2014 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS: MY WISHLIST FOR PAP

These aspirations show that Singaporeans want a kinder, less materialistic and more inclusive society, and quality growth at a slower pace. But your chorus of fear-mongering (see here, here, here and here) on the “tradeoffs” of slower growth only goes to show how disconnected you are from society.After a fateful 2013 that began with your resounding electoral defeat, ended with the first ever riot in decades and was filled with incidents of incompetence in between, perhaps you should take 2014 as a year of introspection. Listen more, talk less.

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ARE YOU SURE SG’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS SO LOW?

We do have a lot of PMETs who have lost their jobs and have no choice but to take up taxi, property and insurance licenses. They want their old job but are doing temp now. And I’m sure, for taking up such jobs even though it is out of necessity, the government will still consider them to be “employed”. The good economy is derived from overtaxing Singaporeans and casinos. Citizens have not really benefited. But to continue to hoodwink the public into believing that a good economy means many good jobs, they are “fixing the stats” through various means. With so many unemployed and underemployed people around me, how can I believe the government’s unemployment figure?

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More army bases than hospitals in S’pore

Are army bases more important than citizens’ health? Face the fact, Internet is defeating Singapore Propaganda House. They have been in power because of their grip on the media. What problems? All the problems and the evil side of PAP are being brushed aside by the devilishly clever Singapore Propaganda House. Reading the Singapore Propaganda House’s depiction of the 50 years of PAP rule is like watching an Indian movie, where the heroes are always right and they always win. The result? Singapore is now becoming a third world country. The worst part is their inept performances are being rewarded with monstrously huge salaries beyond our imagination. What kind of leaders are we having in Singapore?

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Singapore ranks top 10 expensive cities once again

It is interesting to note that amongst the top 10 most expensive cities in the world, 5 out of 7 of the countries that the cities are situated in all operate on a minimum wage system. San Francisco (ranked 9th) has the highest minimum wage of S$12.65 per hour, followed by New York (ranked 5th) with a minimum wage of S$9 per hour. Even Switzerland, the only country that does not have an official minimum wage other than Singapore, is slowly gearing towards operating based on a minimum wage system – with the Swiss residents being able to vote on whether they want to have this system or not.

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LTA refutes NSP’s criticism of new bus reliability improvement scheme

The Bus Service Reliability Framework (BSRF) trial is a first step towards addressing feedback from commuters on bus reliability and regularity, and commuter safety will also be of paramount concern, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA). The LTA was responding to a statement released by the National Solidarity Party (NSP) yesterday, which pointed out that commuters need more immediate solutions to public transport problems, but schemes such as the BSRF and the S$1.1 billion Bus Service Enhancement Programme have time frames of two years and five years respectively.

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Only certified workers can carry out demolition works in HDB flats

Starting this month, only certified renovation workers are allowed to carry out demolition works in HDB flats. To be certified, contractors will have to send their workers for a safety course organised by the Housing and Development Board (HDB) and the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

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Train services resume between Kranji and Yew Tee MRT stations after power fault

Train operator SMRT said a cable fault led to a loss in traction power between Kranji and Yew Tee MRT stations on Saturday afternoon.As a result, service between Kranji and Yew Tee MRT stations on the North-South Line was disrupted for about an hour and a half. SMRT said it detected a loss in traction power between Kranji and Yew Tee MRT stations at 12.30pm.

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Sheng Siong kidnapping: The two sides of 'Sheng Siong Ma'

Some describe her as a polite but very private person who hardly interacts with them. Each morning, she can be seen tending to her plants in front of her home, pausing occasionally to greet passing neighbours with a "Hello".But the veil of anonymity disappears just across the road, in a Housing Board enclave near Hougang Avenue 2 and 8. Here, among shopkeepers and hawkers alike, Madam Ng is known as "Sheng Siong Ma", or the mother of the supermarket chain founded by her son Lim Hock Chee.

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SINGTEL SOLD MY DAD A USED AND "LOCKED" IPHONE AS NEW

We called SingTel in hope that they would mail us our proof of purchase receipt. Their reply was 'As this is a new problem and case, thus you will have to check with the Apple service counter to solve the problem". They also said that if we wanted the proof of purchase, they will have it mail to us and it takes around three to five days. We asked for them to email the receipt to us as my dad needs the phone for work.

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Josephine Teo: 'I’d have had four kids if not for politics'

In Part 2 of this Supper Club interview, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Finance Josephine Teo talks about the annual Budget, her work as an MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC and personal life. Q: You lead the committee for Changi Airport’s expansion. Is it expanding fast enough? Our aviation correspondent said given the projections, Changi Airport could be operating at more than 90 per cent capacity (in the few years before Terminal 5 opens).

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