Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Haiti Earthquake: only US $50,000 from Singapore?

January 17, 2010

I was disappointed to read that the Singapore government donated only US $50,000 in response towards the Haiti earthquake. To put things in perspective, NTUC donated $500,000. Nissan and Toyota US $100,000 and 500,000 respectively. Even individuals have donated much more than Singapore. The miserly amount from Singapore is not surprising really if you consider […]

To Malaysia Tourism Minister, Azalina Othman: white card is a hindrance to Msian tourism

June 16, 2009

When Malaysia decided to do away with the white immigration cards for Singaporeans entering the country, it was widely welcome especially among motorists. The white card had been troublesome and an annoyance. Now we could enter Malaysia on a whim without worrying whether we had any white cards. A few months back the white immigration […]

SBS Transit bus attack in JB

February 11, 2009

The news that an SBS bus was attacked in Johor Baru is shocking. Robbers wielding parangs attacked the driver in an attempt to force him to stop the bus. This took place right in the heart of the city centre, a spitting distance away from the police station! This says a lot about the security […]

BBC’s refusal to broadcast appeal in aid of Gaza victims is disgusting

January 26, 2009

I am appalled by the BBC’s stubborn refusal to broadcast an appeal for aid for Gaza victims. This an appeal by a group of charities but the BBC’s stance is that it’ll compromise its impartiality. This is a purely humanitarian appeal and not at all about politics. More than 1000 people, including 400 children, were […]

Lese Majeste Law in Thailand Part 2

January 23, 2009

Australia has lodged an appeal against the 3-year jail sentence of an Australian under the draconian Thai lese majeste law. The sentence is very harsh. The custodial sentence serves little purpose. If the Thais want to prove a point, it’s better for him to undergo some form of rehabilitation. Perhaps, helping out in one of […]

Singapore top civil servant publicly upbraided for culinary course in France

January 22, 2009

It was with both bemusement and exasperation when I read about the episode of a top Singapore civil servant being upbraided publicly by a minister.   As far as I can recall  public admonishment of a top civil servant is a rarity.   The civil servant in question undertook a culinary course at the famed […]

Winter time in Genting Highlands

January 19, 2009

Genting is all geared up for Chinese New Year. There’s a CNY festive air up here. It’s cold as I type outside Starbucks. Best time to visit as there are few visitors around this time of the year. Wish me luck (you know why)

Why are Singapore coach companies still imposing fuel charges?

January 8, 2009

I REFER to Ms Tan Lay Kuan’s complaint, ‘Fuel tax overstated by travel agency’ (Dec 20). I am sure there are many such instances. When the oil price was high, I travelled to Genting Highlands and Cameron Highlands in Malaysia by coach and the fuel surcharge imposed was $20 per person. I did not object. […]

A story about a hopeless son

January 6, 2009

IN THE UNDERPASS at Yishun MRT station a few regular buskers ply their stuff and a few elderly people try to sell you tissue papers. The buskers appear to be visually-challenged since all of them wear dark shades. One of them is there every day from morn till night playing his harmonica. A huge collection […]

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2008