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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...

Indonesia’s National Police Chief has warned those caught illegally slashing and burning land in Riau that they risk being shot for resisting arrest if they do not stop their actions. General Sutarman said “If anyone fights back and endangers officers or others, just shoot them”. “Shoot them as well,” was his response to whether the same...

Is the brain drain getting too overwhelming that the Singapore government is getting desperate? Apparently, it’s now turning to headhunters to woo overseas Singaporeans back to the country. Contact Singapore, the state body tasked with recruiting skilled foreigners, will now also refer overseas Singaporeans to headhunters. It’s still unclear what prompted the...

Public transport will soon become more affordable for average Singaporeans who don’t earn half as much as Anton Casey and need to take twice as many showers to wash the stench of trains from their buttocks. Frequent public transport users (or very smelly people in Casey-ish) can apply for an Adult Monthly Travel Card and enjoy unlimited rides on buses and trains...

The Economist Intelligence Unit has named Singapore as the world’s most expensive country for expats. This was reported in its Worldwide Cost of Living Index 2014 report. Singapore overtook countries like Tokyo, Paris, Oslo, Zurich and Sydney. One of the factors that the EIC says pushed overall cost of living upwards? The COE needed to buy vehicles. So What? This...

It’s very comforting to know that our cheng hu cares that cyber-bullying is going on and wants to tackle it  by introducing new anti-harassment legislation. But for those of us affected by the gahmen’s bullying tactics, what recourse do we have? We could hide in a corner and cry, but even then, probably still kena caught by CCTV (then even more pai seh).   What’s...

Interestingly enough, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong has spoken out in defence of the Health Promotion Board’s controversial FAQ. But, while sounding square, it’s difficult not to feel a certain anti-homosexuality vibe creeping into his statement. Mr Gan says that relationships need commitment, and its possible, regardless of whether one is gay or straight,...

Switching jobs this year could lead to a significant pay increase. Unless – you’re working in Singapore.   (1) Happy Across the World Recruitment consultancy firm Robert Walters expects employees across the world to command an average 15-20% more salary this year. This is based on a global survey of those who switched jobs in 2013, and the firm says the trend...

If you’re angry at the soon-to-rise transport fares, there’s a mass protest that’s expected this Saturday (25Jan) against the hikes It’ll take place at Hong Lim Park at 5pm.   (1) Why Cow Beh? Fare hike were approved even though our two transport giants SMRT and SBS are still operating profitably They made $120 million and $18 million...

More than 80% of Singaporeans don’t believe their current financial plans won’t tide them over in the future. That’s a terrible shame, considering that we’re often touted as a First World Nation. Are we, really?   (1) Die Lah This sad fact was revealed through a survey by research company, Nielsen. Close to 70% of Singaporeans have lost...

Opinions are like assholes – everybody’s got one (thanks, Dirty Harry). Same can’t be said of hospital beds in Singapore. Even if you’re up to your neck in shit, you’ll probably have to wait some 2 days to get a bed if it’s crunch time. And by crunch time, our dear MP Dr Chia Shi-Lu means “holiday season”.   (1) Chia Ba Bo Sai Pang   Dr...