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HO SOO SEN: A MONTH before I turned 55, I submitted a form to the Central Provident Fund Board to close my investment account. I knew that to do so, I would have to meet both the CPF Minimum Sum and the Medisave Minimum Sum, so I ensured I had enough CPF savings to top up both accounts. However, to my surprise, I received a letter from the CPF Board a few days later saying it could not close my investment...

On 23 September, yet another train breakdown along the North-South line inconvenienced thousands of passengers. According to FAILRAIL.sg, this is the 16th breakdown in 2014. Singaporeans must continue to KPKB because the PAP is not serious about addressing the issue which is tied to our insane population growth. The PAP just keeps throwing billions of tax dollars and pray the problem will somehow...

CHUA CHIN LENG: 40% of the population in this island is foreigners. And depending on the parameters one is using, or the definition, true blue Singaporeans are now an absolute minority in their city island. The Singaporeans have been told to be grateful to the foreigners for they are here to help them and create jobs for them. And the foreigners know that they are the white knights that are here...

Cue lights, and action! Singapore Member of Parliament Baey Yam Keng is set to star in his very own movie, alongside local blogger Xiaxue. This was revealed to Redwire Times Singapore by an inside source. Filming is now taking place, and the movie is expected to be released in October 2016. The working title for now – King of Selfies, or 自拍王. Helmed by renowned local director, Jack Neo, the film centres on a young school dropout, Cheng (Baey Yam Keng), who climbs the ladder of success to head an advertising agency. He manages...

CALVIN CHENG: I don’t think the greatest danger to Singapore is represented by Roy Ngerng, Han Han Hui and their supporters. Their views are so extreme, their actions so absurd, that few would support them. Moreover, the issues they represent, are bread-and-butter issues and the PAP are if nothing, good at solving these issues with their well-honed technocratic skills. They just need time. The biggest...

PHILLIP ANG: In 2011, PM Lee Hsien Loong said that Ministers should be paid “properly so that Singapore will have capable and committed leadership over the long term”. ‘Capable’ is defined as ‘having the ability, fitness, or quality necessary to do or achieve a specified thing’. As far as ordinary citizens are concerned, our ministers’ achievements are: –  highest cost of public...

Could be govt wants S’poreans to get married and then breed earlier? Finish poly or vocational training, get a job, earn money and then get handcuffed and breeding is the master plan? How did I come to think such tots? I had read an article in BT on S’pore’s latest population report, and a piece in the Economist on how the cost of a college education is forcing young Americans into later and...

TAY LEONG TAN: Jim Sleeper of Yale opined that Yale-NUS should stand up to Singapore authorities regarding screening of the film “To Singapore, with Love”. I’ll speak with honesty. I’m a Singaporean and I am one of those who believe in the right to free (and responsible) speech. I even believe the movie shouldn’t be swept away from public eyes, condemned only for viewing in cold conference...

PETUNIA LEE: In many posts on this blog, I have not minced my words. Yet, no one has come in the night to take me away for torture and beheading. Ummm… there are societies that will do that you know… make you disappear in the night, or behead you and all those dear to you. I do have the freedom to speak my mind. Despite the many blog posts highly critical of the government, I am no freedom...

The Land Transport Authority is looking to develop a new satellite ERP system that it could use to monitor the distance travelled by motorists on the road and charge them for it. It says that such this would be a fairer method of charging motorists who travel on tolled roads. The new system would also allow for electronic payment for parking, in carparks which now require coupon use. The LTA is also...

FRANCIS CHENG: WHAT elderly flat buyers need is a waiver of the resale levy on their new flats. Currently, if flat owners wish to downsize, they have to pay a resale levy of $40,000 if they have a four-room flat, or $45,000 if they have a five-room flat. This is not a small amount for the elderly, and any savings from staggered down payments pale in comparison. Those buying studio apartments are exempted...

JOHN WONG: Holding a carnival at Speaker’s Corner, coincidentally during the period where a series of Return Our CPF protests have been planned — was YMCA gearing up for the clash we’ve seen, with the poor, unsuspecting children as cannon fodder? It’s easy for those who weren’t at Speaker’s Corner on Saturday (Sept 27) to slam the Return Our CPF protestors. A picture...

JOHN WONG: They were wilful and reckless, and now they’re paying the price. Instead of being remembered for the one time when nearly 6000 Singaporeans banded together to demand that they be given more control over their CPF money, the Return our CPF protest will possibly go down in Singapore’s history as the saga where a bunch of unemployed thugs bullied mentally handicapped children. All...

I usually throw away letters that are addressed to “the resident”. It’s usually nothing more than rubbish from real estate agents. But this morning, when I saw this letter in my letter box, I opened it up and was about to throw it away when I saw postage stamps in the envelope. This is a sweetener from the postal authorities to increase the local postal charge to 30 cents. That’s...