Government should foot lion’s share of health-care bill

However, I also hope the Government will play its part to allay the fears of growing old. Most Singaporeans hope to be able to grow old in a comfortable – if not necessarily affluent – and carefree environment. To achieve this, Singaporeans and the Government have to manage their expectations. A citizen’s greatest fears as he nears retirement age are not having access to affordable health care and not having a roof over his head. Previously, I wrote about how the Government should foot the lion’s share of the health-care bill (“Retirement village concept not anti-family”; March 4), but I still do not see this happening.

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MALAYSIA PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK SUE BLOGGERS FOR DEFAMATION

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Tuesday launched legal action against a leading independent news website known for its often harsh criticism of the long-ruling government, the portal said. Malaysiakini.com said Mr Najib's lawyers served it with court papers on Tuesday, claiming he and his ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) were defamed by reader comments published by the portal last month. The comments questioned Mr Najib's leadership, and alleged corruption in UMNO's 57-year-old government. Such criticisms are routine in the site's reader comment section. Mr Najib, who had first threatened legal action in mid-May, is seeking damages, an injunction against further defamatory content and an apology from the website.

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TEMASEK HOLDINGS: WE DO NOT INVEST OR MANAGE YOUR CPF MONIES

Temasek does not invest or manage the savings of CPF members. As for Temasek's performance, we have more than doubled our portfolio value since 2002, excluding any net new capital. As of our last reporting date of March 31 last year, returns to Temasek for newer investments made since 2002, when we started investing directly in a growing Asia, have exceeded returns since 2002 for older investments made prior to 2002. We thank readers for their interest in Temasek, and look forward to the day when it is practical for us to issue Temasek Bonds to retail investors to give them another option to save for their retirement.

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Navy serviceman Jason Chee back at work

Navy serviceman Jason Chee has returned to work on Tuesday (June 3), just 18 months after he lost three limbs in a horrific accident on board a navy ship. The Ministry of Defence's Cyberpioneer news site reports that Military Expert (ME) 2 Chee has assumed a new role as Operations Supervisor at Changi Navy Base with the 191 Squadron. The role will see him help Navy units to craft and plan their training requirements, it said.

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BERTHA HENSON: WHY THE PAP-GOVERNMENT DESERVES OUR SUPPORT!

I’m going to use the word of week: cynicism. There’s too much of it going around such that everything bad is laid at the G’s door and any attempt by the G to do anything is viewed with suspicion. Past mistakes are not forgiven, even if amends are being made. There is a tendency to “mis-read’’ stuff, especially complicated stuff. There are too many who will die, die not give the G the benefit of the doubt, much less praise of any kind. And those who do, get tarred with some bad names including those that can’t be printed.

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TAXI OPERATORS, WAKE UP YOUR IDEAS

Yes, you’ll have a minister or two saying they took the bus to check out the situation (when they give media interviews) but do they end up taking the train or bus every day? Do they sit behind taxi drivers who look gloomy half the time and tell you their constant unhappiness about having their hands tied? Over the years, I’ve heard so many taxi drivers complain about the high rental rates and it’s a real and serious issue.

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DANIEL YUN: FINDING OUR OWN VOICE

Looking back, if our ‘Speak Mandarin’ and ‘Speak English’ campaigns were enforced fully, yet dialects were still allowed, would they have been any less effective? Or was it crucial for a strong hand to steer the linguistic tracks of a diverse immigrant state on the road to a few common viable languages?

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Toilet Shortage Fuels Increasing Cases of Rape in India

Typically considered a private moment, relieving oneself may now become one of India’s most public issues in the aftermath of the killings. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who won the largest electoral mandate in 30 years last month, vowed to build a toilet in every home in a nation where half of India’s 1.2 billion people currently defecate in the open, the highest number in the world. Nine of out ten women and girls say they have faced harassment when going to the bathroom in Bhopal, the capital of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, according a report by WaterAid in 2012. About a third said they have been assaulted, the survey said, without saying how many women it interviewed.

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GAY SINGAPOREAN: I WAS RAPED IN A GAY SAUNA

Gay bathhouses, also known as gay saunas, are commercial bathhouses for men to have sex with other men. In gay slang in some regions in the West, they are knows as “the baths”. In Singapore and Malaysia, they are known colloquially as “saunas”. Not all men who visit gay saunas consider themselves gay, regardless of their sexual behaviour. Sunny relates his horrible experience of being raped by two unknown men in a gay sauna.

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