One in five Singapore households can’t make ends meet. The poorest 20 per cent continue to earn less than they have to spend. This was not mentioned by the Straits Times and Today though they both quoted the Household Expenditure Survey. “Household incomes up, with bottom 20 per cent seeing fastest rises,” said the Straits Times front-page headline.
Joseph Schooling won a bronze medal at the Asian Games on Sunday evening in the 200m butterfly swimming event. Half way through the race, Schooling was in 4th place but he managed to overtake China's Wang Pudong and clinch bronze. His time was 1:57.54. First and Second place were taken by Japanese swimmers Seto Daiya and Hirai Kenta with times of 1:54.08 and 1:55.47.
Someone who works in the construction industry told me that construction companies in Singapore have become over-reliant on overly-cheap labour because of government policies which allow them to do so. Foreign workers are paid as low as $18 to 20 a day, or $200 to $300 a month. Of the prices of the apartments sold, 60% is earned by the construction companies, which they also have to use to pay for construction costs, while the PAP government takes 40% of the rest as profit.
I recently flew from Tokyo to Kuala Lumpur, via Changi, on Singapore Airlines. My journal entry that day became the title for this article. Flying Singapore Airlines reminded me how good the U.S. carriers never were. Let's be honest. Singapore's business class isn't good. It's downright awesome. But what about those not rich enough, lucky enough, or corporate-expense-report-eligible enough to fly business class? Let's do a quick rundown on economy class, per my recent experience.
Taiwan has fined the Chan Guann Company USD1.6 million for manufacturing and selling what is known in the industry as gutter oil. A large amount of this oil is suspected to be made from waste and sick animals. The Taiwanese government also released a list of Chan Guann’s customers who might have been buying the gutter oil from the company. Several of those international companies have operations in Vietnam, prompting the local authorities to investigate.
The tourism police and a German charity have come to the aid of a German man with excessively swollen legs, found begging near Khao San Road in Bangkok, after his photos were distributed and shared on social media. Chumphol Thiangtham, chairman of the Deutscher Hilfsverein Thailand eV, said yesterday that Benjamin Holse had been put up at a guesthouse following coordination between his organisation and officials from the German Embassy. The man will be taken to the embassy on Monday to be given a new passport after further verification of his identity.
A smiley face emoticon which one accused e-mailed another came under the spotlight in the City Harvest Church trial yesterday. Former church fund manager Chew Eng Han said the icon, which was sent to him by church finance manager Sharon Tan, showed that he and his alleged co-conspirators did not believe they were doing anything illegal, reports The Straits Times.