July 28, 2009
Yu-Mei Balasingamchow said:
Amidst the annual scholarship fever and the flurry of applications, what the newspaper ads don’t mention, and what people don’t talk about enough in a meaningful way, is that the three or four years spent in university can change a person quite profoundly, all the more so if that university education is conducted abroad. I don’t mean having a British- or American-sounding accent, or having visited half of Europe in one summer backpacking jaunt, or learning how to cook the food you get homesick for. I’m talking about the kind of deep-seated change that can leave a person wondering how to reconcile what her old self agreed to do, with what her new self now believes.
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August 03, 2008
Goh Meng Seng said:
When the people on the street are suffering from high inflation and requested PAP government to do something about it, PAP government has just brush it off by simply saying, " Its market forces". However, if PAP really believes in "market forces", then they should let the market determine the prices of petrol and diesel, without imposing hefty taxes on them. While places like Hong Kong has started to waive diesel tax to reduce fuel-induced inflation to all products and services, PAP has refused to do so.
However, when it comes to wages, PAP does not see it as inappropriate to intervene to suppress wages by making remarks like "pay rise will increase inflation"! When PAP critics are pressuring them to do something about the high inflation, they brush it off by saying the inflation is "imported" and they could hardly do anything to it (in fact, there are things they could do like waiving diesel tax). But when it comes to bargaining for wage increase for workers so that they could cope with rising cost of living, they turn around and say this will be a source of inflation!
Ironically, PAP ministers themselves have just increased their own pay by double digits but now, they see it inappropriate for workers to have their pay increase!
Recommended by at82: "Pay rise for THEM is to attract and retain talents, Pay rise for US is to create inflation. GREAT."
June 03, 2008
Ngiam’s act of speaking out is widely admired. He says what many Singaporeans want, if they could.
Asked in an interview whether Singapore would survive Lee Kuan Yew, he said, “Yes, provided he leaves behind the right legacy.”
And what is that? Ngiam was asked.
“It’s for him to say, but I, a blooming upstart, dare to suggest to him that we should open up politically and allow talent to be spread throughout our society so that an alternative leadership can emerge,” he replied.
Recommended by at82: "What the Singaporean needs is more public debate of policies harmful to him, particularly among establishment insiders. "
November 06, 2007
Marc Chen said:
If you wish to find out someone’s address, you can actually call up Macdonald’s 24hrs Delivery Line to find out. (Well, that is if that someone has ordered Macdonald’s through the delivery line before.)
How did I find out? There was this time, I got my friend to order Mac through the delivery line for me, and he used my mobile number for the order. Yupz, the operator read out my entire address!
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March 28, 2007
Entrepreneur27 SG said:
Events of national significance such as coverage of national day parade and the general elections will be reviewed too. Will this be a loosening up or tightening of the rules? Read more here. The report says you have until May 7 to go to the MDA Website to air your suggestions. View this press release for more details.
Recommended by jseng: "Already in the news but still relevant. Policies are made by people who bothers to submit their suggestions in a well-thought letters to the authorities. "