Manifesto of SDP and PSP

A SUPER-DUPER Manifesto of the joint coalition of Dr. Tan Cheng Bock
and Dr. Chee Soon Juan of the SDP.

*A must read for everyone and time for change in Singapore*

The new coalition headed by Dr Tan Cheng Bok and Dr Chee Soon Juan told this morning at a coffee shop in Marsiling that their new manifesto for the coming GE:

• No more GST and all CPF will be returned at the age of 55.

• No medical fees or charges for in-and out-patient treatments in Government Hospitals and Polyclinics but will be the same as usual for structured Hospitals.

• All disable persons will be given $1000 per month till their dying days.

• All Ministers and MPs will have 50% reduction in their salary.

• Free food items will be given to all needy families every week amounting to $300 per month.

• Utilities charges will be reduced by 60%.

• All SDP MPs elected into Parliament will give 50% of their salaries to CommunityChest every month.

*Additional lists from Singaporeans*

1) Disband GIC and Temasek Holdings and eradicate crony capitalism

2) Housing for homeless

3) CEO and other posts in public organisations to go through proper channels of recruitment, evaluation and hiring not via ‘global search’ or army barracks.

4) Disband NTUC, just rename it Fairprice Supermarket.
Restructure the organisation and sack the CEO and all PAP partisan in the union.

5) Sack the Auditor General and Attorney General.

6) All salaries of CEO of public organisations be revised lower.

7) More usable space for void decks to cater for old folks’ hangout.

😎 Ban PSLE. 11-12 years old are kids’ formative years. Academic pursuit is not the only thing to aim for a successful living. Focus on character building. Streaming should start at secondary 2. Restructure to elementary (7 to 10 years old), intermediate (11 to 14 years), high school (15 to 16 years).

9) Revise fiscal policy

10) CPF to be reviewed, bring back pension scheme or a combi. Untie CPF from sovereign wealth funds. Taxpayers’ fund should be state’s funds. No more meddling with our CPF money.

11) Get rid of cronies and partisans in People’s Association, taxpayers pay billions to upkeep community centres and chairman should not come under current PM

12) Ban Presidency, PM is good enough. But have a committee from all walks of profession to check on state coffer.

13) Reform judiciary system. Need to have a panel of jury.

14) Make HDB more affordable. Review 99 years leasehold. HDB apartments that are older than 50 years to be sold to Permanent Residents or open market to private landed property owners and allow children or grandchildren who are currently staying in landed properties to own inheritance from HDB apartment owners rather than to sell just because the criterion dictates that they can’t inherit HDB apartments because they are staying in landed property. In this way grandchildren or children can have an option to continue staying in the HDB apartments. The law should work both ways.

15) Ban GRC, bring back meritocracy, all constituencies to have SMC to promote meritocracy and no hitch riding on GRC

16) Ban ISA, and let dissidents come back home.

17) Allow free speech and demonstrations

18) Parliamentary debates to be broadcast live and those MPs who don’t attend have to provide a letter of excuse and apology. If absent more than 3 times consecutively, the MP post will be relinquished.

19) Ban Straits Times and allow free speech. We should have more than one local media.

20) All PR whose children have not served NS will not be eligible for PR status, unless the children have served NS. With immediate effect…..and they will be served $10,000 for every year that the child did not serve NS.

21) Review labour laws. Singapore citizens who are currently employed and below 55 shall be holding permanent jobs if they are contract staff. MOM shall form a committee to assist in this area. Currently many MNC companies are abusing local citizens as contract staff and PR as permanent staff.

22) NS conscription to limit to one year. Some boys have to wait another 9 months because university matriculation starts in August for local university and some in November and they wasted another year to be enrolled to the university of their choice.

IS ANYONE GOING TO BARK THAT TGE OPPOSITION DOES NIT HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO PLAN!!!!

*Long Live Singapore 🇸🇬🇸🇬 🇸🇬*

Myanmar nationals who support Arakan army should not use our facilities to promote their cause

A member of the public, Gabriel Cheng Kian Tiong, wrote to ST Forum today (16 Jul) questioning People’s Association on why a facility of community club was used by foreigners to further their political causes.

“A community club is basically a place for citizen-oriented activities and the fact that Myanmar nationals used it for their political causes in this instance is an abuse of trust,” Mr Cheng noted.

“What is more, they also held a gathering at a community club hall here to celebrate an event that led to the promotion of violent acts against a foreign government.”

Mr Cheng was referring to the recent arrest of several Myanmar nationals for using Singapore to mobilize support of their Arakan Army in Myanmar. In particular, the foreigners had used the hall of a community club for this purpose. Mr Cheng finds this to be “disturbing”.

Mr Cheng also noted, “Foreigners may also rent function rooms in hotels or commercial buildings to propagate their political ideas. Government agencies should work closely with stakeholders such as building owners to ensure their facilities are rented out for legitimate purposes.”

In Singapore, all community clubs come under the purview of People’s Association, a government statutory board chaired by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his deputy Chan Chun Sing.

Read more at http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2019/07/16/st-forumer-asks-pa-to-account-for-cc-used-by-foreigners-to-further-their-political-causes/

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My mom treats money more than her life

The Venus flytrap was first discovered in a small area of sandy wetlands not far from our home in North Carolina. These plants are fascinating to watch because they’re carnivorous.

Venus flytraps release a sweet-smelling nectar into colorful traps that resemble open flowers. When an insect crawls inside, triggering sensors along the outer rim, the trap clamps shut in less than a second—capturing its victim. The trap then closes further and emits enzymes that consume its prey over time, giving the plant nutrients not provided by the sandy soil.

God’s Word tells of another trap that can capture unexpectedly. The apostle Paul warned his protégé Timothy: “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” And “some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:9-10).

Money and material things may promise happiness, but when they take first place in our lives, we walk on dangerous ground. We avoid this trap by living with thankful, humble hearts focused on God’s goodness to us through Jesus: “godliness with contentment is great gain” (v. 6).

The temporary things of this world never satisfy like God can. True, lasting contentment is found only through our relationship with Him.

By James Banks

REFLECT & PRAY

Loving Lord, You are the greatest blessing of my life! Help me to live contentedly with all that You are today.

Which do you think more about—money or your relationship with God? How can you give Him the highest priority today?

PS Let me tell you a story. My mom got dementia and will always think someone breaks into her house to steal her no value things. This happens close to more than 15 years already. She put herself first and never will take care of her children as a mom would as she is extremely selfish. She is a control freak who has destroyed my marriage. I have suffered enough and today I will disown her. I will not take care of her as she has resources to take care of herself. Her 4 room Tampines flat when she dies I will distribute towards all who helped me especially my non-profit and charities. What has the government done to help those who has no capacity to make informed decisions when they are mentally ill? Very soon, she will not be able to walk, and as a Christian she put to shame all of Jesus’s preachings, putting herself first before God. And she got a very evil heart. She thinks I am disabled so I have no means to fend for myself and chuck me to welfare. So she does not deserve to know my capabilities and I will make her an example for everyone to see in the world of God’s judgement.

There are so many Charities with free food, you do not need to resort to leftovers

A man shocked netizens in Singapore when he ate the leftovers of a stranger so the food does not go to waste.

Luo Yonghui is a self-proclaimed freegan, or someone who rejects consumerism and seeks to help the environment by reducing waste, especially by retrieving and using discarded food and other goods.

Freegans often consume all types of food, even looking through trash, as a means to alleviate waste and decrease their personal environmental impact and solar footprint.

Over the weekend (July 13), Luo wrote in the ‘SG Food Rescue’ Facebook page that he felt hungry “so decided to go to coffeeshop buy something”.

However, he added that there was “so much leftover”.

“I just take new utensils and finish those. End up not spending anything and satisfied”, he wrote.

Netizens who saw his post were quite disgusted and shocked at his actions, with many cautioning him of falling ill.

However, one netizen who was supportive of Luo’s freeganism wrote, “Please share this experience on Freegan in Singapore ! Good Start on the freegan food hunt, I am a little more atas and choosy about eating uneaten food such as a bowl of noodles, however, tons of people leave out good untouched food, my favorite places were fast food – KFC (lotsa untouched chicken!), hawker center like newton, amoy st, adam road, lau pa sat, maxwell mkt, dunern, east coast park, garden by the bay. La Pa Sat was really great coz communal dining causes people to order more food and a lot of plates of uneaten stuff left on the table like chilli crab, satay, etc. Communal diners are the best, so much food left over”.

On the ‘SG Food Rescue’ page there were others who were giving away food, and leaving these items at specific pickup locations.

One user, Christine Kee, had brownies, asparagus, roast beef, chicken with cream sauce and potatoes with roast beef to give away so as not to waste these food items.

SG Food Rescue supposedly meets every Thursday for what they call “Veggie Rescue Missions” at Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre.

The movement, which started in January 2018, has other food rescue activities such as night-time vegetable rescues and re-stocking of community fridges in Yishun and Tampines.

There is also an app and a website called ‘OLIO’, which aims to connect neighbours with each other and volunteers with businesses so surplus food and other items can be shared, not thrown away.

On this platform, many also post excess foods that they have, for others to pick up and eat so that nothing goes to waste.

TISG has reached out to Luo for further comment.

So, think you’d be able to eat another’s leftovers to reduce wastage? /TISG

PAP vs The Opposition : A level playing field?

Half Of All MPs Must Be Elected By Way Of SMCs And Not GRCs!

Not that the GE is around the corner, let’s remind Lee Hsien Loong of his pledge made in January 2016 to have smaller GRCs and more SMCs this coming GE.

In the 2015 GE, there was a miserable increase of 1 SMC from the GE of 2011! The PAP continued to ferry large numbers of unworthy candidates into Parliament by hiding them under the coattails of their Ministers in the GRCs.

If Lee Hsien Loong is sincere in his promise to have smaller GRCs and more SMCs, he should accept our proposal that at least half of all Parliamentary seats should be SMCs, and GRCs should not be larger than 3 men teams. Lee Hsien Loong should lead by example and dismantle the 6 men GRCs of Ang Mo Kio( which he helms ) and Pasir Ris- Punggol. Many non-descript PAP MPs are hidden in those 2 outsized GRCs.

MPs such as Cheng Li Hui of Tampines who proposed an increase in transport fares last year, Zainal Sapari of Pasir Ris- Punggol and Yi Chia Hsing of Chua Chu Kang who both proposed that the payout of monthly CPF annuities start from the age of 70 instead of 65, should all be made to stand in SMCs, so that voters can decide whether their proposals agree with the aspirations of Singaporeans.

Mr “New Taxes” Heng must also appear for the live debate with the leaders of the relevant Opposition parties since the PAP has proposed that he be the next Prime Minister. If he chickens out of the debate, Singaporeans will know the true measure of the man.

And finally, the campaign period must be increased from the farcical 9 days to a minimum of 14. This is a watershed election, and since the PAP wants to foist their 4G leadership on Singaporeans, let’s see if they have the mettle to go toe-to-toe with the Opposition for at least 2 weeks and whether they actually have any ideas for Singapore’s future! Let’s see what their “outstanding” candidates are really made of.

HDB is a ponzi scheme if it does not allow us to redevelop the land costs after 99 years since it is included when we pay market prices

Or SERS should be applied for our future generation to buy a HDB flat without land costs, or the demand of HDB flats will be drastically reduced in the future, everybody would rather buy private since HDB flats are no longer an asset but a liability. Contributed by Oogle

Tan Tee Seng makes a good point here. When Singaporeans pay for their HDB public housing flat, we are also paying for the land costs.

But right now, after 99 years when it is mandated for us to return the HDB flat to the government, the value of our flat goes to zero. However, if we had also paid for the land, and if the land is also returned to the government, shouldn’t we be refunded the money we paid for the land?

It is estimated that the land makes up 60% of the HDB flat price. If so, at the end of 99 years, shouldn’t we be refunded at least this 60% of the money we paid for the land, or even including the interest earned on the CPF we used to pay for this land?

In fact, if we had paid to “own” the HDB flat (like the government likes to say) and in effect the land the flat sits on, does this not mean the government should have to buy the land back from Singaporeans at market prices?

Then why is the government taking it back for free? Why is the government not paying Singaporeans for the land we “own”?

Can the government make us pay for the land and pretend after 99 years that we did not pay for it?

Plainly, it should be either that Singaporeans do not need to pay for the land when we pay for the HDB flat, or that after 99 years when the HDB flat is returned, the money that we had paid for the land should be returned, with the interest earned.

Otherwise, you have to ask why are you using your CPF to pay for land that does not belong to you in the first place, with the money then also forfeited when you return the HDB flat after 99 years?

Is it reasonable that the value of the HDB flat (including the land) goes all the way down to zero when the value of the land would have actually increased?

Do you know how much you are really paying for your child’s education?

Edit 2: I have redone the calculations. Please read this link for the updated version:
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156668257134141&id=533614140

Edit 1: After an IB page criticized the calculations done in this post, I did another series of calculations (in post-edit 1 and 2 below), but the numbers do not add up. But the estimations in this post are based on the figures given by the government. I will look at the numbers again and update.

The Singapore government revealed today that it gives S$130 million in scholarships every year to international students.

https://www.moe.gov.sg/news/parliamentary-replies/scholarships-and-other-forms-of-financial-aid-given-to-foreign-students

In 2017, the government also claimed that international students made up not more than 15% of the undergraduate intake at publicly-funded universities. I assume in this analysis the same proportion across all school levels.

https://www.moe.gov.sg/news/parliamentary-replies/proportion-of-singapore-citizens-prs-and-foreigners-at-local-autonomous-universities

Last year, the respective university, polytechnic and schools fees collected were:

MOE: S$217,466,000
NUS: S$483,521,000
NTU: S$349,919,000
UniSIM: S$183,377,000
SMU: S$147,988,000
SIT: S$102,169,728
SUTD: S$34,493,000
SP: S$60,038,000
NP: S$54,129,000
NYP: S$52,403,000
TP: S$48,911,000
RP: S$43,620,000

Total: S$1,778,034,728

I am not sure if the fees collected by MOE include those of the polytechnics, but for the benefit of the doubt, let’s say they do not.

In 2018, the government would have collected S$1,778,034,728 in university, polytechnic and school fees.

If the fees are divided equally, Singapore residents would have paid for about 85% of the fees and international students would have paid for about 15% of the fees, based on the student intake figures. However, since international students pay about twice as much in fees, they would be paying for 15% × 2 = 30%.

In other words, international students comprised about 15% of the student intake but would account for about 26% of the fees (30% ÷ 115%).

A rough estimate of how much international students would have paid in fees would therefore be: S$1,778,034,728 × 26% = S$463,835,146.

Therefore, the S$130 million in scholarships given to international students would cover for about 28% of their fees (S$130 million ÷ S$464 million).

However, it was also revealed in 2014 that the government also gives tuition grants of S$210 million a year to international students.

https://web.archive.org/web/20140306012739/https://www.moe.gov.sg/media/parliamentary-replies/2014/01/international-students-receiving-tuition-grant.php

Therefore, the government is giving a total of S$340 million a year to international students (S$130 million + S$210 million), at least.

This would mean that the government is paying for 73% of the fees for international students (S$340 million ÷ S$464 million).

And this means that international students are paying only S$123.8 million (S$464 million – S$340 million).

Meanwhile, Singapore residents would be paying a total of S$1,314,199,582 or S$1.314 billion, or more than 10 times more that of international students.

Given that there is a 85:15 ratio between Singapore residents and international students, this would still mean that on average, Singapore residents are paying twice as much as international students for university and school fees per person, after deducting for the scholarships and tuition grants paid for by the government, for international students.

In other words, international students are only paying half of what Singapore residents have to pay.

And this is not including what other funds the government is providing to international students.

As such, the Singapore PAP government makes Singaporeans pay for one of the most expensive university fees in the world, while the government subsidizes for about three-quarters of what international students have to pay:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156648079719141&id=533614140

In a previous analysis, I also calculated that the PAP government would give more than half of international scholarships while giving only 6% of Singaporeans scholarships:

https://thehearttruths.com/2013/11/25/singaporeans-pay-the-most-expensive-university-tuition-fees-in-the-rich-countries/

Post-edit 1: If international students receive S$210 million for tuition grants on an annual basis, and they comprise 15% of the student population, then Singapore residents which comprise 85% of the student population should be receiving 5.67 times the amount, or S$1,190 million. But since Singapore residents receive about twice as much in tuition grants, then this amount should be S$2,380 million. But this cannot be possible, since Singapore residents, based on the calculations above, pay S$1,314 million in fees.

The logical conclusion would be that the 15% international population that the government claims is untrue, and that the international population would be higher than it is. As The Online Citizen reported previously, international reports have put the proportion of international students to be as high as 30%, and not the 15% the government reported.

Post-edit 2: Also, if you add up the S$130 million given out in scholarships to international students and S$210 million in tuition grants given to international students, this amounts to S$340 million or 19% of the total fees I’ve calculated here (assuming there is no double-counting). However, the government reports only 15% of the student intake which are international students.

I will have to take a deeper look and update again.

Post-edit 3: To be clear, this post does not advocate for inequality between the student populations. On the contrary, I believe education is a public good that should be accessible to all. It should be free (as in the Nordic countries and some other countries), or priced much cheaply. Note that Singapore has the GDP per capita to support this too, it having one of the highest GDP per capita in the world. As it is, Singaporeans pay for the 5th most expensive university fees in the world, even after adjusting for purchasing power parity:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156648079719141&id=533614140