Friday, 29 April 2016

Unemployment Insurance or Retrenchment Benefits/Severance pay?

First Sylvia Lim proposed Redundancy Insurance for workers who are retrenched.

Then Chee jumped on the bandwagon because... political advantage?

Here is a summary of the proposals by the various parties, and their stance on the issue. Note, I make no warranty as to the accuracy of the summary. It's from the internet. As is this blog.

But the summary and the attributed statement seems credible.

And Lim Swee Say has rebutted Sylvia's proposal.

Briefly, the rebuttal is that Redundancy Insurance is not needed in Singapore because unemployment is low and Singapore employers provides Retrenchment Benefits (RB) and work with MOM to find re-employment for retrenched workers.

The retort was: "That's like saying you don't need fire insurance because fires rarely occur, and in any case we have a fire brigade (or SCDF)!"

Monday, 25 April 2016

Conversation: WP and the EP dialogue

"Very nice. Send a written submission to the commission on the EP, then don't want to speak at the public hearings."

"What tokking you?"

"Workers' Party. They wrote to the Committee on the Elected Presidency to say that the EP should be abolished. But when the committee invited them to attend the public hearings, they refused."

"Orh! That thing ah? They already write in oredi. Go there and tok for what? Waste time lah! Anyway, I hear they say that they will tok in parliament when the committee submit their report."

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Retorts and Rebuttals - Tap Water and Water filters

If our tap water is safe, why does my water filter turn brown after 3 months?
That's because the water filter manufacturers want you to continue to buy their products (which is not useful). The water filters are designed to discolour after continuous 3 months of use. If you change the filter after just one week, you will see very little discolouration. 

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Retorts and Rebuttals - Haze April 2016

Singapore should focus on its own role in combating transboundary haze‬ instead of “making so many comments”: Indonesia’s Minister of the Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya.

So the rapist told the cops, "The victim shoiuld just focus on how she had contributed to the rape - the way she dressed, being out late at night, in my part of town - instead of complaining about me." 
Now waiting for the rapist's father to say, "ya la. Rape only one night. What about the 364 nights of the year my son did not rape her? She never show gratitude for those nights! Ungrateful!"

Saturday, 16 April 2016


I will not mention his name in this post. Other than the hint in the title as to the subject of this post. Because I agree with his daughter.

One year on, the events to commemorate his death, and his life has been, in his daughter's view, cringe-worthy.

I understand her point and share her view.

He would not have wanted this "hero worship".

But I also understand the need people have for heroes.

My sole "contribution" to commemorate his life when he died last year, was this thinly disguised short story. Of course, I believe I got the essence of the man. It is author's pride. Or arrogance.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Hawker Culture in the Future

Will we have a hawker food culture in the future?

One like what we currently have?

Here's something to think about: Is the hawker culture we have today as good as or similar to or comparable to the hawker culture we had say, 20 years ago? 30 years ago? 40 years ago?

You weren't even born then?

Ah! The Good Old Days.

What is the future of Hawkers? This is one perspective:

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Conversation: Lee & Lee

"Wa lau eh! Sister versus brother. Father just one year gone, and the family start to fight. Some more, she say he abused his power. If she dare to say, he better dare to sue. Otherwise people will believe her more than him! Oo hee kwa liao loh!"

"Don't get so excited. There won't be a show. There won't be a lawsuit."

"Why you so sure? The Lees will sue when their reputation is on the line. Here she is accusing him of abuse of power. Smaller things than that they have sued before!"

Friday, 8 April 2016

How to be less Kiasu and more entrepreneurial

So someone (NMP Kuik) has decided to take a shot at "Kiasuism". 
Entrepreneur Kuik Shiao-Yin, 39, said Singaporeans' fear of failure has led to a lack of originality in the local entrepreneurship scene.
She has only negative things to say about our national attribute of being kiasu, and how it foments mediocrity, selfishness, short-termism, and a toxic race. And it has curtailed our entreprenuership.

She asks that we stop the kiasu culture and our fear of scarcity.

Brilliant! Bravo!