Dr Ng Eng Hen shoots his mouth off, and the Singapore government shoots itself in the foot again. He issued a strong-worded warning to PRs that they are obliged to perform National Service just like Singapore citizens. But let’s be fair, Dr Ng. What about our very own citizen MP, Dr Janil Puthucheary? He didn’t serve National Service, and look where he is now – sitting in and occasionally sleeping in parliament.   Dr Janil received his citizenship when he was 35 years old. He could have performed National...

Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen has warned Permanent Residents in Singapore that they face jail time if they don’t register or enlist for National Service. Dr Ng called such people “NS defaulters” and said they must answer for their offence under the Enlistment Act. Under the Enlistment Act, they PRs who default on their NS liabilities can be jailed or fined.   In...

So some Singaporeans were caught horsing around and hanging loose in Penang. What’s the big deal, especially since the only big thing we saw in the video is stomachs. Without beating about the bush, these guys are called “naturists”, and they appear to have gotten approval from the Park Ranger before letting the good times roll.  So that’s a feather in the cap to them. The five-minute video shows the group in the nude participating in activities such as body painting, a relay race, a group crab-walk and a Gangnam-style...

About 23,000 nurses in public healthcare institutions can expect their monthly pay to increase by up to 20 per cent over two years. A Nurse Special Payment will also be made every December starting this year. For 2014 and 2015, this payment will be 0.5 months of the base salary. These changes are part of the 15 recommendations from National Nursing Taskforce which has been approved by the Health Ministry.   Other...

  Police officers will receive salary increases between 10-12 percent beginning this month. New officers will be given sign-on bonuses of up to S$30,000. Officers from the SCDF, Prisons, ICA and CNB will also receive pay increases between 10-12 percent. Let’s take a look at the breakdown:   Singapore Police Force -10 to 12 percent salary increase -sergeants receive S$30,000 sign-on...

If you’re not satisfied with living standards in Singapore and want your voice to be heard, head down to Hong Lim Park on 9 August. A rally will be held there from 4pm to 6pm to protest: Foreigners taking our jobs Lowest public healthcare spending as a percentage of GDP in the world Lowest real rate of return amongst pension funds in the world Most expensive...

Is the GIC misguided about a push to invest in emerging economies? It has a history of failing big when it come to investments, and its lack of transparency coupled with the current economic climate can only make Singaporeans worry that more of the nation’s resources will go down the drain. The GIC says that growth rates in emerging economis might outpace those of developed markets. But analysts...

Singapore’s aviation authority requested Singapore carriers to review their risk assessment of flight operations over conflict areas only after the crash of Malaysia Airlines plane Flight MH17. Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew revealed this in parliament today, in response to questions from Members of Parliament.   Lui said that just like Singapore Airlines, many airlines were flying in...

Singapore’s GIC Pte Ltd is increasing its investments in emerging economies. It believes that growth rates there will outpace those of developed markets. The GIC is more positive about emerging markets due to growing middle classes, valuations and the progress of reforms.   GIC Chief Investment Officer Lim Chow Kiat said that “emerging markets have...

KOH YS: Dear Redwire, I own a textile and fabrics company and have a shop in Singapore and a factory in Johor. Every week I have to drive to JB about 4-5 times to make sure the operations there are running smoothly, do stock-taking and sometimes delivery. I am very upset and worried about the new VEP fees that Malaysia says it wants to make Singaporean vehicles pay. If the Malaysia government really...

Before they were regal and earning million-dollar salaries, our leaders were once young too. Well, almost all of them (not including YOU Wong Kan Seng. You were born Yoda.) Here’s our young government men when they were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. See if you can guess who’s who.   ...

How far would you go to defend you house, especially if you’re one of the minority forced into an en-bloc sale. We’ve heard of dirty tactics being used on your kind to drive you out. Such as…   (1) The Glue in the Keyhole Tactic Usually used by Ah Longs and occasionally by crafty, unscrupulous repairmen who then advertise their services. But...

Are we living under a dictatorship that is bent on enforcing conformity to eradicate dissent and opposition? The whole National Library fracas, coupled with the latest Archie-X-Men saga seems to suggest so. We only have to look back in history to see that that’s the first thing ruthless, authoritarian rulers do to stamp their authority over the masses – burn...

An Archie comic book which featured a gay marriage was removed from local bookstores but another comic, the Astonishing X-Men Issue 51, can still be found on the shelves. Both comics centre around gay marriages. So why the difference in treatment by the authorities? X-Men Issue 51 In the X-Men comic, gay superhero character Northstar marries his partner Kyle Jinadu....