Monthly Archives: September 2008

Month: September 2008 Crude Oil falls well over 20%, but electricity bills rise 21%

Written by Ng E-Jay 30 Sept 2008 Utility bills and the cost of fuel like petrol and diesel are supposed to track the price of crude oil closely, albeit with a delay as the changes in price of the raw material take time to filter down to the finished products that are sold to consumers. However, the disparity in change

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Month: September 2008 My response to Mr Syu Ying Kwok’s ST letter

Written by Ng E-Jay 29 Sept 2008 This is my response to Mr Syu Ying Kwok’s Straits Times forum letter which was published on 27 Sept. Entitled “Top dollar for star talent“, Mr Syu writes about how the US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson rescued the financial markets from calamity with a trillion dollar bailout package, and that Singapore is unlikely

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Month: September 2008 NSP: Burden of Fare Hikes on Commuters is Unjustified

NSP link 22 Sept 2008 The National Solidarity Party (NSP) condemns the latest approval of bus fare hike by the Public Transport Council (PTC). Fare hikes have become an annual ritual which highlights the sordid mechanism behind the regulation of standards and fares by the PTC. The Chairman of PTC, Gerald Ee acknowledged that “the current service frequency was not

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Month: September 2008 SDP’s policy paper on National Service

Written by the Singapore Democrats Introduction National Service, or army conscription in Singapore, was first introduced in 1967 due to pressing issues such as national security after Singapore’s “forced” independence in 1965. In 1971, the British completely pulled out of Singapore. It has been 41 years since the introduction of NS. Since then the world and Asia has changed significantly

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Month: September 2008 GIC’s hasty investments in Citigroup and UBS may yield mediocre returns for a considerable period

Written by Ng E-Jay 26 Sept 2008 Mr Ng Kok Song, chief investment officer of GIC, told a press conference on Tuesday that the timing of GIC’s investments in Citigroup and UBS “could have been better”, but reiterated that he was “confident” both investments would offer long-term returns. (ST, “GIC achieves 4.5% annual returns”, 24 Sept) GIC had invested about

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Month: September 2008 SDP responds to NSP candidate Goh Meng Seng: Is it’s website really losing readers?

EDITOR’S NOTE: In an article published by Lianhe Zaobao entitled “窥探网络世界”, or “Exploring the Blogosphere” on Saturday 20 Sept, NSP candidate Goh Meng Seng was quoted as saying that SDP’s web site was rapidly losing readership. Goh Meng Seng also insinuated that it was due to SDP’s extreme viewpoints. SDP has provided a firm rebuttal to Goh Meng Seng’s audacious

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Month: September 2008 Who is the real PAP mole: unraveling the conspiracy theories in Singapore’s blogosphere

EDITOR’S NOTE: On 20 Sept 2008, Lianhe Zaobao ran an article entitled “窥探网络世界”, or “Exploring the Blogosphere”. It was written by 游润恬 (Ms You Lun Tian). This is an English translation of the article which my friend did. This translation, as well as the original Chinese article, are also found at Wayangparty.wordpress.com. Mr Brown (Blogger Lee Kin Mun)’s hilarious “Bak

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Month: September 2008 The Chee Siok Chin I know, then and now

Written by Jaslyn Go Originally published by the Singapore Democrats, 20 Sept 2008 I first met Siok Chin at SDP’s annual dinner in 2007. That was also my first encounter with Dr Chee Soon Juan. When I saw this supposed “feisty lady” in person, she gave me a very different impression as compared to her public persona portrayed by our

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Month: September 2008 Police ban on Tamil language discussion at Speaker’s Corner proves the liberalization is mere tokenism

Written by Ng E-Jay 22 Sept 2008 If the public ever needed concrete proof that the recent liberalization of Speaker’s Corner for demonstrations is mere tokenism on the part of the authorities which hardly returns Singaporeans their basic rights, we should look no further than the banned event which was supposed to be held last Friday. Mr Thamilselvan Karuppaya, a

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Month: September 2008 An “active citizenry” without the “fist fights”

Written by Ng E-Jay 22 Sept 2008 The Straits Times article “Singapore v Taiwan: Seeking an active citizenry – without the fist fights” published on 20 Sept 08 raises an interesting point on the role of active citizenry in a nation. The article relates how architect-turned-sculptor Sun Yu-li, who lived in Taiwan during his youth but who now resides in

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