Two weeks ago, SMRT appointed its security director, Mr Patrick Nathan, to replace Ms Kalai Natarajan who had quit abruptly (with immediate notice) in July. link Mr Nathan was a career military officer specialising in security and was initially hired by SMRT to tap on his related expertise.
China has expressed interest in participating in Malaysia’s 330km-long Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed rail (HSR) link project. China President Xi Jinping said the project, together with port development and other connectivity projects, were on top of their overseas investment ventures. He said they were also ready to consider participating in the Northern Economic Corridor development projects.
Dr Chee Soon Juan recently published an article on The Real Singapore (TRS) entitled "The Place of Money in Our Lives", whereby he argues that Singapore not only has been operating based on the free market system, we have apparently also adopted a "market society", which he feels is "profoundly wrong". Dr Chee believes that such market values have spread and infected our thinking, causing money to become the prime social value of Singapore society, thus corrupting our nation's soul. Dr Chee's article is mistaken on so many levels that I do not know how to begin. On a personal note, I have always respected Dr Chee for his courage in standing up to the PAP government and making criticisms based on his convictions.
On 1 Oct, just 4 days before the third 6.9 million Population White Paper (PWP) protest scheduled on 5 Oct at Hong Lim Park, an NParks’ Senior Officer, Ms Sim Bee Lan, wrote to organizer Gilbert Goh, asking for a layout plan for the event. There was no such request for the first 2 protests, one held in Feb and the other in May. Ms Sim wrote, “We understand that you are having the event on 5 Oct 13, will there be any setup such as tentage or use of generator or sale activities? If yes, we would appreciate you can provide a event layout plan (including the dimensions of the setup) using the attached map.”
My name is Chua Kim Soon and I am 70 years old. I am a retired pensioner. I am married and have two sons. Both children are married and are living on their own. I worked as a Technical Support Officer for 42 years till my retirement. I was also a part-time insurance adviser of NTUC INCOME for 40 years until my retirement in January 2013. My contact number is 9******6. Can you please publish my letter in your Straits Times forum. I believe my letter is of public interest especially civil servants and pensioners who have medical benefits under the government medical schemes and who also bought shield plans from insurance companies. My letter below explains why I strongly feel that NTUC INCOME is not doing justice to policyholders.
Another case of a foreigner, must be another talent, a talented cook, got drunk and bashed up a taxi driver, damaged a motocycle and a taxi door. He was sentenced to a miserable 2 weeks’ jail. The foreign talent, Garfield Gordon Angove III, 38, was also fined $1,000 and had to pay $3,500 to the taxi driver for assaulting him. The sheepish and timid citizens are furious. The beating of these citizens by foreigners who were given the opportunity to work and make a good living by the good grace of the govt, not necessarily of the people, has gone one too far. Too many timid citizens had been beaten by foreigners and they are not going to take it quietly any longer. They are screaming for blood.
In December 1944, in the hills of northern Vietnam, a former history teacher called Vo Nguyen Giap presided over a small military parade, wearing a dark civilian suit, a homburg hat and a revolver strapped to his side. While a ramshackle group of 34 soldiers equipped with old carbines and flintlocks stood to attention before a red flag with a gold star, Giap read a declaration, establishing the first “armed propaganda” team of the communist-led Vietnam Independence League, or Viet Minh.
Many Sinkies are smiling, our Singapore Dream is still ok. Many are home owners, never mind that it does not sit on a piece of land or has a white fencing running around it. It is still home in the air. The first fallacy is that the Sinkies think they are home owners when they have a 30 year mortgage to service and all they paid was 10% or 20% of the property. Wise up, get real, you only become a home owner when you fully paid up the mortgage..
It took us some time to have a child. We had been trying for some time and weren’t successful. When my daughter came it was a real blessing. I blame myself because we started late. Right now I run a team of lawyers at my firm and they get an earful from me all the time. Every chance I get, I encourage them to get married early, have kids early, because it doesn’t come just because you want it to, and it does get a lot harder as you get older. But people don’t realise that, I didn’t realise that.