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Who is the best PAP leader is not necessarily the best leader for SingaporeWho is the best PAP leader is not necessarily the best leader... I was asked below by a commentator who I thought should be the next PM. Without naming names, I have this to say: who is best for the PAP, may not be the best for Singapore. Who may be best for Singapore, may not be the best for the PAP. Who is the best for the PAP? We are inevitably entering the era of contested...

Why has PAP gotten so out of touch with its citizen's aspiration?Why has PAP gotten so out of touch with its citizen's aspiration? During Singapore early years, many citizens voted firmly for our First Cabinet despite their many imperfections because the people can see their sincerity & dedication. Collectively with our Merdeka & Pioneer generations, and support from international agencies, SG transits from Third World to First World. SG...

Singaporean Gilbert Louis released by Malaysian Authorities after more than a month in detentionSingaporean Gilbert Louis released by Malaysian Authorities... By way of a Facebook post on 14 November, international human rights lawyer M Ravi announced that Gilbert Louis would be released at 6pm on the same day. TOC understands that M Ravi is assisting Gilbert's counsel, Mr Arun Kasi, in this matter. Gilbert was first detained on 9 October in relation to allegedly harboring 3...

With the price difference between older and younger HDB flats decreasing rapidly by as much as 40% now – can these owners wait 20 years for VERS?With the price difference between older and younger HDB flats... I refer to the article “Commentary: Mind the varied impact of HDB schemes on different groups of home owners” (Channel NewsAsia, Sep 22). It states that “The impact of expiring leases can be expected to hit first- and second-generation satellite towns first and foremost, including Bukit Merah, Queenstown, Geylang...

Hawkers’ issues addressed, except 2.5x increase in costs?Hawkers’ issues addressed, except 2.5x increase in costs? I refer to the article “New rules for social enterprise hawker centres from Jan 1, including standard termination notice: NEA” (Straits Times, Nov 9). It states that “Stallholders at social enterprise hawker centres (SEHCs) may operate five days a week and terminate their tenancies with no more than two months’...

Are we setting aside too much reserves for MediShield Life?Are we setting aside too much reserves for MediShield Life? The MediShield Life Fund is said to be designed in a way that it is self-sustaining and based on actuarial principles, with each age group paying premiums, under the compulsory MediSheld Life which all citizens in Singapore have to subscribe to, to broadly support its own current and future claims. "This means that...

Criminal Defamation and STRCriminal Defamation and STR Though the case against STR concerns criminal defamation, this article that appeared in ST last year contains some relevant discussions on the common law principle that government cannot sue on defamation.If this principle were to be true, it is certainly arguable that it should apply to s499 of the Penal Code (criminal...

Is our healthcare spending as a percentage of GDP about 8%?Is our healthcare spending as a percentage of GDP about 8%? I refer to the article “Singapore Budget 2018: Spending needs to grow in healthcare, infrastructure, security and education” (Business Times, Feb 18). It states that “All in all, we expect our average annual healthcare spending to rise from 2.2 per cent of GDP today to almost 3 per cent of GDP over the next decade....

Police Report filed by SCDFPolice Report filed by SCDF I am quite concerned over the high handed way that the authorities are handling the "unauthorised" release of photographs, relating to the undue incident which killed CPC Liu in the line of duty. I personally feel that besides photographing the corpse which is highly disrespectful to the deceased like the MRT trainees...

SLF: $2.4b reserves?SLF: $2.4b reserves? I refer to the article “Why Temasek bond got strong retail response” (Sunday Times, Nov 4). It states that “Singapore Labour Foundation (bond) 3.203% (maturing) Sept 25, 2023 ($70 million)” The Singapore Labour Foundation (SLF) was formed on 12 December 1977 as a statutory board to promote the welfare of...

Self-employed below 45: Workfare maximum $8 cash monthly?Self-employed below 45: Workfare maximum $8 cash monthly? I refer to Josephine Teo’s article “Workfare and the Singapore approach to tackling wage inequality” (Straits Times, Nov 6). It states that “Over the past decade, about 830,000 Singaporeans have benefited from the $5.5 billion disbursed. It is a permanent feature of our social security system, topping up salaries...

Hawkers: ST not worth the paper its printed on?Hawkers: ST not worth the paper its printed on? I refer to the article “Hawker debate: Figuring out a way forward” (Sunday Times, Nov 4). It states that “But such low rents also mean that some hawkers can operate for just a few hours a day, or not at all. Some centres have stalls that close in the evening, with some hawkers citing a shortage of workers. The...

Elite give back to society, but Govt never give back?Elite give back to society, but Govt never give back? I refer to the article “Chan Chun Sing urges Singaporean ‘elite’ to give back to society” (the independent, Oct 30). It states that “Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing addressed this issue recently, urging people not to make all-encompassing generalizations about each other and to make a clear...

The focus of our policies to help disadvantaged children in their education is not enough – we need to help their familiesThe focus of our policies to help disadvantaged children... I refer to the article “Look beyond education to give disadvantaged kids a leg-up” (Straits Times, Nov 2). It states that “When I expressed my frustration to the friend who had asked me to help the girls in the first place, she suggested that I investigate S.L.’s family circumstances.” As to “I visited...

Breakfast with Lee Hsien Yang at West Coast Hawker CentreBreakfast with Lee Hsien Yang at West Coast Hawker Centre This morning I had breakfast with Lee Hsien Yang. We wanted to catch up with each other as we have not met for quite a while. Instead of some fancy restaurant, I suggested we go to West Coast Food Centre at Block 726 Clementi West. Hsien Yang was all for it. He missed our local hawker fare in the heartlands. We had porridge...

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
PAP's window-dressing policies will not solve deep-seated...

PAP's window-dressing policies will not solve deep-seated...

It was reported in Straits Times on Friday that "Cleaners to get at least 2 weeks' pay as bonus from...
More advice for PM, PAP from world’s richest man

More advice for PM, PAP from world’s richest man

Further to PM, PAP should remember what world’s richest man said, l came across another saying by Bezoz...
Trudeau interaction with the masses puts PM Lee's hawker...

Trudeau interaction with the masses puts PM Lee's hawker...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Adam Road food centre on his recent visit to Singapore....
Context of crony‘s outburst at Workers Party

Context of crony‘s outburst at Workers Party

Remember Ms How’s outburst at Auntie   was a “hopeless” town council chairperson who was “inexperienced” and...
Some Musings

Some Musings

I am delighted by Pakatan Harapan’s victory in Malaysia. I am astounded by Dr Mahathir, both by his...
Who’s the better half? That’s the million dollar...

Who’s the better half? That’s the million dollar...

They have perfected the art of being a power couple. For 14 years running, since the husband became Prime...
TRE Cybernut defends ex ST tua kee

TRE Cybernut defends ex ST tua kee

When TRE republished this Ex-ST wimmin promoting ex-PM’s book? there was this response from...
Mr Goh should not Mischaracterise what Happened at...

Mr Goh should not Mischaracterise what Happened at...

ESM Goh Chok Tong has said that I had gone to Williams College where he was awarded an honorary degree...
Singaporeans will pay a heavy price over time for PAP's...

Singaporeans will pay a heavy price over time for PAP's...

HDB has launched 7,214 flats for sales and their prices range from $101,000 to more than $472,000, excluding...
PAP Government's Response Does Not Address Singapore'sFundamental...

PAP Government's Response Does Not Address Singapore'sFundamental...

The point about Singapore's HDB public flats is that HDB public flats are over-priced, and (1) because...
NUS should come out to clarify the timing of Tun Mahathir's...

NUS should come out to clarify the timing of Tun Mahathir's...

Our National University of Singapore (NUS) conferred an honorary doctorate on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed...
Another sign that GE will be next year

Another sign that GE will be next year

In another sign that GE will be next yr, the PAP govt is showing that it does listen, even if the agitation...
Who is PM Lee trying to kid when he says that PAP must...

Who is PM Lee trying to kid when he says that PAP must...

In the Straits Times on Monday, it was reported “PM Lee sets out plan for PAP ahead of next GE”. At...
The five Cs of political leadership in Singapore

The five Cs of political leadership in Singapore

Leadership renewal is taking shape, with significant changes to the Central Executive Committee of the...
Teachers here not as respected as those in China, M’sia,...

Teachers here not as respected as those in China, M’sia,...

Singaporeans think teachers are “very mediocre people” isit? If teachers want to have high status...
How is Singapore to be a smart nation, when our scholars...

How is Singapore to be a smart nation, when our scholars...

The hacking of the SingHealth database and the stealth of 1.5 million patient records was discovered...
Where is the iron in you, Mr. Prime Minister?

Where is the iron in you, Mr. Prime Minister?

Almost a week has passed since the States Time Review (STR) and Coverage Malaysia posted a potent and...
PAP cannot be anything more than an extreme right-wing...

PAP cannot be anything more than an extreme right-wing...

Whomever is writing the PAP scripts and trying to change the narrative for their upcoming election campaign...
Dr Goh’s HK counterpart had similar views on MRT...

Dr Goh’s HK counterpart had similar views on MRT...

Remember Khaw saying this? It was a very different era. Finance was tight, so we really had to scrutinise...
Which other town councils are 19-ANC Enterprise and...

Which other town councils are 19-ANC Enterprise and...

I will not comment about the on going trial of Victor Wong, the former General Manager of Ang Mo...
Snippets
Who is the best PAP leader is not necessarily the best...

Who is the best PAP leader is not necessarily the best...

I was asked below by a commentator who I thought should be the next PM. Without naming names, I have...
Singaporean Gilbert Louis released by Malaysian Authorities...

Singaporean Gilbert Louis released by Malaysian Authorities...

By way of a Facebook post on 14 November, international human rights lawyer M Ravi announced that Gilbert...
Why has PAP gotten so out of touch with its citizen's...

Why has PAP gotten so out of touch with its citizen's...

During Singapore early years, many citizens voted firmly for our First Cabinet despite their many imperfections...
Criminal Defamation and STR

Criminal Defamation and STR

Though the case against STR concerns criminal defamation, this article that appeared in ST last year...
Movie Review – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Movie Review – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Young Clara Stahlbaum is devastated by the death of her mother, Marie. She is also confounded and...
Breakfast with Lee Hsien Yang at West Coast Hawker...

Breakfast with Lee Hsien Yang at West Coast Hawker...

This morning I had breakfast with Lee Hsien Yang. We wanted to catch up with each other as we have not...
SDP Mourns Passing Away of Former Chairman Gandhi Ambalam

SDP Mourns Passing Away of Former Chairman Gandhi Ambalam

Mr Gandhi Ambalam, former chairman of the SDP, has died. He passed away last night due to cardiac arrest. Mr...
Transport-fare hike: PAP breaking election promise...

Transport-fare hike: PAP breaking election promise...

The announcement of transport fare increase lays bare the empty rhetoric of the PAP's election promises. At...
A digital internet will allow us to spread the message...

A digital internet will allow us to spread the message...

Greetings to my Honorable Politicians from All countries in Asia and my blessings to His Excellency Jose. First...
Appeal for financial support closed for now (AHTC)

Appeal for financial support closed for now (AHTC)

Dear Friends, We are very touched by the incredible outpouring of support from the public for the...
Call on Singaporean Writers to Condemn Seelan Palay’s...

Call on Singaporean Writers to Condemn Seelan Palay’s...

Singapore Unbound respectfully calls on Singaporean writers to condemn the wrongful conviction and imprisonment...
Appeal to the public for financial support (AHTC)

Appeal to the public for financial support (AHTC)

We are facing two civil law suits in the High Court. One suit is being brought by Aljunied-Hougang Town...
AHTC 诉诸经济援助

AHTC 诉诸经济援助

我们在高等法庭面对两项民事诉讼案。第一项诉讼是在市镇理事会法案下所委任的阿裕尼-后港市镇理事会的独立代表团,其成员是高级律师菲立...
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...
Letters
With the price difference between older and younger...

With the price difference between older and younger...

I refer to the article “Commentary: Mind the varied impact of HDB schemes on different groups of home...
MediShield fund $5.9b, claims to premiums ratio 43%?

MediShield fund $5.9b, claims to premiums ratio 43%?

According to the Ministry of Health‘s (MOH) web site – “As at end 2016, the total assets of the...
Hawkers’ issues addressed, except 2.5x increase in...

Hawkers’ issues addressed, except 2.5x increase in...

I refer to the article “New rules for social enterprise hawker centres from Jan 1, including standard...
Are we setting aside too much reserves for MediShield...

Are we setting aside too much reserves for MediShield...

The MediShield Life Fund is said to be designed in a way that it is self-sustaining and based on actuarial...
Police Report filed by SCDF

Police Report filed by SCDF

I am quite concerned over the high handed way that the authorities are handling the "unauthorised"...
Is our healthcare spending as a percentage of GDP about...

Is our healthcare spending as a percentage of GDP about...

I refer to the article “Singapore Budget 2018: Spending needs to grow in healthcare, infrastructure,...
SLF: $2.4b reserves?

SLF: $2.4b reserves?

I refer to the article “Why Temasek bond got strong retail response” (Sunday Times, Nov 4). It...
Self-employed below 45: Workfare maximum $8 cash monthly?

Self-employed below 45: Workfare maximum $8 cash monthly?

I refer to Josephine Teo’s article “Workfare and the Singapore approach to tackling wage inequality”...
Elite give back to society, but Govt never give back?

Elite give back to society, but Govt never give back?

I refer to the article “Chan Chun Sing urges Singaporean ‘elite’ to give back to society”...
Hawkers: ST not worth the paper its printed on?

Hawkers: ST not worth the paper its printed on?

I refer to the article “Hawker debate: Figuring out a way forward” (Sunday Times, Nov 4). It states...
Jobs growth: 561,800 locals, 611,700 foreigners –...

Jobs growth: 561,800 locals, 611,700 foreigners –...

In the run-up to the United States midterm elections – one of the most hotly debated achievements of...
The focus of our policies to help disadvantaged children...

The focus of our policies to help disadvantaged children...

I refer to the article “Look beyond education to give disadvantaged kids a leg-up” (Straits Times,...
PSC: Scholars’ diversity – no data?

PSC: Scholars’ diversity – no data?

I refer to the article “Public Service Commission to explore new tools to select more diverse slate...
Wage increase wiped out by fare increase, etc?

Wage increase wiped out by fare increase, etc?

After writing “Transport fares: Highest increase in history?” (Oct 30) – someone asked me – how...
MRT reliability: Disappearing statistics?

MRT reliability: Disappearing statistics?

I refer to the article “Rail network has achieved new level of reliability: Khaw” (Straits Times,...
Why increase transport fares by the highest ever in...

Why increase transport fares by the highest ever in...

I refer to the article “Bus and train fares to rise by 6 cents per trip from Dec 29: PTC” (Straits...
Public Assistance up ‘miserly’ $18 p.a. last 15...

Public Assistance up ‘miserly’ $18 p.a. last 15...

I refer to the article “Public assistance payouts may increase” (Straits Times, Oct 29). It states...
The debate on the minimum wage vs the progressive wage...

The debate on the minimum wage vs the progressive wage...

I refer to the article “Minimum wage vs Progressive Wage Model: Debate over best way to lift pay of...
Why is there always selective disclosure of the jobs’...

Why is there always selective disclosure of the jobs’...

I refer to the article “Retrenchments fall in Q3 as unemployment edges up” (Straits Times, Oct 27). It...
Is ‘fair comment, in the public interest’ sometimes...

Is ‘fair comment, in the public interest’ sometimes...

I refer to gov.sg Factually Did the PTC change the fare formula to raise public transport fares? No,...
Sticky & Recent Articles

Context of crony‘s outburst at Workers Party

Context of crony‘s outburst at Workers Party

Remember Ms How’s outburst at Auntie [She]  was a “hopeless” town council chairperson who was “inexperienced” and “so scared of everything”. She added that the town council would “sure die” under Ms Lim’s watch. and wP MPs All (the People’s Action Party) needs to do is to ask me for my views on the (elected)... 

Some Musings

Some Musings

I am delighted by Pakatan Harapan’s victory in Malaysia. I am astounded by Dr Mahathir, both by his indomitable spirit, and his resistance to the biological clock; this man is 93 years old for crying out loud. I remembered watching the first ​Bersih ​rally in 2007. I remembered young Malaysians of all colors in that assembly.... 

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