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Singaporeans, we should be proud of ourselves. No matter how difficult life might become, we always find a way to adapt and overcome. Our forefathers built this country from a swampland to the world-renowned nation it is today. We must carry on building this country for our children and theirs to come. For now, let’s take a breather and see count our blessings as Singaporeans: (a) Passports that can bring us almost anywhere in the world (b) Young talents that are respected globally for their skills and intelligence (c) A country...

Redwire is happy to hear that the 78-year-old granny who couldn’t get a ward after waiting for more than a 2 days in Tan Tock Seng hospital has been given better treatment. The old lady cracked her hip plate. She was placed on a bed and left along the corridor of the hospital, near to a nurse counter because there were no available wards. Tan Tock Seng Hospital apparently kept promising her family...

Sorry, no such song exist. Sun Ho is a failed Hollywood wannabe who only made it there on the back of church money. S$50 million of church money.City Harvest members are probably feeling as cheated as you do when you clicked on that headline! As you’re reading this, there’s about 50,000 Sun Ho CDs stacked in warehouses or trash burners. Sun Ho studied...

First-year students in NTU will be allowed to retake up to 6 failed modules without affecting their GPA, starting from next year. They can retake the modules, and if they pass on the 2nd try, that grade will be used to calculate their GPA score. The change was made to help students adjust to university life.   Kam Chan Hin, NTU’s Senior Association Provost...

  Dr Ng Eng Hen shoots his mouth off, and the Singapore government shoots itself in the foot again. He issued a strong-worded warning to PRs that they are obliged to perform National Service just like Singapore citizens. But let’s be fair, Dr Ng. What about our very own citizen MP, Dr Janil Puthucheary? He didn’t serve National Service, and look where he is now – sitting in and occasionally sleeping in parliament.   Dr Janil received his citizenship when he was 35 years old. He could have performed National...

Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen has warned Permanent Residents in Singapore that they face jail time if they don’t register or enlist for National Service. Dr Ng called such people “NS defaulters” and said they must answer for their offence under the Enlistment Act. Under the Enlistment Act, they PRs who default on their NS liabilities can be jailed or fined.   In...

So some Singaporeans were caught horsing around and hanging loose in Penang. What’s the big deal, especially since the only big thing we saw in the video is stomachs. Without beating about the bush, these guys are called “naturists”, and they appear to have gotten approval from the Park Ranger before letting the good times roll.  So that’s a feather in the cap to them. The five-minute video shows the group in the nude participating in activities such as body painting, a relay race, a group crab-walk and a Gangnam-style...

About 23,000 nurses in public healthcare institutions can expect their monthly pay to increase by up to 20 per cent over two years. A Nurse Special Payment will also be made every December starting this year. For 2014 and 2015, this payment will be 0.5 months of the base salary. These changes are part of the 15 recommendations from National Nursing Taskforce which has been approved by the Health Ministry.   Other...

  Police officers will receive salary increases between 10-12 percent beginning this month. New officers will be given sign-on bonuses of up to S$30,000. Officers from the SCDF, Prisons, ICA and CNB will also receive pay increases between 10-12 percent. Let’s take a look at the breakdown:   Singapore Police Force -10 to 12 percent salary increase -sergeants receive S$30,000 sign-on...

If you’re not satisfied with living standards in Singapore and want your voice to be heard, head down to Hong Lim Park on 9 August. A rally will be held there from 4pm to 6pm to protest: Foreigners taking our jobs Lowest public healthcare spending as a percentage of GDP in the world Lowest real rate of return amongst pension funds in the world Most expensive...

Is the GIC misguided about a push to invest in emerging economies? It has a history of failing big when it come to investments, and its lack of transparency coupled with the current economic climate can only make Singaporeans worry that more of the nation’s resources will go down the drain. The GIC says that growth rates in emerging economis might outpace those of developed markets. But analysts...

Singapore’s aviation authority requested Singapore carriers to review their risk assessment of flight operations over conflict areas only after the crash of Malaysia Airlines plane Flight MH17. Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew revealed this in parliament today, in response to questions from Members of Parliament.   Lui said that just like Singapore Airlines, many airlines were flying in...

Singapore’s GIC Pte Ltd is increasing its investments in emerging economies. It believes that growth rates there will outpace those of developed markets. The GIC is more positive about emerging markets due to growing middle classes, valuations and the progress of reforms.   GIC Chief Investment Officer Lim Chow Kiat said that “emerging markets have...

KOH YS: Dear Redwire, I own a textile and fabrics company and have a shop in Singapore and a factory in Johor. Every week I have to drive to JB about 4-5 times to make sure the operations there are running smoothly, do stock-taking and sometimes delivery. I am very upset and worried about the new VEP fees that Malaysia says it wants to make Singaporean vehicles pay. If the Malaysia government really...