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S’poreans want to work from home

In Economy, Property, Public Administration on 30/09/2020 at 7:23 am

An article in the constructive, nation-building ST about S’poreans slowly returning to work in offices reminded of an FT chart in late August or early Sept.

Black mark or slap in the face for the PAP govt’s handling of Covid-19?

Compared with Europe, S’poreans don’t want to return to offices. They all want to skive is it?

Seriously maybe S’poreans think the PAP govt mishandled the Covid-19 pandemic?

The FT reports that whereas the continental European countries think their govts handled the pandemic pretty well, the British and the Americans think their govt’s mishandled the pandemic, hence their reluctance to return to offices.

But then there is this survey: Criticism of PAP govt’s handling of Covid-19 is really “noise”. It shows that S’poreans think the PAP govt is doing a good job in containing the pandemic.

Say one thing, but do another thing isit?

What do you think?


Covid-19: reducing the infection numbers the Indian way

In India on 29/09/2020 at 2:24 pm

There are credible international reports that India had significantly reduced its coronavirus testing, lowering its daily tally of reported cases as India was poised to breach the threshold of 100,000 infections a day. But it didn’t work did it, the threshold was exceeded.

But it wasn’t an original Modi idea. His pal Trump has been advocating that the US reduce testing to keep a lid on the cases. But most states gave Trump the finger.

But not Florida (the governor is a fan of Trump). Recently as the number of cases increased, the state decreased testing, imitating India.


TRE writer on why must have FT CEOS

In Uncategorized on 29/09/2020 at 4:43 am

Local talent pretty BS.

Buddy Capitalism Continues

A few nights ago, the Young Pork Guzzling Muslim Politician sent me a photo of several Linkedin profiles of people working at Standard Chartered Bank. The only thing that that connected them, other than the fact that they were working for Standard Chartered Bank was the fact that everyone was from India. I told him that I didn’t know why he was sending me the photo; a copy of which can be seen below:

He called and explained that people in one of his WhatsApp chats were getting agitated by the fact that Singaporeans were getting upset that plum jobs were going to Indian Nationals and not to Singaporeans. It was, as they say, the same story about the Indian Nationals stealing jobs from locals and only helping themselves and so on and so on. As far as most Singaporeans (or at least the ones on the net are concerned) the Indian Expats are a group of unqualified louts stealing from the hard working honest, Singaporeans graduate.

Unfortunately, this isn’t quite true. While it’s easy to take a snap shot of someone’s Linkedin profile, it’s another thing to actually read that person’s profile and assess whether he or she has gotten to where they have been through fair or foul means. If you look at the 15 profiles, you’ll note that one of them was from the National University of Singapore and another one was from INSEAD. If you look at those who were from Indian Universities, one was from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA – the place that gave you Ajjay Bangha, CEO of Mastercard) and another was from Indian Institutes of Management Calcutta (IIMC, – the place that gave you Indra Nooyi, former CEO of Pepsico). If you were to delve deeper into these profiles, you’d notice that the majority of them had at least a decade of experience working with the bank and more often than not, they had experience in the big market of India and within the Southeast Asian region.

So, while I don’t doubt that there are Indian Expatriates who are not qualified to be where they are (which is the same that can be said for any other group), Singapore as a collective, needs to get rid of the idea that the only talented people in the world are Westerners and Singaporeans as the loyal servants of the West.

The reality is that “developing” Asia is producing people that are qualified to do great things and are doing great things. If you look at the world’s game changing companies, there is Sundar Pichai of Alphabet, who from Indian Institutes of Management Kharagpur (IIMK) and there’s Microsoft CEO Staya Nadella from Manipur Institute of Technology. It may be hard for the average Singaporean to swallow, but the fact is Mr. Nadella is credited for making Microsoft sexy again after years of being dull when it was being run by Steve Balmer.

By contrast, I can’t think of a Singaporean, trained in Singapore who has gone onto run a company outside the Singapore and the Singapore government. OK, Ogilvy hired Tham Khai Meng to be its world-wide creative head, but Khai was trained in the UK. There was apparently a vice-president on the board of 3M who was from Singapore.

However, nobody talks about this because it’s politically inconvenient. For the “opposition” camps in Singapore it’s easier to talk about how our government has sold us out to India and China. It’s easy to talk about how unfair life is for the ordinary Singaporean who will be overwhelmed by unqualified Indians stealing their jobs.

If the “opposition” camp is guilty of playing on native resentments against dark skinned people, the government is playing an equally insidious but far more subtle game. The government is currently playing a rather confused game. On one hand, it is claiming that welcoming foreigners is good for Singaporeans and on another it is calling Singaporeans racist and xenophobic when they complain that they are being discriminated against in their own land. What is going on here?

I believe there’s an element of distraction here. If Singaporeans were to look at the “real” cause of their job losses, they’d realise that they’ve been screwed by what I’ve called “Buddy Capitalism,” rather than by evil geniuses from India and China. This came out very clearly in a blog piece by Emanuel Daniel, on Piyush Gupta, the CEO of DBS. Mr. Daniel’s blog entry can be found here.

Mr. Daniel, who runs the Asian Banker, is a well-connected figure in the Asian Financial Industry and he’s spent decades studying trends in the industry. He takes Mr. Gupta to task for not doing enough to prepare his bank for the future (He’s accused Mr. Gupta of believing his own hype and enforcing a system rather than preparing for a changing world), but at the same time he argues that Mr. Gupta has done more for DBS and Singapore than his four immediate predecessors (all foreigners) and when compared to the CEOs of the other Government Linked Companies. Mr. Daniel points out that under Mr. Gupta, DBS has continued to see a growth in revenue and profits (LINK) unlike a good portion of the GLCs who have lost money despite having a near monopoly on their respective markets.

A few people were offended by Mr. Daniel’s article, arguing that he was ignoring the fact that the other GLC’s like Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and the Singapore Mass Rapid Transport (SMRT) were run by military men who had been parachuted in with no commercial experience and thus screwed it up. It wasn’t Singaporeans per se.

However, I think their missing the point. Mr. Daniel has very clearly articulated that the key issue in Singapore is the fact that “talent” is inevitably about creating compliance rather than competence. Brilliant people are taken over by the government and made so comfortable that they have no need to excel at anything in particular. One only has to think of the number of military scholars who have been promoted effortlessly to very cushy positions. In the SAF, competence can be a handicap. You will inevitably be replaced by a scholar with no experience. I think of 21 SA in my day. There was a CO called Tan Chong Boon, who was what we call a farmer (A-levels, worked his way up). The then, Major Tan turned a sleepy unit into a fit fighting force by sheer guts. Then, 21SA was awarded the best artillery unit, they posted him out so that a scholar could replace him and get the glory.

The second point that Mr. Daniel makes is that the big GLC’s have a habit of knee caping small enterprises with the blessing of the regulators. In another blog piece, Mr. Daniel argues in another blog piece that the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has made it such that all Fintech Systems must have an actual bank account with an established bank, unlike say China or the USA. This ensures that the Fintechs will never be able to take away from the banks and in turn serve as convenient contractors rather than competitors. (LINK)

Why would the government do that? I believe that as much as the government talks about wanting to be “future ready,” it is in fact unwilling to prepare for the future and thus moves to protect its established companies from anything resembling competition. As such, you get companies that think of monopoly profits as a right rather than something that has to be earned.

Let’s look back at the attempt to introduce competition into the media in the early 2000s. That experiment ended within four years when both MediaCorp and SPH found they were losing money. They then spent the next few years arguing over whether readership or viewership figures were more meaningful without realizing that people found more relevant news sources online than they did in print or TV. Unfortunately for both media houses, the advertisers noticed too and before you knew it, SPH was trying to reinvent itself as a real estate company and has shed Singaporean jobs.

Why does the government mollycoddle companies like that? Well, it’s a case of buddy capitalism. Where can you put your buddies if you don’t have profitable sectors?

Our system has worked to make the Singaporean incapable of shinning in their own land and the need to hire foreigners to run the show is the inevitable result. If you listen to government communications, you’ll notice that its always the same theme – Singapore has a limited talent pool and therefore you need to rotate buddies from the government and private sector and supplement them with people from elsewhere.

In 2016, this was proven untrue at the Rio Olympics. We had Joseph Schooling, who beat the world’s greatest swimmer to win our first ever gold medal. What should be very telling is the fact that had Mr. Schooling stayed behind, he probably would never have won anything. His good fortune was to have parents who were willing to leave Singapore so that their son could develop his talent and in the end, bring glory to Singapore.

You’re not going to make life better for Singaporeans by mollycoddling them on this island and telling them everything is OK when it isn’t. You’re not going to help by banning foreigners. You will only get a solution when you break up the buddy system and ensure that Singaporeans have to develop their talents.

Tang Li

*Although I’ve been based mainly in Singapore for nearly two decades, I’ve had the privilege of being able meet people who have crossed borders and cultures. I’ve befriended ministers and ambassadors and worked on projects involving a former head of state. Yet, at the same time, I’ve had the privilege of befriending migrant labourers and former convicts. All of them have a story to tell. All of them add to the fabric of life. I hope to express the stories that inspire us to create life as it should be.

KPKBing in UK about how SE Asians represented

In Uncategorized on 28/09/2020 at 5:48 am

“Beats” an advocacy group for British East and South East Asians are KPKBing about a British drama set in S’pore during World War Two. They call it “harmful” and “upsetting”.

Beats called The Singapore Grip “a kick in the teeth” to those it represents.

Based on JG Farrell’s 1978 novel, the six-part drama follows a family of wealthy Britons living here. More at:

Fyi, the series was filmed in M’sia.

For the record, the term East Asians in the UK is usually an euphemism there for ethnic Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. Chinese, Malays, Koreans, Thais etc are usually excluded.

Many yrs ago I listened to a BBC World Service radio play that was trialled as an ancient Greek comedy with “an all East Asian cast”. All mamma accents. No Chink or S’porean accent. I complained but never got a reply.

Btw, I had no complaints about the actors or the play. It was good production: I was only unhappy about the racial misrepresentation,

Must be Pakistani

In India on 27/09/2020 at 1:48 pm

SAD for Indians to have such neighbours. Related post: Like India’s Modi, Allah’s no believer of liberal democracy

A man suspected of injuring two people with a meat cleaver in Paris has admitted to deliberately targeting the former offices of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine, French media report.

The man, an 18-year-old born in Pakistan, reportedly linked his actions to the magazine’s recent republication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Charlie Hebdo did this as a trial over the 2015 Islamist attack on the magazine which killed 12 people began.

The magazine’s location is now secret.

With someone like Jaromel Gee, PAP doesn’t need enemies

In Political governance on 27/09/2020 at 11:32 am

“Jaromel Gee, PAP party member and IB, sentenced to three years’ jail and 12 strokes of the cane for committing robbery”

The surprise is that even with people like him, the PAP makes winning looks so easy. So what does the PAP get right?

Views pls.

Why I’m into industrial reits?

In Financial competency, Property on 26/09/2020 at 6:40 am

Rock-bottom interest rates, rising inflation expectations and negative real yields are boosting the present value of future cash flows from real estate. Ultra-low interest rates are also supporting property valuations.

But not all real estate is equal, some are more equal than others.

The less equal than others: Covid-19 has accelerated the growth of online retailing with retail, and especially shopping centres taking the largest hit; hurt the hospitality sector and thrown the future of the office into question. On the last: Derwent, a London UK property co says the true impact of Covid-19 has yet to be felt and warns us to expect sweeping changes to the way we work. 

As for housing, got no money how to buy that condo?

But industrial properties are expected to perform reasonably well. Remember that they are not only used for manufacturing, but for warehousing all the goods ordered online, and as cheap “office” space.

Yields are good if one avoids the TLC industrial reits. They attract a premium whether justified or not.


In Indonesia, Telecoms on 25/09/2020 at 11:21 am

A unit of Telekom Indonesia is in advanced talks on injecting capital into GoJek, the Indonesian super app decacorn. Btw Decacorn is a company valued at over US$10 billion.  

Why our loser anti-PAP PMETs are so grumpy?

In Uncategorized on 24/09/2020 at 5:41 am

They are unemployed (Anti-PAP “noise” is from PMET losers and deadbeats) and don’t have enough sleep, or they oversleep.

The National Sleep Foundation, a non-profit group in America, says unemployed people were more likely to report sleeping less or more than people in employment. Not surprised by them sleeping more because unemployed workers have less to lose, financially, from sleeping.

The authors think that anxiety and depression cause sleeping problems. Poor-quality sleep can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease and depression.

Tmm sounds a good way of getting rid of our loser PMETs.

Covid-19: India trying to reinfect China in escalation of border dispute?

In China, India on 23/09/2020 at 5:41 am

Hong Kong has suspended Air India’s incoming flights after Covid-19 positive cases were found on a flight.

Hong Kong banned Air India from flying to its airport for two weeks till 3 Oct after 6 passengers were found on a 18 Sep Air India flight. The passengers were flying from Delhi into Hong Kong. The 6 were tested positive upon arrival.

Prior to this, Air India carried 11 Covid-19 positive passengers also on a flight from Delhi to Hong Kong on 14 Aug.

India trying to bring China’s economy to its knees, so that it resembles India’s economy? Meanwhile S’pore is happy to let Indians in.

Uniquely S’pore

In Uncategorized on 22/09/2020 at 5:24 am

Multi-culturalism in S’pore is not juz a Harry Lee’s aspiration.


Daily Quote Singapore Community

Research contributed by Ignatius Foo Link below. Thanks…SourceFun ToastPicture Credit Janus Chan

Anti-PAP “noise” is from PMET losers and deadbeats

In Economy on 21/09/2020 at 7:11 am

Data from the Ministry of Manpower last week was very grim.

OCBC Securities reported “total employment change in Q2 declining 103.5k, the sharpest on record. This brought the total employment decline in H1to 129.1k.
▪ Retrenchments more than doubled, from 3220 in Q1 to 8130 in Q2. This is higher than the peak during the SARS period, but lower than the all-time high of 12760 during the GFC.
▪ The overall unemployment rate rose from 2.4% in Q1 to 2.8% in Q2. Resident unemployment rate rose from 3.3% to 3.8%.”

Interestingly the MoM data showed the most impacted sectors (in terms of unemployment and retrenchments) are those that rely more on non-PMET workers, such as manufacturing, construction and accommodation & food services.

The more resilient sectors were in electronics manufacturing, information & communications and financial & insurance services, where remote work is more likely.

Bottom line: the poor are suffering terribly, PMETs are not. Bit like in London where the poor suffer more than the well off according to the Economist.

Must be PMET losers and deadbeats KPKBing on TRE, TOC and other anti-PAP alt media publications, and social media about their plight, and blaming the PAP govt.

How leaders in a one-party state can lose power

In Uncategorized on 20/09/2020 at 11:26 am

The answer is via non-violent protests that involve only a “peanuts” percentage of the population.

How big does a protest have to be, to drive a political leader out of office? Harvard political scientist Erica Chenoweth who has studied these question carefully, thinks the crucial threshold is 3.5% of the population. She also says non-violent protests are more effective than violent protests. More at

More relevant to S’pore is Gene Sharp’s observation that the power of dictatorships (Yes, yes , I know the PAP govt is only authoritarian, not a dictatorship though Kirsten Han and friends may disagree) comes from the willing obedience of the people they govern – and that if the people can develop techniques of withholding their consent, a regime will crumble.

According to the BBC, Gene Sharp may have had more influence than any other political theorist of his generation. Gene Sharp is the author of the non-violent revolution rulebook (2011)

Like India’s Modi, Allah’s no believer of liberal democracy

In India on 19/09/2020 at 1:29 pm

By one measure, just 3% of Muslims live in countries that are freer than the world average

Personal freedom is still limited in most of the Islamic world, so Modi’s India is a lot freer. So India is a lot better off than most Islamic countries.

S’pore equities: Why buying a dog is a gd thing

In Economy, Financial competency on 18/09/2020 at 4:27 am

According to OCBC’s head of research Carmen Lee (We once worked in same firm, she as analyst, I as dealer/ saleman), S’pore stocks “could prove a safe harbour to tide over stronger headwinds in the face of more attractive stock valuations.” 

“While the Singapore market underperformed during the recent uptrend, it is also less volatile during the Sep 2020 market downtrend, making it ideal as additional holdings to a diversified stock portfolio,” she writes in a 14 September report. She points out that while the S&P 500 fell 6.7% from its September peak, the STI only lost 2% — a relatively small correction vis-a-vis most markets. 

She also writes, “We continue to favour companies with strong management or sponsors, good market shares, well-established businesses or brand names and companies with a more defensive stream of earnings.” 

Favourites include the usual DBS Group Holdings Ltd, Capitaland Mall Trust, Raffles Medical Group, ST Engineering, Sheng Siong Group, Singtel and Starhill Global REIT. 

Nice try Carmen. LOL.

“Jaromel Gee, PAP party member and IB, sentenced to three years’ jail and 12 strokes of the cane for committing robbery”

In Uncategorized on 17/09/2020 at 6:22 am

Above is the title of TOC piece: Jaromel Gee, PAP party member and IB, sentenced to three years’ jail and 12 strokes of the cane for committing robbery


Once upon a time, LKY pointed out that a candidate MP of the WP was bicycle thief. We all laughed at the WP, the party of bicycle thieves 🤣 led by Saint JBJ. And until WP Low and his allies changed the public’s perception, it remained the party of bicycle thieves.

Now we find out that Jaromel Gee, founder of Silent No More which supports the PAP and had some PAP MPs as its members, is a robber and serial cheat. 🤮. When he founded the site in 2015, he was a PAP member (ST report), not juz a balls-carrying fanboy

To be fair to the PAP and the site, sometime in 2018 (Site was founded in 2015), it’s alleged by PAPPies on FB after his convictions became public knowledge, that he parted company with the other people administering the site. But they did not say he was no longer a PAP member.

Is he still a member of the PAP? And if not, when did he cease to be a member?

By the way the bicycle thief it seems stole a bicycle when he was a juvenile, not an adult. And when an adult, he didn’t rob or cheat.

Wonder what one Harry Lee will say about the PAP now? Will he hang his head in shame that Jaromel Gee was allowed to join the PAP?

What do you think?

Covid-19: 1m more cases and India’s the leading Covid-19 nation

In India on 16/09/2020 at 1:57 pm

The US has 6.61m Covid-19 cases and the rate of increase is slowing. It’s the world’s leading Covid-19 nation. India is second and running fast to catch up.

India’s coronavirus infections have now passed 5m cases.

The virus appears to be spreading much faster in India than any other country, with daily cases crossing 90,000 for the five days up until Tuesday.


The good news is that the death rate is lower than in many countries with a high caseload: only more than 80,000 people have died in India. The US has around 196,000 deaths.

But don’t worry, Modi has plans for India to beat the US to be the leading Covid-19 nations, with more deaths than the US.

Anything Trump can do, Modi can do better. LOL.

Liewgate: TOC, witch hunters also wanted justice LOL

In Uncategorized on 16/09/2020 at 5:01 am

And even had due process. They were not running around like headless chickens or TOC readers in an anti-PAP frenzy.

Couldn’t stop laughing at

“The Minister for Law has also seemingly tried to downplay matters by urging the public not to go on a witch hunt. In this, the Minister may have misunderstood public sentiment.

The people want answers and accountability. They are not on a witch hunt. They want justice. To talk of a witch hunt may misguidedly fan the flames of public outrage. What the public want is reassurance that the Government will leave no stone unturned in punishing those guilty of this heinous initial miscarriage of justice – they do not need to be told what not to do.

The witch hunters also wanted justice, TOC. They tot that witches were hurting them and their families, hence the hunt for witches to burn.

The witch hunters also had due process, unlike cyber lynchings on social media conducted by Team TOC and its zombie fans, or other alt media and their fans.

One way of establishing whether a person was a witch was to throw the alleged witch into the river or deep bond. If the bounded person floated, they’d know the person was a witch, and would burn her.

Another test was to to put his hand into a fire. If the hand was undamaged, they’d burn him as a witch.

Liewgate: TRE, junk can be stolen

In Public Administration on 15/09/2020 at 7:22 am

I think the u/m Why would anybody want to steal junk? by TRE’s Augustine Low needs a serious correction.

Even if the stuff taken is junk, the maid cannot suka suka take it: taking it can still amount to theft.

Consent must still be sought. Such consent can be implied if the owner throws the stuff into the bin or tells the maid to throw it away. I’ve a spoiled printer and a laptop: junk. I’ve yet to dispose of them because I want to dispose of them responsibly. But if the maid takes them without asking my permission, it’s still technically theft.

Btw, I’ve also got a few watches that could be considered junk. One’s a IWC perpetual watch that needs to be repaired, another a Seiko watch that has it plastic face cover damaged , a Cartier Santos and Rolex that have faulty clasps. If the helper takes them …

Finally, an observation about the High Court judge’s decision. The High Court judge could have acquitted her on the basis of the police’s failure to secure the evidence. And left it at that. That he went further to make comments about Karl etc seems to show his unhappiness over the decision to prosecute. that he had serious concerns about what actually happened. (Note this change was made on 16 September 2020 at 11.30 am.)

The one question that could have saved Parti Liyani much earlier: Why would anybody want to steal junk?

It was a basic question that took four years to be asked.

Had it been asked earlier, it could have saved Parti Liyani from all her troubles and trauma, from languishing in a shelter for four years while awaiting the conclusion of her case of stealing from the home of Liew Mun Leong.

Defence lawyer Anil Balchandani who acted pro-bono for Parti and successfully secured her acquittal, appears in a video put up by HOME (Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics), the non-governmental organisation which provided shelter, food and financial assistance to Parti for four years. The video was shot a week before the High Court ruling on 4 September.

Balchandani spoke of the breakthrough: “I think the maybe memorable or most lucky point that we had was we asked the (high) court to have all the items presented before it . . . . and the court agreed. And that allowed us to present to the court what you can’t see in pictures.”

Once the “stolen” items were presented in court, the effect was telling, said Balchandani: “So the condition of the items, the clothes, the rags, the very old DVD players, the earrings, the jewellery that was outdated – you could see it in a photograph but you will not appreciate it until you see it. And slowly we were, you know, we were able to inch forward. And we have to basically convince the judge, why would someone steal junk?”

Indeed, why would anyone go through the trouble of stealing things which even the rag-and-bone man might reject?

And why wasn’t it a question the police, prosecution and district judge all thought of asking?

Only at the High Court was this question finally addressed. In his lengthy 100-page judgement, Justice Chan Seng Onn pointed to some aspects of this, including the case of a Pioneer DVD player which was allegedly stolen by Parti. She denied the theft, saying it was disposed of by the Liew family because it was “spoilt” and she kept it to bring home to Indonesia for repair.

Justice Chan believed Parti: “As its name suggests, a DVD player’s main function is to play a DVD . . . a DVD player that is unable to play DVD can reasonably be described as ‘spoilt.’”

The judge applied common sense. As was the case when Parti was accused of stealing clothes belonging to Karl Liew, the son of Liew Mun Leong. This strangely included women’s clothing apparel. When asked at the trial if he “had a habit of wearing women’s clothes” Karl actually said that he sometimes wore women’s T-shirts. Justice Chan found this assertion to be “unbelievable”.

So the Parti Liyani case is now to be reviewed by multiple parties because something has “gone wrong in the chain of events”, according to Law Minister K Shanmugam.

They could start by reviewing why nobody thought of asking the most basic questions – such as why would anybody want to steal junk, and how could a man have clothes “stolen” from him that included women’s apparel.

Liewgate: Was Liew Mun Leong that untouchable?

In Public Administration on 14/09/2020 at 5:25 am

Below is another well written piece by TRE’s Augustine Low: if one is an anti-establishment (especially anti-PAP) pleb.

However, the piece misses a very important point. If Liew was that untouchable (“too big to challenge, too big to be disproved and too big to do any wrong”) why wasn’t his wife and son protected for illegally deploying the wife’s maid, and why was (as alleged) his family afraid of not being able to employ another maid.

Let me explain.

If Liew was that untouchable (“too big to challenge, too big to be disproved and too big to do any wrong”), how come MoM gave his wife a warning and his son an advisory for illegally deploying the maid?. Secret Squirrel tells me that plebs who illegally deploy their helpers also get warnings and advisories for the first offence.

The online narrative is that the family was afraid of being unable to hire a maid (by way of a MoM ban on employing a maid) to clean their two bungalows: something a second complaint would surely bring, they say. Hence the alleged “false” police report to fix the maid.

If Liew was that untouchable (“too big to challenge, too big to be disproved and too big to do any wrong”), he could have easily called up the MoM minister and tell the minister that his family needed a maid, so could the minister help him by not charging his tai tai for the second offence?

For the record, like the mob, I too think that the Liews, father and son, should be crucified. I also believe that Mrs Liew should be made to clean the two bungalows herself, then crucified.

Their offence? Bringing the establishment into disrepute.

Whatever, here’s what Augustine Low wrote.

The system that brought success to Liew Mun Leong also brought him down – does the PAP have the will to fix the system?

The spectacular downfall of Liew Mun Leong is a shock to the system – the People’s Action Party system.

It was the PAP system which set up Liew for stardom – he became an upstanding member of society and a darling of the establishment. As elite and entitled as they come in this country.

Liew’s every word and action became the gold standard. His Chancery Lane address alone bestowed him prestige and respectability.

As an entrenched member of the establishment, Liew became too big to challenge, too big to be disproved and too big to do any wrong. There are many like him. This is the hallmark of the PAP system.

The High Court judgement lays bare the stunning details. Had investigators and prosecutors done a thorough, professional job, had they not given Liew the benefit of the doubt every step of the way, things would have turned out differently.

The case might not even have gone to trial. Liew and his family would then have been spared the eventual outcome – the bombshell High Court findings, too damning to sweep under the rug.

Instead of reining in the excesses, Liew was treated with kid gloves and given a free pass.

A runaway train, when not reined in, will self-destruct or cause twisted wreckage. Ironically, the system that Liew profited from ended up causing his downfall because it was not robust enough to keep him in check.

Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam said something has “gone wrong in the chain of events.” More important than that, how did the system crack in such breathtaking fashion? What happened to the checks and balances?

The downfall of Liew ought to prompt the PAP government to do soul searching. Unless the PAP has the will and wherewithal to fix the system, trust and confidence in the system will not be restored.

Augustine Low

China humiliates India, Modi; Huaiwei suffers/ India still pulling its punches

In China, India, Telecoms on 13/09/2020 at 4:48 am

On the Tibetan plateau, the two nuclear-armed nations have thousands of soldiers massed along the disputed border high , after a June clash. The clash left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead. Very recently, India and China agreed to ‘quickly disengage’. And China has just returned five Indian nationals who strayed into Chinese territory when hunting.

China has humiliated India and “strong-man” Modi. I’ve already reported on an economic cost to both countries: Can India afford to boycott Chinese products?.

The cost to China of the border dispute is economic. Huawei and other Chinese telecoms equipment companies are being phased out of India’s booming market, including that for 5G networks.

Although India has not issued any formal, official written ban on equipment suppliers such as Huawei and ZTE, Indian telecoms service providers have been told not to use Chinese equipment in future. A government official said India was wary about Chinese investment in sensitive infrastructure.

“The thinking is: ‘Let’s do tough rather than talk tough,’” an official told the FT. “We don’t want to make life miserable for consumers. But when it comes to big public contracts and critical infrastructure, we would prefer non-Chinese companies. That message has gotten through to Indian business.”

The impact on Chinese tech companies could be considerable. Huawei has been one of the three biggest telecoms equipment suppliers in India which is the world’s second biggest mobile market with more than 850m users. It has had significant contracts with Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and state-owned BSNL.

Why the PAP lost Sengkang: “It was an honest mistake”

In Political governance, Public Administration on 12/09/2020 at 4:50 am

In response to Anti-PAP activists: Apologise to the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee, Gary, a reader gave explanation for the WP’s famous victory.

As it chimed with what Secret Squirrel told me about what PAP leaders tot led to the defeat and what Morocco Mole (Secret Squirrel’s side-kick) told me his second cousin removed working in the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee told him, below are Gary’s comments:

Sengkang GRC was a gerrymandering blunder. They tried to stop WP from winning back Punggol East by merging it with other parts of Sengkang. The problem in that plan was that the Sengkang area as a whole has mostly younger voters – a demographic that PAP cannot count on as reliable support. The PAP’s initial loss in Punggol East had already showed its weakness in this region with the same demographic. In Sengkang GRC, the WP only had to persuade young families to support them. Contrast that with East Coast and Marine Parade GRCs where the WP candidates would have to win over a larger share of older voters if they intended to close the gap. The average Merdeka or Pioneer generation Singaporean is not very easy to persuade. On the other hand, a highly educated and younger population in Sengkang could be won over with just charismatic opposition candidates and ground engagement.

It also helped that Lam Pin Min became very unpopular after banning the PMDs – the dude was a MP in Sengkang – an area where PMDs are commonly used by the younger electorate. This is a lesson for any politician. Don’t oppose your constituents’ even if you think they are wrong on an issue. The PAP also scored an own goal by moving Amrin Amin and Ng Chee Meng from Sembawang GRC and Pasir Ris-Punggol GRCs to Sengkang. The PAP trusted that these fresh faces of the 4G – both office holders – would have the pull factor to get votes and beat back the WP challenge in the first tough battle of their careers. The problem was that these two were from other GRCs and didn’t have a high profile as leaders. Charles Chong and Teo Ser Luck would have done better, had they stayed on.

Trying to to stop WP from winning back Punggol East by merging it with other parts of Sengkang the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee helped the PAP to win a GRC?

Buy the members of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee an abalone and sea cucumber meal. They deserve it as I don’t think they’ll be getting any pay rises soon.

Btw, I doubt ASP Lim and the DPPs in the debacle involving Liew Mun Leong will be getting any pay rises soon. Rumour has it they are already sending out their cvs.

Why there’ll be no GST rise until after next GE

In Economy, Political governance, Public Administration on 11/09/2020 at 7:29 am

The govt will take steps to strengthen its revenue position like raising the Goods and Services Tax (GST), said PM in waiting Heng Swee Keat on Friday (Aug 28).

I’m sure he knows -that

[T]wo ill-timed increases in the consumption tax, in the name of fiscal probity, both of which pushed the economy into recession.

Economist on Abe’s legacy

So that’s why maybe Heng also said the govt will “carefully monitor” the timing of such moves by considering the state of the economy and spending needs. “Carefully monitor” is his get-out-jail card of being the public face of Pay And Pay.

I mean with the next GE scheduled by end 2026, a recession in 2024 induced by a GST rise in 2023, is a vote loser. The way the economy is tanking (6% contraction expected), GST can only be raised in 2022 (Economy forcasted to grow by 5.5%) at the earliest. But based on the Japanese experience doing it then is risky. That leaves 2023 and, in turn, carries the risk of a recession in 2024.

Any later than 2023, the PAP is dicing with only 51% of the popular vote in the next GE.

And anyway, fiscal tightening should be resisted until recovery’s well underway: not to be nipped in the bud by a Hard Truth that was BS in the first place.

Casting my Chine fortune sticks, I prophesie that there’ll be no GST rise before the next GE. PAP knows the trade-offs and being Mr PAY And Pay could mean that its share of the popular vote falls below the pass mark: 60%.

In the context of a 60- 61% share of the popular vote being mud in the eye for the PAP, anything less than 65% will be seen as less than a smooth transition by the PAP and the voters.

Why PAP aiming for 65% of the popular vote

Related post: How the PAP plans to fix its legitimacy problem.

And remember I predicted this before the analysts: Double confirm: No GST rise this yr.

“Temasek executive”defending Liew is talking cock

In S'pore Inc, Temasek on 10/09/2020 at 7:20 am

Worse, he’s coming across as saying to the plebs, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” He might even come across as justifying Liew’s actions because Liew “contributed to both public service and private sector in Singapore for the benefit of Singapore.”

Let me explain my tots.

CAG chairman Liew Mun Leong has contributed to S’pore, public should hear his side of the story: Temasek executive

Headline in constructive, nation-building media.

The Temasek executive said he deserved to be heard because “he contributed to both public service and private sector in Singapore for the benefit of Singapore”.

The Temasek executive should note that Mr Liew has been silent and declined to comment when ST “who licked his balls and ass fawned over him last yr over his book on leadership) asked him to comment on what had happened.

So how caqn the plebs can follow his advice since Liew decided to sit down and shut up, even with a balls and ass licking fawner?

More importantly, Liew was paid a lot of money as a consequence of his “contribution” to S’pore: not enough isit? No must also allow him to “fix” an innocent person, is the message I seem to get from the Temasek executive even if it’s not what he actually said.

Jokes aside, seriously, at the very least the Temasek executive is implying that natural aristocrats got to close ranks and give the finger the plebs.

At the very worse, the Temasek executive is implying that if someone never contribute to S’pore in a big way, it means there is no need to hear the person’s version of events? Follows from that it’s right to allow Liew to fix his maid because she has no right to be heard?

Btw, the “Temasek executive” is Temasek’s International CEO Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara. He should pull the other leg, its got bells on it.

Here’s a more nuanced judgement from a FB pleb:

More inclined to agree with Min Shan about not jumping to conclusions. Ie. people shouldn’t be making statements like maybe the district judge has no integrity, or the rich find a way to escape, blah blah.
But with regards to his side of the story. legally it is done isn’t it? At least his family has spent the past few years putting forth their version of events, which has now been proven untrue.
Maybe what this article means it, don’t write the man off completely. Maybe he’s not as bad as people think. And that is probably true. IMHO more likely he succumbed to covering up for his family. The wife and son look like the real bad eggs here. Maybe he’s a decent man (who really contributed to the country), but he was weak in terms of protecting his family. Who knows?
But that is besides the point in the way the article is written. Does it mean that if someone never obviously contributed to Singapore means there is no need to hear their version of events? No right? Because if in that case, the maid never contribute much to Singapore. But thankfully our high court heard her version of events.

Here’s another FB pleb who has more judgement than the natural aristocrat from M’sia Temasek:

Temasek’s Pillay has got his views all mixed up. That Liew has make contributions to Temasek is separate from what he did to the maid. You can praise him for his contributions and that’s fine and should be recognized. But that does’nt exonerate himu from blame and responsibility from his actions in reporting his maid to the police for [w]rong allegations of theft just so to prevent her from reporting him and his son to the MOM for illegally using her for work in his son’s house. Don’t he have any conscience for the suffering and harm he inflicted on his maid just so to save his skins.

Btw, I think Pillay, like a certain minister didn’t do NS.

Minister Iswaran doesn’t know that 10 yrs ago DBS’s chairman aspired to have “homegrown” CEO

In Banks, S'pore Inc on 09/09/2020 at 5:37 am

Or has that aspiration been discarded?

Let me explain my queries.

Minister Iswaran recently said: “I am not sure what you mean by “homegrown”.

He said this in the debate over the issue of foreign talent here on Friday (Sept 4). Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran chiding (sneering?) NCMP Leong Mun Wai for his comments on DBS Bank not having a “homegrown” CEO.

Mr Leong (Progress Singapore Party) had said in his maiden speech in Parliament on Tuesday that he is “deeply disappointed” that DBS still has not appointed a homegrown CEO, 22 years after former JP Morgan executive John Olds became first FT CEO in 1998. He was a disaster and he was followed by a series of FT ang moh (including one honorary ang moh: American born Chinese) clowns until Gupta came along: He made DBS respectable again. And he’s making it great.

(Mr Piyush Gupta, who is the bank’s CEO, was born in India and became a Singapore citizen in 2009, the same year he was appointed CEO.)

I’d like to remind the minister that shortly after one Peter Seah became chairman of DBS in 2010 (He still is), he said that DBS had good locals that could one day be CEOs. He unfortunately, in my opinion, cited a lady who later became an NMP: in that postion she showed why she can’t even be a CEO of even an SME.

Seriously, it seemed then that having a local as CEO was seen as an aspiration of the chairman and the bank.

Going by the minister’s chiding (Or is it a sneer?), it’s no longer an aspiration of the chairman and bank since DBS already has a new citizen as CEO?

What do you think?

Btw, Iswaran is a true blue S’porean and according to his Wikipedia entry “a Tamil Brahmin“. Tharman’s and Shahmugam’s Wikipedia entries juz say they are ethnic Tamils.

Many yrs in the ST newsroom, a newbie FT ethnic Indian from Nepal is alleged to have asked a veteran ethnic local Indian colleague, “I’m a high caste Hindu, what caste are you?”. She’s now one of S’pore’s prominent Wokes and ang moh tua kees.

Wonder if Iswaran did the same to Tharman and Shahmugam when they met?

What the PAP has in common with UMNO

In Political governance on 08/09/2020 at 5:17 am

[W]hen PM spoke about the special responsibility that the PAP has for S’pore (Err PM what about Pioneer Generation and Merdeka Generation S’poreans who were not PAP members?) since they built this place, and about free riding Oppo voters reminded me of story a retired tuan besar and Tun “crony” once told me.

After Badawi, UMNO and BN had a bad general election in 2008 (He resigned as PM in 2009), UMNO conducted town hall sessions in urban areas with Malay voters. My friend attended a few sessions, and laughing told me it was a dialogue of the deaf, and an exercise in mutual incomprehension.

Elderly UMNO leaders berated the young Malays as ingrates for forgetting what UMNO did for the Malays.

They, in turn, told him, “All history leh: before our time. What are u doing for us now? Malays are now not all rural farmers. We urban Malays are the future.”

The elders shouted back “Ingrates.”

Going by the election results since then UMNO leaders never listened to the then young Malay voters.

Likewise our PM and the PAP are not listening to the message swing voters sent them: Legitimacy problem for the PAP as 9% of voters get smarter. Their response, lowering winning margin expectations, shows this: How the PAP plans to fix its legitimacy problem.

Double confirm SAD. Because PAP policies have made my retirement a very comfortable one even with Covid-19: “I’m a free rider and really proud of it”. They should be in office with economic policies that are “Feared by the poor, loved by the rich”.

Related post (From 2013): What PM should learn from M’sian voters.

Covid-19: Postive thinking didn’t work in India did it?

In India on 07/09/2020 at 4:30 am

Update: Modi juz behind his pal Trump in Covid-19 cases. “Catching up with you. Anything u can do, I can do better”. SAD.

(India has recorded more than 90,000 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking its total above that of Brazil.

The country now has the second-largest number of confirmed cases in the world, 4,204,613. It has reported 71,642 deaths, the third-highest in the world.)

BBC: Updated at 2.15 pm on 7th September.

U/m added at at 2.53 pm on 7th September. SAD.

India keeps recording new coronavirus infections, with yet more people dying: last week, India has recorded the highest single-day coronavirus case count of any country with 82,860 new infections. More than 67,000 Indians, including former president Pranab Mukherjee, have died from the disease, with the death toll climbing above 1,000 people a day.

But Modi’s govt and his party are reassuring Indians that the country’s recovery rate was rising and that its fatality rate was one of the lowest in the world. And Modi no longer discusses the pandemic publicly.

That’s positive thinking (Or is it postive denial?) at work. But it ain’t working clearly.

So it’s poetic justice that Amit Shah, Modi’s enabler, had to be hospitalised for Covid-19 after telling Indians that the country’s recovery rate was rising and that its fatality rate was one of the lowest in the world.

Modi, Amit Shah and BJP, ever tot Ram and pals are still unhappy? First the soldiers’ death than this.

Achtung if you are on CPF Life

In CPF on 06/09/2020 at 6:47 am

DO NOT opt for deferral of yr annual payout to 70 when you become eligible for payout when 65.

Take the money and give the PAP govt the finger.

A fat cat doctor turned free loader pointed out in response to my “I’m a free rider and really proud of it”:

[for] those on CPF Life, it’s better to start at 65 since the underlying interest/capital gains won’t accrue to your beneficiaries if you up lorry.

Based on current life expectancy, the increased monthly payouts won’t compensate for the delayed 5 years, especially for men.


I was lucky enough to be able to opt for the Retirement Sum scheme (used to be called Minimum Sum Scheme).

As the free loader fat cat pointed out:

Delaying payout till 70 makes sense … if you don’t need the money & want to maximise the interest gains, since all interests will be accrued to you or your beneficiaries.

The Retirement Sum is so good that the PAP govt is giving me up to age 80 to opt to convert to CPH Life: CPF Life: What sucks/ Which is closest to Minimum Sum scheme.

Here’s some constructive, nation-building advice that those on CPF Life can use: CPF Life: Don’t choose at 55, wait and analyse.

l’ll end with a good word for the PAP govt (“Feared by the poor, loved by the rich”). Here’s a case where like Robin Hood it takes from the rich to give to the poor CPF Life payouts: Why liddat?/ Save and save

“I’m a free rider and really proud of it”

In Political economy, Political governance on 05/09/2020 at 11:13 am

I’m 65 and have been in comfortable retirement, since around 45 when I couldn’t find a job that would keep me paying income tax at the highest marginal rate: thanks to the PAP’s economic policies that are “Feared by the poor, loved by the rich”.

I was so comfortable that at 55, I never withdrew $ from my CPF account. Now, I’m even happy to delay getting my “Ownself pay ownself” pension until I’m 70.

But despite the PAP’s “Feared by the poor, loved by the rich” policies being juz the thing for me, I’ve never voted for the PAP.

I have had to vote regularly because the Siglap area is considered by the Wankers as friendly ground. Whenever I voted, I voted for the Wankers except in 2015 (Out of respect for one Harry Lee and disappointed in WP Low, more interested in $ than getting his team to voice voters’ concerns). I never ever wanted to give PAP a blank cheque.

I even voted for an ex-Woodbridge patient. LKY was really upset that this Wanker got 25% without even trying. I did feel bad after this incident because the Wankers littered the area after the GE refusing to take down their signage. They were really then under Saint JBJ a party of bicycle thieves, nut cases and mamas: WP Low made the WP a serious multi-racial party led by Teochews.

Mrs PM said “free rider” doesn’t mean “free loader”. But she should have told PM that when she vetted his speech. PM came across as using “free rider” to mean “free loader”.

Actually, I’m happy to admit that I’m a free loader who supports the PAP’s economic policies (“Feared by the poor, loved by the rich”) but who votes Oppo because I don’t want to give PAP a blank cheque.

When S’poreans gave the PAP 69% of the popular votelook what happened:

Pay And Pay returned with a vengeance.

 Remember VivianB had said in parly in 2015 (juz before GE) that there was no need to change the price of water because of PUB’s improvements in membrane tech and productivity and that the water tariff and WCT reflected the scarcity of water, but prices went up after GE 2017.

Why Pay And Pay govt wants elections earlier than later


Pay And Pay

Articles and analysis of various “price increase” written by Uncle Leong (Remember him?)

Water – “PUB: $1.1b profits last 7 years – how much last 53 years? (Feb 24, 2017)

Service & Conservancy Charges – “S & CC: A truly caring Govt?” (Feb 17, 2017)

Gas – “City Gas prices to rise by 4.5 per cent from Feb 1” (Jan 31, 2017)

Electricity – “Electricity: One of the highest in the world? (Jan 1, 2017)

Childcare fees – “Fee hikes at 200 childcare centres this year” (Jan 1, 2017)

Parking – “HDB car park rates increase 60%? (Dec 16, 2016)

Rubbish fees – “Rubbish fees up: NEA surplus up 32.9%? (Nov 8, 2016)

University hostel fees – “University hostel fees up 6.8% p.a. despite $1b surplus?” (Jun 28, 2016)

Taxis licensing – “Taxi drivers hit by triple whammy?” (Jun 24, 2016)

Hawkers’ misc fees – “Hawkers’ misc fees increased by ? %? (Jun 22, 2016)

Why Pay And Pay govt wants elections earlier than later

Then there was the controversy about the presidency: #hardlymahpresident and Elected President: Oh, what a tangled web we weave cont’d.

The PAP tot they were the masters, and we the servants.

Related post: Legitimacy problem for the PAP as 9% of voters get smarter.

S’porean core? What’s this BS?

In Economy, Political economy on 04/09/2020 at 4:05 am

Not me but a regular TRE commentator. Worth a read. (Btw, glad that the writer has recovered: More evidence that being anti-PAP is bad for yr mental health.)

The fact that we are even talking about a Singaporean core shows that our leaders have failed Singaporeans

Have you heard of the Malaysian core? What about the Indonesian core? Or the Vietnamese core? There simply isn’t any talk of such a thing because it is a given, a birthright that needs no debate and discussion.

Only in this country do we keep talking about protecting a Singaporean core, even worse about restoring a lost Singaporean core.

Singapore was built on the backs of our forefathers. We grew up reciting the pledge with clenched fist. Our sons dutifully made it through National Service.

Yet we have become natural-born citizens who have to be assured that Singaporeans come first, that the long-neglected Singaporean core will be made good and whole once again.

In his parliamentary speech yesterday, West Coast GRC Member of Parliament Ang Wei Neng called for the setting-up of a National Human Resource Committee to nurture a Singaporean core of talent.

He recounted his experience at Changi Business Park before the COVID-19 outbreak, when for the first time he felt “like a foreigner in my own country”. He went on to question why there are so many Employment Pass, E-Pass and S-Pass holders in Singapore.

Also in Parliament yesterday, Minister of State for Manpower and Education Gan Siow Huang stressed that employers should view Singaporeans favourably when hiring and retain citizens over foreigners if retrenchment cannot be avoided.

For years, Singaporeans have been crying out loud but they were given 1,001 reasons why the foreign influx must continue unabated. Those who continued to complain were called racists and xenophobic.

It is only today that politicians from the People’s Action Party are saying the things the people have been saying for more than a decade.

It is only today that the ones who persisted with the vile policies start to say don’t worry, we will look after Singaporean workers first, we will have your backs no matter what.

Instead of jumping for joy at hearing that the Singaporean core will now be protected (or are they only paying lip service?), we should be asking how this travesty has been allowed to happen in the first place.

How on earth did natural-born Singaporeans get sidelined and squeezed out in our own backyard?

Augustine Low

Btw, it’s also a good riposte to PM’s

The Government will always be on the side of Singaporeans. What is the point of creating jobs for foreigners, if it does not benefit Singaporeans? Why would we want to do that? 

PM in parly recently.

Covid-19: Must be India again

In India, Malaysia on 03/09/2020 at 4:27 am

New Zealand reported 14 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, seven of whom arrived in the country from India. Trying to do to NZ, what they did to S’pore? Covid-19: FTs from India reinfecting S’pore.

M’sia has the right attitude: M’sia has jux barred entry for long-term pass holders from India, Indonesia and Philippines. Decision made after considering the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the three countries.

CECA: Good TRE article

In India, Public Administration on 02/09/2020 at 5:04 am

A friend asked someone who has written on CECA on FB in the past whether the u/m allegations of Foong Swee Fong are correct. The person replied that “MTI is using a very strict definition, almost strawman definition of what a lot of citizens are concerned about.”

MTI’s interpretation of CECA:

Foong Swee Fong’s understanding of CECA:

Misleading on CECA

Again, the authorities are painting one side of the picture to mislead. This time, it got the MTI to do the dirty work.

It starts off stating authoritatively that there is “no provision under CECA for Indian nationals to become PRs and citizens”. That’s true and actually obvious because this agreement pertains to investment, not citizenship. But we all know that PMEs form the pool for future PRs and citizens, unlike Work Permit holders.

It then says that it is “not true that CECA requires the Singapore authorities to automatically grant employment passes to Indian PMEs who want to work here”.

It gives the impression that Indian nationals are treated no differently from other nationals, but it is not true. All applications for Employment Passes must satisfy the minimum qualifying salaries as well as other standard requirements like educational qualification, employment offer from a company etc. So in that sense, approval is “not automatic”, but it is again stating the obvious.

What they didn’t say is that the Singapore authority is obligated under CECA to grant an Indian applicant an Employment Pass once he or she satisfies the various criteria, whereas, it has no such obligation for other nationals.

If the qualified Indian applicant is rejected, he can seek recourse via his government as provided under CECA.

Let me quote Article 9.3.1: “Each Party shall grant temporary entry to natural persons of other Party,…in accordance with this Chapter.”

Unless I have a different understanding, “shall grant” means “must grant”. And this include 127 different categories of professionals.

MTI goes on to say that “all companies must comply with rules on fair hiring”.

Again, this is misleading because although all companies are subject to the Fair Consideration Framework, that requirement is not applicable if the applicant is an Indian national.

Let me quote Article 9.3.3: “Neither Party shall require labour market testing, economic needs testing or other procedures of similar effects as a condition for temporary entry in respect of natural persons upon whom the benefits of this Chapter are conferred.”

Economic needs testing basically means the employer must ensure that there are no suitable locals before employing a foreigner, hence, MOM’s Fair Consideration Framework. But Indians are exempted.

I stand corrected because the text in Free Trade Agreements is meant to obfuscate rather than clarify because if the public understands and realise that the odds are stacked against them in favour of businesses, they would be thumping their pitchforks in front of Parliament House, after all, FTAs are actually Investor Rights Agreements. Hope the authorities can clarify.

Foong Swee Fong

And to end, the guy my friend asked also said “And not everything is addressed. Eg. Look at 9.3 i think in ceca, the bring your family clause. No equivalent in japan fta and a few others.”

I think Foong Swee Fong is correct. What do you think?

Sia Suay King and Queen talk cock yet again

In Economy, Public Administration on 01/09/2020 at 1:11 pm

Singapore is putting focus on “quality, rather than quantity” with the latest increases to the qualifying salaries of foreigners on Employment Passes and S Passes, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Saturday (Aug 29).

Constructive, nation-building MediaCorp freesheet


The Ministry of Manpower announced that the minimum salaries for new Employment Pass candidates will be raised by S$600 to S$4,500 from September. Holders of the S Passes will have to meet a S$2,500 threshold, instead of S$2,400, from October.

For the first time, there will also be a separate salary criterion for Employment Pass holders working in financial services: The minimum qualifying monthly salary for these workers will be further raised to S$5,000 later in the year.


Well, he surely can’t have got feedback from the ground because

Companies said they can live with higher operational costs …

Those interviewed said the impact on them is quite minimal since they already pay their Employment Pass holders higher than the minimum requirement

While higher manpower costs would be inevitable with the latest changes to salary requirements for work pass holders, companies contacted by TODAY said that the impact on costs is not something they are too concerned about.

Constructive, nation-building MediaCorp freesheet

Quality over quantity? What quality over quantity when employers say they already pay more than minimum? And are happy to absorb additional costs because FTs are betterest.

But to be fair to Kee Chiu, Jos, MoM minister, also talking cock

As for jobs for S’poreans, the constructive, nation-building media also reported that businesses and “expers” questioned whether the policy directions will achieve the desired effect.

Covid-19 helps India be a world leader

In India on 01/09/2020 at 6:53 am

India announced two records. A new world record for daily infections: “the world’s third-most infected, on Sunday reported 78,761 new cases in 24 hours, passing the number posted in the US on 17 July.”

And on Monday, the biggest contraction of any major Asian country:
a 23.9% plunge in gross domestic product for the second quarter.

Good work India. Use Covid-19 to show the world that India can be world leader in multiple fields.