Category: Politics

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The Election is Over and Our Kids Have Grown Up!

As senior citizens, our world view is colored by the many ups and downs in our generation. Our lives center on providing for our family and the future of our kids. We hold dear to the principles of having a good job, a roof over our heads and an education for our children so that they can have a good start in life. Our bread and butter ideas have shaped our expectations from our government and society. One can argue that for the past 50+ years, Singapore has done well by these measures. But then, our kids are growing up in a different society and their life experiences demand more. I think we should listen.

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COVID-19 Virus: Decisive Government Actions Made the Difference in Singapore

Feb 25, 2020: OPINION

Just slightly more than a week ago, Singapore was in the unenviable position of having reported the largest number of COVID-19 cases outside of China. Just yesterday, we had our first day with zero reported case. While it is not a ranking contest, Singapore’s total infection has stabilized and our country in no longer at the top of the list. Maybe it is too premature to claim any sort of victory, but with almost a month into this nightmare, I feel it is a good time to recognise and thank our government for their decisive action to stem the spread of this virus in our community.

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Lessons in Democracy from the US Impeachment — for Singaporeans

Commentary

The world is watching anxiously as the US begins the trial of President Trump in the Senate following his impeachment by the House of Representatives. While the US Constitution provides for the impeachment and removal of a sitting president for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”, it is nonetheless an extremely serious and solemn process that can inflict deep divides in the country. In understanding what is happening in the United States, there are 4 things that Singaporeans should learn.

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Singapore, thank you for 2019 …

As we edge closer to the countdown to 2020, as Singaporeans, let’s take a moment during our holiday festivities to give thanks for 2019. At the start of year, there were a lot of worries about an increasingly fragile global economy which Singapore depends to be successful and the many growing geopolitical concerns that can hurt us. But thank God, 2019 turned out to be a good year. And there are many things to be thankful for!

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Why the 99-Years HDB Lease Is A Good Idea.

COMMENTARY

Most Singaporeans will be wondering if the author is perhaps clueless or just simply parroting the party line. The answer is neither. Since Singapore as a country will always be land scarce, the government’s housing policy will have the greatest impact on every Singaporean’s quality of life – now and generations to come. And for that reason, I believe the 99-years HDB lease policy should stay. Here’s why.

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Next Election in Singapore: Top 5 Issues Seniors Should Care About

There is plenty to talk about an impending election in Singapore – perhaps one that would feature prominently the next generation of leaders. There is a lot at stake for Singapore given both internal and external challenges facing the country. As the most significant block of votes, seniors do have a big voice and carry a bigger stick with their votes. Here are 5 things you need to pay attention to:

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It’s about time. LTA finally bans e-scooters from ALL footpaths.

LTA’s decision to ban e-scooters from ALL footpath was a good but inevitable decision. It’s about time that the decision is made. For more than two years since the Active Mobility Act was passed in Parliament in February 2017 to allow the use of Personal Mobility Devices(PMDs) on public paths, pedestrians particularly the more vulnerable seniors and kids have been terrified by irresponsible PMD riders. Apart from the rising number of injuries resulting from PMDs, it has been grossly unfair to the millions of pedestrians to have to live in fear of PMDs going at high speeds even in void-decks and HDB estates. Here are things that the government can do more.

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NDP 2019: Much Needed Retirement Policy to Reflect Changing Demographics

The policy recently announced at the NDP 2019 Rally by the Prime Minister is overdue and the right one. For the senior citizen community, such a policy will support them working a few more years and allow them to put away more savings when they do retire. The legal retirement age will go up to 63 in 2022 and 65 in 2030 – a slow phased-in approach to allow employers and employees ample time to adjust to the policy changes. Here are the reasons why seniors should welcome this policy.

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“Every rider on a personal mobility device (PMD) broke the speed limit on the footpath. Every single one.”

That is what The Sunday Times saw at four locations over three days. The Sunday Times reported on July 7th 2019 entitled “PMDs: A new source of accidents. Speeding PMD riders: Too fast and too reckless” should raise alarm bells for every one using the walkways and footpaths — especially seniors.

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