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RESPECTING PARLIAMENT AND THE TRUST OF THE PEOPLE

THEREALSINGAPORE 11 July 2014 - 3:25pm

The embarrassing revelation of Parliament having not enough MPs present to make a quorum for the passing of bills is not funny. It is not a small matter. Our MPs maybe part time, some full time, but they are paid extremely well for being part timers. The people can understand that they are busy people with many hats to wear, many directorships and meetings to attend. But to skip Parliament is unacceptable. 


IT’S A RICH MAN’S WORLD: SINGAPORE’S TEN WEALTHIEST TYCOONS REVEALED

THEREALSINGAPORE 11 July 2014 - 2:22pm

They have a combined net worth of US$16.9b. Real estate remains the most lucrative business in land-scarce Singapore. Philip Ng, CEO of Far East Organization, is the richest man in the country with an estimated net worth of US$5.2 billion. According to the Wealth X and UBS Billionaire Census 2013, nearly 80% of the property tycoon’s net worth comes from his real estate holdings.


AMERICAN EXPAT IN SG: WHY IS A BOOK ABOUT GAY PENGUINS BANNED IN SINGAPORE?

THEREALSINGAPORE 11 July 2014 - 1:58pm

Dear “concerned parents” who challenge this book, I too, am a parent. I too have had my children bring over books that I am not comfortable with them reading at their current ages. The difference between you and I is that I tell my children to put the book back because it’s not right for our family, while you choose to tell ALL children that they may not read the book. Your preferences don’t trump mine.


CIVIL SERVANT, 26, FORKS OUT A WHOPPING $6,000 JUST TO PROPOSE TO HIS GIRLFRIEND

THEREALSINGAPORE 11 July 2014 - 1:46pm

More men are reportedly going all out for grand and elaborate proposals to get their girlfriends to say "I do", reported The New Paper. Gone are the days where grooms-to-be are just buying a ring and getting down on one knee. These days, they are hiring professionals for the expertise in conjuring up and sparring no expense at the best proposal ideas that are worthy of Facebook shares, Likes and even a chance at going viral, said The New Paper.


SINGAPOREANS SHOULD APPRECIATE MAIDS MORE RATHER THAN JUST COMPLAINING

THEREALSINGAPORE 11 July 2014 - 1:22pm

I read with interest and joy the recent article from a British lady living in Singapore, entitled "The plight of the maid in Singapore". All too often pampered Singaporeans whine and complain about other human beings that they keep in slave-like conditions with Draconian measures placed on every facet of their existence. I have to ask - where is the humanity? Where is the compassion?


SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT GRANTS PR BASED ON YOUR RACE AND SKIN COLOUR

THEREALSINGAPORE 11 July 2014 - 1:14pm

If your Singapore PR (Permanent Residency) is rejected recently, you are not alone. Singapore PR is an important step to immigrate to Singapore and rejection is a heart breaking experience after long months of waiting and maybe witnessing less qualified people getting approval. But nowadays it is though to get Singapore PR. Since 2009, fewer applications for Singapore PR and Singapore Citizenship are approved.


DPM TEO: CONFLICT IN SYRIA IS A BIGGER THREAT TO SINGAPORE THAN JI TERROR GROUP

THEREALSINGAPORE 11 July 2014 - 1:08pm

DPM Teo Cee Hean shared yesterday that the current conflict in Syria poses a huge risk to Singapore. He emphasised that the threat could even be worse than the situation in 2001 when Singapore was a target for the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist group. DPM Teo had earlier said in parliament that the government is aware of a 'handful' of Singaporeans who have gone to Syria to join in the war. 


WHAT IS NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD'S ROLE IN OUR COMMUNITY IN SINGAPORE?

THEREALSINGAPORE 11 July 2014 - 12:56pm

I am disappointed with the National Library Board's knee-jerk reaction to a library user's complaint that two children's books were not "pro-family" ("NLB pulls 3 kids' books off its shelves"; Wednesday). The question here is not about the NLB's self-proclaimed "strong pro-family stand". This was never stated as its mission or vision on its website. Neither is this about the different views on sexual orientation, single parenthood, marriage and so on, for there are other social issues that have drawn differing views.


STRAITS TIMES REPORT ABOUT A PETITION WITH 3000 SIGNATURES WHILE IGNORING ANOTHER WITH 22,000

THEREALSINGAPORE 11 July 2014 - 12:42pm

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) have been at the forefront of the culture war in Singapore, including controversies involving the Health Promotion Board, Malay Studies professor Dr Syed Muhd Khairuddin Aljunied, Pink Dot and Wear White, and the latest controversy involving the National Library Board (NLB). The media plays a very important role, especially in the context of such debates where clarity is much needed. Then-Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a 2004 speech at the Harvard Club of Singapore's 35th Anniversary Dinner on "Building A Civic Society".


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