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Why PSP's proposed levy of $1,200 will right-tilt jobs towards SingaporeansWhy PSP's proposed levy of $1,200 will right-tilt jobs towards... I'll tell you why Progress Singapore Party's NCMP Leong Mun Wai's suggestion of $1,200 levy for employment pass holders will rebalance PMET jobs in the mid-high salary range towards Singaporeans. Let's say you hire a Singaporean in his prime for a job which pays $6,000, the employer's actual cost for hiring him is...

In what capacity is Ho Ching a private citizen making public announcements?In what capacity is Ho Ching a private citizen making public... In what capacity is Ho Ching a private citizen making public announcements regarding the number of vaccinations centers and making projections that the entire Pioneer and Merdeka Generation citizens numbering 600,000 would be fully vaccinated by a certain date? Surely this kind of information on vital health issues...

The Pappy Model Decade After DecadeThe Pappy Model Decade After Decade This chart I did it out of fun but I think this is how Singapore works, with due respect. Singaporeans fall into this trap again and again. This cycle is used for last 2 decades at least. People still do not understand the issue at hand. Singapore population is still moving to 7M for sure, this country is...

Quick thoughts on Budget 2021Quick thoughts on Budget 2021 Here are my 2 quick thoughts on Budget 2021. 1. Drawing on past reserves In the last General Elections, the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) had proposed to suspend GST till end-2021, pay retrenched workers 50% of their last drawn salary for 18 months & provide a $500 monthly retirement income for lower-income...

The Budget Arithmetic PuzzleThe Budget Arithmetic Puzzle Every year, the Budget is an arithmetic puzzle. Even financial professionals like me have problems piecing everything together because you have to go beyond the smoke screen and look for the detailed data, which are often incomplete. However, I do get a sense of the overall picture and I am going to share my understanding...

Why the PWM when high rents are killing businesses?Why the PWM when high rents are killing businesses? The PAP is considering introducing the Progressive Wage Model (aka minimum wage) in the food sector for cooks, servers, kitchen help, etc. But Senior Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad is already warning that diners may have to pay more when eating out. This is nonsense. Such increase in costs to operators...

Detention of a teenager by ISDDetention of a teenager by ISD As the silence continues concerning the fate of the teenage ISD detainee after vague statements made on Wed and Thurs by MHA's K. Shanmugam, the public at large remains not only clueless but astonished at how people can just be detained like that without any accountability? This is the first real test for our WP and...

Lawyer M Ravi engaged to represent plaintiffs in class action lawsuit against Chinese tech giant Tencent in SingaporeLawyer M Ravi engaged to represent plaintiffs in class action... Singaporean human rights lawyer Ravi Madasamy, known as M Ravi, has been engaged to represent plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against Tencent International Service Pte Ltd, the Singapore entity of Chinese tech giant Tencent, over alleged breaches of privacy via its instant messaging and payments app WeChat. In...

Statement of Solidarity with Transgender Students in SingaporeStatement of Solidarity with Transgender Students in Singapore 1. We, the undersigned organisations, express our solidarity with Ashlee, the transgender student at Millennia Institute whose right to privacy, health, safety and access to education were violated by her school. We are deeply concerned about the lack of institutional regulations or policies that acknowledge and protect...

Will the public 'commons' of Dover or Clementi Forests be converted to private condos in the future?Will the public 'commons' of Dover or Clementi Forests be... I refer to the articles, "Nature groups oppose zoning of Dover Forest in Ulu Pandan for residential use - The Straits Times, 17 January 2021), "Dover Forest To Make Way For Residential Development, Netizen Starts Petition To Reconsider Decision" and "Ulu Pandan BTO flats in 2021: Prices + What to Expect". It is saddening...

The TraceTogether saga is another sad – and frightening – chapter of our political historyThe TraceTogether saga is another sad – and frightening... What’s the big deal, some say? It’ll only be used by the police for criminal investigations. Nothing to fuss about if you’re not anywhere near the underworld. Perhaps. But there’s also POFMA. Remember all the hand-wringing when the PAP told us something had to be done about deliberate online falsehoods? Post-legislation,...

Sinovac failure - A failed gamble by the Singapore GovernmentSinovac failure - A failed gamble by the Singapore Government Sinovac was one of the vaccines that Singapore placed an order for. These pre-orders were a punt, a gamble, but a calculated risk. Most of the companies behind the vaccines were established and had well-known track records. Sinovac has had a sketchy history of bribe. It also has a history of non-transparency. Even...

No 10M But........No 10M But........ I remember Dr Chee and LT were all POFMAed because they mentioned about 10M population. Mr Singh asked the same question many times in parliament but the govt never really answered directly but chose to dodge again and again. Now election is over, I just received a shock of my life. (Population in Brief 2020) 22,714...

Foreigners Turned New Citizens Lost Identity?Foreigners Turned New Citizens Lost Identity? Recently, I met two persons, one Chinese and one Indian. So while I was talking to the Chinese, I noticed his Mandarin is perfect and sounded like PRC. So when I asked him if he is from China, he said no. Then I asked if he is new citizen, he said no. So my friend and me confirmed he is from China surely. The next incident...

PSP's Statement on Ministers backtracking on their TraceTogether promisesPSP's Statement on Ministers backtracking on their TraceTogether... At the party launch in August 2019, we emphasized the need to have a government that is transparent, independent and accountable to its people. These are the cornerstones of our party’s political ethos. We are deeply troubled by what is happening in our nation today - the PAP is backtracking on its words and since...

Editorials
Fascinating Sisters from Phoenix City in Hunan

Fascinating Sisters from Phoenix City in Hunan

The following video snippet was extracted from a DVD brought back from Phoenix City (凤凰古城) in...
Happy and Prosperous Lunar New Year 2021

Happy and Prosperous Lunar New Year 2021

With Lunar New Year just around the corner, we would like to wish all our readers:     Thank...
Man convicted of cheating because he has taken payment...

Man convicted of cheating because he has taken payment...

A reader reposted an article from Online Citizen Asia about a man, who was charged and convicted...
The role of Community Development Councils and Mayors

The role of Community Development Councils and Mayors

In a Facebook post on Christmas Eve (24 Dec), Workers' Party Member of Parliament Leon Perera revealed...
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2021

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2021

With holiday season just around the corner, we would like to wish all our readers. Thank you for...
Maintenance Notice for TR Emeritus (17th Dec 2020)

Maintenance Notice for TR Emeritus (17th Dec 2020)

Please be informed that TR Emeritus (TRE) will be undergoing system and website maintenance on Thursday...
PAP regresses, oppositions advances?

PAP regresses, oppositions advances?

It has been 150+ days since the last general election. Whilst some would still remember the long queues...
Is the WP's proposed alternative a better bet than...

Is the WP's proposed alternative a better bet than...

Workers Party (WP) MP Jamus Lim was conducting routine house visits at 308A Anchorvale last week when...
A delayed political succession does not reflect well...

A delayed political succession does not reflect well...

A commentary by Channel NewAsia on Friday (5 Dec) touched on the political succession in Singapore. The...
Updates on in-house techie medical condition (13 Nov)

Updates on in-house techie medical condition (13 Nov)

For those who may be interested, our techie will be admitted to the hospital for further medical checks...
TR Emeritus on semi-hiatus

TR Emeritus on semi-hiatus

Please be informed that we will be putting TR Emeritus (TRE) on semi-hiatus status effective immediately,...
Updates on in-house techie medical condition (5 Sep)

Updates on in-house techie medical condition (5 Sep)

Our techie Andrew, who suffered a stroke on Thursday (6 Aug) evening has completed his further medical...
Updates on in-house techie medical condition (22 Aug)

Updates on in-house techie medical condition (22 Aug)

Our techie Andrew suffered a relapse on Monday (17th Aug), the day he was scheduled to undergo “血管造影”...
TR Emeritus' in-house techie hospitalized due to stroke

TR Emeritus' in-house techie hospitalized due to stroke

We are sad to inform that our in-house techie, Andrew is currently hospitalized in China due to a stroke. *...
Can Singaporeans accept Heng Swee Kiat as their next...

Can Singaporeans accept Heng Swee Kiat as their next...

Human rights lawyer Remy Choo Zheng Xi made an interesting observation on Mr Heng's showing at the...
To Workers Party & All Its Supporters

To Workers Party & All Its Supporters

To Workers Party, residents of Hougang SMC, Aljunied GRC and SengKang GRC. Truth be told, we had intended...
Only The Workers Party Survived Pandemic GE 2020

Only The Workers Party Survived Pandemic GE 2020

Only the Workers Party (WP) has managed to survive the pandemic GE 2020, making inroads securing...
GE 2020: Live Results On Sample & Official Votes

GE 2020: Live Results On Sample & Official Votes

Sample Count Aljunied GRC: Workers’ Party (60%), People’s Action Party (40%) * Ang Mo Kio GRC: People’s...
General Elections 2020: Listen To Your Heart

General Elections 2020: Listen To Your Heart

The day before Polling Day is Cooling Day (9 July 2020), a day set aside for voters to reflect on whom...
Leaked Audio: A general election after a crisis 'will...

Leaked Audio: A general election after a crisis 'will...

Leaked audio clips of conversations involving Mr Chan Chun Sing have surfaced on the final day of campaigning...
Opinions
Its not a question of keeping out...

Its not a question of keeping out...

IT’S NOT A QUESTION OF KEEPING OUT. IT’S A QUESTION OF WHAT HAPPENS ONCE THEY’RE IN. I’ve...
'Gaps' appearing everywhere in Singapore

'Gaps' appearing everywhere in Singapore

Nowadays when something bad happens, they use the word "gaps", to describe where the failure is. There...
Covid-19 vaccination will prevent infection?

Covid-19 vaccination will prevent infection?

I find MOH lacks intellectual integrity. ( Actually Not surprising after the HEP C saga). It is already...
Moving towards electronic communication

Moving towards electronic communication

To improve our national efficiency, we need to move towards electronic communication. We have to use...
More financial support for parents who have a second...

More financial support for parents who have a second...

I refer to the news about more financial support for parents who have a second and sebsequent child. Cost...
The politics of PA, Town Councils, CDC, Mayors and...

The politics of PA, Town Councils, CDC, Mayors and...

Love them or hate them, the People’s Action Party (PAP) coming into power has a lot to do with their...
Budget 2021

Budget 2021

Inadequate Stimulus in FY2020   In my last blog post, written just before the Budget presentation,...
The Problems With The Fortune Made In Shit

The Problems With The Fortune Made In Shit

One of my more prominent memories of my last year in university, was being at an event where the then...
Crimes against helpless domestic workers

Crimes against helpless domestic workers

Even wild animals would not treat their preys the way these three adults treat this young helpless domestic...
The relevence of Community Development Councils ( CDCs)

The relevence of Community Development Councils ( CDCs)

Personally, I am very glad that issues about the relevence of Community Development Councils ( CDCs)...
The domestic worker from Myanmar who was tortured and...

The domestic worker from Myanmar who was tortured and...

This is Piang Ngaih Don, the domestic worker from Myanmar who was tortured and murdered in Singapore...
Is this the first case of Covid-19 Vaccine related...

Is this the first case of Covid-19 Vaccine related...

Is this the first case of Vaccine related death in Singapore? Unfortunately, most probably the family...
Solving the problem of low wages for workers

Solving the problem of low wages for workers

To solve the problem of low wages for workers, we need to understand why their wages are low in the first...
Performance of Temasek Holdings

Performance of Temasek Holdings

I have read many online posts that criticized Temasek Holdings for speculative and bad investments. I...
Data breach at SingTel

Data breach at SingTel

As a lay person, the first thought that came to my mind when I read about the data breach at Singtel...
Cardiac arrest after vaccination

Cardiac arrest after vaccination

I saw a report this morning that a few hundred people (cannot remember the number) have died from cardiac...
Do you salute the Rank or the Man

Do you salute the Rank or the Man

One of the major “Bromances” of modern politics has turned exceedingly sour. Former US President...
This year’s budget

This year’s budget

This year’s budget, like last year’s, have schemes to bailout businesses. A portion of both...
Covid-19 Vaccinations

Covid-19 Vaccinations

I don't attempt to convince any people for anything in the matter of Covid19 vaccination. I only believe...
Singapore's mass importation of work pass holders

Singapore's mass importation of work pass holders

Singapore's mass importation of work pass holders easily go back more than 30 years and seriously, foreign...
Snippets
Why PSP's proposed levy of $1,200 will right-tilt jobs...

Why PSP's proposed levy of $1,200 will right-tilt jobs...

I'll tell you why Progress Singapore Party's NCMP Leong Mun Wai's suggestion of $1,200 levy for employment...
Quick thoughts on Budget 2021

Quick thoughts on Budget 2021

Here are my 2 quick thoughts on Budget 2021. 1. Drawing on past reserves In the last General Elections,...
The Budget Arithmetic Puzzle

The Budget Arithmetic Puzzle

Every year, the Budget is an arithmetic puzzle. Even financial professionals like me have problems...
Why the PWM when high rents are killing businesses?

Why the PWM when high rents are killing businesses?

The PAP is considering introducing the Progressive Wage Model (aka minimum wage) in the food sector for...
Lawyer M Ravi engaged to represent plaintiffs in class...

Lawyer M Ravi engaged to represent plaintiffs in class...

Singaporean human rights lawyer Ravi Madasamy, known as M Ravi, has been engaged to represent plaintiffs...
Statement of Solidarity with Transgender Students in...

Statement of Solidarity with Transgender Students in...

1. We, the undersigned organisations, express our solidarity with Ashlee, the transgender student...
The TraceTogether saga is another sad – and frightening...

The TraceTogether saga is another sad – and frightening...

What’s the big deal, some say? It’ll only be used by the police for criminal investigations. Nothing...
Sinovac failure - A failed gamble by the Singapore...

Sinovac failure - A failed gamble by the Singapore...

Sinovac was one of the vaccines that Singapore placed an order for. These pre-orders were a punt,...
PSP's Statement on Ministers backtracking on their...

PSP's Statement on Ministers backtracking on their...

At the party launch in August 2019, we emphasized the need to have a government that is transparent,...
Launch of New Charity: The J B Jeyaretnam Foundation

Launch of New Charity: The J B Jeyaretnam Foundation

January 05th 2021 On this day in 1926, J B Jeyaretnam, the first Opposition MP to be elected to Parliament...
Ushering in 2021

Ushering in 2021

As we enter the new year, I wish the lives of all Singaporeans and friends are improving steadily. As...
My political farewell

My political farewell

The journey was indeed exciting, and I have learnt so much from being able to hear from so many of you,...
We build a strong and relevant society by starting...

We build a strong and relevant society by starting...

It is both sad and appalling when our society again revealed its ugly side in the most recent school...
Letters
In what capacity is Ho Ching a private citizen making...

In what capacity is Ho Ching a private citizen making...

In what capacity is Ho Ching a private citizen making public announcements regarding the number of vaccinations...
The Pappy Model Decade After Decade

The Pappy Model Decade After Decade

This chart I did it out of fun but I think this is how Singapore works, with due respect. Singaporeans...
Detention of a teenager by ISD

Detention of a teenager by ISD

As the silence continues concerning the fate of the teenage ISD detainee after vague statements made...
Will the public 'commons' of Dover or Clementi Forests...

Will the public 'commons' of Dover or Clementi Forests...

I refer to the articles, "Nature groups oppose zoning of Dover Forest in Ulu Pandan for residential use...
No 10M But........

No 10M But........

I remember Dr Chee and LT were all POFMAed because they mentioned about 10M population. Mr Singh asked...
Foreigners Turned New Citizens Lost Identity?

Foreigners Turned New Citizens Lost Identity?

Recently, I met two persons, one Chinese and one Indian. So while I was talking to the Chinese, I noticed...
Warning: Payoneer is 'stealing' account holder's funds

Warning: Payoneer is 'stealing' account holder's funds

Editor's Note: This article will only make sense to current users of Payoneer. Those without the company's...
MSM Aggressively Brainwashing Locals To Downgrade To...

MSM Aggressively Brainwashing Locals To Downgrade To...

One ex-sales director is now happy doing food delivery. One ex-PMET office lady is happy and stress free...
Disappearance of Felicia Teo Wei Ling

Disappearance of Felicia Teo Wei Ling

Recently, there has been a flurry of developments to the missing case of the Late Felicia Teo who...
Everything also you say one

Everything also you say one

I refer to this article by ST. Quote: He added that he had also republished his ministerial statements...
Why Forests Are Aggressively Disapperaing?

Why Forests Are Aggressively Disapperaing?

During last General Election, certain oppositions talked about 10M population, they were POFMAed. So...
Open letter to Elections Dept, PAP MPs & Opposition...

Open letter to Elections Dept, PAP MPs & Opposition...

For years, Singapore has managed very efficiently with a manual voting system. Our elections have generally...
Bossy PAP MacPherson Grassroots Volunteer

Bossy PAP MacPherson Grassroots Volunteer

It came to my attention through friends and fellow congregants of 2 post relating to my seeking from...
Sticky & Recent Articles

Photos of JBJ’s funeral and cremation at Mandai Crematorium, 4 October 2008

Photos of JBJ’s funeral and cremation at Mandai Crematorium, 4 October 2008

Field report and photos by Eugene Yeo A picture speaks a thousand words – A silent tribute to JBJ at Mandai Crematorium Arrival                      Prayer                  Paying last respect                   Final farewell              Some Singaporeans... 

The day JBJ made me cry: Photos of JBJ’s wake on 3 October 2008

The day JBJ made me cry: Photos of JBJ’s wake on 3 October 2008

Article and Photos by Fang Zhi Yuan I drove straight to Mount Vernon after picking little Marcus up from the nursery together with my wife. As I turned into Mount Vernon, we were greeted by a huge banner of condolence to the family of JBJ. My wife, being wife, was still nagging me for making a long detour instead of returning... 

A legacy that will always be an inspiration: A tribute to JBJ

A legacy that will always be an inspiration: A tribute to JBJ

Written by Ng E-Jay 03 October 2008   My very first encounter with Mr Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam (JBJ) was at a small coffeeshop along Peck Seah Street in May 2007. JBJ had rallied friends, supporters, and other interested parties to come together to discuss the formation of a new political party. He spoke in great earnest,... 

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