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Kiara Xavier

TODAYonline‘s confusing message; How can “government of the day” be voted out?

On Thursday (28 February), TODAYonline published a rather confusing article titled “Strong core of S’porean academics needed to ask ‘critical questions’: NMP”. The article basically talks about how Singaporean academics continue to face obstacles when they are studying issues that affect the country. This was a concern that was brought to attention by Associate Professor Walter Theseira, a Nominated Member …

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The Art of PAPsplaining

by Law Kim Hwee There’s mansplaining, womansplaining…there’s also whitesplaining….then there’s PAPsplaining in Singapore and for Singaporeans only. Wiki, BBC, Merriam-Webster explain the various meanings. I’m here to try to capture how in our uniquely Singapore context, our ruling, dominant political leaders have been “PAPsplaining” issues and failures, in particular – to us Singaporeans. What is PAPsplaining? PAPsplaining is when members, especially leaders, of …

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The CPF and HDB ticking timebombs

by Brad Bowyer The post on the comparison with Germany and Denmark sparked a lot of heated debate and brought one BIG and very worrying fact to the surface. But first a clarification because a lot of people got lost in the comparison of EVERYTHING about Germany and Denmark and micro analysing figures, but this is unimportant in the BIG …

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Netizens support MP Pritam Singh for questioning the “timeliness” of the Merdeka Generation Package

In the Parliament session on Tuesday (26 February), Workers’ Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh felt that although the Merdeka Generation Package’s “ground feel” is to help senior citizens with their medical bills, but it seems less generous than the Pioneer Generation Package. “There are also quarters who conclude that it is pungently timed with the election cycle, giving off the …

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New politician on the block gets swarmed by IBs on CPF post

Brad Bowyer, a member of the People’s Voice Party took his Facebook account on Tuesday (26 February) to question why Singapore’s Central Provident Fund (CPF) is giving lesser returns to retirees compared to other countries whose funds are much smaller than Singapore’s. He revealed that the size of Singapore’s CPF fund as of Q3 was S$383.9 billion, which is equivalent …

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Singaporean parents are not using child car seats, despite owning them

According to the Singapore Medical Journal, securing children in appropriate child car seats can reduce the risk of serious traffic accidents by 8.4 times. Despite the obvious high risk, many parents in the city-state are not are not using them, although they own it. A recent survey with 513 parents by four undergraduates from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) found out …

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Judgment reserved in striking out applications between PM Lee and Leong Sze Hian

The applications by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and financial consultant and blogger, Leong Sze Hian to strike out each others’ claim was heard on Monday (25 February), and the judgement was reserved and will be announced in “written grounds” in the near future. Lim Tean, who is representing Mr Leong in his defence and countersuit, revealed this update on …

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