Singapore’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) has officially replied on how our CPF funds are used, and how interest rates and payouts are calculated. This is the statement released by the MOF.   Q: How are CPF monies invested? What does the Government do with the monies? CPF monies are invested by the CPF Board (CPFB) in Special Singapore Government Securities...

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Worker’s Party Chief squared off in parliament over constructive politics in Singapore. Here’s the transcript of the heated 15-minute verbal joust.   Mr Low: Mdm, I wish to clarify a few points. First of all, the reason why I decided to focus my speech on constructive politics: Because I thought that was an important issue...

Is MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC Inderjit Singh trying to be a maverick? His surprising rant against the ruling powers spans about 8 pages and 4400 words. For those who aren’t inclined to read the full post, here’s Redwire’s take on the Top 10 Criticisms of Singapore in Singh-lish.   On Government Failure: We are fixing the symptoms of the problems...

A long rant against the ruling powers in Singapore — of which he curiously happens to be a part of He’s unable to attend parliament sitting because he’s not in Singapore. But, he posted this on his Facebook Page on Monday.     Response to the President Address At the Re-Opening of 2nd Session of Parliament May 2014 Introduction 1. Parliament...

Ms Indranee Rajah has implied in parliament that the Worker’s Party (WP) lacked integrity in running its town council. The Senior Minister of State for Education and Law also implied that the WP has flip-flopped on its position on issues.   Sparking this – WP chief Low Thia Kiang’s call for building a political culture amongst Singaporean youth....

ingaporeans First Party (SFP) chief Tan Jee Say is indeed a polarising figure.   Some consider him an intellectual, with a sharp mind and keen sense for economics and policy-planning who would be perfect for the position of parliamentarian, if not, cabinet minister.   Others consider him a government pariah who left the civil service because he just couldn’t...

Former presidential candidate Tan Jee Say has formed a new political party – Singaporeans First Party (SFP) – together with 10 other members.   In a statement released to the media, Tan said, ” People are important. They are the soul of a nation. For the past 50 years, Singaporeans have become secondary to the relentless pursuit of economic growth....

The 11 founding members of SFP are: Dr Ang Yong Guan, psychiatrist and ex-grassroots leader Michael Chia, retired engineer and volunteer social worker Fahmi Rais, communications professional and ex-Young PAP and Legislative Assistant Fatimah Akhtar, architect Dr David Foo Ming Jin, chemist, logistics professional and ex-Young PAP Jamie Lee Swee Yan, certified SAP...

First generation Permanent Residents, New Citizens and women will soon get a shot at serving in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).   From the middle of next year, they can join the SAF Volunteer Corps, which will see them taking up supporting roles in the armed forces.   This was announced by the Community to Strengthen National Service (CSNS), which is headed...

The Committee to Strengthen National Service (CSNS) has recommended disbursing S$2,000 extra in Medisave grants, at each of the three “milestones” met by an Nsman.   The 3 milestones are: -Completion of NS -Mid-point of operationally-ready training cycle -End of operationally-ready training cycle   The grant has been termed the NS HOME Awards...

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has sent a legal notice demanding local blogger Roy Ngerng remove an article which allegedly accuses him of corruption.   Prime Minister Lee also wants Ngerng to publish an apology on his blog, and pay compensation for damages and legal costs.   Ngerng had on his website, The Heart Truths, posted an article titled...

In 2008, Mr Lee Kuan Yew told the media that “without [foreigners], the jobs will not be there to begin with.” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reiterated this view in 2011: “Without the foreign workers, we would not have attracted [investments].” The irony is that these statements are the gravest indictment of the PAP’s education policy. The party has...

Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam has pledged to strengthen social safety nets, at the re-opening of parliament. It’s one of six goals that Mr Tan said the government is pursuing to build a better future for Singapore and its people. Mr Tan said the government will aim to: Continue to make housing affordable and develop new housing options Ensure affordability...

Terrorists could have had 3 shots in 4 years to strike our train network, which carries 2.5 million people every day. Singapore’s Transport Ministry and the SMRT management must be taken to task, especially when all it takes to bring our transport system and economy to a standstill apparently is a wire cutter.   Trains are housed for maintenance and deployed...