Dear TRS, This group of Indians let off a whole bunch of illegal fireworks just below my HDB block. I don’t like to be a party pooper and it was Deepavali so I was already tolerant when they were playing with sparklers and very loud popping guns late at night. They had been making a disturbance earlier by screaming and shouting and laughing very loudly while playing with sparklers but I didn’t say anything or care because they were just celebrating.
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When they introduced GST in 1994, the government said that we had to reduce our income tax to be competitive against Hong Kong and other countries, and needed to introduce GST to replace the lost income. The income tax was reduced from 30% to 20% over the years. Did it attract many rich foreigners to change their tax domicile to Singapore? I suspect that it did not. So, the government had to change the tax law to exempt tax on offshore income, even when it is brought into Singapore.
The Real Singapore was alerted to a loophole in the manpower rules concerning the hiring of foreigners by one of our readers. The TRS Reader tipped us off to a tactic which a company tried to use to hire foreigners without having to pay any levies or use up their foreign worker quota. A friend of hers was staying in Singapore on a dependent pass as she was married to a Singaporean.
“Training to be soldiers, fight for our lives, once in our lives, two years of our time.” This is a line in a song that I, like many Singaporean males before me, sang during the many grueling route marches we had to endure. Two years is indeed a huge sacrifice to make for one’s country. Is it worth it? We fall two years behind our foreign counterparts who will have more work experience than us and are sometimes discriminated at the workplace because our National Service call-ups cause companies to lose weeks of productivity. After all the blood and sweat we sacrificed for this country, this is the “Thank you” we get?
This year's iteration of HSBC's annual ranking of the best places to live as an expat, published Wednesday, ranked 34 countries on a host of indicators, such as salaries earned, the expat's quality of life and an expat family's ability to raise kids abroad. The full rankings are in this chart below. Switzerland tops the list overall, with Egypt coming last. The bank surveyed 9,288 expats in over 100 countries, but only presented findings for countries where there were more than 100 respondents.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) last month released a report on the ecological footprints of countries around the world and it ranked Singapore the 7th worst country out of 152. It also concluded that if everyone on earth lived like a Singaporean the world would need 4.1 earths to sustain the population. In response to the scathing report, the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) has complained that the report has not been fair to Singapore.
The Police has charged six Singaporeans, including Han Hui Hui and Roy Ngerng, with “public nuisance” in connection with the #ReturnOurCPF protest on 27 September 2014. The Police has ordered the six Singaporeans to appear at the state court this coming Monday, 27 October 2014, at 10am to “answer to the charge”. A warrant of arrest will be issued if they do not appear in court.
The Urban Land Institute and Centre for Liveable Cities released the Creating Healthy Places through Active Mobility report yesterday to encourage cycling as a lower cost form of transport. This comes on the heels of rising COE prices which has made it too expensive for most Singaporeans to afford cars. The report provided 10 ideas to more Singapore more bicycle-friendly.
According to the latest FIFA World Rankings, Singapore has fallen 12 places to be ranked 161 in the world. This ranking puts Singapore 7th out of the 10 ASEAN countries on the FIFA Rankings. At the top of South-East Asian nations was the Philippines with a world rank of 129, Vietnam with a ranking of 136 followed by Myanmar with 137.