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  • Ex-NMP Calvin Cheng says PAP MPs are also morons?

SINGAPORE RANKED TOP COUNTRY FOR TOURISTS BY LONELY PLANET

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 October 2014 - 11:32am

Singapore has been named the World’s top destination for countries to visit by Lonely Planet. The travel media company listed Singapore as the best place to travel for 2015. The company said that many factors including the various new swanky hotels as well as the number of new attractions such as the Singapore Sports Hub and the National Art Gallery opening next year made it the top. 


AUSTRALIA FORMER PRIME MINISTER GOUGH WHITLAM HAS DIED, AGED 98

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 October 2014 - 11:03am

Gough Whitlam, a flamboyant Australian prime minister and controversial social reformer whose grip on power was cut short by a bitter constitutional crisis, died Tuesday at the age of 98. Although national leader for only three turbulent years until 1975, the legacy of Whitlam's Labor Party government remains to this day. Many of its legislative and social innovations, once regarded as radical, are now accepted as part of daily life.


PM LEE FLIES TO INDONESIA TO MEET WITH THE FIRST NON-ELITE PRESIDENT AND RE-AFFIRM TIES

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 October 2014 - 10:34am

PM Lee Hsien Loong went to Indonesia to meet with the new President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, the first Indonesian president who is not from the political, military or business elite. PM Lee was among several world leaders who witnessed President Widodo’s swearing in. PM Lee explained that Singapore wants to take the next step forward in terms of strengthening relationships and cooperation with Indonesia in areas such as economic and military cooperation and more.


FUNDING FAMILY-FRIENDLY MALLS WITH SINGAPOREANS' TAXPAYER MONEY

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 October 2014 - 10:34am

As a mother of two toddlers and an owner of a shop in a mall, I disagree with the government policy of offering more funding to heartland malls to introduce family-friendly features (“Making malls more family-friendly”; Tuesday). First, neighbourhood malls are generally run by public-listed companies. In a free-market environment, the consumer’s buying power is a key incentive for businesses to continually improve their offerings and services. Heartland mall operators should be spending their own money, and not public funds, to remain attractive to their core base of consumers.


SERIOUS RAT INFESTATION IN BUKIT PANJANG SMC

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 October 2014 - 10:27am

Chairman of Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) is opposition MP Sylvia Lim, who faces a potential fine of $1000 for organising the Lunar New Year Flora and Community Fair 2014 from Jan 9 to Jan 30 this year. AHPETC’s lawyer Peter Low pointed out that it was a “mini-fair” or an “event”, and hence did not require a permit. Although Low is unlikely to over invoice for his services like PAP MP Alvin Yeo did in the Susan Lim case, the court charges will surely exceed the thousand bucks easily. Why bother, you may ask.


NEEDY RESIDENT JAILED 4 MONTHS FOR WRITING $8K ON BLANK CHEQUE GIVEN TO HIM BY COMCARE

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 October 2014 - 10:10am

Khoo Chin Guan, 29, was sentenced to 4 months in jail for writing $8000 on a blank cheque given to him by ComCare. Khoo was a recipient of ComCare assistance from the North West Community Development Council and he was entitled to $200 a month. However, on June 24 last year, Khoo had received a blank cheque from ComCare and faced with debts and large medical bills from his father’s lung cancer treatment, he decided to use the blank check to cash in $8000. 


EGG PRICES RISES AGAIN, SOME SUPERMARKETS RAISE PRICES 40% SINCE SEPTEMBER

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 October 2014 - 9:44am

The price of fresh eggs in Singapore have risen sharply over the last few weeks as several farms in Malaysia have been suspended from exporting eggs to Singapore. In the last 6 months, three different farms have been stopped from sending their eggs to Singapore and while the three farms only make up about 8% of Singapore’s supply of eggs, supermarkets here are raising prices significantly to make up for the shortfall.


EXPOSURE TO AIR POLLUTION DURING PREGNANCY CAN DAMAGE FUTURE CHILD'S LUNGS

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 October 2014 - 9:22am

Existing research has often highlighted the adverse effects of air pollutants on lung function in school-age children and adolescents, but the effects of a mother's exposure to pollution on the lung function of herunborn child and shortly after birth are less well known. Exposure to pollution during the second trimester of pregnancy in particular raises the risk of harm to a child's lungs, underlining the multiple public health benefits of policies to reduce exposure to air pollution, say researchers.


OF $1000 FINES AND INCOMPLETE FORMS

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 October 2014 - 9:14am

Many may not be acquainted with the facts of the case and the relevant issues, but they sure are quick to comment when it comes to AHPETC being represented by Peter Low and Terence Tan and how the possible costs of hiring their legal services (assuming they aren’t doing it pro-bono) might be even more than the fine of $1000. But $1000 pales in comparison to the arbitrary and discretionary powers conferred upon unelected members to restrict the actions of Town Councils.


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