Accused by the West of harboring terror cells from the Middle East and under fire from its own citizens for failing to control crime, Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government was dealt a fresh blow when a bomb blast rocked the heart of Kuala Lumpur early on Thursday. “It’s very worrying – the emergence of a new form of terrorism with no particular group identified or no known...

TAN KIN LIAN: I have been strongly opposed to the Goods & Services Tax (GST) in Singapore for over two decades. I consider it to be “a burden to the economy” as it adds a layer to the cost of doing business. It is an inefficient way to collect tax. GST is a value added tax that is collected at various points of the supply chain. Each party in the chain collects the tax and gets a refund...

PANG CHENG LIAN: AS a member of the pioneer generation, I was delighted when the Government announced a slew of benefits under the Pioneer Generation Package. Last month, I went to see my Community Health Assist Scheme-registered dentist and paid only $25 out of a $70 bill. I left the dentist feeling that old age has its perks after all, thanks to a caring government. Any retiree will confirm that...

On 03 Sep 2014, the government announced four enhancements to the HDB Lease Buyback Scheme (LBS) as follows: 1)  The scheme will be extended to 4-room HDB flats and to sweeten the deal, there will be a $10,000 cash bonus per household when the elderly participate in the scheme. 2)  The income ceiling will be raised to $10,000 from $3,000 per month to allow elderly who are still working or still...

SOO WENG KEONG: Cars under the Off-Peak Car scheme are allowed on the road only after 7pm, and most Electronic Road Pricing gantries stop charging motorists only after 8pm. So why should foreign-registered cars be allowed on our roads for free from 5pm and contribute to congestion? Adjusting the free entry period to run from 8pm to 4am is reasonable, and there should be vehicle entry fees on weekends...

WEE CHIN HAN: Last Thursday, my overseas friend and I visited the Singapore Zoo after 4pm. I knew that the zoo closed at 6pm, but we had no choice as this was the only period I was available. To my surprise, only one ticket counter was open even though there were at least seven people in the queue. I waited for almost 15 minutes before it was my turn. When I reached the counter, I was shocked to see...

JULIANA CHOW: The electricity tariff consists of two main components: The fuel cost and the non-fuel cost components. The latter includes capital and operating costs of generation companies and grid charges; the former refers to the cost of natural gas, the dominant fuel source for power generation here. In Singapore and other Asian countries, the cost of natural gas is linked to oil prices. Based...

ALAN HO: The traffic situation in Serangoon Road is getting worse. In the evenings, there is chaos, with groups of jaywalking pedestrians blatantly disregarding traffic rules. They would gather along the side of the road, dangerously close to moving vehicles, looking for an opportunity to cross. Sometimes, they would dash in front of vehicles, forcing drivers to slow down or even stop. The situation...

MICHAEL HENG: The London-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Universities Ranking has been called “a Fraud on the public.” Another Eminent Professor said: “QS simply doesn’t do as good a job as the other rankers that are using multiple indicators”.   Singapore University NTU has secured top placing as the world’s best young universities, according to QS Ranking, one of three...

TSB: In the aftermath of the HLP debacle, Roy Ngerng issued a statement to make him look less despicable. Let us heckle his statement (in bold) and try to understand the thought process of a village idiot.   TSB: Dog bites man (the CPF protest) is not news. Man bites dog (bullying special needs children) is news. Deal with it!   It is unfortunate that the discourse was so fervently shaped...

  LEE YONG SE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has called upon Singaporeans not to be overly distracted by internal issues while losing sight of the bigger.   In a globalised economy, Singapore’s success depends on reaching out to the world and staying connected.   While Mr Lee acknowledged ground concerns of tensions caused by immigrants, it is unrealistic for the Government to...

SERENE SIEW: Roy Ngerng and Han Hui Hui are not “champion socialists”. As for former NMP Calvin Cheng, I don’t think the greatest danger to Singapore is represented by Roy Ngerng, Han Han Hui and their supporters. Their views are so extreme, their actions so absurd, that few would support them. Moreover, the issues they represent, are bread-and-butter issues and the PAP are if nothing,...

K F SEETOH: There had been much speculation about where Gordon Ramsay would set up this restaurant in Singapore. From Keong Saik Road to Sentosa, much gossip was generated. In the end, he only wondered why George Tanasevich, President and CEO of MBS, took so long to invite him for this gig. But, he’s here now, and Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen will be installed at the Marina Bay Sands in...

Singapore probably won’t need more measures to restrain the inflow of foreign workers as a further tightening could deter overseas companies from setting up business in the city, prime minister Lee Hsien Loong said. The pace of increase for foreign workers has slowed and the country’s economic restructuring is under way, Lee said in a speech yesterday. A drop in investment by overseas companies...