January 20, 2010
My dad passed away on 31 Oct 2009 [...] (On 13 January 2010) night, my dad’s handphone rung umpteen times. Eventually, I picked it up. The guy claims that my dad owed them $6K and we have to pay up. They say they’ll give us 2 days to decide or they will continue with this. [...] For 2 days I called the Inspecting Officer in-charge - No Answer.
Recommended by yuhui: "Highlights the ineffectiveness of our politicians and police in solving the loan shark problem."
June 17, 2009
Din Merican said:
Singapore practices meritocracy and Malaysia affirmative action. The former attracted all the best brains and the latter chased out all the brains. The Singapore cabinet consists of dedicated and intelligent technocrats whereas Malaysia has one the most unwieldy cabinet. Not only that, brain wise it was below par.
With that kind of composition, one that is very brainy, naturally Singapore, with no natural resources could outstrip Malaysia in every aspect of development. Malaysia, on the other hand, was too much preoccupied with its Malayness and the illusory “ketuanan Melayu” and was also more interested in iconic development rather than real social and economic development.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Malaysian bloggers are more objective about the achievements of Lee Kuan Yew. They are prepared to give credit where it is due. How many Singaporeans would swap places with our neighbours?"
June 05, 2009
Hri Kumar said:
My suggestion in Parliament last week to allow the PM to appoint Ministers from outside the pool of MPs has attracted support, criticism and speculation.
Some people speculated I was putting forward the suggestion on someone else's instructions. That is not how things work. No one tells me what to say or vets my speeches. The first time the leaders knew of my speech was when they heard me in Parliament.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "PAP MP puts forward case for unelected cabinet ministers."
March 19, 2009
Singapore enquirer said:
The Singapore government’s relationship with an increasingly critical blogosphere is tenuous at best if not outright antagonistic. For a long time, it is contented to leave internet chatter on its own believing that it will have little influence at the national level as long it is restricted to cyberspace.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "No need to use REACH liao."
January 26, 2009
The most critical change of all is Section 2-3(a) which changes from 'reporting of current events' to '...reporting of news by a broadcasting service licenced under any written law'.
This in itself places anyone filming an 'illegal event' who does not have a press pass in the cross hairs of the authorities (which include the Police) who, under Section 34 of this act, can search and seize any film and equipment used.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Proposed Amendment to the Films Act: sad, sad day for a 'first world' society - when using your camera-phone to capture video in a public place can automatically become an offence..."
December 31, 2008
The policy to make me pay extra administrative fee for using my own Medisave is sick. The cruel guy who came up with this policy is sicker than I am. In the first place, I did not ask them to keep my money in Medisave. They just did it. Now that I want my money back for my health, they tell me to follow the law and gratefully accept what they decide I should have. The other option they advised is for me to go fly a kite by giving up my citizenship. Only then will they pay me what's rightfully mine!
Recommended by mr.udders: "Is this true? If it is, it's definitely one helluva sick joke."
December 05, 2008
Yawning Bread said:
This story started with an abusive employer, but what got me interested was the role played by the government departments. From this, you can see that they were not at all interested in helping workers. Mediation became story-telling in the hope of discouraging the workers from pressing their claims. No mention is made of the company being prosecuted for violating our Employment Act. The police held people for overstaying without a shred of evidence that they were overstayers. The ICA held people in an armlock, getting them to fund their own flight home, with or without being paid their wages. They all just want to get rid of the problem, with no regard for justice, law or rights.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "The building of Singapore's Integrated Resorts (IR) is reported to be wrecked by economic uncertainties, but little do we know about the foreign workers who are denied wages, and the governmental inaction when it comes to helping them."
December 02, 2008
The Online Citizen said:
After months of consultation with various sectors of society and organizations, the Advisory Council on the Impact of New Media on Society (AIMs), finally presented its report on Internet regulations this morning.
“If the Government warmly embrace what we are suggesting…it will lead to more diversity, more choices, more space for political discussion,” AIMs chairman, Mr Cheong Yip Seng, said at the press conference which was held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel at Kim Seng Road.
The report, titled “Engaging New Media, Challenging Old Assumptions”, is a 224-page document, neatly packaged and given out to the media. It comes after consultation with groups such as the Law Society, Government Parliamentary Committees, businesses, bloggers and individuals.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "This may change the landscape of the internet for Singaporeans."
November 30, 2008
Let us begin with an apology to our readers in Asia. Unless they are online, they will not see this editorial. For legal reasons, we are refraining from publishing it in The Wall Street Journal Asia, which circulates in Singapore.
Our subject is free speech and the rule of law in the Southeast Asian city-state -- something on which the international press and Singapore's government have often clashed. We can't say which side would prevail if the Singapore public could hear an open debate, but the fact is that we know of no foreign publication that has ever won in a Singapore court of law. Virtually every Western publication that circulates in the city-state has faced a lawsuit, or the threat of one.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "woohoo the WSJ strikes back!"
November 28, 2008
ST’s headline was factual. The airport was occupied, thousands were stranded, flights were cancelled and chaos reigned. But it’s not in the business to only report the facts; its here to support the government construct a nation in its own image. This entails emphasizing and de-emphasizing meanings which enable the state to look good.
But the real question is not how Singaporeans recognize false dilemmas and reject them. The real question is, do Singaporeans want freedom from false dilemmas? I don’t really think so. Here are some reasons why...
Recommended by mr.udders: "A very cogent and coherent argument which shows a depth of critical thinking and wide reading. If only we had more socio-political writers like her/him and fewer pretenders to the throne!"
October 04, 2008
September 02, 2008
Andrew Loh said:
On Sunday, the PAP Community Foundation organised a ‘PAP carnival’ at West Coast Park. This was reported by the Straits Times on its front page, with a big picture of PM Lee on a bicycle. The event would be nothing out of the ordinary if not for one small detail: outdoor events by political parties are banned – or at least that is what the PAP Government itself says. This was explained in no uncertain terms in Parliament last year (2007) by the Senior Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs, Professor Ho Peng Kee, and carried in news reports by our mainstream press.
The ban, said Minister Ho, is a ‘longstanding one’ because ‘outdoor gatherings by parties have the potential to cause a public disturbance.’ (Straits Times).
Ho explained this in his reply to questions from the Workers’ Party MPs in Parliament, who asked why the WP’s application to hold a cycling event at East Coast Park was rejected by the police.
Recommended by at82: "If our society is ruled by two different sets of laws – or laws applied selectively - for different people or political parties, it cannot but fracture and disintegrate. "
August 29, 2008
While this government has finally recognized that its rules are "way, way out of date", I feel that this government still hasn't "got it" when it comes to the New Media, or Web.
Recommended by reeneho: "Fantastic article written by this Singaporean, but rejected by mainstream papers. "
August 28, 2008
The Online Citizen said:
“We decided to do the poll because no one was doing it – getting the opinion of the people most involved or affected by the way their constituency is run, the people of Jurong GRC,” said Andrew Loh, Deputy Editor of The Online Citizen. “Although it was a simple poll of 2 questions, it gives a reasonable feel of what the people of Jurong GRC think about the issue of having a by-election there, in the wake of the passing of one of its MPs, Dr Ong Chit Chung. 478 Singaporeans is a decent number to poll, considering our very limited resources.”
Recommended by mr.udders: "Nice to see The Online Citizen taking a refreshing approach towards discussing a matter close to our hearts."
August 20, 2008
Simon Tay said:
Obviously he did not calculate the ERP charges that taxed taxi riders that are currently charged ERP fees! The middle class can now OWN cars with huge installment to pay and they will choose not to drive to "save on cost".
PM Lee mentioned that people should Remove the food tray after your meal in food court and I will add to that that we should even clean the table with our own wet tissue.
We don't return our plates it's because FREEDOM allows us to do that and there is NO LAW that indicate that we must return our plates. If the law says it's ILLEGAL to leave the plates on the table after a meal then WE ARE LITERALLY IN PRISON.
PM Says that there will be more help, schemes for women to encourage babies. What about reducing stressful working lifestyles and reducing number of working hours to increase work - life balance.
Recommended by simontay78: "It's the truth and sincere counter claims on what the PM is trying to convince the locals on political issues."
April 20, 2008
There are so many things wrong with the p65 blog that I don’t even know where to start. Let’s just start with technical details.
1. A 13-year old can do a much better job at building a website than the train-wreck the p65 blog is. Hell, an average wordpress or blogspot blog feels and looks much better than it.
November 22, 2007
I’m so glad Singapore embarks onto stuff like that, but do general Singaporeans appreciate design at all? Ask your fellow Singaporean friend “When was the last time design mattered to you?” If the person waited for 5 seconds, then design does not really matter to him / her.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Promote design in Singapore of cause important lah, but Singaporeans I think generally don't appreciate good design, i mean if the design is good, most likely you won't even notice it. But if the design is bad like the recent too high too slippery seats in Orcard MRT, EVERYONE notices."
October 23, 2007
The Powers that Be had erected an ERP gantry right outside my home! OMG!
So now, once I drive out of my condo compound, I have to pay at least S$0.50?!?!
Wah... I better think twice before I drive my car out of our place.
This is the first time I've seen an ERP gantry erected in an residential area. Stupid, stupid, stupid. ERP gantry right at my door step!
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Next time, gahmen will put ERP right outside our multi storey carparks lah. You start paying once you leave the car park. Hahahaha... low COE so what? ERP will kill you first..."
June 04, 2007
The original Auditor General Office’s (AGO) audit of 12 Ministries and associated statutory boards has revealed irregularities to an extent not fully revealed by the recent Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
According to the AGO, losses of public monies added up to $6.2 million, a substantial amount of which is still unaccounted for.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "You sure won't hear about this on the front pages of our esteemed Straits Times."
May 28, 2007
Insane Polygons said:
And finally you have the very same EDB who got audited for the first time in 46 years (gasp)!!! And guess what, lapses in internal control procedures were found. Gee, no shit sherlock, what a surprise since these people were pretty much allowed to do whatever they want in the first 46 years of their existence without so much as an audit. And now you find lapses?
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "It's one bad news after another coming out from the gahmen. Very bizarre. They must've timed their Release of Bad News to coincide."