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Future Sengkang West residents discover People Power, force MND to terminate Eternal Pure Land tender

Future Sengkang West residents discover People Power, force MND to terminate Eternal Pure Land tender

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The sense of power they derived is addictive, they admit.

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Sengkang West residents, who were just a few months ago grappling with the reality that they would be staying in blocks of flats next to the dead located inside a commercial columbarium beside them come 2016, found themselves collectively discovering People Power for the first time.

This after they managed to force the Ministry of National Development to terminate the tender awarded to Eternal Pure Land for the development of a Chinese temple and columbarium at a site in Fernvale Link at Sengkang, following complaints and confrontations with the authorities.

One future Sengkang West resident, Lau Bai Xing, said: “I never expected that citizens making noise in the face of government will really change their minds and force their hand. This sort of collective bargaining is unprecedented, especially in Lee Kuan Yew’s time.”

“This People Power we discovered is really something, it feels almost as if it is empowering.”

Other Singaporeans said this incident has showed them that when citizens get together to express their displeasure, it will register with the government.

Another Singaporean, Qu Tou Piao, said: “I do believe the balance of power has shifted in favour of the people. This sense of being in control is liberating and addictive.”

“Then again, I guess it just shows election is coming, got to give in to the people’s whims and fancies, or else.”

 

Throwback to the good old columbarium hoo-ha planning days:

Istana resident upset new columbarium will be built beside Plaza Singapura

Sengkang West residents say they have been ‘Jover Chew-ed’ by HDB, URA

 



S’poreans to Khaw Boon Wan: ‘We don’t remember when anyone used religion to make money’

S’poreans to Khaw Boon Wan: ‘We don’t remember when anyone used religion to make money’

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That’s just unthinkable, Singaporeans say.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, especially those in Sengkang Fernvale, are nodding their heads vigorously and agreeing with Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan.

This after Minister Khaw said in parliament on Jan. 29, 2015, regarding the Fernvale columbarium, that it is unthinkable for anyone to use religion for a profit motive:

“For example, for 20-odd years, we would never have thought that a for-profit company would participate in a non-profit making venture like building a Chinese temple. But, of course, in this instance… the motivations are very different.”

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“And because temples or churches are non-profit making, we just assumed that (for-profit) making companies will not be taking part in a non-profit making venture. So that was how things cropped up.”

Singaporeans who heard this statement, said they, like Minister Khaw, cannot recall when was the last time anyone in Singapore would build a commercial building that was also used for religion and to make money from rental.

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One Singaporean, Mei Li Yew, said: “There hasn’t been any high profile cases recently or at all. Don’t think I can remember any. Nope.”

“I’m really racking my brains. But nope, still can’t think of one single incident.”

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Another local, Shang Fa Ting, said he too has trouble trying to come up with another example where religion has somehow been linked to wealth: “It has never occurred to me that religion will be used for a profit motive. I don’t think this kind of thing has ever happened in Singapore before.”

“There hasn’t been any past cases in recent memory that serves as a case study. So, it is definitely just an innocuous oversight on the part of the Ministry of National Development and their tender process that needs a re-look, maybe a minor tweak here or there.”

“Moreover, human nature generally is not greedy. Religion and money have never been known to mix. So no big deal.”

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Other Singaporeans who are putting their heads together to bring at least one counter example to mind, said they have given up trying because the process of recollection is simply exhausting and there are no incidents to recall: “We really can’t remember. In the last 20 years, definitely nothing.”

“Was there any church that happened to be involved in some incident where there was a scandal involving money?”

“In the last two to three years, mmm… think I’m getting something… Nah, nothing.”

“Sorry.”

 

 

 

 

 





S’poreans agree with Khaw Boon Wan: ‘We can’t remember the last time anyone used religion to make money’

S’poreans agree with Khaw Boon Wan: ‘We can’t remember the last time anyone used religion to make money’

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That’s just unthinkable, Singaporeans say.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, especially those in Sengkang Fernvale, are nodding their heads vigorously and agreeing with Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan.

This after Minister Khaw said in parliament on Jan. 29, 2015, regarding the Fernvale columbarium, that it is unthinkable for anyone to use religion for a profit motive:

“For example, for 20-odd years, we would never have thought that a for-profit company would participate in a non-profit making venture like building a Chinese temple. But, of course, in this instance… the motivations are very different.”

[…]

“And because temples or churches are non-profit making, we just assumed that (for-profit) making companies will not be taking part in a non-profit making venture. So that was how things cropped up.”

Singaporeans who heard this statement, said they, like Minister Khaw, cannot recall when was the last time anyone in Singapore would build a commercial building that was also used for religion and to make money from rental.

the-star

One Singaporean, Mei Li Yew, said: “There hasn’t been any high profile cases recently or at all. Don’t think I can remember any. Nope.”

“I’m really racking my brains. But nope, still can’t think of one single incident.”

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Another local, Shang Fa Ting, said he too has trouble trying to come up with another example where religion has somehow been linked to wealth: “It has never occurred to me that religion will be used for a profit motive. I don’t think this kind of thing has ever happened in Singapore before.”

“There hasn’t been any past cases in recent memory that serves as a case study. So, it is definitely just an innocuous oversight on the part of the Ministry of National Development and their tender process that needs a re-look, maybe a minor tweak here or there.”

“Moreover, human nature generally is not greedy. Religion and money have never been known to mix. So no big deal.”

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Other Singaporeans who are putting their heads together to bring at least one counter example to mind, said they have given up trying because the process of recollection is simply exhausting and there are no incidents to recall: “We really can’t remember. In the last 20 years, definitely nothing.”

“Was there any church that happened to be involved in some incident where there was a scandal involving money?”

“In the last two to three years, mmm… think I’m getting something… Nah, nothing.”

“Sorry.”

 

Here are all the non-religious news:

Some LOL comments made by City Harvest Church members

City Harvest Church goers regret not paying Sun Ho half million dollars to stop singing

 

 

 

 

 





Sengkang West residents say they have been ‘Jover Chew-ed’ by HDB, URA

Sengkang West residents say they have been ‘Jover Chew-ed’ by HDB, URA

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Pay money already suddenly got fine print.

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Sengkang West residents, who are grappling with the reality that they would be staying in blocks of flats next to the dead located inside a columbarium beside them come 2016, have spoken out against HDB and URA.

The residents said from the way they were surprised with news about the plans that a columbarium will be built right next to where they will be staying, HDB and URA are behaving in a manner that reminds them of Jover Chew.

Jover Chew is an ex-shop owner at Sim Lim Square whose sales tactics was to get customers to pay for the mobile phone and then show them the fine print with other terms and conditions attached that are unfavourable to the buyers.

One future Sengkang West resident, Teo Pian, who would be shifting there next year, said how he feels in his current situation lets him relate to the way customers got Jover Chew-ed before: “I feel like I’ve been Jover Chew-ed. I thought pay money and all settle already, then suddenly chut pattern, got one fine print say my neighbour next time is dead bodies.”

“If before I pay money buy, you tell me got warranty need to pay extra and got other conditions, of course I won’t pay one, right?”

“So same for this columbarium case now. If you told me before I signed contract that next door got temple put dead body, I won’t even consider buying in the first place, right?”

At press time, it is uncertain if Case can represent the affected Sengkang West residents to get a refund from HDB.

 

Buy cai png also chut pattern got warranty:

Economy rice seller demands Sim Lim Square scam shop owner pay $1,000 for cai png warranty

 

 

 

 

 





Istana resident upset new columbarium will be built beside Plaza Singapura

Istana resident upset new columbarium will be built beside Plaza Singapura

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He is worried it will lower the resale value of the Istana.

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A new columbarium expected to come up in between the Istana and Plaza Singapura in 2016 to provide a resting place for the dead has stirred up unease among the living.

Istana resident, a certain Mr Tan, said it has come as a surprise to him that the columbarium will be built as it was only stated in the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s masterplan that the reserve site is designated for a Chinese temple.

Mr Tan said he is particularly annoyed that there was the possibility of a Chinese temple housing a columbarium at the site of the temple was in fine print in the URA development booklet: “I know I should respect the dead, but I don’t wish to live near a columbarium knowing that the dead are resting there.”

The Istana resident also said he would not have run for office if he had known in advance the fact that a columbarium was going to be so close to his living quarters.

He is also considering asking the state for a refund.

However, Singaporeans from all walks of life who are not living in Mr Tan’s backyard, have stepped in to assure the Istana resident that the columbarium will be out of sight and out of mind inside the temple building.

A helpful Singaporean, Mai Chet Seow, said: “The building will be a modern temple with a zen feel to it, and not the traditional dragon-and-phoenix type of temple and the development will be 80 percent temple and 20 percent columbarium.”

But the fall in resale value of the Istana is a grave cause for concern.

Mai Chet Seow also said: “The Istana’s location is actually already quite good. It’s near the MRT and shopping centre. It is no wonder Mr Tan is scared the value of the Istana will drop if people know it’s near a columbarium.”