Daily Archives: 2013-04-14

Downgrade or Lease buyback? Worse off by $700k?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Lease  buyback scheme leaves retiree $130k richer” (Sunday Times, Apr 14). Lease buyback? It states that “His flat, which he bought in 1985, has about 70 years left on the lease. Under the scheme, the HDB bought the unit from him for more than $300,000 and he paid about $170,000 for …

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TOTE Board donated $400m to Gardens by the Bay?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Tote Board’s donations hit $1.2b” (Sunday Times, Apr 14). Can’t breakdown donations? It states that “The board did not give a year-on-year breakdown of actual donations, stressing that these depend entirely on the number of projects deemed suitable for funding each year. $400m donation to Gardens by the Bay? Thus, only $145 …

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Is COC actions justifiable?

By a concerned church member of City Harvest Church I would like to share my thoughts and views on the recent press statement released by the Commissioner of Charities (COC) on Tuesday 9th April 2013, as well as the article published on on the same day in Straits Times, on the proposal to remove the 8 City Harvest Church (CFC) …

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Why repealing 377a is the Singaporean thing to do

By Henry Zhang In the vociferous debate raging on over 377a, lines have been drawn between the recognition of gay rights and what some perceive as our “Asian values” or social norms. With both sides arguing in parallel, little reconciliation has occurred. Yet, while arguing for the most basic rights of homosexuals might be intellectually appealing, or even common sense, …

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More complaints of illegal voter registration

By Malaysiakini Three in Klang and one in the Bukit Bendera parliamentary constituency have complained that unscrupulous persons have been using their identity card numbers and registering with the Election Commission (EC) as voters when in fact they never had. The Klang trio brought their plight to Klang MP Charles Santiago’s (left) attention who said there is a possibility of …

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Trust in public institutions: Unhappy frog rather than a happy butterfly?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Kishore: I’m worried about SG blogosphere’s cynicism towards our public institutions” (TR Emeritus, Apr 13). Lack of trust in Singapore’s public institutions? It states that “Mr Mahbubani feels that if this middle ground is not developed and a significant percentage of Singaporeans begin to demonstrate a lack of trust in Singapore’s …

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