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Khaw: The pain I suffered from fall is worse than childbirth!

Posted by temasektimes on March 24, 2019

Appearing at a public function for the first time after his surgery for a shoulder fracture, PAP Minister Khaw Boon Wan tried to win public sympathy by complaining that the pain he “suffered” from the fall and surgery is “worse” than childbirth!

Screengrab from Lianhe Zaobao

Speaking to the state media on the sidelines of a community event at his constituency, Khaw said his doctor told him the pain was worse than childbirth:

“The pain from the fall is worse than childbirth! I urge everybody to be careful!”

Khaw has been on medical leave for the past few weeks after his surgery.

He is still being paid by taxpayers at about $200000 monthly even during his absence from work.

Singaporeans must be relieved to see him back at work after a long deserved “rest”.

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Old HDB flats with 30 years lease left still retain “value”: Heng Swee Keat

Posted by temasektimes on March 20, 2019

Following a massive public outcry over the lease decay and depreciating value of HDB flats, another PAP Minister has stepped forward to assuage public disquiet.

Speaking at a property conference on Tuesday, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat was adamant that HDB flats will still retain “value” when its owner has turned 85 years old.

Using the example of a 25 year old Singaporean buying a 99 year leasehold HDB flat, Heng said there will be still be more than 30 years of lease left when the owner turns 85, the average life expectancy in Singapore.

He also lambasted critics who said HDB dwellers are merely tenants instead of owners.

“This debate that is going on…people saying ‘No, this is a terrible hoax…this is macam like rental’, I mean, come on, get real,” he was quoted as saying but the state media.

Most Singaporeans have been sold on the misconception that HDB flats are an “asset” whose value will appreciate over time by the PAP regime only to get a shock of their lives when they were told by PAP Housing Minister Lawrence Wong that their flats will be returned to the state with zero compensation when their lease ends.

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Liberalisation of CPF for elderly to buy old flats will create more problems in the future

Posted by temasektimes on March 13, 2019

I will be straight talking, blunt even, with my comment.

The liberalisation of CPF to enable elderly people to buy older flats that was recently announced in Parliament by Lawrence Wong is, I my opinion, a most irresponsible and despicable policy. It is sucidial, to say the least. Let me explain.

To begin, old people do not have many more economically productive years left in them. When their CPF savings are used to buy an alearly old flat, they deplete much further their retirement funds to buy an old and very fast lease decaying flat and going forward in the not many years ahead, what they will be left with will be a grossly inadequate CPF retirement fund, a very old flat that they cannot monetised or sell to anyone except to sell back to the government and they may end up with no place to stay if they do that and their health most likely will also start to to give them problems and more. Then what? It is not hard to envisage the dire consequences one after another being played out. I ask loudly if this new policy is designed to help our elderly people own their own flats with a peace of mind or to help HDB sell their old flats to old people and make used of old people as suckers? I repeat. Honestly, is this policy designed to help our old people own their flats with a peace of mind or to help HDB sell their old flats to old people and make used of them as suckers?

There are basically 2 types of Singaporeans. The first type just think that the government looks after them and the second type of Singaporeans are smarter because they Really Think. This selfish and cunning policy which is a minefield of booby traps, if allow to continue unimpeded, must sow plenty of social problems, more specifically, resulting in alot, alot of our elderly people ended up in desperate straits going forward. Think!

I thank you all for reading my post again.

Via: Simon Lim

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Demure PRC lady killed in cold blood and had her body burnt by Singaporean lover!

Posted by temasektimes on March 12, 2019

A demure, sweet-looking 30 year old PRC lady Cui Yajie was murdered and had her body burnt to ashes by her heartless Singaporean lover Leslie Khoo Kwee Hock!

Source: Cui Yajie’s Facebook

According to reports from the state media, Cui who was working as a senior engineer in Singapore got involved in an affair with the 50 year old Singaporean.

Leslie Khoo was married with a son, but told Cui he was single before lying to her again that he was divorced. He also cheated her of $20,000.

When his deceit was discovered, Cui went to his office to confront him. Khoo then drove her to a secluded car park at Gardens by the Bay where he strangled her to death.

Khoo subsequently drove to Lim Chu Kang where he burnt Cui’s body for three days and nights using kerosene and charcoal.

When police officers brought him to the crime scene, he told them with a grin on his face:

“There is nothing for you to see!”

If convicted of murder, Khoo faces the death penalty or life imprisonment.

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Don’t complain, we need 10 million population, said ex-HDB Chief Dr Liu Thai Ker

Posted by temasektimes on March 11, 2019

Singapore needs a population of at least 10 million people by 2100 in order to remain as a sovereign nation, said former HDB Chief Dr Liu Thai Ker.

Dr Liu Thai Ker

Speaking to reporters from the state media on the sidelines of a property forum yesterday, Dr Liu also blasted netizens for opposing population growth:

Before Singaporeans complain, they have to ask themselves: How long do you want Singapore to stay as a sovereign country?”, he questioned.

Dr Liu added his idea of the population increasing from the current 5.6 million to 10 million in less than a hundred years was a low estimate of the growth rate.

While the Government has been taking steps to curb population growth, he said:

“You cannot stop population growth, because as long as your economy is booming and you create new jobs, you need new population.”

The PAP regime had earlier released a Population White Paper in 2013 to increase Singapore’s population to 6.9 million people by 2030, sparking a massive outcry among Singaporeans who are becoming a minority in their own country.

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Ho Ching on Dr Soo’s punishment: This is ridiculous!

Posted by temasektimes on March 9, 2019

Ho Ching, the powerful wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has given her take on the controversial punishment meted out by the Disciplinary Tribunal on NUH psychiatrist Dr Soo Shuenn Chiang, who was slapped with a $50,000 fine for breaching patient’s confidentiality.

Dr Soo was duped by a patient’s relative into writing a memo for him to bring his sister to IMH emergency only to turn out that he misused it to obtain a Personal Protection Order (PPO) against her.

Ho Ching shared the report with three words: “This is ridiculous!”

With public pressure mounting on MOH, it remains to be seen if the case will be thrown back to SMC for another “review” which will surely dent public confidence in its judgement.

Updated:

The Ministry of Health told the state media that it is aware of an online petition in support of Dr Soo and it is looking into the disciplinary tribunal’s judgement.

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SAF cancels Army Half Marathon this year

Posted by temasektimes on March 9, 2019

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will not be organizing the Army Half Marathon and the Singapore Bay Run this year.

In an announcement on its Facebook page, SAF said it will divert resources to support the Singapore bicentennial celebrations instead.

The move comes after the tragic death of NSman Aloysius Pang during a training accident 2 months ago after which MINDEF imposed a “safety timeout” from 23 January to 7 February.

Last year, a 46 year old former traffic police officer Wong Chung Kent died from a heart attack after completing the marathon.

Given SAF’s “bad luck” of later, perhaps it is better to cancel the event to focus on safer events like the bicentennial “wayang” or oops “celebrations”!

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NUS doctors protesting against Dr Soo Shuenn Chiang’s “harsh” punishment?

Posted by temasektimes on March 9, 2019

According to reliable insider sources, many NUH doctors are peeved by the “harsh” punishment imposed on psychiatrist Dr Soo Shuenn Chiang for breaching patient’s confidentiality.

Dr Soo Shuenn Chiang, a psychiatrist from NUH

Dr Soo was fined $50,000 by the Disciplinary Tribunal for unwittingly revealing a patient’s psychiatric condition to an imposter who requested over the phone for a memo.

In a memo addressed to NUH’s CEO and Chairman of Medical Board, a group of doctors wrote that the case has generated a lot of “consternation” among junior doctors who felt Dr Soo has been “thrown under the bus” by NUH.

“There is talk of Dr Soo being a fall guy for NUH for what is regarded a systems issue….Many of us do not believe Dr Soo handed the memo to the imposter himself. We believe the memo was handed over by a clinic staff and the clinic and hospital should assume some responsibility.”

The doctors added that that since there are no hospital policy to verify the identity of those coming to collect documents on behalf of patients, they will draft their own policies which will result in some “inconvenience” for the patients and their next of kin.

In the meantime, an earlier petition started by Dr Ganesh Kudva, a Senior Registrar at NUH Department of Psychiatry has been removed after he was “counselled” by the “higher authorities”. He has since been “uncontactable”, according to the journalist who has been trying to contact him.

A new petition started by Dr Chan Lai Gwen, a psychiatrist from Tan Tock Seng Hospital in support of Dr Soo has garnered more than 3000 signatures so far.

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30 foreign workers protest at CBD for 4 days: No arrests made by police

Posted by temasektimes on March 8, 2019

When Singaporeans Jolovan Wham and Seelan Palay staged solo protests in Singapore, they were promptly arrested by the ultra-efficient Singapore police who confiscated their handphones and laptops.

5 police officers were seen arresting Singaporean Seelay Palay when he staged a solo protest in 2017

However, no arrests were made when 30 foreign workers staged an audacious sit-in protest on a busy side street in the Central Business District since Monday morning over unpaid wages.

Though the police was called in, no action was taken against the protesters.

The police confirmed that they had responded to a call at 9.46am and said that “the parties involved were advised accordingly”.

No further “police assistance” was required, an unique Singaporean euphemism for no arrests made.

A protest is still a protest whether it is a sit-in protest or one with placards by Singaporeans or foreigners.

The Singapore police should apply the same law equally to all parties without fear or favor.

These 30 foreigners flagrantly staged a mass protest in broad daylight making a mockery out of our strict public assembly laws.

They should be arrested immediately, charged, jailed and deported to send a strong deterrent message to other foreigners that protests for whatever reasons are not tolerated in Singapore.

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NUH Psychiatrist Soo Shuenn Chiang fined $50,000 for revealing patient’s confidential medical condition to imposter

Posted by temasektimes on March 7, 2019

Dr Soo Shuenn Chiang, a psychiatrist at the National University Hospital (NUH) has been fined $50000 for breaching medical confidentiality.

He was charged by the Singapore Medical Council for giving confidential information about a patient to her brother who phoned the clinic posing as her husband in 2015.

Without verifying his identity, Dr Soo wrote a memo for the man to pick up from his clinic who then submitted it to a Family Court and obtained a personal protection order against the patient.

The charge said the conduct of Dr Soo “amounted to such serious negligence that it objectively portrays an abuse of the privileges which accompany registration as a medical practitioner.”

Dr Soo is still currently working at the Neuroscience Clinic at NUH. It is not known if NUH has taken any measures to prevent another leak of patient’s confidential information.

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