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What a big, big shame. After over one billion thrown at the Sports Hub project, we’re now quibbling over how a ruby match should be cancelled in favour of a football game, even though they take place on separate days. In the latest, the rugby match between the Asia-Pacific Dragons and the Maori All-Blacks is likely to be cancelled or postponed, so that the Brazilian football team can take on Japan It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it can catch rats — as the old Chinese saying goes. What’s...

A.S.E: While looking up unrelated things on the internet, I was quite surprised to find the following which involved Calvin Cheng very intimately. Basically, Calvin Cheng “played a central role” in price-fixing as president of the Association of Modelling Industry Professionals (AMIP). On 23 November 2011, the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) found 11 modelling agencies guilty of price-fixing,...

LAWRENCE WEE: We have heard much and the hype on the Pioneer Generation card on the press and on TV that is used to help and thank our pioneers for their contributions by giving medical subsidiaries to the seniors. However is it really helpful, sincere and beneficial it just makes me wonder for now. Based on 2 true accounts with my father, aged 68 and my father in-law aged 73, I take the Pioneer Generation...

AARON CHIA: I noticed that HDB resale buyers are required to pay for stamp duty, not based on purchase price but “on purchase price or market value, whichever is higher”. When the market conditions are good, sellers sell their flat at a high price, with high COV, and the stamp duty is based on the true value – selling price. When the market is bad, for instance, now, the buyer actually pays...

LI DAN YUE: Besides offering incentives, there are other ways for employers to attract and retain older workers. First, they must attract them through the right channel. For example, older workers may not be tech-savvy so they tend to look for jobs through the newspapers rather than on recruitment websites. Second, firms should have a supportive environment. Older workers tend to look for flexible...

KWAN JIN YAO: “Why should we allow them, through a movie, to present an account of themselves not of documentary history objectively presented, but that is a self-serving personal account, conveniently inaccurate in places, glossing over inconvenient facts and others, which will sully the honour and reputation of the security people and the brave men and women who fought the Communists all those...

Not “could” because of the toll increases. Minister of State for Trade and Industry Teo Ser Luck told Parliament on Tuesday that consumers could be affected by affected by “pass-through impact” on inflation. “In particular, as some of our food imports and lifestyle and furniture products are transported via the Causeway, the higher land transport cost may...

NG PENG KEAT: While the National University of Singapore (NUS) has been ascending the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and Times Higher Education rankings, the Shanghai Jiaotong Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) tells a different story. The ARWU relies on an objective assessment of research excellence. Reportedly preferred by academics, it is also of significant interest to an increasingly savvy...

RACHEL ZENG: Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign (SADPC) – As we commemorate the 12th World Day Against the Death Penalty today, we would like to reaffirm our stand against the use of capital punishment as an instrument of justice in Singapore, as well as globally. Here at home, we are familiar with the argument that the death penalty serves as a good deterrent against crimes such as drug trafficking,...

LAWRENCE CHONG: That is my father having a late lunch. He did the night shift and will finish his run at 4am. The marble top table is now at least 50 years old and is still in use. Once the legs broke and my dad being a good handyman, repaired it himself. I remember he even fashioned a letterbox out of a damaged toy piano. That cabinet behind him is an indispensable “refrigerator” for any family back in the old day. Unfinished food are kept inside to he consumed at the next meal. Four little bowls filled with water and placed...

Accused by the West of harboring terror cells from the Middle East and under fire from its own citizens for failing to control crime, Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government was dealt a fresh blow when a bomb blast rocked the heart of Kuala Lumpur early on Thursday. “It’s very worrying – the emergence of a new form of terrorism with no particular group identified or no known...

TAN KIN LIAN: I have been strongly opposed to the Goods & Services Tax (GST) in Singapore for over two decades. I consider it to be “a burden to the economy” as it adds a layer to the cost of doing business. It is an inefficient way to collect tax. GST is a value added tax that is collected at various points of the supply chain. Each party in the chain collects the tax and gets a refund...

PANG CHENG LIAN: AS a member of the pioneer generation, I was delighted when the Government announced a slew of benefits under the Pioneer Generation Package. Last month, I went to see my Community Health Assist Scheme-registered dentist and paid only $25 out of a $70 bill. I left the dentist feeling that old age has its perks after all, thanks to a caring government. Any retiree will confirm that...

On 03 Sep 2014, the government announced four enhancements to the HDB Lease Buyback Scheme (LBS) as follows: 1)  The scheme will be extended to 4-room HDB flats and to sweeten the deal, there will be a $10,000 cash bonus per household when the elderly participate in the scheme. 2)  The income ceiling will be raised to $10,000 from $3,000 per month to allow elderly who are still working or still...