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  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...

Before they were regal and earning million-dollar salaries, our leaders were once young too. Well, almost all of them (not including YOU Wong Kan Seng. You were born Yoda.) Here’s our young government men when they were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. See if you can guess who’s who.   ...

How far would you go to defend you house, especially if you’re one of the minority forced into an en-bloc sale. We’ve heard of dirty tactics being used on your kind to drive you out. Such as…   (1) The Glue in the Keyhole Tactic Usually used by Ah Longs and occasionally by crafty, unscrupulous repairmen who then advertise their services. But...

Are we living under a dictatorship that is bent on enforcing conformity to eradicate dissent and opposition? The whole National Library fracas, coupled with the latest Archie-X-Men saga seems to suggest so. We only have to look back in history to see that that’s the first thing ruthless, authoritarian rulers do to stamp their authority over the masses – burn...

An Archie comic book which featured a gay marriage was removed from local bookstores but another comic, the Astonishing X-Men Issue 51, can still be found on the shelves. Both comics centre around gay marriages. So why the difference in treatment by the authorities? X-Men Issue 51 In the X-Men comic, gay superhero character Northstar marries his partner Kyle Jinadu....

  About 25 percent of all suicides last year involved youth, or those below 30 years old. This figure is up from the 10-year-average of 20 percent. This was reported by the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS).   The SOS said between April 2013 and March 2014, 80 percent of those who used its email befriending service were youth. Youth also made up 45 per cent...

Lunch Actually is too expensive. Dating apps failed to garner a response. So this young man from Singapore, Terry Chia, decided to embark on a Rambo-esque one-man rampage on YouTube to attract a mate.   “I hope to find a girlfriend by Christmas this year,so I can prove to everyone that an average guy can have a girlfriend just like everyone else.”   And...

Singapore’s new job bank promises over 16-thousand jobs available only to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents.   It’s run by the Workforce Development Authority, which is working with unions, industry associations, employer groups, government and community organisations.   Nee Soon GRC MP and NTUC Legal director Patrick Tay had been lobbying...

HRC – State Secrets and The Rebirth of Hillary Clinton is a fascinating book about Hillary Clinton’s tenure as the US Secretary of State. It also provides an insight to the workings among some of the Secretaries in the US Cabinet and the White House and the dynamics between their staffs. While the goings-on within and among the Departments of State and the...