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More than a hundred people and 6 organisations have signed an open letter to the Singapore government calling for responsible treatment of those arrested in connection with the vandalism of a block of flats in Toa Payoh. They are angry at the way the Singapore authorities and mainstream media have handled the alleged vandals. They want the accused persons to be detained...

Many people have expressed in the social media that they are not happy that the CPF savings cannot be withdrawn at 55 or even 65. They felt strongly that the government did not have the right to delay payment and are doing so, as they do not have the funds to pay back the CPF. It is quite easy for the government to print money to pay back the CPF, so this “lack...

“It becomes like pack behaviour. You scold, you swear, you curse. All the wrong instincts get fed and in a group, there’s a certain group dynamic and it is like a pack of hounds hunting, which is bad,”   That’s probably Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s best impression of his father, Lee Kuan Yew, who resoundingly said years back that Singaporeans need...

PAP Town Councils Coordinating Chairman Dr Teo Ho Pin says there was “no breach of security measures”, the town council involved says it has security processes in place… so who or what could have vandalized the roof of Block 85A Toa Payoh Lorong 4? We examine all plausible explanations.   Facts of the Case   The roof level at Block 85A Toa...

Lim Hng Kiang Suggesting Higher Costs and More Change Ahead?   As Singaporeans, we’ve always been told that we must upgrade our skills, adapt to our environment because we’re a small nation, and in spite of all that, to stay competitive. We’ve been constantly reminded that we need to attract foreign investment into Singapore, otherwise the country will...

Beware, residents of Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC. Or at least, be aware. Project SUCCESS is coming to a Community Club near you – Sengkang CC. It’s supposed to help those living in the estate find jobs. And for the first time, the programme will integrate its processes with a new Social Service Office which will open at the CC this June.   Tempting as this...

Some 600 people attended the May Day Rally at Hong Lim Park yesterday – a far cry from the 4000 that showed up for the same demonstration last year. Have Singaporeans grown tired of such protests, or apathetic to the issues raised? Even the population White Paper protests last year drew some 6000 people according to organisers, Transitioning.   But for...

Singaporeans will have their retirement age extended to beyond 65 years old, if Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has his way. Prime Minister Lee said in his May Day rally speech that he fully supports ongoing tripartite discussions to extend the retirement age. Currently, the minimum retirement age in Singapore is 62 years old.   Prime Minister Lee is...

“If you don’t like it, go elsewhere. It’s not as if STOMP is your only media diet.”   A defiant statement there from Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief of Singapore Press Holding’s English and Malay newspapers. He says no one is being been forced to read STOMP.   But in the same interview at the World Association of Newspapers...

Let’s face it, for some time already there’s been a rising wave of xenophobia creeping into Singaporean society. The fury sparked by the Filipino National Day celebrations outside Ngee Ann City just happens to be the latest in a series of unfortunate incidents, all of which have painted a very negative picture of Singaporeans on the international stage. Let’s...

Singaporeans (ok lah, and PRs too), who doesn’t love watching Word Cup football? Fine, who doesn’t love watching FREE World Cup football? Well as long as we’re here we’re not going to because the government has again given cable operators a free hand to fleece us. Senior Minister of State for Information and Communication Lawrence Wong says...

If Singapore is having a shortage of doctors, why shouldn’t we train more locals to be doctors then, rather than hire foreigners to fill the gap? The sad fact of our medical scene as it stands — the number of foreign doctors has spiked, while Singaporeans who aspire to join the medical profession are being turned away. Let’s see how the figures stand: New...

Is the National Environment Agency (NEA) not earning enough from fining errant smokers who drop butt in public? Now they’ve apparently taken to fining pet owners for the misdemeanour of bringing their pets into kopitiams. The most catty part of this little tale – most pet owners don’t even know this is a finable offence! For those not in the know, first-time...

Has the government machinery been employed in full force once again to jack up property prices? The latest news reports on Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) flats from the Premiere seem to suggest that. “Singapore’s first resale units from a premium public housing scheme have been sold, with the priciest going for almost $700,000.” –Straits...