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HAROLD CHAI: Checks by authorities have revealed that the concrete sunshade that toppled in Tampines in September was missing reinforcement bars (those things inside you don’t see that are meant to keep the thing from collapsing). It was the only one in the surrounding area missing those reinforcement bars, and now that BCS is investigating where this was due to the contractor breaking building...

ELSON: The Manpower Ministry says that Singapore’s resident unemployment rate is 3 percent this year – its highest since 2010. Reading further into the data, you discover that unemployment rate for Singapore residents between 25 and 64 years old is 19.7 percent. This is almost similar to the 19.5 percent in 2015. I’m worried about this 25-64 age group, simply because this is the...

DZAR ISMAIL: My friend, a teacher had mixed feelings about the PSLE results today. A Foundation student he taught, managed to get into the Express stream. His parents beemed with pride, came up to my friend and cried. They apologized profusely. Why? Sometime early this year, they lodged a complaint to the school principal because they felt that my friend’s teaching skills were not conventional....

Don’t say bo ga li gong hor, taxi uncles and aunties. Redwire went and talked to one lao jiao taxi uncle who has been driving for 11 years already to see if he can help “predict” which passenger will turn out to be a fare evader. This uncle, who wants to be known only as Uncle Chan, says in the 11 years he’s been driving, he has met with 17 passengers who tried to siam payment. Of...

Memorial dinner for the late and much-respected JB Jeyaretnam on 27th November. It’ll be held at 7pm at Ban Heng restaurant at Harbourfront. There’s a few tickets left so chope your seats with Kenneth Jeyaretnam if you’re keen on going. Don’t say bo jio hor!     ...

ELSON: Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has got it right this time on the issue of taxi fare evasion. Taxi Operators shouldn’t expect the government to do all the dirty work for them if they can’t take care of their own taxi uncles and aunties. These are people who pay you rental money (upwards of S$100 per day) to use your services, and it’s your duty to make sure their rice bowls...

ELSON: If you ever wondered whether you were living in the Matrix, just look at the Singapore road transport situation. On one hand, the government is saying there’s too many cars on the road and encouraging people to go car-lite by taking to cycling and public transport. On the other hand, its policies and initiatives work to increase the number of cars on the road, causing increased congestion...

RONALD LEE: The government has gone on and on about the need for Singapore to have a representative from the Malay community as president. It has cited barriers, such as Singaporeans’ covert racism. If there are other barriers mentioned, I haven’t heard of them. But it’s the government itself which reeks of that, not Singaporeans. Look at the history of the presidential election: Wee...

HAROLD CHAI: It’s about time the government did something about the problematic Bukit Panjang LRT system, which has literally been giving problems since Day 1. Among the problems causing disruptions to the line, according to Transport Minister Khaw, are uneven terrain, sharp bends, and the issue of trains leaving the station having to constantly switch tracks, making the switch point a “critical...

ELSON: With the latest Road Charge impose by Malaysia on foreign vehicles, drivers will now need to pay S$6.60 more per month to enter Bolehland. This is in addition to the S$3.80 paid to leave Singapore and S$2.70 to re-enter Singapore, assuming you use the Causeway. Which adds up to S$13 a trip to go to Malaysia and come home. The fee has been steadily rising over the years – it used to be...

“The odds of counting on my military husband to be on “standby” is almost zero. Ironically enough, he’s always ready and on standby 24/7 for his country though.” Planning to marry an army man soon? You’d do well to read this account by Esther Rachel about her experience as a “military wife”. Esther describes the 2 years she’s spent married to an...

RONALD LEE: A friend of mine attended the Elected Presidency forum organised by the Institute of Policy Studies forum on Friday evening at Raffles City. I was talking to him about the whole “Shanmugam called Eurasians ‘Indian’ affair” when he said that its total rubbish – things didn’t happen as the States Times Review said they did. The State Times Review headline read “Law Minister...

ELSON: Don’t be mistaken that good time will never come to an end. It looks like they will soon as recession looms. Even if not recession, a period of economic stagnation that will last years. Already, we’re facing the effects in Singapore. Growth has tapered from 4.7 per cent in 2013, to 3.3 per cent in 2014, to 2 per cent last year and remains at the 2 percent level this year. The manufacturing...

Former NTUC Income CEO Tan Kin Lian has slammed the Medishield Life scheme for being “badly-designed”. Commenting online, Mr Tan listed what he called the “bad features” of Medishield Life, saying that the government has to address the anomalies that come with the scheme. “Medishield Life is badly designed. It is extremely complicated. Here are the very bad features. Look...