Mr Lim Swee Say’s statements on CPF do not make any sense

June 24, 2014 by · 3 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
24 June 2014

Mr Lim Swee Say spoke about the CPF at the Singapore Model Parliament debates held last week. However, the statements he made do not make any sense, and certain points he made about the CPF being risk free also deserve a rebuttal.

Firstly, Mr Lim said that people should use less of their CPF money when they are young, and they should also try to defer drawing down their CPF when they reach the age of 55. These statements were made in BOTH the original press interview as well as the clarification that he later sent to the media (see here).

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Is There a Need to Sue?

June 14, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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By Dr Wong Wee Nam
14 June 2014

There is an old Chinese saying which goes like this: “When a leopard dies, it leaves behind the skin, but when a person dies, he or she leaves behind a name.”

In Chapter Nine of The Romance of The Three Kingdoms, Wang Yun told Lu Bu, “If you, the general, can help the Han Dynasty, you are a loyal minister and will leave a good name in history and to posterity (流芳百世).” To do otherwise (and support the tyrant Dong Zhuo), Wang Yun said, “You bequeath your stench that will last for tens of thousands of years.” (遗臭万年)

The bidding “To leave a good name to posterity” is what most people aspire to do, whilst the idiom “To bequeath a stench that will last a thousand years” is what people would not want ascribed to them.

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Roy Ngerng’s employment at TTSH has been terminated

June 10, 2014 by · 4 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
10 June 2014

[UPDATED at 11pm]

Roy Ngerng’s employment at Tan Tock Seng Hospital has been terminated as of Tuesday, 10 June 2014. He will be given one month’s pay in lieu.

The reasons given for his termination are allegedly misuse of company resources and improper public conduct.

According to his Facebook note, Roy Ngerng said that his advocacy on the CPF and the stress of the court case had made it difficult for him to concentrate on his job. He said that he had campaigned at his workplace as well.

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Stop increasing minimum sum: Mr Vincent Wijeysingha’s speech at the CPF Rally on 07 June 2014

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Tyranny or People’s Participation?

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By Dr Wong Wee Nam
06 June 2014

In the recent Parliamentary debate on the President’s Address, Mr Low Thia Khiang, leader of the Worker’s Party, chose to focus his speech on constructive politics. He called for a change in the political culture.

Low said, “If the people continue to support a government party that uses high-handed tactics against its political opponents, we are endorsing a bullying political culture.

“If the people support a governing party that uses governmental resources, including civil servants, to serve its partisan goals, we are condoning the abuse of political power as an acceptable culture.

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Yahoo Singapore posts DISGRACEFUL article claiming that Tiananmen massacre was a “myth”

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Written by Ng E-Jay
05 June 2014

On Thursday, 05 June 2014, Yahoo Singapore published an extremely disgusting and disgraceful article that tried to whitewash a brutal piece of Chinese contemporary history by claiming that the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989 was nothing more than a “UK black information operation“, and that the incident has since been “discredited by the many witnesses there at the time — among them a Spanish TVE television crew, a Reuters correspondent and protesters themselves“.

The article, entitled “Tiananmen Square Massacre is a Myth, All We’re ‘Remembering’ are British Lies“, further claims that on the night of June 4th, 1989, “nothing happened other than a military unit entering and asking several hundred of those remaining to leave the Square“.

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Blogger Roy Ngerng raises $70,000 in four days — Singaporeans stand with him

June 3, 2014 by · 6 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
03 June 2014

Over the past four days, Singaporeans demonstrated that they stood in solidarity with blogger Roy Ngerng, by donating slightly over $70,000 to him to help him defray legal and administrative costs associated with his upcoming lawsuit.

Earlier in May, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had initiated legal action against Roy over remarks that Roy had posted alleging that CPF monies held in member accounts had been criminally misappropriated.

Mr Lee’s lawyer, Davinder Singh, had argued that Lee was now entitled to sue for aggravated damages because Roy’s initial apology had been “insincere”, and Roy had further aggravated the damage to Mr Lee’s reputation by sending two emails to various members of local and international media.

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