court ruling last month, Justice Woo Bih Li, in delivering his judgement on 9 July, reasoned that the claims made by Jeanne-Marie...

The Straits Times claims PAP MP earns half a million dollars when he actually makes nearly doubleThe Straits Times claims PAP MP earns half a million dollars... A very happy national day to all readers even as I hope we will have more to come with the current administration! Reading recent comments ESM Goh used to rebuff his resident, Mr Abdul Aziz's call for more measures to help struggling elderly who are unable to work beyond 65, got me a little perturbed as to how much more...

Top 10 statistics to celebrate 53rd National DayTop 10 statistics to celebrate 53rd National Day As we celebrate our 53rd birthday – let’s look at our statistical accolades Gini coefficient increased from 0.46 to 0.48 between 1981 and 2014 Ministers’ earnings in his tenure as a politician – $70 million? $130 million in ComCare to 83,000 beneficiaries – average assistance $131 monthly per beneficiary? Cleaners’...

SDP: Celebrating Singapore - Live Your Passion!SDP: Celebrating Singapore - Live Your Passion! We're posting a series called Celebrating Singapore this National Day period where we highlight some of the wishes of our friends and members for our nation. We start here with Bryan Lim, SDP Treasurer and proud father. Just before I attended my first political rally at the age of 8 (which, by the way, kindled my interest...

Editorials
Police probing Facebook post of Singapore flag shown...

Police probing Facebook post of Singapore flag shown...

Barely 4 days after a Facebook post disrespecting the Singapore flag went viral, the police have commenced...
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...
Dr Poh Soo Kai disputes claim on Operation Coldstore

Dr Poh Soo Kai disputes claim on Operation Coldstore

Dr Poh Soo Kai, the former assistant secretary-general of Barisan Sosialis and a former ISA detainee...
Pritam Singh new Secretary-General of Workers Party

Pritam Singh new Secretary-General of Workers Party

The Workers’ Party (WP) has unanimously elected Mr Pritam Singh as its new secretary-general (Sec-Gen)...
Opinions
Are our political leaders seduced by their own hype,...

Are our political leaders seduced by their own hype,...

It certainly looks that way. They turn a deaf ear and stand their ground. Whatever the concerns, whatever...
New SMRT CEO TKSS about improving public transportation

New SMRT CEO TKSS about improving public transportation

Former paper general turned SMRT CEO Neo Kian Hong has continued to treat commuters as idiots. Neo...
If the PAP leaders claim to love Singapore, they should...

If the PAP leaders claim to love Singapore, they should...

People will no doubt be familiar with the saying "If you love something, set it free." This is a...
Neo Kian Hong should not assume that gaining trust...

Neo Kian Hong should not assume that gaining trust...

I do not know SMRT's new CEO Neo Kian Hong personally. Yet, when I read that he has sold his car and...
Temasek company predicted spike in LNG prices, dead...

Temasek company predicted spike in LNG prices, dead...

What do you think?   Phillip Ang * The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.    
The 1G minister who gave up fortune to serve Singapore

The 1G minister who gave up fortune to serve Singapore

It’s a common refrain nowadays, one which was recently parroted by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok...
Juan Peron's fall teaches us that dictatorial rule...

Juan Peron's fall teaches us that dictatorial rule...

I have been watching a series of documentaries on Eva Peron of Argentina and it made me think of...
MP Goh: Many ministers also very, very mediocre people

MP Goh: Many ministers also very, very mediocre people

What do you think?   Phillip Ang * The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.    
False Hopes: Coalition of the Spastics

False Hopes: Coalition of the Spastics

This appeared in TRELand Procedure must be right: July 31, 2018 at 12:58 pm  (Quote) It is just...
Malaysian politicians send conflicting signals to Singapore,...

Malaysian politicians send conflicting signals to Singapore,...

One minute, the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail is called off, the next minute it is on again,...
Have our minsters streamed themselves out of the average...

Have our minsters streamed themselves out of the average...

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong (ESM Goh) set the Internet ablaze with criticism ever since he...
It is the public services that keep us safe from terrorism...

It is the public services that keep us safe from terrorism...

I have noted before that the government seems to have an increased focus on the threat of terrorism...
Should ministers be paid millions to copy and paste?

Should ministers be paid millions to copy and paste?

What do you think?   Phillip Ang * The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.    
When PAP puts money over sacrifice for country, the...

When PAP puts money over sacrifice for country, the...

PAP has won election after election since our independence, either through pure political manipulation,...
Why are PAP Ministers and MPs so quick to criticise...

Why are PAP Ministers and MPs so quick to criticise...

It has been more than one week since Goh Chok Tong's utterance that PAP Ministers are not paid enough...
New Hope: Why Dr Tambyah can flip PAP voters

New Hope: Why Dr Tambyah can flip PAP voters

For starters, Dr Tambyah calls for “basic human rights, like housing, healthcare and basic education”...
Why Singapore will not advance to be a SMART nation

Why Singapore will not advance to be a SMART nation

SingHealth realised that it was the target of a massive cyber-attack on 4 July but superiors, the ministries...
The ranks and quality of Ministers undermine the very...

The ranks and quality of Ministers undermine the very...

As citizens we should be angry when again a very senior leader of this PAP government shamefully said...
Increase in public sector remuneration

Increase in public sector remuneration

What do you think?   Phillip Ang * The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.    
Beyond snobbery, a poisonous elitism in the PAP

Beyond snobbery, a poisonous elitism in the PAP

It is insidiously poisonous to think that despite being paid millions of dollars as a public servant,...
Snippets
Former NUS student maintains injustice done to her...

Former NUS student maintains injustice done to her...

A former National University of Singapore (NUS) student has exhausted all her life savings of over...
SDP: Celebrating Singapore - Live Your Passion!

SDP: Celebrating Singapore - Live Your Passion!

We're posting a series called Celebrating Singapore this National Day period where we highlight some...
COI on the death of full-time NSF CFC Dave Lee

COI on the death of full-time NSF CFC Dave Lee

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in Parliament on Monday (6 Aug) that inadequate on-site casualty management...
I would regret it if I had the chance to make a difference,...

I would regret it if I had the chance to make a difference,...

I had a meeting with 7 opposition parties (Singapore Democratic Party, the People’s Power Party, the...
Opposition parties express  to cooperate; invite Tan...

Opposition parties express to cooperate; invite Tan...

At a working lunch hosted by the SDP this afternoon, several opposition parties came together to...
Lim Tean's Statement At The Meeting of Opposition Parties

Lim Tean's Statement At The Meeting of Opposition Parties

On behalf of the Party that I am forming - Peoples Voice, I pledge our total commitment to the greater...
CareShield Life: Government should not use market prices...

CareShield Life: Government should not use market prices...

Recently the press interviewed me on the Careshield Debate. I am adding my views to this debate by sharing...
Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be...

Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be...

This is not Masak Masak! It has affected 1.5 million Singaporeans !! Like most Singaporeans, I am...
Tean Lim: The Lesson From Malaysia

Tean Lim: The Lesson From Malaysia

I attended a most instructive and enlightening talk by Mr Tian Chua from Pakatan Harapan, held at SDP’s...
New Malaysia' makes Singapore look outdated

New Malaysia' makes Singapore look outdated

Over two months after Mahathir Mohamad's election in Malaysia, the political reverberations for Singapore...
SDP brings opposition parties together to hear Pakatan...

SDP brings opposition parties together to hear Pakatan...

The SDP held a forum this afternoon where opposition parties came together to hear how the Pakatan Harapan...
Procedural amendments of laws against 'vexatious litigants'...

Procedural amendments of laws against 'vexatious litigants'...

International Human Rights lawyer M. Ravi has voiced his disagreement with the Ministry of Law's proposal...
Water and Electricity Price Hikes: Trust is not what...

Water and Electricity Price Hikes: Trust is not what...

The recent fee hikes on water and electricity are hitting Singaporeans especially hard and in more ways...
SDP Warning: Ensure Structral Safety of HDB Blocks...

SDP Warning: Ensure Structral Safety of HDB Blocks...

A decorative panel fell 40 storeys from an HDB block in Bendemeer Road "with a loud crash” next to...
They Never Saw A Price Hike They Did Not Like

They Never Saw A Price Hike They Did Not Like

I just read an article in CNA which gives the clearest indication yet Singaporeans will be hit with...
The position and allowance of a NCMP is nothing to...

The position and allowance of a NCMP is nothing to...

As a former Non-Constituency Member of Parliament, it feels kinda surreal to have a PAP politician 'envy'...
SIA went out of its way to make the experience horrifying...

SIA went out of its way to make the experience horrifying...

On the 8th of June, I was flying back via Singapore Airlines (SQ 516) to Calcutta with my parents (both...
Is our opposition ready for 2020? I doubt so!

Is our opposition ready for 2020? I doubt so!

It ain't easy to put up a fight to the incumbents when they only rear their heads during the General...
Joint statement of President Trump and North Korean...

Joint statement of President Trump and North Korean...

Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un...
Lim Biow Chuan: I don’t reply to comments on TOC...

Lim Biow Chuan: I don’t reply to comments on TOC...

Last Friday (8 Jun), it was reported on TOC that MP Lim Biow Chuan had made a controversial Facebook...
Letters
Why are our reserves so secretive?

Why are our reserves so secretive?

I refer to the article “Singapore is a model for how to reform some of the world’s most-flawed investment...
Support Dr Tan Cheng Bok and Lim Tean’s political...

Support Dr Tan Cheng Bok and Lim Tean’s political...

I refer to Lim Tean’s facebook post (Aug 12) – “Let’s Remind The PAP That Possession Of Their...
On Ben Davis's deferment

On Ben Davis's deferment

I've been following news reports and comments in parliament of this case, came to the conclusion that...
Mahathir’s 'Singapore poor country’: Statistically...

Mahathir’s 'Singapore poor country’: Statistically...

Are there any countries in the world that allow employers to hire 100 per cent foreigners?  After...
Dear CPF, I entrusted my money in you so please do...

Dear CPF, I entrusted my money in you so please do...

Dear CPF Board, You are the appointed agency to manage my retirement fund, which comes from my monthly...
Mahathir’s 'Singapore poor country’: Statistically...

Mahathir’s 'Singapore poor country’: Statistically...

I refer to Khush Chopra’ article “MAHATHIR SAYS SINGAPORE IS A POOR COUNTRY” (Aug 13). It states...
Aiyoh, look at the ‘tokong’ outcomes of  our ‘creative...

Aiyoh, look at the ‘tokong’ outcomes of our ‘creative...

I refer to the front page headline news “Bold, creative planning key to reimagining the future: PM”...
Thorny Tan topped National Day Award and Tin Tin is...

Thorny Tan topped National Day Award and Tin Tin is...

Ah Goh has been preaching to why ministers are under paid and meritocracy in Singapore. For a second,...
Nobody wants to be Minister because if you are rich...

Nobody wants to be Minister because if you are rich...

I refer to  Hwang Jin Pyng’s article “The hidden agenda in GCT’s FaceBook postings” (theonlinecitizen,...
From poor ‘O’ levels to 5 degrees & 13 diplomas

From poor ‘O’ levels to 5 degrees & 13 diplomas

I refer to the article “How much should O levels matter? The case for late bloomers” (Sunday Times,...
Is having a ‘hospital beds to population’ ratio...

Is having a ‘hospital beds to population’ ratio...

I refer to the article “Singapore public hospitals cave under pressure of overcrowding” (msn, Aug...
The Straits Times claims PAP MP earns half a million...

The Straits Times claims PAP MP earns half a million...

A very happy national day to all readers even as I hope we will have more to come with the current administration! Reading...
Top 10 statistics to celebrate 53rd National Day

Top 10 statistics to celebrate 53rd National Day

As we celebrate our 53rd birthday – let’s look at our statistical accolades Gini coefficient increased...
Oh no! Not another Model – to lift 'lift' workers?

Oh no! Not another Model – to lift 'lift' workers?

I refer to the article “Professionalisation, wage ladder for lift technicians a long time coming”...
Charge 10 cents for plastic bags – cannot – because...

Charge 10 cents for plastic bags – cannot – because...

I refer to the article “Saying that we don’t want to be a society that charges for plastic bags,...
Building ahead of demand?

Building ahead of demand?

I refer to the article “Building ahead of demand is key for Changi Airport’s success, says Khaw Boon...
Why is Temasek’s CEO’s remuneration a state secret?

Why is Temasek’s CEO’s remuneration a state secret?

What is the annual remuneration of Temasek’s CEO? I understand that the annual salary of the CEO...
Die liao, CPF rate sure will go up?

Die liao, CPF rate sure will go up?

Wanna bet that the recommendation will be that the CPF contribution rate for older workers will have...
E-Pass rejected, but S-Pass approved: Kelong lah!

E-Pass rejected, but S-Pass approved: Kelong lah!

I refer to the article “Strange for MOM to reject an FT’s EP application at $5,500 but approve his...
What the needy needs is ‘more help’ not ‘faster...

What the needy needs is ‘more help’ not ‘faster...

I refer to the article “Faster help for needy families” (Straits Times, Jul 30). It states that...
Sticky & Recent Articles

New SMRT CEO TKSS about improving public transportation

New SMRT CEO TKSS about improving public transportation

Former paper general turned SMRT CEO Neo Kian Hong has continued to treat commuters as idiots. Neo has tried to impress upon Singaporeans that the no-medicine-can-help SMRT could be improved under his leadershit. Instead of addressing the “deep-seated (military) cultural issues” in his company, Neo claims that he will... 

Why are our reserves so secretive?

Why are our reserves so secretive?

I refer to the article “Singapore is a model for how to reform some of the world’s most-flawed investment vehicles” (The Economist, Aug 17). It states that “The aim is to ensure that the pool of reserves and their income remain constant as a share of GDP over time, which Singapore has achieved; its capital is about 200%... 

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