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Leong Sze Hian: Disclose The Accumulated Surpluses From Eldershield Premiums

Leong Sze Hian: Disclose The Accumulated Surpluses From Eldershield Premiums

Like most insurance schemes, the collected ElderShield premiums will not be sitting idly. The premiums will be invested until the need arise for it to be used as monthly payouts should a claims be made. Leong Sze Hian therefore asked if the $3.3 billion figure included the accumulated interest on the investment returns from the excess premiums to claims? As these figures were not made transparent to the public, Leong Sze Hian guessed if the accumulated surpluses will be about $4 billion?

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NSF Overwhelmed By Kind Taxi Driver Who Sheltered Him From The Rain

NSF Overwhelmed By Kind Taxi Driver Who Sheltered Him From The Rain

While I was waiting at traffic light drenched in the rain, a taxi driver suddenly honk me. I was shocked and he offer me a ride to the MRT because it was abit far. I said I didn't have any money and he said nevermind just come in. I am so overwhelmed with shock at how kind Singaporeans are and there are kindness that is left unsaid. So with this I am hoping I could repay his kindness once I get my pay.

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Loser Gets To Officially Open Sengkang West Community Garden Instead Of Elected MP

Loser Gets To Officially Open Sengkang West Community Garden Instead Of Elected MP

A recent Facebook post by Lam Pin Min highlights a unique and strange situation where he was the Guest-of-Honour to officially open the Sengkang West Zone B Community Garden situated at Anchorvale between Block 320B and 320C. It is curious how a Residents' Committee (RC) project gets to launched by a "Grassroots Advisor" instead of the elected MP Jamus Lim.

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More Civil Activists Stand Up For New Naratif's Thum Ping Tjin

More Civil Activists Stand Up For New Naratif's Thum Ping Tjin

New Naratif's founder Dr Thum Ping Tjin (PJ Thum) was hauled up by the police and had his electronic equipment seized. The police treatment of PJ Thum has been viewed as a form of state harassment and intimidation tactics. International organisations and political parties like the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) have come to the defence of New Naratif, and their voices have just been joined by prominent civil activists like playwright Alfian Sa'at, as well as activists such as Sean Francis Han and Function 8.

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Makansutra's KF Seetoh Criticises Manpower Policy For Offering Blue Collared Jobs Locals Shun Or Cannot Do

Makansutra's KF Seetoh Criticises Manpower Policy For Offering Blue Collared Jobs Locals Shun Or Cannot Do

The Straits Times recently ran an article "About 5,400 jobs on offer in food sector despite pandemic". However KF Seetoh, Singapore top chef and founder of Makansutra, felt that the appropriate title should have been "5.4k jobs on offer in Food sector that nobody is hard up for, since April". While KF Seetoh supports the creation of jobs, he shed light on how these job offers for blue collared work in the F&B industry involve basic cooking preparations and maintaining kitchen cleanliness. These offers would be a mismatch for Singaporeans who have been brought up to aspire for higher goals, or educated and trained in skills for another industry.

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SDP Stands In Solidarity With New Naratif's Thum Ping Tjin

SDP Stands In Solidarity With New Naratif's Thum Ping Tjin

The latest to show their support for PJ Thum and New Naratif was the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP). On the evening of 22 Sep 2020, SDP made a press release to decry the harassment of activists and independent journalists in Singapore. The SDP explained that PJ Thum was only exercising his rights as a citizen of Singapore to comment on the local political situation. SDP said the ELD was acting in a partisan manner, and hit back at the ELD by suggesting the department should look into the "numerous incidents regarding the PAP" where elections rules may have been breached.

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Historian Thum Ping Tjin Hauled Up By Police Over New Naratif's Paid Advertisements During GE2020

Historian Thum Ping Tjin Hauled Up By Police Over New Naratif's Paid Advertisements During GE2020

On 21 Sep 2020 New Naratif updated that Thum Ping Tjin (PJ Thum) had been hauled up by the police for questioning at Clementi Police Station over the ELD police report. After a lengthy hours-long police interview, the police brought PJ Thum home and his laptop was seized as evidence during this raid.

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SingapoRediscover Vouchers. Boredom Buster or Funny Money?

$365 million. That is money better spent on food for people who are living paycheck to paycheck, or not even a paycheck at all ! Or slightly larger dorms for low wage migrant workers which won't flare up re-infection of the coronavirus. Between you and me, I would've preferred the $100 in the form of a national rebate to apologize to Singaporean adults for facing possibly the most stupid period in modern history.

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