Correspondent

MP Seah finally apologises to SDP but not the rest

Writing on his Facebook page today (3 Sep), MP Seah Kian Peng finally capitulated and apologised to Singapore Democratic Party amidst online pressure from social media. “My posting over the weekend has indeed generated a number of comments,” he said. “I thank those who supports and agrees with my views. There were of course others who disagree with it which …

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Minister Iswaran starts 3rd CECA review after 2nd one recognises India’s nursing degrees

India and Singapore are proceeding with the third review of the landmark “Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement” (CECA), which focuses on trade facilitation, e-commerce, customs as well as movement of professional workers (PMETs) between the 2 countries. Posting on his Facebook page yesterday (1 Sep), Minister Iswaran said he met Indian Minister Suresh Prabhu yesterday morning. “We reaffirmed the longstanding and …

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Minister Vivan fails miserably in his “social enterprise” hawker centre initiative with runaway rentals

Hawker centres run by social enterprises to help make hawker food affordable was in fact discussed in Parliament by then Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan way back in 2012. At a Parliamentary debate on 6 Mar 2012, Vivian told the House, “We intend to accept the recommendations (by Hawker Centre Public Consultation Panel) and the management of the …

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New CPF rule indicates more Singaporeans may be in financial trouble

It was announced yesterday (28 Aug) that Central Provident Fund Board has changed its rules to allow HDB flat buyers the option to retain up to $20,000 in their CPF Ordinary Account when taking up HDB loans. Previously, buyers had to first use up all the balance in their CPF Ordinary Account before they can take up the HDB loan. …

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Taiwan media asks why PM Lee paid 7X more than President Tsai when its population 4X and GDP 2X of SG’s?

Two months ago, Taiwan-based media The News Lens published an article revealing the distorted logic of ministerial salaries in Singapore (‘OPINION: On the Distorted Logic of Ministerial Salaries in Singapore‘, 29 Jun). The article started off by comparing the salary of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to that of PM Lee. “In Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen governs over a country with …

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Elderly angry with Singapore authorities over Noble Group debacle

Bloomberg published a news report today (“I Was Cheated” – Tales From the Collapse of a Commodity Giant, 26 Aug) highlighting a 71-year-old Francis Tay, ex-civil servant, condemning the Singapore authorities over the crash of share prices of Noble Group Ltd. Mr Tay said he feels “cheated”. He has lost almost S$50,000 of his retirement savings in the implosion of …

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