Tag: CPF

Student asks the “what if” CPF question

When things get emotional, one good question to keep in mind is this: What if... The on-going CPF debate needs that question to be asked and the answer can be illuminating. A university student stood up at a forum on CPF, organised by the Singapore People’s...

CPF: Where is the government’s contribution?

By Kumaran Pillai The CPF scheme is an implicit and regressive form of taxation, especially for the poor and the middle class. Those with substantial cash reserves are least affected by the minimum sum policy. For cash-rich Singaporeans, they have better investment options which yield better...

Hri Kumar closes half the loop

Even in his wildest dreams, PAP MP Hri Kumar would not have imagined an “honest conversation on CPF” to turn out the way it did. First, the national attention the conversation got. As he said in his introductory remarks at the Thomson Community Club last...

This pioneer has no CPF money left

To start with, he didn’t have much in his CPF when he retired 15 years ago; he had barely $10,000. All of it was spent in the last 15 years, with most of the money going to his children’s education. This is the story of...

Reframing debates and renegotiating contracts

By Pravin Prakash In recent weeks, much of the debate in the public space has revolved around both the defamation case lodged by the Prime Minister against blogger Roy Ngerng as well as the use of CPF savings. In parliament there has been much talk...

How to avoid that defamation suit

By Benjamin Cheah Blogger Roy Ngerng’s dismissal from Tan Tock Seng Hospital has raised a hue and cry on the Internet, with commentators like Mr Ng E-Jay claiming that this would have a chilling effect on free speech. However, there are many bloggers and politicians...

The CPF reality check

Roy Ngerng wasn't going to last in his job at a government hospital. As one retired lawyer friend said before the blogger was sacked, he had better not walk off with an unauthorised printout of a personal note of any kind or he’ll be...

Three CPF stories that have been drowned out

In the combustible mix of issues like transparency, interest rate and increases in the minimum sum, there are others that hardly get a mention as the Great CPF Debate transfixes a polarised nation. Here are three views that show that this is not a black-and-white...

Why I changed my mind: Roy

It was a case of twist and turn as the online went on overdrive again over Roy Ngerng, the man catapulted to headline fame soon after he was locked in a legal battle with the Prime Minister. In just one hour yesterday evening, the blogger...

Roy debate: Where is the sane, moderate voice?

The loudest opinion on blogger Roy Ngerng is divided into two camps: Pro- Roy and anti-Roy. It has been hard to find a sane, moderate voice. A Facebook post by National Solidarity Party’s Nicole Seah will hopefully take the debate to a reasoned  level. She said...