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...

A gala of fun and games for the estimated 3000 people that attended the first ever Pedestrian Night at Orchard road in 20 years yesterday (4Oct). The street carnival was also one hell of a squeeze. Some 600 metres of Singapore’s iconic shopping stretch was closed for a night of family-bonding activities. Face-painting, massages, song and dances, and even a mini tennis tourny — all for free. And the ones who probably appreciated this event the most? Dads and husbands. With Ion Orchard looming in the background, It gave their...

HO SOO SEN: A MONTH before I turned 55, I submitted a form to the Central Provident Fund Board to close my investment account. I knew that to do so, I would have to meet both the CPF Minimum Sum and the Medisave Minimum Sum, so I ensured I had enough CPF savings to top up both accounts. However, to my surprise, I received a letter from the CPF Board a few days later saying it could not close my investment...

On 23 September, yet another train breakdown along the North-South line inconvenienced thousands of passengers. According to FAILRAIL.sg, this is the 16th breakdown in 2014. Singaporeans must continue to KPKB because the PAP is not serious about addressing the issue which is tied to our insane population growth. The PAP just keeps throwing billions of tax dollars and pray the problem will somehow...