There was a protest on 7 Jun 2014 at Hong Lim Park against the Central Provident Fund’s (CPF) Minimum Sum Scheme. Speakers at the event also called for better returns on CPF monies. The line-up of speakers at the “Return Our CPF” protest included former Presidential candidate Tan Kin Lian, as well as Reform Party chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam. Also at the protest was blogger Roy Ngerng, who is currently involved in a defamation suit by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after he alleged in a blogpost that Mr Lee misappropriated CPF savings. Mr Ngerng called for more transparency in the CPF system and said Singaporeans should be able to withdraw all their CPF savings once they hit retirement age.
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I had thought to keep quiet during this period of political transition while watching events unfold. But what is happening currently has perturbed me enough to want to do another commentary. I have cast it in the form of a direct letter to the PM, to convey a greater sense of urgency.
Dear Mr Prime Minister
We are in the midst of a crisis where the people no longer trust their government, and the government no longer cares about regaining their trust.
There are two clear signs that the present situation has reached crisis proportions, that it is not just an affective divide, not just an emotional estrangement between your PAP leadership and the people.
Firstly, the people are resorting to forms of high-visibility, high-risk protest never seen before, such as graffiti writ large on public buildings, persistent, strident online criticism despite stern government warnings and threats, an increased frequency of mass gatherings held at the Speakers’ Corner, as well as increased hostility shown at these gatherings.
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When a man from Singapore had his wish to visit North Korea granted, he braced himself for the scenes of ‘barren lands’ and ‘really, really sad people’ that he had seen via a BBC Panorama documentary. But what he found blew his mind – for all the right reasons. Inside the communist enclave in 2013, photographer Aram Pan witnessed bustling markets, men and women enjoying themselves at a Western looking water park and miles and miles of crops ready for harvest, shattering all of his illusions about what a holiday to North Korea would entail.
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Before iOS 7, the weather icon on the iPhone’s home screen always read 73 degrees and sunny, and none of the app icons sprung to life at all. Not much changed with the redesigned iOS 7, with the exception of an animated clock icon, but designer Jay Machalani has created a concept that overhauls this static experience and transforms the app icons that fill the iPhone’s home screen.
Machalani’s vision for fixing Windows 8 turned out to be remarkably similar to what Microsoft eventually said it would do to the Start Menu, and it even earned him a visit to the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Seattle. Now the 20-year-old self-taught user-experience designer has turned his sights to Apple’s iOS mobile operating system, and he has big ideas.
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Apple’s 25th annual developers conference (Worldwide Developers Conference) kicks off next week, and as usual, the company’s spent the past week putting up large, colorful banners all over the Moscone West building in San Francisco. That includes large Apple logos to the two sides of the three story building, as well as product banners on the inside of the building. One of those is a banner with a large 8 on it, the first indication of iOS 8, which is expected at the show.
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Scout Willis is taking a stand without a shirt. The 22-year-old daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis strolled around Manhattan topless to protest Instagram’s nudity policy. The younger Willis tweeted photos of herself in a floral skirt, brown shoes and nothing else walking the streets of Manhattan.
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His mom even came in the picture and claimed and justified his actions saying what he did was right and reasonable which truly makes me wonder how his mom raised him. They (his mother, the girlfriend and him) continue trying to justify their actions saying that the restaurant deserve this kind of behavior as they had bad service and horrible food quality. However, they don’t realize that netizens are furious by his complete lack of empathy and compassion for other people. Please do take note this happened at 18 chefs, the restaurant that was build to help ex convicts have a second chance in life and not some high class cafe or restaurant. To find out on of the conversation, please take a look at Melissa’s (Melissa Wix) Facebook.
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A bus stop panel outside the Old Hill Street Police Station building has been defaced by a vandal who is disgruntled with the Central Provident Fund (CPF). The vandal wrote these words: ”We support CPF Blogger. Return our CPF Money”.
Who is the “CPF Blogger” the vandal was referring to?
It could be blogger Roy Ngerng. Ngerng, 33, defamed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in an article, alleging that the Central Provident Fund (CPF) savings were misappropriated by the government. Ngerng had since apologised to PM Lee unreservedly.
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