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Monthly Archives: November 2018

MPs to pay $250 a year for permit to park at Parliament House

All Members of Parliament (MPs), including Non-Constituency and Nominated MPs will have to pay $250 a year for a permit to park at Parliament House for official business. This was announced by the Parliament on Friday to media on Friday (Nov 30). According to media reports, elected MPs can use the permit to park in any Housing Board (HDB) carpark, …

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What happens when citizens fear their government?

American founding father Thomas Jefferson had this to say: “When government fears the people, there is liberty. When people fear the government, there is tyranny.” It would seem that fear is a one-way street in this country. Just how pervasive is the fear factor? Singaporeans young and old fear that if they offend the powers that be in whatever way …

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Singaporean e-racers earn chance to become race drivers

Three young Singaporean simulator racers have earned Legion of Racers (LOR) Esports contracts to undergo a combination of Motorsport training in Karting, Sim racing and Fitness. The best among the three racers will then be given a kart racing slot in the Rookie Class of the IAME Asia Series. The IAME Asia Series is Asia’s leading professional karting series that …

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Former GIC Chief-economist questions Chan Chun Sing’s apparent downplaying of Govt’s actual role in alleviating socioeconomic inequality

Former Chief Economist at GIC and former adjunct professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Yeoh Lam Keong has criticised Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing's statement regarding collective responsibility in easing the effects of social mobility and globalisation. Mr Yeoh, in his Facebook post on Friday (30 Nov), raised the question as to why the …

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If SMS Edwin Tong has difficulty managing household expenses with $935k a year, what does it say of his budgeting skill?

I vehemently disagree with Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong's broad brush generalisation of equating levels of competence with salary amounts. He asserts that if ministers are not well paid, we would end up with "very very mediocre" ministers in the future. So is he suggesting that lawyers are more competent than social workers or that bankers are cleverer than …

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Singapore’s Miss Universe 2018 national costume bears striking similarities to Turkey’s 2015 entry

A sleuthing netizen uncovered a curious coincidence relating to Singapore’s Miss Universe costume – you know…the one referencing the US-North Korea Summit held in Singapore. Facebook user Ah Sen Hok Fen was browsing through past costumes and came across something oddly familiar in the 2015 archives for Turkey in which the 2015 Miss Universe and Miss World costumes by Turkey …

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29 smokers at Yew Tee and Jurong Point, caught with duty-unpaid cigarettes

29 smokers were caught with duty-unpaid cigarettes during operation in the vicinity of Yew Tee Point and Jurong Point on 26 November 2018, announced Singapore Customs (SC) in a Facebook post on Thursday (29 November). The offenders were issued with composition sums ranging from $500 to $800. Singapore Customs shared that it conducts such regular operations island-wide to suppress the demand for duty-unpaid …

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