Saturday, October 31, 2009

Update on Universal Studios Singapore

From: beng1 <5191 ...="""">
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 19:16:46 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Sun, Nov 1 2009 10:16 am
Subject: Update on Universal Studios Singapore

Joined: 28 Apr 2009
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Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:43 am latest Message from
Resorts World at Sentosa

> Resorts World at Sentosa wishes everyone a Happy Halloween... and
> looks forward to next year when we are finally open so we can have
> spookfests and mad parties here! P.S. We are on track for opening in
> early 2010.


Temptation island
27/10/2009 00:10:00 Natalie Leung, MacauTimes
I’m already eyeing at the upcoming Universal Studios Singapore in the
Sentosa island resort, which is going to be the first movie theme park
in Southeast Asia and the second one is Asia.

Don’t blame me please, you know Macau lacks impressive entertainment
and leisure facilities, don’t you? (For me, well, casinos don’t
Resorts World at Sentosa positions itself as a world-class family
resort set to open in early 2010. Visitors will not only find the
famous American movie theme park there, but also the world’s largest
oceanarium in the Marine Life Park; a thrilling water slide, water
cannons and a surf pool in Equarius Water Park; a huge 360-degree
multimedia theatre in the Maritime Xperiential Museum; a half
kilometre strip “FestiveWalk” that will offer 24/7 dining, shopping,
clubbing, shows and television productions; as well as a resident
theatre show “Le Vie” which will be delivered through powerful music,
dazzling stage sets and splendid costumes.
Some of these attractions do look a bit familiar, right? But they are
not quite the same.

In Macau, what we have to offer are casinos, casinos and casinos.
True, Macau is also known by its prestigious World Heritage sites and
unique cuisines. But what’s more?

What Macau has at this moment which are similar to the nature of the
new Sentosa attractions are City of Dreams’ three-dimensional
production in its iconic dome-shaped theatre, the resident show by
Cirque du Soleil, or perhaps all those luxury shopping malls where you
barely see someone spending money most of the time. If you can name
something else, please tell me.

The Hong Kong media are already warning Donald Tsang Yam Kuen’s
government that the opening of Universal Studios in its main
competitor Singapore will pose an immediate threat to Hong Kong’s
tourism industry and hence the economy.

Amongst the 24 rides and attractions including a pair of dueling
roller coasters, 18 have been created or redesigned specially for
Singapore. The theme park will consist of seven themed zones, of which
two are named “Far Far Away” and “Madagascar” respectively based on
the computer-animated movies Shrek and Madagascar.

Only by looking at these descriptions I absolutely can’ wait for the
opening of Resorts World Sentosa. I guess most of the readers, no
matter how old you are, by now should have said the same thing in your
mind - “I want to go, I want to go!!!”

If Hong Kong needs to be worried about the competition to be brought
by Sentosa, I would say Macau is in an even more vulnerable position.
At least in Hong Kong there are Ocean Parks and Disneyland, amongst
other attractions. In contrast to Macau, I can see nothing
particularly appealing or exciting.
Our officials say the experiences tourists can find in Macau are
unique and so the territory is still able to attract people from
outside. But after all these years when tourists have seen and tasted
the same things over and over again, I can’t see why they won’t be
tempted by the brand new attractions in a neighbouring country.
Some gaming operators have been saying how they wanted to make their
properties become an integrated resort for families, but so far what
we can see is basically large casinos plus luxury brand stores plus
food courts/restaurants plus (too) many hotels yet limited

The Macau government really needs to accelerate the pace and create
something which will truly astonish tourists and also local residents.
Or else they might very soon find their visitors and citizens having a
sun bath (and great fun) in Sentosa whenever holidays come.

Selling HDB and renting Condo in JB

Singlion wrote:
I take having a piece of property in Singapore as a hedge against inflated asset prices. It is a form of tax imposed on the citizens. So long as you hold on to passport, there is no way you can have no exposure.

If you all try to sell, your so called asset falls.

I think we must find a balance to "milk" the system.
Depending on your circumstances, a look at our neighbours is not a bad idea as the asean area is the next wave.

Like all things in nature, there is a way to do it. You may agree or not agree and with it the reward and pitfall.

The era of one way up for Singapore is over. The American crisis is not over. It is frightening. It maybe just be the beginning. USD1440trillions of OTC derivatives cannot see the light is still buried in the Shadow Banking system.

So long as there is no innovation in Singapore and with present policy , there is no hope.

In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
–Eric Hoffer – Longshoreman, Philosopher

Obama welcomes 'legendary' Lee Kuan Yew

trulysingapore wrote:

Dear Mr President Obama,

I refer to your recent compliment to our Minister Mentor, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. You said Mr Lee 'helped to trigger the Asian economic miracle.' But just how momentous or important has his 'trigger' been?

The Asian economic miracle began with the miracles of the four East Asian dragons of Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore. Since all started industrialisation around the same time, how do we know if it was Singapore that helped 'trigger the Asian miracle' and not Hong Kong, Taiwan or Korea instead?

History has shown that the success behind the Asian miracle rested with export oriented industrialisation. Countries that embarked on import substitution industrialisation failed to prosper. Yet, when Mr Lee first took over the reins of government in 1959, it was precisely the route of import substitution that he took. It was only in 1965 when Singapore was separated from its Malaysian hinterland that import substitution became untenable, forcing Singapore to embark on the route of export oriented industrialisation. So if there had been a 'trigger' for the Asian miracle, it must have been lady luck.

Moreover, Singapore's plans for industrialisation came largely from one man - the Dutch economist Dr Albert Winsemius who was also instrumental in bringing the first multinationals like Shell and Philips onto the shores of Singapore. So if we have to name one person who 'helped trigger the Asian miracle', it would have been Dr Winsemius rather than Mr Lee.

Finally, this 'trigger' is not an Asian secret but an open recipe to all countries around the world. So why didn't the 'trigger' lead to a worldwide 'miracle'? Even in Asia, the 'miracle' didn't spread evenly across the continent. Countries like the Philippines and Indonesia continue to languish behind in progress. So clearly, it takes much more than just 'triggers' for 'miracles' to happen. Therefore it makes little sense to speak of 'triggers for miracles' as though it happens at the snap of our fingers.

Thank you

Thursday, October 29, 2009

When the Retrenched Are Better Off

from: ltlee1
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 17:15:15 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Thurs, Oct 29 2009 8:15 am
Subject: When the Laid-Off Are Better Off

Victims of Boeing layoffs, researchers found, were less depressed and
drank less than those who remained

By Michelle Conlin

As the Great Recession continues to devour jobs at an alarming rate,
tales are legion about the millions of unemployed struggling to right
their lives and recover their self-esteem. But what happens to those
left behind?

Would it surprise you to learn that survivors can suffer just as much,
if not more, than colleagues who get laid off? It certainly surprised
a team of academic researchers who embedded themselves at Boeing (BA)
from 1996 to 2006, a tumultuous decade during which the company laid
off tens of thousands. The results of the study will appear next year
in a Yale University Press book called Turbulence: Boeing and the
State of American Workers and Managers. "How much better off the laid-
off were was stunning and shocking to us," says Sarah Moore, a
University of Puget Sound industrial psychology professor who is one
of the book's four authors. "So much of the literature talks about how
dreadful unemployment is."

By early 1996 the researchers were busy interviewing and testing 3,500
Boeing employees—from line workers to senior executives. The timing
was propitious. Struggling to adapt to new technology and competition
from Europe's Airbus, Boeing in 1997 merged with McDonnell Douglas.
Over the next six years, Boeing's workforce of 234,850 shrunk 33%, to

With each round of layoffs, the survivors hustled to reinvent
themselves. They re-proved, re-auditioned, and repositioned, only to
watch yet another new manager—pushing the fad du jour—parade through
the door. Employees who had once seen themselves in every plane that
flew overhead were now trading in gallows humor. As in, "Dead worker

Human resources specialist Frank Zemek was the researchers' main
contact. In an interview, he recalled "the survivor's guilt of the
people who were left, who were waiting and not knowing if the hatchet
was going to fall on them. They experienced the worst stress."

As more manufacturing was outsourced, workers said they no longer felt
as if they were building planes. They were simply snapping them
together. They obsessed about the loss of institutional knowledge.
Managers who had fired people, meanwhile, confessed deep, pervasive
grief—what researchers sometimes call "executioner's lament." Moore
says they tended to become emotionally numb and disengaged.

In the greatest surprise of all, the researchers discovered that the
people who had been laid off often were happier than those left
behind. Many had new jobs, even if they didn't always pay as well.
Over and over, Moore says, average depression scores were nearly twice
as great for those who stayed with Boeing vs. those who left. The laid-
off were less likely to binge drink, often slept better, and had fewer
chronic health problems.

The researchers say that thanks to the unceasing uncertainty inside
Boeing, those who left felt as though they had escaped a bad marriage.
At the time one Boeing employee told researchers: "You feel better
when someone takes their foot off your neck."

Today morale has improved at Boeing, Moore says. Yes, the company's
new jet, the 787, is behind schedule. But the high-tech plane has
helped revive Boeing's esprit de corp. Since W. James McNerney Jr.
became CEO in 2005, engagement scores—which measure worker spirits—
have steadily risen, the company says.

And what of the original 3,500 research subjects? Only 525 still work
at Boeing. Moore reports that many never regained their equilibrium.
When they see her, they say: "Yeah, I still work for Boeing...this

Conlin is the editor of the Working Life Dept. at BusinessWeek.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Motoring Exchange Topless Car wash China Girl Expelled from Singapore

Singapore topless car wash event

According to "Lianhe Zaobao" newspaper of Singapore, a 19-year-old China girl performing topless car wash in their extracurricular activities, has been expelled from the private school she is studying in.

It is reported that early in October, Singapore car websites Motoring-Exchange engaged in gimmicks, invited 20 members to bring a partner to attend the topless car wash activities in the east of the country in an abandoned warehouse to have their cars washed by four sexy top-less beautiful girls, while washing they will strip, the finally top-less, but members can only watch, their hands not allowed to touch the girls. After the event organizers also put pics of these top-less models into the Internet through their company website to enable registered members to view. The consequence is, one of the model was discovered by her school through these online photographs, to have violated school rules, and was to sacked from the school. One of the model even admit that she is under-age, she is only 16 years old.

Dr Marcus Lim - Drowned at Pulau Aur

Dr Marcus Ng had left Singapore on Friday night with the group and reached the popular dive spot the next morning.

AN EYE specialist with seven years of diving experience under his belt died on Saturday after a routine dive at a popular Malaysian dive site.

Dr Marcus Lim, 37, a registrar with the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), drowned while diving with 13 others in the waters off Pulau Aur – an offshore island in eastern Malaysia known for its rich coral reefs and numerous shipwrecks.

He had left Singapore on Friday night with the group and reached the popular dive spot the next morning.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Why LKY hates Minimum Wage

On Oct 20, 9:39 pm, "truth" wrote:

> This is tragic.
> Lee Kuan Yew's ideas are stone age. It is irrelevant and
> contradictory to the current world environment and mood
> and has been proven wrong again and again.
> Anyone who follows world news and events can easily
> tear his argument apart.
> Take for eg his argument against minimium way. He is
> against minimium way because he believes that it will reduce
> employment. This is absolute rubbish. Australia has been
> having minimum wage for so long and the economy is the
> strongest in the developed world. Singapore don't have
> minimum wage and yet it ended up with a deep recession.
> Australia has minimum wage and it did not have a recession
> after the global financial catastrophy.

Richard Li moving to Singapore

From: beng1 <5191 ...="""">
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 21:24:40 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Fri, Oct 23 2009 12:24 pm
Subject: Re: Richard Li moving to Singapore ?

> "kingkong" wrote:

> > Whoa...

> > According to Hong Kong tabloid Apple Daily...

> > Richard Li, son of Hong Kong Billionaire Li Ka Shing, is thinking of moving
> > his wife and children to Singapore.

> > Do we need another billionaire ?

> > Why can't they move to China instead ?

> an add on to this message is that this is to tell you the big $$$ can
> be earned in Singapore.............:-)

> written by:

> Ang Poon Kah
> mode 2 government people of Singapore
> assistant FED chief (internationale)

Following the footsteps of Jet Li, Chow Yun Fatt, Jacke Chan, Andy
Lau, etc.
They are afraid of the Triads famed for their kidnapping activities.

Malay barbers in Singapore earned tons of money

From: "Darian"
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009 15:45:32 -0700
Local: Sun, Oct 25 2009 6:45 am
Subject: Re: Malay barbers in Singapore earned tons of money

Can the tax auditors (collectors) just sit in the waiting room and observe
how many customers had their hair cuts in a day? Also, are these barbers
working 30 days a week, or much less? Are you sure these barbers spent only
10 minutes per head? Barbers get work related injuries because of repeated
movements with their fingers and hands. Don't you feel sorry for these
I can understand why you would report these barbers in Afganistan, but in
Singapore, why? How do you know they don't pay their taxes?

"Zainal Hisham" wrote in message

> Tax department of Singapore, please take note and make sure these barbers
> pay their tax correctly. In the mean time can you forward the name of
> which barber and in which shop, corner or place and for the Tax
> department?

> "Dalai Sim" <.................@...............> wrote in message

>> This barber works 8 hours a day. It took him about 8 to 10 minutes to
>> work on one customer. In one hour he attended to 6 customers and he gets
>> $54 per hour after charging each $9 for it. In 8 hours he earns $432. In
>> one month he earned about 30 x $432 or $12,960.00 In one year he would
>> have earned $155,520. In ten years, he would be a multi-millionaire.
>> Guys, throw away your books, throw away your studies and better to become
>> a barber.

Maia Lee 李芝瑛 confirms She Fu..cked on isolated staircases of Marina Square

Not everyday or everywhere (hollywood included) that you find a "celebrity" admitting verbally and openly that she is a real bitch who gets any creature with a dick to screw her wherever and whenever she feels like it. We know the real dogs would behave like that, and we can understand the stray dogs without home. Pity pity. But here we have a so-called celebrity from tiny Singapore trying to live a dog life.

Oh, by the way, she did not confirm if she did it with a dog or a cat or a human. I will ask her again, should I bother to interview her again. For sure, I wouldn't want to be dragged into some isolated staircase to conduct the interview, and get raped by this wild female dog wannabe. Ha ho!
maia lee admits "i had sex at marina square "
[Saturday, October 24, 2009 | 0 comments]

Star bloggers reveal naughty secrets: Starbloggers Jamie Yeo, Dawn Yang, Sheylara and Maia Lee reveals their deepest and darkest secrets. The boldest was Maia Lee who revealed her sex tyrsts.

Maia said,

I cannot remember all the places I have had sex at, but I know we were not always behind closed doors. I can only remember when we did it in Marina Square, on the spiral staircase near the overhead bridge to Suntec. It was about 9 or 10pm and no one bothered to go up those staircases anyway. We could hear people walking by but I kept assuring him we wouldn't get caught.

Maia lee photo

Read Maia's post (titled "I Had Sex At Marina Square") here.

For Jamie Yeo, she revealed in her entry (titled "I hid Hello Kitty in my underwear!") that she shoplifted and stuffed her stolen items in her underwear.

For Dawn Yang, she talks about clubbing, skinny dipping and posing for Maxim. Read her entry ("Good Girls Go to Heaven, Bad Girls Go Everywhere") here.

In her blog post ("A confession I hope my dad won’t read"), Sheylara reveals bringing a guy to her hostel room while she was studying in Australia.

Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2009 03:42:29 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Sun, Oct 25 2009 6:42 pm
Subject: Re: Maia Lee 李芝瑛 confirms She Fucked in isolated staircases of Marina Square

On Oct 24, 3:30 pm, beng1 <5191 ...=""""> wrote:


> Not everyday or everywhere (hollywood included) that you find a
> "celebrity" admitting verbally and openly that she is a real bitch who
> gets any creature with a dick to screw her wherever and whenever she
> feels like it. We know the real dogs would behave like that, and we
> can understand the stray dogs without home. Pity pity. But here we
> have a so-called celebrity from tiny Singapore trying to live a dog
> life.


The Sg police should be investigating this.
Since having sex in public places like shopping mall is breaking
public decency laws.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Nudity in Blue Mansion is no big deal for Emma Yong

NUDITY is no big deal for Singaporean actress Emma Yong (pic), who bares it all in her new film, The Blue Mansion.

Today marks the first public screening at the Tokyo International Film Festival of Glen Goei's long awaited feature film after his The Blue Mansion, and he returns to TIFF again after having presented his first feature film here as well. Japanese audiences will be the second after the Koreans (in which the film made its World Premiere earlier this month at the Pusan International Film Festival), and going by the comments during and the reception after the Q&A, it is no doubt that The Blue Mansion is finding a lot of love here.

“Being naked is not a big issue for me,” Emma told The New Paper.

“As an actress, your face and body are your instruments. I’ll never do a naked scene if it were gratuitous. In this case, it wasn’t.”

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

LKY joke that singaporean unable to reproduce so FT needed

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:58 pm Post subject:

how to reproduce? have u calculate
1) doctor fees 700 - 1500
2) hospital fees 1500 excluding medisave
3) baby items $1500
4) pei yue aunty $2000
5) milk $150 per months
6) baby regular check up $300 per month
7) toys to simulate babies $200
Equipment for babies $2000
9) no mother, u will need a nanny $1500 per month

ask MM how average singaporean can reproduce in blood sucking singapore???
MM relaxing in his $200 million worth Oxley bungalow talks "feng liang hua"

30000 Older Singaporeans face Isolation

SOME 30,000 elderly folk, who are living alone, or are divorced, widowed or in poor health, face social isolation, said Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan.

To reach out to them, he said various befriending and couselling services are available to them, said the minister in his reply to a question in Parliament on Monday from Nominated MP Terry Lee, who had asked if there were recent studies done on the day-to-day living conditions of the aged, especially those in destitute.

Dr Balakrishnan said the needs of the elderly poor are multi-faceted and his ministry is committed to supporting them in three key areas - by giving them financial aid, affordable and accessible health and long-term care; and helping them to stay active and socially engaged.

He also highlighted various schemes to help the needy elderly financially and improving their living conditions.

The Government is also developing a healthcare system that is relevant to Singapore's ageing demography and will provide more opportunities for active ageing, he added.

Sawatdee Kid, you have brought up an issue which needs to be emphasised. This doctor-minister Balakrishnanan is a very intelligent innovative man - if he can make the alleviation of miseries and hardship for this group of forsaken lonely old folks a mission he will make his mark as a worthy politician and leader of S'pore in the traditions of the Hipporatic Oath he took.

I suggest he clarify the various schemes available for the lay public for these group in our population and telescope it into a a single "institution and government endeavour" identifiably. There is this suggestion I wish to make i.e. also invite the emphatic members of our more fortunate S'poreans to volunteer to help by effort or donate in kind without the suspicion that monies donated will be overly used or abused for "administration or aggrandisations".

Jobless or job with minimum wage - Which is better ?

From: bear
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 05:50:04 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Wed, Oct 21 2009 8:50 pm
Subject: Re: Jobless, job or job with minimum wage - Which is better ?

On Oct 21, 8:42 pm, "truth" wrote:

> LKY argued that it is better to have a job paying seasame seeds
> rather than no job at all.
> My retort to LKY is this :
> It is better to have a job with a minimum wage than one without.
> See, this LKY is so stupid.
> Don't be confused and controlled by him. The more u listen to him
> the lower will be your mental horizon. The more independent u r,
> the clearer u think and see.

It's better that everyone takes only what he can use, and hoarding
more money than he can ever use and slow down money circulation.

It's better that those who have hoarded more than they ever use should
open up their kitty and save the starving, the door of heaven is
closed to the miser.

Ris Low (spastic) vs Wei Lian (blind)

From: bear
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 05:51:07 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Wed, Oct 21 2009 8:51 pm
Subject: Re: Ris Low (spastic) vs Wei Lian (blind)

On Oct 20, 12:58 pm, Rainbow 虹 wrote:

> On Oct 20, 12:27 am, beng1 <5191 ...=""""> wrote:

> > If we are not to practise double-standard, both of these winners
> > should be disqualified.

> > They both should not represent Singapore in any form or any way due to
> > their natural incapacity.

> > What do you think?

> Poor Ris Low is a typical example of downfall due to the noises at the
> effort of minority racist.

Heh, they comply now.

School dropouts become multi$millionaire - highly educated become taxi drivers

From: bear
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 08:53:38 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Wed, Oct 21 2009 11:53 pm
Subject: Re: School dropouts become multi$millionaire, highly educated become taxi drivers

On Oct 21, 10:35 pm, "truth" wrote:

> This is the fuckup system which the papist leegime education and
> policies have turned out. U see so many of the school dropouts
> becoming multi$millionaire. School dropouts running big security
> firms. School dropout owning big real estate brokering firm. Sec
> 4 O level running highly successful Kopi chain. Most of them are
> very sweet talker, lick the papist arses or are thugish. On the other
> hand some gifted ones who are so highly educated ended up as
> taxi drivers.
> Something is very wrong with the systems the papist leegime has
> put in place in Singapore. The system is killing the natural talents
> of our people.
> If only our gifted get out of our education system, they will become
> world champions in life.

The dropouts dare to cheat, the highly educated play by the rules

Monday, October 19, 2009

Anti-suicide barricade

"AleXX" wrote in message


> SMRT has began installing barriers along some elevated MRT station to
> prevent potential "bad-economic" suicide jumpers from committing suicide.
> The dictatorial Papist government should consider barricading all common
> corridors of high rise HDB flats also.

Yes...we have to put up barricades so that
these peasants cannot run away from their duty
to allow us to SQUEEZE them to death.

How dare they try to die before we give
them permission to and before we SUCK all
their CPF and other resources. These useless
peasants should stick it out and populate our
expensive hospitals so that our kaki nang doctors
can SQUEEZE their CPF accounts or their
childrens accounts.

Yes...nobody is allowed to escape from being
a SLAVE to us, the elites. From serving NS,
to working like SHIT to pay for their "subsidized"
flats....they should obediently do things to enrich
us and our kaki nangs.

So you peasants out there.....NO SUICIDE
for you until you served us and let US make
you die...ok.

Bosses must pay maids' medical bills in full

From: bear
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 07:25:57 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Mon, Oct 19 2009 10:25 pm
Subject: Bosses must pay maids' medical bills in full

Which Singapore employer pay the workers medical bill in full? Not
even the Mindef.

Bosses must pay maids' medical bills in full

Mon, Oct 19, 2009
The Straits Times

By Theresa Tan, Community Correspondent

EMPLOYERS whose maids incur medical bills beyond what they are insured
for will have to fork out the difference themselves.

If they have difficulties doing so, they can approach the hospital to
pay the bill in instalments, for example, said Senior Parliamentary
Secretary for Manpower Hawazi Daipi in Parliament on Monday afternoon.

Mr Daipi was responding to questions by MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Baey
Yam Keng who asked what help do bosses who can't afford to pay the
full medical bills of their maids get. He also asked if the Government
would consider capping the maximum liability of bosses.

New "Rose Chan" vs Original "Rose Chan"

From: beng1 <5191 ...="""">
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 07:26:40 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Mon, Oct 19 2009 10:26 pm
Subject: New "Rose Chan" vs Original "Rose Chan"

Kristy Yow, from the town of beauty queens - Ipoh and currently
working in Singapore, is chosen to be the new Rose Chan, at least in
celluloid. She will play the role of one of the greatest, most
incredibly brave and fearless striptease character to have ply her
trade in this country over the second half of the last century. Let's
see how they match up in body to body terms...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

SBS and SMRT Fined Again

By Maria Almenoar

BUS operators SBS Transit and SMRT have been fined again by the Public Transport Council for failing to meet service standards in its regular six-monthly review.

SBS Transit was fined $500 - less than its fine of $4,500 in the last review - for having overcrowded buses on five occasions.

SMRT was also fined $200 - up from its $100 in the last review - for not meeting the scheduled headway standards on one occasion and having over crowded buses on another.

The standard to be met for headways is that bus services must have at least 85 per cent of its trips depart the interchange no more than five minutes from its schedule headway.

As for bus loading, each service must not exceed 95 per cent during weekday peak hours.

CPF = workers exploitation

From: "truth"
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 15:23:25 GMT
Local: Thurs, Oct 15 2009 11:23 pm
Subject: CBF = workers exploitation

This is again uniquely papist leegime Singapore. The head of the
government controlled labour movement proudly announced a
new strategy to push Singapore forward. He named it the
CBF strategy. Cheaper, better and Faster.

What this mean is simply that Singapore workers will get screwed
even harder. They will become more exploited under this strategy.
To achieve cheaper, better and faster, Singapore workers have to
take lower pay, work harder and quicker.

This is the result when Singaporeans give the papist leegime too
much power. Reduce their power by not voting for them.

Why ST apologised to ex-Director CPIB?

From: "truth"
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 15:29:15 GMT
Local: Thurs, Oct 15 2009 11:29 pm
Subject: Why ST apologised to ex-Director CPIB?

Simple, to prevent him for spilling more skeleton from the

As ex-Director CPIB and ex-Director ISD he sure has
access to lots of the dark secrets of LKY and his gangsters.
This man can do the papist leegime lots of damages.
In one posting on his blog, he has exposed LKY as a liar in
a Parliamentary Select Committe Hearing. This in itself is an
offence. Will the AG charged LKY for misleading a Parliamentary
Select Committe ?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

GIC faces US$575 Million Losses On Manhattan Apartment

From: "truth"
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 07:28:58 GMT
Local: Wed, Oct 14 2009 3:28 pm
Subject: Another GIC bad investments

By Lingling Wei from Wall Street Journal

One of the biggest, most high-profile deals of the commercial real-estate
boom is in danger of imminent default, say people familiar with the matter,
signaling the beginning of what is expected to be a wave of
commercial-property failures.

The sprawling Manhattan apartment complex known as Peter Cooper Village and
Stuyvesant Town - acquired for $5.4 billion in 2006 by a venture of Tishman
Speyer Properties and a unit of BlackRock Inc. - is running out of cash. As
of the end of September, it had $33.7 million left of the $400 million in
interest reserves set up to service its debt, according to the people
familiar with the matter. At its current burn rate of about $16 million per
month, the reserve could be depleted before the end of the year, the people
said. Others have said the venture could avoid default until February.

Major players in these talks will likely be Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,
which together own more than $1.5 billion of the most highly rated, triple-A
slices of the CMBS debt, according to people familiar with the matter. They
would likely benefit from a fast foreclosure because, as senior lenders,
they would be paid back first.

A Fannie representative declined to comment. A spokesman at Freddie
confirmed its holding of the debt. "We don't expect to incur any losses on
these securities," he said.

Another big player in the restructuring talks could be Singapore's GIC. The
fund owns a $575 million mezzanine loan backed by the property, according to
people familiar with the matter. Also, GIC owns about $100 million to $200
million in equity, the people said.

Both investments might be wiped out unless GIC maneuvers to have more
influence in the loan workout process, possibly by buying more senior debt.
GIC declined to comment.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

S'reans pls don't take your frustrations and angers at foreigners

From: "truth"
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 03:20:29 GMT
Local: Tues, Oct 13 2009 11:20 am
Subject: Singaporeans pls don't take your frustrations and angers at foreigners

Singapore now has a huge proportion of foreigners. These people
come to Singapore because of the papist leegime policies encouraging
them to come to Singapore. If the papist leegime had not pursue
policies which welcome foreigners with open arms and legs, then
these people will not be in Singapore.

Yes foreingers are causing plenty of hardships to Singaporeans by
way of forcing them to compete for everything. So naturally Singaporeans
are frustrated and angry when their pleas to the papist leegime to
slow down were met with even more policies to attract foreigners. Warning
that such polices are hurting and end in disaster have gone unheeded.
Now Singaporeans are taking out their frustrations and angers on

I urge Singaporeans not to take out on these foreigners. It is not their

Singaporeans should concentrate their angers and frustrations on the papist
leegime. The papist leegime is the root cause of their miseries. Take your
revenge on the papist leegime in the next GE which I forsee in 2010.

Monday, October 12, 2009

HDB prices vs starting salary of graduates

From: "truth"
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 03:59:54 GMT
Local: Mon, Oct 12 2009 11:59 am
Subject: HDB prices vs starting salary of graduates

In the 70's a five room HDB cost about $34,000 and graduate
starting salary about $1,000. Ther price of the 5 rooms HDB
pigeon hole is less than 3 years of his annual salary.
Today a five room HDB cost over $500,000 and the starting
salary of graduate is about $3,000 (high end). The price of the
5 rooms HDB pigeon hole is over 13 years of his starting

It is scary indeed for the youngsters. With a few more
million foreign imports and the price of the 5 rooms pigeon hole
will be well over $1,000,0000.

Young Singaporeans you are dead. The choices are limited.
U either migrate or vote out the papist leegime.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Miserable Singpore's Toto

From: Rainbow 虹
Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2009 22:50:10 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Sun, Oct 11 2009 1:50 pm
Subject: Re: Miserable Singpore's Toto

In Singapore, everything is man-made or man-interfered.

Even if you want to be the selected top score of anything, be it the
best employee, best teacher, best in anything, the public votes is
one thing, but the final decision to be awarded top is still in the
hand of so called biased committee.

So you may be popular among the public, but you may not be selected
the best in the eyes of committee.

On Oct 11, 11:33 am, "AleXX" wrote:
> In US, Europe and elsewhere, and now even in China, punters can win tens of
> $million in Lotteries. In Singapore, there is always a standard "man-made"
> orientation winning patent. Whenever there is a "no-winner" drawn result,
> the next prize will definitely shared by 2 or 3 "winners. Come next Chinese
> New Year Hong Pao Draw, you will "definitely" get 5 to 8 "winners" to share
> the prize money of between 8 to 10 $million or so. The PAPist Authority will
> see red if the prize will go to just one winner which is rarely the case
> here since the last one worth several $millions went to a punter's ticket
> bought in Ang Mo Kio many years back. I suspect all along that Singapore
> Pools are playing and fixing the draws

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Half Nude pics of Miss Singapore 2009 - Pilar Arlando

From: FairToAll <27w ...="""">
Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2009 15:39:55 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Sun, Oct 11 2009 6:39 am
Subject: Half Nude pics of Miss Singapore 2009 - Pilar Arlando

Wow! She got big sexy legs!

She is also winner of...

Miss Singapore World Pageant:
1) Miss Singapore World 2009
2) Miss Singapore World University 2009
3) Miss Personality 2009
4) Miss Vitality 2009 (2nd Runner Up)
5) Miss Abry 2009

CSO / Admin (PRC Chinese Only) - Aljunied $1.5k /5 days

From: seawater
Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2009 08:28:13 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Sat, Oct 10 2009 11:28 pm
Subject: Job reserve for ft in sg

Local are being discriminated in sg. Local have to do something as its getting out of hand

Friday, October 9, 2009

Nobel Prize for LKY?

From: "GOOD"
Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2009 08:02:06 +0800
Local: Sat, Oct 10 2009 8:02 am
Subject: Re: LKY must be jealous

If LKY gets it, then we should also give one to Adolf Hitler and murderer
"truth" wrote in message

> LKY must be wondering why after 50 years he still has not
> got the Nobel Peace Prize. Afterall he has been travelling the
> global given free advise to so many people on how to run
> their internal and external affairs.
> Barack Obama has been on the scene for 9 months only and
> he has won it.
> LKY should now seriously reflect on his approach. It must be
> fundamentally wrong.

From: "Observer"

We don't need the Nobel prize...
All we need is the support of our former
Kempetei people that helped us to live
a good life whilst everybody else was suffering, ok.

BTW...have you ever heard of former Kempetei
and Third Reicht workers being nominated for
Nobel prize for peace?
You think we work at the Kempetei and Third Reicht
to bring peace to the world?

University of HK better than NUS

From: "truth"
Date: Fri, 09 Oct 2009 15:11:25 GMT
Local: Fri, Oct 9 2009 11:11 pm
Subject: University of HK better than NUS

University of HK 24th
NUS 30th

Rank School Name Country

1 HARVARD University United States
2 University of CAMBRIDGE United Kingdom
3 YALE University United States
4 UCL (University College London) United Kingdom
5= IMPERIAL College London United Kingdom
5= University of OXFORD United Kingdom
7 University of CHICAGO United States
8 PRINCETON University United States
9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
10 California Institute of Technology United States
11 COLUMBIA University United States
12 University of PENNSYLVANIA United States
13 JOHNS HOPKINS University United States
14 DUKE University United States
15 CORNELL University United States
16 STANFORD University United States
17 AUSTRALIAN National University Australia
18 MCGILL University Canada
19 University of MICHIGAN United States
20= University of EDINBURGH United Kingdom
20= ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Switzerland
22 University of TOKYO Japan
23 KING'S College London United Kingdom
24 University of HONG KONG Hong Kong
25 KYOTO University Japan
26 University of MANCHESTER United Kingdom
27 CARNEGIE MELLON University United States
28 École normale supérieure - Paris France
29 University of TORONTO Canada
30 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore
Source: QS Intelligence Unit (
Copyright - 2004-2009 QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd.


Oct 2009 06:05:17 +0800
Local: Sat, Oct 10 2009 6:05 am

> Can someone provide some details about her education and her career path.
> Heard she was a Malaysian. Is this true? Another FT made good?

Yes...all our kaki nangs are the BEST and
the SMARTEST in the world, if not the universe.
Is fact, their genes are superior to all of you

Even though they got swindled by ang mohs and
lost BILLIONS of dollars, this shows that they
are SMART, because only the SMARTEST have
the extreme knowledge to lose BILLIONS and then
still are not held accountable.
You think you are smart enough to achieve that? is stinkapoor, we don't need harvard
degrees to prove that our kaki nangs are smart, as
long as they have the certificate of "KakiNang Diploma"
then automatically they will be recognised by us as
being the BEST and the SMARTEST.

Does this answer you question?

From: "GOOD"
Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2009 07:59:45 +0800
Local: Sat, Oct 10 2009 7:59 am

If I am given the opportunity with my Ah Kong money and your Ah kong money,
I certainly can do that! Obviously you are talking about "guangxi" or in
other words, connections. That I do not have. My father is a trishaw rider.
We grew up poor and is still poor. Poorer today, as a victim of PAP, Pay and
Pay policy!

From: "truth"
Date: Fri, 09 Oct 2009 14:40:41 GMT
Local: Fri, Oct 9 2009 10:40 pm

She was educated at NJC.
Before marriage she lived in a corner terrace house in upper bukit timah.
That her parents can own a landed property is indication that they are
Singaporeans. Of course PRs can also apply for permission to buy
landed property.
The two story corner terrace has now been changed into a larger 3 storey
bunglow. Singaporeans should ask how is this possible.

From: "Observer"
Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2009 18:04:55 +0800
Local: Sat, Oct 10 2009 6:04 pm

"GOOD" wrote in message

> What about tertiary? Was she trained in finance, banking , etc?

Yes...some say its the School Of Frumpy Aunties.
Some also suggested that from now on, all the
Miss World winners should also look like our
beloved that it reflects how much we
love our kaki nangs who can lose BILLIONS.

You think anyone that look like our aunty cannot
win the Miss Universe contest issit?
See the beautiful "masculine" look she is promoting.
Surely anyone will be turned on by that noveu chic
"wrestler" stance.

Finance training?
No need in our school of kaki nangs and
assured superior genes philosophy, anyone who is
deemed within the inner circle, is also deemed to have
the miraculous ability to master any discipline that they
choose to portray themselves as experts.

Here, anyone who disagrees that our kaki nangs are
in a class of their own and are the SMARTEST and
the BEST, will of course be SUED till you lau sai...ok.

Pilar Arlando will represent Singapore in Miss World 2009

From: frodosamo
Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2009 02:41:14 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Sat, Oct 10 2009 5:41 pm
Subject: Re: A NEW Miss Singapore World has been crowned - Pilar Carmelita Arlando

On Oct 10, 4:22 pm, Rainbow 虹 wrote:

> Now those racist minority will not make any more noises liao!!

And there are many of these anti-Chinese racists in the English-
language media. Its they who brought Ris Low down. Now they have their
way - an angmo or angmo-looking bitch to represent Singapore.

A NEW Miss Singapore World has been crowned.

Miss Pilar Carmelita Arlando, 20, who bagged the second runner-up prize at the Miss Singapore World 2009 pageant will represent Singapore at the Miss World finals in South Africa.

The original winner, Miss Ris Low, quit her title last month after news of her being under 24 months' probation for credit card fraud, was reported.

Pageant organisers ERM Marketing said they picked Miss Arlando over first runner-up Claire Lee, 'due to her claims of injury' which result in her being unable to stand for long hours.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

NS is bad for your career and future

From: "Observer"
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2009 06:26:55 +0800
Local: Fri, Oct 9 2009 6:26 am
Subject: Re: NS is bad for your career and future

"truth" wrote in message

> This is a fact. NS is bad for career and future. In today's
> shorten career and business cycles, the 2.5 years doing NS is a major
> setback. By the time u enter the job market, people of your age
> who don't have to do NS could well earned enough experiences
> to become your superior. Employers facing tough competitions
> cannot afford the luxury of your 13 years of reservist training
> disruption of a month for each year. Naturally they will rather
> employ people without such obligations.
> For all your sacrifices, the papist leegime is doing nothing to help
> you established yourself and grow your career and future. U r left
> to the full blast of the free market with a handicap around your neck.
> Such is the miserable lot of born in Singapore male that many parents
> are migrating with their young sons to escape this future hardship.
> The papist leegime is making matters worst by refusing to impose
> the same obligations on females native Singaporeans and PRs.

What took you so long to realise all the above ah?
Of course we made use of you "patriotic" suckers
lar...we tell you to defend your "homeland"....your
"country"....but of course actually you are defending
US, and our beloved kaki nangs who, at a moment's
notice have an airplane ready to scoot out of stinkapoor
at the first sign of trouble.

Remember those vietnamese boat people?
Those are actually the RICH ones who carried with
them GOLD so that they will be accepted to other
countries whilst its the POOR that got stuck back
when the commies took over.

So same philosophy here lar....whilst you poor
dumbass struggle to "fight" for your "country"....we
are getting our loot ready so that we can run
away to other luxurious hiding places in case of
war....and of course after the war, we will return
to claim back our high places and claim that we
"ran" away to "help" you lar...

So please continue to be patriotic and sing all
those anthems, songs etc...designed to make
you even stupider....thinking that the country
in "yours" ok....and that you defending your
motherland...but in reality, you are defending
OUR way of that we can keep on SUCKING

Mah Bow Tan is so stupid

From: "truth"
Date: Fri, 09 Oct 2009 02:07:10 GMT
Local: Fri, Oct 9 2009 10:07 am
Subject: Mah Bow Tan is so stupid

Mah Bow Tan: Make meaningful comparisons
October 9, 2009 A Forum letter from Mr Ng Kok Lim

I refer to the report "Mah: Make meaningful comparisons" dated 2 Oct 2009.
(read article here)

Mr Mah reportedly said that it is "not meaningful" to compare prices of
flats today with those 20 years ago because that would mean going back 20

But MM Lee said in a speech on 12 Sept 1965: "Over 100 years ago, this was a
mud flat, swamp. Today, this is a modern city". Is Mr Mah going to tell MM
Lee that his comparison is "not meaningful" and that he is trying to bring
Singapore back 100 years?

In his 2006 National Day message, PM Lee said that "many years ago,
Singapore was just a fishing village ." Is Mr Mah going to tell PM Lee that
his comparison is "not meaningful" and that he is trying to bring Singapore
back to a fishing village?

In the Straits Times report "How much is a burger worth" dated 26 Sept 2009,
MP Seah Kian Peng was reported to have said that the key consideration in
deciding how affordable or less affordable goods have become in Singapore is
to see if life is better now compared to that in the past. Is Mr Mah going
to tell MP Seah that his comparison is "not meaningful" and that he is
trying to bring Singapore back to life in the past?

So Mr Mah is not being very meaningful when he says that it is "not
meaningful" to compare with the past. Because everyone compares with the
past, even our leaders do so. While our leaders readily compare with the
past to show progress and achievement, comparisons that show price increases
or deteriorating levels of affordability is deemed "not meaningful".

Mr Mah brushes off "all sorts of arguments" about prices being too high
today, not with sound counter arguments, but by simply saying that this is
part and parcel of our system. In that case, he and the HDB might as well
not give any explanations to the public. They can just answer any query
from citizens with the phrase "this is part of our system". No further
explanations needed. Wouldn't that be eaiser?

Mr Mah says that our HDB can be monetised by selling it or leasing it back
to the HDB for retirement funds. But what is the point of paying for an HDB
all our lives only to give it up at the end of the day?

Mr Mah says that our HDB remains affordable because it does not exceed the
30% international benchmark. But he and the HDB always insist on saying
that our HDB is heavily subsidised. How can the HDB flat be simultaneously
heavily subsidised and priced according to the international benchmark?
That would mean that everywhere in the world that adopts the international
benchmark enjoys heavily subsidised housing.

Thank you

Ng Kok Lim

Topless Car Wash in Singapore

From: beng1 <5191 ...="""">
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2009 20:01:23 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Fri, Oct 9 2009 11:01 am
Subject: Topless Car Wash in Singapore

Topless treat for boyfriend
By Tay Shi'an
The New Paper

His car was among those washed by topless women during Singapore's
recent 'Tease and Wash' show.

Free lance photographer Gary Yong, 28, couldn't believe it when his
girlfriend Bella Zhong told him that she was one of the 20 winners of
Singapore's first topless car wash.

He was more surprised when she wanted him to be there with her.
According to the rules, winners were allowed to bring a friend along
to the event.

Besides, he had a car and she didn't.

Both decided to go and see for themselves on Sept 16, if the event
billed 'Tease and Wash' was really true.

Splashing time... one of the four models hard at work

Zhong, an advertising executive told The New Paper: "I was quite
surprised it really happened.

"At first I thought, 'Cheh, wear bikini'. Then they took it off. They
were wearing nipple tapes.

"The pieces were very small, just covering. I thought, wow. Then they
took it off. They were really topless.

When Yong and Zhong arrived, they were briefed by the organisers on
the guidelines - no touching the models, no photography except by the
two official photographers.

Then the cars rolled out to be washed. The models moved in with their
hoses and props - wash mitts, big brushes and sponges.

Zhong and her boyfriend who were among the first to arrive soon spent
their time discussing the models' figures.

In the flesh...While she washed, they gawked

"The caucasian model really stood out. And there was this one girl who
was very skinny but busty for her size.

She said the event was "very entertaining".

But was she uncomfotable to be at such an event with her boyfriend of
three years?

"I think I'm pretty open about it. There's no point getting jealous.
It's something we can experience together.

Chen...we were treading on dangerous ground

"It's not every day that you get a topless girl washing your car for

Event orgainser Gerald Chen, 29, said he knew that his company,
Motoring Exhange, was treading on dangerous ground by holding such an
event, even if it was touted as a 'private' one held in a disused

"It was a risk we were willing to take," he said.

He said censored pictures taken from the event, with the breasts of
the models digitised, have been uploaded on the website, with an
"above 18" restriction on it.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

S'pore high-pay Minister not able to turn economy around

From: "truth"
Date: Thu, 08 Oct 2009 03:36:47 GMT
Local: Thurs, Oct 8 2009 11:36 am
Subject: Australia the lucky country

Australian Unemployment Falls, Driving Rate-Rise Bets (Update1)

By Jacob Greber
Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Australia's jobless rate fell for the first time in
five months as employment unexpectedly surged, driving the currency to a
14-month high as traders bet the central bank will raise interest rates
again next month.

The number of people employed jumped 40,600 from August, the biggest gain in
almost two years, cutting the jobless rate to 5.7 percent from 5.8 percent,
the statistics bureau said in Sydney today. The median estimate of 20
economists surveyed by Bloomberg was for a decline of 10,000.

Today's report reinforces central bank Governor Glenn Stevens' decision to
unexpectedly raise interest rates this week, making Australia the first
Group of 20 nation to increase borrowing costs. Twenty-one of 23 economists
surveyed by Bloomberg yesterday say Stevens will increase the benchmark by
another quarter point to 3.5 percent next month.

"It really is quite surprising to see such strength so quickly," said Brian
Redican, a senior economist at Macquarie Group Ltd. in Sydney, one of only
two analysts surveyed by Bloomberg to forecast a gain in employment. Today's
report "is supportive of a fairly quick tightening of monetary policy."

The number of full-time jobs gained 35,400 in September and part-time
employment increased 5,200, today's report showed. Hours worked rose 0.9
percent to 1.52 billion, the highest level in seven months.

Currency Rises

Since the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in September 2008,
Australia's unemployment rate has risen to 5.7 percent from 4.3 percent. By
contrast, the U.S. jobless rate jumped to 9.8 percent from 6.2 percent in
the same period.

The Australian dollar rose to 90.16 U.S. cents at 1:38 p.m. in Sydney from
89.30 cents just before the report was released. The two-year government
bond yield surged 21 basis points to 4.55 percent. A basis point is 0.01
percentage point.

The nation's benchmark S&P/ASX 200 stock index climbed 1.5 percent, taking
this year's gain to 28 percent.

Woolworths Ltd., Australia's biggest retailer, said on Aug. 25 it will hire
"thousands" of extra workers as it expands into hardware stores. Retailer JB
Hi-Fi Ltd. and Germany-based supermarket chain Aldi are also hiring as they
expand. Specsavers Optical Group Ltd. today opened a new head office and
manufacturing facility in Melbourne and said it will create 1,000 jobs in
its Australian retail network.

Chevron Gas Jobs

The government is also stoking demand for workers as it spends A$22 billion
($19.8 billion) on roads, ports, schools and hospitals. An index published
Oct. 7 by the Australian Industry Group showed the nation's building
industry expanded in September for the first time in 18 months.

The nation's single biggest investment project, the A$43 billion Gorgon
natural-gas venture in Western Australia, will create as many as 10,000 jobs
when construction starts early next year, Chevron Corp. said on Sept. 14.
Chevron and its partners say they will sell A$300 billion of gas to China,
India and Japan in the project's first 20 years.

Australia's economy has outperformed most other developed nations, expanding
1 percent in the first half of the year, and is forecast by the
International Monetary Fund to grow 2 percent in 2010. By contrast, the U.S.
economy will expand 1.5 percent next year, Japan by 1.7 percent and the euro
region by just 0.3 percent, the fund said last week.

Growth in Australia has been stoked by A$20 billion in government cash
handouts to consumers and the central bank's decision to slash borrowing
costs between September 2008 and April to the lowest level in half a

Interest Rates

Australia and Israel are the only central banks to raise interest rates
since the height of the global financial crisis. Israel is not a member of
the G-20. Governor Stevens said this week the justification for a benchmark
rate an "emergency" level of 3 percent "has now passed."

"The risk of serious economic contraction" in Australia has passed, Stevens
said in a statement on Oct. 6.

"Unemployment has not risen as far as had been expected. The board's view is
that it is now prudent to begin gradually lessening the stimulus provided by
monetary policy."

Recent reports showed retail sales, approvals to build private homes, bank
mortgage lending and property prices all jumped in August. Advertisements
for job vacancies rose in September for a second straight month, gaining 4.4
percent, an Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. survey showed this

Consumer confidence jumped last month to the highest level in more than two
years and business sentiment climbed in August to the highest level in
almost six years.

Investors have a 92 percent expectation Stevens will raise the overnight
cash rate target on Nov. 3 by another quarter point, according to Bloomberg
calculations based on interbank futures on the Sydney Futures Exchange at
1:17 p.m. Prior to today's report, they tipped a 68 percent chance of an

The participation rate, which measures the labor force as a percentage of
the population aged over 15, rose to 65.2 percent in September from 65.1
percent, today's report showed.

To contact the reporter for this story: Jacob Greber in Sydney at

If Ris Low can get A1 for English...

From: bear
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2009 19:33:06 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Wed, Oct 7 2009 10:33 am
Subject: Not Surprising Ris Low get s A1 for English

This just proves that A1 exam results has no value at all.

And even student made to retake exam must have lawyer answering for it

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Subsidized "public" HDB housing selling at open market price?

From: "AleXX"
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2009 22:02:03 +0800
Subject: Subsidized "public" HDB housing selling at open market price?

Singaporeans got screwed by "cheap" - "subsidized" and "market orientated
price" housing from the Papist government. With a population of 5 million on
this tiny red dot island?

The government is fucking their own ass-holes by their own birth control
logo in the early 70s. "The more (foreigners) you have, the lesser you
(citizens) will get."

The only way to at least bring down the price is to use your voting tools.
But, alas!! -- 75% walk-over and 25% "won" by the Papist again !!.... Net
results? Two faithful opposition sitting ducks voted into parliament and one
remained a bankrupt.. :):)

Where are the cheap HDB flats?

By Fiona Chan

Prices of resale HDB flats hit another all-time high in the third quarter, amid a growing chorus of unhappy buyers complaining that home values are rising out of their reach.

Despite the rising prices and disgruntled home-seekers, pundits say there are still affordable homes to be had - if only buyers are less choosy and look a bit harder.

Where, then, are these cheap flats to be found?

The Sunday Times went in search of resale flats that were recently sold for up to $200,000 - which can comfortably buy a built-to-order three-room flat in new towns such as Punggol.

The good news is that resale flats for below $200,000 definitely exist.

The bad news: Almost all of them are three-room flats or smaller, at least 20 years old and often more than 30, and largely tucked away in the corners of the island such as Woodlands and Jurong West.
Source: HDB

Even then, the number of flats that can be had for a budget of $200,000 appears to be shrinking.

In the third quarter of this year, between July and last month, fewer than 140 three-room flats were sold for $200,000 or lower, compared to more than 220 in the second quarter and more than 280 in the first quarter of this year, according to data from the HDB website.

Four-room flats below $200,000 are virtually impossible to find. Even when you up the budget to $300,000, it is slim pickings.

'In the past, you could easily get some of the four-room flats for below $250,000, whereas now, most are above $300,000,' said Mr Mohamed Ismail, chief executive of real estate agency PropNex.

ERA Asia-Pacific's associate director Eugene Lim illustrated it more starkly: In 2003, $200,000 could have bought a four-room flat in almost any area, including popular towns like Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Serangoon or Toa Payoh, he said.

This year, $200,000 will get you only a three-room flat in Geylang, Hougang, Jurong West, Kallang, Woodlands or Yishun.

Similarly, a budget of $300,000 would have been sufficient to bag a five-room flat in most towns in 2003, said Mr Lim.

Now, the only five-room flats you can get for that amount are in Jurong West and Woodlands, he said. In mature estates such as Toa Payoh, Marine Parade, Queenstown and Clementi, $300,000 will buy only a three-room flat.

Part of the reason for this is the rising cash-over-valuation (COV) portion, which sellers of in-demand flats can ask for in cash above the property's valuation. For three-room flats in popular areas, this can go up to $50,000, while owners of flats in the outlying areas still ask for at least $10,000 in COV, said Mr Aaron Hong, a senior division director at Dennis Wee Realty.

But even excluding this, the valuations of HDB flats alone have skyrocketed in recent months.

In Tampines, the lowest valuation for a three-room flat is about $210,000 to $220,000, whereas the highest can go up to $290,000, Mr Hong said.

When you throw in the COV amount, which is a must-have in these property boom days, it is easy to see how a three-room resale flat can cross the $300,000 mark.

For the despairing, Mr Ismail has some advice: If your budget is low and you cannot afford to pay high COVs, forget resale and go for build-to-order flats, even if it means waiting a few years.

'The key is to enter the property market first, in whatever way you can,' he said. 'By getting one foot in the door, you can build a foundation and then work towards the home you really want.'

This article was first published in The Straits Times.

Claire Lee - New Miss Singapore - Miss World ?

From: beng1 <5191 ...="""">
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2009 07:01:35 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Tues, Oct 6 2009 10:01 pm
Subject: Claire Lee - New Miss Singapore / Miss World ?

Claire Lee: “I don’t intend to represent Singapore unless ERM
threatens to sue me.”

October 6, 2009 by Manisha

Ms Claire Lee, the first runner-up for Miss Singapore- World may be
the prime candidate to replace dethroned beauty queen Ris Low, but
unless she is threatened with a lawsuit by the contest organisers.
She will not represent Singapore at the Miss World finals.

She gave the statement after a public spat over how the media had
sniffed out 19-year-old Miss Low’s conviction for credit card fraud in
May this year.

Miss Low claimed that Ms Lee, 23, had told on her, and had faked a
back injury to “save face” in case she was not selected as the

On this accusation Ms Lee said: “I’m being accused of things I didn’t
do. People now think I did it to take the title, but that’s not true …
I don’t want to be involved anymore.”

Asked about her contractual obligations, Ms Lee said: “I don’t intend
to represent Singapore unless ERM threatens to sue me.”

Ms Lee is aerospace engineering graduate from Nanyang Technological

She has not informed pageant organisers ERM World Marketing about her

When contacted yesterday, ERM events director Tracy Lee declined to
comment on the status of the selection for Ms Low’s replacement or on
Ms Lee’s decision, and only said that an announcement would be made
when the company is “ready”.

ERM had earlier said in a press statement that it will hold interviews
to determine the new representative – although other pageant
organisers say it is industry practice for the first runner-up to
assume the title in an event where the winner is unable to represent
the country.

The finalist has to leave Nov 15 for the finals in South Africa. With
the pageant’s top two out of the running, whether Singapore will have
a representative this year is anybody’s guess given that one month may
be too short a period for a contestant to prepare adequately.

Monday, October 5, 2009

MPs jumped to defend PR foreigners

From: "truth"
Date: Tue, 06 Oct 2009 02:42:29 GMT
Local: Tues, Oct 6 2009 10:42 am
Subject: pap mps more eager to defend foreingers than Singaporeans

PAP MPs jumped to the defence of Singapore "quitter PR" Zhang Yuanyuan
October 6, 2009 From our Correspondent

Three PAP MPs have spontaneously jumped to the defence of Singapore PR Zhang
Yuanyuan, who stirred a storm in cyberspace by proclaiming her allegiance to
China publicly on Chinese TV channel CCTV!

When interviewed by the state media, the PAP MPs urged netizens not to
"extreme" in their reactions as Zhang did nothing wrong from an objective
point of view since she is only a Singapore PR.

Dr Lim Wee Kiat, Sembawang GRC:

"Singapore netizens need not be too appalled because Zhang Yuanyuan is only
a Singapore PR and she still retains her China passport. Hence, her
motherland is still China. As a matter of fact, some Singaporeans are also
PRs of other countries and they frequently return to Singapore, so are they
going to be condemned by these countries too?"

Josephine Teo, Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC:

"I can understand the sentiments who are worried that foreigners may use
Singapore as a 'jumping board'. However, in this instance, Zhang Yuanyuan is
actually 'jumping' back to her homeland and the possible reason is that she
may have little feeling to Singapore after staying here all these years. As
Singapore is an "open" city, such examples will happen from time to time.
Perhaps we should work harder on this aspect to encourage foreigners to
integrate into our society."

Baey Yam Keng, Tanjong Pagar GRC:

"As Zhang Yuanyuan grew up in China, she may miss her family and friends
back home. Similarly, there are many Singaporeans living overseas who still
regard Singapore as their homeland and will return eventually."

It appears that the three PAP MPs still do not realize the crux of the
issue: that netizens are not really angry with Zhang Yuanyuan for regarding
China as her motherland but peeved with the Singapore government for its
liberal open-door immigration policy.

Zhang Yuanyuan is not the only foreigner or PR who has turned her back on
Singapore. There are many others who come here on government scholarships or
grants and leave after earning a quick buck or worse, by making a hefty
profit from sale of HDB flats.

It is disappointing that the MPs, who are supposedly close to the
grassroots, are unable to grasp the real concerns of Singaporeans and make
no comments on the government's immigration policy.

Are we importing too many foreigners at too fast a rate that we cannot
integrate them into our society without causing social tension? Are we
getting the real first world talents or the second class leftovers who
cannot make it in their native countries? Most importantly, is the economic
pie big enough to be shared among the citizens and the newcomers?

It is understandable that the PAP MPs are reticent on the matter out of fear
of jeopardizing their political careers, but what about the three opposition

Zhang Yuanyuan is definitely not an isolated case. Mass importing foreigners
without providing them with a conducive environment to settle down will not
solve the problem. Neither will throwing away taxpayers' monies to help them
"integrate" help much.

Foreigners and PRs need only take a look at how Singaporeans are being
treated as second class citizens by the ruling party to realize that they
are better off in their homeland.

Sunday Times removed article on Singapore PR Zhang Yuanyuan taking part in China National Day parade

From: beng1 <5191 ...="""">
Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2009 21:57:08 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Tues, Oct 6 2009 12:57 pm
Subject: Sunday Times removed article on Singapore PR Zhang Yuanyuan taking part in China National Day parade


An article on the digital edition of the Sunday Times titled
“Singapore PR took part in parade” has mysteriously disappeared!

The article which relates a Singapore PR by the name of Zhang
Yuanyuan, who chose to return to Beijing and took part in China’s 60th
National Day parade was still available in the morning of 4 October
2009 under the “Home” section, but by the afternoon, it was nowhere to
be found.

Are you proud to be a Singapore-born citizen?

From: "AleXX"
Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2009 18:37:50 +0800
Local: Sun, Oct 4 2009 6:37 pm
Subject: Re: Are you proud to be a Singapore-born citizen?

"AleXX" wrote in message

> Singapore should be proud to show the world that it was the "FIRST"
> country to tackle population decline by importing foreigners and giving
> them citizenship. Yet another "FIRST" for Singapore. Japan should follow
> Singapore's examples. They should import more Thais, Malaysian, Laotian,
> Burmese, Bangladesh, Chinese, Hongky, Taiwanese, Korean, Filipino,
> Vietnamese, Cambodian and Indian.

Go into a train cabin, and you can hear an assortment of different
stereophonic languages spoken.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Sunshine Tracy shows her pu.bic hair in public

From: beng1 <5191 ...="""">
Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 16:54:46 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Sun, Oct 4 2009 7:54 am
Subject: Sunshine Tracy shows her pu.bic hair in public

This is the Super Imported Cars show, and Sunshine Tracy decided to
shine her pu.bic hairs all over the cars she happened to lie on.

F1 Rocks!

Panasonic Plant in Bedok have all Filipino personels?

From: "AleXX"
Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 22:57:21 +0800
Local: Sat, Oct 3 2009 10:57 pm
Subject: Shockingly, the whole Panasonic Plant in Bedok have all Filipino personels?

Originally Posted by ProSingapore
Iceman V

I know what you are referring to.

but I think we need a climate of bruders helping bruders as well.
These FT come in and begin hiring their own. Would we do the same for our
fellow countrymen? No, we are conditioned to think in terms of meritocracy.
Do FTs practice this? NO

This has already happened and it is still happening.

Take Panasonic at Bedok for example. The entire plant is Filipino. From
engineers to management. Gahment said FTs come in to do expat jobs or
low-level jobs that most Singaporeans won't want to do.

Gahment, I beg your pardon. Jobs in Panasonic, Singaporeans won't want to
do? At least it has decent jobs with decent pay and many Singaporeans who
are jobless will do.
You are letting them MONOPOLIZING the Panasonic- Singapore office invested
hiring their own nationals.

Another example is Seagate at Woodlands. The whole office from top to bottom
are Malaysians!!!!

More example - Statschippac at Yishun is run by the MD of Statschippac Malaysia.
Even their COO is a Malaysian. Half the plant is Malaysian.

Gahment, you are really so nice to FTs, but least on your people.
So when your people go jobless, how are they going to pay for their CPF,
housing loan, childcare and utility?
You pay for them?

So our wise gahment, you want Singaporeans to be the lowest class in

Buying a "subsidized" HDB pigeon flat

From: "AleXX"
Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 22:31:24 +0800
Local: Sat, Oct 3 2009 10:31 pm
Subject: Buying a "subsidized" HDB pigeon flat

Lets say you are 30 years old and have saved enough for a 20% down payment
for a miserable tiny 4 room flat buying directly from HDB at a government
"subsidized" rate for $250,000. You paid $50,000 upfront and got a loan of
$200,000 from the bank and another $50,000 renovation loan. At 4% interest
rate, and taking up a maximum repayment period of 35 years, the repayment
figure should be $600,000. For every month, rain or shine, whether you are
employed or unemployed; you have to fork out $1,428 for the monthly
installment. What about the money-eating conservancy charges from town
council? Household utility bills? Food? Clothing? Medical bills?
Transportation? Government Taxes and Charges? How much can you afford to

HDB causing housing bubble

From: "kingkong"
Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 21:07:13 +0800
Local: Sat, Oct 3 2009 9:07 pm
Subject: HDB causing housing bubble


This is interesting.....

According to this :

Cato Institute senior fellow and author Randal O'Toole claimed housing
bubble is caused by urban planners, and not due to low interest rates or
cheap loans.

I guess it make a lot of sense because this is how HDB has created a housing
bubble in Singapore by restricting housing supply.

Ironically, by claiming HDB price to be "affordable" for middle income
Singaporean by using HDB grants and cheap loans, they are in fact making HDB
flat more expensive.

Over 50 Wet Market stallholders to lose their stalls

Including this one, if all confirm,
Total 6 Wet Markets will be closed...
5 will change to Sheng Siong Supermarket...
1 will change to NTUC FairPrice supermarket....

Another wet market going

Home > Breaking News > Singapore > Story
Oct 3, 2009

SEMBAWANG may soon be the next neighbourhood to lose a wet market - its only one at that.

Its 14 stallholders at the market in Canberra Road have been told to go by the end of this month.

This is because the master tenant, Sembawang New Market, is ending its lease with the Housing and Development Board, the owner of the market.

The space will probably be taken over by a FairPrice supermarket, pending approval by the HDB. The papers to transfer the tenancy to NTUC FairPrice were submitted a few weeks ago, and are still being evaluated.

Meanwhile, some residents in the neighbourhood are upset at the prospect of losing the wet market; stallholders there are also aggrieved over the short notice they have been given.

The situation there echoes that of the five other heartland wet markets which made the news this week.

The wet markets in Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Batok West, Serangoon and Pasir Panjang - among the minority here which are privately owned - also look set to go.

Supermarket chain Sheng Siong has exercised its option to buy them from property developer Heeton Holdings, with a view to setting up 'air-conditioned markets' there.

But those plans are now in question, because Heeton has yet to submit an application to HDB for clearance to sell the markets, although it has gone ahead and sent eviction letters to the stallholders there.

Although it owns the markets, it still needs the HDB's approval to sell them or to change the use for the space.

Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Straits Times.

Latest comments

I am really surprised that there are wet markets owned and run by 1 single operator instead of leasing direct from HDB. In wet markets, most or all of the stall owners are Singaporeans. Usually a whole family, sometimes even 2 to 3 generations of them depend on this single income. Therefore this is really a serious matter as the livelihood of Hundreds or even Thousands (considering the suppliers etc) of ordinary Singaporean will be left hanging in the air. I do hope that relevant authorities looking into this matter exercise Empathy and Care rather than just the efficiency or legal aspects of the case. This is a case where all Singaporeans will look at very carefully to gauge if the Government that we have put so much faith and trust in are still in touch with the very grassroots that supported it so loyally and most important that Empathy still exists. Everyone I met is talking about it. This is the time when the ordinary Singaporeans look to the government for support and help. it will be a disappointment if nothing is done. Support and help rendered in this case will result in immeasurable gratitude and support from the grass-roots. I've been living overseas for several years and have seen how care, support and actions by government leaders at time of need lead to great support and goodwill from entire communities.
Posted by: Gundamtan at Sat Oct 03 12:20:04 SGT 2009

Wet markets are part of local colour and culture. Supermarkets are anonymous and the same world-wide - a good thing?!!!

From a health perspective: there is no way supermarket food is fresher or better than wet market food.
Posted by: kepney103 at Sat Oct 03 12:06:34 SGT 2009

This is such a shame.
Posted by: kepney103 at Sat Oct 03 12:03:52 SGT 2009

it's perplexing to note the respective MPs are so quiet when it obviously upset the residents. dont they need grassroots support anymore.
Posted by: coffeeshoptalk at Sat Oct 03 11:52:19 SGT 2009

Obviously the govt really care so much for the foreigners.
They knew that foreigners are not comfortable to buy their groceries at the wet market. Because they cant communicate very well with the stall holder. They have language problems.
Every new things they do are mainly for the invaders. Singaporean are now forced to learn and follow their culture.
Posted by: perry0164 at Sat Oct 03 11:22:46 SGT 2009

From: "truth"
Date: Sat, 03 Oct 2009 13:05:42 GMT
Local: Sat, Oct 3 2009 9:05 pm
Subject: Re: Wet Market Stallholders eat grass liao...(S'pore)

The evil empire stretching its' tenticles.
Singaporeans are fucked left right and centre.

"AleXX" wrote in message

> Never mind, if wet market is gone, the papist government will tell you
> that there are still the dry market. Government regulated-NTUC can then
> monopolize and champion in the cause. As long as the elder son of Sheng
> Siong's owner is dating the eldest daughter of Lee Hsien Loong, Sheng
> Siong and NTUC are here to thrive.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Wanted: Preferably Non-Singaporean

By Seah Cheang Nee

Sat, Oct 03, 2009
The Star/Asia News Network
AN ELECTRONICS firm that advertised last week for a 'preferably non-Singaporean' engineer has added fuel to a worsening controversy in this migrant city.

It particularly stipulated that 'permanent residents are welcome' to apply for this 'mid-career job (salary negotiable)'.

A copy of the advertisement found its way onto the web.

Applicants should have a diploma or a relevant trade certificate, with 3-5 years' work experience, and 'preferably non-Singaporean (PR welcome),' it added.

This provoked strong reactions from Singaporeans who are already upset at the large number of foreigners allowed to work here.

One asked if such discrimination is legal. 'This sort of ad would have landed this company in heavy trouble in most developed states,' he added.

Another writer said: 'Now we know where we stand. The policy has downgraded Singaporeans to below foreigners.'

Archilles said: 'I feel left out by my own government, which is desperately trying to attract foreign talent (and) overlooking our own 'local talent'. It's sad, very sad!'

A similar storm broke some years ago when another company told a fresh Singaporean graduate during a job interview that his chances were slim if he had to report for annual reservist duty.

'We prefer a foreigner who has no such obligations,' the executive had added. Besides, they are much less costly to hire.

The reservist withdrew his application in disgust.

This is not just another act of public whining. The fact is many Singaporeans are no longer sure about their own role or entitlement in society.

In recent years, the rate of entry has increased sharply as the economy flourished. Every year some 100,000 foreigners have been arriving, putting pressure on what was already one of the most competitive and over-crowded cities in Asia.

The controversy couldn't have come at a worse time when the country is emerging from a severe downturn and the people's uppermost concern is getting ' or retaining ' their jobs.

Last month Seagate (worldwide: 10,000 workers) moved out its manufacturing capacity, retrenching some 2,000 workers. 'It is difficult to imagine the impact of Seagate's loss on our economy,' said commentator Harrison Goh.

Its departure, he added, may have marked the end point of Singapore's involvement in the global manufacturing market.

'It spells a deepening crisis that most Singaporeans may not yet fathom, thinking that the PAP government has a ready solution.'

It is within this context that the unpopularity of the open door policy becomes apparent.

Political leaders are now working hard to reassure embittered Singaporeans that their interests would always come first.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced last week that his government would reduce the inflow of foreign workers to maintain the 'tone' of society. He gave no numbers.

At the same time, his Community, Youth and Sports Minister assured polytechnic students: 'You have a birthright. Everything we do is for your long-term benefit. Foreigners are here to help make Singapore more viable and competitive.'

The other side of the coin is equally stark.

With 1.28 babies per couple, Singapore's birth-rate is one of the lowest in the world and threatens its long-term survival.

Singaporeans are also ageing rapidly, which may require young people to pay higher taxes to look after them.

Both defects are already being felt in a manpower-short economy, which requires immigrants to correct, according to officials.

'Companies have been coming to us to ask 'where are the workers, we can't get them',' a government official said.

Singaporeans, being descendants of immigrants themselves, have never been antagonistic to the presence of foreigners here ' until now.

What they resent is not their coming, but the overwhelming numbers, which they feel are threatening their jobs and education opportunities.

They are also angry with uneven policies that benefit foreigners more than locals, especially national service (compulsory two years) and the subsequent annual reservist call-ups, a burden not borne by foreigners.

Permanent residents are exempted, but their children are not.

Not having to meet reservist call-ups and cheaper wages are powerful attractions for employers to hire foreigners, particularly in a weak economy.

Complaints have increasingly come from older or mid-career Singaporeans who have been replaced by lower-cost younger workers from China or India.

The foreigners, hungrier and without family responsibility here, generally work longer hours for less pay ' something that married Singaporeans with a home mortgage to pay cannot possibly match.

A small industry has risen to recruit them in large numbers ' as indicated by a recruitment agency, with this advertisement: 'Do you find it difficult and expensive to hire local staff' Why not consider hiring foreign talents''

Claiming it was licensed by the Manpower Ministry, the agency said that it had recruited thousands of workers from China, India, Vietnam and Malaysia for Singapore firms in the past five years.

Every time such an ad appears, it cuts into the popularity of the government, which won 66.6% of the popular votes in the 2006 election.

Several months ago, the government ordered its election machinery to prepare for a snap election in case one is called.

With the improvement of the economy, it is widely expected that it will take place next year, instead of 2011 as scheduled. The public discontent against massive immigration promises to be one of the hottest campaign issues if it happens.

This intensity of public feeling has been too sensitive to be reflected in the traditional media, which has toned down the coverage.

On the Internet, however, where Singaporeans can air their grievances, the mood is more sombre. It probably requires more than mere government assurances to placate.

Ppls said LDP rule more than 50++ will never change.

Now the red sun raise Democratic Party of Japan.

Singaporean need not be upsad or angry.....Time will come....change is here

Every vote count ....1 vote,1 dream Wink

The rise and fall of Lee Dynasty

Lee Hsien Loong disparages NSmen

From: "truth"
Date: Fri, 02 Oct 2009 03:05:40 GMT
Local: Fri, Oct 2 2009 11:05 am
Subject: Lee Hsien Loong disparages NSmen

I'm shocked that these words can come from a former Brigadier-General of the
Singapore Armed Forces, the current Prime Minister of Singapore!

"If we make it (NS and Reservist for PR) a requirement, we would not get the
people we wanted. Secondly, if they did serve NS at 30, 40 and 50 years old.
I would not like to be their platoon commander."

If I have not learned to be cool, calm and collected from my guru, Wisdom,
the first words that should come from my mouth would be: "KNNMCCB" or, "Fcuk
you, man!"

So why am I so bloody mad?

I was released from the bondage of NS and reservists' in-camp training
almost 20 years ago at age 40! It hurts me to know that having been
considered over the hill as a NSman at 30, I was still asked to waste my
time to serve certain platoon commanders who did not appreciate my service.

I do not know the context at which such stupid statement came from a
statesman but to belittle the contributions and sacrifices of thousands of
NSmen who serves till 40 is appallingly sick! It is so sad to know that
Singapore citizens who recite the Singapore Aspiration (Pledge?) are lesser
mortals in Singapore than PRs who spice up the lives of elite Singaporeans!

Why such callous deed tears my guts out?

At this moment, my 18 month-old grand-daughter is yearning for her father.
She is fatherless for 3 weeks because her 35 year-old dad (who is my son) is
out of Singapore in some godforsaken jungle somewhere doing reservist
training which his Platoon Commander (if he were PM Lee) does not appreciate
because he's too old to be in NS.

It's all well and good when careless politician speaks of buying votes and
fixing oppositions [Link] but to callously deride the sacrifices of so many
true blue Singaporean NSmen is really asking for trouble.

NSmen and reservists are already disillusioned by ministers who make a
mockery of nation serving by paying themselves millions; the 'white horse'
classification of NSmen and the disadvantage they face in equal employment
opportunity [Link].

Mr Prime Minister, why rock the boat further with such insensitivity?

Under the current economic and social condition in Singapore,

A grateful heart
A touch of kindness
A sense of solidarity
A caring demeanour

is what we expect from a leader.

A high falutin ingrate is furthest from our minds!

God bless Singapore.

Press censorship on HDB issues

Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:59 pm Post subject: David See: Press censorship on HDB issues
By David See Leong Kit

HDB’s response “Why we peg to market rates: HDB” ( TODAY Sept 25) to my earlier letter has necessitated my right of reply. (read letter here)

Instead of merely accusing me of being “misleading and illogical”, HDB is expected to be transparent in disclosing fully the actual breakeven cost of new flats in all its projects. After all, these are public housing developed with public funds.

These exasperasting remarks of a couple wanting to start a family sums up the genuine frustrations of young Singaporeans at the sky-high prices of public housing: “How to live in cheaper Woodlands when work is in Shenton Way and parents are in Tanah Merah? The Government must come up with more practical solutions !”