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ELSON: Of course, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat didn’t put it his way during his Budget speech this afternoon, but essentially for Singapore workers, it’s “upgrade your skills and adapt to a new and changing economy. Or die.” That’s why the government has incentivised workers with skills training, with the aim of helping them take on new roles in an economy which is...

Water, S&CC, waste collection – fees for these have risen or will be rising soon enough for common HDB dwellers. Now, it looks like electricity prices could rise as well with the announcement of a new carbon tax. During his Budget speech today, Finance Minister Heng Swee Kear said the government is looking at a carbon tax rate of between $10 and $20 per tonne of GHG emissions with the aim...

While we were gearing up for a water price hike following an earlier declaration of intent from MEWR chief Masagos Zulkifli, we certainly didn’t expect a 30 percent increase. The 30 percent hike was announced by Finance Minster Heng Swee Keat in his Budget speech today. Mr Heng said that the fee increase is due to the higher cost of supplying water. The 30 percent water price hike is set to...

The government has announced price hikes for water and power even as Singaporeans labour amidst an economic downturn. And in another shocking announcement today, all 15 PAP town councils will be raising the cost of service and conservancy charges come June this year for all homes, shops and offices located in their districts. The increase will take place over 2 years. From 1 June this year, residents...

A cleaner at Calvary Baptist Church in MacPherson went on a stabbing spree yesterday, injuring 3 people in the process. The cleaner was reportedly in the church kitchen when he suddenly snatched a knife and starting swinging it around while chasing people. The cleaner was seen wielding the knife while pursuing persons in the church from the inside of the building to the open air carpark. The incident...

Sam’s Early Learning Centre has denied allegations of child abuse. The childcare centre was embroiled in a scandal that gained traction yesterday, after a purported “whistleblower” shared captioned pictures of what’s claimed to be shoddy living conditions children there were subjected to. The centre along River Valley Road was accused of feeding children rotten food, allowing kids to wallow...

Former PAP MP Hri Kumar Nair will be appointed as Deputy Attorney-General from 1 March 2017. This will make him the first former politician to be appointed as an Attorney-General since Singapore’s independence. And that appointment has raised the ire of Workers’ Party chairman Sylvia Lim, who is concerned with potential political partisanship. Mr Nair’s appointment was announced...

An extraordinary sight at Joo Seng yesterday which certainly caught the attention of many kaypohs (concerned residents) in the area! Plainclothes officers were seen breaking open the door of a flat unit at Block 18 Joo Seng Rd. Amidst the commotion, 67-year-old retiree Mr Tan said he saw officers storm the flat and arrest a man who was clad in a striped shirt and bermudas. Mr Tan said the officers...

52-year-old Mdm Teo had put in S$40,000 of her hard-earned savings into an investment company known as Ufun Store Pte Ltd, or Ufun. The promise was that after 1 year, she would be paid 20 times of her capital investment. That means, she stood to get back S$800,000. The deal, unfortunately, was too good to be true. Mdm Teo invested in Ufun in August 2014, and when she tried to collect her dividends...

An e-bike rider has been killed after being run over by a white sedan car. Roger, a passer-by who went to help the victim said he vomited blood despite assistance. According to the white sedan car driver, he was turning into Buangkok Green from Hougang St 93 when he crashed into the e-bike rider, 57-year-old Ng Cheo Kok. The driver appeared dazed after the incident. The victim was sent to Tan Tock...

15-year-old Bryan Chee of Loyang Secondary School has died after collapsing during a fitness test. The teenager fainted in school yesterday afternoon at about 4.40pm. The school quickly called for an ambulance and he was to Changi General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Bryan’s father said that his son had a congenital heart defect and was attending regular check-ups. On Facebook, his...

A childcare centre located in the River Valley area has been accused of ill-treating the children under its charge. Children enrolled in the childcare centre are allegedly subject to shoddy conditions. These images were shared online by a whistlerblower only known as SingaporeTong. They were accompanied by captions describing the alleged poor living conditions which the children have to put up with. The...

A girl known as “Lucille” has become the Internet’s latest fall girl, after allegedly ditching her date for Valentine’s Day and living it up at the Marriot South Beach hotel with someone she claimed was her mother. This comes after a friend of the dumped guy shared his story online. Said Aeris Kaelia: “This happened to my friend yesterday, he got flown aeroplane by this girl...

An ITE student was viciously attacked by bullies in a school toilet. One of the bullies was caught on camera kicking the victim in the head, and raining punches on him. While the victim huddled in a corner and wept, the bully continued to hit him and verbally abuse him, using derogatory Tamil terms like… The bully also threatened to “break the victim’s face”, to which the...