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Putting elderly in handcuffs bodes well with S’pore’s police state image

Putting elderly in handcuffs bodes well with S’pore’s police state image

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This will send a message we are not meant to be trifled with.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who like keep up appearances, are applauding and cheering Singapore for keeping it real and tough.

This after the Singapore police was reported to have put a 73-year-old woman in hand and leg restraints after she was detained due to an outstanding warrant of arrest issued by the court in 2016 for failing to attend court relating to a town council summons.

One Singaporean, Qu Zuo Lao, said: “This really bodes well with Singapore’s police state image internationally.”

“Singapore’s efforts at portraying how tough it is is two-pronged: One is to showcase to the international community we mean business and the other approach is to keep the citizenry aware we don’t take shit from anyone, young and old.”

However, other locals said this sort of thing might not be good for Singapore.

Another local, Jin Gao Lat, said: “More needs to be done to show that we don’t just use hand and leg restraints on the elderly humanely.”

“We really need to do more, like having videos showing the rough treatment and having more pictures.”

“A picture paints a thousand words, while words alone might not convey the full picture.”







S’poreans react to The New Paper blaming cardboard collector for being killed by reversing taxi

S’poreans react to The New Paper blaming cardboard collector for being killed by reversing taxi

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Three thoughts you must have had.


A 78-year-old woman who was looking for cardboard behind a coffee shop next to an open-air carpark at Bedok North Street 2 was killed by a Comfort taxi trying to reverse into a parking space.

The cab had suddenly mounted the kerb at high speed and rammed into her.

The elderly woman died at the scene despite attempts to save her by doctors from a nearby clinic.

The New Paper published on its front page a headline pinning the blame on the victim.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:


sian-half-auntie The New Paper reporter and editor insisted on picking on dead people to make money.”
Qu Ni Ma, 44-year-old civics and moral education teacher


sian-half-uncle “Really makes you want to run the reporter over with a taxi.”
Hua Qia, 63-year-old bus driver


happy-bird-girl “Funny how I don’t see Lee Hsien Loong picking cardboard despite having money.”
Li Zhong Lee, 17-year-old part time cupcake seller










Khaw tries to fix Mah’s housing problems

Khaw tries to fix Mah’s housing problems

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Fairer system to kind of level playing field, with more help supposedly going to couples, singles and elderly.

With Singapore’s housing situation in a mess, Khaw Boon Wan, the newly handpicked minister of National Development (pictured left), has come up with a series of schemes and new flat releases to help curb the problems his predecessor Mah Bow Tan could not solve before an incumbent-walloping General Election in May.

Khaw announced, with a lot of enthusiasm, that there will be less help given to the higher-income households seeking to buy a flat because they can afford not to be helped.

This is an attempt to create a fairer, tiered system, in tandem with the Housing and Development Board (HDB) recently raising the income ceiling for those looking to buy homes.

For those purchasing built-to-order (BTO) flats, the income ceiling will be raised from $8,000 to $10,000

For executive condominium flats, they are to go up by $2,000 to $12,000.

Those aged above 55 and wanting to buy a purpose-built studio apartment for the elderly now have an income ceiling of $10,000. Previously it was $8,000.

Therefore, potential buyers whose household income is $10,000 are still eligible to receive the entire Central Provident Fund (CPF) Housing Grant worth $30,000. (Thank goodness…)

Those earning between $10,000 and $11,000, tough luck. They will receive $20,000.

Households that make more than $11,000? Sorry, but tough luck too. They will receive $20,000 as well.

Life is indeed unfair, in case you’re just tuning in.

Furthermore, Khaw said that the HDB will release 8,000 flats (a record number, by the way) next month. (Who said opposition political parties are not effective in bringing about change?)

In total, 25,000 flats are to be released this year. In November, for example, 4,000 built-to-order (BTO) flats will enter the market.

As for 2012 next year, the projection is for a release of another 25,000 flats. (Something Mah probably could not deliver.)

Some of these flats will be in mature estates such as Tampines and Kallang/Whampoa, which are prime locations that are sought-after in the market.

This would allow some potential resale flat buyers to exit the resale market as they will be tempted by brand new flats instead, effectively freeing up space for those single and above 35 years and older, for example. (Or so the theory goes…)

Khaw enthused that this would effectively deal with the housing demand surge.

He gushed: “That’s why I’m so confident that in three, four years’ time, when these units start materialising, whatever pent-up demand, the problem would be largely resolved.”

However, he also stressed: “It can’t happen tomorrow.”

Read the original article here.

Over 30,000 S’porean elderly to work to death: Research

Over 30,000 S’porean elderly to work to death: Research

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Among elderly, only 5 percent of men and 1 percent of women rely on CPF payouts.

In Singapore, more than 30,000 out of 530,000 elderly folks aged 60 years old and above are relying solely on work for income because they have no other sources of cashflow.

This segment risks having to work until they officially off it.

For those elderly with children, 75 percent of women and 43 percent of men rely on their offspring for income.

However, regardless whether the elderly have children or not, the situation can still be dire: They will typically have to engage in low-wage jobs such as cleaners, labourers, sales and service staff to make ends meet until they meet the end.

And with or without children, only 5 percent of men and 1 percent of women rely on the Central Provident Fund, the mandatory savings scheme implemented in Singapore, for payouts.

Other forms of income for the remaining elderly segment come in the form of savings, life insurance, pensions, property-derived rental and public assistance, but these make up less than one-quarter of all cases.

Currently, Singapore’s fast-greying society has 9 percent of the population which are at least 65 years old.

This report on the elderly was put together by the International Longevity Centre Singapore, a research and policy outfit, which is to be launched by the Tsao Foundation this month.

Read the original article here.