Author Archives: Leong Sze Hian

Are HDB flats being used as a political tool for votes?
By Leong Sze Hian Published on by Leong Sze Hian 0

I refer to the article “HDB chief suggests buyers should pay less for resale flats with shorter leases” (Yahoo News, Apr 11). The article quotes Dr Cheong Koon Hean, chief executive of the Housing & Development Board (HDB) saying, “And you must remember that Read More

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Medical inflation: 2.4 or 9.6%? Is Singapore the most expensive in Asia after adjusting for purchasing power parity?
By Leong Sze Hian Published on by Leong Sze Hian 0

I refer to the article “S’pore ranked No. 4 for medical inflation” (Straits Times, Apr 8). The ST article states that “Earlier this year, the MOH said Singapore’s average annual healthcare inflation rate was 2.4 per cent between 2011 and 2016.” Indeed, Minister Read More

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Are Singapore gamblers gambling more than other countries other than Australia?
By Leong Sze Hian Published on by Leong Sze Hian 0

More people gamble, but what about the amount lost? According to the survey results by  National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG),  more than half or 52 per cent of Singapore residents aged 18 and above participated in at least one form of gambling Read More

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Is Singapore’s gini-coefficient really lower than Hong Kong and New York? 
By Leong Sze Hian Published on by Leong Sze Hian 0

I refer to the article “Looking at inequality: An analyst’s view” (Straits Times, Mar 14). The ST article wrote that Singapore Management University economist, Prof Phang Sock Yong’s report in 2015, highlighted the Gini coefficient for household incomes for Singapore in 2014, after Read More

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National Jobs Bank: More tightening, but no statistics?
By Leong Sze Hian Published on by Leong Sze Hian 0

Why “no statistics” on the National Jobs Bank? I refer to the article “Parliament: Tighter rules to support Singaporeans and raise quality of foreign workforce” (Straits Times, Mar 5). It states that more companies will have to give Singaporeans a chance to apply Read More

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Was Factually.sg factual in respect of “20% quota” and percentage of foreign students in public universities?
By Leong Sze Hian Published on by Leong Sze Hian 0

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said in Parliament on Wednesday (Feb 28)  said that there have been 186 articles published on the Factually government website since its inception in May 2012, stating that articles on the website hosted on gov.sg are Read More

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How many HDB flats had difficulty paying in the history of the HDB?
By Leong Sze Hian Published on by Leong Sze Hian 0

I refer to Vincent Low’s article “32,000 out of 405,000 HDB households in mortgage arrears of over three months” (theonlinecitizen, Feb 22). It states that “over the last three years, of a total of about 405,000 households with outstanding HDB loans, about 32,000 Read More

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Budget 2018: 587,200 lower-income workers worry about GST hike?
By Leong Sze Hian Published on by Leong Sze Hian 0

I refer to the article “Singapore Budget 2018: Lower-income groups worry about GST hike” ( Straits Times, Feb 20). The article writes, “With the impending goods and services tax (GST) hike, Mr Tony Teng, 43, worries about his young family’s growing expenses. The Read More

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“We should look after the elderly” by action, and not just words!
By Leong Sze Hian Published on by Leong Sze Hian 0

I refer to the article “Society should care for the elderly, nurture young: PM” (Straits Times, Feb 15). The article quotes Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, “As a people too, we should look after the elderly, as we are the beneficiaries of their Read More

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Helping with transport operators’ profits is more important than helping seniors?
By Leong Sze Hian Published on by Leong Sze Hian 0

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan had earlier said in Parliament on last Monday that Members of Parliament (MP) can offer financial assistance to senior citizens who face difficulties paying for public transport, after the off-peak pass for elderly commuters was scrapped. According to Mr Khaw, Read More

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