Once upon a time, when HDB was first started in the 1960s, flats were really sold at close to cost and followed the model of true subsidized housing. In the 1970s, flats were sold on a cost basis, in other words with no mark up by the HDB. You could buy 3 room flats for as little as $7,000 and 5 room flats were $30,000. In the 1980s, HDB started to include land costs into the pricing, for what reason,...

Many were looking for a new car on the cheap. And that’s what Volks Auto promised – about S$20,000 off the usual price set by other established car dealers for the same parallel-imported cards. But yesterday, they were in for a rude shock when the owner and staff of the car dealership vanished. About 30 furious people were seen at the Volks Auto showroom, which by now had been cleared,...

  It’s not been pretty at all, the exchange between Minister of State Desmond Lim and Workers’ Party Chairman Sylvia Lim. I always believe that it’s best that people put their money where their mouth is – give us the facts, explain yourself, and let us decide. But it’s a sad day for Singapore politics because judging from the discourse, members of both the Worker’s Party and PAP seem to think we’re fools. Here’s why. (1) Petty Name-Calling by Our Supposed ‘Top Dogs’ Is the...

“A picture speaks a thousand words,” says Jacintha Wee. And that’s why the Singapore Institute of Management grad and now freelance model loves getting in front of the camera. Each time, she wants to tell a different story. Sociable and outgoing, Jacintha has gone from Singtel flashmob TV commercials, to beer promo girl for ABC and Carlsberg, and even done cosplay shoots! Drop Jacintha a message here if you’d like to work with her. jacinthawee@live.com.sg ...

He allegedly raped his 12-year-old stepdaughter twice a week for a year. This only came to light after the girl told her mother about this last week. The incident has shocked residents in Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, where the it took place. Police said the unemployed 34-year-old would rape the girl in her bedroom, or the master bedroom while the rest of the family while his wife and 3 other children...

What would you do if you received S$100 million by a stroke of chance, and mistake? For one woman, it was a matter of honesty is still the best policy. Having found out that a bank transferred the money to her in error, she took the right and painful step of returning it. The 51-year-old woman native of Sichuan, China, surnamed Wu, was cooking lunch when she received a text message notifying her that...

THEADRA GOH: I have decided to share what my husband has actually did to me as I’m not going to tolerate him further by helping him to lie to everyone that he’s working and putting in effort in social network to shows I’m having a happy family. I’m sick of it. When I was pregnant with my first child. I need to work at Singapore turf club to survive. And all he did is eat, sleep, gamble. After my child was born, He still has yet change at all and to the extent that we had no money to buy milk powder living in a...

Would you pay upwards of S$270,000 for a flat that’s 180 square feet big? That’s about 17 square metres, or 3 times smaller than the average 3-room HDB flat in Singapore. To give you more perspective, the price of a 3-room HDB flat in Singapore hovers around S$310,000. Well, developers in Hong Kong are building ever-tinier flats now, given how crowded the city is becoming. Property developer...

Kurumi – that’s the pseudonym this local lass goes by, and it fits the bill nicely given her Japanese-influenced get-up. Kurumi has been freelancing as a model for the past two years now, and is looking to get more involved in events and concept shoots. All we can say is, “Ganbatte, Kurumi San!” And may the force be with you. If you’d like to work with Kurumi, drop her a message here. ...

The Singapore government might implement a system where different groups of Singaporeans maintain different Minimum Sums in their CPF, according to their needs. This was announced by Manpower Minister Tan Chuan Jin, who also warned that such a system will make the CPF system more complicated. Currently, if a person is unable to set aside this full amount in cash, his property – bought with his...

A blogger writing under the name of United Opposition Front posted an article in the TRE with the title ‘Forming the new govt’. In his first sentence he wrote this, ‘Do we have in our opposition a viable alternative to become a credible government once PAP is defeated?’ The author’s thinking is that even if the PAP is defeated, which means the opposition parties have the number to form the next govt, there is still doubt about their ability to form a credible govt, and the problem is the quality of the new elected representatives. Take...

MIKE GIGLIO/MUNZER AL-AWAD: Middlemen with ties to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have turned to a grim new method of trying to secure funds in recent days. With the group having failed to strike deals to ransom the U.S. hostages in its custody — instead beheading three of them since July — its intermediaries are now trying to negotiate the sale of...

Manpower Minister Tan Chuan Jin says the government is looking to introduce a new law which will increase the re-employment age to 67 by 2017. He said the government will give businesses until 2017 to adjust. The Ministry of Manpower is working with unions and employers to ensure a smooth transition. Employers will be given incentives to encourage companies to voluntarily...

CHEE SOON JUAN: My op-ed in the Wall Street Journal “A New Vision for Singapore“, or rather what happened following its publication, is an example of what has to change in Singapore. I had first offered the piece to the main daily newspaper, the Straits Times. It was not accepted for publication. This is not surprising as in the nearly a quarter-of-a-century...