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Nude model Eileen Yumiko Yap breaks down after her nude photos were circulated online

Posted by temasektimes on April 30, 2012

Nude model Eileen Yumiko Yap has been in a state of distress since her nude photos were leaked online and circulated widely.

Miss Yap was working as a part-time model when she was approached to do the nude shots with photographer and modeling agent Chen Jun Hao.

She was paid $1,000 per session and has done 13 nude shoots, of which one was done in the outdoors.

It is not known how her photos found their way on the internet as the trainee photographers present during her nude shoots all signed an agreement to not release in public photos which show both Miss Yap’s face and her private parts.

During an interview with a Chinese tabloid, Miss Yap broke down and cried:

“This is not a dirty job, I do not go through back doors and I do not have any illicit dealings with the photographers. I have never done pornographic shots nor taken part in any sexual transactions.”

 

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Sexy mother of four lodges police reports against ‘sggirls’ and local sex forum for illegal ‘theft’ of her bikini photos

Posted by temasektimes on April 30, 2012

A sexy mother of four had lodged police reports against local forums ‘sggirls.com’ and a notorious sex forum for illegal ‘theft’ of her photos which have been circulating online for the last one week.

The mother who is known as Madam Ang claimed that her photos showing her wearing revealing clothes and bikinis were taken from her Facebook without her permission and republished in ‘sggirls.com’ and the sex forum together with her ‘rates’.

Madam Ang is married to an assistant manager of a resort and has four children aged between one and ten years of age.

Speaking to queries from the media, she explained that the photos are not meant for public viewing and she was shocked when  a friend chanced upon them online and tipped her off.

*Attached photo for purpose of illustration only.

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“Don’t let policies be dictated by uneducated, disgruntled locals” – PRC student tells PM Lee

Posted by temasektimes on April 30, 2012

The growing divide between Singaporeans and foreigners is becoming all too apparent on the Facebook of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of late even as government leaders continue to exhort Singaporeans day in and out to make the newcomers feel welcomed in Singapore.

While Singaporeans have been most vocal in criticizing Prime Minister Lee and his administration, foreigners and new citizens are his staunchest supporters, speaking up vociferously to defend him, one of whom is PRC student Tom Liu.

A posting by PM Lee this morning comparing Germany to Singapore brought a torrent of criticisms from Singaporeans who pointed out that the comparison is inappropriate.

However Tom Liu who claimed that he has been to Germany before defended PM Lee:

“What PM Lee said is the truth. Germany has a labor shortage and it went abroad to fill it….Singaporeans should stand behind the solution that the PAP proposes to sustain the standard of living.”

Tom Liu went further to urge PM Lee to ignore Singaporeans, echoing the words of another Filipino new citizen Angelo Marc Jandugan earlier:

“If I am only able to deliver one message to the Prime Minister, it is this: please don’t let your policies be dictated by uneducated, disgruntled locals! Singapore did not become a prosperous country by catering to the lowest common denominator!”

According to information on his Facebook, Tom Liu is currently studying in York University. It is not known if he is a MOE scholar or new citizen, but he does seem to ‘like’ many Singapore-related pages including PM Lee, Nicole Seah and the PAP’s Facebook pages.

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Top NUS graduate accuses ministries of plagiarizing his ideas after rejecting his job application

Posted by temasektimes on April 30, 2012

An irate NUS graduate has filed a complaint on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s Facebook after several futile attempts to land a job in one of the ministries.

A top graduate from NUS management department in 2011 and MOM National HR award winner, Jhony Ng Choon Yeong has not been able to find a job in a government ministry, prompting him to ask PM Lee if Singapore is ‘sincere’ in giving jobs to local graduates.

“I went to several ministries for job interviews and writing tests. While a few rejected me, most failed to give me the promised reply after the stipulated date,” he wrote.

He also accused the ministries of plagiarizing his ideas and implementing them a few weeks after the interview.

Jhony appeared to be in a state of despair when he was rejected again for PSC scholarship without being given a valid reason:

“Is NUS top student really that low quality?! If this is the case, we should really do something to NUS asap. If not, may I know is SG really sincere in making these job and scholarship offerings? Or is this just a way to get ideas for free and to make the job market looks good?”

There is no immediate response from PM Lee.

The Manpower Ministry reported today that “even though employment creation moderated slightly, the job market remained fairly strong.”

The jobless rate rose slightly, as the seasonally-adjusted overall unemployment rate increased from 2 per cent in December 2011 to 2.1 per cent in March 2012.

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Prominent blogger Alex Au predicts ‘disaster’ if Singaporeans took to the streets one day

Posted by temasektimes on April 30, 2012

The recent Bersih 3.0 protest (pic left) in Malaysia has led to some Singaporeans desiring for change asking if something like that will happen in Singapore one day when long muzzled Singaporeans finally muster the courage to let their feelings known on the street.

Prominent socio-political blogger Alex Au doesn’t think that anything similar to the Bersih demonstrations will happen anytime soon in Singapore, but warns of disaster if it happens eventually:

“I don’t think anything similar will happen here any time soon. But when it does, it may end in worse disaster.”

Mr Au opined that the authorities are likely to employ heavy-handed measures to crush any sizable demonstration which might arise in Singapore:

“But in Singapore, even one sizeable demonstration may be viewed as an intolerable affront to the authority of the government. The response may not be calibrated for containment, but tend towards crushing the movement.”

He added that when that happens, Singapore’s revolution will resemble more like Bahrain than Malaysia.

“In other words, when it does happen here, we are more likely to get it wrong than right. I fear that Singapore’s revolution will look less like Malaysia’s rumbles, and more like Bahrain in 2011.”

Like Bahrain, Singapore has a widening income between the rich and poor, is heavily dependent on foreign labor and has an non-existent ‘opposition’ in parliament which dare not hold the ruling party accountable.

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Trains delayed along North-East line towards Punggol due to ‘signalling fault’

Posted by temasektimes on April 30, 2012

Singapore’s public transport system appears to be crumbling apart as another disruption in service hit the North-East line, barely hours after trains were delayed along the East-West line this morning due to a combination of unforeseen factors such as ‘congestion ahead’, ‘bad weather condition’ and ‘train fault’.

Commuters receive a notification from SBS Transit at around 1.52pm this morning via SMS informing them of the train delay:

“NEL train service in direction of Punggol, from Little India (NE7) to Woodleigh (NE11) stations is currently delayed due to a signalling fault.”

[Source: #SMRT]

One commuter Jeremy Khoo was actually surprised to receive the SMS:

#SMRT fail again, but this time I actually got a notification from them!”

Another commuter Alex Chew was appalled that SBS Transit did not put up any notices at the stations:

“Only notice at Kovan down to city, the train was open for quite sometime. Didn’t notice any alert from the MRT staff or any sign put up.”

SBS Transit claimed that normal service is expect to resume at about 2.00pm, but as of now, the trains are still moving slowly along the NE line.

As usual, the mainstream media did not report on the latest train disruptions, leaving unsuspected commuters in the dark in order to save the blushes of the authorities.

The Temasek Times is the FIRST news site in Singapore to report on the latest train delays today.

For immediate updates on the latest MRT delays and disruptions, please visit “The Temasek Transport Review” page here.

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Address the real causes of low fertility rate instead of taking in more immigrants as a stop-gap measure

Posted by temasektimes on April 30, 2012

A recent White Paper released by the National Talent and Development Division under the Prime Minister’s Office recommends that Singapore takes in 20,000 to 25,000 immigrants yearly to maintain the population growth.

It is surprising that the paper took a myopic view of the issue by focusing only on the benefits of immigration and not the potential dire consequences it pose for Singapore which many Singaporeans are already feeling now.

There are three key reasons behind Singapore’s low fertility rate which can be partly attributed to the relentless influx of immigrants in the last five years:

1. Sky-rocketing HDB flat prices:

Based on the latest statistics from HDB, the prices of HDB flats have nearly doubled in the last five years, pricing many ordinary Singaporeans out of the public housing market.

As BTO flats require a few years to build, couples either have to wait till they get their flat to get married and start a family or buy directly from the resale market which contributes to the sky-rocketing prices.

PRs who form some 20 percent of the buyers in the resale market are culprits as well as many of them have the buying power to pay higher than market rates for flats in the prime districts thereby causing Cash-over-Valuation (COVs) to spiral out of control.

Despite the introduction of a slew of cooling measures lately, the prices of resale flats continue to climb.

2. Stagnant wages:

Government statistics revealed that the real income of the lower-income group has decreased in the last decade while that of the middle class has hardly grown which can be attributed partly to the influx of cheaper foreign workers who in turn depress the wages of locals.

In a study conducted by Swiss bank UBS last year, the spending power of Singaporeans ranks below that of the Malaysians and the Taiwanese.

With little disposable income, it is not surprising that couples postpone starting families and having only one or two children if they do.

3. High cost of living:

Besides housing, the cost of living such as transport, healthcare, food and other living essentials have increased by leaps and bounds over the last few years.

Singapore’s high inflation rate is partly caused by the influx of foreigners creating a demand for goods and services leading to increasing prices.

Having a child in Singapore is an expensive life-long commitment from the moment of birth and not many couples are willing to risk jeopardizing their quality of life by having additional burdens to support.

Instead of taking short-gap measures by taking in more immigrants, the government should consider addressing the underlying causes of Singapore’s low fertility rates by introducing concrete measures to encourage couples to marry young and have children such as reducing the prices of HDB flats, increasing their wages and bringing inflation down to a more sustainable rate for the long-term.

Bringing in more immigrants will not only exacerbate the factors responsible for Singapore’s low birth rate in the first place, but will also exert an increasing strain on Singapore’s limited resources in the future.

Singaporeans are already feeling the unwanted effects of uncontrolled immigration – a crumbling public transport system, poorer quality of life and rising social tensions between locals and foreigners.

The newcomers will also grow old and become infirm one day. To compound the problem, many also bring their extended families to Singapore who will overwhelm our public healthcare system in time.

Immigration is a double-edged sword. The government should seriously seek the feedback of Singaporeans and conduct more comprehensive studies on its potential benefits and drawbacks before deciding on a holistic immigration policy to solve the nation’s perennial fertility problem while addressing the concerns of citizens at the same time.

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PM Lee uses example of Germany to highlight importance of welcoming and integrating foreigners

Posted by temasektimes on April 30, 2012

In the latest posting this morning on his Facebook page, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong used the example of Germany to highlight the importance of welcoming and integrating foreigners in our society.

Sharing an article published by the New York Times on Germany luring foreign talents from southern Europe, PM Lee wrote:

“The thriving German economy is short of skilled workers. It is attracting talent from countries like Spain and Portugal, where unemployment is very high. Germany is benefitting: if the inflow continues, in the long term German industry will grow more powerful.”

He also insinuated that Singaporeans need to develop a ‘welcoming culture’ to foreigners like the Germans:

“But the Germans have difficulty integrating foreigners into their society too. They talk about needing to develop a welcoming culture. Their issues are quite similar to ours in Singapore.”

[Source: PM Lee's Facebook]

It is disingenuous of PM Lee to compare Singapore to Germany as the latter has a minimum wage law to safeguard the interests of local German workers and a tighter labor policy governing the hiring of foreigners – German companies can only employ foreigners if they are unable to find suitable local candidates to fill in the positions.

Some responses from netizens:

“Sir, I think many Singaporeans agree on the necessity for foreign labour and hands to supplement ours in the Singapore economy. But what many disagree with is the preparedness of our civil infrastructure, services and policies to deal with such immigration. And the impression Singaporeans are getting of their diminished importance. The pie can only carved so many ways, as they say.” – Stanley Lai

“Yes, we do accept foreigners in SG. Please hire more skilled workers in sg and hire more local talent for higher management positions. But please do not forget about our local students who are graduating, they too need organisations to give them a chance for them to earn experiences in the working world.” – Jonathan Kwah

“Dear PM, Germany is attracting SKILLED workers..”it has recruited thousands of the Continent’s best and brightest to this postcard-perfect town and many others like it, a migration of highly qualified young job-seekers…”, unfortunately, we seem to be getting cheap workers that displace our PMETs who are similarly qualified.” – Francis Oen

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SMRT trains delayed this morning due to ‘bad weather condition’ and ‘train fault’

Posted by temasektimes on April 30, 2012

Train delays were reported in both the North-South and East-West lines run by SMRT this morning due to ‘bad weather condition’, causing many commuters to turn up late for work.

Some commuters reported being stuck in packed stations in Bedok and Kembangan. (pic left, from Twitter)

This occurs less than a week after SMRT trains are hit by a series of ‘minor’ disruptions in service.

Angry commuters affected by the delays took to Twitter to vent their frustration and anger:

“Bullshit – SMRT trains delayed this morning due to ‘bad weather condition’ and ‘train fault’.” – icelatte

“At the speed this #smrt train is moving and constantly stopping, I am sure I can outrun it from one station to e next!” – David Teo

“due to congestion train will be traveling slower” guess there’s traffic jams on mrt tracks now. How bout implementing high COEs too” – Nina Chua

“Whats wrong with #smrt ? Bedok platform is full of people. Like seriously. People cannot get into the train…” – Si Yi

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew has earlier said in Parliament that ‘minor’ disruptions less than 30 minutes are ‘unavoidable’:

“We will try and minimise as much as possible the major disruptions and to keep them in check. But I think it is unavoidable that a system that is as heavily utilised as ours is today will not face any disruptions. Every day there are about 2.7 million passenger trips. We are running thousands of train trips for more than 18 hours a day. And I dare say that there is no way you can prevent disruptions from occurring.”

As usual, there are no public announcements by SMRT on the latest disruption in train service as it is becoming the new ‘norm’ in Singapore.

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Lui Tuck Yew: I was gravely concerned over the spates of disruption

Singapore universities introduced MRT delay plan ahead of coming examinations

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Ex-Singaporean in U.S.: Singaporeans are already very tolerant of immigrants

Posted by temasektimes on April 30, 2012

As an immigrant to the US, I think Singapore is already a very tolerant and welcoming society. The issue isn’t the citizens, but the government.

First, the ministers do not know what’s going on before making comments. Singapore is a multiracial society, Indians, Malay, Chinese and Eurasian have to feel at home.

Some new immigrants hated some other races and made direct comments on them. What have the government do to protect such racial harmony? Racial harmony day? What system is in place to make sure immigrants know about the local culture?

Well.. the government isn’t interested in local culture anyway… it wanted to eliminate Singlish… and expect all of us to speak with the Victorian accent, the American Accent and the Aussie Accent almost perfectly (and yet none of the ministers have these accents… I get most of them from the Noose).

On the ground, there is no report of discrimination against foreigners… in fact, it’s nearing zero in Singapore! But from what I observed, it’s the reverse… foreigners discriminated Singaporeans…. Singaporeans only complained on social media. What the social media shows doesn’t represent the reality on the ground.

So the ministers are really detached from anything on the ground…. I could go on and on and on…. but I can only say a few things:

1. the ministers are too detached from the reality;

2. they like to put the blame on Singaporeans first… that has always been the mentality…. never changed;

3. they don’t have rules in place to make sure racial harmony is protected along with immigrants integration…. ; and

4. Singaporeans have lesser and lesser place in Singapore… they should have noticed that….

OSWALD CHONG

*The above is first published as a comment here

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