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IS STRAITS TIMES TRYING TO FOSTER MISTRUST AGAINST MALAY COMMUNITY?

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Dear editor,

I refer to the Straits Times article, "Rising tension over aid for Malays in Singapore" dated Jul 26, 2015. The article reports on some comments made by the late Malaysian prime minister Tun Abdul Razak who blamed the Singapore PAP government for obstructing the Malaysian Central government from giving rural aid to the Malays residing in Singapore island in the 1970s. Singapore had been a federal state in the Federation of Malaysia once, but left after 1965.

I am puzzled as to why the Straits Times is publishing this piece, which reports on something that happened so many years ago. Reading the wording of the title, I cannot help but feel that the Straits Times is being mischievous and trying to instigate or stir racial tensions for the sake of readership and popularity.

At this point in Singapore's history, we the Malay community have long moved beyond our ties to Malaysia and have stood by Singapore unwaveringly for the past 50 years. We served our National Service, contributed our part to the economy, population and Singapore identity. Singapore is our Home, but does our Home appreciate our contributions?

Why does the Straits Times see it fit to foster a sense of mistrust against our community by publishing such a reckless and sensational article, without any explanation or reason?

I have attached the article below.

Sincerely,

Mohd. Raheem

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WORKERS PARTY STAKE EARLY CLAIMS ON 5 GRC & 5 SMC FOR GE2015

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The Workers' Party Chairman Sylvia Lim told the mainstream media on Sunday that WP will contest a total of 28 seats in the next General Election. It will comprise of 5 Group Representation Constituencies and 5 Single Member Constituencies. During GE2011, WP fielded 23 candidates.

Apart from defending Aljunied GRC which they captured from the PAP in 2011, WP will also contest for Marine Parade, East Coast, Jalan Besar and Nee Soon GRCs.

WP will defend Hougang and Punggol East SMC while sending fresh challengers to Fengshan, MacPherson and Sengkang West SMC.

Besides Nee Soon GRC, all the other contested areas are near WP-held territories.

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S'PORE IS AT ITS WORST, TIME FOR S'POREANS TO START VOTING OPPOSITION?

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With the release of the final report on boundary electoral changes, Singaporeans could now smell the whim of the coming general election near at hand.

Many people speculate that Sep 12 is the D day as there is a one-week school holiday break during that period and many schools and teachers are likely to be activated for the big event.

Its also immediately just after the SG50 grand gala celebration on 9th August and patriotism will be at it’s highest hype.

PAP has always used patriotic emotions to it’s advantage by linking Singapore to the political party.

One week of non-stop PAP propaganda on TV after the death of LKY is a strong hint that they will probably use him during the SG 50 celebration to good effect.

But will Singaporeans bite? Will they be swayed by the emotional attachment to a post-LKY Singapore and vote for the ruling party?

Fragile weakening PAP

I have voted in at least four general elections and have not seen our ruling party in such a fragile weakened state.

Every other week, some ministers from the army have to try their best to soothe the nerves of many Singaporeans affected by yet another MRT train break-down or a new labour misgiving.

We seldom see such regular government intervention during the LKY era and one wonders if his son is doing as well as he did.

The state-controlled mass media must have over-work itself trying to fan up the look-good sentiments for the government but after a while nobody really believes in them anymore.

No one now believes that foreigners will help create jobs for Singaporeans – a pet slogan of the Prime Minister when he rallied the country to support his 6.9 million population white paper – three days after he lost the Punggol East by-election.

On the contrary, local PMETs wrote to us amass stating the obvious opposite – their rice-bowls were been snatched away by incoming hungry foreigners bent on making Singapore their home.

Many have at least a diploma with some acquiring masters degrees but all the ruthless academic pursuit seems a silly exercise now as our government seems to recognise fake mill degrees with at least 5000 culprits unofficially caught so far.

Many Singaporeans are pondering now – why study so hard when anyone from a third world country who speaks halting English can come in with a $10 degree and fake all his work experiences easily to land a job here?

We are not even talking about all those ministries that have flouted the AGO auditting standard and the illicit unexplained PA expenditure made WP’s town council mishap seems like a child play now.

We can only blame a Prime Minister who is not hard on his wards and who over-trusted on his team of untested young ex-army ministers.

Post-GE 2011 experience – worst Singapore had?

The merciless uncanny way in which the government allows in so many foreigners on all kinds of work permits carry on unceasingly after GE 2011.

Many will not disagree with me that the last four years were very tough years – our trains broke down regularly, ministers consistently made silly stupid remarks distancing themselves from the ground, our civil servants were caught in financial misappropriation culminating with the recent damaging AGO audits and last but not least the people were feeling the strain of an ever-rising cost of living made worse by our low stagnanted wages.

Nevertheless, the recent electorate census may give a hint that foreigner voters who are newly-converted citizens were the coveted final result of this mass onslaught.

There are around 2.46 million eligible voters, up from 2.35 million in 2011. New citizens are estimated to number about 150,000 if not more and most of them will vote for the incumbent out of loyalty than anything else.

Besides contributing to our economy, foreigners who converted to be our new citizens is also another very significant reason why they are being so specially courted.

Singaporeans are forgiving voters

But Singaporeans are a forgiving lot, when PM Lee made a rare teary appeal to voters to forgive him for failing towards the tail-end of the campaign of GE 2011, they relented and many gave him face because of the LKY factor as after all he is still the son of the respected legend.

However, this time round, will Singaporeans still give him another face-giving chance especially with the recent demise of his father?

When policies hurt your survival, livelihood and family – will you still stop and wonder who should I vote?

After all, about 300,000 Singaporeans still earn $1250 and below a month with many struggling to live from hand to mouth.

Well-qualified jobless PMETs in their 30s right down to their 50s continue to face steep competition from incoming foreigners fighting for jobs in their own homeland.

At our end, we have delivered our grocery pack to well over 100 vulnerable needy families and detected that most of them work very hard but their low wages make life very difficult for them to survive.

The appeal for a miminum wage guideline was shot down by of all ministers – the labour chief – someone who is supposed to look into the welfare of our local workers but ironically has always continued to add salt to the wounds of our low-incomed.

Moreover, what pissed many locals further is the minimum wage attaches to each work permit for every foreigner that is being brought in – a criterion that ironically is supposed to deter employers from hiring foreigners but yet provide them a basic wage that most loyals can only envy from afar.

Employers need to pay S-pass work permit holders $2200 and the lowest-runged EP foreigner workers are hired with a salary of $3300/month – wages that many locals can only dream of.

We have heard from local PMETs working alongside foreigners complaining of how their counterparts haul from third world countries are getting more salary than them with much inferior work experiences and qualifications.

The whole job market seems to have decimated into a playground for agents to ply their trade for the highest bid.

We know how local agents collaborate with the employers and foreign agents to bring in a foreigner as the person needs to pay exorbitant fees to their agent before they can be brought over.

More often than not, such companies are started by foreign entities keen on bringing in their own people from their homeland.

Rice-bowl and survival issues enough to swing votes?

But will rice bowl and survival issues be sufficient reasons for Singaporeans to swing their votes to the opposition?

Many ex-PAP supporters are also looking at the quality of the opposition camp before they consider their choices. If not, they may just vote back the incumbent often out of exasperation that there is not a better alternative available.

We all know that about 33 to 35% of voters will vote for any opposition that contested their wards whereas 15-20% are considered fence-sitters – they only decide after attending all the political rallies and often after digging into the CV of each and every candidate who are contesting in their constituency.

The heavy loss of Aljunied GRC to WP is a testimony that Singaporeans are ready to vote for the opposition – if they put in a good team of well-tested calibre and top-classed quality people.

People like Low Thia Khiang and Sylvia Lim are house-hold names who work for the people for almost two decades and the addition of a high-caliber corporate lawyer Chan Show Mao to the team beefed up their credentials considerably.

The loss was both swift and devastating – a move I believed PAP in their wildest imagination, did not saw coming as the WP chief is a conservative politician who dares not take too much risk.

Moreover, if WP did not win in Aljunied GRC, the loss not only hurts the party but more importantly opposition politics as a whole.

I believe voters in Aljunied have considered that when they voted for WP as they literally carried the opposition cause on their back with that vote.

The key question to ask is – will PAP lose Aljunied GRC if Low and Sylvia did not take up the challenge to show hands at the GRC?

Chances are it may be a close fight with PAP finally triumphing.

Singaporeans who swing their votes probably will look at a few factors before they do so – the party and their candidates with a host of other current issues that will affect their final decision.

Conclusion

This coming general election will be fiercely contested and hopefully the opposition camp will try their very best to avoid 3-cornered contests which will only benefit the incumbent.

With more new parties coming into the picture and the belief that the ground is sweeter for the opposition camp, some may not yield ground and go head on into a 3 or 4-cornered fight thinking that they have a chance at winning.

Constituencies such as Tampines, Tg Pagar, Marine Parade, Bishan-Toa Payoh and Jalan Besar GRC all have potential for 3-cornered fights.

May the party that still continues to work with the ground after GE 2011 wins the heart and mind of the people!

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S'POREANS SHOULD BE BRAVE LIKE AUSTRALIANS, DARE TO CHANGE EVERY ELECTION

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Dear ASS,

I'm an optimistic rather than a pessimistic, in order for our country to improved socially, politically and democratically, we must give others the chance to govern, if we are still sticking with PAP despite so many problems then we would never solve anything, who knows the oppositions could do a better job, even PAP was an oppositions once.

Different parties have different abilities and different things to offer, how I wish Singaporeans were like Australians and are daring to change the political parties in their countries every 5 years because a political party that have been governing too long are like soiled diaper, full of shitsss and becomes stagnant.

The first step to improve our country is by being brave enough for change and give others the chance to govern. Sure with changes there would be risks but without changes there wouldn't be improvement either because PAP has reached its full potential and they can't deliver anything more than what they're offering currently and this is why a lot of issues and problems are surfacing, not to mention their lacklustre policies or should I say running out of ideas to bring up the gdp by overcrowding us with immigrants.

A change(good change) could only happen if you and me are brave enough for it and willing to take the risks.

Muhd Firdaus
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PAP SHOWS DESPERATION BY REDRAWING ELECTORAL LINES

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So the PAP overlords have decided to redraw electorate lines, yet again. Why are we not surprised they would resort to such cheap tricks. Perhaps it's complacency in Singaporeans that this is all happening. It's like being robbed in your own house, but you don't have the guts to fight off the offender. I have to commend the PAP on their success in their ability to brain wash the majority, by making everyone fearful of what might happen if they do not toe the line. Tactics such as suing and jailing those who are vocal against the overlords. Tactics such as bankrupting their political opponents.

Now back to my point about the PAPigs redrawing electoral boundaries in order to suit their needs, and to disadvantage their WP and SDP opponents, amongst others. Put it simply, LHL, aka Kim Hsien Loong, is desperate. Without his daddy watching over his every move, he is like a king without protection from his queen in a chess game. Our supreme leader has shown signs of weakness by targeting the likes of Roy Ngerng and Amos Yee. His failures in other areas such as transportation are magnified because so many people are extremely unhappy about the influx of foreign talents, many of those with dubious educational certifications. Kim Hsien Loong knows the writing is on the wall. He knows that the Internet would be his greatest challenge in keeping the Singaporean herd in check. Unless he does what his cousin in North Korea has done by shutting out the Internet, he is preparing to embrace what would be eventual certainty of losing grip on power. Absolute power does corrupt.

Singaporeans need to band together and overcome this cancerous growth known as the PAP. The little island cannot handle a future population of 6.9M, let alone that of 10M targeted by our supreme leader. Singaporean citizens need to act NOW! Not next year. Not 5 years from now. Whichever SRC or GRC you are in, please just do this: Vote for anyone other than the PAP candidates. Any monkey can do a better job than the incumbent PAP.

Please vote wisely in the upcoming election, my dear Singaporeans. The time is ripe indeed to put our supreme leader Kim Hsien Loong in his place.

National Slavery

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MARINE PARADE GRC LIKELY TO BE CAPTURED BY OPPOSITION PARTIES

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The redrawing of electoral boundaries makes Marine Parade a ward with the most changes, with a cut and a paste. Presumably the changes are meant to favour the PAP in Marine Parade. The weakest link in the team, Tin Pei Ling, has been hived out to front a single seat in MacPherson. Many political observers see her as a liability and her absence in a way should strengthen Marine Parade some what. But this is off set by the inclusion of Joo Chiat. The marginal win at Joo Chiat must be scary for the PAP and it must be hoping to retain Joo Chiat by making it part of the firmer Marine Parade GRC. How would this work out is yet to be seen as the voters in Joo Chiat seem to be swinging towards the WP camp.

The incumbents in Marine Parade are no guarantees for a win. Chok Tong, the strongest candidate due to his Premiership status is likely to be retired. Tan Chuan Jin has not much to show during his term in MOM and would not be the persuasive factor to carry Marine Parade. The rest of the team are just so so.

Now comes the checkmate move by Low Thai Khiang. He has announced that WP would contest Marine Parade. Low Thia Khiang has a very good track record in winning elections. He broke ground by winning Hougang. Again he broke the records by winning a GRC, once seen as near impossibility. For Low Thia Khiang to make his move in Marine Parade and East Coast, he must have read his cards well. He must have sense the moment has come.

PAP’s performance against NSP in the last election was nothing to crow about. NSP was a very weak team and the Nicole Seah effect was enough to rattle the PAP team and nearly knocked them over. The WP is no NSP, and has a more respectable track record and seen as a real challenger to the PAP in times to come. A so so team in Marine Parade is going to be a tough call and the chances of it falling to the WP is quite expectable. Would the PAP boost up the team with more ministers and take a big gamble to lose big?

Just a few days after the electoral boundaries have been changed and confirmed, and with some comments and indications of intent from the opposition parties, Marine Parade is now hanging by a very thin thread. And the bonus that could come along would be MacPherson. If top notch candidates like Dr Koh Poh Soon can lose to Ah Lian, Tin Pei Ling would need to a miraculous act to stand a chance against an opposition candidate on her own. Very likely she would be retired on medical ground from this GE.

It is looking like 1 GRC and 1 SMC down before the GE even started. My God, if this is the case, Tan Chuan Jin would be no more a minister.

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DR CHEE SOON JUAN: SDP IS COMING "HOME" TO BUKIT BATOK SMC

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Speaking to reporters at a walkabout in Bukit Batok yesterday (26 Jul), Dr Chee confirmed that the party he leads – the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) – will contest Bukit Batok SMC in the forthcoming general election (GE).

Bukit Batok SMC was recently carved out from Jurong GRC by the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC).

Dr Chee said, “You know that the SDP has been here before, before this constituency got redrawn into Jurong GRC. So in a way we are coming home. This has been our place.”

“We’ve been running a campaign, and you will probably also remember that we won Bukit Gombak here and when we contested Bukit Batok, we did very well,” he added.

“We feel very good that we are stepping into this single seat again.”

In 1988 and 1991, SDP garnered 44.1% and 48.2% of the valid votes respectively, narrowly losing to PAP in Bukit Batok. The 1991 election was especially close with SDP losing only 858 votes.

But by the next GE in 1997, it was subsumed under Bt Timah GRC, probably to prevent a possible loss to PAP, given that SDP was garnering close to the 50% mark in Bukit Batok.

In 2001, it was transferred to Jurong GRC and has stayed in Jurong GRC till today. PAP probably feels that after 20 years, Bukit Batok is “safe” by now to contest as an SMC.

SDP is also considering contesting in the same constituencies as it did in the last election, Dr Chee said.

SDP contested in Holland-Bukit Timah and Sembawang GRCs as well as Bukit Panjang and Yuhua SMCs in the last GE.

But he remained mum on which constituency he will personally contest in. He was barred from running in the 2006 and 2011 elections because he was bankrupted by defamation lawsuits initiated by ESM Goh Chok Tong and the late Lee Kuan Yew. He was discharged as a bankrupt in 2012.

“The most important thing really, for me, is to get into Parliament. To press, push for these fresh alternatives and to ensure we have that kind of intelligent, substantive debate in Parliament. And I am relishing this opportunity right now,” he said.

PAP MP surprised that Bukit Batok has become SMC

Meanwhile, MP for Jurong GRC David Ong, who looks after the Bukit Batok division, said he was surprised at EBRC’s decision to turn it into an SMC.

“I was surprised, but I think also in a way when PM talked about GRC not more than an average of five, we do in our own way try to look at how our GRC may be carved out. So in a way it’s a surprise that Bukit Batok is now selected as an SMC,” he said.

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GEN Y HAWKER: PROFIT MARGIN SO LOW, HOW TO MAKE A DECENT LIVING?

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After attending the briefing regarding the new hawker centre, i have some thoughts. I am a gen y hawker and it takes alot of courage to step into this industry. Each year there are so many quality hawkers retiring due to old age if not others would rather move into other industry or end up working for others. NTUC stated that they are judging 40% base on rental and 60% on other criteria. But everyone is not confident at tendering due to the minimum price set for every stall. For instance fishball noodles at 2.70.

On the papers they talk about attracting quality hawkers. Do you actually think that a quality hawker will come out with quality food when they use quality ingredients and if the cost of food is so high..how much do you think the profit margin will be?

From what i see, many people in SG are paying for prices in shopping malls & paid $$$ for a coffee or a bowl of ramen, yet moan about prices of Hawker food.
If the basic ingredients are so expensive, how can we expect hawkers to make a decent living?

It is no wonder not many of the younger generation wants to take on the Hawker trade.

$2.70 a bowl/plate is very cheap. Profit margin must be minimal.

Mainly not alot can offer cheap food,

1) Rental
2) Exp. Supplier due to GST.
3) Exp. Gas, Water and Electric due to need to open for long hr
4) Salary as shortge of man power

Lastly they set a price for spaghetti 5.80 and fishball noodle 2.70. I just think its not fair. Our cost are really high too.
They said "experts" have calculated these cost. Everything they say is transparent.

I am a hawker myself. Known to be one of the most famous fishball noodle in singapore and i know about what cost are as a pioneer generation y hawker. It is only getting higher and its tougher.

What kind of living am i going to make myself if the profit margin is so low. The heritage is dying. If they want young gen to come in, give them a better profit. If their food is good, they make alot of money, they deserve it.

This system is so wrong. There hasnt been anyone sounding out. Why? Most of the hawkers are not educated. They dont listen to the people. What are they trying to proven for coming up with these low prices. Providing cheaper meals for the low income. Is everyone living in bukit panjang poor or low income? If you really want to help the need.

You could have come up with a system just like how medical centres are doing. A card for the lower income group. Show us the card and we will give them discounted meals. No problem. I like doing charity but if i put in so much effort to do charity for those that dont need it, and at the end of the day i dont make much, then i have a failed business model and do you think its sustainable being a hawker.

I really want to tender for bukit panjang hawker because its near my house and cannot find a good location as most of the good ones are taken up. I discussed this issue with Kf Seetoh and we are all worried about the heritage.

Ntuc said they have done surveys with residence there and most of them want cheap food but this is a ridiculous question, who don't.. but they could have shown more care and attention to the tenders as well because we are the one that put in all the effort in preparing food.

This is not a complain. I am sharing with you what both young hawkers and hawkbothare thinking.

Nevertheless i still want to give it a shot at bukit panjang. Everyone business is like a gamble and i will gamble in this opportunity. Thank you for spending time reading this message.

Douglas,
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S'PORE POLICE SENT DRIVING COMMENDATION LETTER TO MY LATE MOTHER

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So, received this letter in the mailbox and saw that it was addressed to my mother, which was kind of strange...

Opened it and realised that apparently my mother has maintained a clean driving record for the past 5 years, putting her in the 64th percentile of licensed drivers in Singapore!

To be fair it probably wasn't that difficult because she's been dead for 5 years. SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE SRSLY ARRRRRR

Mindy

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TIMES HAVE CHANGED, PAP TAKE THINGS FOR GRANTED AT THEIR OWN PERIL

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The ground is sweet and things should go according to plans. The way the PAP conducts its election campaign has been honed over 5 decades and it must be presumed that other than some changes in the players, the execution of the election campaign would be very similar to the past, with a few minor touch ups here and there. It has been a winning plan, a winning formula though losing effectiveness, but another victory is just a formality.

The GRCs continue as a main concept to carry most of the candidates to Parliament despite the damage it can cause for each GRC lost. The tea party will continue to pick the best candidates to replace the ageing and less performing ones, and also as part of a renewal exercise. Some new faces will come, and some old faces will depart. All other things will more or less remain unchanged.

The theme or war cry may take on a new focus and emphasis. And that would be well discussed and taken care of.

What I think will be a major issue, other than the many hot potato issues, for the election would be the part time versus full time MPs. At $16,000 a piece, it is no small change to the average voters. The PAP may not think this is a big deal as they are accustomed to millions of dollars and would not see this as an important issue. To the voters, they will be thinking why they should be voting in a part time MP for $16,000 a month when they could get a full time MP working for them. Would they be thinking that they have been short changed by getting a part time MP? Would they be thinking that this part timer may not be fully committed to looking after their problems and issues affecting them? How much could they expect from a part timer when there is someone willing to work for them full time?

The concept of part time MP may not be acceptable today when the allowance is a healthy $16,000 a month and with a lot of perks, like being courted to be directors here and there. For such a lucrative position, why should the voters be content with a part timer?

There is a shift in the mindset of the voters today. They are demanding value for money. Spending quality time and disappeared, even disappearing from Parliament sessions would not be taken lightly. This is an area that the PAP did not think needs changing. And this is a point that may decide who the voters would vote for.

Do you want a part timer serving you or a full time MP? Would the voters take it kindly when offered a part timer by one party and a full timer by another party? Why settle for less?

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FOREIGN WORKERS FOUND LOST KEYS & WAITED 2 HRS FOR OWNER TO RETURN

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Please help share if you have friends in SengKang/ Punggol area.

Found a set of keys at the PCN opposite Punggol Marina. Two foreign workers found it actually. Kudos to them, as they were so nice as to wait around for 2 hours for the owner to come back. Eventually they wave me down while I was passing on my bike. I told them I'll passed them to the police.

Which is what I did. They're now at SengKang police station, so please claim it if it's yours. Seems like a lot of keys to lose, so I hope the person will see this post.

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"COLUMBARIUM LAM" SAFE AFTER REDRAWING OF SENGKANG WEST BOUNDARIES?

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Parts of Sengkang West SMC have been absorbed by Ang Mo KioGRC, in the latest carving of boundaries by the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee.

The area marked in orange, comprising parts of Fernvale and JalanKayu have been redrawn and will now fall under Ang Mo KioGRC.

Meanwhile, the rest of Fernvale and Anchorvale will remain as Sengkang West SMC.

The move has angered residents in the ward, who aren’t happy with what’s been perceived as gerry-mandering.

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Its’ unclear for now how this will affect the chances of current Sengkang West MP Dr Lam Pin Min, who’s expected to contest in the ward for the coming General Election.

Dr Lam has come under heavy criticism this year for his management of the temple-columbarium fiasco in Fernvale Lea.

Those who had bought BTO flats in the area complained that the HDB deliberately withheld the building of a commercial columbarium from them.

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PAP CONTINUES TO FOSTER AN ENVIRONMENT FOR CHEATERS

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A lot of my Malaysian staff is so envious of us. They look at the current 1MDB scandal and they shake their heads. They said how nice if LKY was their Prime Minister instead of all these clowns. You think the PAP government never tried to cheat us too?! That’s where they are all wrong!! Here are the real life examples how PAP has been promoting a cheating culture:
 
1. The now infamous YANG YIN
This Chinese SOB who tried to cheat an old widow of $40 million is a Singaporean PR. His PR application was even supported by a Member of Parliament!! The government is so paranoid about losing support from us locally born Singaporeans that they have been converting citizens “fast and furious” style!! How many KTV hostesses and masseurs are Singapore PR?! These people also add value to our economy?! All I know is they are home wreckers!! More importantly, we are seeing more PRs committing crimes!!
 
2. The “fake” entrepreneurial awards
Recently, the Singapore Enrich Group made headlines  all for the wrong reasons. This is the first time I hear people “PAYING” to get the awards!! Yet, such "kelong" events are attended by PAP’s MP!! Though the MPs are crying innocence over these award ceremonies, our “Merlion” logo is even on these awards!! How do you explain this?! This is a clear endorsement of a Company that is CHEATING!!
 
3. Long-standing civil servants in DEGREE MILLS
Public service medal recipients Lim YeowKhee (PPM) and Wong WengKee David (BBM) were found to be directors of Kings International Business School. This school is now infamous for being one of the many degree mills operating in Singapore. Another clear evidence of condoning a cheating culture since the directors have not been called in for investigation and no formal charge has been made. The story on degree mill only surfaced after it was found out that IDA hired staff with “fake” degree. Of course in view of the coming election, MOM has now reversed their stance and say “fake” degree is not acceptable. A case of “it’s too late to apologise . . . it’s too late!!”
 
4. A money laundering HAVEN for many?
We have been long rumoured to be a money laundering centre for many foreigners. This is especially so after the two casinos have been built. The fact that investigation about 1MDB also involved us clearly shows there may be some truth here. Why then do we allow dirty politicians who have cheated their citizens to park their monies here?! Is it because birds of a feather flock together?!
 
The reason why PAP has not “stolen” our money is because they have “outright” taken it from us. Our PM and his ministers are currently the best paid politicians in the entire world!! That’s why they do not have to do what Najib did and transfer money into their own accounts!! They have “legitimized” the way of getting rich in politics!!
 
The President of the most populous country in the world says it best, “想发财就不要当官,想当官就不要发财”Loosely translated it means - if you want to be rich, do not work for the government . . if you want to work for the government , then don’t ever dream about becoming rich!!” But our PAP MPs have the best in both worlds!! This is one job that ALL politicians round the world will kill for!!
 
Being a MP should be a calling. You need to truly want to serve the people!! And before you can serve the people properly, you need to know what are the problems the people are facing. For instance, PAP’s newest candidate – Chong KeeHiong. This guy drives a Bentley for god sake. You think he understands the problem faced by ordinary citizens like us who cannot even afford to buy a Honda Fit?!
 
The current 1MDB saga is a huge reminder to all of us!! I can understand the rationale why Najib transferred the money before the election. It was supposed to be a watershed election back then. So, even if he loses the election, he will have enough money for his retirement. But, who is at fault here?! I do not blame him. I blame the voters for voting for him to stay on!!
 
This is why he is now shameless enough to claim that he is a “democratically elected” PM and all these are political moves to oust him out. Remember, this is a guy who has never denied that the money is in his account!! He only keep insisting that the money is not for his personal use!!
 
Will our PM do a “NAJIB” too?! After all, this is also a watershed election. Personally I don’t think so. But, for a party that has ABSOLUTE political power in the last fifty years, it is perhaps time to retire them? I mean we already know, “Power corrupts.  . . Absolute power corrupts absolutely!” So why do we want to risk another Najib?!
 
In the first place, PAP should not remain in power. If Singapore was an American company, the management would have been fired during the last election. Yet, being the kind souls that we are, we gave in to the PM’s tears and let them stayed on.
 
What has happened since then? We continued to be played for the last five years!! There are more foreign workers here than ever before!! Our public transport system has become increasingly unpredictable and unreliable!! These are just the tip of an iceberg!!
 
 
War is upon us now!! I beg that all Singaporeans will wake up from their slumber!! Whether you want to continue to be PAP’s slave or become the true masters of Singapore, only YOU can decide!!
 
Prof MC - Secretary General of the "Anything But PAP" party

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SECURITY GUARDS DISALLOWED TO USE TOILETS IN CLIENT'S HOUSE

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The life of a security guard

I have been talking to some people in the security industry, and have done up a funny sort of FAQ for security guards. Please note that I have no way of verifying that all the information is correct.

FAQ for security guards

Q. What is the most surprising thing that you discovered when you became a security guard?

A.  The security guard in the box outside the VIPs’ houses - the majority of them are not allowed to use the toilet in the house.

Q. What does this remind you of?

A. The “natural aristocracy” in ancient times.

Q. Do you have a plastic bag – just in case?

A. Nobody  gave me a definitive answer.

Q. How long is the typical shift?

A. 6 hours.

Q How different is it from the normal shift?

A. The typical work hours for security guards is 12 hours a day for 6 days a week.

Q. So, what are the dos and don’ts?

A. Never drink anything before you start your shift.

Q. Who are the security guards in the boxes outside VIPs’ houses?

A. Most if not all of them are employed by a private security company.

Q. Who works as security  guards in Singapore?

A. About 40 per cent are Malaysians (maximum allowed).

Q Do they live in Singapore?

A. No. Most of them commute to and from Singapore daily.

Q. And the balance 60 per cent?

A. PRs and Singaporeans. There is no available breakdown into PRs and Singaporeans.

Q. What’s the pay like?

A. According to the MOM web site’s wages benchmarking tool - the median basic pay is $857 and the median gross pay is $1,749.

Q. Why  is there such a big gap between the basic and gross pay?

A. Mostly overtime and the allowances from working typically at least 72 hours a week.

Q. How many security guards are there?

A. More than 30,000?

Q. Is there a shortage of security guards to work?

A. Yes, about 10,000 shortage.

Q. How many people have a security guard license?

A. More than 70,000? Licences cost $16 each and are valid for five years.

Q. Why is the scheme to encourage people to work part-time as security guards not working well?

A. Because the pay is only about $6.50 an hour.

Q. What does the future hold for security guards?

A. “An NTUC-led committee of unionists, government officials and security industry associations has launched a “progressive wage model” for guards – a wage ladder that ties basic salaries to training. Under the plan, which kicks in from September 2016, guards will earn a minimum monthly basic pay of $1,100 per month and supervisors, $1,500.”

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S'PORE STRAIGHT "A" STUDENT COMMITS SUICIDE AFTER GETTING "B" IN O LEVELS

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She is still coming to terms with the death of her teenage granddaughter, who had committed suicide over two Bs in her O levels. Then three months after the 16-year-old plunged to her death, Madam Ng Siang Mui’s grief- and guilt-struck daughter, who was the teen’s mother, also killed herself.

The tragic double deaths has left her son-in-law, the teen’s father, mentally unstable. In an interview with The New Paper, Madam Ng, 71, shared the devastation and anguish of the triple tragedy that began in January this year. She was reluctant to speak at first, noting that the death had torn the family apart.

Madam Ng initially said: "Talking to you now is useless. My daughter is dead. My granddaughter is dead." She changed her mind later because she hoped that sharing their story could help highlight early intervention and save more lives. Madam Ng said that in January, just three hours after getting her results slip, her granddaughter jumped to her death. Except for two Bs - in English and Mathematics - the student had scored distinctions for her other subjects.

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NG ENG HENG CHIDES OUTSPOKEN PAP MP INDERJIT SINGH FOR SHOCK RETIREMENT

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In his interview with the government-controlled media Channel News Asia, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen mock Ang Mo Kio (AMK) GRC PAP MP Inderjit Singh for announcing his retirement on Facebook instead of using the party’s proper channel:

“You can post your retirement on Facebook, but I think as an MP who has served 15, 20, even 30 years – that’s not the best way to do it”

PAP MP Inderjit Singh publicised his retirement on his Facebook page on the very same day the new electoral boundaries were introduced last Friday (July 24). PAP MP Inderjit has served in Ang Mo Kio GRC for the nearly 20 years since 1996. He has recently been exceptionally vocal against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and took media highlights two years ago for criticising his ruling party’s decision to increase the Singapore population to 6.9 million.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has no replacement for the sudden resignation of MP Inderjit Singh and is now struggling to find a replacement.

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VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN: HAWKER CENTRE RENTAL IS CHEAP

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Douglas Ng, a young hawker who makes excellent handmade fishball noodles, wrote a thought provoking article which I thought I should share, together with my reply.

Dear Douglas,

Your fishball noodles are great! I do hope that you will start a stall in Bukit Panjang.

When I came to MEWR, the first policy I changed was to restart the building of new hawker centres. This was a major change made after 26 years.

I believe that hawker centres are a unique feature of life in Singapore - where everyone can eat and socialise in an informal unpretentious place with affordable & delicious local food.

There have always been questions about rental rates. The reality is that rentals constitute a small fraction of the overall cost of running a hawker stall. The major cost drivers are actually ingredients and manpower.

There are 3 things we have done to reduce rental costs for hawkers:

(1) We increased the supply of hawker stalls by building new centres.

(2) Hawker stalls now have to be personally operated. They are not a way for landlords to make money. We did this by removing the practice of assignments and subletting. This removed speculation from hawker rentals.

(3) We abolished the concept of “reserve rent” for hawker stalls. In the past, NEA would reject tender bids which were less than 85% of the assessed market rent. NEA now accepts all valid competitive bids. Some stalls have been rented for as low as $10 a month.

Many more stalls have since been awarded at progressively lower rentals. NEA publishes the results every month and the latest results can be seen here

http://www.nea.gov.sg/docs/default-source/services-and-forms/tender-noti...

NTUC Foodfare is a not-for-profit social enterprise that is managing the first new Hawker Centre in Bukit Panjang. This idea came from a Hawker Centre Panel in 2012. I have made it very clear to Foodfare that they are not to charge high rents. The top priority is to have good affordable food for my residents in Bukit Panjang. That is why every stall must have at least 2 low cost main courses.

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/budget-fare-on-the-menu-at-new-buk...

I would encourage you and all other potential hawkers to do your calculations carefully. Please do NOT bid high.

We will also be building a second hawker centre in the Senja area in the next few years. So there will certainly be no shortage of food stalls in Bukit Panjang.

Feel free to email me at Vivian.Balakrishnan@mewr.gov.sg if you need more information. Look forward to eating at your stall again!

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OCBC BANK GIVES AWAY $1,000 WORTH OF SHARES TO EVERY S'PORE EMPLOYEE FOR SG50

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OCBC bank on Monday announced it would give 8,000 of its Singaporean employees an SG50 gift package worth S$5 million.

From its news release, OCBC said 3,000 of its junior executives and unionised employees in Singapore will each receive 100 OCBC shares so that they can have a stake in the bank's growth.

About 8,000 employees will receive a OCBC SG50 NETS FlashPay card with S$100 in preloaded credit. Each staff in Singapore will receive four complimentary tickets to Gardens by the Bay. Employees will also be able to pay a subsidised rate of S$5 per ticket to Universal Studios Singapore, limited to four per person, the bank said.

The bank's workers will also get to double the credits they earn when they use their OCBC credit cards. For every 2,000 OCBC$, they can convert to 20 flex dollars, instead of the usual 10. The flex dollars can be used to obtain reimbursements for items including medical expenses for family members, and travel-related expenses, said OCBC.

"Our employees have played a big role in OCBC’s success and the country’s success – and we must also not forget their families, who have provided them with unwavering support," said OCBC Bank Group CEO Samuel Tsien.

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NSP'S STEVE CHIA: I DID NOT BADMOUTH SINGFIRST, DO NOT BELIEVE THE PAP IB

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I don't know who is this Rommel but he has put words in my mouth that I have never spoken off. I have lots of respect for all Opposition Members and SingFirst members and will NEVER SAY such things like "SingFirst are useless.

The Candidates are not credible ..." etc etc (like in the picture post below). It is my basic principle not to bad-mouth another politician or Opposition Party. I attack the Government on policy, on how it affects the people.

I don't go low-ball (like what this gentleman tries to do.) I also doubt SingFirst people ever publicly said such things as described below.

Finally, I don't think there is any PAP MP or Minister walkabout yesterday morning at Tampines St 81 market area. You can draw your own conclusion from here.

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10 REASON WHY THE OPPOSITION CANNOT WIN OVER S'POREANS

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1. Disunity of opposition - we have a disunited opposition and a united front looks almost impossible. A splinter divided opposition will only benefit PAP. Even if WP win more seats this year and in future election, it will not be able to completely dislodge them from power. At worse, PAP will find another smaller winning opposition party to form a coalition government with.

A united opposition front is what we should aim for and that will send shudders down PAP's spine.

2. New citizen votes - new citizens will continue to play a big role in this coming election with almost 250,000 of them voting for the first or second time. In 2011, almost 120,000 new citizens voted mostly for the first time and they managed to counter the swing votes from former PAP supporters. Their total votes will comprise about 12% of the estimated 2,400,000 voting electorate in 2015.

3. Loyal senior citizen voters - our senior citizens still continue to vote for the government even though they are played out through the CPF system and many vote because of LKY - their benefactor. It is envisaged that many may consider voting for the opposition when LKY is gone. There are at least more than 300,000 senior citizens now aged 65 years old and above and the government is counting alot on them.

4. Immigration exodus of pro-opposition Singaporeans - at least 300,000 Singaporeans now work and live abroad and they are mostly anti-establishment. In 2011, less than 10% of them voted and if the opposition could launch a campaign to persuade this huge group of overseas Singaporeans to vote, we may see more seats fall to the opposition. Lack of sufficient convenient voting stations abroad is the main reason for the poor voting turn-out of overseas Singaporeans.

5. Civil servants - more than 80% of our civil servants should vote for the government out of fear and loyalty. Many don't want to bite the hand that feed them and even though they may be unwilling, they still vote for their paymaster out of gratitude. Though our civil servants don't earn alot, it is still a stable job and sufficient to put food on the table for the family - especially crucial during this tumultous time.

6. Redrawing of boundaries - a friend told me he just receives his keys to his new BTO flat in Punggol but he is being placed under AMK GRC! The redrawing of electorade boundaries will definitely benefit the PAP as they could do so to their benefit. The size of GRCs were also reduced to prevent a big group of PAP MPs losing their seats like in the Aljunied GRC. WP should win at least two GRCs in including Aljunied.

7. Voting habit - voting is a strange habit and it takes alot for people to swing their votes to the opposition. Seventy percent of people also vote for the same party because they fear that amending their vote may bring forth adverse changes. Things like losing their jobs to foreigners or their homes due to unfortunate circumstances may however be strong reasons for them to swing their votes despite the psychological fear of the unknown. There is no point for a person to loyally part their vote for a certain party if his basic survival is at risk.

8. Power of money - though many people mock at the PAP's pork barrel politics, it still wields certain influence especially for the poor voters. Barely surviving already, when a certain party throws some money to these voters, some may bite and vote for them out of gratitude. So we foresee for the coming election, money politics will come into use especially when 40% of our population earns only $2000 and below. Moreover, this year is the 50th year of our independence and it will favour PAP alot if they call for an election towards end of August after a grand gala celebration.

9. Upgrading and property appreciation - the government knows that Singaporeans are very asset conscious and used the threat of property devaluation to coerce them into voting for them. Without upgrading priority for opposition wards, many voters vote unwillingly for the incumbent so that their property won't depreciate.

10. Lack of credible opposition candidates - this is still the biggest Archille heel of the opposition. Many candidates are put through last minute and they lack both the ground and public speaking experience. Candidates for the opposition change every election and there is not enough continuity and familiarity for the electorate to feel comfortable with. Many voters are willing to give the opposition a chance if they are credible enough and belongs to a good party.

Editor's note: this article was posted in 2014.

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