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Here’s 10 reasons why a reader believes Lee Kuan Yew should still be a Member of Parliament, even though he might not even have the strength to shake hands: 1. Because I have a roof of my own over my head? 2. Because most if not all of my family and friends have a roof of their own over their heads? 3. Because my 75 year-old mum can go for wedding dinners decked out in her fine jewellery and come home on her own at 11pm in the night and I don’t have to worry? 4. Because when we pump petrol at petrol kiosks, we don’t...

As estate agent, James Newman goes about his business, confidently valuing exclusive houses in the wealthy London commuter belt where he works, no one would guess he suffers from a humiliating genital defect. It is a problem that affects around 1 in 300 men, blighting their relationships and condemning them to life-long physical and psychological trauma. James, 49,...

Brooklyn Beckham has reportedly signed an academy contract with Arsenal despite apparent interest from Chelsea and his father David’s former club, Manchester United. The eldest son of the former England captain was wanted by a number of Barclays Premier League clubs, but the 15-year-old is understood to have opted for Arsenal after impressing coaches in north London. Brooklyn has been training...

Civil servants don’t have to worry too much about their rice bowl – it’s supposedly iron in nature. Government scholars too don’t have much to fear. If they can’t cut it, well, at most they get sent to NTUC. What about the small-time businessmen in Singapore who spend their days worrying about maintaining their assets, covering costs, and earning just enough to feed their families? They...

The Housing and Development Board’s (HDB) concessionary loan is designed to assist the lower-income group afford a HDB flat. Its interest rate is expected to be lower than those for bank loans, which are designed to make a profit mainly from the higher-income group, whose members do not qualify for the HDB’s housing loans. Ironically, banks have been offering...

An ex-Mobile Air employee has spilled the beans about 7 underhanded techniques that store owners use to force customers to make purchases. The ex-employee felt guilty about Mobile Air’s unscrupulous methods of doing business and decided to expose how the staff worked. The report also revealed that some staff had links to gangs, and this was used to intimidate customers...

If you own a surveillance camera at home, someone could be watching you right now. A new website has consolidated all the CCTVs around the world that have not had their default password changed. As these cameras are accessible on the Internet, anyone with the appropriate user name and password may access them illegally. The website has links to unsecured cameras from brands such as Foscam, Panasonic, AvTech, and Hikvision – all popular brands in Singapore sold commonly at places like Challenger and Sim Lim Square. Typical default passwords...

This woman received a text from an unknown number on 4 Nov, which turned out to be from a cab driver from a taxi company she made bookings with. She recounted: “From the text, it was very obvious that it is some guy just trying to be cheeky. “Googled his number up and found out it belongs to a cab driver.” She then lodged a complaint with the company and sent them screenshots of...

Singaporeans’ well-being depends on the removal of the greedy PAP from government As the dominant party in Parliament, the PAP has been able to enrich itself for decades. Every ‘proposal’ for a salary increase never failed to bring a smile on ministers’ faces. Pay increases have always been supported by ex-PM Lee Kuan Yew, whose nonsensical justifications Singaporeans were expected to accept blindly. In 1970 when ministers’ salaries were increased, Lee Kuan Yew said his PM salary would “remain at $3,500 to demonstrate his...

The future of a nation is largely determined by the qualities of leadership. In the space of a week, we have witnessed the responses of two leaders in South East Asia towards alleged defamatory online articles against them by its own citizens. It was reported that the newly minted Indonesian President Jokowi forgave a satay vendor who was detained by the police for allegedly defaming him online: Jokowi...

Desmond Kuek earned over S$1 million in his first 6 months as CEO of SMRT, according to SMRT’s annual report for 2013. That’s from the period of October 2012 to March 2013. Let’s take a look at the breakdown of this (we’ll move on to the SMRT breakdowns in just a bit). Mr Kuek received a basic salary of S$305,000 for 6 months on the job. In addition to this, he was paid a performance bonus of S$274,000. And in even more addition to this, he was given S$32,000 in ‘benefits’. That’s a neat sum of...

I’ve highlighted what a vile and disgusting person 1 of the 6 accused persons charged for public nuisance at the YMCA event was. – Ivan Koh. These persons who are good buddies with Roy Ngerng and Han Hui Hui, are all part of the Looney Fringe. Not to be outdone, I came across the antics of another of the co-accused – Ms Chua Siew Leng, 42, who uses the moniker – ‘Maniyo Kalyani’ on Facebook. The Looney Fringe don’t believe in paying for their mad-cap antics, they expect the public to pay...

Because they never pay Service and Conservancy charges lah! A Town Council audit has found that as of April 2013, arrears for Aljunied Houngang Pungol East Town Council has shot up to 29.4%. And if you don’t pay the S&C fees, it means you save S$93.50 a month. Isn’t that a deal to put a smile on anyone’s face? Except WP Chief Low Thia Kiang, of course. He’s been whacked...

We refer to the article “Hawker centres upgraded only when necessary” (Straits Times, Nov 6). Upgrading is not carried out unnecessarily? It states that “She told Ms Lee Bee Wah (Nee Soon GRC) that the views of stallholders are taken into account and upgrading is not carried out unnecessarily. We don’t upgrade a centre unnecessarily. We determine only what is required to basically improve...