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Temasek's head Ho Ching. The $ingapore government company invested BILLIONS on Merrill Lynch. The purchase was initially thought to be a bargain. Bankers find Temasek attractive.

LEHMAN BROTHERS AT BARGAIN PRICE

Shares in US investment bank Lehman Brothers have plunged 45 per cent on fears over its finances, sending the main Wall Street stock indexes down sharply. Amid fears that Lehman is struggling to raise US$6 BILLION (£3.4bn) to cover sustained credit crunch-related losses, its shares ended down $6.36 to $7.79 on Sept 9.

The fall sparked a wider sell-off on Wall Street, with the main Dow Jones index falling 280 points to 11,231. This removed almost all of the gains it had enjoyed on Monday.

The main concern regarding Lehman is that a potential investment from Korea Development Bank has fallen through, something it has yet to comment on. Lehman, the fourth-largest US investment bank, had hoped to secure a deal with the Korean fund before announcing third-quarter earnings on 18 September.

If the Koreans won't touch Lehman, will $ingapore's Government Investment Corp [GIC] or Temasek Holdings come to the rescue with $ingaporeans' BILLIONS? Another long-term investment eh?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7606946.stm


The nation-builder press, January 21, 2008. The interview with the $ingapore government's investment head Ng Kok Song painted a rosy picture.

Any $ingaporean still think UBS was a great buy?



FREUDIAN SLIP?


The nation-builder press, Sept 6, 2008.

The full text: In the Post-65ers column "Quality debate vs democratic ideals" yesterday, we said that a select committee of eight MPs, who are currently all from the PAP, recommends candidates to be appointed as NMPs in Parliament. This is incorrect.

Since its inception in 1990 to date, each of the 10 Special Select Committees which nominated NMPs has had an opposition Member of Parliament in its composition. The most recent Special Select Committee was made up of seven PAP MPs, with Mr Low Thia Khiang of the Workers Party as the eighth member. We are sorry for the error.

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THE LAST WORD ON CONSCIENCE

"Darling was given a personal taste of the austere climate when ticked off by a waiter for ordering a second bottle of wine during a meal with his wife, Maggie, and another couple. 'The waiter came over and said 'too much wine' in a loud voice. So we stuck to one bottle for the entire meal'."

- Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling talking to The Guardian, Aug 30, 2008 "Economy at 60-year low, says Darling. And it will get worse".

At the beginning of 2008, $ingapore's overpaid ministers gave themselves and their top civil servants another pay surge. The increase took effect from Jan 1, 2008.

The President will receive $119,520 per month, up from $104,840 currently (14 per cent increase).

The Prime Minister will receive $115,920 per month, up from $101,680 currently (also 14 per cent increase).

Ministers and senior permanent secretaries at MR4 grade will receive $59,760 per month, up from $52,420 currently (also 14 per cent increase).

Administrative officers at SR9 superscale grade will receive $18,240 per month, up from $17,530 currently (4 per cent increase).

Members of Parliament (who may also run businesses and hold other full-time jobs) will receive an allowance of $13,710 per month, up from the current $13,200 (3.9 per cent increase).

Full details here: http://www.salary.sg/2007/pay-rise-for-government-leaders/

At the same time from late December 2007 to February 2008, the $ingapore government and Temasek Holdings invested close to US$24 billion on US and international banks. These investments have now halved in value. $ingaporeans are told repeatedly that it is NOT A MISTAKE but long-term investments that will reap rewards 30 years from now. That's 2038.


The nation-builder press, August 29, 2008. In this report, Eunice Olsen was the NMP who questioned parliament about $ingapore's invesments.

GUESS WHO AMONG ALL THE ECONOMISTS, LAWYERS, DOCTORS, ACCOUNTANTS AND INTELLECTUALS IN PARLIAMENT QUESTIONED $INGAPORE'S INVESTMENTS?

Eunice Elizabeth Olsen (born 24 October 1977) is a Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) in $ingapore. Having been educated at St Margaret's School, Singapore, as well as Anglo-Chinese Junior College, she was also the winner of the Miss $ingapore Universe contest in 2000.

In 2002, Olsen was selected to be the co-host of $ingapore's version of the popular TV game show Wheel of Fortune, produced by MediaCorp TV Channel 5.

In November 2004, Olsen was appointed as one of nine NMPs, becoming the youngest Member of Parliament at the age of 27. She aims to raise awareness about youth issues and to promote youth programmes and volunteerism.

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CITIRAYA CEO DISAPPEARED WITH $51 MILLION


The nation-builder press Aug 15, 2008.

"Three years after Ng Teck Lee fled the country with money he pocketed while running waste recycling company Citiraya, it has now surfaced just how much he amassed..."


DO YOU REMEMBER THAT THE PAP'S DR MICHAEL LIM WAS CITIRAYA'S CHAIRMAN?


The nation-builder press, Mar 3, 2005.

When news first broke that listed-company Citiraya was having cash flow problems, reporters were shoving mics up the chairman's nose looking for a response. The chairman of Citiraya was Dr Michael Lim Chun Leng. Lim is by training a medical doctor and also card-carrying member of the People's Action Party, the ruling party of $heep City. Lim was at the time a lawmaker, Member of Parliament representing Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Constituency.

Yet in four published reports, it was never mentioned that Lim was a politician from the PAP. He was not in the party's lineup for the 2006 elections.

His name was also not in the recent August 2008 nation-builder report [above] of Citiraya's missing millions.


THE SLIPPER MAN

In contrast, the nation-builder press repeatedly reported that an alleged killer's husband was an opposition man.


The nation-builder press, June 30, 2008.

In one report from June 29, 2008, the nation-builder press said:

"The murder case is of interest as the husband of the accused is opposition party member Tan Lead Shake who was dubbed, 'The Slipper Man' for his preference for wearing flip flops when he contested previous general elections."


NEW LOOK?



"It's the same old story inside."
- The young, restless and cynical MIRROR OF OPINION, August 15, 2008.


$INGAPOREANS, CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT YOU'VE BEEN MISSING


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A TOTALITARIAN STATE ENCOURAGES STUPIDITY

THIS WAY TO 'HEAVEN'?


Pic of General Lee from the nation-builder press, August 19, 2008.

When done correctly, placing two fingers side-by-side means "too much Satan for one hand" in the Heavy Metaller's Satan Finger Salute.

The prime minister of $ingapore, General Lee Hsien Loong, walked the well-trodden path on his annual national speech to $heep City - more babies needed, foreign talent essential, workers must not ask for high pay but increase productivity yadda, yadda, yadda... It only got interesting when he waved his fingers in what looked like a "too much Satan for one hand" salute.



Otherwise, THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO MENTION of what has happened to the US$25 or so BILLIONS of $ingaporean's wealth that the PAP government has thrown at U.S. banks and world financial institutions. Perhaps the general thinks it's only "peanuts" and not worth a mention.

Oh right, the general's father said you'll have to wait 3 decades [30 years] to see the US$25 BILLION investment bear fruit. We're sure we will NOT be around in 2038 to hear that speech.

%&@# sigh...

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Meet the new tnuc
same as the old TNUC




The new tnuc on the block


The nation-builder press, April 28, 2008.

"The new logo now shows who the Empire is going after."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror of Opinion, April 28, 2008.



Click here to see how the tnuc helps workers.

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EVEN IF THE ERA OF CHEAP RICE IS ENDING... NO PROBLEM...



"Prices likely to rise in the short term, but government says there is no shortage." - The nation-builder press, April 4, 2008.



(click on the above graphic for a better view)

"Another 'UNEEDMEE $INGAPORE' situation. If you want to help 300,000 poor Singaporeans, lower or remove the GST."
- The young, restles and cynical Mirror of Opinion, April 4, 2008.



"We don't eat wheat. We eat grass." - Citizen $heep

WHY PRICES HAVE RISEN


The nation-builder press, November 14, 2006.





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LAS VEGAS SANDS WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE $HEEPLE OF $INGAPORE

Las Vegas Sands Corp President William Weidner stated Jan 4 2008: "We are pleased to have completed this important financing for our Marina Bay Sands development. The completion of this $ingapore Dollar-denominated facility, which is the largest private $ingapore Dollar-denominated financing in $ingapore's history, was accomplished on very favorable terms in a challenging global credit environment."

The entire loan is for S$5.4 BILLION. On Jan 15, 2008, Sands withdrew S$2 BILLION. Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon G. Adelson stated, "We are quite gratified that the $ingapore interest rate is significantly below the rates which we would have to incur in the U.S. or other international markets in today's market."

Here's the lowdown of who's doing what: Goldman Sachs, DBS Bank Ltd., UOB Asia Limited, and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited acted as coordinators of the financing. The coordinators as well as affiliates of Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Malayan Banking Berhad, Standard Chartered Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Calyon, and The Bank of Nova Scotia acted as Mandated Lead Arrangers.

DBS Bank Ltd. is acting as Technical Bank, Agent and Security Trustee.

THERE IS NO BREAKDOWN AS TO WHICH BANK IS LENDING HOW MUCH.

$ingapore Prime Minister General Lee Hsien Loong has pledged to license only one other casino in the next 10 years.

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An elected president has to stand for elections.

SOUTH KOREANS VOTE FOR PRESIDENT

On Dec 19, 2007, BBC reported South Koreans are voting for a new president after an election campaign blighted by scandal.
You can read the report here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7150806.stm

By contrast, the president of $heep City who is currently serving his second term, has never been elected. Although $ingapore's president is chosen by election, there has never been a suitable candidate found to contest the election. All candidates must be screened by a government-appointed committee.


President $ R Nathan will get another pay rise on January 1, 2008 bringing his salary to $3.87 MILLION.


CHEERS TO CITIZEN$HEEP


The nation-builder press, August 4, 2002.



The final two tests on Newater was commissioned and reported on July 17, 2002. The report said "Mice are being given Newater to drink and fish are swimming in a tank filled with it..." The tests were to "establish any long-term health effects" said Professor Ong Choon Nam, a specialist in poisons. On Feb 28, 2003 another report said "the fish study is being repeated due to design deficiencies of the aquarium system, fish husbandry issues and weaknesses in the initial study." The report said the panel of experts would meet in May of 2003.

Five years have passed. We assume "long-term" issues can now be answered.

Does anyone know what were the results of the above two tests? As far as we can ascertain, the reports were never made public. Of the two, the test with fishes is interesting. Can fish breed in Newater? Does anyone know?



In 2005, 25 $ingaporeans died from the dengue fever epidemic.

WEEK 27: WHEN IS THE DENGUE FEVER EPIDEMIC GOING TO END?

A new strain of the dengue virus is in circulation - Den 2 - which means fewer people are immuned, the nation-builder press reported December 20, 2007. Meanwhile, another 17 people have succumbed to dengue fever, among them 13 construction workers from a worksite in Telok Kurau. The report also mentioned that all of them are believed to have recovered. So far there are over 8,660 cases, with eight deaths. Currently, there are about 400 new cases every month.

It looks like we have to wait another two years to get a clear picture of the extent of the 2007 dengue epidemic. In a July 3, 2007 report, the nation-builder press said that in the 2005 epidemic, 25 $ingaporeans died. This is the first time we recall the number of people killed in the 2005 epidemic being revealed as 25. When SARS struck $ingapore, the PAP government reported only 33 were killed here.

At the height of the epidemic, there were more than 1,000 cases a month. A government website indicates that currently there are about 400 new cases a month. $ingapore may be the only developed city with a recurring dengue fever problem. There has been no indication when the epidemic may end.

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$ingapore's mentor minister Lee Kuan Yew takes a gulp of Newater. [Nation-builder press, Aug 17, 2002]

1 MAN, 1 BOTTLE

Remember last week's 2 Girls, 1 Cup?

Last week we read a report that the Public Utilities Board in $heep City, $ingapore now provides close to 40 MILLION gallons of recycled waste water to manufacturers in $ingapore. The PUB said major NEW industrial customers include Shell, ExxonMobil Chemical, and Changi Airport, as well as new wafer fabrication plants.

Newater is a term which describes toilet waste [urine and faeces] after it is recycled for human consumption. It is unclear how much of it is included in tap water piped into $ingapore homes.

The full report
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/316103/1/.html



2 GIRLS, 1 CUP

A Brazilian director has made a short clip showing two girls in an act of coprophagia (eating excrement). The film has made the rounds on the net.


Jessica Alba starred in a Tiger Beer commercial.

1 GIRL, 1 BEER MADE IN $INGAPORE

$ingapore beer is still manufactured in $ingapore. Asia Pacific Breweries manufactures Tiger Beer, Anchor Beer, Baron's Strong Brew and Heineken in $ingapore. Other brands are imported.



1 NATION, 2 MILLION $HEEP

Why are people living in $ingapore prepared to drink shit water? See below.


$INGAPOREANS, CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT YOU'VE BEEN MISSING


Note: Those who are sensitive and easily offended please do not click on the link.

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PUBLIC HOUSING IS SUBSIDISED IN $INGAPORE


The nation-builder press, December 2, 2007.

It was revealed in the nation-builder press December 2, 2007, that $ingapore town councils that run public housing estates are HOLDING MORE THAN $1 BILLION in sinking funds. There are only 16 town councils for $ingapore's tiny population of 3 million odd composed of citizens and permanent residents. Now a new rule has been passed to control the way the 16 manage the more than $1 BILLION funds. The PAP government is afraid that if the excess funds are wrongly invested, they may be lost.

According to the report, the 16 town councils must limit their investments in non-government stocks, funds or securities to 35 per cent of the sinking fund. So how did they amass such a bounty of more than $1 BILLION? This money, according to the report, is collected through monthly service and conservancy charges and government grants. No breakdown was given.

"THERE'S SO MUCH SUBSIDY, THEY'RE GAMBLING WITH IT AT THE STOCK MARKET. Please, no more subsidies."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror of Opinion, December 2, 2007.

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The nation-builder press, November 17, 2007.

SOUND EXPLANATION WANTED FROM MINISTRY

The London-based parent company of nightlife giant Ministry Of Sound has filed suit against its $ingapore franchise, alleging a host of shortfalls in the way it is run - from the kind of music played to its unstable website.

A November 17 press report said that Ministry Of Sound filed suit in Britain's High Court of Justice on November 15, 2007, seeking damages and a court order to force its $ingapore licensee, LB Investments (a subsidiary of LifeBrandz), to fall in with its guidelines on running the club. Some of the claims by Ministry Of Sound:
- that Lifebrandz's focus has been on promoting its other nightclubs in Clarke Quay
- that LB Investments breached its contract with its licensor in the areas of staff uniforms, music policy, door policy and the dismissal of key employees
- that the MoS $ingapore website has "often been down or inaccessible"
- that LB Investments owes it S$200,000 in royaltes, which were due in April.

Brand-name companies that have folded after a short stint in $heep City, $ingapore include France's Crazy Horse. Bled to death.

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A TOADY'S VIEW


"It was the "goblin" that wreaked havoc on markets the world over but come Oct 31, investors may be celebrating Halloween for more reasons than one. The goblin that is the impact of the United States sub-prime mortgage problems could go away by year-end in time for Christmas..."
- Nation-builder Johnson Choo reporting in the nation-builder press, September 11, 2007. On November 9, 2007, the goblin was still here.

"Fortune-tellers are not journalists."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror of Opinion, November 9, 2007.

For decent reports, read the features here:

Stock Market Mayhem And Bush's Moral Swamp
http://www.bigozine2.com/features07/MWswamp.html

The Big Squeeze
http://www.bigozine2.com/features07/MWsqueeze.html

Housing Flameout: California Falls Into The Sea
http://www.bigozine2.com/features07/MWcali.html

It's Time For The Banks To Face The Hangman
http://www.bigozine2.com/features07/MWhang.html

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FILIPINAS ENTER MEAT CITY, $INGAPORE

$ingapore, already known as $in City and $heep City now has a new name, Meat City. A recent Human Trafficking Report 2007 by the US Dept of State has ranked $heep City one tier lower to level 2 for the rising number of Asian women being routed into $ingapore for prostitution. The women come from Communist China, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

This report comes ahead of two new casinos set to open in the next few years in $heep City, $ingapore. Casinos are a natural magnet for prostitution and other seedy activities.

A special report in the Inquirer Nov 6 spent time with two Filipinas said to be tricked into the sex trade in $ingapore.

Lalaine, 19, was a saleslady for a popular department store when she was lured by a "friend of a friend" to work "for better pay" as a waitress in $ingapore only to find that her workplace was a nightclub where she was forced to do a strip-tease and encouraged to have customers fondle her.

Kristine, a recent widow at 23 with two children (her husband died December 2006), was also told of the tremendous earning opportunities ("malaki raw ang kita") in $ingapore by an acquaintance - a neighbor who was also their barangay (village) chairman. She agreed to a "hostessing" job there, but ended up being a call girl, having sex with different men in different hotels as arranged by her employer.

Lalaine and Kristine are just two of a growing number of young Filipino women being trafficked to $ingapore for sexual exploitation, drawn in by the adventure of work abroad on the false promise of a high-paying decent job.

At the night club in the Tanjong Pagar area in $ingapore, Lalaine saw fellow Filipinas doing everything to earn their monthly quota of 300 points. (Points may be earned through the drinks that they consume; the minimum price for a drink of S$20 earns two points.)

"That's why some do everything to meet their quota, they allow themselves to be touched in their private parts, including their breasts," Lalaine tells INQUIRER.net.

The full story is here.

Popular $ingapore can't get Malaysia, Indonesia or Thailand to supply it with sand. The popular $ingapore government has to import sand from neighbour BURMA. That's what friends are for.

YOU WANT SAND?


General George Yeo of $ingapore with Burmese General Thein Shin [left]. This picture was taken in April 2007 when $ingapore's Foreign Minister General Yeo was in Burma to negotiate for sand. Indonesia has refused to export sand to $ingapore.

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Who would you follow?

THE MIRROR OF OPINION

"The taxation system has tilted towards the rich and away from the middle class in the last 10 years. It's dramatic; I don't think it's appreciated and I think it should be addressed."

During an interview with NBC television, Mr Buffett brandished an informal survey of 15 of his 18 office staff at his Berkshire Hathaway empire. The billionaire said he was paying 17.7% payroll and income tax, compared with an average in the office of 32.9%.

"There wasn't anyone in the office, from the receptionist up, who paid as low a tax rate and I have no tax planning; I don't have an accountant or use tax shelters. I just follow what the US Congress tells me to do."

Mr Buffett also took a pot shot at hedge fund managers. He said: "Hedge fund operators have spent a record amount lobbying in the last few months - they give money to the political campaigns. Who represents the cleaning lady?"

- Mr Warren Buffett, CEO Berkshire Hathaway, complaining about his low tax rate, The Guardian UK, Nov 1, 2007. He thinks the rich should pay more taxes. Mr Buffett's estimated personal wealth is US$52 BILLION.


"Those are admirable sentiments. But we live in a real world."

- $ingapore's founding prime minister who is now Mentor Minister Lee Kuan Yew about why ministers in $ingapore should earn multi-million dollar salaries, April 9 2007, IHT

$ingapore announces 60 percent pay raise for ministers
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/04/09/news/sing.php?page=2

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General Lee (left) explains compassion must begin here. General Tan Shwe (right) ordered his soldiers to shoot Burmese protestors.

$INGAPORE'S GENERAL AND THE HIPPOCRATIC OATH 2007

"[General] Lee said denying Burmese leaders medical treatment in $ingapore would go 'against human nature'.

" 'I mean, somebody is sick, he wants to come to $ingapore, he needs treatment and you're telling me that I shouldn't treat him because he's not a good man? It goes against the Hippocratic Oath of doctors'."

- General Lee Hsien Loong, the prime minister of $ingapore who earns slightly more than $3 MILLION, Oct 6, 2007, Reuters. Burma junta leader Tan Shwe, 74, stayed in a $ingapore hospital in January, 2007. Burmese Prime Minister Soe Win, 55, was also in $ingapore at least twice in 2007 to treat an illness reported to be leukaemia. $ingapore imports sand from Burma after Malaysia and Indonesia stopped sand exports to $ingapore.

Full story here http://uk.reuters.com/article/UKNews1/idUKSIN20915220071006



Boat people to Rear Admiral Teo Chee Hean, $ingapore's defence minister, "I'll see you in California."

$INGAPORE'S GENERAL AND THE BOAT PEOPLE OF VIETNAM

"...[W]e had to cope with this fleet of rickety, unseaworthy boats, packed to the brim with [Vietnamese] refugees, men, women and children. Some were ill, some were armed and dangerous, all were desperate. A few deliberately sank their boats, to try to force us to rescue them out of the water, and take them into $ingapore.

"...Some of the boat people were grateful for the fuel, food and water we gave them to help them on their way. Others were angry at us for not helping them more. The flow of boat people continued, several hundred a month, for years after Operation Thunderstorm.

"In 1978 Rear Admiral Teo Chee Hean was a navy officer commanding an RSN ship. He turned away a refugee boat after replenishing it. The leader of the refugee boat cursed him: 'You'll be in trouble one day, then I'll see you in California'."

- Excerpt of a speech by General Lee Hsien Loong, then the deputy prime minister of $ingapore at Raffles Girls School, Aug 23, 1997. Full text of speech here http://www.moe.gov.sg/speeches/1997/230897.htm



Indonesia took the refugees in.
Click here for a look at life on Galang Island.


SO WHERE DID REFUGEES CHASED OUT OF $INGAPORE'S WATERS GO TO?

"Galang Island, about 100 kilometers south of $ingapore, accommodated about 250,000 boat people from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam from 1975 to 1996 who fled poverty and political upheaval in their respective countries. Vietnamese accounted for the majority. Camp sites were built on the island to accommodate the refugees who had arrived in several areas on Riau Province on the eastern part of Sumatra in boats.

"Galang has become a humanitarian memorial monument, showing that Indonesia is a tolerant nation that respects human rights," [an Indonesian official] said. Soon after the end of the Vietnam War on April 30, 1975, about 1.75 million Vietnamese fled their country. About 900,000 of them found resettlement in the United States and some others in Western countries and Australia. Countless thousands more who left in rickety boats, however, lost their lives in pirate attacks or rough seas."

Story here: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0WDQ/is_2005_March_28/ai_n13481936

"How did $ingapore's hippocratic oaf maneuver until we are now dependent on BURMA for SAND? That's the story you'll never read anywhere."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror of Opinion, Oct 6, 2007.

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LOW CRIME DOESN'T MEAN NO CRIME
(The official slogan of the ministry of "Home Affairs")



The nation-builder press, October 23, 2007.

A private bus driver was charged October 22 with the murder of his 15-year-old stepdaughter. According to the nation-builder press October 23, 2007, the 45-year-old is alleged to have committed the crime on October 20 in his ex-wife's Marsiling flat. The mother, who declined to be named, came here from China 10 years ago after her first marriage failed. She married the driver in 2001 and was divorced four months ago. The daughter arrived from Jilin in China in 2002 to join her mother here.

There were 17 murder cases in $in City in 2006. From January to June 2007, there were six murder cases, as compared to 12 for the same period last year. It is uncertain how a case is assigned as "murder."

Click here for more: http://www.spf.gov.sg/stats/stats2006_index.htm


THERE ARE 365 DAYS IN A YEAR

Previously on Oct 5, 2007 we reported some cases of fighting and "causing hurt" in $in City of which there were no official statistics, until now. On October 24, 2007, a nation-builder report said that "of the 3,697 cases of voluntarily causing hurt (VCH) reported in the first six months of this year, the police acted on 319 cases or 8.6 per cent of them." There were 6,406 cases of VCH in 2006, up from 5,490 in 2005. Police took action in 13.4 per cent and 7.3 per cent of cases, respectively.

Note: In the police stats (http://www.spf.gov.sg/stats/stats2007_overview.htm), there is no category for "voluntarily causing hurt" but the figures were given in parliament on October 23, 2007.




NOW GENTING WANTS TO BORROW $3.2 BILLION $INGAPORE DOLLARS TO BUILD $INGAPORE CASINO

Bloomberg News reported Oct 23: "Genting International, a unit of Genting, the biggest Asian casino operator by market value, is seeking to borrow a record 3.2 billion $ingapore dollars, or US$2.2 billion, to fund a casino resort in $ingapore, three people with knowledge of the transaction said."
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/10/23/business/sxcasino.php

Last month, Las Vegas Sands was reported to be in talks to borrow $5 BILLION $ingapore dollars from a consortium of eight banks in $ingapore to build its $ingapore casino.

The twin casinos are among new plans by $ingapore's PAP government to grow the economy. Now the people of $ingapore must pony up the cash of approximately $8 BILLION to build the PAP dream.



In 2005, 25 $ingaporeans died from the dengue fever epidemic.

WEEK 19: STALEMATE?

The Dengue Fever Epidemic 2007 has reached a stalemate with terrorist mosquitoes still capable of inflicting more than a hundred new victims each week. Rehashing old news, Dr Amy Khor, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Water Resources, told parliament October 23, 2007 that only in one community, Bukit Batok, has the situation improved. Dr Khor said weekly cases are just below 200 and that the overall number is still high.

After 19 weeks, $ingapore has yet to declare the Dengue Fever Epidemic over.

The last figure reported in the nation-builder press for dengue cases this year was 7,315. To date eight have died from Dengue Fever Epidemic 2007. In a July 3, 2007 report, the nation-builder press said that in the 2005 epidemic, 25 $ingaporeans died. This is the first time we recall the number of people killed in the 2005 epidemic being revealed as 25. When SARS struck $ingapore, the PAP government reported only 33 were killed here.

$ingapore may be the only developed city with a recurring dengue fever problem.


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LOW CRIME DOESN'T MEAN NO CRIME
(The official slogan of the ministry of "Home Affairs")


The nation-builder press, September 12, 2007.

Parents of three teenagers were asked by a juvenile court judge to look at pictures of another teen that the trio beat up. Now, nine weeks after the July 6 attack, the left side of the teenager's head had been left deformed, reported the nation-builder press September 12, 2007. The three teens, one aged 14 and two other 15-year-olds, were part of a six-member gang charged with the assault.

For the first half of this year, there were 477 robbery cases. In 2006, there were 946 robberies. The police do not have a category for assault with deadly weapon.

For more: http://www.spf.gov.sg/stats/stats2007_overview.htm

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WHERE'S OUR GENERAL?

Asean is facing a crisis of confidence over Burma. The military junta have killed again. Relations with Indonesia has just taken a dip with $ingapore's neighbour suspending an agreement that is tied to an extradition treaty the Indonesians wanted. The prime minister of $ingapore, who also happens to be the Asean Chairman, has left town. He will stay outside of $ingapore from Oct 7 to Oct 16. He has an official trip to make to Hungary [total value of trade between the two countries stands at S$1.4 billion] and then he will make a "private visit" to the US from Oct 11 to 16. Disneyland? Nah, probably Las Vegas. He's got to be thinking about the Las Vegas Sands' request to borrow S$5 BILLION from $ingapore banks to build their casino in $ingapore and the "sand". With Indonesia annoyed, where else can we turn to for sand?



Burma's General Than Shwe. I am the sandman. Goo goo g'joob.

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$INGAPORE MEDIA IS RANKED 146th FOR PRESS FREEDOM


The nation-builder press, Oct 5, 2007.


General George Yeo of $ingapore with Burmese General Thein Shin [left]. This picture was taken in April 2007 when General Yeo was in Burma to negotiate for sand. Indonesia has refused to export sand to $ingapore.

"$ingapore media is ranked 146th out of 168 nations (2006) by global press watchdog Reporters Without Borders. It isn't what you can read in the press that's interesting BUT WHAT IS NOT FOUND INSIDE $ingapore's nation-building press."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, Oct 5, 2007.


General Than Shwe.

I am the Sandman, goo goo g'joob.

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LOW CRIME DOESN'T MEAN NO CRIME

(The official slogan of the ministry of "Home Affairs")



Between Sept 6 and 11, three attack/robbery incidents were reported in the nation-builder press. It is unclear how many cases occured during that week.

For the first half of this year, there were 477 robbery cases. In 2006, there were 946 robberies. The police do not have a category for assault with deadly weapon.

For more: http://www.spf.gov.sg/stats/stats2007_overview.htm



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