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HELP! INSURANCE WON'T BE ENOUGH TO COVER MY UNCLE'S HEALTH CARE COSTS!

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Hi everyone,

I went visit my relative just now for dinner. So this was what I was told. My cousin's father (55) got liver disease and had to be admitted into hospital earlier this year. thankfully they got medishield and bought private insurance to cover the remainder (Rider plan)

what happen was, my uncle's liver cannot function well, so his on a special diet + drugs to try and let the liver cope. His other option is a liver transplant. Now this was what got me confused. My aunty and cousin told me, now my uncle is 'stable', in the event his liver flares up again, let's say 3-4 years down the road, they will need to sell their house and use the cash to pay for his medical because their current insurance won't cover for the liver again.

according to them, their insurance will still cover any new illness, but because his liver was already claimed once, if years down the road anything happen again to the liver, my uncle won't be able to clam again. Now they are trying to find another insurance company to see if they can buy health insurance that will cover my uncle's liver.

Family is not rich, uncle drives taxi, aunty works retail. my cousin regular, sign on after diploma. their worry is years down the road, if anything happens to my uncle with his liver, they might be financially in a tight spot.

anyone got experience this kinda thing ? I thought medishield will cover again + rider so if next time got issue can just claim again. i think they might be misinformed leh.

nyvrem
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TAN CHUAN JIN: GOVT MAY GRANT UNWED MOTHERS SAME BENEFITS AS MARRIED ONES

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In an interview yesterday with Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan Jin, the minister revealed that the government is reviewing its policies towards unwed mothers and may extend benefits given to married mothers to this marginalized group.

Tan said he had asked to review the policies when he joined the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) in April, and that he hopes to make announcements on it before the Budget next year.

"I've a great deal of sympathy for single unwed mothers," he said. "Some of the differentiation that exists, could we harmonise it? So that's being reviewed."

As of now, unwed mothers get only 8 weeks of paid maternity leave, as compared to the 16 weeks given to married mothers. Unwed mothers also do not get perks such as the Baby Bonus cash gift and parenthood tax rebates, and have to wait till they are 35 years old to buy a HDB flat under the singles scheme.

While these differences have been raised many times, including in Parliament, the answer has always been that the Government can only move as far as society is prepared to.

Just in March, then Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing had said that Singapore needs to find a balance between supporting unwed mothers as well as the policy to support parenthood within marriages.

When asked if he thought Singapore society is now prepared to change its stance, Mr Tan said: "My sense is that the public understands and sympathises with single unwed mothers."

He added that there is more support available for unwed mothers than maternity leave and baby bonuses. "It's about healthcare availability, it's about education opportunities and the support that comes with it."

When probed about how extensive the review will be, he said the issues - such as housing, education, health, employment - are being discussed from a "whole-of-government perspective".

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INDERJIT SINGH: I WAS NOT FORCED TO QUIT

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In a Facebook post today, former People's Action Party (PAP) member of parliament (MP) Inderjit Singh clarified that he was neither forced to step down from his position nor is he leaving the PAP, a party with which he has served for almost 20 years.

Responding to netizens who posted some of his more critical speeches against his own party and the government, he dispelled claims that it was his speeches which drove him out of the party.

"I read with amusement that some people have taken my old speeches and reposted them with a headline that I have left the PAP. The white paper speech was made in early 2013 and the one on the response to the president address was posted in May 2014."

He revealed that he had asked to step down as an MP since 2nd January 2013. He wrote that he wanted to focus more on work and family instead, but would remain a PAP member and will be assisting the PAP in election campaign in Ang Mo Kio.

On Sunday, PAP organising secretary Ng Eng Hen, who is Defence Minister, had said during an interview with reporters that the party wanted to handle the retirement of its MPs smoothly, in a "more deliberate and dignified manner".

He added: "You can post your retirement on Facebook but I think... an MP who has served 15, 20 even 30 years... that's not the best way to do it. For many of them, they'll have to prepare their ground, ensure... continuity and say goodbyes."

Some online sites took this as a reference to Mr Singh - the only MP to have announced his retirement on Facebook - and said it was a sign of "infighting" in the PAP.

But Mr Singh said on Tuesday when asked to comment: "If there was infighting, would I be helping PM Lee with his campaign?"

Separately, Mr Ng also told The Straits Times when asked about his comments: "When I read that Inderjit was retiring, two thoughts came into my mind. First, that at 55, he had many more years to contribute, and was big-hearted to retire now, so that younger candidates could stand in his place.

"I have great respect for Inderjit and learnt from his many good speeches in Parliament. He has a heart for the daily struggles of Singaporeans and could put it across in heartfelt and effective ways. When he spoke, Ministers took note, and followed up. He was a people's MP.

"Second, I thought we should do better than just Facebook postings for retiring MPs. After many years of service, the party should try to find a more dignified and deliberate way to announce their retirement. So when we announce new candidates, whenever possible, we will do it together with their retiring MPs, that they are taking over. I hope this approach will do justice to the many years of contribution that MPs like Inderjit have given to serve their residents."

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11 YEARS, MY MP NEVER VISITED ME. NOW ELECTION COMES AND THEY APPEARED!

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Am from Tanjong Pagar GRC Cantonment Close. Have lived here since 2004 and never had any MP visited our block in this 11 years.

Last Sunday was the first time we had an MP come visit us and it was made into a big event, announcing in lifts and even with a big poster downstairs. Elections really coming, me and my neighbors thought...

Well, today I got a big surprise when I saw this giant poster in the name of "SG50"... With the slogan, "our residents, our inspiration". If we really do inspire you, house visits should be a little more often than one in eleven years?

Oh, and looking at today's giant poster... Cannot help but wonder again... Hmmm.... Has campaigning started already?

Albert Chan
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KOPITIAM EMPLOYEE WHO SCRAPED DEAD SKIN WITH KNIFE FIRED

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According to a spokesperson from Kopitiam, where a food court employee was caught on camera using a fruit knife to scrape dead skin off her hand, the errant employee has been sacked.

The chain which operates more than 50 food courts in Singapore said that it issued a warning to the stall tenant, which dismissed the employee on yesterday night. After conducting investigations, Kopitiam also clarified that the knife in question was for the staff's personal use and it was not used to prepare any food at the mixed vegetable rice stall.

"Nevertheless, her behaviour was unacceptable and not in line with the high standards of hygiene Kopitiam sets at all its food outlets," said the spokesman.

Personal assistant Renny had filmed the incident while having lunch with her family at the Kopitiam food court in Sembawang's Sun Plaza on Monday afternoon.

"I saw this disturbing scene of a woman working at the mixed vegetable rice stall - she was removing the dead skin cells from her hand with what looked like a knife used for food," said Renny, who is in her 30s.

She claimed that the woman wiped the knife with a receipt instead of washing it, before putting it below the cash register.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a statement that it was following up with Renny to gather more facts about what happened. "NEA takes a serious view of poor hygiene practices by food handlers and will follow up with necessary enforcement action for hygiene malpractices."

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JURONG PERVERT COMMITS SEXUAL OFFENCES AGAINST OVER 10 UNDERAGE BOYS

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26 year-old Goh Jun Guan was slapped with 30 charges involving sexual offences against at least 10 boys aged 10 and 15 years old at the time of the offences.

The offences took place between 2012 and 2014, and allegedly involved Goh receiving and giving oral sex to some of the boys, touching their sex organs and getting the minors to touch his.

He also persuaded some of the boys to send him photos of their genitals or videos of themselves masturbating and sending them lewd photos of himself via WhatsApp.

The acts usually took place at locations like public toilets in Jurong West Public Library, Pioneer Mall and Jurong Point Shopping Center.

For each count of sexually penetrating or being sexually penetrated by a boy under 14 years of age, Goh could be jailed up to 20 years and also fined or caned.

For each count of procuring the commission of obscene acts by the boys, he could be jailed up to five years, fined up to $10,000, or both, on the first conviction.

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CONSPIRACY THEORIST: PAP CRITICS BEWARE! FACEBOOK IS NOW "CONTROLLED" BY THE WHITES

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Dear all,

Never use the social media Facebook as a platform to reach us. Facebook is now controlled by PAP. I don't know whether Facebook has divided its server into several regions all over the world like what Google or Yahoo did. If that is the case, then we are in trouble. Facebook is popular but it is losing its independence. Zuck faced has betrayed all of us when he put our Facebook server here.

PAP has been able to weed out quite a few FB accounts in the name of real identity. The fact is there is this PAP IB leader by the name of "Daniel Ng" that has no profile (invisible). Now, is he 'the fakest' amongst the fake? PAP is in control of this popular media with the help of many PAP IBs by zapping you with complaints. The complaints aren't valid if you check with many victims reporting the dubiousness of those charges brought against them when they were around for ages (old FB users). One was blocked just because he was too vocal against the Obama administration.

Do you think we should reveal our identity when Amos Yee was dragged out and being flogged by this evil regime? I don't think so. As long as the server is controlled by the evil regime here, we won't be able to use it effectively. Even the age old Sammyboy forum did not have FB buttons (only Twitter). Zuck faced said that he believed in freedom. Well, to hell with his lie!!

Tank
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SPP'S LINA CHIAM: WE WILL CONTEST POTONG PASIR NO MATTER WHAT

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In a media interview today (28 Jul), NCMP Lina Chiam said that she will continue to stand for election in Potong Pasir SMC and that her party “will not budge” even if there’s a 3-cornered fight.

“The SPP will not budge and I’ll still be standing in Potong Pasir even if it’s a three-cornered fight. Because I promised the people of Potong Pasir that I’ll return and I shall return,” Mrs Chiam said.

“I’ll be continuing to do what is needed for the residents of Potong Pasir regarding feedback, whatever improvements that they want to that still needed to be done. I’ll be continuing to do the work that was left by Mr Chiam.”

Mrs Chiam lost to PAP MP Sitoh Yih Pin by just 114 votes in 2011.

Financial counsellor Leong Sze Hian told TRE that Mrs Chiam has been attending to residents every week even though she isn’t their elected MP. Mr Leong himself is helping Mrs Chiam in Potong Pasir by giving free financial counselling to the residents.

“I’ve been helping Mrs Chiam for a few years already. She herself has also made it a point to meet the residents every week even though she is not their MP,” Mr Leong told TRE earlier in response to NTUC Chief Chan Chun Sing’s recent remark about opposition politicians contesting in elections not for the sake of residents but for the sake of winning (‘Chan to oppo parties: Your heart must be pure‘).

“In fact, we see residents from all over Singapore. We don’t turn them away just because they are not from Potong Pasir,” Mr Leong added.

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TRUE S'POREANS HAVE BEEN BETRAYED BY THE PAP'S PRO-ALIEN POLICIES

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As a true-blue Singaporean who was born, received 100% education and through almost a decade of my local working experience, I had witnessed how with relative ease & with Govt. financial & material support, foreigners had managed to secure coveted scholarships & university places here, swiftly gained employment & carved out what would consider to be dream careers for most Singaporeans.

Even foreigners with no degrees had been given the benefits of doubt by our relaxed immigration policies when they applied for status upgrades to Permanent Resident & eventual Citizenship between the years 1997 - 2012. Thus the number of new citizens here in Singapore are in the hundreds of thousands within this 15-year period.

The benefits which these foreigners have enjoyed despite not serving NS, not possessing good knowledge of our nation's heritage, history, multi-faceted culture, laws, had led me into thinking that true-blue, intelligent Singaporeans who had worked hard, served NS with constant vigilance & unwavering spirit (maintaining good physical fitness throughout reservist cycles) yet couldn't achieve what those talentless foreign PMETs here had gotten from our country.... were undoubtedly
betrayed by the ruling party.

Beyond the shadow of doubt, the process of marginalising native Singaporeans will take place once GE2015 is over & People's Action Party is voted into Parliament with > 50% of total valid votes counted.

Do we want to allow fellow Singaporeans to be relegated to 3rd, 4th-class citizens???? Do we intend PAP to sweep us into Oblivion and beyond redemption????
Singaporeans, what is your One-And-Only Choice in this GE2015?

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TODDLER SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER BEING TRAPPED BY ESCALATOR

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Shortly after the fatal accident which saw a young mother being "swallowed" up by a revolving escalator in a PRC mall, another report of a chilling incident involving escalators in Guangxi Province has emerged.

According to local media reports, a 1 year-old toddler had gotten his left arm trapped in the grooves of an escalator at a mall. He was riding the escalator with his mother when the incident took place on Monday at about 10AM.

A distress call was sent out and local rescue workers were dispatched to the scene. They found the boy crying in excruciating pain and his mother in shock and a state of panic.

Rescue workers used hydraulic equipment to pry open the escalator steps and freed the boy within 5 minutes. However, according to eye witnesses, the boy's left arm was "basically destroyed".

Local PRC authorities are investigating the case.

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COURTS DISMISSES RESIDENT'S CLAIMS AGAINST AHPETC

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The Small Claims Tribunals has dismissed a claim by a resident of Parkland Residences seeking a refund of service and conservancy charges (S&CC) paid to the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) after the estate’s developer and residents had to clean the common areas themselves for several months.

The court hearing between corporate travel manager Melinda Teo and AHPETC took place on Monday (Jul 27).

Ms Teo, who is a resident of Parkland Residences at Upper Serangoon, had lodged a report with the Small Claims Tribunals last month, seeking to get back S$367.20 paid to the AHPETC between November last year and May this year.

The claim arose from an impasse between AHPETC and the Housing and Development Board (HDB) over the handing over of maintenance documents, which had led to Parkland’s developer Kwan Hwee Investment having to perform cleaning duties.

Some residents also said they had to clean some of the common areas of the Design, Build and Sell Scheme project. The matter has since been resolved, with AHPETC taking over the cleaning and maintenance of the property since last month.

Ms Teo filed the claim last month, citing unhappiness that the town council had not fulfilled its duties. When contacted on Tuesday, she declined to comment.

Speaking to TODAY, AHPETC vice-chairman Pritam Singh said: “Ultimately, the decision was in the hands of the court. In view of the claim (by the resident), I think it was a correct decision by the court,” said Mr Singh, who is a lawyer.

Aljunied GRC Member of Parliament Low Thia Khiang had said in a letter to Parkland residents last month that the AHPETC will use part of the paid S&CC monies to reimburse the developer for taking over cleaning duties during the impasse.

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While some residents have expressed unhappiness at AHPETC over the issue, others interviewed on Tuesday said they have continued to pay S&CC. Cleaners have been maintaining the estate, no matter whether they were deployed by the town council or the developer, they said.

Said Ms G Sarojan, 66, who moved into Parkland Residences in the beginning of this year, said: “I have to pay as someone has been cleaning the place. That is the right thing to do.”

But another resident, who gave his name as Mr Lee, said he is still taking a “wait-and-see” approach on the more than S$400 in S&CC he owes AHPETC.

“I am prepared to pay the S&CC charges but I also want the town council to be more transparent such as how much of the monies are being reimbursed to the developer,” said the 53-year-old.

An AHPETC spokesperson said that the town council is “scrutinising the claim for reimbursement” by the developer. She also said the town council had previously sent letters to residents who owe S&CC monies prior to June and will be following up with them.

TODAY understands that residents have been given a deadline to pay up their outstanding S&CC monies. The town council did not say what it would do should the residents not pay. According to its website, penalties are imposed for late payment of S&CC.

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NSP'S OUTREACH IN MARINE PARADE GRC IN TATTERS AFTER WP LAYS SURPRISE CLAIM

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Dear ASS,

I am a keen reader of your interesting articles and past few days, you published articles calling for all Opposition parties to give way to the Workers Party. This is hoping to pave the way for a big Opposition win next general election and since WP is the biggest and most organised party, they should be given top priority. 

I agree that in our political desert, with WP riding on their famous GE2011 victories, all other Opposition parties should step aside and give way. This is the most simple and and efficient way but is it the best way of treating your fellow Opposition colleagues? 

I understand if Opposition parties like the fly by night DPP should step aside because they only appear everytime elections come and they have frankly done nothing the past 4 years to help residents. They did not pound the pavements to gain the support of the residents. All these are hard work which some Opposition parties other than the WP have done too

So how about those parties who worked hard the past 4 years to gain the resident's trust? Now with WP laying early claim on Marine Parade GRC which was contested by NSP in GE2011, things are complicated. Since NSP's narrow defeat (43.35%), wthey have gone on the ground to connect with the residents hoping for the opportunity to represent them in parliament. These past 4 years, a significant amount of blood and sweat has been put in and to ask of someone else to throw their efforts down the drain, it is quite unfair. Shouldn't there be a gentlemen's agreement in place to prevent such infighting? 

I hope the Opposition parties can come to a consensus and not cannibalise on other committed and hardworking Opposition while still maximising our chances of victory. The Workers Party is our biggest hope but I hope other committed parties can also be given a chance especially in places where they have worked the ground tirelessly. The space for growth is confirm big enough for more than one good Opposition party. 

Ivy Yeo

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JOO CHIAT SMC: A CLEAR CASE OF GERRYMANDERING?

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"I think the playing field is level, if you do your work on the ground consistently," says the Deputy Prime Minister with the extensible Pinnochio nose. Explain that to Workers' Party's Yee Jenn Jong who literally walked the ground tirelessly for 4 years since the last General Election to recover from a narrow loss by 388 votes. If the dissolution of Joo Chiat is not a clear case of gerrymandering, what is?

The interesting aside to this is that Joo Chiat had always been a stronghold of Chan Soo Sen (GE2001: 83.5%, GE2006: 65%). Unfortunately his predilection for booze and karaoke was frowned upon by higher ups. They replaced him with Charles Chong for GE2011, the elitist who defended the $46,000 Le Cordon Bleu frolic of Permanent Secretary Tan Yong Soon with this:
“Maybe it made lesser mortals envious and they thought maybe he was a little bit boastful. Would people have taken offence if his wife (a senior investment counsellor at a bank) had paid for everything?”

For mocking the peasants, Chong barely scraped through with 51% of the votes. Meanwhile Chan, always a popular fixture (still is) at clan gatherings in the district, would bitterly complain to anyone within hearing range about how "they" had to bring in three civil servants to do his job.

Decades ago, E.W Barker was well known for sneaking off to the bar at the snooty Singapore Cricket Club to wet his whistle. But that didn't stop him from an illustrious career of 25 years in politics, serving as Minister for National Development (1965–75), Minister for Home Affairs (1972), Minister for the Environment (1975–79), Minister for Science and Technology (1977–81) and Minister for Labour (1983). Barker was a happy camper at law firms Braddell Brothers and Lee & Lee until the horrible person dragged him into parliament. Fortunately for him then, there was no sniffer dog with a sensitive nose for alcohol.

It remains to be seen how the 22,760 voters of Joo Chiat who were wiped off the electoral map to be absorbed ignominiously into the folds of Marine Parade will react. If they are bitter about being thwarted in their balloting intentions, the outcome can only be ugly. Gerrymandering can cut both ways.

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BABY GOES BLIND AFTER FAMILY FRIEND TAKES CLOSE-UP PHOTO WITH FLASH ON

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A three-month-old baby was left blind in one eye after a family friend took a close-up photograph but forgot to turn off the camera’s flash.

The unidentified baby boy suffered irreparable damage from the camera’s flash, which was held about 10 inches away from his face, doctors said.

The baby’s parents noticed that there was something wrong with his vision soon after the picture was taken

After the incident, the baby suffered from blindness in his right eye and reduced vision in his left eye, according to the doctors who examined him.

The damage was diagnosed as permanent and doctors say that it cannot be fixed with surgery.

The strong flash damaged cells in the boy’s macula — the part of the eye in which incoming light rays are focused. Such damages can lead to the loss of central vision, which enables people to see directly ahead.

In humans, the macula is not fully developed until the age of four, which makes youngsters very sensitive to strong light.

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OPPOSITION SUPPORTERS ARE SMARTER & MORE EVOLVED THAN PAP SUPPORTERS

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Dear all,

Based on Maslow's hierarchy of needs, it is proven that those who vote for opposition have progressed past those who still vote for pap. according to the pyramid, pap is probably around the bottom 2 levels as they are still trying to offer the same things like gst credits, sheltered walkways and now, sg50 discounts to their supporters.

Whereas opposition supporters are not looking for all that since opposition don't have the spending power like pap. but why they still support them? cos their supporters are already at the top levels of the pyramid and cannot be fooled by low level offerings. they want things like multi party system, clearer accountability, greater democracy, etc..

TLDR? Basically, opposition supporters are more highly evolved than pap supporters. opposition are the humans, pap are the apes, understand? ok thank u for listening to my satki speech. good night

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PEDOPHILE RECEIVES OVER 20 YEARS & 24 STROKES FOR SEX WITH 4 MINORS

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30 year-old Benjamin Sim Wei Liang plead guilty in court today to 3 counts of sexually penetrating a minor, 2 counts of statutory rape and 2 counts of performing obscene acts on a child in 2012 and 2013.

Among his victims were a pair of underage twin girls. He was also convicted of forcing one of the girls to take nude pictures of herself to send to his handphone. Sim committed most of the offences at public places including in handicapped toilets, a moving bus and moving taxis.

15 other charges of the same nature were taken into account.

For his crimes, he was sentenced 20½ years and ordered to receive the maximum 24 strokes of the cane.

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WOMAN ATTEMPTS SUICIDE AFTER DISCOVERING HER ONLINE BOYFRIEND IS UGLY

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A 23 year-old was apparently so distraught after meeting her online boyfriend in person - and discovering that he was ugly - that she tried to kill herself multiple times on yesterday night in a hotel in Heilongjiang province, China.

The incident took place on the 7th floor of a hotel in Mudanjiang city. Police arrived to find the agitated and crazed woman running to the balcony and perched with one leg over the rails, shouting "You cheated me!" at her former online boyfriend.

After police separated the two former lovers and tried to calm them down individually, the woman suddenly grabbed a large handful of sleeping pills and swallowed them. She then tried to pick up a piece of broken glass to slit her risks. Police immediately stopped her and called for an ambulance to convey her to hospital for treatment.

According to the woman's mother, her daughter fro Jilin province, had come to Heilongjiang to meet with her online boyfriend for the first time. The family of the woman had disapproved because she was 10 years younger than the boyfriend but the the woman had insisted on going ahead with the relationship. She finally met with her online lover yesterday, but was aghast that he looked so different from his web pictures.

The woman isn't in life-threatening condition, but she did manage to swallow pieces of broken glass in her rage and will need to remain in the hospital for further observation.

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DR CHEE SOON JUAN: I WILL GIVE YOU A REASON TO VOTE FOR THE SDP

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Hi, everybody! Welcome to my blog.

The last time I took part in a general election was in 2001. That was a long time ago. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to taking part in the hustings again after an absence of almost 15 years. I’m excited about the prospect of getting into Parliament and raising issues that have long burdened Singaporeans. I want to push for fresh alternatives – like the ones that my party colleagues and I have worked on over the past few years. I want to kindle intelligent and substantive debate on the future of our nation.

But before all this can happen, there is still the matter of winning the electoral contest. To this end, there is much that needs to be done, not least of which is to ensure that the PAP’s tactic of character-assassination and mud-slinging – a tactic at which it is eminently adept – is neutralised, if not altogether defeated.

Through the last quarter of a century, I have been on the receiving end of PAP’s vitriol. It started off with Mr Lee Kuan Yew calling me all manner of epithets such as “gangster” and “congenital liar”. The second prime minister, Mr Goh Chok Tong, openly mused about having me “annihilated”. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong jumped in, dismissing me as a "liar" and “deceitful” person. All three sued me for defamation.

The torch of verbal abuse seemed to have been passed on to the younger generation of PAP leaders. Earlier this year, Minister Chan Chun Sing launched into a diatribe, labelling me a “political failure” in response to articles I wrote in CNN, The Wall Street Journal Asia, and Huffington Post.

As the years passed, the viciousness intensified, culminating in the late Mr Lee calling me a "near-psychopath" in what seemed like an unhinged outburst during our court hearing in 2008.

Of course the rants would not have gone very far if not for their sustained amplification by the traditional media. Ms Chua Lee Hoong, former editor of The Straits Times, for example, dutifully echoed Mr Lee's sentiments about my mental state and added her own diagnosis - apparently I am also suffering from "antisocial personality disorder."

Other reporters got in on the act, too. A Ms Irene Ng from The New Paper had once asked me for an interview to which I obliged. In the write-up, she said that I was as “fishy as the tuna fish sandwich” that she had for lunch. Ms Ng is now the PAP MP in Tampines GRC.

The newspaper would not let up even when I was not the candidate. In the last general election, Mr Melvin Singh gave readers the impression in his report 'Is he SDP’s Loose Cannon?' that I had attempted to conduct an illegal march. If Mr Singh had done even a cursory observation of my actions that night, he would have seen that I had gone into the crowd for the purpose of mingling with the audience, not to conduct any kind of protest.

Unethical but effective

I have highlighted only a few examples of the deeply unethical practice of our traditional media against me through the years, there are many more. I do this not as payback but to provide Singaporeans a clearer picture of how the state demolition machinery operates, especially when elections draw near.

The PAP and the media do what they do for two uncomplicated reasons: One, it knows that ad hominem attacks are effective in painting opposition candidates as dangerous elements and therefore unworthy of support. Two, it distracts the electorate from focusing on PAP policies, many of which voters are unhappy with.

The barrage of attacks on me over the last quarter-of-a-century has taken a toll. There are many Singaporeans who still believe the PAP’s propaganda.

But now, at least, there is the social media which has enabled me to relate my side of the story and to fight back. Fighting back, however, does not mean returning like for like. Using smear tactics by whichever side of the political divide to ruin our opponents is detrimental to Singapore's future; it turns people off politics and discourages capable citizens from stepping forward as candidates.

Instead, I will fight back by continuing to focus on the problems that Singaporeans are concerned with. I will fight back by offering voters alternatives and to give you a reason to vote for the SDP, not just against the PAP. I will fight back by standing firm no matter what they throw at me.

I urge opposition supporters not to engage in verbal abuse of PAP candidates. The truth is that not everyone in the ruling party are out only for wealth and power, there are those who genuinely care about Singapore. Similarly, not all reporters are intent on journalistic malice to kneecap the opposition. There are many who are trying their best to remain true to their profession by reporting events fairly.

So in the interest of conducting a robust but positive campaign in the coming general election, let us focus on the issues. My colleagues and I in the SDP promise to, in football parlance, play the ball not the man.

Singapore is in a new era in our political development. Let us leave behind the old politics of personal hatred, vindictiveness and destruction. Let us, instead, rise to the challenge of making our public discourse worthy of our nation.

28 July 2015

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TAN JEE SAY: TIME FOR THE PAP TO STOP SCAREMONGERING

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Two days ago, PM told a large audience at SMU that Singapore has to raise the GST from 7 to 20% if we want Scandinavian style benefits to raise the fertility rate. He is wrong. His speech is here
 
In SingFirst's social safety net announced in February this year, we have provided for Scandinavian style welfare benefits to encourage childbirth such as 90% subsidies on childcare centre fee and child allowances of $300 per month for children up to age 12. In addition, we also proposed a range of other benefits for families by lowering the cost of living such as waiver of all fees from primary one to university, 30% reduction in public transport fares and old age pension of $300 per month for all senior citizens aged 60 and above. The total package costs only $6 billion a year and it can be financed from the investment return of around $8 billion that the government is allowed to use for annual budget spending. There is absolutely no need to raise the GST at all, much less to up it to 20%.
 
Here's a summary table of SingFirst's safety net package
 
 
Details of our package are in this posting  SingFirst's social safety net
 
It is highly irresponsible for a prime minister to simply pluck a figure from the air and use it to scare the people from putting forward their legitimate demands.  Stop your PAP-style scare-mongering to mislead the people. And lay out the facts and figures in full so that Singaporeans can know the truth and engage in a meaningful debate about what the government can do to help them lower their cost of living, raise children, look after the elderly and develop strong families.
 
 
Tan Jee Say
Singaporeans First Party

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I FOUND A CRISPY LIZARD IN MY POST WAFFLE CRISP CEREAL

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Dear POST Cereals Singapore,

I have, for many years, enjoyed your range of products from Honey Bunches of Oats, Great Grains and most recently, Waffle Crisp. Unfortunately when I opened my box of Waffle Crisp this morning to pour out a bowl of what I hoped to be delicious cereal, what instead came tumbling out along with the golden waffles was a lizard, a crispy yellow lizard to be exact.

I instinctively knew that this had to be the work of the arch nemesis of Waffle Boy, Professor Burnt Toast, and that he had planted this heinous ingredient in order to ruin the good name of Post.

I hence decided to take a few pictures of this devious crime and to swiftly alert the relevant authorities. I hope that you will be able to use this evidence to catch this horrible destroyer of good breakfasts. Sadly, although we may be closer to winning the war against burnt toasts everywhere, the battle here was lost. I had to throw away the rest of my golden breakfast and seek nourishment elsewhere.

I hope that you will be able to compensate me somehow so that I may continue to appreciate healthy but fun breakfasts.

Waffliciously Yours,

Nicholas Deroose

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