Daily Archives: 2018-07-21

Silver Housing Bonus up to 20k: $60k to CPF, $0 to cash?

Would you downgrade your HDB flat and use all your net sales proceeds to top-up your CPF and get no cash, to get up to $20,000 Silver Housing Bonus? I refer to the HDB’s three-quarter page color advertisement on page B11 of the Straits Times on 21 July “A roof over your head, an income for life” It states that …

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Send in the bogeyman to sow doubts and strike fear

by Augustine Low A new bogeyman is in town. This time, the object of fear comes in the form of an external threat. Retired diplomat Bilahari Kausikan has been sounding warning of the threat of foreign influence on the Singaporean identity. “Our identity, based in the idea of multiculturalism and meritocracy, is under pressure. There are centrifugal forces trying to …

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Conveniently forgetting how Singapore attempted to be more Chinese

It is all well and good for our outspoken former Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bilahari Kausikan to wax lyrical about “China’s attempts to assert the Chinese identity on multiracial Singapore”. Before pointing the finger at another country, has Mr Kausikan stopped to consider our own country’s efforts and attempts to be more Chinese? From the very beginning of Singapore …

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Chan says that diversity in leadership needed, even as government lacks succession plans and is seen as elitist

Speaking to this year’s Public Service Commission (PSC) scholarship recipients on Wednesday (17 Jul), Minister-in-charge of the Public Service Chan Chun Sing said that there is a need for a diversity of experience within the Singapore’s leadership. This is particularly because the issues facing Singapore will become increasingly complex. Drawing an analogy, the 4G leader said that we “need to …

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SingHealth Data Breach: Government ought to take a step back from rushing to be “smart” when they are not yet “secure”

It has come to light that the data of approximately 1.5 million patients who visited SingHealth’s specialist outpatient clinics and polyclinics between the date of 1 May 2015 to 4 July 2018 have been illegally accessed and copied. The data stolen include the names, NRIC numbers, addresses, genders, race and dates of birth of the patients. Information on outpatient dispensed medicines …

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Train delay along EWL due to a faulty train on Friday evening

Another train disruption occurred on Friday evening along the East-West Line caused by a faulty train at Jurong East MRT station. This incident happened after the train disturbance along the Circle Line this morning; In both cases, there were no official explanation from SMRT. Commuters posted information of the EWL train delay on social media platforms. On TATA SMRT a …

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