Correspondent

Real reason Raffles founded Singapore: To protect British interests in its lucrative opium trade with China

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the Singapore Bicentennial celebration at the Asian Civilisation Museum on Mon (28 Jan). Straits Times reported it as 1819 marked the start of a modern and multicultural Singapore (‘1819 marked start of modern, multicultural Singapore: Lee Hsien Loong‘, 28 Jan). Although a thriving seaport existed in Singapore as early as the 14th Century, it …

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MOH knew about HIV registry leak 2.5 years ago but only informs public now

Yesterday (28 Jan), Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that confidential information from its database, regarding 14,200 individuals diagnosed with HIV up to January 2013, and 2,400 of their contacts, has been leaked. The records were those of 5,400 Singaporeans diagnosed with HIV up to January 2013 and 8,800 foreigners diagnosed with HIV up to December 2011. Health Minister Gan Kim …

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3 PAP MPs oppose automatic CPF payouts at age 65

In an interview with Channel NewsAsia, which was published last Fri (25 Jan), 3 Members of Parliament from the People’s Action Party said that they are not in favour of CPF members getting their monthly CPF payouts automatically at 65, the official legal age which CPF members are supposed to get their payouts. They still want the members to officially …

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CFC Aloysius Pang’s family cannot sue MINDEF even if they want to

After the unfortunate death of CFC Aloysius Pang during his reservist training in New Zealand, many netizens commented that perhaps his family should sue MINDEF for the death of their son. Unfortunately, Section 14 of the Government Proceeding Acts grants immunity to MINDEF or any of the SAF commanders or officers who may be involved with any deaths or injuries …

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Chief of Army told commanders things cannot be “business as usual”

In a SAF media briefing yesterday (24 Jan) after the death of National Serviceman, Corporal First Class (CFC) Aloysius Pang, occurred during his reservist training in New Zealand, Chief of Defence Force LG Melvyn Ong announced that he had asked all services to review their training tempo and focus on the safety of all personnel, including full-time national servicemen as …

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Patient: SNEC charges only $9,000 but NUH wants to charge $19,000

Last Tue (15 Jan), an elderly doctor, Dr Wong Kai Peng, 71, wrote to ST Forum complaining about the shocking fee charged by NUH (‘Shocking fee quoted for quick surgery‘). He shared that he had an operation at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) recently. “Though I am fully covered by private insurance, I find the cost of medical care …

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At least 8 Singaporeans died in past 1.5 years while serving their nation

It was reported that Corporal First Class (CFC) Aloysius Pang Wei Chong passed away at Waikato Hospital in New Zealand yesterday (23 Jan). Aloysius, an armament technician was said to be carrying out repair works inside a self-propelled howitzer last Sat (19 Jan) when the gun barrel was lowered, crushing him. He was with his unit undergoing reservist training at …

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