POLITICS

SDP: THIS IS HOW OUR CPF AND GIC SHOULD BE MANAGED

THEREALSINGAPORE 30 July 2014 - 1:16pm

There has been much debate in recent weeks over the CPF scheme and how our savings are being managed by the Government. Unfortunately. the recent accounts given by DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam has raised more questions than answers. Such a confusion has raised the ire of many Singaporeans, and rightly so. The stewards of public funds must be transparent and consistent in their dealings. The suspicions of the people over our hard-earned CPF savings would have arisen if the PAP had not reneged on its promises and, worse, kept Singaporeans guessing on how these funds are being managed.


THE NEW PAPER CONCOCTS A STORY TO SMEAR WORKERS' PARTY

THEREALSINGAPORE 30 July 2014 - 9:18am

The New Paper published a report masquerading as a factual analysis of the dynamics at this year's Organising Members Conference held at the Workers' Party HQ on 27 July 2014. The article was mischievous and misleading. But more importantly, errors were aplenty. The following are my brief comments. 1. A binary between veterans and younger members who hold degrees was constructed. Supposed "facts" were thrown into this binary framework to create a seamless understanding of what has transpired and to provide analysis of and/ or an account of the situation. 


WORKERS' PARTY ANNOUNCES THEIR NEW LEADERS FOLLOWING CEC ELECTION

THEREALSINGAPORE 27 July 2014 - 7:24pm

The Workers' Party has just announced their new team of leaders and office holders following their Central Executive Council (CEC) elections. The party's elections were held today and Ms Sylvia Lim was re-appointed as Chairman. Mr Low Thia Khiang was also re-elected into the position of Secretary General. 


SDP: AWAKENING AMONG CITIZENS BRINGS HOPE

THEREALSINGAPORE 26 July 2014 - 11:29am

How time flies. The world marches on towards becoming more sophisticated as ever. Consistent with this development we have also changed our way of living our lives. This include the way we celebrate our festivals, especially Hari Raya Idul Fitri.


OBAMA WILL SIGN ORDER BARRING GAY, TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION

THEREALSINGAPORE 22 July 2014 - 9:23am

President Obama has turned down a plea from religious groups that they be exempt from an executive order he plans to sign Monday prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against gay or transgender workers, officials said Friday. The policy — which will add sexual orientation and gender identity to a long-standing list of protected groups — continues the exemption for religious employers provided by former President George W. Bush, said a senior administration official, who asked not to be named in advance of the formal announcement.


GOMEZ: DE-COUPLE HEALTHCARE AND HOUSING COSTS FROM CPF

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 July 2014 - 2:28pm

Any reform of the CPF scheme needs to concurrently look at healthcare and public housing reform. SDP’s Dr. James Gomez made this key point during a video forum organised by The Online Citizen last Saturday. Pointing to two of the party’s policy papers on healthcare and public housing, Dr Gomez, who stood as SDP's candidate at the Sembawang GRC in 2011, explained the SDP’s holistic approach to tackling the burden currently placed on CPF monies. He pointed that the present system forced CPF members to use their retirement savings to pay for their medical bills and housing loans.


WHY DO AMBULANCES ASK YOU WHETHER YOU CAN PAY $120 BEFORE BRINGING YOU TO HOSPITAL?

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 July 2014 - 2:23pm

In response to a guy called Christopher Ng Wai Chung who accused me of "politicking" when I raise the issue of ambulance asking whether you can pay the fee of $120 before they offer their service to you.. Christopher Ng Wai Chung is just too fortunate to be in the upper income group and he does not really understand what is actually happening on the ground nor does he care because he only cares for himself. Thus, in a way, I cannot blame him for not having that kind of empathy of what $120 means to the poor people on the ground because that is just "peanuts" to him.


GERALD GIAM: QUESTIONS ON THE NEW BUS CONTRACTING MODEL

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 July 2014 - 6:06pm

I asked the Minister for Transport 3 parliamentary questions and another 4 supplementary questions regarding the new bus contracting model, during the sitting of Parliament on 7 July 2014. This is the relevant extract from the Hansard. 1. Mr R Dhinakaran asked the Minister for Transport what are the key considerations for the change in the public bus transport model and what will be the initial investment by the Government in this model.


TURKISH PRIME MINISTER: ISRAEL IS MORE BARBARIC THAN HITLER

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 July 2014 - 3:52pm

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Israel of "barbarism that surpasses Hitler" during its ground invasion of Gaza. Erdogan made the comment during a campaign speech Saturday in the Black Sea port city of Ordu. He is running for the presidency in elections next month.


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