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Bride's family asked for RMB 500,000 in bride priceBride's family asked for RMB 500,000 in bride price Contrary to popular beliefs, many couples in China are unable to afford to get married. With the exception of rural villages, those in the cities mostly asked for hundreds of thousands in bride price (聘礼/彩礼). According to our techie who has been in China for over a decade, the bride price may include monies intended...

Higher salaries lead Singapore to become top pick for Asian workers looking to moveHigher salaries lead Singapore to become top pick for Asian... I refer to the Independent Singapore’s Featured News SG Economy, “Higher salaries lead Singapore to become top pick for Asian workers looking to move” (Feb 22). In this era of rapid technological advancement, all countries are faced with the dilemma of being hungry for talent. Therefore, top talents in respective...

Where Romance Meets FinanceWhere Romance Meets Finance Sugarbook was launched by Darren Chan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is a luxury dating website designed to resolve financial issues through emotional support. It provides a platform to grow your relationships through mutual benefits that are not restricted to mentorship, companionship, wealth and emotional support. It...

Marriage, children and practical concernsMarriage, children and practical concerns A couple bows before their parents and offers them tea, as is traditional in Chinese weddings. I refer to The Straits Times’ Editorial “Marriage, children and practical concerns” (Feb 5). Since the history of human civilisation, the formation of individual family and the issue of procreation have become two...

Not in my backyardNot in my backyard I refer to the TODAY’s Commentary, “'Not in my backyard' — when some groups can protest more loudly, the most vulnerable ones suffer” (Jan 25, 2024). A few good points from the article are worth to be probed further and discussed. In December 2023, the announcement of plans by The National Environment Agency...

Opposition parties seek to strengthen parliamentary presenceOpposition parties seek to strengthen parliamentary presence I refer to The Independent Singapore’s SG Politics column, “Opposition parties seek to strengthen parliamentary presence” (Nov 29, 2023). As we know, Singapore political scene has been firmly dominated by the PAP since 1959. Thus, the opposition parties in Singapore have to face and withstand many challenges ahead...

Educating the next generationEducating the next generation I read with interest the Straits Times’ Editorial, “Educating the next generation” (Jan 5, 2024). Any form of spontaneous learning should provide you with a happy, positive, and memorable experience. However, only a small number of children are in exception. Therefore, based on this, parents should realize the...

GST increase in 2024GST increase in 2024 On 1 Jan 2024 GST rises 1% from 8% to 9%; this is a 12.5% increase in GST. I am not convinced that this is necessary. It will contribute to inflation, and cause economic hardship. The handouts to mitigate this are temporary and the increase is permanent. In 2015, when the possibility of GST rising was an election issue...

Race relations in SingaporeRace relations in Singapore I refer to the Today’s “Commentary: In 1954, David Marshall spoke about race relations in Singapore. Have we made real progress since then?” (Dec 15). For any country to be prosperous and powerful, it must first achieve political and social stability, and its people must live in harmony and be united. Only in this...

Passenger says he almost suffocated in Grab ride due to heavy cigarette smokePassenger says he almost suffocated in Grab ride due to heavy... I refer to The Independent Singapore’s In the Hood “Passenger says he almost suffocated in Grab ride due to heavy cigarette smoke” (Nov 22) and “Passenger says TADA driver kept falling asleep during his ride” (Dec 3). It is understandable that most riders who engage the service of private hire vehicle for their...

Tribute to Mr Lee Tee TongTribute to Mr Lee Tee Tong This white-haired elderly gentleman caught my attention at Hong Lim Park on the 50th anniversary observance of Operation Coldstore in 2015. Fiery oration in Mandarin, without a script. That was my first impression of Mr Lee Tee Tong, the elected Member of Parliament for Bukit Timah in 1963. He was the candidate from...

Exposing the fake news about ChinaExposing the fake news about China With so much misinformation and hate happening in the world today, it’s very easy to be misled by fake news. Reason why in this video, I’m showing you the truth with facts about China and news from China so that you can understand the reality on ground especially after traveling across China for 60 days. As...

Young people are redefining what is a good life and advertisers need to wise upYoung people are redefining what is a good life and advertisers... I refer to the “Commentary: Young people are redefining what is a good life and advertisers need to wise up” (Today, Nov 29). The author of this article analysed and discussed purely from the perspective of commercial advertising practitioner how Singaporeans, especially a group of young professionals and intellectuals...

Nearly 50% of Singaporeans in the past two years unable to repay debtsNearly 50% of Singaporeans in the past two years unable to... I refer to The Independent Singapore’s featured news “Nearly 50% of Singaporeans in the past two years unable to repay debts” (Nov 22) and TODAY’s news “Higher credit card spending in 2023 made S'pore households slightly more vulnerable to income, interest rate shocks: MAS” (Nov 27) It is really sad and mindful...

Hundreds of Palestinian minors held in Israeli jailsHundreds of Palestinian minors held in Israeli jails The 150 Palestinians set to be released from Israeli prisons in the truce deal are all women and children many of whom have been held without convictions. Al Jazeera's Ali Hashem takes a look at the thousands of Palestinian children whose childhoods have been scarred by the Israeli occupation.    

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Editorial
Untold hard truths on Iran versus Israel

Untold hard truths on Iran versus Israel

William Scott Ritter Jr. (born July 15, 1961) is an American author, former United States Marine Corps...
Drones that supposedly attacked Iran were not launched...

Drones that supposedly attacked Iran were not launched...

Tehran claims the drones shot down by Iran's air defence systems over the city of Isfahan were launched...
UK' David Cameron slammed by Netizens for 'hypocrisy'

UK' David Cameron slammed by Netizens for 'hypocrisy'

A clip from a Sky News interview featuring British Foreign Secretary Cameron has gone viral, stirring...
Israel lied about the 99% interception rate

Israel lied about the 99% interception rate

A recent explosive report from an Israeli newspaper has cast doubt on the accuracy of the IDF's claims...
Malaysian PM FEARLESSLY slams West’s hypocrisy over...

Malaysian PM FEARLESSLY slams West’s hypocrisy over...

While the majority of World leaders are praising Israel and backing its right to "self-defense" in committing...
Massive floods pummeled Dubai and United Arab Emirates

Massive floods pummeled Dubai and United Arab Emirates

Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are suffering from the worst storms and floods since the beginning...
Iran will respond 'within seconds' should it is attacked...

Iran will respond 'within seconds' should it is attacked...

Tehran has responded hours after Israel confirmed its plan to hit back. Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister...
China backs Iran's right of self-defense against Israel

China backs Iran's right of self-defense against Israel

China has refused to condemn and has backed Iran's recent "revenge" attack on Israel. Beijing said that...
PM Lee Hsien Loong to hand over leadership to DPM Lawrence...

PM Lee Hsien Loong to hand over leadership to DPM Lawrence...

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will step down from his position on May 15, handing the reins...
Iran issues fresh ultimatum to Israel

Iran issues fresh ultimatum to Israel

The Islamic Republic of Iran has issued a new ultimatum to Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu. Tehran has warned...
Jordan backstabs Iran and opened its airspace to US...

Jordan backstabs Iran and opened its airspace to US...

Amidst the escalating tensions between Iran and Israel, Jordan has emerged as an unexpected player in...
Donald Trump is right again

Donald Trump is right again

Whether you like Trump or hates him, you can't disagree with this: Trump is certainly not a warmonger,...
Iran gave 72-hour advance notice of its intended retaliation...

Iran gave 72-hour advance notice of its intended retaliation...

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Iran had informed the US that its attacks against...
Iran warns of 'decisive and much stronger response'...

Iran warns of 'decisive and much stronger response'...

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has warned Israel against retaliating after it launched a salvo of drones...
Full coverage of Iran's retaliatory attack on Israel...

Full coverage of Iran's retaliatory attack on Israel...

At midnight on 13th April, Iran launched its much-anticipated attack against Israel and unlike expectations,...
Putin warns Biden against attacking Iran: We will not...

Putin warns Biden against attacking Iran: We will not...

Russia President Vladimir Putin reportedly warned United States not to interfere in the Iran and Israel...
US 'won't help' Israel retaliate against Iran

US 'won't help' Israel retaliate against Iran

U.S President Joe Biden reportedly made an 180-degree turn after pledging full support to Israel in defending...
Israel under multi-front attacks from barrage of missiles...

Israel under multi-front attacks from barrage of missiles...

In a series of escalating events across the Middle East, tensions have reached a boiling point as residents...
Iran warns US against intervening or face attacks on...

Iran warns US against intervening or face attacks on...

Iran has sent a message to the United States through the Arab countries stating that if the US tries...
Iran agrees to not retaliate against Israel if...

Iran agrees to not retaliate against Israel if...

Iran has responded to the United States' "threat-cum-appeal" over its attack plans. Iran revealed its...
Opinions
Change is the only constant except when you are in...

Change is the only constant except when you are in...

Around three days ago, SPH Media, the non-profit that took over the once thriving media business of a...
Is it too early to be euphoric?

Is it too early to be euphoric?

The sudden announement by PM Lee Hsien Loong on 15 April 2024 to step down and hand over the baton to...
Thou Shalt Not Kill II

Thou Shalt Not Kill II

For pregnant women. Whether that fortuity is the work of God or random natural chance, that 'little life'...
Hypocrisy Of The Highest Order

Hypocrisy Of The Highest Order

Click to enlarge Does Rishi Sunak even know what he is saying? Or was he merely reading from a prepared...
Can money buy happiness?

Can money buy happiness?

Why is well-being declining in Singapore despite rising income? Can money buy happiness? - CNA online,...
Six months of genocide

Six months of genocide

I am tired of Netanyahu and his gang repeating the lie that their intent in committing the genocide is...
The chief salesman of the pharmaceutical companies?

The chief salesman of the pharmaceutical companies?

Why is Minister Ong becoming the chief salesman of the pharmaceutical companies? Without his intervention,...
A typical horseplay in Parliament

A typical horseplay in Parliament

This is not meant to denigrade the August Parliament but simply to give a flippant portrayer of an overview...
Thou Shalt Not Kill

Thou Shalt Not Kill

The Socratic paradox that inspires this way of thinking is, "No one commits evil knowingly. When they...
Nationalism  and de-colonisation in Singapore.

Nationalism and de-colonisation in Singapore.

The name PJ Thum may not be strange to readers, maybe not the younger generation. Following the liquidation...
Upholding the rule of law

Upholding the rule of law

“Singapore’s success arises in no small part because of its policy in upholding the rule of law and...
How many persons to fix a light bulb?

How many persons to fix a light bulb?

PAP Wayang - How many persons to fix a light bulb? Do you know how many persons PAP will need...
Forever Friends

Forever Friends

While several countries pulled out their ambassadors from Israel soon after it carried out genocidal...
Singapore football's 2-2 draw with China

Singapore football's 2-2 draw with China

It made my day to read about our Singapore national football team holding the China team to a 2-2 draw...
Pritam's political seat is very safe

Pritam's political seat is very safe

“No one should go away thinking that (Singh) will be disqualified as an MP, or disqualified from running...
Singapore-born panda Le le

Singapore-born panda Le le

There has been so immense publicity of the Singapore-born panda Le le in and outside Singapore and now...
You Need To Calm Down Song

You Need To Calm Down Song

I'm no prude, but watching only a brief minute of that video, "You Need to Calm Down Song", to see what...
How Much Will This Meal Cost On 1 April?

How Much Will This Meal Cost On 1 April?

This morning, I had my favourite Mee Pok and Teh-C Kosong breakfast. The meal cost me $6.60 ($5 for Mee...
Giving up on TFR?

Giving up on TFR?

I notice that in Lawrence Wong's recent budget statement and the Committee of Supply debates, one issue...
One Swift Doesn’t Make A Summer

One Swift Doesn’t Make A Summer

I was struck by the hubris and naïveté of certain academics from a local university who declared recently...
Letters
Higher salaries lead Singapore to become top pick for...

Higher salaries lead Singapore to become top pick for...

I refer to the Independent Singapore’s Featured News SG Economy, “Higher salaries lead Singapore...
Marriage, children and practical concerns

Marriage, children and practical concerns

A couple bows before their parents and offers them tea, as is traditional in Chinese weddings. I...
Not in my backyard

Not in my backyard

I refer to the TODAY’s Commentary, “'Not in my backyard' — when some groups can protest more loudly,...
Opposition parties seek to strengthen parliamentary...

Opposition parties seek to strengthen parliamentary...

I refer to The Independent Singapore’s SG Politics column, “Opposition parties seek to strengthen...
Educating the next generation

Educating the next generation

I read with interest the Straits Times’ Editorial, “Educating the next generation” (Jan 5, 2024). Any...
Race relations in Singapore

Race relations in Singapore

I refer to the Today’s “Commentary: In 1954, David Marshall spoke about race relations in Singapore....
Passenger says he almost suffocated in Grab ride due...

Passenger says he almost suffocated in Grab ride due...

I refer to The Independent Singapore’s In the Hood “Passenger says he almost suffocated in Grab ride...
Young people are redefining what is a good life and...

Young people are redefining what is a good life and...

I refer to the “Commentary: Young people are redefining what is a good life and advertisers need to...
Nearly 50% of Singaporeans in the past two years unable...

Nearly 50% of Singaporeans in the past two years unable...

I refer to The Independent Singapore’s featured news “Nearly 50% of Singaporeans in the past two...
Gaza protests risk getting radicalised

Gaza protests risk getting radicalised

I refer to the Straits Times’ Editorial, “Gaza protests risk getting radicalised” (Nov 9). Israel...
Snippets
Bride's family asked for RMB 500,000 in bride price

Bride's family asked for RMB 500,000 in bride price

Contrary to popular beliefs, many couples in China are unable to afford to get married. With the exception...
The fall of Alibaba's Jack Ma

The fall of Alibaba's Jack Ma

The story of how Jack Ma betrayed everyone that helped and gave him what he has today. The video also...
中國唯一的一妻多夫制的地方

中國唯一的一妻多夫制的地方

A land enshrouded in spirituality, Tibet is home to distinct cultural traditions and astounding natural...
Tibetan Wives Can Be Shared Between Brothers

Tibetan Wives Can Be Shared Between Brothers

A land enshrouded in spirituality, Tibet is home to distinct cultural traditions and astounding natural...
頂級中文在線賭場需要具備哪些條件?

頂級中文在線賭場需要具備哪些條件?

什麼樣的中文在線賭場更適合你?僅僅只是提供中文客戶服務支援是遠遠不夠的。中文玩家的需求具有一些特殊性,比如更注重網路安全,更偏好東方文化的遊戲,希望與其他中文玩家互動等等。本文列舉了一些頂級在線中文賭場必備的因素,供玩家參考。或者,你也可以直接閱讀線上賭場推薦列表,選擇一家安全、技術強大、遊戲質量高的中文賭場。 一家頂級的中文在線賭場應滿足以下幾點: ...
Kuasa Kalendar Forex: Menavigasi Lanskap Ekonomi dengan...

Kuasa Kalendar Forex: Menavigasi Lanskap Ekonomi dengan...

Dalam luasnya pasaran kewangan terbesar di dunia, pedagang forex adalah seperti pelaut yang melalui pelayaran...
Where Romance Meets Finance

Where Romance Meets Finance

Sugarbook was launched by Darren Chan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is a luxury dating website designed...
Why does Singapore have the Casino Entry Levy?

Why does Singapore have the Casino Entry Levy?

Singapore's casino entry levy debuted in 2006 alongside the arrival of integrated resorts (IRs). The...
Things to Know for Online Casino Betting in Singapore

Things to Know for Online Casino Betting in Singapore

Photo by Mike Enerio The legal landscape of online betting varies significantly between countries,...
Defining Digital Gold: The Emergence of Cryptocurrency

Defining Digital Gold: The Emergence of Cryptocurrency

Within a few years, cryptocurrency has rapidly progressed from being just a digital fad to a billion-dollar...
Sticky & Recent Articles

Will the PAP allow Singaporeans to review its ‘welfare’ system ?

Will the PAP allow Singaporeans to review its ‘welfare’ system ?

By Fang Zhi Yuan, Chief Editor The first thing which struck me when I read this article published on Hong Kong's South China Morning Post -"Strong case for a review of our welfare system" is the following sentence: "All governments have an implicit social contract which involves protecting and caring for their people, and the... 

Tan Kin Lian wants “minimum wage”, but National Wage Council wants to “revise” salaries

Tan Kin Lian wants “minimum wage”, but National Wage Council wants to “revise” salaries

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HitQg_mXSSM&hl=en&fs=1] Just two weeks after Mr Tan Kin Lian said in his "State of the Nation" address that Singapore needs to impose a "minimum wage" to help the low-income workers, the National Wage Council will reconvene in January to "review" its wage guidelines. NWC chairman,... 

More photos from minibond rally at Hong Lim Park, 13 December 2008

More photos from minibond rally at Hong Lim Park, 13 December 2008

Photos by Eugene Yeo Mr Siew Kum Hong always come early and leaves early too. Perhaps he is afraid of Mr Tan dragging him up the stage.   The crowd is visibly smaller compared to previous rallies. Is Mr Tan losing steam ?   The production crew from Al-Jazeera TV   Mr Tan's rally was continually being "hijacked" by other... 

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