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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...

HAROLD CHAI: The results of the probe into the deaths of 2 trainees who were killed in a track accident in March aren’t over yet, and still SMRT had the audacity to sack two of its train drivers involved in the incident. Even the National Transport Workers’ Union has launched a formal appeal on behalf of the drivers. It had previously written to SMRT asking the company to withhold action against...

SingFirst chief Tan Jee Say has criticised the CPF Investment Scheme as having failed in its objective to enhance retirement savings of its members. Mr Tan, a former Presidential Election candidates and Principal Private Secretary to ex-PM Goh Chok Tong, said that changes must be made to the rate of return for the benefit of Singaporeans. His criticism was in response to DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s...

ELSON: If the government goes ahead with invoking a provision that will make the coming Presidential Election a “Malays need apply only” election, then it’s very likely we’re going to see a walkover. I say this based on historical trends. No need to look too far, a simple Wikipedia check will show this: Look at the eligible candidates dating back to 1993. The PAP-endorsed...

HAROLD CHAI: It’s good that the Workers’ Party’s Chen Show Mao has clarified the reason for his stepping down as party treasurer. Apparently, it’s because his tenure ended, as he explained: “I did not quit or resign, but have stepped down from the post in accordance with the terms of my appointment. At the time of my appointment three months ago, it was agreed with the CEC,...

RONALD LEE: I believe the Prime Minister (seen here in 1970 with President Yusof Ishak) when he talks about Singapore needing a president from the minority race. To say that the government is gunning for a Malay president come 2017 is an open secret. That’s not a bad thing. With the bar set even higher for the coming PE, whoever becomes president, whether Chinese, Malay, Indian or Eurasian will...

ELSON: Barry would have difficulty becoming president today if he was Singaporean instead of American. It isn’t about skin colour or race anymore, but the qualifying conditions that make it almost impossible for many to even qualify to contest for the head of state position. Back in 2005, the Prime Minister’s press secretary estimated that only 700 to 800 people could potentially meet the...

Following a successful run in April, Tiger Beer is bringing back their street food movement to celebrate Singapore’s street food culture. Through a series of hawker food-centric initiatives, the campaign aims to bring Singaporeans together and encourage them to appreciate and show gratitude to the hardworking hawkers behind their beloved dishes. From watching behind-the-scenes films about hawkers...

ELSON: Government agencies here are renowned for being more reactive than proactive. Now, after the mass Zika infections in an Aljunied construction site, serious fogging work is going. But tougher measures should have been enacted way earlier to force contractors to adopt better work practices earlier, seeing how the festering mosquito problem becomes worse year upon year, and the spread of disease...