fbpx

Daily Archives: 2010-04-09

The state of our buses – LTA should do more

I refer to the report,  "Only one case of non-compliance" (TODAY April 6) on the Public Transport Council's review of bus service standards. Every day,  many students and adults rely on both bus and rail  transport to go to school and to work. As fare-paying customers, they have every right to expect the following service standards.  Not just affordable fares and timely arrivals, but also a pleasant …

Read More »

The only Asians I’ve met online are mail-order brides

Are Bangkok, Kelantan and Kunming in the same country? Which country is famous for the Ping Pong show? Who are the people who eat dogs? You might know the answer to these questions, but when it comes to interacting with people of the world's largest continent on the Internet, the furthest you have ventured to is an interactive chat on mailorderbrides.com …

Read More »

What is an Internet election?

When someone says that the coming election (for instance the next Singapore general election) will be an Internet election, what does it mean? But one factor which perhaps could give the internet greater prominence is the role of the 'digital leaders' identified by the Hansard Society. This no doubt includes most of the political media, so online coverage from the …

Read More »

Do you have enough for retirement?

If I go for a new HDB in somewhere far far away like Sengkang, it'll probably cost me around 300K. Minus off the miserable amount of money I have in my CPF account, I'll have to fork out more than 1K each month for the next 20-30 years to truely "own" (errr... I guess not, since we don't own HDB …

Read More »

When in Singapore, do as Romanians do

Singapore, as always, wants to be everybody's friend, and does not seek confrontation. Perhaps most of the energy is directed at our local "dissidents" instead, as we found out about the five leaders and supporters of the Singapore Democratic Party who had their acquittal overturned by the high court judge. The laws that are put in place for a society …

Read More »

The fine quality of our deputy prime minister

I wonder whether Teo Chee Hean got up in the morning, read the newspaper article below and then felt a little stupid about himself. Or perhaps his skin has become too thick for that. The student was asking Teo whether Singapore would adopt a new political attitude or stick to its Asian values. Teo's response was, of course, totally irrelevant. Teo …

Read More »

Healthcare- where is the Government’s role?

The Taiwanese Minister of Health has criticized the Singapore's system as one that the government has shirked off their social responsibility towards the citizens in terms of providing basic health care. Incidentally, I have been studying the Taiwanese Medical Insurance system which has provided a Universal coverage for ALL its citizens as well as foreign workers. I have put up …

Read More »

Tripartite panel contradicts Government on employment practices?

I refer to the article, “Bosses hiring foreigners over S’poreans? Not true”.  (Straits Times, 8 April). It states that: “More Singaporeans are complaining that employers prefer to hire foreigners over them. But investigations by a tripartite panel that looks at work discrimination issues found that the accusations were invariably unfounded. The alliance does not keep track of the number of complaints, …

Read More »

A great time to be alive

The Eleventh Hour (see below) is a documentary on the environmental crisis. I haven’t watched the film and I’m not going to blog about it, but there’s just something from this trailer that caught my attention when I first saw it, and that I still think of from time to time. It’s the quote from the interviewee at 1:58 in the …

Read More »