It has already begun. Singaporeans have not even began to enjoy their GST gift from the government, news of rising cost for Singaporeans have hit the news. Transport Minister and Henry Thia lookalike Khaw Boon Wan said in Parliament on Monday with a straight face that the government is currently subsidizing 30% of public transport operations, and that Singaporeans should expect higher fares for public transport to keep subsidies in check.
He then indicated that the most common reason why trust is eroding is because of the role of digital technology, and how bad news generally gets spread faster on social media, and how negative news are generally over exaggerated. He failed to mention that another reason is because bad and negative news gets widespread coverage now because governments cannot find a way to stop them from spreading like they do when social media was non-existent.
Just two weeks after the LTA allowed all taxis and private hire cars to have inward facing cameras in their vehicles, they are now allowing these inward facing cameras to record audio too. LTA released a statement to that effect, citing a governmental study that indicated 90% of respondents were in favour of such recordings.
However, the ST first reported the Lee Hsien Yang, PM Lee's brother, attended the event with his wife, and second son, Li Huanwu, who was himself there with his husband Heng Yirui. However, an hour after the news report on Lee Hsien Yang having been there at the event, the news of him being there was curiously deleted away in the ST Online news portal. In fact, the entire section of the news report on Lee Hsien Yang's family was removed, and no mention of them were made again.
The brother of Singapore's Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Yang, was spotted attending the most recent Pink Dot event on June 29. His photo, where the whole family was standing alongside his gay son, Li Huanwu, and Li's husband, Heng Yirui, was doing its rounds on social media over the weekend.
His exact wording of the question was "To ask the Minister for Education in each of the past five years, what is the total Government spending on scholarships and other forms of financial aid given to foreign students studying in Singapore schools and universities".
PM Lee did not surprise anyone when he said he does not know what 377A's exact wording was, but emphasised that everyone, no matter their sexual orientation, are welcome to work in Singapore. Although he did say that the 377A will not be removed, he did say that everyone knows the rules in Singapore, and it should not stop them from coming over to work.
Grab said that they are investigating a case of their GrabFood delivery rider who was caught on a CCTV stealing shoes from the very house he had made his delivery a mere minute before. The rider was caught taking a pair of shoes and keeping it in the Grab Delivery bag where he had kept the food for delivery to the house earlier.
During a dialogue at the Smart Nation Summit, which inexplicably included PM Lee as its Guest of Honour, being that he is 'smart', PM Lee reiterated that for Singapore to keep up and be relevant in this day and age, Singaporeans and their leaders need to constantly reinvent itself. He also pointedly said that the leaders of Singapore also need to reinvent.
Two recent incidents involving unauthorised drones flying within the vicinity of Changi Airport in the past one week had affected about 60 flights, with some delayed and others diverted. This has raised serious questions over the vulnerability of Changi Airport itself. While CAAS is still investigating the incidents, analysts, the industry and even the drone community itself has concerns on the potential implications of the incidents.