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  1. Saw him at Simpang Bedok few weeks ago. Some aunties recognise him and took photos with him. And then saw him drive off in an Altis. He migrated to singapore already?? No wonder never see in TVB shows already
  2. Singapore's number of old will soon match young for first time http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapores-number-old-will-soon-match-young-first-time more policy changes coming up in future? in terms of more FT/FW coming in, and higher taxes to support the senior citizens...
  3. Here's the full story, Cut a long story short - Dual citizen with Kiwi father been living in NZ since he was 8, Doesn't wanna do NS
  4. SG50 giveaway for senior citizens 1. Take your parent's senior citizen card (those age 60) and go to The Transit Link machine (MRT or bus interchange), 2. place the card n select SG voucher 3. process, then Ok 4. $50 deposited to the card from Govt. Every senior citizen, with senior citizen card will entitled every little bit helps. TGIF bros
  5. Donut

    Senior Citizen mobile phones

    anyone know where i can get one of these phones for senior citizen? any recommendation? i'm thinking of getting one for my mom. about the pre-paid sim cards, which one has more cost saving for local calls? Jman888, u got any personal experience?
  6. A friend of mine was asking. For those kids who are below 21 and took up SG citizenship, they are not allowed to renounce their MY citizenship until the age of 21. I wonder will they be picked to do MY's NS or not..... Since we are also in the same situation, I'm curious to know too... Anybody has such experience?
  7. Have u guys observed this trend? "Newly Minted" Singaporeans that do not stay in Singapore and family also not in Singapore but reside in home country. Well my office has 1 and he pays no taxes (u know y)
  8. New_Atlantis

    How we measure a New Citizen?

    Yesterday i over heard a group of ah lao's arguing over the boom in population. one comment caught my attention. allowing a boom in PR and WP holder is for economic reasons, but how do we measure a new citizen??? Example we buy shares in stock, we have to pay fair market value for the share. assuming we have 400 billions in reserve and 2 million locals, each Singaporean is valued at about 200k when it comes to a new citizen are they paying fair market price? are are these people worth sharing our reserves and resources with?? are we allowing them free dips, and diluting the "value" of a Singapore citizenship?? The ah lao was commenting that new citizens should pay 2 million per citizenship. or else he buay hock. your views?
  9. (吉隆坡7日訊)5月1日起,只有符合資格的大馬國民,才可享有每公升1.80令吉(補貼后的價格)的Ron95汽油,無補貼價格是2.10令吉。 No subsidy price still cheaper than Spore.
  10. Roadie

    FT turned citizen

    We got a new Singapore citizen.. Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. He gave up his US citizenship to become Singaporean. Although speculation is that he did it for tax saving purpose with Facebook IPO coming up. http://www.cnbc.com/id/47389619 Wonder who he will vote for in next election ?
  11. This guy Aaron aziz still not able to get his Malaysian citizen yet.... But here Aliens get their citizenship approves like nobody biznes.... http://malaysiansmustknowthetruth.blogspot...refers.html?m=1 He also prefers PM Najib then his own PM... Still living as a FTs in Malaysia is not cheap & a breeze wor
  12. Which would you prefer to be? PR or citizen? Is there any advantage in being Singapore citizen over PR and FT? I am SG citizen btw, have done NS.
  13. 8,800 PRs served NS over the last five years http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews...122-312037.html THis piece of news is damn misleading and very clever in hiding the number. SINGAPORE - A total of 8,800 males who had become permanent residents (PRs) under the sponsorship of their parents were enlisted and served their National Service (NS) over the last five years. About 6,100 have taken up citizenship. During the same period, about 4,200 males who had become PRs through their parents' sponsorship renounced their PR status prior to serving their NS. These figures were provided by Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, in response to a question posed by Nee Soon GRC MP, Dr Lim Wee Kiak, in Parliament today. In a written reply, Dr Ng said that the failure to serve NS will be taken into account when these former PRs apply to study or work in Singapore, and they had been warned about the consequences at the point of renunciation. The total male PR population is: 13000 eligible for NS But of which that became citizen is: 6100 meaning..............................Less than 1 out of 2 male PR is willing to become a citizen!
  14. Labour chief Lim Swee Say says NTUC is moving towards a more pro-worker stance in the light of a full-employment economy. --PHOTO: BT THE NTUC is moving towards a more pro-worker stance in the light of a full-employment economy and is thinking of suggesting more measures to tighten the supply of foreign workers. The labour movement also wants to be more transparent about its internal discussions with the Government and employers so Singaporeans can appreciate the trade-offs made in positions taken on worker issues, said labour chief Lim Swee Say on Monday. 'While it is important for Singapore to be first in global competition, of growing importance is that Singaporeans come first in our local employment ...this is the best of both worlds that Singaporeans are expecting,' Mr Lim said. Mr Lim also said that the NTUC is thinking of pushing for a cap on the number of foreigners in white-collar jobs as well as to make a company's access to foreign workers conditional on it raising productivity or hiring older workers
  15. Wind30

    PRs/Citizen families

    I just had a talk with some of my colleagues. Currently it seems that all you need is one spouse to convert to citizen to enjoy all the benefits while the other spouse can remain as citizen of their home country. I think singapore should differentiate such "mixed" families to encourage BOTH spouses to convert to citizenship so that we can ensure such families are here in the long run. If one spouse is singaporean, the other is PRC, I think they all will just leave when the going gets tough or they will not stay in singapore with a long term mindset. All they are concerned with will be short term gain, quickly reap as much benefits and then return to their home country. Am I right?
  16. I saw this on my Facebook. The story seems to be getting a lot of attention in cyberspace. It's all about a Moulmein resident's unpleasant encounter with PAP candidate Lui Tuck Yew. Dear Friends I am forwarding you an email I sent to the incumbent MP for Moulmein, Mr Lui Tuck Yew, and his subsequent reply. (They are reversed in order below). I have only deleted my name/addresses and Mr Lui's address for the sake of privacy in the event that you may wish to forward this to your own friends. I trust you will not use this email to "flame" (hope I used the term correctly), but instead to educate and perhaps generate informed discussion. I am sending my friends this because I feel that it is important that you hear what happened to me personally, and how Mr Lui reacted to me during what I thought was a simple, agreeable conversation. Those of you who know me well know that I do not go around deliberately antagonising people or creating trouble of any kind. So the flow of the conversation that took place left me shocked, and I must admit, sad. Mr Lui explains his "disengagement" in his reply attached below. I will leave you to read the whole story and the two emails and then come to your own conclusions. First, the background to this whole incident. I have been a resident of Moulmein my whole life, and not once have I ever had the chance or privilege to vote. So you can imagine how excited I was when I realised that there may be a strong possibility that Moulmein would be contested this time round. Prior to Mr Lui being the walkover MP, our MP was Mr Khaw Boon Wan. If Mr Khaw had still been our MP, I would most likely have voted for him as Mr Khaw had made his presence felt strongly in Moulmein, even at a social level, and it had always been a very reassuring presence. Mr Lui, on the other hand, has not had much of a presence. So, on a recent walkabout in Moulmein, I happened to have what I thought at the time, was the privilege, to meet Mr Lui and get to know him better. He started off very friendly and handed me the Moulmein newsletter. He asked how long I'd been living here, and I let him know that I have been in Moulmein my whole life, and that this was the first time I may get a chance to vote. His immediate reaction was, "Yes, blame the Opposition! I don't know what they ..." and he went on to say something more which I couldn't hear because my brain was trying to process the fact that he had actually openly said, "Blame the Opposition" in a serious tone, laced with annoyance. He might have sensed my confusion (I'm guessing here). I then changed topic and pointed out to him that I had felt Mr Khaw's presence much more than his, and I requested for him to let me hear some of what he had done for Moulmein. He told me to refer to the newsletter. I then said that I really wanted to hear from him, and not read what other people (ie his grassroots team) had created. He immediately started listing all the playgrounds they had done up (there was always the word "We") and spoke about a unique-to-Moulmein schools programme, which I liked very much. I interrupted him a few times to clarify a few things he had said. I next asked him to let me know why I should vote for him. (I'm serious about voting, and I have thought this through so carefully. I told myself that no matter what, it was my duty to try and understand each candidate and approach them one-to-one before I cast my vote. And it was, and still is, my resolve to ask each candidate this question - why I should vote for them.) I'm now going to recount the dialogue word-for-word as it is still clearly playing itself over and over in my head: Me: Could you please tell me why I should vote for you? Mr Lui: You should NOT vote for the Opposition because they ... Me: The Opposition? No, I want to know about you. Please tell me why I should vote for you. Mr Lui: You should vote for the PAP because we .... Me: The PAP? No, no. I'm not interested in the PAP or the Opposition. I'm interested to know about you. Why should I vote for you? At this point, Mr Lui shot me a look of pure anger, waved his hand about in the air, declaring, "We could spend all night talking about me!", pointed to the newsletter and snapped, "It's all in the the newsletter!" He then swung round and stormed off. I remember standing there, in total shock, wondering what on earth I had done wrong to deserve such an intense reaction. I watched as he couldn't get beyond two or three steps as he was stopped by someone else wanting to meet him. I watched as he switched on his smile, said a few polite words, thrust the newsletter into her hand and disappeared, still angered. (Those who know me well, know I did my MA in nonverbal language, and know how accurate I am with "vibes".) I watched as his posse scurried after him, not one of them daring and/or caring to turn to look at me or say goodbye, not one of them. I had asked a simple question. I was not expecting rocket science for an answer or any deep psychological profile to be shared. Just a simple answer from the heart would have sufficed, or even a more measured response. But not anger, never in a million years would I have thought anyone would have, or could have, responded to my simple question with anger. And I feel sad. Sad that after all these years, what people have been saying has finally been proven true to my face, literally. I then turned to the Moulmein newsletter, ploughed through it in the hope that perhaps there was a lot about Mr Lui in the newsletter. No, there wasn't. Not a thing. Instead, I was left very impressed with the Moulmein Citizens Consultative Committee, the various Neighbourhood Committees and the Residents' Committees - all of which I am sure will not disappear if there is a change in leadership. So I sat down, and penned an email, which I have since sent, to Mr Lui. I chose to be polite and measured in the email, and not angry nor accusatory because to be angry would have been to stoop to Mr Lui's response towards me, and that would not do anyone any good. If he's going to continue as Minister (and it does look like he's on the PAP fast-track if he's voted back in), then really, he needs to hear, he needs to understand, he needs to be educated. And he needs to learn how to answer simple, non-threatening questions! It's such an irony that prior to the dissolution of Parliament, he was the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts. You'll find the email below, and Mr Lui's response (in reverse order), which I just received a short while ago. If you should choose to share my experience with any of your friends who need or would wish to read this, I request that you not include my email address and name. Love and hugs everyone. - ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Tuck Yew LUI (MICA) Date: 22 April 2011 16:53 Subject: Re: Moulmein Walkabout To: Dear - , i am sure this may not apply to you given that you have now taken the trouble to write this note but unfortunately I encounter some people whose minds are made up and whose main intent seem to be to slow us down in our outreach. And nothing, we say, no explanation we give whether to do with cost of living, etc will ever be good enough. The pragmatic way to deal with this is simply to disengage at an opportune moment. Dont worry, it didnt leave a sour note with me nor a poor impression of you. Regards, Lui Tuck Yew Sent from my iPad On Apr 21, 2011, at 10:18 PM, "-" wrote: > Dear Mr Lui, > > We met briefly at the walkabout at xxxxxxxxxx last evening. Unfortunately, I seem to have upset and angered you which was not my intention at all. > > If I appeared rude or aggressive in any way, then I apologise. I don't usually take too well to answers that are off-tangent, they tend to confuse me, and I always re-direct answers back to my original question which often means that I can appear too direct or clinical and therefore somewhat aggressive. As a teacher by training, I have always emphasised the importance and merits of listening carefully and answering to the point questions that are addressed to my students. > > I hope you understand that this is the first time in my life as a Singaporean I may be asked to vote. I take that responsibility very, VERY seriously, weighing all factors involved. Each political party has its own aims and objectives and track record (or none where some of the opposition are concerned) all of which I am very well aware of. The ONE thing which is not clear, and which is difficult to determine, is the individual politician - the person who will represent me in my constituency. It is this individual politician that I am genuinely interested to know. I need to know and understand what this individual can bring to the table. > > That is why I was so keen for you to convince me why I should vote for you. Not why I should not vote for the opposition. Not why I should vote PAP. But why I should vote for you. I was genuinely interested to hear your answers. Instead, not only did I not get direct a reply from you, I caused you to turn away in anger. Maybe it was the end of a very long day for you, maybe my tone and questions threw you off-centre. Either way, it left a sour note behind, I believe, for both of us. > > Right after you left, I immediately sat down to read the Moulmein newsletter cover to cover (the bits in English) exactly as you suggested I should do to find out more about you. Unfortunately, it doesn't shed any light on your as an individual or as the leader of Moulmein. It tells me instead about the wonderful grassroots teams and wonderful committees that have come up with truly great ideas, which I like very much. But it doesn't tell me about you. And so I am still left clueless. > > The questions I asked you will be the same questions I will be asking whoever decides (if at all) to stand against you in the elections. If the opposition candidate is equally stumped and/or angered by me, then you can rest assured that I will be forced to find another way to come to a decision well-thought through. > > Before I end, I would like to stress that I am not against the PAP in any way, nor am I for any particular opposition party. I am merely a Singaporean, proud and excited at the thought of a chance at finally being able to exercise my right to vote. > > > > With Regards > - I couldn't help feeling surprised by Lui's email reply to the Moulmein resident. Specifically the part where Lui wrote: "Don't worry, [the incident] didn't leave a sour note with me nor a poor impression of you." In my opinion, it is Lui's own behavior which would leave a sour note with voters, and a poor impression on them. Singaporeans don't owe you a living, Mr Lui. Posted by Gilbert Koh aka Mr Wang http://mrwangsaysso.blogspot.com/2011/04/l...during-his.html
  17. AS AN older citizen, I am uncomfortable about the presence of former government scholarship holders in the opposition. To me, it seems as if they are abandoning their parents who paid for their excellent education. Yes, one could argue that these candidates were in fact supported by taxpayers and will now serve all Singaporeans, and not only the People's Action Party. But, are they really sincere about helping Singapore achieve a better society by joining the opposition? Can they effectively check the Government or will they create more fighting or quarrelling like the parliamentary sessions in Taiwan? Aren't there enough ways of giving feedback to the Government? I can contact my Members of Parliament any time; I don't even have to make an appointment and can e-mail them when I need help. It takes time to know these scholar opposition candidates and I wonder if I should risk the four to five years it will take to know such a candidate's ability, and compromise national progress. A better answer for me is not to vote them in for this General Election and see if they continue contributing. I would even apply my answer to the Workers' Party's star candidate, Mr Chen Show Mao. I would like to see if he really relocates his family to Singapore, as he has told the press he would, if he fails to win the election. A candidate like Workers' Party chairman Sylvia Lim is too academic for an average voter like me. She makes good speeches but rarely champions a voter's bread-and-butter needs. A good MP to me must not only act as a check on the Government, but also serve the ground and offer effective solutions to the Government. I would prefer a few good opposition MPs than many who are merely interested in the glamour of being in the opposition in Parliament. Ho Lei Gi (Madam)
  18. He is a talent no doubt, I only wish he continued doing his good work to save children's lives. Every country has shortage of good pediatricians. Lightning can easily find other good candidates, candidates who are more Singaporean, don't see why even govt also must resort to Foreign Talent Scheme like our soccer or table tennis, haiz. http://onesingaporean.wordpress.com/2011/0...tional-service/
  19. I think this lucky couple might get additional $40,000 thousand discount on the house. Or at least $40,000 NTUC voucher or similar. Why i say this is because i have a very good impression of my government and its fair treatment of citizens and tourist alike. Last week changi airport also got a similar milestone on tourist arrival celebration, and one lucky tourist got a 40mins shopping spree at changi airport to shiok shiok spent away for free anything he can buy within that time! This tourist managed to buy $40k worth of stuff in the airport. SINGAPORE: The Housing and Development Board (HDB) has reached a milestone in its 50-year history, with the completion of its one millionth flat. With the completion of Treelodge@Punggol's 709 units, HDB has for the first time crossed the one-million milestone in its home-building programme. On Sunday, the keys to the one-millionth flat were handed over to the couple - Mr Wang Weiji and his wife, Christina Ng. The couple got married in 2008, and have been living with Mr Wang's parents in Hougang. Ms Ng said they got the flat they wanted on their first try. They paid $245,000 for a 4-room unit, a price which Ms Ng describes as reasonable. The couple signed for the flat in 2007, at a time when HDB resale prices were high, and supply of new flats was tight. The HDB's Resale Price Index shows that in the third quarter of 2007, prices went up about 16 per cent between the first and fourth quarters. And in November 2007, the government announced it would be building 7,000 new HDB flats over seven months to help first-time home-buyers. Three years on, the supply crunch might have eased, but some concerns over affordability remain. Speaking at the Treelodge@Punggol event, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, noted that this has "always been an issue". "We've had new residents who moved into Pasir Ris, we've had new residents move into Sengkang, and now we have new residents moving into Punggol. And in each era, there have always been concerns about affordability. "But as you can see, residents have been able to move in, been able to afford their flats, and we expect that would be so in the future as well," said Mr Teo, who is also the MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC. He noted that there are policies to help Singaporeans whatever their income. These include an Additional Housing Grant of up to S$40,000 to help lower-income families buy in the open market, as well as opening up more options for middle-class Singaporeans to purchase a new HDB flat. "Singaporeans know that if they work hard and budget wisely, they can aspire to upgrade to a better flat and a better life. The government's commitment has been, and continues to be, to provide affordable and quality housing to the masses," said Mr Teo. He added that HDB has moved from providing low-cost rental housing to building homes for ownership and along the way it has also picked up several international accolades. This year in Punggol alone, HDB launched 3,300 new flats through its Build-to-Order programme and will launch another project with 1,000 new flats in the next few days. HDB said its demand remains strong. It is on track to complete 35,000 flats in Punggol by end 2015. Treelodge@Punggol is Singapore's first eco-precinct, where green technology was incorporated into its planning design. Features include maximising the amount of natural light and ventilation, while harnessing the power of the sun for part of residents' electricity requirements. Apart from the HDB, other agencies such as the National Environment Agency, PUB and even the Economic Development Board were also roped in to develop the project. And Mr Teo used this to illustrate the whole-of-government approach outlined in the recently-released Public Sector Outcomes Review report. The approach itself is not new, Mr Teo said, but the report signalled a bigger effort in that direction. And by publishing the report once every two years, he said it will give the public a sense of how the government is doing, while motivating the ministries and agencies to do better. Source: Channelnewsasia - 19 Dec 2010 http://www.angelotan.sg
  20. Nose85

    Citizen NSmen to get $9k award

    can kind bros explain what this meant to me if single - how if married without chidren - how if 40 -50 years old or more than 50 years - how the news very woolly thanks for your kind help
  21. Iisterry

    One inbox for every citizen

    Home > Breaking News > Singapore > Story Jun 14, 2010 One inbox for every citizen By Andrea Ong and Zakir Hussain ALL residents will have an online mailbox to which various Government agencies will send statements and bills from tax statements to TV license renewals and service and conservancy bills. Called OneInbox, this service will be launched by 2012. It is part of a new approach to cut down on paper, make it quick and easy for people to keep track of their bills, and provide citizens with a digital 'safe deposit box' for their important documents and statements. People will also be able to track the status of their transactions with various public agencies online, just like they track registered mail. This future was painted in broad strokes by the Government's chief informaton officer James Kang on Monday in a presentation on Singapore's e-Government strategy over the next decade, without detailing the changes that will take place. He was speaking to 300 civil servants, infocomm technology (ICT) experts and delegates from 28 countries at the iGov global forum at Suntec City. It is an annual forum organised by the Finance Ministry and the Infocomm Development Authority, where Mr Kang is assistant chief executive, to exchange ideas on online government strategies. Speaking at the start of the two-day event, Civil Service Head Peter Ho noted that the popularity of social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube has seen 'a growing constituency of empowered citizens who do not necessarily subscribe to the notion of 'Government knows best'.' 'The same disruptive technologies that are empowering citizens can also be harnessed by the public sector to deliver efficient and effective services,' he said. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Big Brother is watching you!
  22. Onenightstd2

    Nat Park bullied ignorance citizen

    Long time ago many use to have sex in the public parks and no regulations say it was illegal, why now taking a nap is illegal. Outright human rights abused, wake up Singaporeans.
  23. David

    New Citizen is a Hero

    NSF officer wins nation's top award for saving a recruit's life By Jermyn Chow PHOTO: JOSEPH NAIR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES SECOND-LIEUTENANT Kok Khew Fai was overseeing a grenade-throwing exercise earlier this year when he saw one of the live explosives slip through the hand of a recruit. It landed just 4m away, and the pair had six seconds before it went off. RELATED LINKS I DID WHAT I HAD TO DO So, the platoon commander from the Basic Military Training Centre (BMTC) pushed the recruit to the ground and threw himself over him. The next three seconds were probably the longest of 2nd LT Kok's life. 'My mind was blank, but I was also worried that the recruit was not protected properly,' he said. The grenade exploded, and while shrapnel flew over their heads, the pair escaped unscathed. Yesterday, the 20-year-old 2nd Lt Kok became the first full-time national serviceman (NSF) to receive the nation's top award for courage - the SAF Medal for Distinguished Act. He enters the rarefied turf - already occupied by six others, all regular servicemen - for saving the life of a recruit under his command. Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean pinned the medal on 2nd Lt Kok's chest and recounted his act of bravery to 263 officer cadets who graduated from the Singapore Armed Forces Officer Cadet School. Mr Teo called 2nd Lt Kok a 'brave and selfless' officer who 'performed his duty resolutely'. He ' led his men into action, and protected them when in danger'. The proud parents of the newly minted hero were present at yesterday's ceremony. His father said he was not surprised by his son's selfless act. 'He has been a very responsible, quick-witted and alert boy since he was young,' said shipyard foreman Kok Hon Kuan, 51. But the Kok clan - which includes two other children - was shocked when they first heard six months ago that 2nd Lt Kok came within a hair of losing his life. On March 8, he was the safety officer supervising a platoon of 50 recruits from BMTC School 1 during a grenade-throwing drill in Pulau Tekong. They were throwing grenades from a walled-off platform towards the grenade range. Under 2nd Lt Kok's watch, one recruit armed an explosive. But when he went to throw it, the explosive slipped from his hand and landed on the ground behind them. After spotting the mishap, 2nd Lt Kok threw himself on top of the recruit to shield him from the blast. The high walls of the grenade-throwing bay ensured that both men were not in the direct line of the explosion. But 2nd Lt Kok was exposed and could have been hit by deflected shrapnel, which could go as far as 25m. He was stunned - but fleetingly - and the exercise was halted as medical personnel tended to him. 'It was only then that I realised I was so close to being killed,' he said. Both 2nd Lt Kok and the recruit suffered only minor scrapes. The grenade-throwing exercise is considered an integral part of the three- month basic military training. 'It's a rite of passage for a soldier,' said BMTC School 1 commanding officer Lieutenant-Colonel Loong Tean Yuan. He said recruits are taught how to throw a grenade and how to react if it lands near them. Only those who are deemed medically and mentally fit can throw grenades. Those with sweaty palms wear specially designed gloves to throw the grenade, he added. This is only the sixth accident involving a grenade in the 41-year history of national service. One person died in 1970 when a live grenade exploded in his hands. In two months, 2nd Lt Kok will complete his full-time national service and go on to study aerospace engineering at Nanyang Technological University. The Malaysia-born officer - he got his Singapore citizenship in May last year - still has not got used to his status as a hero. 'I'm not a hero, I did what I had to do to keep him safe. Everyone else would have done the same thing,' he said.
  24. Erm.... Heard the rally speech but seems another pointless preaching from u kno who....cos' from my understanding they recently gotten a hefty increment...and ain't most of the "ELDERLY"???? EA