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. "
June 07, 2008
"Is this the same court that rule in favour of the wife of an americian millionaire who was killed in a car accident when he deliberately violated the traffic laws?"
"Or perhaps it’s not about you at all. It seem to me that the verdict could have depends on who you are contesting against."
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Good comparison and exposure of double standards in court's verdicts."
November 15, 2007
Mr Wang said:
Instead of saying that “switching to cheaper products can reduce the cost of living”, Minister Lim would have been more accurate to say, “switching to cheaper products can lower the standard of living”. For example, instead of living in a 5-room HDB flat, you can live in a 1-room HDB flat (a cheaper product). Instead of having chicken rice and vegetables for lunch, you can just eat plain porridge (a cheaper product).
Living in a 1-room HDB flat and eating plain porridge constitutes a lower standard of living. So yes, by switching to cheaper products, you can lower your standard of living. And a lower standard of living does cost less to maintain.
In summary, what is Minister Lim's advice to you? To deal with inflation, lower your standard of living.
June 18, 2007
World’s most expensive cities, 2007 edition
Mercer has released its annual ranking of the world’s cities based on how expensive they are to live in. New York is the baseline, at 100 percent. Check out which puny nation is number 14 on the list (even ahead of New York *gasp*).
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Singapore did it again. We are in the 'World Best' list again."
January 18, 2007
December 06, 2006
There are few things more frustrating than taking time to fill in an extensively detailed form on your bank’s website, clicking submit, then a “Only works on IE” message which wipes out all the data you so fastidiously keyed in.
The W3C and other groups like The Web Standards Project are helping web designers and developers solve these problems by establishing web standards that form the framework of the web for the future.
It’s time Singapore chipped in.
Whether you’re a web standards nut or if you’re interested in finding more about web standards, we’re having a meet up session on the 17th of January, 8pm. The venue will be confirmed at a later date.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "A meetup on web standards."