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Commentary: Normality Is Finally Back Somewhat!

Commentary: Normality Is Finally Back Somewhat!

This sudden lifting of restrictions is nothing short of a bright streak of sunlight breaking through this storm of doom and gloom. I beg of you people to practice whatever it takes to restore our signature brand of lukewarm peace. Before I go, I should warn you of this: The sudden re-opening of every bit of business and recreation will be overwhelming. There has never been any precedent of such a thing happening apart from war or shortage. I wouldn't blame you if you'd explode and run around your favourite spot. But tone down the excitement a little bit. At least enough to remember "One arm's length away from people". Or was it 2 ?

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GE2020: SDP Member Reminds Taxpayers About The Consequences Of Budget 2020

GE2020: SDP Member Reminds Taxpayers About The Consequences Of Budget 2020

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) member Fadly Azad wrote on his Facebook about Budget 2020. While Singaporeans should be thankful for the cash payouts, he reminded Singaporeans that the money handed out by the government actually came from taxpayers. Remember that one way which the government gets this money is by taxing us, and "whatever they give you now they will take it back sooner or later". With the General Elections looming closer, he calls for Singaporeans to vote wisely. We can either choose to vote in a government who cares more about money and treats its people as digits, or vote in a government that is more concerned about our welfare and well being.

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COVID19: Singapore Currently Facing Oversupply of Eggs

When Malaysia announced its lockdown in March, Singaporeans rushed to supermarkets to stock up on eggs and shelves were empty in no time. Prices of eggs started to increase slightly due to border restrictions. Fast forward 3 months, Malaysia is out of lockdown and has resumed their supply. Eggs are flowing into Singapore from Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and recently Poland. At the same time, demand from F&B dropped. As a result, egg suppliers find themselves having too many eggs, some having to discard as many as 250k eggs.

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Covid19: A Collective Effort Needed To Overcome The Pandemic

Covid19: A Collective Effort Needed To Overcome The Pandemic

In order for us to completely get out of this Covid19 pandemic, each and everyone one of us has and must play a part which sadly I observed is not happening. As a responsible citizen of Singapore I am looking forward towards a collective effort in combating and overcoming this Covid19 pandemic sooner than later.

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Covid19: Workers' Party Gerald Giam Criticises PAP's Insistence To Implement TraceTogether

Covid19: Workers' Party Gerald Giam Criticises PAP's Insistence To Implement TraceTogether

The Workers' Party politician Gerald Giam blogged about PAP's plans to roll out TraceTogether Tokens to all Singaporeans. If the PAP pushes its way through, an estimated 5.7 million residents in Singapore will be marked with a contact tracing device which will cost taxpayers over $100 million. However, TraceTogether has continually faced compatibility issues especially with iPhones. To overcome these issues, Apple and Google have developed their own contact tracing protocol called Exposure Notifications. While the PAP stubbornly insists on developing and implementing its TraceTogether project, at least 22 countries have now switched to using Exposure Notifications.

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Covid19: Delisted PCI Limited Awarded Tender To Build TraceTogether Tokens

Covid19: Delisted PCI Limited Awarded Tender To Build TraceTogether Tokens

Government Technology Agency (GovTech) announced it had awarded a $6 million tender to a Singapore-based electronics maker PCI Pte Ltd to manufacture TraceTogether Tokens. The $6 million dollars will be used to supply an initial 300,000 dongles, worth about $20 each. The first batch of Token should be delivered in the second half of June 2020. If the PAP successfully pushes through with its plan to tag every Singaporean, PCI Limited stands to gain access to a business potentially worth more than $110 million once Tokens are made for all 5.7 million residents.

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GE2020: People's Power Power Will Work Towards Opposition Unity Despite SDA Holding Off Membership Applications

GE2020: People's Power Power Will Work Towards Opposition Unity Despite SDA Holding Off Membership Applications

The Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) Secretary-General Abu Mohamed told the Straits Times on 11 June that the membership applications from four parties have been put on hold. The parties were named as People's Power Party (PPP), Reform Party (RP), Singaporeans First (SingFirst) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). PPP Secretary-General Goh Meng Seng clarified in a Facebook post that the PPP has never submitted any membership application to join SDA. What happened instead was PPP just asked for a preliminary discussion with the SDA leaders about the possibility of forming an alliance to strengthen Opposition Unity.

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GE2020: Another Paper General Expected to be Parachuted into PAP

Just how many paper generals does the PAP need? Since Pinky's own entry into politics as a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) scholar, the pattern of ownself select ownself has gone on and on and the number of paper generals in the party has been increasing. The latest addition to the "mix" is expected to be the country's first woman general (but not first woman paper general) Gan Siow Huang.

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Covid19: Journalist Kirsten Han Concerned With TraceTogether Token

Covid19: Journalist Kirsten Han Concerned With TraceTogether Token

In a renewed attempt to implement this failed TraceTogether project, the government recently announced that Singaporeans will be issued with a wearable contact-tracing device. Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Vivian Balakrishnan tried to reassure that the device only uses Bluetooth technology to exchange proximity information between devices. He claims there is no GPS in the token and it will not track users' locations. Yet again this proposed token faced mounting concerns about privacy and surveillance. Among those voices was journalist Kirsten Han who came up with various questions about the token.

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People's Voice Party Made Right Judgment Calls For Covid19

People's Voice Party Made Right Judgment Calls For Covid19

Secretary-General of People's Voice Party (PVP) Lim Tean had cautioned against the reopening of schools a week before 2 June 2020. It looks like PVP was proven right when state media reported four students and one school employee tested positive for Covid19. Lim Tean reminds voters that PVP has been the only Party that has been right about Covid19 since February 2020, and he attributed these right judgment calls because PVP, unlike the PAP, has been putting People First!

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