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Archive for August, 2012

Departing PRC ‘FT’s last words for Singapore: You make me complete!

Posted by temasektimes on August 31, 2012

An increasing number of PRC nationals have flocked to Singapore to live, work and study in recent years, but how many of them actually settle down in Singapore for good?

Though official figures are lacking, it does appear that there is a significant number of PRC nationals who leave Singapore after studying or working for a number of years here.

One PRC ‘FT’ has decided to leave Singapore for good after spending his the best years of his youth here.

In a comment posted on his Facebook, he thanked Singapore for giving him the courage and confident to enrich himself and to start life completely afresh:

“I love you Singapore, you made me complete!”

In an interview with National Geographic magazine in 2009, Singapore’s Supreme Leader Lee Kuan Yew quipped that it is a ‘good thing’ that Singapore is welcoming so many Chinese immigrants from China as they are ‘harder-driving’ and ‘harder-striving’ than local.

He will be bitterly disappointed that one of his favorite foreign ‘pets’ has decided not to take up Singapore citizenship in his ‘paradise’.

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PHOTO: Man caught trying to rub crotch against woman’s buttocks in SMRT train?

Posted by temasektimes on August 31, 2012

A netizen spotted a man squeezing close behind a woman on a SMRT train and wondered if he is trying to be funny:

[Source: Hardwarezone forum]

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Alex Tan apologizes to SBS Transit: “I deeply regret my actions…”

Posted by temasektimes on August 31, 2012

Former Reform Party candidate Alex Tan Zhixiang has backed down and apologized to SBS Transit for sending an email filled with expletives to its management two weeks ago.

In the letter titled ‘Fxxk You SBS’, Alex Tan described his hallowing early morning experience on a SBS bus where he was deducted a full fare for alighting from the front door of an overcrowded bus.

The letter was addressed to the Transport Minister as well as other government agencies.

Alex had earlier written on his blog that he ‘appreciate’ the Singapore Police for referring the case to the Magistrate and  he believe the authorities will come to a ‘trusted decision’.

The Magistrate has since instructed the police to look into the matter which prompted Alex to send to two emails to SBS Transit expressing ‘remorse’ for his earlier comments.

“I deeply regret my actions and will never write any article in the public domain through my website or any other sites,” he later wrote.

Speaking to queries from the media, SBS Transit spokesperson Tammy Tan said:

“We have since accepted Mr Tan’s apology and understand that he will be retracting his earlier comments. We will keep the Magistrate’s Court informed of this latest development. “

 

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Ng Eng Hen: Taxes will be raised to fund increased social spending

Posted by temasektimes on August 31, 2012

Taxes must be raised eventually to fund increased social spending, declared Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen at a forum held on Thursday evening to discuss Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally speech.

“Our society is ageing, we will have more aged people, and we want to take better care of the disadvantaged and disabled. Just by numbers alone, even if you spend the same amount, social spending has to increase,” Dr Ng said.

When asked by a forum participant about the possibility of using budget surpluses to fund the nation’s increments in social spending, Dr Ng said the government does not have surpluses, noting that PM Lee had even mentioned in his rally that it took out S$8 billion from Singapore’s reserves in the last financial year.

“If our economy grows, if the size of the economy grows and revenues come in, then perhaps we don’t. But as you know, we have some limits of growth in terms of labour and our land, so our economy is projected to grow one to three per cent,” Ng added.

Unlike other First World countries, Singapore does not have a comprehensive social safety net for its citizens who are expected to work for as long as possible till they drop dead and die.

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Singaporean in Australia: The grass is not always greener here

Posted by temasektimes on August 31, 2012

I am not sure how long these people have stayed in Australia to be able to make such comments. I have been in Australia for 14 years and these are my observations.

FTs in Singapore contribute to society but over here, we are letting in so-called asylum seekers who do little to contribute to society but instead form their own cliques in different suburbs. If you compare the FTs in Singapore and Australia, they are both the same in that they do not try to integrate. So the situation is not unique in Singapore.

Centerlink payments are still made even if you do not actively look for a job. All is required is a charade that shows you are looking for a job. There are a million and one people rorting the system. And for those of us who work and are middle income in Australia, we are supporting at least 3 jobless bums. Think of all the teenage mums over here that insist on having more children but does not want to work. They know they get paid for being a cow.

As for workers over here, tell me which worker would like to work harder or smarter? At the end of the day, people over here know that they have an almost iron rice bowl, due to the unfair dismissal laws. If you start a business, hires someone who is crap at their work, you can’t sack them. You have to first warn them (1 year) then if they do not improve, manage them, meaning teach them how to improve and give them time to improve (1 year) and then re-assess again (1 year). By then the damage is already done. What are you going to do about someone who is now entrenched in your company but is still a crap performer? Carry on paying them to do a poor job?

What about the minimum wage? Does that not create a greater imposition on the employer? How about penalty rates? Or annual increments? Do we care if the company fails here? Well, we do because we lose our jobs, but hey, so long as it is trading, people will still demand their increment, even if the company is losing money.

Over here, people have no respect for the law. How often have there been reports of police, ambulance or other essential services people being assaulted. How safe do you feel to go out alone at night in Kings Cross, Richmond or Northbridge?

Singapore may have its faults but tell me which country doesn’t. Do I regret leaving Singapore? In some ways I do. For the safety and security, the excellent education system (though very pressurizing), the cheap food, government subsidized housing and believe it or not, NS. I don’t regret leaving for a better quality of life, fresh air and working conditions.

But seriously, can we have our cake and eat it too? Be thankful that the PAP is pro-active, compared to the government over here, which is re-active. In Singapore, roads are built to lead to housing estates. Here housing estates are built first, then think about building the roads.

Having said all that, I have come to accept Australia’s faults and failings and try not to compare it with other countries as I think we can do a lot worse, even compared with Singapore.

To those thinking that by moving here you could do a lot better, I say good luck to you. The grass is not always greener elsewhere. Just because you have come from Singapore does not mean you are entitled to anything. Coming over would now mean that you are the FT that is taking away Aussie jobs. Welcome to the Singapore FTs’ shoes.

KENNETH

*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.

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REACH poll: Two in three respondents support PM Lee’s ‘vision’ of Singapore

Posted by temasektimes on August 31, 2012

The majority of Singaporeans support Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s vision of Singapore, according to a quick poll conducted by the government-run REACH forum.

Two in three respondents in the poll agreed that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s vision of Singapore as a Home with Hope and Heart resonated with them.

In an inspiring speech during the National Day Rally last week which touched the hearts of many Singaporeans, PM Lee called on Singaporeans to work together with him to write the next chapter of Singapore’s history which has been scripted by the ruling party since independence.

77 percent of respondents in the same poll welcomed the ideas raised in the Rally on promoting parenthood such as work life balance, giving couples with young children housing priority, paternity leave and medisave account for each newborn to defray childhood medical expenses.

71 percent also support measures such as having a new statutory board to oversee pre-school education, raising the quality of programmes for pre-schoolers, upgrading pre-school teacher gaining and giving more support to children from middle and lower income families can help improve the standard of pre-school education.

PM Lee’s speech was well received by all quarters of society, including the elected ‘opposition’ in parliament whose MPs have strongly endorsed his vision by their collective silence.

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17 year old polytechnic student pleads guilty to having sex with minor and uploading video of them having oral sex

Posted by temasektimes on August 30, 2012

A 17 year old student from a local polytechnic pleaded guilty this Thursday to having sex with a minor.

The court learnt that the girl was only 13 years old when the student first had sex with her.

He made her perform oral sex on him and filmed her doing so without her permission after which he uploaded the video on a US-based pornographic website.

The video was circulated on other pornographic websites, and the girl began receiving phone calls and text messages from strangers who harassed her about the video.

In mitigation, the student’s lawyer Mr Tan Beng Swee said he was ‘deeply remorseful’ for his actions, adding that he was not ‘hardcore’ enough for reformative training and argued for probation instead because he was active in school and obtained good grades.

*Illustrated pic

 

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Former RP candidate Alex Tan Zhixiang under police investigation for intentional harassment of SBS Transit

Posted by temasektimes on August 30, 2012

Former Reform Party candidate Alex Tan Zhixiang has been called up by Tanglin Police Division for questioning after a Magistrate Complaint was lodged against him, for using multiple instances of F* word in an open complaint letter addressed to SBS Transit commenting on the overcrowding and infrequent bus services.

In an expletive-filled letter titled ‘Fxxk You SBS’, Alex Tan described his hallowing early morning experience on a SBS bus where he was deducted a full fare for alighting from the front door of an overcrowded bus.

The letter was addressed to the Transport Minister as well as other government agencies.

In an article posted on his blog, Alex Tan wrote he ‘appreciate’ the Singapore Police for referring the case to the Magistrate and  he believe the authorities will come to a ‘trusted decision’.

Two years ago, a PRC family of five ‘hijacked’ SBS Transit bus number 138 for FIVE hours after the bus captain refused to allow them to bring up a wheelchair.

Though the police was called, nobody was arrested and SBS Transit eventually paid for a maxi-cab to ferry the PRC family home. No subsequent police reports were lodged against them for ‘intentional harassment’.

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Dr Chee Soon Juan: PM Lee just doesn’t get it

Posted by temasektimes on August 30, 2012

Singapore’s opposition leader and Secretary-General of the Singapore Democratic Party Dr Chee Soon Chuan has criticized Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally speech, describing it as ‘rich in style, but offers little in substance.’

Dr Chee said PM Lee fails to address in a meaningful way, Singaporeans’ concerns about the country’s immigration policies.

“The Prime Minister just doesn’t get it. He doesn’t get it that the influx of foreign workers has caused our wages to fall…..he doesn’t get it that foreigners are competing with our children for places in schools…he doesn’t get it, that foreigners are driving HDB prices to an insane level…he doesn’t get it, that the government’s abject mismanagement of the immigration policy that has produced an opposite and equal reaction from Singaporeans.”

PM Lee had earlier castigated Singaporeans for posting ‘nasty’ comments about foreigners online and urged them to be generous to them. However, Dr Chee felt the Prime Minister has missed the point completely:

“Singaporeans are tolerant people. We has always been that way…..We welcome and accept foreign people living amongst us and working in our country, but no people in this world would accept a government which imports foreigners with the view of replacing locals and making them a minority in their own country.”

While Dr Chee has stoutly defended and spoken up for Singaporeans, the ‘elected’ opposition in parliament has remained SILENT on PM Lee’s National Day Rally so far, other than a ringing public ‘endorsement’ of it by one of its NCMP.

An opposition which does not oppose is better off dead for it only serves to lend a veneer of legitimacy and respectability to an otherwise autocratic regime and to enable it to masquerade Singapore as a ‘democracy’ to the international community.

Singaporeans must decide if they want a real opposition which can speak up for them fearlessly in parliament or one which does nothing but plagiarize the work of anonymous netizens to ‘wayang’ in parliament so that they can collect their fat MP allowance monthly from the government.

Listen to Dr Chee’s speech below:

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PHOTO: Bus knocks down 7 motorcyclists along AYE

Posted by temasektimes on August 30, 2012

A horrific accident happened yesterday morning along the Ayer-Rajah expressway when a bus knocked down 7 motorcyclists who were at the road shoulder changing into their rain coats:

[Source: Hardwarezone EDMW Forum]

According to one eye-witness:

“It happened yesterday morning where there is heavy downpour around singapore and bikers are at the road shoulder changing in to their rain coats; the bus came and smashed into them! 7 were knocked down by the bus when the incident happen.”

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