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After AGO’s report on AHPETC, the MND decided to withhold S&CC grants to the town council. But what happens when it is the Government itself which is found to have failed? The National Research Fund is administered by the Board of the National Research Foundation (NRF) in the Prime Minister’s Office, under the National Research Fund Act. In its 2012/2013 report, the Auditor General...

What started well for the PAP Government in the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) exposure of the so-called major lapses of the AHPETC in the financial management and governance of its town council has now gradually become counter-productive to the PAP for going overboard in their frenzied attacks of the Workers’ Party on these issues. In the midst of their massive swoop on the WP, the PAP wallahs...

Chances are fees associated with employing maids will rise, as the Indonesian manpower ministry comes up with a roadmap to give maids more training so as to preserve the country’s dignity. This comes after Indonesian President Joko Widodo threatened to cut the supply of women going overseas to work as maids. Employment agencies in Singapore are already calling for maids here to sit for professional...

Controversial Singapore filmmaker Martyn See has posted an open letter saying he’s planning to file a police complaint against Sengkang West MP Lam Pin Min for sedition, and contempt of court. He wants MP Lam to remove and apologise for a Facebook post, in which Lam said that the Thaipusam scuffle and rowdy behaviour that caused a public nuisance was a result of alcohol and intoxication. See...

The HDB has rebuffed flat buyers who have requested a refund should they cancel their bookings for their Built-to-Order flats in Fernvale. To date, 95 flat-buyers have demanded a full refund of payment. The HDB said flat buyers who wish to cancel their application before signing the Agreement for Lease will have the paid option fee forfeited. In addition, cancelling the application after the signing...

The personal income tax rates of the top income earners will be raised by 2% from the year 2017. This was announced Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, as part of Budget 2015. This will bring the personal income tax rates of the top 5% of Singaporean earners to 22%, from the current 20%. The tax hike is expected to fill the public coffers with an additional S$400 million...

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam announced in parliament today across the board benefits for CPF members. For startes, a S$1000 increase in the CPF salary ceiling. That’s an increase from the current S$5,000 to S$6,000 with effect from Jan 1, 2016. The increase is expected to benefit at least 544,000 CPF members. As for older workers, Mr Tharman said the CPF...

Although an increase in the number of public holidays may at first glance appear to benefit the workforce, workers might in fact not benefit, while Singapore’s competitiveness as a global financial hub could be affected. But I will submit that a flexible leave system for religious and personal matters is a better solution, as it will provide our manpower with the option to plan and allocate their...

Just as any other ordinary Singaporean facing a severe financial crunch, I made the calculated decision to turn to a licensed moneylender (ML) to borrow a loan that would help me tide over my financial straits.  My buddy recommended me to a licensed ML operating out of Lucky Plaza. I borrowed a sum of money in April 2014.  By the end of the year, I had repaid this amount as well as the interest...

Our dear friend Cardboard Mata is believed to have escaped unharmed, but the same can’t be said for a switch box in the generator room of Tanglin Police Divisional Headquarters, which is co-located with Kampong Java Neighbourhood Police Centre. It caught fire on Saturday evening. The fire was contained within the room and put out by the Singapore Civil Defence Force using one water jet within...

So you’ve watched Ah Boys to Men 3: Frogmen, and think that our naval divers can beat the shit out of anybody in the whole god-damn world. You’ve probably heard of their “Hell Week” and raft-lifting and submersion in ice-cold water mixed with piss from the buddy next to you. Well, time to stop the naval-gazing, kids. Sure, those divers are tough as nails, but there’s...

Much has already been written about our inverse Robin Hood GST but to what extent the PAP has enriched the wealthy has been underestimated. The fact is our GST has effectively transferred billion$ from ordinary Singaporeans to the wealthy and filthy rich and contributed to an increasing income disparity. Singfirst’s proposal to scrap the GST and replace lost revenue with increased taxes on the...

Sometime last month, a friend of mine who’s on social welfare received a letter from the Singapore Buddhist Lodge (SBL), inviting him to attend their premises on February 7th for a ‘hongbao’ presentation. Since he’s Chinese, I assumed that this was a normal but nevertheless welcome occasion. So fast forward to the 7th, and I brought him there. He was told to bring along his ‘Public Assistance...

As part of the “Average Singaporeans” take on Singapore politics series, reader Robert Tan has written in to express his views on why a one-party rule is no good for Singapore. Here’s Robert’s response: Firstly, we all know it is no longer the PAP we used to know. For me, today I see it as “more a politics of envy rather than care”. The PAP only knows how to maximise revenue....