Category Archives: Social Issues

Economic Impact of Covid-19 felt keenly

Yesterday, I walked past two HDB shops in my neighbourhood. One is 7-Eleven Convenience shop and the other is Dream Café at Block 163 Toa Payoh. They were next to each other. One common thing about them was that these … Continue reading

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Why set age at 37 and above for Self-Employed Persons to qualify for SIRS?

Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS) was set to help provide direct cash assistance to self-employed persons. Some of them have less means and family support, and need help to tide over this difficult period of Covid-19 business disruptions. (Supplementary … Continue reading

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Population of Singapore

Total population in Singapore = 5,704,000 (May 2020 data, MOH Covid-19 Report) Total land area = 722.5 square kilometres (2018 data, SingStat) Population density of Singapore = 7,894 persons per square kilometre Singapore is third highest population density in the … Continue reading

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Enhanced Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS) – My Reactions

I support the government in coming up with this SIRS scheme to help self-employed persons during this period of business disruptions as a result of Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. My only comment on this scheme is the criteria for benefiting certain … Continue reading

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Towards Zero Waste Nation

This National Environment Agency (NEA) initiative – Towards Zero Waste Nation – is a step in the right direction. Government grants are available to support ground-up initiatives that drive waste reduction and recycling in any of the three key waste … Continue reading

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Uniquely Singapore Phenomena

When come to eating at Foodcourt in Singapore during peak period like lunch, most Singaporeans have a way to secure a seat before going to order their meals. The most common item left on the table is usually a small … Continue reading

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Going Cashless is Not so smooth-sailing

I always have my doubts that Singapore can truly go cashless. Take the case of payments at Point of Sale (POS) for food establishments and hawker centres. I know that much have been done to improve the infrastructure to allow … Continue reading

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Be considerate for the next person

I have to be honest here. There are many bad habits of some people in Singapore. The other day I was using the male toilet in the MacRitchie Reservoir. The toilet bowl had so much toilet papers and it was … Continue reading

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What if we were to live to 100 years old?

A frightening thought? With modern medicines and medical technologies, this idea is not farfetched. The average life expectancy for Singapore was 84.8 years in 2017. Life expectancy is moving up instead of going down over the decades. There is a … Continue reading

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Using DBS PayLah! for ComfortDelgro Taxi ride incurs administration fee

PayLah! is an electronic wallet of DBS. I used PayLah! to pay for my recent taxi ride on a ComfortDelgro taxi from Airport. This method of e-payment charged me 30 cents of administration fee (inclusive of GST). Had I known … Continue reading

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