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The Online Citizen

A distraught caregiver and her lost cats

by Kirsten Han It’s late on a Friday night, close to closing time for most of the shops and restaurants in the area. Outside the Harbourfront Centre, a video is still playing on the big screen at the Singapore Heritage Festival, but the stalls have already begun winding down and packing up. Double-decker buses are roaring up the road to …

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Hyflux, a critical national asset, needs to be saved

by K. Pelly Periasamy Hyflux was once hailed as a model of innovation and entrepreneurship; Olivia Lum (its founder) and Hyflux were bestowed with awards and accolades for their pioneering entrepreneurship. The company’s bold endeavor in water treatment was hailed as an innovative solution to address Singapore’s critical need for fresh water and another strategic step in the nation’s long-term …

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Can leaders advocate volunteerism without walking their talks?

by Joseph Nathan I remain flabbergasted lately, each time l read about some of our political leaders in Singapore advocating for our youth to be more active in volunteering for social causes. I am not sure if they intended their advocacy as a joke or are they just being sarcastic. Any youth would know by now how well-paid our political …

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Are the upcoming Thai elections free and fair?

by Kiat Sittheeamorn On 24 March, over 40 million registered Thai voters are expected to go to the polls for the country’s first elections since 2011 and since the military takeover in 2014. Are these elections going to be free and fair? Freedom, in the context of elections, pertains to the voters and candidates’ opportunity to participate in election without …

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Are our elected MPs being reduced to paper pushers and estate supervisors?

by Joseph Nathan The on-going Bicentennial Celebration has uncovered many new truths that debunked what we, as a nation, had been told repeatedly by our political leaders, mainstream media (MSMs) or taught at schools all these past 50 over years. Singapore wasn’t a slum but a thriving sea-port. With critical sea-routes and undersea communications links established by the British, our …

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How much does it cost to visit the world’s best restaurants?

by ValueChampion Once in a lifetime opportunities can be priceless, and incredible gastronomical experiences are no exception. But if you were to put a price on travelling to dine at some of the best restaurants in the world, how much would they cost? We explore below. Singapore already has a great food scene, with a total of 39 Michelin-starred restaurants and hawker stalls …

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Three instances when another driver’s mistakes will cost you

by ValueChampion In cases where your car insurer can not recoup the costs from the third-party after an accident, you may end up paying for it even if you were not at fault. Below, we discuss three times this can happen and what you should do to reduce the price you’ll have to pay for someone else’s mistake. Imagine that you …

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Three travel gadgets you can get to never lose valuables again on a trip

by ValueChampion For travelers who don’t ever want to lose their wallets, smartphones or passports on their trip, here are 3 inexpensive travel gadgets that can help to reduce this risk close to zero. Travelling is almost always fun and exciting until you lose something. When we are trying to enjoy ourselves with the limited time we have during our vacations, …

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Understanding the HDB mess

by Brad Bowyer, writing as the shadow Minister* of National Development under the People’s Voice Party Current Public Housing Policy in Singapore centres around the Housing and Development Board (HDB). The HDB was set up 1 February 1960 taking over from its colonial predecessor, the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT). Initially, it only provided rental units then in 1964 the Home …

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Four things private-hire drivers can do to maximise their returns

by ValueChampion Looking to maximise your income as a private-hire driver? We look at 4 things you can do to increase your earnings whether you’re a part-time or a full-time driver. Becoming a private-hire driver can be an enticing proposition for individuals who want to make money on their own schedule. However, because car ownership in Singapore is expensive and private-hire …

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