The Online Citizen

“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 …

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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 …

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Retire later, die earlier

By Yeo Toon Joo, Peter Retire early and die young. That was what I had been led to believe some years ago. But now another study says the later you retire the shorter your life. Statistics, including Boeing Aerospace’s, support the second conclusion, i.e. people who are still slogging away at the daily grind after 65 usually die within 18 …

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CPF – F1 or F9 : Pay up to 22% to use MediSave?

By Leong Sze Hian According to the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) website, the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board has been recovering the cost of Medisave deduction transactions to pay patients’ medical bills through an administrative fee of $3.05 ever since Medisave was introduced in 1984. Information technology was still in its infancy 22 years ago and the number of Medisave …

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Who decides what is best for Singapore?

By Jason Lim The principles of the government in Singapore lies in the notion that everything must be the best and therefore, there will never be anything but the best. This notion is highly demonstrated in all areas of governance found in the various government agencies and statutory boards in Singapore. The question here is, who decides what and what …

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“Every citizen is a reporter”

This is an extract from the blog, DailyKos. Meet some of the citizen reporters of OhmyNews, a South Korean venture that in 2000 became the first online newspaper in the world to accept, edit, and publish articles from its readers. It was established by Oh Yeon Ho, who has earned his credibility in the student pro-democracy movement of the 1980s, …

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CPF – F1 or F9 : Poor get less % than the rich?

By Leong Sze Hian I REFER to NTUC’s proposal to reduce the CPF contribution for lower-income workers and put 40 per cent of the Workfare bonus to CPF. On the one hand, we are putting more of the Workfare Bonus cash payout to worker’s CPF, but on the other, we are cutting their CPF contribution so that they can have …

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Silence is not always golden

The Straits Times has reported the case of a 20 year old offender who was given 8 strokes of the cane instead of 5 strokes as ordered by the courts. (Link) As far as the authorities are concerned, all that the report would say so far, is: “It is understood the Attorney-General Chambers is aware of the case and is …

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Defining the role of government and its component branches

By Teh Kok Hua The Constitution usually sets out the basic rights of citizens and defines the role of government and its component branches. The constitution of Singapore however has not established or clearly defined the respective rights of citizens and government. This has allowed the government of the day to interpret its provisions to suit its own convenience, circumventing …

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CPF – F1 or F9 – Do you know who gets your CPF when you die?

By Leong Sze Hian CPF announced the amendment of the treatment of Special Account savings invested in fixed deposits, and media reports that the CPF Board has reminded three non-bank investment administrators (IAs) that members’ CPF Investment Scheme (CPFIS) money used for investments cannot be parked in cash accounts. Since the net interest rate currently, and that earned on these …

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