The Workers’ Party says Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) has not “obfuscated or intentionally delayed” responding to issues raised by Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee. In a statement issued today (Nov 22), the town council’s vice-chairmen Pritam Singh and Png Eng Huat said the town council has “made it known to public” that...

Following a series of investigative reports by online websites which showed that : a) AHPETC received the least grant, per elector, compared to other GRCs and that Tanjong Pagar and AMK received among the highest. b) AHPETC’s grants had decreased by 73% ever since WP took over. I’ve done further analysis into some other numbers. Arguably, the most important index is “deficit before grant per...

It’s not the size of your purse that reveals your shopping habits, but the size of your bra, according to new research. Ladies with a cup size of B or smaller tend to save their pennies, while more well-endowed women are more likely to splurge on luxury items, claims e-commerce group Alibaba. The Chinese group compared underwear sales on their site to the total amount spent and placed customers into five categories: low, slightly low, middle, slightly high, and high. The data revealed only seven per cent of B-sized women buy in...

It’s no secret that women have more of a soft spot for chick flicks than men do, but new research may explain just why that is. According to a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, not only does romance not appeal to men in the same way it does to women, but it actually lessens their sex drives. In fact, male participants in the experiment...

The PAP has never been able to create good jobs for Singaporeans. As the biggest landlord in Singapore, the PAP has been cheering higher land prices/rental for more than 2 decades. The profitability of a Singapore company is impacted by rental and wages more than other costs. But since the PAP has vested interests in land/buildings, it has ‘no choice’ but to depress wages. With its dominance in...

The Nasi Padang stall in Yishun which caused the death of a 4-year-old boy by serving tainted food was given an ‘A’ rating for food hygiene by Singapore’s food safety watchdog, the National Environmental Agency (NEA). Following investigations, NEA downgraded the stall’s hygiene grade to a ‘C’. But soon after, it was reassessed and upgraded to an ‘A’ grade. The stall has since been shut. The Story The stall had an ‘A’ rating for food hygiene, when it served tainted food to Shayne...

Two Germans have been charged with trespassing, and vandalism of an SMRT train and the Bishan Depot on 8 November 2014. Andreas Von Knorre and Elton Hinz, both aged 21, face two charges each, for entering the depot without authorisation, and committing the act of vandalism “to wit”. The two men are also accused of using spray paint to paint graffiti on the left exterior cabin of an SMRT train at the depot. If found guilty of vandalism, they can be jailed for up to three years, or fined up to S$2,000. They may also face between...

Yesterday, those flying coach from Jakarta to Singapore might have found themselves seated next to a surprise travel mate: President Joko Widodo. The president and his wife, Iriana,left for Singapore to attend the graduation ceremony of their youngest son, Kaesang Pangarep, from the Anglo Chinese International School. The president flew in coach class, and paid for the trip himself. State Secretary...

The Sim Lim Square saga is far from over. New reports have surfaced regarding Mr Ricky Lee, owner of HJ Mobile that took over Jover Chew’s Mobile Air. Last week Mr Lee took over Jover Chew’s shop, together with its remaining stocks. However, it was recently revealed that Mr Lee also has a rather shady past. According to local Chinese media, Ricky Lee is not the real name of HJ Mobile’s owner. His real name is Edmund Lim Hong Ching. In the past he was also known as “Wilfred”. It is not known why he chose the alias “Ricky...

Last year in November the Public Transport Council (PTC) proposed fare increases by 6.6 per cent in 2 phases – 3.2 per cent from April this year, and 3.4 per cent from next year. In plain English, it is a done deal that the public transport operators will be fleecing the commuters again. The only outstanding question is by how much. Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, acting to script in typical good-cop-bad-cop role play, “hopes the PTC will study whether it is possible to insulate vulnerable groups such as senior citizens from...

Mr Muhd Darok Mohd Shaffir is planning to take action against KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) for injuries suffered by his one-month old baby daughter. He says his daughter was placed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit because she had difficulty breathing and required oxygen assistance. Subsequently, he found a huge sores on her leg when he went to check on her. Miss Audrey...

Former PAP member and Nominated MP Calvin Cheng is back – this time with his take on why the Workers’ Party is running a deficit in AHPTEC. In a Facebook post, Cheng explained the rationale behind government grants to Town Councils, and the types of grants awarded. What’s your take on his post? Been reading online articles that claim that PAP town councils only run a surplus because...

A Singaporean man, living on the ninth floor of Block 406 in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, was arrested yesterday (20 Nov) morning for the alleged murder of a Vietnamese woman, 30, who was found dead in his bedroom. Police said they “received a call for assistance” at about 12.30pm, are understood to have found the suspect, a 40-year-old Singaporean man, in his two-room flat with the dead woman...

IMD World Competitiveness Center announced today (20 Nov) the release of its latest talent report, World Talent Report 2014. The report, which assesses a country’s ability to develop, attract and retain talent for companies that operate in the country, ranked Singapore 16th globally. In particular, the ranking reflects three key factors of the country: -its investment and development in home-grown talent -its ability to retain local talent and attract those from overseas -its readiness to fulfil market demands with the available talent...