Kim YuNa - Leaked Vancouver Olympic Skate Video

A record breaking out-of-this-world performance by Kim YuNa to win the Olympics Gold Medal for Figure Skating. When Will Singapore have a foreign talent like Kim?
video
From: OngBak3
Subject: Kim Yuna is a champion for all time

Kim Yuna is a champion for all time
The 19-year-old Olympic gold medalist from South Korea displays a
balance of athleticism and artistry that sets her apart from other
figure skaters.
WINTER OLYMPICS
February 27, 2010|By Philip Hersh

Reporting from Vancouver, Canada — It was nearly midnight Thursday,
the day of triumph running into the day after, and both Kim Yuna and
Brian Orser already were looking at the days ahead.

The skater and her coach were in a car going from post-competition
doping control to a news conference that would be aired live in South
Korea, where half the country's 48 million people already had watched
TV broadcasts of their national hero becoming their first Olympic
figure skating champion.
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Kim Yuna brings a whole nation down to its knee.

SEOUL - For five minutes, all of South Korea held its breath - and then broke out into a deafening stampede of cheers as their queen, Kim Yuna, made figure skating history.

The entire nation watched from offices, subway trains and packed restaurants Friday as Kim added "Olympic champion" to her list of titles with a flawless, joyful free skate in Vancouver on Thursday (Friday morning, Singapore time). As tears of relief flowed down Kim's face, there was not a dry eye in sight back home.

"I felt a lump in my throat when I saw Yuna crying," said Lee Ji Soo, 24, watching the competition at a rink where Kim once trained.

"It was overwhelming," said teary student Chung Jay Chul, 19, watching at a Seoul hospital where doctors and patients stopped to see Kim skate.

The Vancouver Olympics have been historic for the South Koreans, who won their first medals in speedskating in addition to the usual collection from short-track speedskating.

But it was Kim's bid for the figure skating gold that had the nation on edge. All week, all anyone could talk about was Kim and her rivalry with Japan's Mao Asada. Would Yuna cave in under the pressure? Would Mao land her high-scoring triple axel?

The nation came to a standstill for 168 seconds when Kim skated her short programme earlier in the week. Trading dipped at the stock exchange, office workers abandoned their computers as everyone gathered around TV sets to watch.

"Yuna: Perfect. South Korea is overjoyed," read one headline the following day as she took the lead.

Kim is South Korea's biggest sports star, with US$8 million ($11.2 million) in endorsements and the kind of adulation reserved for royalty. You can eat Yuna bread, wash your clothes with Yuna fabric softener, drink Yuna milk. The crown earrings she wears have made jewellers J Estina a killing.

She has made experts of South Koreans largely unfamiliar with figure skating until she turned it into a local obsession. Hundreds flocked to the main train station here hours before the free skate programme to stake out a spot in front of large-screen TVs, screaming, "Go queen Yuna!"

They waited, hands clasped in prayer, biting their nails. The nervousness was palpable as she skated out and got into position for her free skate to George Gershwin. There were screams and claps every time Kim landed her jumps cleanly. Her final flourish had an entire nation up on its feet cheering and trading hugs. Confetti fluttered in the air at news that she set a new world record again, a score Asada came nowhere near touching.

President Lee Myung Bak couldn't have said it any better, in his congratulatory message to the Olympic champion. It read: "Kim embodies the Korean saying, 'A dragon rises from the stream'." AP

Pap has betrayed Singaporeans?

From: "truth"
Subject: papists are traitors

Instead of improving the lives of average Singaporeans,
they have taken measures over the last 20 years which
have made lives difficult for the average Singaporeans.

They opened the floodgate to over a million foreigners to
enter Singapore to live and work in an already very
crowded Singapore. Consequently Singaporeans have
to work harder and for less. So they don't have enough
to lead decent lives.

The influx of so many foreigners have driven up the
cost of living. So Singaporeans are squeezed both ways.
Lower wages and higher cost of living.

At the same time while more than a hundred thousand
foreigners are entering Singapore, the HDB cut down
on the supply of flats. Higher demand and lower supply
have driven up cost of housing skyhigh.

Years ago, they do away with the queueing system for
public housing. Replacing it with BTO. Consequently
Singaporeans have to pay market prices and wait for
3 years before they can get their flats.

They continue to make male native Singaporeans serve
NS while exempting male foreigners who took up
citizenships. To be born a Singaporean is a major
liabilitiy. Those who have migrated and have given up
their citizenships still have to serve NS. This is most
ridiculous. Ex-native Singaporeans have been jailed
for visiting Singapore to attend the funeral of their
grandparents.

It is clear the papist leegime has sold out the welfare
and interest of native Singaporeans. All for what ?
So that the papist leegime can cling onto power and
thus continue with their easy and luxurious lives. All
this while the average Singaporeans are suffering.

Is PAP a caring government

From: baldeagle
Subject: Is PAP a caring government ..or is it an uncaring government ?

On Feb 27, 6:55 pm, archangelgabriel
wrote:

> I would like to differ your views.
> Look around the World, where else you have a caring government
> who looks after her citizen's almost everything.

Caring ! PAP a caring government ?

Good advice.

I look around the world, ...in the USA, in Europe, in
Australia...what do I find ?

If I am sick, I get free hospitalization, ...if I am unemployed,
I get unemployment payment,...if I work, I am paid a minimum
wage....if I buy a house,...I need not work a life time just to
repay the mortgage loan, ...if I buy a car, ...I pay about US$20,000
(Ineed not pay 200% tax)...If I cannot afford cable TV, I
can have a satellite TV (far cheaper)...if I suffer misfortune,
there is welfare (instead of being told, there is no free lunch)

I feel like...PAP is a 'screwing' government... I am being
screwed good and proper.

How do the PAP government care for me ?....Please tell me.

From: yansimon52
The PAP govt is only caring for their own 'kar ki nan' pockets....so
that their children could book more up market properties...ie...those
3 to 4 million caribbean units built by Keppel group.......you name
those up market properties....surely you see alot of MIWs children all
having shares on these units.

From: NotMyProblem
We have a caring PAP govt!!
Our govt increased the GST so as to help the poor. (You don't
understand, never mind)

Let foreigners work so that Singaporeans don't have to.

Takes care of all male citizens for 2 years.

Forces you to save for your retirement. But when you retires, you cannot
take your saving out, to prevent you from spending it away.

Finds cheaper places for the elders, away for Singapore, so that the
children can forget about them.

Makes your flats very expensive so that when you sell it you can make a
lot of money, then you can save the money and sleep under some bridges
or beaches.

Singaporeans pay cheaper school fees than foreigners, so that foreigners
must study on scholarships in Singapore, which is provided freely.

When you are rich, the police just give you a warning, for saying the
wrong thing. When you are a nobody, you will be locked up. So by hook or
by crook be rich and powerful.

PAP makes it very easy for you to be rich and powerful, be a YES man in
the PAP.

Mah Bow Tan please resign

From: "truth"

That is the trouble in Singapore. Too many dead
woods are kept there because they are LKY-loyalists.
People like Wong Kan Seng, Lim Hng Kiang, Mah
Bow Tan should have been sacked long time ago for
incompetence.

Eventually, average Singaporeans will be the one who
have to pay the price for such systematic rotting.

"yansimon52" wrote in message

On Feb 26, 8:48 pm, "truth" wrote:

> I am calling on Mah Bow Tan to resign. He has screwed up
> the public housing program big time.
> Under his stewardship the HDB has swung from an excess of
> 30,000 units a few years ago to a current shortage of 50,000
> to 100,000 units.
> How could he be so very very wrong and keep his job ?
> Mah Bow Tan thru his incompetence and negligence has
> messed up the lives of so many Singaporeans.

Halo truth...whatmatter most in Sg politics is....he is capable of
'hoo lan par' the Familee........and his million $ salary will then
start rolling in thru his GIRO.

From: Politikus
He created HDB shortage so the average S'porean can have their flats
valuation and resale value appreciate... ;-p

Marina Bay Sands Casino Resorts confirmed opening date 27 April 2010

Unlike Genting's Resorts World at Sentosa, Marina Bay Sands doesn't keep all of us guessing. The date of opening is announced about an hour ago, well ahead of the opening date of 27 April 2010.

SINGAPORE (Dow Jones)–Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) Wednesday said it will open its Marina Bay Sands integrated resort, which includes a casino, April 27.

Marina Bay Sands Chief Executive Thomas Arasi said the group plans to open 963 hotel rooms, part of the shopping mall and convention center, restaurants and the casino at the resort in Singapore, subject to construction proceeding as scheduled and the necessary regulatory approvals being met.

The second phase of the integrated resort, which includes the opening of more retail outlets and the Sands SkyPark, is scheduled to open June 23.

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Marina Bay Sands, Singapore’s second casino, will open its doors to the public on April 27 this year.

The integrated resort plans to open its 963 hotel rooms, part of the shopping mall and convention center, as well as dining outlets and casino on April 27, a statement by Las Vegas Sands said on Wednesday.

The second phase will open on June 23, as part of the grand opening, and this will include the opening of the SkyPark and Event Plaza.

The Marina Bay Sands museum is expected to open by December.

Foreign worker levies raised

SINGAPORE - Singapore will gradually raise the foreign worker levies, and tighten the levy tiers that are based on the proportion of foreign workers in a company's workforce, said Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in Parliament on Monday.

The changes will start with a modest increase in levies in 2010, and will involve further increases over the next two years.

The overall dependency ratio for all categories of foreign workers (Work Permit and S Pass holders) will remain unchanged.

As a first step, levy rates will be raised by between $10 and $30 for most Work Permit holders on July 1 2010. Further adjustments in levy rates and tiers will be phased in 2011 and 2012.

'Taking the three years together, there will be a total increase of about $100 (US$71) in average levies per worker in manufacturing and services,' Mr Tharman said. 'The construction sector, where there is much scope for productivity improvements, will see a larger increase.'

Changes for S Pass workers will also be made. There will now be two levy tiers. The rates for the first and second tiers will be $100 and $120 in July 2010, up from a single rate of $50 currently.

Further adjustments will then be phased in until the rates reach $150 and $250 by July 2012.

The Manpower and National Development Ministries will release more details of the changes to the Foreign Worker Levy later this week.

Tiger Woods returning to Buddhism


from: baldeagle

Subject: Re: Lau Hor Cha (Tiger Wood).... on returning to Buddhism.. He has found the path to happiness again.

On Feb 21, 1:08 am, "Alexx" wrote:

> He should be a golfing monk for 1 year and meditate while playing golf at
> the temple compound.
>

You mock Tiger Wood. ...because you don't know
Buddhism.

He sought happiness ...by giving in to his lust and
his greed...and he found grief instead.
In his moment of pain and suffering, he remembered
what his mother taught him as a kid...about the teaching
of Buddha.

By returning to Buddha's teaching, he will not give in to
his lust, his greed, his cravings...the root causes of all
human unhappiness.

Tiger Wood has returned to the path..leading to true happiness.
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH - TIGER Woods believes the Buddhist precepts he learned from his Thai mother, Kultida, will help him right a life derailed by his now infamous infidelities.

'I have a lot of work to do, and I intend to dedicate myself to doing it,' Woods said on Friday in his first public remarks since sordid revelations of his extramarital affairs surfaced in November.

'Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age.

'People probably don't realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist and actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years.'

'Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously I lost track of what I was taught,' Woods said.

His mother was in the small audience at the TPC Sawgrass as Woods delivered his remarks, which were televised to a global audience of millions. She got a long hug from her son after he spoke, and later said she believed Buddhist tenets could help the superstar golfer put his life back together.

Gambler from China wins S$1.5mil at RWS Casino


From: "Alexx"

Subject: Re: Gambler from China wins S$1.5mil at RWS

"Dassault Franz" wrote in message

> Are they inviting everyone to visit RWS?

As usual, they want the public to feel "good".
But SPH media doesn't report what he lost.
Gambler from China wins S$1.5mil at RWS

SINGAPORE's first casino, Resorts World at Sentosa has attracted numerous millionaires from China and one of them is said to have won more than S$1.5mil in a day.

Nanyang Siang Pau reported that the winner was a middle-aged man who played the baccarat on Saturday evening. He was accompanied by a young woman.

It was reported that the man would occasionally scold the croupier if he lost.

The daily also reported that the man carried a lucky charm in the form of a golden Buddha palm, which he placed on the table.

The man was reported to be among the VIPs who deposited S$100,000.

HDB cash downpayment raised to 20% of flat price


HOUSING Board (HDB) flat buyers taking private bank loans for their purchase will now have to fork out more cash for the downpayment on their homes.

The Government has lowered the home loan amount that buyers can borrow from banks from 90 per cent to 80 per cent of the total purchase price.

The new 80 per cent rule, also known as the loan-to-value (LTV) limit, will apply to both private and public flats.

But for those buying HDB flats with HDB loans, the LTV will still remain at 90 per cent.

In a joint statement on Friday, the Ministry of National Development, Ministry of Finance and the Monetary Authority of Singapore said that this is because HDB flats are already subject to other criteria to prevent speculation and encourage financial prudence.

For example, there is a minimum owner occupation period of three to five years and a restriction on ownership to one flat per household.

HDB loans are offered to only eligible first-time flat buyers or second-timers who are upgrading.

Housing analysts said that the new measures would have an impact on the HDB market. Buyers who are not eligible for HDB loans must now fork out a higher downpayment as they can only borrow up to 80 per cent of their home purchase price.

This could depress the amounts of cash upfront paid to the seller above the flat's valuation, known as cash-over-valuation, since buyers are now less likely to have excess cash.

MM Lee wants Singaporeans to work harder to replace foreigners



From: OngBak3
Subject: MM Lee wants Singaporeans to work harder to replace foreigners

SINGAPORE citizens and permanent residents (PRs) receive very
different treatment in government policies, and this distinction has
sharpened further in recent months, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said
yesterday.

As the Government slows down the inflow of foreign workers, he urged
Singaporeans not to forget the contributions that foreigners have made
to the economy.

However, should the foreign worker tap be turned down too much, it
could lead to a 'deflating economy', he warned, in a speech that also
dwelt at length on the importance of boosting productivity.

MR LEE Kuan Yew last night painted a stark picture of what failure to
boost productivity growth could mean for Singapore.

To continue to grow and prosper while slowing the intake of foreign
workers, the same number of Singaporean workers must produce more,
said the Minister Mentor.

Otherwise, there will be a deflating economy, and knock-on effects on
jobs and asset values, he said.

-clarissa oon


From: baldeagle
Subject: Re: MM Lee wants Singaporeans to work harder to replace foreigners
On Feb 20, 9:48 am, "Allah , your only god Allah" wrote:

> I agreee with LKY ,

You are not alone...there are millions of
fools like you... in Singapore. You are fooled
by LKY and his people.

> without foreigen workers , Singapore will be out of
> Competition

You are wrong....Singaporean can and has been
competitive without foreign workers.
See SIA, DBS...and other commercial giants who
grew into international brands..without using
cheap workers.
Cheap foreign workers only help companies to
make bigger profit...in billions.

> Singapore products will be too expensive .

With foreign workers...things become even more
expensive. If you have the brain...just see how
expensive made-in-Singapore products have
become. The products are expensive because
the manufacturers make a huge profit margins.


From: NotMyProblem
Subject: Re: MM Lee wants Singaporeans to work harder to replace foreigners
"Allah , your only god Allah " wrote:

> I agreee with LKY ,

> without foreigen workers , Singapore will be out of
> Competition ./

> Singapore products will be too expensive .

Do you see any products cheaper now?. The cost of any product depends on
several factors; rental, utilities, taxes, govt fees, etc. labour cost
is very small in comparison.

Giving an example; Due to MOM's so called risk assessment thing, the
same job previously cost $300, now $900. The extra is for
"ass-covering"... sorry, risk assessment.

And do you know the amount of licenses needed for operation; BCA's,
SCDF's, NEA's, EMA's, MDA's etc, etc. and none of these licenses is
value-add to the products, just increase the cost.

From: baldeagle
Subject: : MM Lee warns Singaporeans...Reducing foreign workers would lead to income and property prices going down ! Is he telling the truth ?

LKY is NOT telling the truth. He try to create fear among
Singaporeans ..with lies. Is Singaporeans stupid...cannot
see through his spins.

Let's see if it was true that... if foreign workers go...the income
of Singapore workers will go down .

Employers are firing older Singaporeans earning high salary...
and replacing them with cheap foreign workers.
Employers are paying low wages to Singaporean workers
Many have no real increase in salary for years....because
foreign workers help employers to keep salary very low.

Without cheap foreign workers, Singaporean workers will see
their income rise (due to no more competition from cheap
workers), will enjoy fair pay for fair work, will see increment
in salary increases yearly.

LKY is a very smart spin doctor...he twisted the truth.

Rony Tan on Homosexuality and Lesbianism

Rony is at it again - bashing gays, homosexuals, monkeys, donkeys and Dogs.
Next, he is going to bash the casinos and gambling.
That will be interesting. Enjoy the video...

Teething Problems in New Casino


SINGAPORE: Resorts World Sentosa expects visitor numbers to its casino to dip significantly from Wednesday when the public holidays end.

This, after an overwhelming response to its opening, during the first three days of the Lunar New Year.

The casino has attracted some 41,000 people so far.

Police also made its first arrests when two foreign nationals, believed to be Mongolians, tried to use a false passport to gain entry.

Some 6,300 guests tried their luck at the casino during the last day of the Lunar New Year public holidays.

The more popular games included baccarat, roulette, pontoon and blackjack.

Although it was the end of the holiday period, some punters said they will be back.

Teething problems also emerged during the first three days of operations.

Long waits, overwhelmed facilities and confusion over dress code were some of the complaints received.

Resorts World Sentosa said there have been initial problems, and will take feedback from guests seriously.

Krist Boo, vice president, Communication, Resorts World Sentosa, said: "We had to turn away some of the customers on the first day because they came in slippers. So, the dress code for the casino as with a lot of world-class casino, is no slippers, no singlets and no shorts.

“So, we realised that some of the customers are not aware that the signs have been posted outside the casino. Yesterday, we started putting up more signage to inform the customers to come in proper attire."

With many new dealers on the floor, gamblers also questioned their competency.

Said one visitor to the casino: "It’s very slow, I don't see a lot of Singaporeans also. They are still at a learning stage and they made a number of mistakes."

Ms Boo added: "Mainly our croupiers are new to the industry. They started training as early as August last year so they have been training for quite a while. But nothing beats the real thing. So, when the casino opens, many are learning on the job."

Resorts World Sentosa said it would take some time for the croupiers to gain experience and they are working hard to put things right. - CNA/vm

Resorts World Casino is now officially opened


To be exact it opens at 12.18 noon today.

SINGAPORE: Singapore opened the first of two casino resorts Sunday, part of a multi-billion dollar bet to transform itself into a hot tourist destination and reduce the economy's reliance on manufacturing.

The casino at Resorts World Sentosa welcomed its first punter - a middle aged Singaporean woman - at the auspicious time of 12:18 pm (0418 GMT) on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

When pronounced in the Cantonese dialect, 12:18 sounds like "prosperity".

The first bettor was followed by an initial crowd of about 200 enthusiastic gamblers and within hours of the opening, hundreds more were queuing up outside. Ushers gave out free bottled water and ice cream in the sweltering tropical heat.

The opening - to be followed within months by a second casino resort built by Las Vegas Sands in Singapore's business district - is part of an ambitious plan to transform the city into a key destination for casino high-rollers, business executives and families.

"I'll probably play jackpot. I'm willing to wager around a hundred (dollars) in it," said Tiong Tak Si, 60, a retiree from Brunei.

Resorts World Sentosa, which is on Sentosa island, a former British garrison linked to the main island by bridge, is owned by Malaysian gaming giant Genting Group.

"We have waited a long time for this. Today's opening of the casino is a milestone for Resorts World Sentosa, for Genting Group and for Singapore," said group chairman Lim Kok Thay.

The construction of Resorts World Sentosa, together with the Las Vegas Sands' casino resort, Marina Bay Sands, is costing more than US$10 billion.

They will also offer visitors a range of glitzy hotels, restaurants and luxury goods shops.

Genting's casino complex includes a Universal Studios movie theme park, which it opened Sunday for sneak previews ahead of full operations.

Singapore, host to thousands of multinational corporations, is already a major travel draw because of its reputation for safety, cleanliness and efficiency, as well as man-made attractions such as top-end shopping malls.

However, it is a tiny island which lacks the white-sand beaches and breath-taking scenery found in neighbouring countries like Indonesia and Malaysia and the government is continually searching for new ideas to create a buzz about the city-state.

In 2008 it made sporting history when it hosted the world's first Formula One night race.

It has built the world's biggest observation wheel, the Singapore flyer, and an arts venue and has given its prime Orchard Road shopping belt a makeover.

Now it plans a landscaped area called Gardens by the Bay near the Marina Barrage built in 2008.

The city-state is aiming to get 17 million visitors a year generating more than US$21 billion by 2015, up from 9.7 million visitors last year.

Analysts expect the casino resorts to help the city meet those targets.

"There is clearly a push to add to the range and depth of attractions here and that is important for a place like this," said Robert McIntosh, an executive director with CBRE Hotels Asia Pacific, a consultancy firm.

"They (casino resorts) are a massive boost to overall tourism to Singapore," he told AFP.

CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, an independent brokerage firm, said Singapore's casinos are expected to generate revenues of US$2.1 billion this year, rising to US$3.5 billion in 2011.

Singapore in 2005 agreed to go ahead with the two casino resorts after a rare public debate.

Opponents feared gambling would threaten the city's "family values" and put it at risk of becoming a centre for money-laundering.

But the government has put in safeguards, including imposing a S$100 entrance fee for Singaporeans and permanent residents and banning anyone declared bankrupt from the casinos outright.

Last month it launched a dedicated police unit to investigate casino-related crimes.

Singapore rank 70th in Quality of life

From: OngBak3
Subject: Poor Singapore rank 70 in Quality of life
http://www1.internationalliving.com/qofl2010/

where is our Swiss standard? Swiss ranked 3 le, Think Ah Goh forgotten
his promise to give common Singaporeans Swiss standard.

To get to Swiss Standard, you need innovations. The way we talk
productivity and GDP growth must have made the Swiss laugh until
stomache pain.

We are always told to excel in everything we do, to be the best port,
the best airport and so forth. But when it comes to ranking of
standard of living we fall to 70. This only shows that we do our part
to make singapore no. 1, but how are we treated, how are we
treasured????...

To be accurate and meaningful, shld hv 2 different set of standard,
one for lions and one for sheep. our lions properly ranked 1st, sheep
rank very low.

Ah Goh is 3rd in the World but not S'poreans. $600k is a peanut to
them! Unforgetable comments!

Cost of Living 51
Leisure & Culture 71
Economy 68
Environment 39
Freedom 42
Health 74
Infrastructure 69
Risk & Safety 100
Climate 39
Final Score 61

Let's look at scores which are lower than 51.
Environment 39 => They look at population density. We are a city
state; we will sure lose. Nothing PAP can do about.
Freedom 42 => We know this also. No argument there. Perhaps PAP can
improve here.
Climate 39 => Very subjective. Some people prefer tropical weather.
Some people prefer 4 seasons. Nothing PAP can do about.
Other scores are not so bad

General Election definitely this year

Newsgroups: soc.culture.singapore
From: "truth"
Subject: GE definitely this year

The papist are trapped. They have only a small
window this year to hold GE without recession.
If they delay beyond this year, they definitely
have to fight an election in the mist of a recession
which could be as bad as or worst than 2009.

3 rd round briefings have been completed, so it
cannot be very far off.

I hope the oppositions are all ready to seize this
opportunity to make a big impact on Singapore
politics. Give LKY a present to bring to his grave.

Our ministers keep blaming us lazy choosy and stupid


garyngng
Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:51 am
To put it all in a nutshell.

Singaporeans are lazy stoopid and choosy - and these traits are clearly illustrated by our Ministers.

They earned more than Obama for just cutting ribbons every Sunday. The rest of the week's work are done by their subordinates, mostly foreign talents. Lazy.

Stoopid is well-illustrated by the losing of billions of dollars in their investments - another paper loss of 7.2 billions in UBS investment still outstanding, not to mentioned those already liquidated last year, out of fear! Stupid.

They take years to choose someone as CEO of Temasek, but in the end they got rid of him, and chose back their relative Ho Ching. By the way, they haven't chosen a replacement for LKY yet, after all these years. Choosy.

Watch how Ris Low wear a condom for you


Singapore’s influential celebrity, Ris Low, has captured our imagination again.

WATCH HER VIDEO ACT HERE....

The former Miss Singapore World 2009 recently made a video with Clicknetwork promoting safe sex. Ris Low donned a bikini and demonstrated the technique of putting on condoms... with bananas.

Unfortunately, Espire company (Ris Low is the brand spokesperson for Espire condom) did not think too highly of this video.

The company felt that the video made Ris Low look silly, and it affects the image which they are trying to portray for their brand. As we know, things are never straightforward with Ris Low. In a surprising twist, she claimed that Espire knew about the video and were “fine” with it.

I don't know who is telling the truth but do check out the video and see if Ris Low looks silly or not.

Singapore gambles on casinos to boost tourism


By Bernice Han (AFP) – 12 hours ago

SINGAPORE — Singapore opens the first of two casinos on Sunday as part of a campaign to attract millions of new tourists, but the rich city-state is not touting itself as a rival to glitzy Macau or Las Vegas.

Resorts World Sentosa, owned by Malaysian gaming giant Genting, will also feature Southeast Asia's first Universal Studios movie theme park.

The second casino complex, Marina Bay Sands, is currently being completed by US-based Las Vegas Sands and is expected to open in April.

Officials hope the casinos will help Singapore achieve its target of 17 million visitors a year generating over 21 billion US dollars by 2015, boosting the services sector and reducing the role of manufacturing in the economy.

Visitor arrivals fell to 9.7 million visitors in 2009, down 4.3 percent from 2008, but a surge in the final quarter of last year boosted the tourism industry's hopes that 2010 numbers will be better.

The arrival numbers include tourists using the island city-state as a jumpoff point to other Asian destinations.

Singapore hopes tourists will stay a little longer -- and spend a lot more -- as a result of the casino resorts.

Resorts World Sentosa is aimed at families, while Marina Bay Sands, located next to the banking district, is designed to cater to the corporate and convention crowd.

"Singapore's new casinos open up Southeast Asia as an entirely new market for multiple-billion dollar integrated entertainment," Jonathan Galaviz, an independent gaming industry analyst based in Las Vegas, told AFP.

A marine life park, a maritime museum, a spa and two more hotels will be launched at Resorts World Sentosa after 2010.

Singapore gave the green light for casino gambling in 2005, setting off a flurry of construction that went ahead despite the city-state slipping into recession in 2008 due to the impact of the global crisis.

The two "integrated resorts" will cost a total of over 10 billion dollars to build.

Unlike larger neighbours Malaysia and Indonesia, highly urbanised Singapore has no major natural destinations to offer and relies on man-made attractions such as shopping malls and wildlife parks to pull in tourists.

Galaviz said the Singapore casino resorts are not expected to compete "substantially" with gambling-driven Macau because the resorts are pitched at visitors who prioritise entertainment over gambling.

The success of Singapore's casino resorts will be measured by how the attractions outside of the gaming rooms perform, he added.

"It's important for everybody to remember that more than 90 percent of (Singapore resorts' facilities) have nothing to do with casino gaming," he said.

"The more important metric to gauge the ultimate success of the (resorts) will be the non-casino revenue such as hotel rooms, retail, and restaurants."

Galaviz says Singapore's gaming market is expected to generate revenues of two billion dollars annually, which will be significantly lower than what Singapore residents already spend annually in legal gaming.

Figures from Singapore Totalisator Board, the city-state's sole legal betting operator, showed 5.77 billion dollars were wagered on horse racing, football matches, among others, in the year to March 2009.

Sg Govt framed me - say Romanian Diplomat Ionescu


Romanian diplomat claims he was framed
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» S'pore requests return of Romanian diplomat

THE Romanian diplomat who has been identified by the Singapore police as a suspect in two separate hit-and-run incidents in Bukit Panjang, had told the Romanian media that he had been "set-up" by the Singapore Government.

This was stated in a statement issued Thursday night by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to the Romanian Ambassador to Singapore, requesting for Dr Silviu Ionescu to return to Singapore to attend the coroner's inquiry.

Dr Ionescu, who served as Romania's charge d'affaires to Singapore, said he had been set-up by authorities because he was reporting on political matters here.

Click here to find out more!
The 49-year-old also alleged that there had been a similar case in 2007, when he was accused of being the driver in a hit-and-run accident.

But he added that he was eventually let off as he had an alibi at that time.

The MFA said that Dr Ionescu had made very serious allegations against the integrity of the Singapore Government.

It also added that such allegations were also a gross insult to the victims of the two accidents and that Dr Ionescu's claim that he had been accused in 2007 was entirely false.

According to MFA's records, a vehicle registered under the Romanian Embassy was involved in two traffic accidents in 2007.

The first was a minor non-injury accident which did not involve Dr Ionescu as another person was driving the car. The matter was not pursued.

In the second accident, Dr Ionescu was the driver but it was established that he was not at fault and action was taken against the other driver involved in the accident.

The statement from MFA added: "These facts clearly show that Dr Ionescu's claims are fictitious and at no time was he ever accused by the police of being the driver in a hit-and-run accident in 2007."

The Straits Times reported that while Dr Ionescu has not responded to any calls from them since he left Singapore on Dec 18, he has given interviews in Romania, maintaining his innocence and that there was a witness who could exonerate him.

The newspaper also reported that Dr Ionescu had told Antena 3 in a television interview last Saturday, that he had asked several times last year to be withdrawn from Singapore because he felt political pressure.

PhD Taxi Driver published book

From: "David Teo"

When I read his blog, I thought it was fiction. However, I had a physicist
friend formerly from the same institute who confirm this chap is real.
Although he was China born like my grandfather, he is very much a
Singaporean. And we should respect him as one. What would be interesting to
know is the other side of the story from the institute's new management. dt

"Zanzibar" wrote in message

> http://taxidiary.blogspot.com/2010/02/announcement_11.html
> Thursday, February 11, 2010
> Announcement
> I am pleased to make the announcement that the book entitled "Diary of a
> Taxi Driver" is now being published and will be available early next
> month.
> The book contains the edited posts from this blog, as well as a number of
> stories and other materials written exclusively for the book.

> You can pre-order a copy of the book from this blog now. If you do so, you
> will get a special autographed copy, priced at $19.90 (no GST) per copy
> with
> free delivery via Singpost mail in Singapore (international readers will
> have to wait till book is available on Amazon.com).

> To make the order, please go to the sitehttp://bit.ly/aU184qand place the
> order for the book using your credit card. The book will be mailed to you
> once it is printed in late Feb/early March.

> This book would not have been possible without the enthusiasm and
> encouragement from all the readers of my blog. Therefore, I would like to
> thank all of you for your support.

> Wish everyone a prosperous new year of tiger.
> Posted by Mingjie Cai

It will be very interesting to read this book. I can't imagine this
chinaman taxi driver who was previously a A star stanford scientist
could end up in this way in Singapore. I hope this book can be read as
free read in google books.

The fate of the 3 racist Chinese boy is out

SpringSage

THE three youths arrested last week over racist activities on social networking site Facebook have been punished, but they will not face criminal sanctions as their offences do not merit such draconian action.

In a statement, the Police said that the unnamed teen who started the racist group has been placed on the Ministry of Community, Youth and Sports' (MCYS) Guidance Programme.

According to the MCYS website, the programme started in 1997 is for first-time offenders that commit minor offences, offering them an 'opportunity ... to make amends and resolve against re-offending in the future.'

The youth will undergo a 'voluntary six-month programme that focuses on counselling and rehabilitation with the active involvement of parents ... If the juvenile completes the Guidance Programme successfully, he will not be charged by the Police' but issued with a caution instead.

The two youths who acted as administrators for the group, 17-year-old Sam Soo Siu Weng and 18-year-old Goh Jun Yi, have also been let off with a caution.

The Straits Times understands that a caution is less serious than an official Police warning. Those cautioned will not be considered to have a criminal record, although it does become part of their history and can be taken into account if the they are found to have committed similar offences in future, like say, setting up racist blogs

Police must act against Pastor Rony Tan


Newsgroups: soc.culture.singapore
From: "truth"
Subject: Police must act against Pastor Rony Tan

The Lighthouse Evangelism Paster Rony Tan made some disparaging
comment on Buddhism.
This is a breach of the law on Religious Harmony.
The Singapore Police must act. Failure to will demostrate to Singaporeans
that the pap government is controlled by fanatical Christians.
Blood will flow on the streets if the pap government don't move in early to
curb the activities of fanatical Christians who are not tolerant of other
religions.

From: "truth"
Subject: Pastor Rony Tan claimed Buddhism is demonic

Watch the third video.

In this part towards the end, Paster Rony Tan made the
following outrageous and false claims.

1.He claimed that Buddhism is demonic.
2.He rubbished Buddhism concept of reincarnation.
3.He claimed that Buddhism engaged in David Copperfield
trickery.
4. He put false words into the mouth of a dying Buddha.
He claimed that the dying Buddha's last words was "I am still
searching for the way."
5. He then claimed that Jesus appeared and told Buddha that
"I am the way."

This man and people of his kind are very dangerous for peace
and harmony in this world. We must put a stop to these
selfishly destructive people.

There are enough charges to lock him up for his lifetime.
I hope the Singapore Police act fast.

I also hope the Singapore pap government watch this trend of
evangelical Christians falsifying other religious teachings, mocking
and denegrading other religious teachings in order to grow their
memberships.

I forsee plenty of blood on the streets of Singapore if no
actions are taken against this paster Rony Tan and other pasters
who engaged in similar denegrading of other religious teachings.
The government must put a stop to these fanatical religious
extremism in Singapore be it Islam, Christian, Buddhism or any
other religions.

Rony Tan is a demon just like the Muslim
extremists.

What he has done is wrong and very dangerous.
It has the potential to initiate a religious war in
Singapore. It has the potential to destabilise
Singapore.

If the Singapore government can act to detain
suspected Muslim extremists, why is the Singapore
government so reluctant to charge Rony Tan ?
What Rony Tan did can have the same end
results as those suspected Muslim extremists
detained under by the ISD.

"~" <~...@home.com> wrote in message news:hkq2pf$pda$1@mawar.singnet.com.sg...
> Does Pastor Rony Tan have the right to find the truth?
> Did the running down of other religions help him to increase
> his flock of sheeps?
> What makes him think the Monk is a Monk?
> What makes him believe that the claimed Nun knows anything
> about nun hood?
> Is Pastor Rony Tan part of the world wide movement to
> save christianty from final destruction?

> Who knows what is a true GOD?
> As far as I know those who know never
> open their mouth?
> What ever religions one believes on, you would not
> know which is right until you dead.
> My conclusion is all religions are real,
> so far as I know none came back and prove
> that Christ, Mohd.,Buhda etc is true, it must
> be more confortable down there thye do not complain????????



ISD calls up pastor for insensitive comments (ST 9 Feb)/Youtube Videos of Saga
Posted by admin 8 February, 2010

THE Government called up a Christian church leader yesterday after receiving complaints about online video clips that show him making insensitive comments about Buddhism.

The Internal Security Department yesterday met Senior Pastor Rony Tan, founder of the Lighthouse Evangelism independent church, and told him that what he did was wrong.

Last night, he posted an apology on the church’s website, promising to respect other faiths and ‘not ridicule them in any way, shape or fashion’.

The video clips, which first appeared on the church’s website two weeks ago, showed Pastor Tan questioning two church members as they recounted their past experiences as Buddhists.

In the exchanges, some of Pastor Tan’s comments -- on Buddhist precepts of rebirth, karma and nirvana -- drew laughter from his audience.

The Ministry of Home Affairs said last night that his comments were ‘highly inappropriate and unacceptable as they trivialised and insulted the beliefs of Buddhists and Taoists’.

It said the ISD told him that in preaching or spreading his faith, ‘he must not run down other religions, and must be mindful of the sensitivities of other religions’.

Singapore’s Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act makes it unlawful for a person to make insensitive comments about other religions.

In his apology last night, the pastor did not refer to being at the ISD. Instead, he said he had received e-mail messages from people who had been ’saddened and hurt’ by what he had said, and realised that his presentation and comments were wrong and offensive.

‘So I sincerely apologise for my insensitivity towards the Buddhists and Taoists, and solemnly promise that it will never happen again,’ he said.

Although the video clips are no longer on the church’s website, netizens have reposted them on other forums.

Two short clips show Pastor Tan asking church member Joseph Wee about the time he was a Buddhist in the 1980s, including a short stint as a monk.

Mr Wee described chanting words he did not understand, and his frustration at not getting answers to his questions about attaining nirvana -- the Buddhist state of enlightenment.

Pastor Tan drew laughter from his audience with his remarks on the chanting, and compared Mr Wee’s effort to seek answers from his mentors as ‘the blind leading the blind’.

In a third video clip, a woman claimed she could recite an ancient Buddhist chant even though she had never heard it. Pastor Tan suggested that the words had been put into her mind by ‘demons’.

The video clips, carrying the church’s ‘Miracle TV’ logo, first appeared on the online forum HardwareZone on Feb 3. By last night, the forum thread had chalked up nearly 1,600 comments and more than 63,000 page views.

On YouTube, the three videos have garnered about 4,000 views each.

Many viewers who left comments felt that Pastor Tan’s comments about Buddhism were insensitive and unfair.

Lighthouse Evangelism has branches in Tampines and Woodlands, and describes itself as a ‘megachurch’. It has more than 12,000 members and is not affiliated with the National Council of Churches of Singapore.

The church was founded in 1978 by Pastor Tan who, in his online autobiography, said he was born into a Taoist family. His son Pacer is the church’s youth pastor, while his daughter Tracy leads the church’s drama ministry.

Buddhist and Taoist groups who had received complaints said last night that while it was good the authorities intervened, more should be done to ensure that such incidents did not recur.

Venerable Kwang Phing, secretary-general of the Singapore Buddhist Federation, said: ‘We put in so much work to maintain religious harmony in Singapore; it takes only one or two persons to jeopardise that process.’

In his apology, Pastor Tan urged netizens who have been circulating the videos to stop doing so.

He said also that he wanted to tell his followers ‘not only to continue to love souls, but also to respect other beliefs and not to ridicule them in any way, shape or fashion’.

He added: ‘Let’s put our goal to build a harmonious Singapore a top priority.’


From: baldeagle
Subject: Re: Rony Tan is a low down clown...telling lies and sick insulting jokes...in the name of Christ. He has to apologize now...like a pathetic fool.

On Feb 10, 9:32 am, Frankie Lee wrote:

> Rony Tan's honorable reputation and fame did not come overnight.He
> earned it.

He is like you, ..knows very little about Christianity, ..and
knows nothing about other religions.

He told lies, about things he know nothing about, he
act like a cheap street clown ...trying to earn tell sad,
insulting jokes to earn donations...in the name of Christ.

Others are NOT fooled. He got into hot water...His lies have
been found out...

He had to bow low in disgrace,...for his lies....Like a
fool , he had to apologize for his sick, insulting jokes
and lies.

He is pathetic.

From: OngBak3 <5191 ...="" gmail.com="">
Subject: Re: Rony Tan is a low down clown...telling lies and sick insulting jokes...in the name of Christ. He has to apologize now...like a pathetic fool.

So your God prefer to kill thousands of Haitians, but save a few rich
and well-to-do Singaporeans.?

Frankie, you are living under a coconut shell.

I tell you the truth. If you drink my sperm you will have long life
and will become a saint in Heaven. Frankie, that 's the kind of
healing power I have that even Rony Asshole Tan (Rat) does not have. I
will do it for you in front of all my Church members - 10,000 of them.

You Lighthouse christians are no different from Saint Osama of the Al
Queda evangelism. He promised his members they will go to heaven and
have 72 virgins waiting for them, should they die in their Jihad.

These videos below would have caused bloodshed and violence in other countries and if the religion is another religion instead of Buddhism, Rony may not be alive today.

The Japanese had always find Chinese hard to trust in business and they have good reasons. Many Chinese even forgot their own roots when come to matter of self-interest and money. Even the gigantic Great Wall cannot defend against the Chinese themselves. That was how the minority Mongols and Manchus conquered China with the Great Wall intact. They just have to exploit the weakness of the Chinese - each for themselves, and only themselves.


Vietnamese girls sold to Singapore brothels

From: "truth"

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/social/201002/Nine-girls-rescued-from-be...

VietNamNet Bridge - Police of the southern province of Tay Ninh and
guards at HCM City's Tan Son Nhat airport on February 9 rescued nine girls
who were about to sold to brothels in Singapore.

Police arrested three people, Tran Thi Kim Ngan, 19 from Tay Ninh, Ly
Thanh Mong, 25 from Vinh Long province and Do Van Thanh Nhut, 21 from HCM
City when they were carrying out formalities for nine girls to leave Vietnam
to Singapore at the Tan Son Nhat airport.

Two others were arrested after that, Vo Thi Hiep, 46 from An Giang
province and Tran Thi Kim Ngoc, 19 from Tay Ninh province.

According to investigators, these people went to provinces in the
Mekong River Delta to choose pretty rural girls at the age of 20-30 to sell
to brothels in Singapore.

Ngan and Nhut directly met girls to persuade them to go to Singapore
to work for an "extremely high salary". However, they were sold to brothels.

Police are expanding investigations and cooperating with Singaporean
agencies to detect and rescue other Vietnamese girls sold to Singapore by
this ring.

Resort World at Sentosa - casino to open first hour of Chinese New Year

SINGAPORE'S much-anticipated integrated resort (IR), Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) will open its doors on the first day of the Lunar New Year, February 14.
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The public will be allowed to enjoy a preview of Universal Studios, as well as dining and shopping venues.

The casino, which will see its soft-opening that day, will have its first play during an auspicious hour at a private ceremony and the public will be allowed through its doors at 12.18pm.

Attractions such as the Lake of Dreams and evening previews of the Universal Studios theme park will make its debut that day. However, rides and shows will not be operational.

Mr Tan Hee Teck, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RWS said that the rides and shows in theme park are still undergoing fine-tuning.

Opening hours for Universal Studios will be from 5pm to 9pm every night from February 14 to 21. Admission costs $10.

Universal Studios Singapore will open on February 22, 2010 to Resorts World Sentosa, Genting, and Universal employees followed by limited audiences of staff families, charities and invited guests.

It is expected to open to public in early March

The casino levy can be bought at 11.18 am on Friday, February 12, 2010.

Singapore citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents can purchase the levy from counters outside the Resorts World Sentosa casino and online at www.rwsentosa.com.

Details of the tours, levy terms and conditions will be posted online from Friday.

Enquiries can be made at enquiries@rwsentosa.com or 6577 8888/99.

----------------------------------------------

Have you guys noticed something? This casino doesn't have a official name. The door entrance just have the word "CASINO". It doesn't have a name by itself like those restaurants or casinos elsewhere.

THE doors to Singapore's first casino and Universal Studios theme park will be flung open by the Chinese New Year, which is widely regarded as an auspicious time.

Tenants and staff at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) told The Straits Times that they have been gearing up for the big opening at the end of this week.

One tenant said yesterday they had been told by the management that the theme park is targeted to open on either Feb 12 or 13, and the casino would open on Feb 13.

'We were told this a couple of days ago. We are very excited about good business during Chinese New Year,' said Mr Zie Samad, manager of Chili's, a restaurant which is just beside the theme park entrance. Entertainment veteran Dennis Foo, who is opening a new club at the integrated resort (IR) by early May, said 'more than three people in senior management' had told him the theme park would be taking in its first guests this week.

Mr Foo toured the IR last month and pronounced the casino '100 per cent ready'.

Several casino staff, who spoke to The Straits Times on condition of anonymity, said they were told to be ready for the casino's opening before Chinese New Year.

Malaysian actress Christy pose n-u-d-e for Singapore magazine





From: OngBak3
Subject: Malaysian actress pose n-ude for Singapore magazine
Actress Christy Yow posed nu-de for S'pore magazine

Actress Christy Yow has posed n-u-d-e for a magazine in Singapore.

Yow, who played the legendary striptease Rose Chan in her new movie
Mei Gui Xiang (The charming Rose) and acted in several Singapore
Chinese dramas, has become the first Malaysian n-u-d-e cover girl.

She appears on the cover of the first issue of a movie magazine called
F*** (Film, Fame & Frank) that hit the streets last week.

Click here to find out more!
"The cover looks amazing! I certainly look amazing - awesome," she
said.

Well-known for her 36C breasts, the 23-year-old Ipoh lass had wanted
to look sexy and a little "mysterious" in the photographs.

"Someone just asked if I always have to look so sexy in all my photos
and will I not be afraid to be typecast? I guess not! I wanna do
things that I still can manage now," she wrote in her blog.

Yow told Lianhe Wanbao that she trusted the crew for their
professionalism.

She said only the photographer, hair stylist, make-up artist and her
manager were in the studio during the photo shooting session.

"Although all of them are men, they are those whom I trust very much
and work closely with," she said.

Genting Singapore issued Casino license


Resorts World at Sentosa awarded casino licence
Posted: 06 February 2010 1602 hrs

SINGAPORE: The Resorts World at Sentosa Integrated Resort has been awarded its casino licence.

In a brief statement posted on its website, the Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore said the licence was granted on Saturday.

Previously, Resorts World had said it's ready to start operating Singapore's first legal casino as soon as the government issued the gambling licence.

The other integrated resort by Marina Bay Sands is set to open in April after encountering construction delays.

So far, about 3,500 people with serious criminal records have been barred from the two casinos when they open.

In a statement on Friday night, the police said notices called the Commissioner of Police Exclusion Orders will be served on those with a history of crimes related to drugs, illegal moneylending, prostitution and secret societies, among other things.

It's the latest in a series of steps taken by the authorities to keep criminal elements out of the casinos opening soon. - CNA/vm

Companies which deprived Singaporeans of jobs

truth
Subject: Co which deprived Singaporeans of jobs

European company ST Microelectronics is conducting a massive recruitment
exercise in Penang on 6 February 2010 to seek Malaysians for various
positions in Singapore:

The positions on offer include process engineers, industrial engineers and
production managers.

These are positions which are highly sought after among Singapore
engineering graduates.

Singapore produce more than 1,000 engineers yearly from both NUS and NTU.
There should be ample local applicants for these vacancies.

Why is ST Microelectronics incurring extra expenses to go all the way up
north to Penang to recruit Malaysian engineers? Are they more qualified than
Singapore engineers?

Leaders from the ruling party have been claiming that foreign workers are
needed in sectors shunned by Singaporeans.

The mainstream media has been selling the story to Singaporeans that local
companies have no choice but to turn to foreigners because few Singaporeans
wish to take up the jobs on offer.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his New Year Day's message that
Singaporeans will remain a "priority" for his administration.

Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong signaled a "shift" in the ruling party's
pro-foreigner policies by emphasizing the need for Singapore to reduce its
heavy dependence on foreigners and to boost labor productivity.

Even the strongest advocate for foreign workers, MM Lee Kuan Yew had
backtracked lately.

In a speech made at HDB's 50th anniversary, Lee was reported to say:

"The next five years, we have decided we will tier down our need for foreign
workers. We will pay for help to educate people, continuing education and
training, which means a lot of money, probably co-payment with the employer
to send him,"

[Straits Times, 28 January 2010]

Since the government has already expressed its intentions explicitly, why
are companies like ST Microelectronics still employing foreigners at the
expense of Singaporeans?

It is not as if Malaysian engineers are more highly qualified than
Singaporean engineers. If this is so, then Singaporeans should be flocking
across the Causeway to study in Malaysian universities instead of the other
way round.

How does the ruling party explain the discrepancy between their words and
actions taken on the ground by major MNCs like ST Microelectronics which
should be heeding its exhortations to employ more locals and upgrade their
skills!

A job gained by a Malaysian is one lost for a Singaporean.

There are many Singapore engineering graduates who will jump at the chance
of working for ST Microelectronics.

In other developed countries, such jobs are usually reserved for their own
citizens. Only in Singapore where Singaporeans are so openly discriminated
as evident by the numerous job ads put up on the internet seeking foreigners
to fill vacancies which should otherwise belong to them.

It appears that the situation on the ground will not improve by much with
the cosmetic changes introduced by the ruling party to placate angry voters.

Singaporeans will have to make their voices heard through the ballot box to
ensure that their interests are taken care of now and they will not be
relegated to becoming "second class citizens" in their own country.

Singaporeans household debt amongst highest in the world

From: "truth"
Subject: Re: Singaporeans houselhold debts amongst the highest in the world

Yeh these papist nincompoops are a bunch of
frustrated maniac. So to let of steam, they screw
Singaporeans esp the poor and the average ones.
They hated the poor and average Singaporeans.
These papist nincompoops are sadistic.

"yansimon52" wrote in message

news:30448eae-eeb5-44cd-9d18-cc4f27827dd0@m35g2000prh.googlegroups.com...
On Feb 5, 11:42 am, "truth" wrote:

> Singapore 174% of personal disposal income.
> UK 116%
> Japan 100%
> USA 90%

> No wonder Singaporeans are struggling. Work the longest hours
> but get the one of the lowest pay, they have to borrow huge sums
> to buy their expensive homes. They take a lifetime to service their
> mortgages leaving little for their retirment. No wonder Singaporeans
> are a very stress lots.

Almost all sgian kena fucked left and right on PAP govt
policies.......becos, MIW only fucked their wife. Should provide those
vietnamese girl to our MIWs for free fuck...just to keep their libido
ticking.
Just like when you always locked your dog not allowing him to go out
for a walk...this dog is too frustrated and become very fierce. Same
as our MIWs....they behave tooooo decent....this may affect their
mentality....

Nadia Fazlini - Singapore actress in sexscandal video


Our New Year Wishes came through, the first scandal of the year.
Watch the pictures from the New Paper below...




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These statistics confirmed pap cheating Singaporeans?

From: "truth"
Subject: These statistics confirmed papist leegime cheating Singaporeans

The worldwide study conducted and released by UBS lately, titled "Price and
Earnings 2009? has some unflattering results for Singapore. (download the
study here)

While our economy has the highest GDP (PPP) per capita in Asia at $49,288
according to a World Bank report (source: Wikipedia), our people do not
enjoy a quality of life which commensurate with it.

Though we are technically a developed first world country, some economic
indictators as shown by the UBS study suggested that Singaporeans are not
that better off than those in Third World countries.

Low wages

Singapore has a GDP (PPP) per capita higher than Switzerland, but our wages
are way below the Swiss.

The UBS study found that employees in Copenhagen, Zurich, Geneva and New
York have the highest gross earnings. With its extremely high gross wages
and comparatively low tax rates, Switzerland is a very employee-friendly
country.

The net wages used have been deducted for taxes and social security.

Zurich and Geneva have wage indices (gross) of 119.8 and 107.5 respectively.
In contrast, Singapore has a wage index of only 31.3, comparable with Moscow
(30.9), Tallinn (28.7) and Johannesburg (26.7).

In the Asia-Pacific region, it is exceeded by Tokyo (83.0), Sydney (74.1),
Auckland (44.1), Hong Kong (42.3), Taipei (35.5) and Seoul (32.3)

Low domestic purchasing power

Where does an average income buy the most products and services? Wages alone
do not determine the standard of living in a particular city or country.

A better way to measure prosperity is to divide the average annual salary by
the total price of a selected basket of goods and services (as used in the
UBS study). This tells us how much purchasing power local wages.

Again, Zurich (106.9), Sydney (95.9) and Luxembourg (95.4) topped the list -
its citizens have the highest domestic purchasing power.

Singaporeans have a low purchasing power of only 39.9, comparable to Kuala
Lumpur (39.5), Warsaw (34.0) and Bogota (33.7).

Other countries in the Asia-Pacific region which are ahead of us are Tokyo
(82.2), Auckland (68.9), Taipei (58.9), Hong Kong (58.1) and Seoul (57.4).

In other words, though the cost of living is higher in Tokyo, the average
Japanese has a domestic purchasing power more than twice that of an average
Singaporean.

Though Malaysia is still a developing country and has a GDP (PPP) per capita
of only $14,215, less than 3 times of ours, the ordinary Malaysian citizen
has about the same domestic purchasing power as the Singaporean.

Low relative purchasing power of wages

This is calculated in the UBS study by using a specific, highly uniform
product that is available everywhere in the same quality, and then calculate
how long an employee has to work to afford it in each city.

For the purpose of this article, the iPod nano (with 8 GB of storage) is
used.

An average wage earner is Zurich and New York can buy a nano from an Apple
store after nine hours of work. A Singapore worker will have to work three
times longer after 27.5 hours.

The figures for selected Asia-Pacific cities are as follows: Sydney
(9.5hrs), Tokyo (12hrs), Auckland (16hrs), Hong Kong (19hrs), Seoul (22hrs)
and Taipei (23.5hrs). Again we came in last among the 4 Asian Tigers.

Long working hours

People work an average of 1,902 hours per year in the surveyed cities, but
they work much longer in Asian and Middle Eastern cities, averaging 2,119
and 2,063 per year respectively.

European cities had the lowest working hours per year. A global comparison
showed the people in Lyon and Paris spend the least amount of time at work:
1,582 and 1,594 hours respectively.

Singaporeans spent on average 2,088 hours at work per year with 11 days of
vacation.

This is less than Hong Kong (2,295) and Seoul (2,312), but more than Tokyo
(1,997), Taipei (2,074), Sydney (1,747) and Auckland (1,884).

Singaporeans also took the least number of holidays after Hong Kongers (10
days/year).

High cost of living

Singapore was ranked the second most expensive place to live in after Tokyo,
surpassing Hong Kong for the first time.

Let us compare the food prices in Singapore and other developed countries
since food is a basic necessity.

In the UBS study, a basket of 39 food items is put together and weighted
mainly according to Western European consumption habits. The average
worldwide cost of the basket is USD385.

In Asia, Tokyo topped the list with an index of 124.7, followed by Hong Kong
(96.5), Singapore (89.4), Seoul (89.0), Taipei (67.9) and Sydney (66.3)

Conclusion

The high cost of living coupled with low wages and domestic purchasing power
condemns the average Singapore worker to an ignonimous, monotonus and
stressful working life.

Singapore workers have to work harder to earn the same amount of money and
save for a longer period to purchase the same product.

In 1991, then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong promised Singaporeans that we
will be able to achieve the "Swiss standard of living" within a decade. Ten
years later, we have a living standard which is closer to Russia than
Switzerland.

Like Singapore, the Russians has a low wage and domestic purchasing power
and Russia, especially the city of Moscow, has one of the highest cost of
living in the world.

In the next part of this article, we shall examine the uncanny similiarities
between life in Singapore and Russia after the disintegration of the Soviet
Union.

(Source of study:
http://www.ubs.com/1/e/media_overview/media_global/releases?newsId=17...)

(http://www.ubs.com/1/e/wealthmanagement/wealth_management_research/pr...)

Casey Lin say Singaporeans are inflated expenses

LiAhGong wrote:

Crucial to survival of this company...
THE negative view of foreign talent misses a truism for employers like me which is this:
Singaporeans may have achieved academic meritocracy but professional meritocracy needs a drastic lift. The foreign staff in my company have contributed invaluable insights into the way we operate. Previously and for years, when my company's workforce was almost wholly local, we were bereft of such fresh and productive insights.Foreign staff have improved my company's productivity and added to the wealth of our collective knowledge. Hiring locals can lead to a false sense of professional growth.

For instance, when we had a staff crunch because of stringent quotas on foreign workers, we had to keep the local staff who were prima donnas or largely unproductive.

We gave them pay rises because we could not afford to lose them.
But the salary increases only served to give the less deserving local employees an inflated sense of their professional worth. It is hard to compete now because the lack of sufficient labour has increased our business costs which is in turn, threatening to price us out of our market.
Foreign employees not only help keep our labour costs competitive, they provide a much-needed reality check on the sense and value of our professionalism.
--Casey Lin

I disagree with Casey Lin, as i came from two multi billion local MNC, I see it as local boss refuse to trust local talent, but willingly taken in by foreigners, bec the local bosses in the beginning had already look down on local talents.

garyngng wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:18 am

Lots of locals are very good at cost cutting and very innovative in driving productivity. Casey probably did not know or he himself as he said, is living in a false sense of professionalism. And did not make enough effort to find those Singaporeans who can do the job.

So to Find the easy way out, he gets some foreign talents to sought out his own mess, and blame it on the Singaporeans.

He is probably right about some Singaporeans, of which he is a good example, provided he is a Singaporean in the first place.

Ng Teng Fong Can't Bring Along All His Money With Him

From: Zanzibar

Subject: Re: Property Tycoon Ng Teng Feng died. He can't bring along all his money with him

> No one can bid the odd, be it rich or poor.
> Property Tycoon Ng Teng Feng died.
> He can't bring along all his blood sucking money from the property
> with him.

Indeed no one can beat the odd, - not even the mega-rich. Even at age
82, he can't extend his own "life speed". No one can predict his or
her life span of it.

Singapore's richest man is ex-underworld boss.html

Sharon Au marrying a angmo 8 yrs younger than her

SpringSage wrote:
SINGAPORE: Former MediaCorp host Sharon Au has revealed that she intends to tie the knot with her French boyfriend who is eight years her junior, but said it would not be held this year.

According to a report on The New Paper, the nuptials will be a very private affair held in Tokyo, where 34-year-old Au is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree at Waseda University on a MediaCorp scholarship.

The pair met while Au was in Lyon, France, in 2008, for a one-year exchange programme to study French and Law as part of her degree studies.

"He is the one. My mum loves him too," she said.

Au had gushed about how happy and content she was in her relationship in her blog entries. However, she was tight-lipped about her beau and refused to divulge any details about him, including his name, although photos of the happy couple appeared frequently in her blog.

"We belong to the same self-deprecating family. We are both crazy in the same goofy way. The way we lip-sync to a favourite song, dance like *censored* when we are in high spirits and chuckle at the most inappropriate moments," Au wrote in a blog entry in January last year. "This is chemistry."

Au was named Best Variety Show Host consecutively from 2000 to 2004 at the annual Star Awards but left MediaCorp at the height of her career in 2005 to further her studies.


She sounded pretty naive to me.
It looks like her mother like him more, that's why.
If they are crazy about lipsync and doing crazy things, they make good buddies.
But husband and wife? Yuck!

Say NO to Nuclear Power in Singapore

From: "truth"
Subject: Say NO to Nuclear Power

By Ravi Philemon

Led by Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the Economic Strategies
Committee (ESC) in unveiling its ambitious plans for Singapore's economic
transformation suggested the feasibility of using nuclear energy to meet the
base load electricity demand and ensure Singapore's energy security in the
long run.

The government of Singapore should seriously consider if nuclear energy is
something that is suitable for a country like Singapore.

The cost of launching a nuclear power reactor from the ground up is too slow
and expensive a process. And the World Information Service on Energy has
rightly pointed out that when factors like construction, extraction,
treatment, conversion, transport and stocking of waste are taken into
account, the nuclear sector's CO2 emissions are far from negligible.

It takes many years to build a nuclear reactor and the billions of dollars
of investment needed to build the nuclear reactors would create twice the
amount of carbon pollution in that time frame. And what's more important is
that it takes away the resources needed to implement meaningful climate
change proposals.

Patrick Moore, a prominent environmentalist, said in his 1976 Greenpeace
Report that "Nuclear power plants are, next to nuclear warheads themselves,
the most dangerous devices that man has ever created. Their construction and
proliferation is the most irresponsible, in fact the most criminal, act ever
to have taken place on this planet."

In November 2000, the United Nations Climate Change talks in The Hague
refused to give nuclear energy greenhouse gas credits, recognizing it for
what it was: a dirty, dangerous and unnecessary technology.

Nuclear power was dealt a further blow when a United Nations Sustainable
Development Conference refused to label nuclear energy a sustainable
technology in April 2001.

But is nuclear energy the way to go to ensure energy security?

In September 2009, Yves Marignac, a leading international consultant on
nuclear energy issues, referring to 50 Years of French Failings in Nuclear
Power, said at a major U.S. news media briefing that if the real aim of the
nuclear programme was to reduce oil dependence, then it has clearly failed
in its objectives; that over 70 percent of France's final energy is provided
by fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal), with oil accounting for 49 percent of the
energy consumption in 2007. Nuclear power cannot provide energy security, as
it only has a marginal effect upon oil consumption, which is dominated by
the transport sector. [2]

It is but a myth that nuclear power promotes "energy security"!

The truth is:

1.. There are no 100% safe reactors in the world. All operational reactors
have safety flaws, which cannot be eliminated by safety upgrading. The spent
fuel of these nuclear reactors have the potential to release catastrophic
radioactivity and are also prone to acts of sabotage and terrorist attacks.
2.. There is no secure, risk-free way to store nuclear waste. The waste
remains radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years.
3.. It encourages the proliferation of nuclear technology and materials
usable in nuclear weapons and "dirty bombs".
The truth is the risks from nuclear energy are real, inherent and
long-lasting, and I hope the Prime Minister of Singapore will rule out this
suggestion of the ESC.

Ng Teng Fong - Singapore's Richest Man Dies


Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Singapore billionaire Ng Teng Fong, the city-state’s richest man, died today after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage on Jan. 23, Far East Organization Pte, the company he founded, said in a statement.

Ng, 82, was taken to hospital for an operation after the injury occurred, the statement said. He started Far East, Singapore’s largest private property developer, in the 1960s, and Sino Group, parent of Hong Kong-listed Sino Land Co.

The two companies have revenue of $5.5 billion and hold assets of $40 billion, including 4,727 hotel rooms on 12 properties, according to Far East’s Web site. Far East developed Singapore’s Fullerton Hotel as well as the Orchard Central mall in the city-state’s Orchard Road district. The company’s residential developments include the Icon and SOHO at Central in Singapore.

“I don’t expect a sudden shift in Far East or a change of heads,” said Nicholas Mak, a lecturer in real estate at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore. “His children have been running the company for more than a decade. He was a shrewd businessman. They’ve had a reputation of launching their residential condos at rather aggressive prices. They are prepared to wait out a longer marketing period and that shows they had the holding power.”

Forbes Asia listed Ng as Singapore’s wealthiest man in 2009 with holdings of $8 billion. The Khoo family, descendants of banker Khoo Teck Puat, were ranked as Singapore’s second-richest persons with $5.5 billion, according to the rankings released in September.

Can MBT explain how "affordability" can equate to high HDB prices



From: Zanzibar
Subject: Can MBT explain how "affordability" can equate to high HDB prices.

Mah recently keep harping on his usual argument in that it is
affordability level of the HDB that is still affordable.

Can Mah please explain to the people as to how can one affords to
purchase the same flat of the same size at the same level when the
price of that flat of the has already doubled in the last three years,
and that when there was no change of his salary or for couple, there
was no change on their combined salaries in the appllication of formig
of a family nucleus.

For example, let say a resale flat of 3 rm flat was, let say, 170,000
dollar. A family or a single who want to buy that flat, would, let
say, need up to 40% of their income to pay for it.

But if now after 2 years passed, the flat's price jumped to 100% more,
does that mean it was still affordable when instead their repayment
jumped to 80% on their income.

Because of the high gearing, those intending to buy at this price wlll
not be qualified to purchase it. This means that people who qualifed
themselves in meeting the criteria in the pruchasing of flat will now
no longer qualify for it.

Thus, affordabilty is not a good measures for HDB flats. It does not
address the rising prices of the HDB flats.

Jam
From: "Jam"
Subject: Re: Goh Meng Seng takan pap "caught off guard" minister

When these men in white paid themselves indecently, they are all busy
counting their pay each month and tending to their investments. where got
time for the homeless? Their solution is to get the police to round tem up!
"truth" wrote in message

> truth comment: good on u goh meng seng. whack them hard.

> Mr Mah's high and mighty status does not however mean that he is always
> right and that ordinary citizens should not speak up when they see him
> pursuing polices which have caused great hardship to many Singaporeans. Mr
> Mah's first policy failure is that he built an insufficient number of HDB
> flats to meet the needs of Singapore's population. From 2003 to 2008, the
> total population of Singapore increased by 17.6%. The number of HDB flats
> increased by only 1.2%.

> The shortage of HDB flats has caused a destructive boom-bust housing
> bubble to be formed. The prices of resale HDB flats have skyrocketed
> beyond the means of many Singaporeans. New "subsidised" flats from the HDB
> have an over subscription rate of 5 to 10 times. If you succeed in getting
> a flat, you have to wait 3 years or more before you are able to get your
> flat.

> The huge demand for HDB flats is largely due to the increase in
> population. Over the past 5 years, Singapore's population has increased
> tremendously due to the Foreign Talent policy. Given Mr Mah's senior
> position in Cabinet, it is uncertain how Mr Mah could have missed this and
> be "caught off guard". This is not something that just happen overnight.
> It has been a steady phenomenon for the past 5 years.
> A well documented consequence of the Foreign Talent policy is that it
> depresses wages in Singapore. Based on CPF data, the number of active CPF
> members (ie Singaporean Citizens and PR) who earned less than $800/ month
> increased by 36.8% to 214,448 in 2008.

> At current prices, a HDB flat is NOT "affordable" to a family that earns
> less than S$1,500 a month. The rise in the number of people earning less
> than $800/mth means that there is a significant rise in the incidence of
> families that earn less than $1,500 a month and cannot afford a HDB flat.

> Such families typically have to rely on renting heavily subsided flats
> from the HDB. It is here that Mr Mah made his second policy failure. It
> seems that Mah Bow Tan's HDB does not think it should rent flats to
> Singaporeans who could no longer afford a decent flat. This is further
> reiterated by MM Lee recently that PAP's direction is that they do not
> want to rent flats to Singaporeans as far as possible. In fact, even when
> people are forced to sleep in the wild, in the parks, along the beaches...
> etc, PAP has maintained such a strong stand ever. They would rather rent
> HDB flats to foreign workers than renting them out to Singaporeans. The
> Online Citizens' article has a special report on this unusual phenomenon
> happening in Singapore, under the nose of PAP governance.

> Statistically, from 2003/2004 to 2008/2009, HDB decreased the number of
> rental flats by 45.5%. As a result of this hard hearted policy, the
> waiting time to rent a subsidized flat from HDB has jumped to between 17.5
> months and 25 months. Just not so long ago, right after GE2006, HDB has
> announced the demolition of a few blocks of rental flats in Mr. Low Thia
> Khiang's Hougang constituency. I also know that HDB is actively trying to
> get people who are staying in rental flats to get out. It is interesting
> to know that while HDB is actively reducing the number of rental flats for
> Singaporeans, they have been actively increasing rental flats for foreign
> workers here. It really makes me think about whether HDB's priority is to
> serve Singaporeans' housing needs or rather, the foreigners. This long
> waiting time for Singaporeans to rent a subsidized flat is in sharp
> contrast to foreigners who come to Singapore and work in the integrated
> resorts. These have been offered subsided housing IMMIDIATELY in the prime
> Toa Payoh district. For more details, please refer to the following
> article.

> Unable to "afford" a flat (because of Mr Mah's HDB policy) and unable to
> rent a subsidized flat (also because of Mr Mah's HDB policy), the natural
> outcome of such disadvantaged Singaporean families is to become homeless.
> Singapore does not publish statistics on the homeless. The official
> position of the Singapore Government is that there are no homeless people
> in Singapore. The recent tent shanty which sprouted in Sembawang Park,
> Changi Beach, East Coast Park, West Coast Park etc shows that this is not
> true. How many how many people have you seen sleeping in the common areas
> when you walk through the HDB estates in the small hours of the morning?

> Mr Mah's policy failures have given rise to a small but growing number of
> homeless Singaporeans. Closing his eyes and pretending that they don't
> exist will not make these homeless Singaporeans go away. Given his track
> record of monumental policy failures, would you want to entrust
> Singapore's future to him? Maybe he will just give the same old catch
> phrase, "I am CAUGHT OFF GUARD" that his HDB policy has resulted in this
> growing number of homeless people.