The Online Citizen

CPF – F1 or F9? Nominations are secret?

By Leong Sze Hian CPF members can make a revocable nomination for a CPF Investment Scheme policy and, upon death, the death benefit will be paid to the named beneficiaries, and not distributed according to the member’s CPF nomination. I understand that when a CPF member dies, his or her CPF nominees’ identities and percentage of distribution are not revealed. …

Read More »

Big Ideas That Changed The World : Democracy – Tony Benn

Tony Benn is a former Labour MP and cabinet minister in Britain. In this BBC film, Tony Benn looks at how the concept of democracy developed and spread across the world over the centuries from its beginnings in Ancient Greece. Particularly considers the impact of extending the vote to more people in 19th century Britain and the state of democracy …

Read More »

More than just money needed to help poor

This is TOC writer Leong Sze Hian’s letter to The New Paper which was published on the 14th of July, 2007. I refer to the article ‘Would you work 2 shifts over 14 hours for $4.90 an hour?’ (The New Paper, 6 Jul) and the recent launch of the Centre for Social Development (Asia) at NUS. Helping the poor is …

Read More »

The Li Hong Yi saga: the blogosphere steps up to bat

By Choo Zheng Xi Reuters, when reporting on the Li Hong Yi saga, credited the blogosphere’s work in publicizing the issue: “Li’s letter — totaling 2,000 words according to the Today newspaper — has been posted online by several Singapore blogs, which have emerged as an alternative source of information for the city-state’s Internet-savvy population, over pro-government newspapers.” Public interest …

Read More »

PM’s son’s email saga a heartening development for Singapore

By Gerald Giam Army Second Lieutenant (2LT) Li Hongyi’s June 28 email complaint sent to all the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) head honchos has caused ripples on the Internet for the past two weeks. Much mud has been slung at 2LT Li for his brash act. “Who does he think he is anyway? He thought he could go to Uncle …

Read More »

The Prime Minister’s son – Li Hong Yi

Bloggers are blogging about Prime Minister’s son, Li Hong Yi’s email. Here are the links to some of these blogs. Li Hong Yi was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Award for Math &Science in August 2006, as reported here by Channelnewsasia. Bloggers PM son’s army gaffe and why we have to worry (Post deleted by its author) – HUNGonline [junkie-toggle …

Read More »

Why do vendors get free rein in hospitals?

This is TOC writer Leong Sze Hian’s letter to TODAY, published on July 13, 2007. I refer to recent media reports about hospitals allowing salespeople into maternity wards to sell products and services to patients. It has been reported that vendors would have to follow strict guidelines on etiquette and respect of privacy. If this is indeed the case, how …

Read More »

CPF – F1 or F9 : Why cannot choose to make CPF last longer?

By Leong Sze Hian The default life annuity is expected to be implemented in about two years’ time, from the date of the announcement in October 2005. A default life annuity uses the prevailing CPF Minimum Sum at age 55 to purchase a fixed guaranteed life annuity payable monthly from age 62, for as long as a retiree lives. One …

Read More »

“Peculiar Legislation: 377(A) – Symbol or Statute?”

Local Theatre Company Expects Fervent Debate at First “The Art & Life Sessions” Forum; with Participation of Political and Religious Leaders & Commentators. “Peculiar Legislation: 377(A) – Symbol or Statute?” will see Baey Yam Keng (MP), Siew Kum Hong (NMP), Reverend Dr Yap Kim Hao, and gay activist Alex Au discuss the issues surrounding 337A. In a move to involve …

Read More »

How to stay gainfully retired

By Yeo Toon Joo, Peter (thoughts in January 1996 on early retirement) At 30, I resolved to retire from work by age 35. Needless to say, I failed to meet that target. Humbled, I shifted my planned retirement age to a more realistic 45, then 50. Today, at 50, I am still hard at the daily grind, and have become …

Read More »