Monthly Archives: November 2008

Month: November 2008 Well protected with positive returns, says Dr Teo Ho Pin

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr Teo Ho Pin, Coordinating Chairman of PAP Town Councils, has written a letter to the ST forum page entitled “Well protected, with positive returns”. In the letter, he explained on the need for maintaining sinking funds for retrofitting works and co-paying lift upgrading. The sinking funds are distinct from short-term funds formed from the S&CC and represent

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Month: November 2008 Mr Tan Kin Lian offers an apology to Dr Chee and sister

EDITOR’S NOTE: On 14 Oct, Mr Tan Kin Lian posted a message on his blog that he copied from one of the postings in the Channel News Asia forum. The original message was not authored by him, but many netizens misunderstood and thought that Mr Tan wrote it himself. He has now stepped forward to clarify, after Mr Kelvin Lim

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Month: November 2008 Continued one-party rule by PAP or multi-party democracy?

Written by Ng E-Jay 27 November 2008 By now, most readers would be aware of the recent debate in the Straits Times forum page over whether Singapore is better off with a one-party or multi-party political system, ending with Mr Li Hong Yi writing that no one had made a convincing case why a multi-party system would be better for

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Month: November 2008 My response to the TOC article “SDP: Misunderstood, misguided or misaligned?”

Written by Ng E-Jay 25 November 2008 This is my response to the TOC article entitled “SDP: Misunderstood, misguided or misaligned?” written by Mr Kelvin Lim and published on TOC’s website on 25 Nov. Mr Lim begins his article by describing SDP as a party which is “arguably Singapore’s most controversial political party, boasting a colourful history involving ideological clashes

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Month: November 2008 Logic favours two party system; Governments better off with checks and balances (ST letters in response to Dr Tan Wu Meng)

Logic favours two-party system: ST letter by Mr Rayner Teo 22 Nov 2008 ST link I REFER to the current discussion on the ideal party system to govern Singapore. In my view, the debate boils down to this question: Is the potential monolithic mindset of a single-party system more dangerous than the chaotic free-wheeling debate engendered by a multi-party democracy?

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Month: November 2008 Failed products: Why clients were misled (ST letter by Ms Jeannie Lim)

ST Letter written by Ms Jeannie Lim, High Notes Investor Group Committee 25 Nov 2008 ST link I REFER to Mr Chua Sheng Yang’s letter last Saturday, ‘What he meant’. We take issue with Mr Chua’s claim that there are many people seeking redress when there has been no injustice done in the first place. We would like to ask

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Month: November 2008 Tan Kin Lian’s political ambitions or lack thereof

Written by Ng E-Jay 24 November 2008 On 23 Nov, the Sunday Times published an article written by Nur Dianah Suhaimi entitled “Tan Kin Lian eyes elected presidency“. The subtitle was “Ex-NTUC Income’s chief will run if he has 100,000 people willing to support him“. (Link) The Sunday Times article said that he is considering standing as Singapore’s next elected

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Month: November 2008 All That Glitters is Not Gold

Written by Dr Wong Wee Nam 21 November 2008 “All professions are conspiracies against the laity.” — George Bernard Shaw When we were in school, one of the unforgettable proverbs we learnt was “All That Glitters is Not Gold”. Another was “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover”. For all intents and purposes these proverbs taught us to be more

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Month: November 2008 Rejected ST letter: AMD and the Elderly – Creative Solutions Needed

Written by Dr Patrick Kee, 18 Nov 2008 Rejected by ST Forum page Dear Sir, I refer to the articles, “AMD not euthanasia? Confusing terms, says MPs” and “Prepare for the ‘silver tsunami’ now” (Straits Times, 18/11/2008) First of all, we need to question the need for legislation for patients to refuse futile treatment when they are terminally ill. Surely,

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Month: November 2008 My response to the ST letter “Questions on investment products rally”

Written by Ng E-Jay 18 November 2008 This is my response to a Straits Times forum letter penned by Mr Chua Sheng Yang published in the print edition on 18 Nov. Entitled “Questions on investment products rally”, Mr Chua claims that “too many people are taking advantage of the situation to get back money from what they knew was a

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