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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...

RONALD LEE: Singapore university students must be wondering what they need to do to get a break. Even as unemployment for graduates hits record numbers, school fees have hit new highs. For degree holders, unemployed has soared to 4.3 percent as of June, according to statistics from the Manpower Ministry – the highest it’s been since 2009. But from 2007 till today, university fees have jumped...

ELSON: The Public Transport Council has the leeway to grant lower public transport fares by up to 5.7 percent. This was exciting news for commuters, who have been accustomed to fare hike after fare hike while service providers reap ever-increasing profit margins. However, it looks like another fare hike is on the horizon instead, reading what PTC chairman Richard Magnus said in his latest blog post,...

LEONG SZE HIAN: I refer to the article “Parliament: New online jobs marketplace to help jobseekers through slowdown” (Straits Times, Oct 10). Only 500 locals jobs increase past 18 months It states that “He acknowledged that many were concerned that local employment growth has been flat, with a net increase of just 500 over the past 18 months. 73,000 nets jobs increase a year? He noted that between...

RONALD LEE: The Singapore government is mooting the idea of making the coming Presidential Election a one-race race. Its justification is that minorities must be given a leg up because the majority can be racist when picking our leaders. The government has been proven wrong. This study done by Blackbox Research and commissioned by Yahoo earlier this month shows that 69 percent of 897 respondents,...

RONALD LEE: The ink has barely dried on the White Paper, but we’re more or less certain by now that Dr Tan Cheng Bock won’t be in the running come the next Presidential Election. Dr Tan won 738,311 vote in PE2011. He lost by less than 1 percent to Dr Tony Tan. Clearly, this is a man who’s got the support from a large segment of the population. Dr Tan has also got an illustrious career...