Monthly Archives: December 2014

Forget fishball stick, PM Lee, now its the rat infested hill

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally speech 2014, brought up a story of a fishball stick being left along the walkway at Bukit Gombak MRT Station and had not been cleared after two days, The reason for the stick for not being cleared after two days as given by Mr Lee was, “On the left of the …

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Today in history – GE1984

In 22 December 1984, two opposition politicians JB Jeyaretnam and Chiam See Tong, each secured an elected seat in Parliament, the first time that opposition parties won in a general election since Singapore’s independence. JB Jeyaretnam had earlier won a seat at Anson during the 1981 by-election after PAP MP C. V. Devan Nair was appointed the third President of Singapore on 23 …

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RM20 VEP charge for all foreign vehicles entering Malaysia from Singapore

Malaysia will be charging RM20 (S$7.55) vehicle entry permit (VEP) for all foreign-registered vehicles coming in from Singapore by the middle of next year. The Malaysian government is still considering whether or not to impose similar charges for vehicles coming in from Thailand and Brunei. Singapore currently charges S$35 VEP a day for four-wheel vehicles and S$4 daily for motorcycles except …

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Pitch at National Stadium to laid over with all-natural grass

  SportsHub Pte Ltd (SHPL) has decided that the pitch at the National Stadium will be all-natural grass after earlier reports that it would be reverting to artificial grass. However, the existing hybrid turf will not be removed but instead have the new pitch be laid out on top of it. However, one expert expressed his opinion to Channel News …

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PM Lee’s short narrative of merger history leaves much to be desired

By Terry Xu Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsieng Loong wrote on his Facebook page about the Battle for Merger exhibition, which he said was an attempt at “explaining what the fight against the Communists was about, and why Singapore needed Merger with Malaya.” He went on further to talk about the Communist Party of Malaya and the immediate threat which defunct political …

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The questionable practice of Grading on the Curve

By Jeremy Chen It is well known that in the more established public universities of Singapore, NUS, NTU and SMU, assessments of student performance are rank ordered and grades assigned, with restrictions on the required/maximum number of each grade given loosely derived from the normal distribution. This is the infamous “curve” by which students are graded and that has been …

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Unmasking the five myths of property tax

By Property Soul On December 5, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) announced the reduction of property tax for HDB flats in 2015. Three days later, there was an article “Property Tax cut for one in four private home owners” in The Straits Times. A week after their announcement, a representative from IRAS further elaborated how annual values are …

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Rats, Food and MRT Stations

By Tan Cheng Bock I have written on this subject before but recent rat colonies found near Bukit Batok MRT Station prompted me to revisit this issue.The photo below of rats caught by pest control unit so close to Bukit Batok MRT station is a warning sign of more things to come if we do not take measures to control …

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Pest control specialists to tackle rat infestation at Bukit Batok

Pest control specialists turned up at the hill at Bukit Batok, next to the Bukit Batok MRT station on Thursday to catch rodents after a video showing a rat colony next to the station had gone viral online. According to a joint statement released by the Housing and Development Board (HDB), the National Environment Agency (NEA), Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of …

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