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All NUS undergraduates quitting school to become taxi drivers

All NUS undergraduates quitting school to become taxi drivers

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The Sunday Times claims cabbies make $7,000 monthly, would-be bankers to arts students lured.

Drive a taxi, make $7,000. Work in office, make peanuts. Which would you choose?

All undergraduates from the National University of Singapore are reportedly going to quit their studies to become taxi drivers by next week.

Their decision to leave school collectively is the result of The Sunday Times report on Oct. 28, 2012, where taxi drivers are reportedly making $7,000 a month.

One NUS School of Business undergraduate, Tan Tua Liew, said: “If I work at Barclays bank doing back end banking work, I probably get paid $4,000 monthly. As a cab driver, I can make $7,000 and look damn satki wear sunglasses drive around. Why don’t want?”

One other student from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Mei Qian Tu, said that the perks of cab-driving are largely understated in the article, but once made public, will only cause office workers to look like automated drones.

A quick pro-vs-con checklist will easily reveal that office workers, unlike cabbies, are simply occupying largely lousy jobs.

Mei Qian Tu explained: “Imagine working in the office. Go work, still must take bus, and the stupid train keep breaking down. Reach late, boss bitch slap you. One month earn $2,000, girlfriend, parents and neighbours all look down on you.”

“On the other hand, drive taxi still can wear sunglasses and look damn satki.”

A check with the retail industry, manufacturing sector, tourism, civil service, military and even parliament and the judiciary has revealed that everyone is considering leaving their current jobs to become taxi drivers too.

“The pay is just too lucrative, very hard to say ‘No’,” explained a spokesperson from the overarching union NTUC, which oversees all workers in Singapore and who is qualified to speak on their behalf.

But probably not for long because the NTUC spokesperson is also planning on quitting his job to become a taxi driver.

Not only that, all of Singapore Press Holdings staff are also reportedly going to quit their jobs to become taxi drivers as well.

The only person who is not quitting is Tony Tan.

He cannot drive.

Hawker to auction off Bak Chor Mee with Tur Kwa for charity

Hawker to auction off Bak Chor Mee with Tur Kwa for charity

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Regular bowls of Bak Chor Mee without Tur Kwa to be given to poorer customers for free.

Siow siow Bak Chor Mee with Tur Kwa up for charity auction.

In a bid to ensure that the underprivileged do not go hungry in his Toa Payoh neighbourhood, a hawker is starting a one-of-a-kind charity drive.

Yu Yuan Tang, a 40-year-old Bak Chor Mee seller, is raising money by getting his customers to bid for bowls of his specialty minced meat noodles in an auction.

The catch and main draw to ensure his charity auction is palatable?

The bowls of minced meat noodles put up for bidding will not be the regular run-of-the-mill kind.

Instead, Yu is offering a mouth-watering Bak Chor Mee concoction that comes with generous servings of Tur Kwa, a.k.a. pig liver, and customers will have to bid for it if they want to eat it.

Yu, dispelling notions that he is profiting from this exercise, said: “My supplier gives me fresh Tur Kwa once in a while for free. I thought it will be a good idea to make my customers bid for it instead of giving it to them without cost. I can then use the proceeds for a charitable cause.”

He added: “And to make sure customers bid more for the Bak Chor Mee with Tur Kwa, I will remind them they are doing this to help poor people. Win-win situation for all.”

The plan, as it turns out, is for Yu to pocket the money raised from the auction.

In return, he will buy the Bak Chor Mee without Tur Kwa from his own stall and give them out for free to poorer customers, after conducting means-testing.

Asked if he is afraid that there will be public backlash given the pseudo-charitable nature of this scheme, Yu said confidently: “I recently read that The Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez is doing something similar. They take a free car, put it up for auction and then say they’re using the money to buy ST newspapers for the poor. I heard the response online is very good so far as the campaign is going viral.”

He continued: “In fact, I came up with this concept first. I wonder if he might have stolen it from me because I thought I might have seen Warren walked past the other day during lunch time.”

“Also, I mean, come on, it’s not as if I have the cheek to give out gold bars to my regular customers at the expense of the poor and so I got not enough money left to do charity, right?”

Du lan with The Straits Times pseudo-charity effort? Hit this button below and give to the Singapore Children’s Society. Show ST that giving can be done unconditionally!

Generous donors teach Straits Times a lesson about unconditional giving

Generous donors teach Straits Times a lesson about unconditional giving

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Singapore Children’s Society receives $817 in cash in one day – no strings attached.

$817 so far. 43 days left. This is how we do it, Warren Fernandez.

The Straits Times can sure learn a thing or two from donors who have stepped forward to give unconditionally to the Singapore Children’s Society.

In just one day, sums of money between $1 and $100 have been donated via Give.sg to raise $817 so far.

This charity drive is a direct response to the ridiculous, brain-numbingly stupid pseudo-charity campaign, where ST pockets the money raised from auctioning off a sponsored (i.e. free) Volkswagen car and in return give ST newspapers to low-income families in the name of charity.

We at New Nation, however, believe this is completely lame and a poor excuse to boost circulation numbers.

So, if you too are pissed with ST’s “charity” drive, consider giving without any strings attached to the Singapore Children’s Society to help achieve the $107,500 goal – a target which is the price of the Volkswagen car that ST is auctioning off.

With 43 days to go before the REAL charity drive for Singapore Children’s Society ends on July 15, the message to ST is plain and clear: Do not ever use the underprivileged as collateral for marketing campaigns.

And do not conduct pseudo-charitable acts in the name of upping profits.

Hey Warren Fernandez, we just hope you feel a little bit bad inside whenever someone hits this button to give unconditionally:

Super gracious Straits Times to pocket money raised in charity auction

Super gracious Straits Times to pocket money raised in charity auction

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In return, they’re giving 1000 low-income families much more: One year’s worth of ST and free knowledge.

Straits Times logic: Low-income families don't need money. They need newspapers.

One thousand needy families are about to have their lives turned around as they receive the gift of the century: One year’s worth of free subscription to The Straits Times.

This is going to happen after ST is expected to auction off a sponsored Volkswagen car for more than its $107,500 price tag, with the winning bidder announced after July 15.

That money raised will be channeled into ST, which then decides that the less-privileged require newspapers.

ST editor Warren Fernandez was quoted as saying about this marketing drive and assistance to the low-income families: “We want to give the young in these families a precious gift: access to information and a window to the world and all its possibilities. That will help them get ahead in life. We sincerely believe a daily copy of the ST delivered to their homes will do that.”

Some of the low-income families spoken to, agree that ST will provide the necessary head start.

Ms. Jin Kia See, a 30-year-old mother of a pair of boy-girl twins, said: “Learning the ins and outs of the Greek crisis and Malaysian politics is invaluable for Xiao Ming. It will undoubtedly serve him well during his PSLE.”

She also said: “My girl, Xiao Hua, will also learn practical lessons. She will know about voting for and serving the PAP.  She can then marry a high-flying civil servant and get out of poverty.”

The high quality of ST is also praised for its consistent standard.

Char Kai Lan, a 40-year-old housewife who stays in a rental flat, thanked ST for being a “high-quality newspaper”.

She said: “ST is a high quality newspaper. That’s why I use it to wrap vegetables, as it is thick and absorbent.”

The mother of seven also said: “Lianhe Wanbao is the worst quality newspaper, by the way. Too much colouring.”

ST has even raised the standard of living incrementally for some, even before its free giveaway.

A recent ST convert, 65-year-old retiree, Zhou Gou, said: “Now that I subscribe to ST, my dog no longer suffers from incontinence everywhere around the house.”

“It knows exactly where to pee and poop.”

The subscription fee for ST is $300 annually.

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