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Events that happened simultaneously lately, created an outcry against the govt from pulping a book to PRC Yang to the recent banning of Tan Pin Pin’s documentary, “To  Singapore, with Love” and who knows what else will be coming along. Could this be the Gods’ early 50th birthday gift  for Singaporeans and most definitely for PAP? Half a century of uninterrupted one party rule had placed...

Elderly people become unemployable in most country beside Japan. This is part of a graying industrialized country. We do not have farm or country side living hence our elderly do not have any choice but to take on jobs that no one is likely to take. Actually to make them unemployable is very easy if the government choose to do so. They just let in more foreigners and these elderly people will disappear...

PRISCILLA POH: To embrace non-graduate workers, a change in perception is indeed much needed. Every nation requires people with different talents to drive the economy and meet its social needs. It is not that the paper chase is unimportant; we must study to reach our full potential. However, success in life and work depends on an individual’s character, ethics and virtues, such as enthusiasm and commitment. There are multiple forms of intelligence, and employers who recruit pragmatically would gain from non-graduate workers who have...

GERRY: I am writing this to expose some of the hypocrisies of the so-called CPF rules changes to improve retirement inadequacies. I have provided here a copy of a letter reply from CPF board regarding questions I have on my mother’s retirement account. The key observations/fallacies from this letter (I have made available the last 2 pages of the reply) are: MRA/Minimum medical sum has no fixed number...

    NG YJ: This incident was featured in the Lianhe Wanbao and I want to share it. A dispute happened on a bus after a misunderstanding and in the end a Singaporean tutor, Ms Lee got spit at by a Pinoy mother. What happened was a Pinoy family, a mother, father and a young child boarded the bus and the mother put her child on the luggage area of the bus. The bus driver then told her that...

KUO HOW NAM: It has been reported that the minimum bet for the Toto draw will be increased from 50 cents to $1, with the minimum guaranteed prize money going up proportionately from $500,000 to at least $1 million. However, punters will have to pick a set of six numbers from 49, up from the current 45, lowering the odds of winning the grand prize from one in eight million to one in 14 million –...

IRENE: I want to bring up this issue with my Singapore Power Bill. Did you know we are betting taxed on a taxes? If you click on the above picture, you can see the breakdown of the bill that I received from PUB. Near the bottom, you can see a Water Conservation Tax for $10.67. The problem is, this tax is included in the Bill’s “Total Charges” and then GST is applied to the whole...

OSMAN SIDEK: I hope football fans will not be calling for coach Fandi Ahmad’s resignation following the LionsXII’s failure to meet their targets. To be fair, it has been only a year since Fandi took over. He has the unenviable task of pitting a young, inexperienced home-grown squad against more experienced teams with skilful foreign players. The squad...

LETTERS: The $350 millions every yr govt spend is for high talented foreign students come here study, not normal foreign students! It is money well spend, not wasted. Some of the students stay back in Singapore to contribute back to our country, those didn’t stay in Singapore will return back to their home countries or work in another foreign countries and will always be grateful to Singapore and help Singapore in other ways like talk good of Singapore or help Singapore win contracts. What Singapore get back is few hundred or thousand...

THIEW MING TUCK: A lot of money has been diverted from Central Provident Fund savings for various purposes, particularly to service mortgages. Last year, only half of CPF members turning 55 met the Minimum Sum. This included 15 per cent of members who pledged their properties to meet part of it. This group will likely have insufficient retirement savings, and receive...

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...