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Passports

DPM TEO: DUAL CITIZENSHIP COULD DILUTE THE SINGAPORE IDENTITY

THEREALSINGAPORE 12 August 2013 - 6:51pm

DPM Teo Chee Hean said Singapore is not ready to have dual citizenship yet. He had elaborated that allowing citizens to hold dual citizenships would not strengthen Singapore as a nation. Mr Teo was concerned that allowing Singaporeans to hold dual citizenships would actually dilute the Singapore identity. 


Smrt train

SMRT TRAIN WENT ON WRONG TRACK?

THEREALSINGAPORE 12 August 2013 - 6:23pm

According to a commuter, an SMRT train traveling in the direction of City Hall this morning went in the wrong direction and ended up at Dhoby Ghaut instead. 59-year old Li Ya Shui said that at around 6.45 am, he had boarded the train at Boon Lay to go Aljunied. 


SEATLESS MRT CABINS NOT A FINE RIDE

THEREALSINGAPORE 12 August 2013 - 4:06pm

The SMRT seems to be increasing the number of seatless cabins in its trains on the East-West Line. Some commuters are forced to stand for the entire journey, which can take about an hour. This will inconvenience the elderly and the infirm. SMRT should remember that the number of senior citizens in Singapore is rising. It is hard to understand the rationale for the increase in seatless cabins.


Casino

PUBLIC SERVANTS TO HAVE TO DECLARE FREQUENT CASINO VISITS

THEREALSINGAPORE 12 August 2013 - 3:43pm

DPM Teo Chee Hean said in Parliament today that the government intends to make it mandatory for public officers to declare their casino activities. This was suggested in response to questions about the recent string of corruption cases within the public sector involving gamblers. 


cannabis

MEDICAL AND RECREATIONAL CANNABIS IN SINGAPORE: A SOLUTION?

THEREALSINGAPORE 12 August 2013 - 3:26pm

With the rising trend noted drug consumption, based on the reports from the CNB Drug Situation Reports, from 2006 to 2012, as well as the challenges imposed by the aging demographics of society, lowered fertility rates and the increase in medical costs, medical cannabis and regulated recreational cannabis (marijuana) may present a solution. It could very well serve as a measure to mitigate the problems of increasing drug consumption and increased medical costs that come with an ageing society.


Speedpost

SINGPOST NEEDS A MAJOR SHAKEUP! A FINE IS NOT ENOUGH!

THEREALSINGAPORE 12 August 2013 - 2:58pm

I refer to Speedpost - the subsidary service provided by Singpost. I wanted to send a 11 kg parcel from home (Singapore) to South Korea. I made an appointment with Speedpost on 5 August to collect parcel from my home in Sengkang on 10 Aug (Sat) as their weekday collection timing cannot suit my needs. Today is already 12 Aug and I am glad to inform all of you that the parcel is still sitting in my home. 


freedom of assembly

PROTESTS AND HOW THEY SERVE US, THE PEOPLE: PART 2

THEREALSINGAPORE 12 August 2013 - 2:39pm

In Part 1 of my piece, I talked about how protests served the interests of the people in that they allowed us to hold the government accountable. Skeptics, however, say that curtailing of our fundamental freedoms will not lead to anything serious. It may not be apparent but these fundamental freedoms have a significant role to play in the overall development of both the individual and the nation. Moreover, these freedoms are also closely related to economic freedoms.


lee kuan yew book

UTUSAN MALAYSIA: UNDER LEE KUAN YEW, THE MALAYS ARE SIDELINED

THEREALSINGAPORE 12 August 2013 - 12:39pm

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11 — Utusan Malaysia told Lee Kuan Yew today to aim his criticisms at his own policies in Singapore, saying unlike in Malaysia, where Chinese businesses are allowed to prosper under a Malay rule, Malays on the island republic are sidelined. The Umno-owned daily suggested that by criticising Malaysia, Lee was attempting to hide the weaknesses of his own country, particularly on the subject of openness and democracy “where his record is lowest”.“Awang believes it is more appropriate for Kuan Yew to criticise his own country, although he is so proud with its meritocracy approach. Is his meritocracy system fair and perfect?”


HDB studio flat prices

WHY DO STUDIO UNITS COST MORE THAN BTO FLATS FOR SINGLES?

THEREALSINGAPORE 12 August 2013 - 12:09pm

There has been high demand for the newly launched Build-To-Order two-room Housing Board flats for singles. Buyers are entitled to various housing grants, which can lower the price of such flats to about $50,000. For singles who apply jointly, the net price is even lower, at about $16,000. Hence, the flat may be viewed as a good long-term investment for eventual resale or rental. In contrast, the price of a similar studio apartment for seniors aged above 55 is about $90,000.


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