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NTUC Fairprice: Cock-up or no more discounted lunches?

In Uncategorized on 17/09/2019 at 11:10 am

(Update at 10.40am on 18 Sept: Card arrived yesterday evening. Someone read the post and sent card ASAP LOL)

Fairprice’s plan to charge for plastic bags (see below) reminded me of a really dumb Fairprice move recently that affects elderly S’porean members who are not union members.

My mum who is in her 90s was told that she could not use her Fairprice co-op membership card (5% discount payable at the end of the yr) because Fairprice can no longer scan her ic because of data protection laws. She was told to get an OCBC NTUC debit card.

Getting that card is not an issue because she has accounts with OCBC. Problem I realised was that that card was only issued to NTUC members which she is not. (Once upon a time, S’poreans could join Fairprice, a co-op, without being NTUC members. My mum was a pioneer member and btw just sighted her ownership certificate while doing housekeeping.)

When I was at a major Fairprice outlet, I went to the info counter to enquire about the matter. After a really painful conversation (Partly because the Pinoy lady was in real pain: I told her to see doctor. She replied that she had just returned from the clinic.), I was given a number to ring.

I called and was told that a special card would be posted to her identifying her to checkout staff as a Fairprice co-op member. It’s been three weeks, still no card, and I threw away the telphone number. As the lady couldn’t answer my query why the card was not sent to her before 1 August (date NTUC stopped scanning ics), I can now only assume the cards are not ready yet. Will they be ready by GE?

Why this when it’s trying real hard to keep S’poreans (especially the oldies) happy with the PAP? Examples:

Merdeka Generation: PAP cares for u, really they do

Groceries: PAP cares for u, really they do

Maybe PAP thinks that it has 65% of the votes in the bag? ( Why PAP aiming for 65% of the popular vote)

Or maybe because Seah Kian Peng took his eye off the ball. He juz got promoted and someone made “an honest mistake” depriving members of a 5% rebate without his knowledge.

For Pioneer G and Merdeka Gen Fairprice members, they can get up to 8% off . But maybe taz the problem. PAP and Fairprice think these people are getting close to free lunches, shumething only meant for millionaire ministers and NTUC tua kees?

Vote wisely.

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From Sept. 16, shoppers should bring their own reusable bag, or be prepared to pay extra for plastic bags at some FairPrice and Cheers outlets. in a month-long trial.

  • FairPrice Xtra at Hougang One
  • FairPrice Finest at Zhongshan Park
  • FairPrice at Tai Seng
  • FairPrice Xpress at 384 Lorong Chuan
  • Cheers at 1 Create Way
  • Cheers at 1 Anchorvale Street
  • Cheers at 611 Aljunied Road

This “No Plastic Bag” trial is part of FairPrice’s Plastic Bag Management Programme launched in 2018, which aims to save 30 million plastic bags annually by 2030.

Along with the announcement of the trial, FairPrice also launched a S$1 million FairPrice Sustainability Fund.

Plastic bags remain available for use at S$0.10 per transaction at the selected Cheers and FairPrice Xpress stores, and at S$0.20 per transaction at the other participating FairPrice stores.

The proceeds will go to the Singapore Children’s Society and the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, FairPrice said in the media release.

There was a better scheme once upon a time:

Guess u don’t bring yr own bag to NTUC to save the planet and money.🤣 I do and “The FairPrice Green Rewards scheme, which was introduced in 2007, offers customers a 10-cent rebate when customers BYOB with a minimum spend of $10.”😜

Ang moh tua kee doesn’t shop at NTUC

I once bot stuff, telling the gal I didn’t want a bag. But as the stuff came to $9.60, she asked if I wanted a bag. I laughed saying “No”.

 

 

 

 

Why I like Seah Kian Peng

In Uncategorized on 27/06/2018 at 10:51 am

Yesterday in Why Seah Kian Peng is right to say he’s “left of centre”, I said I would explain why I like Seah. I like him because he doesn’t let the Hard Truths of hypocrisy, morality and groupthink stand in the way of attempts to help an unfortunate group of S’poreans: unmarried single mothers.

In TRELand when the cybnenuts talk of unmarried mums, they compare them to prostitutes. Even PAP ministers, MPs and the IBers don’t go that far. They juz say “Undeserving poor. They bring it on themselves. Promoting moral hazard to help them.”

And sadly many, many S’poreans agree with them and the TRE cybernuts.

But Seah (and a few other MPs like Lily Neo) joins NGOs in trying to help them, and in trying to get the PAP and society to change their views on these “fallen” women. Power to him and the others.

Over the years, he has also spoken up for more assistance for unmarried single mothers.

In 2016, the Ministry for Social and Family Development finally announced that the Government is ready to extend the full 16-week maternity leave accorded to married mothers, to single mothers as well.

Their children also now have access to a Child Development Account, a savings scheme to help pay for childcare and healthcare costs.

MPs and women’s rights groups spent years campaigning for this and other benefits.

Mr Seah feels even more can be done to address their needs.

Unmarried mothers still do not get the Baby Bonus cash gift and parenthood tax rebates that even widows and divorcees, receive. When it comes to housing, they have to wait until they turn 35 to buy an HDB flat under the singles scheme.

“The challenges of raising children by themselves is already hard enough. But they have to still think about something as basic as housing. So on our part as a Government, how can we help?”

The Government has traditionally been cautious about equalising benefits for this group as it says doing so could send out the wrong signals.  A common argument is that such a move might be seen as condoning having children out of wedlock.

“Frankly, I don’t believe in this. But even if as a result, one or two people start thinking along those lines, so be it. We shouldn’t stop ourselves from helping people just because we fear a small group could end up abusing a policy.”

This concept should apply to every policy, he says, including to how much help should be given to the low-income in society and how even means-testing to assess a person’s eligibility for assistance is conducted.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/seah-kian-peng-mp-marine-parade-ceo-ntuc-fairprice-on-the-record-10459284

 

 

Why Seah Kian Peng is right to say he’s “left of centre”

In Humour, Uncategorized on 26/06/2018 at 2:41 pm

Here’s Chris Kuan KPKBing about Seah Kian Peng calling himself “left of centre” in this interview https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/seah-kian-peng-mp-marine-parade-ceo-ntuc-fairprice-on-the-record-10459284

He labelled himself “left of center”. Read his opinions (and his back pedaling when put on a spot by the journo) on various issues like taxes, using the reserves and solving social divide and inequality, you will realize straightaway, unless you are politically inert, that if this MP considers himself “left of center” then that is as good a reason as any that we must have a lot more opposition MPs. In other words, if the Honourable Seah Kian Peng is the best the PAP has in terms of checks and alternative / independent views or thinking on policy positions, then there is really little to no serious debates within the party, well not seriously enough to generate meaningful changes. But we do know that already, don’t we?

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The way Chris (and often me?) often describes the PAP (elitist, illiberal, and steals from the poor to give to the rich) makes it sound like a fascist party.

So any PAPpy that is a half way decent guy or gal (think Tharman or Liy Neo) is left of centre. So Seah is right to call himself as “left of centre”. Tomorrow I’ll give an example of his “progressive” views, views that even TRE cybernuts disagree with.

Btw, did anyone notice that

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

looks like this?

 

 

 

 

 

 

the flag of the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s?

And this?

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Add another oneFile:Runic letter sowilo variant.svg File:Runic letter sowilo variant.svg and we have a sign associated with the Nazis (National Socialists): the SS, a Nazi military unit that had two distinct branches. One branch were elite fighting men, feared and respected by the Allies in WWII. The other butchered Jews and other “lesser mortals”.

A more appropriate symbol for the PAP?