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UNMASKING THE FIVE MYTHS OF PROPERTY TAX

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 December 2014 - 1:26pm

On December 5, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) announced the reduction of property tax for HDB flats in 2015. Three days later, there was an article “Property Tax cut for one in four private home owners” in The Straits Times. A week after their announcement, a representative from IRAS further elaborated how annual values are calculated in The Straits Times Forum (“Annual values of homes reflect market rents“; Dec 15). 


HOME TEAM TO GIVE OUT 20,000 FREE FIGURINES ON NORTH-SOUTH AND NORTH EAST LINES

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 December 2014 - 12:55pm

The Home Team is giving out free figurines on MRT trains between now and march next year to promote recognition for the Home Team and their families. There are about 20,000 figurines available in the shapes of police and SCDF officers as well as pioneer generation figurines. 


CHARITY: VOLUNTEER HOURS DOWN, FEWER DONATORS AND DONOR PARTICIPATION AT 10 YR LOW?

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 December 2014 - 12:44pm

Singaporeans open wallets and hearts to charity: Really? After I wrote the article “Share-a-Gift%94-Beneficiaries-or-gifts-drop-from-460-000-to-35-000” (Dec 19) (the last sentence of my article was “Is it because Singaporeans have become less “generous”?”) - I was not surprised to read in the Straits Times news report “Singaporeans open wallets and their hearts to charity” (Dec 20) that “the number of people donating and volunteering fell. 


IN MAD SINGAPORE, TRANSPORT FARES RISE WHEN OIL PLUNGES!

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 December 2014 - 12:06pm

When crude oil price increases, public transport fare increases just as fast, when crude oil price falls, public transport fare also increases irrespective. When crude oil price plunged by 50% in the past six months, MOT and PTC had the audacity to champion a 2.8% public transport fare increase next year and we are only two weeks away from next year.


12 THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR IN SINGAPORE

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 December 2014 - 11:42am

The 12 things I am thankful for in Singapore: 1.Thankful for the problems in housing, CPF, wage stagnation, unemployment and under employment, overcrowding, high living costs, healthcare and transportation because we now can appreciate we have nothing further to lose by voting wisely. 2.Thankful for the selective reporting of the MSM because we now appreciate the accessibility, openness and integrity of the Net.


SENGKANG WEST GRASSROOTS LEADERS TREATED TO TRIP TO TAIWAN

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 December 2014 - 11:35am

I came across Dr Lam Pin Min’s Facebook page  and was amazed to see that he recently embarked on a “holiday retreat” to Taiwan with his grassroots people. For those of you who don’t know who he is, he’s the MP for Sengkang West and the Minister for State for Health. You can see that he and his grassroots leaders are truly enjoying themselves in Taiwan.


CPF MINIMUM SUM GOES UP AGAIN: SHOULD YOU REALLY CARE ANYMORE?

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 December 2014 - 9:03am

What’s your first reaction when you hear that the CPF Minimum Sum has gone up again? It’s probably similar to when I see a giant cicak run across my floor. I unleash the high-pitched scream of a gila person and then I run for my weapon of choice – the handy broom. All this excess drama allows me to maintain the illusion that I have dispelled that demon lizard. Then, when I least expect it, it shows up again.


BEFORE ALLOWING SHORT-TERM RENTALS...

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 December 2014 - 8:57am

I AM concerned about short-term rentals being allowed without any proper regulations and licensing ("URA to seek feedback on short-term home rentals"; Wednesday). I have encountered many irresponsible short-term tenants who made much noise at my condominium's barbecue and swimming pool area even after 10pm, smoked by the poolside and broke common property like furniture. 


LI YEMING: IS SINGAPORE READY TO CHANGE GOVERNMENT?

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 December 2014 - 8:45am

<< 换政府?你准备好了吗?>> 2014-12-17,刊于《联合早报》(刊出时,部分内容被删节) 日前,李显龙总理在人民行动党干部大会上称,来届大选将是一场极其严峻的决战,大选决定的不只是反对党拿下多少国会议席,而是攸关谁将组织政府。因此他告诫全党不能轻敌,呼呼党员要努力为行动党发声,深入基层,了解民心,争取选民的支持。 这番话,不但被认为是大选即将来临的信号,更像是吹响了战斗的号角


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