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Singapore’s Causeway toll charges will be revised to match those set by Malaysia “in due course”, Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo said in Parliament. Ms Teo was responding to questions from MPs Ang Wei Neng and Pritam Singh on plans to review Singapore’s long-standing policy of matching toll charges at the Causeway and Second Link...

We refer to the Ministry ofManpower’s (MOM) Yearbook of Manpowe Statistics 2014, The median gross monthly starting salary of university graduates in full-time permanent employment increased from $2,750 in 2007 to $3,050 in 2013. This is an increase of 11.0%. Real pay down last 6 years? Since inflation was about 24.2% from 2007 (CPI 93.2) to 2013 (CPI 115.8) – does it mean that the real increase was about minus 13.2% or about minus 2.1% per annum? Less graduates working? The proportion of fresh graduates who were economically active...

In a bizarre attempt to disguise himself, he took off his clothes, covered his head with a T-shirt and peeped into the bathroom where his unsuspecting victim, a 16-year-old girl, was taking a shower. He then molested her when she tried to chase him out of the house. For his offences, Tan Wee Beng, 29, was on Monday (Sep 8) sentenced to 13 months’ jail and three strokes of the cane. On Jan 3, Tan...

The Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI) has lodged a police report against the Chinese national embroiled in a tussle over a widow’s S$40 million assets. The SCCCI said it is taking action against Mr Yang Yin for misrepresenting himself as the association’s director. The SCCCI said it does not have any director or council member or...

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...

The Worker’s Party’s Gerald Giam has spoken in parliament, highlighting the need to toughen traffic rules to prevent accidents and traffic-related deaths. He called attention to the dangers posed by using mobile devices while driving, and allowing foreigners to drive on our roads for up to a year without a valid Singapore driving licence. This is his speech: Madam Speaker, There were 6,426...

  CHUA CHIN LENG: It was the govt’s policy to make sure Singaporeans have a stake in this island, at least owning a HDB flat. This was the old govt’s policy. Never mind those Singaporeans that were banned from buying a stake in this city state. Never mind if they have served their NS and still kpkb caused they could not buy a stake in a city state they have pledged and trained to defend....

    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...

OLLIE GILLMAN: It may not be as menacing as a lion’s roar or a snake baring its fangs, but scientists now believe that the human ‘angry face’ evolved to make us look ‘really tough’. The scowl people pull when they are infuriated may be more than a way of communicating their frustrations, researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara have found. Flared nostrils,...

A curious kitten had to be rescued after getting its tiny head stuck in the parasol hole of a garden table. The eight-week-old feral cat found hiss way into a garden shed in the Lee area of Lewisham in London, where the table was being been stored and became wedged inside it. Luckily his cries were heard by a passer-by who called the animal charity and when they opened the shed, they discovered the exhausted cat completely stuck. Officers were then forced to contact an on-call vet from the nearby Celia Hammond Animal Trust to sedate the...

ANDREA: In the beginning, everything started out perfect – just like a fairytale. It was such a whirlwind romance. I met the man of my dreams and even though it was a long distance relationship, it worked. We fell in love and eventually he popped the question the night before my birthday. The guy I was so in love with wanted me to move in with him, marry him, and start a family. What more could...

More than 50% of Singaporean children watch or read sexually explicit material. Some were as young as seven when they were exposed to this. 30% of children admitted to watching or reading sexually explicit material, whether intentional or accidental. This was the finding of Touch Cyber Wellness, the main agency that gives online safety talks in Singapore schools. The agency polled 836 students aged...