Pizza Hut Singapore has launched an investigation and apologised to a customer described as a “Pink Fat Lady” in a handwritten note on her receipt after she ordered pizza for take away. Over the weekend, Aili Si posted on Pizza Hut Singapore’s Facebook page a photo of the receipt, saying she felt insulted at the description. “I don’t think it is nice for your staff to describe me as such on my receipt,” she wrote in a comment accompanying the photo which showed the receipt for her take out order. The...

The SAF has introduced the SAF Volunteer Corps (SAFVC) for new citizens, permanent residents to contribute their time and sweat to Singapore’s national defence, regardless of their gender. On first glance it look like the government is eager to build up national cohesiveness thanks to the liberal open door policy that led to the divide between Singaporeans and new Singaporeans with the latter...

Amidst the fanfare of the Brazil football team’s arrival in Singapore, no-nonsense Brazil coach Dunga took a shot at the state of the Sports Hub pitch. After the team’s first training session, Dunga said, “The field here is not very good. Most of it is sand and not grass. It is hard to pass the ball. There is more chance of getting injured on this field. As there is a lot of sand,...

Han Hui Hui has spent seven hours on Friday in Cantonment police station after having been questioned regarding her ‘illegal’ assembly when they spontaneously marched around Hong Lim Square on the 27th September without first having received a permit to do so. Han was initially prevented from contacting her lawyer M Ravi but was eventually allowed to call him. Nonetheless,  police have...

The worst kept secret is that employees are making less on average every year. There are millions of reasons for this, but we’re going to focus on one that we can control.  Staying employed at the same company for over two years on average is going to make you earn less over your lifetime by about 50% or more. Keep in mind that 50% is a conservative number at the lowest end of the spectrum. ...

He’s married, he has a child, and now he wants more. A mistress, perhaps, in the form of 29-year-old Hong Kong model, Kelly. Former IDA and WDA director Low Check Kian was caught on camera passionately hugging and kissing the model in a taxi last month (27Sep). The pair had just spent a day shopping in Central. 55-year-old Low furtively kept his distance from Kelly, following behind her as they walked from shop to shop, before eventually cosying up to her. After about an hour of window-gazing, Low boarded a taxi with Kelly, who...

First generation Permanent Residents, and new citizens can volunteer to serve National Service from tomorrow (13Oct), following a new initiative by the Singapore Armed Forces. They can choose to serve either a 4-month in-camp stint, or spread this out over several weekends. They’ll even be allowed to choose their National Service vocations. Women will also be allowed to volunteer. The first intake will commence next year. Iron-Fist over Singaporean Men It’s a good move by the SAF to engage our new citizens and PRs in national...

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...