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JACLYN TOH: It is disappointing that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has decided not to take further action in the train charter . Supporters of SMRT’s decision to allow Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) to charter its trains for a schools rugby final at the National Stadium have missed the point behind the public outcry. If it was unfeasible for ACS(I) to charter 80 private buses, there was...

KENNETH LIM: I am bothered by SMRT Corporation’s seeming inability or refusal to exercise its “enterprising muscle when managing its operating bugbears”. I doubt it is fair that fares continue to increase when train services remain unreliable and SMRT’s profits continue to rise (SMRT’s Q1 profit rose 37%) The fact remains that the chartered trains did not inconvenience the public and, in fact, alleviated the load that other trains would have been subject to if students and teachers had taken normal public transport to the venue. Clearly,...

CHAN YEOW CHUAN: The recent private charter of SMRT trains raises a number of questions. First, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) has said it would have had to hire 80 buses to ferry supporters to the rugby final, had it not managed to charter the trains. If this had been the case, would the new National Stadium be able to cope with so many buses without compromising...

My name is Nur. I’m turning 32 this month and I’m a single mother of a 5-year-old girl. She was born out of wedlock. I am currently staying on my own at a rented place via mutual understanding with a  friend and I have to move out by 15th Oct 2014. I have been moving house to house from 2013. I am also currently unemployed. I have been going for several interviews. I have  difficulties getting...

JOLLY WEE: Most elderly people desire to be financially independent and self-reliant when they reach retirement age. After toiling hard, they also hope to have something to bequeath to their children. Where possible, most seniors prefer not to depend on any handouts as they live out their sunset years. To help them achieve that, the HDB could allow elderly flat owners who also own a private property...

VICTOR ONG: Singaporeans are a realistic people. And while the success stories of non-graduates in the news recently were inspiring, these may not change what those in the working class experience at their workplace and observe from their interactions with graduates. Instead of academic degrees, we should consider having more technical degrees. Recognition of such...

PATRICK LOW: Why didn’t ESM Goh listen to Catherine Lim in 1994? If he had done so he would not be lamenting about the “loosening ties” between the government and the people of Singapore at his National Day speech on August 17 2014. He would also not be so perturbed about the “unrealistic demands and frequent criticism” that would “strain the cohesiveness of the Singapore family”. When...

FEI: I read the story with sadness about a daughter complaining that a China study mama wrecked her family. The problem I see, lies with the Government. It is the deliberate policy of our Government to allow foreign kids to study in Singapore and in the process, allow their accompanying parent to come to Singapore together. Take a look at THIS. This is a scheme to...

INEZ LIM: My father had an affair 7 years ago. Which sent my mum deep into depression. We trusted him and took him back despite everything even after this current affair (he admitted that he had this affair for 4 years now). Right now, my mum is really really severely ill. Her aggression is an out burst of so much pent up emotions and grief. Of course people would...

CHEONG TUCK KUAN: Despite a growing number of calls from property players for the Government to dismantle anti-speculative measures in the property market (“Too soon to ease property curbs, says Khaw”; Aug 5), such measures should remain for good. Over the years, policies to drive foreign investment and government land sales have encouraged speculation...

CHARIS MUN: The experience from my two stays in a private hospital earlier this year does not bear out the assumption that doctors’ bills contribute most to the rising cost of private health care.In my case, the hospital’s charges amounted to almost 80 per cent of the total bill, while the fees for the surgeon and anaesthesiologist made up around 20 per...

STELLA: I recently joined Ink Singapore, two weeks ago, as a TAD Controller but I have resigned. Within this role, I report to Sandy Fong, Group Production Manager and Mark Ramayah, Group Publisher. I am writing in regard to a few incidents that have crossed the line involving two of the staff from Ink Singapore; Mark Ramayah and Leo Refuerzo. These incidents have caused me emotionally distressed...

RADIAH: I’m in my mid-twenties and currently feeling down and struggling to find a job. I haven’t got a stable job for months now since the start of 2014. I was terminated from my most recent job as an admin assistant in a small baking studio back in late June after only starting to work there for just seven days due to unsatisfactory performance such as inability to cope with the administrative...

  There’s been much anger towards the Singapore government from readers after this letter we published from an elder lady who feels forced to sell her HDB flat in order to survive after retirement. Here’s one response that compares retiree lifestyles between Singapore and Japan, from reader, Ishi Ocha Ocha: “You don’t need to sell your hdb flat and get back your cpf and replace it with...