Responding to PA's firm defense of its grassroots volunteers, some have taken issue with the way Opposition party The Workers Party took aim at the volunteers who sacrificed their personal time and resources to help residents out. They felt it was unfair towards the men and women doing a tiring and thankless job.
Hardwarezone forum user xplayer shared that his China-born colleagues allegedly told him in order to game the Singapore system and get the most out of it, only one of them needed to become a new citizen while the other could just be a Singapore Permanent Resident. This way, they get to enjoy the full benefits of the Singapore system yet allow their child to avoid NS.
I refer to your article about a REACH survey claiming that 30% of Singaporeans agreed with the water price hike. I find the results of the survey unbelievable. No Singaporean in their right mind should agree to such a huge water price hike especially after the slew of price increases the PAP implemented in the past one year. Can't these 30% dumb Singaporeans see the hypocrisy of the PAP? They are filthy rich but yet they ask for more money to refresh our water infrastructure. Why do you need to suck more money from the people when you have billions in reserves?
The poll had randomly chosen 1,111 Singaporeans aged 20 and above, and they were polled by phone. The surprising thing? 32% of those polled agreed with the water price hike, 43%disagreed and 24% were neutral. 32% agreed with the water price hike? Who did they poll? These people who never have to pay for the water bills, or those who have so much money that a 30% increase in price hike is small change to them?
Healthway Medical Corp is facing huge financial difficulties that they even had to tell patients that they are running out of medication, and tell them to take their prescriptions to pharmacies because the firm had not been able to place orders fast enough?
For those patients who are not urgent cases, they have been told to return another day to collect their medicines. The The Straits Times had reported that its checks showed that no doctors turned up for work at several of its family clinics on Monday last week, because certain anchor doctors fell ill and no locum ones could be found to take their place. Some replacement doctors and staff are also owed salary by the company.
There were some reports that despite Singapore's gloomy economic outlook for 2017, Singaporean employers are still expecting to award their staff with salary increases, although the increases are negligible. In the survey, most of the companies indicated that salary increases of between 3-6 % are expected.
As have been said countless times before, these negligible pay increases, although are very welcome indeed, will not help most people facing tougher financial challenges. How to? Water price already slated to go up by 30%! That is not counting into effect the other fare increases, like the town councils service charges, transport fares, and even food prices, due to the water price hike.
NTUC Fairprice have announced that they will open another six more supermarkets for budget conscious shoppers this year, due the demand for more of such budget groceries. These stores feature a smaller but more affordable range of products, including housebrand products, Every Day Low Price and Yellow Dot items, which comprise about half the product mix in the stores.
Makes you wonder why they can't just carry the cheaper and budget groceries product in all of their NTUC stores. Must be very discriminatory to budget conscious Singaporeans, is it? What is wrong trying to save a few dollars here and there, now that prices everywhere are just getting too high?
Not sure if anybody knows this, but Malaysia apparently have a program called "Make Malaysia My Second Home" (MM2H). Malaysia's Tourism and Culture Minister just recently announced that there had been 1,258 successful applicants from Singapore to participate in this program.
The Minister also said that the program had enabled Malaysia to be placed sixth in the world and first in Asia as a retirement destination. So, 1,258 Singaporeans, although not a significantly high number, have decided to uproot and settle in the neihgbouring country. Their cost of living is definitely much cheaper than that of Singapore's, plus the strong Singapore currency ensures that the spending power is with Singaporeans
In an interview with the local media, former head of the Civil Service, Mr Peter Ho insisted that Civil Servants' job is not just to follow rules, but also ask how to improve them. Peter Ho was the Head of Civil Service from 2005 to 2010.
Feel that this is another lip service, report coming out just placate civil servants for the very low performance bonus they got this month. They are telling you that you can work creatively and ask questions of your superiors, but at the end of the day, you are still a servant, and you will still be paid relatively low.