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In a response to the PM’s latest remarks on FTs (“no more tightening” and “don’t blame FTs for everything”) at a public lecture organized by the National University of Singapore Society on 3 October, a TRE poster wrote In the 70s and 80s, Singapore already had FTs (Japanese, Germans etc) into our country. They were few and they were the real talents; working alongside our Singapore workers...

Paris has just become a bigger pain in the ass to visit. In Place Vendome, one of Paris’s beautiful historic squares, next to a 19th-century column commemorating Napoleon’s glory in the Battle of Austerlitz, sits a 24-foot inflatable butt plug. Despite the city’s reputation as haven for cosmopolitan artsy types, some Parisians aren’t having it. Paul McCarthy, the artist behind the recently installed public sculpture, will try to tell you that it’s a tree. That’s even what he called it: Tree. Paul McCarthy’s...

TAN JEE SAY: When our taxi stopped in front of a stately grey building in the heart of Oslo, the driver pointed to the front entrance and said: “That’s the Ministry of Finance where our money is protected.” We (Fatimah, her husband Hans and me) looked at each other and wondered aloud, “what would the Singapore cab driver say to a foreign passenger as he drops him off at GIC?”...

MOHD HALIM: I remember the times when I attended football matches at the holy ground of the old National Stadium. I grew up with so many memories of Fandi, Sundram and the other legends. Somehow, it seems our new National Stadium is no longer the caring mother it used to be. National footballers BaihakkiKhaizan and KhairulAmri have expressed concern over the state of the pitch and scheduling of events ahead of the Suzuki Cup. How is it that the national team have not played or trained at the new stadium? A national stadium without a national...

Fashion retailer Forever21 has apologised to actor Gurmit Singh’s daughter, Gabrielle, after an open letter she wrote criticising the music played at one of its outlets. According to an update on the 17-year-old’s Tumblr blog, Forever21 apologised for the music, which she had described as “horribly misogynistic” and “damaging” to the women and young girls who frequent the American brand’s stores. Her father, local celebrity Gurmit Singh, also took down one of his Facebook posts of the incident,...

Tattler: When World Champion Lewis Hamilton complained that the Singapore Grand Prix track was excessively bumpy, they moved heaven and earth make it right. And when Hamilton said the modification to reduce the harsh kerbs at the chicane at turn 10 of the street circuit made it even more dangerous, calling the complex “the worst corner in F1″, officials quickly replaced it with a left turn, faster...

Leong Sze Hian: I am a resident in Aljunied Town Council (ATC). I was quite amused by the news report “Workers’ Party town council never granted permit to run Chinese New Year fair, court told” (Straits Times, Oct 14). Need permit? It states that “Defence lawyer Peter Low, in turn, said the town council will dispute the allegation that the event was a ‘temporary fair’, and will seek a...

If I am not wrong, from what I observed, most train faults occured on the C151 trains, which are built between 1986 – 1989, which means the trains are between 25 to 28 years old. Here is a look at all of the most recent breakdowns we have had: In 2004, SMRT made a decision then to save money, and instead of purchasing new trains to replace these old trains, SMRT chose to refurbish the interior of the trains and RETAINING the engine components which were already closed to 20 years old. I personally believe the decision to retain...

  In its latest report, Singapore think-thank, the Institute of Policy Studies, found that 53% of seniors age 50 and above bemoan a lack of opportunities for them in the current job market. 48 percent say there are no jobs suited to their qualifications and experience. An overwhelming 90% of respondents are receptive to the idea of working after retirement. But 60% believe employers prefer to...

NG SUNG NANG: I visisted Japan’s Kyushu island recently and observed a lack of public litter bins, yet there was hardly any rubbish on the streets. The cleanliness can be attributed to the self-discipline of the Japanese. In contrast, Singapore’s reputation for cleanliness is a result of the hard work of cleaners. Also, the people I met in Japan seemed more considerate and friendly than...

ANON: I want to share with your readers of a video I took at Woodlands Library. This China guy is watching pornographic materials on his phone in the library and I was shocked that he started touching himself right in front of us. I also caught him throwing glancing at my girlfriend while ‘pleasuring’ himself. Whenever he stares at my girlfriend he will touch himself faster. I am shocked...

KWAN JIN YAO: I think the new Singapore Armed Forces Volunteer Corps (SAFVC) is reasonable. Before 30 recommendations were submitted by the Committee to Strengthen National Service (CSNS) to the government earlier this year, it had engaged 40,000 participants in focus group discussions and dialogue sessions. When I attended a town hall session in 2013, there was disagreement over the length and toughness...

CHUA CHIN LENG: The barrage of attacks against Roy Ngerng and Han Hui Hui for heckling Special Needs Children is followed by a police investigation for unlawful assembly at Hong Lim Park. Several protesters had been called up by the Police to assist in the investigation. Han Hui Hui had been called up too and so was Roy, but he was overseas. Social media is on fire with what they see as victimisation...

JACKY: I always have high regards for Singapore Police officers who are always so efficient in solving criminal cases, catching drug traffickers and prostitutes. I think they have been doing a great job in keeping Singapore safe. Alas, I was disappointed to read that the young blogger Han Hui Hui was taken by the police for questioning in the recent protest case. I already stated in my previous post...