An odd-job labourer who slashed his elderly neighbour in the face with a screwdriver in a row over litter was jailed for four months on Thursday. Oh It Meng, 49, originally accused of causing hurt with a dangerous weapon, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of hurting Mr Goh Tee Tee, 67, outside the victim's unit at Block 432 Bukit Panjang Ring Road on Feb 18 this year.
- Dear TRS, I saw a PRC allowing her son to shit publicly outside Chinatown MRT
- PM Lee deletes Singaporeans' Facebook comments about imported table tennis talents
- NUS Orientation camp made students strip and lick whipped cream off each other
- Former Boss of Five Star Tours now serves drinks in Hawker centre
- Be careful of this new scam from callers claiming to be from your Telco company
- Dear TRS, I hope my burnt car serves as a warning to all!
- Secondary school bans former student because he spoke out against the govt?
- If Every Singaporean Behaves Like a Taxi Driver, PAP Will Fear Us
- 4 Well-Paying Jobs That Don’t Require Degrees (In Singapore)
- Netizens files police report over racist comments about Chinese Funerals
President Barack Obama escalated U.S. economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in U.S.-Russian relations marked the start of a new Cold War. The United States and the European Union, in a carefully coordinated action, announced targeted new sanctions against Russian banks, energy and defense firms. It was the West's most serious response yet to what it calls Russian instigation of and continuing support for the separatist uprising in the east and the shootdown of a Malaysian passenger jet on July 17 over eastern Ukraine.
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.
Over the years, and in the last few weeks, many people have been regurgitating the same few reasons for the govt to withhold or retain the people’s life savings for as long as the govt so decides. And none of the reason is acceptable, reasonable, logical, sensible, justifiable, morally ethical, believeable… without sounding deceitful, childish and foolish, to hold back the life savings of a few million citizens of sound mind, sensible, responsible, mature, knowledgeable, experience and financially able to manage their own money.
The CPF Medisave Account Minimum Sum (MA MS) has increased at an insane rate since it wasintroduced in 1984. The government says that the yearly increase is to adjust for ”healthcare inflation”. But the “healthcare inflation” was clearly government-induced through the privatisation (corporatisation) of our public hospitals. Our highest consumer price index (CPI) since MA MS was introduced was only 6.6% recorded in 2008.
Ms Louis was taken aback by the high price of a children’s book on Lee Kuan Yew. She pointed out that in the US; children’s books on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are plentiful and cheap and reasoned that it was because Americans have been exposed from young through colorful storybooks that they take pride in their past. So she suggested making children’s books like the one on Lee Kuan Yew cheaper to instill national pride in the young and asked the government to look into it.
According to the SingStat's latest figures on Marriage, the number of cross-racial marriages in Singapore has steadily been increasing with up to 20% of all marriages being inter-racial in 2013. 10 years ago, it was only about 10% of marriages. Interracial marriages were more common in Muslim marriages (32.1%) than civil ones (18.2%), this is likely to be due to the fact that Muslims are a minority so their choice in marriage partners within their ethnicity is more limited.
In a letter to the Straits Times Forum page on Wednesday, Mr Edwin Pang urged Singaporeans to “not begrudge our foreign-born athletes their places in our national teams and, indeed, in our hearts.” Mr Pang was apparently referring to the ongoing Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, where Singapore has won a few medals, including the gold in table-tennis, and a silver in swimming. Of the “foreign-born athletes”, Mr Pang said, “It was tough for them to uproot themselves from their comfort zones in their native countries to make their new homes here.”
Some online comments prompted me to revisit an article which I read several years ago. It was about a distasteful speech made by the then Prime Minister of Singapore, Harry Lee Kuan Yew, on 12th December 1986 to a hall of university students at NUS. Oh, yes, he talked about genes - which he seemed to equate with educational levels; he talked about graduate women not getting married quick enough; he talked about Singaporeans were not producing enough babies; he talked about polygamy as a possible solution!