Monthly Archives: January 2008

Month: January 2008 Some of my thoughts on CPF, foreign talents and globalization

I was responding to one of Thinkall’s posts in Sammyboy Coffeeshop forum. Thinkall wrote in one of his posts: … … As long we there is no firm understanding in this country why wealth decision making belongs to individuals, the State extends its tentacular claws on all aspects of life, which is what it is doing. The reason why we

View Article...

Month: January 2008 Thinkall on the issue of leverage, banking, Singapore’s SWF, and the subprime crisis

24 Jan 08 The business of banking is a very simple business; the only difficulty is the myriad devices developed for existing and contingent liabilities. The whole business survives on credit and financial reputation. We currently own a whole host of banking entities not truly understanding that collective liabilities amassed are nothing short of one way ticket to financial hell

View Article...

Month: January 2008 Thinkall: PAP will fall with SWFs books

23 Jan 08 The whole notion that the Government is not in control of the degree of investment and principles that delimit the investment quantum is simply ridiculous. The whole notion of separation of SWF’s responsibilities from State Governance is simply unacceptable. Is the state merely an investor? Do the monies belong to the state? Is not the state merely

View Article...

Month: January 2008 Singapore Democrats: Election reform – What needs to be done

Election reform: What needs to be done Singapore Democrats 22 Jan 08 In his speech at the election reform forum on Sunday organised by the Singapore Democrats, Dr Chee Soon Juan pointed out several activities that needed to be done in order to being about change to our electoral system: Research best practices. A report is much needed to reflect

View Article...

Month: January 2008 Chia Ti Lik’s speech at SDP forum on electoral reform, 20 Jan 08

How to reform the election system Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, friends and family, observers and activists. Welcome to this forum. My name is Ti Lik, and I am tasked with opening the topic of reform of the election system. I do so from the vantage of someone who has been there and done that. I have seen the elections

View Article...

Month: January 2008 Singapore Democrats: Singaporeans Participated in International Human Rights Torch Relay

Singaporeans Participated in International Human Rights Torch Relay Singapore Democrats 21 Jan 08 For the first time in Singaporean history, a human rights torch had come on shore, so declared human rights lawyer Mr M. Ravi, the president of the Singapore chapter of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG). On Saturday, a group of human rights

View Article...

Month: January 2008 SDP’s public forum on electoral reform, 20 Jan 08

SDP just concluded a public forum on electoral reform, held at Allson Hotel on 20 Jan 08, Sunday, from 2pm to 5pm. Speakers at the forum included Chia Ti Lik, J.B. Jeyaretnam, Jufrie Mahmood, and Dr Chee Soon Juan. Mr Tan Tarn How was slated to speak too but backed down. The forum could only be described as passionate, lively,

View Article...

Month: January 2008 Singapore’s turn to export inflation to its neighbours

M’sia to bar S’poreans from taking home cheap food Malaysia is planning to bar Singaporeans and Thais from taking home staple foods like flour and sugar to avert shortages of the subsidised goods, reports said Wednesday. The move comes after the government was last week forced to flood the market with thousands of tonnes of cooking oil and flour as

View Article...

Month: January 2008 Discount ads on taxis illegal, says LTA

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has said that discount ads on taxis are illegal. This follows a recent report of TransCab taxi driver Mr A.L. Tan displaying a sign on his windscreen announcing his waiver of the 35 per cent surcharge for peak-hour rides. Cabbies complain that passengers are disappearing during morning and evening rush hours. What used to be

View Article...

Month: January 2008 There’s a reason it’s called “public service”

There’s a reason it’s called “public service”. From ministers to perm secs all the way to rank and file officers. Why do we call them “civil servants”? Because they are servants of the people. We pay them to serve the nation, to implement good policies, to make a better community for all. Public service is very different from private enterprise

View Article...