Fighting words from Trump, moderation from Feng Tianwei and a stinger over naked people

Dec 06, 2016 08.35AM |

SO THE 15 People’s Action Party town councils will pull out $45 million from their operating and sinking funds to upgrade the lifts, while the sole Workers’ Party town council is using $17.5 million, mainly from its sinking funds, it said. What’s your first instinct? That the PAP is stingy?

It just goes to show how complicated town councils have become and how packaging helps perception. Those who have been following news of lift upgrading will be wondering what has happened to the G’s $450 million Lift Enhancement Programme. Isn’t it supposed to foot 90 per cent of the bill?

The PAP’s package has nothing to do with the Lift Enhancement Programme, which is to make sure old lifts have the safety features recommended by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA). This is the PAP’s own programme and is about putting in more safety measures such as longer periods of checks and more cameras. You wonder why they would do this on its own dime? Aren’t the BCA’s recommendations good enough?

The WP package is more about replacing old lifts. It has called a tender for 20 old lifts that it thinks will cost it some $17.5 million. Most of the money will come from its sinking fund but there’s a small number of lifts which qualify for HDB co-funding under the HDB Selective Lift Replacement Programme.

While we’re talking in the millions, there’s a woman who just got a $8.65 million payout for injuries she suffered as a cyclist. You might think it’s a lot, but she had actually asked for $26 million from Hyundai Engineering & Construction. Its cables from a construction site in Pasir Ris had caused her accident in 2009. There isn’t anything wrong with the 42-year-old physically, but she had to be warded for more than two years for post-traumatic stress.

Now, why did the judge pare down her claims?

According to TODAY, among the claims that were disallowed were expenses for separate caregivers for her son, hospital expenses which included staying in the more expensive executive room in a private hospital which cost $400 a day and charges for food for her visitors and supplements and painkillers.

Here is a selection of choice quotes from people making the news:

“Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the US doesn’t tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don’t think so! ”

— A belligerent tweet from United States president-elect Donald Trump who has been criticised for taking a phone call from President Tsai Ing-Wen of Taiwan, which China considers a renegade province.

The unfortunate irony of IMDA’s assessment of the works having ‘excessive nudity’ is that both works actually make deliberate attempts to distinguish nudity from sexualised connotations. Ultimately, the licensing process – along with the online furore surrounding these works – deems that society at present is not ready for these cutting-edge, intelligent works.”

— M1 Singapore Fringe Festival organisers on pulling out two performances which featured nudity after IMDA asked that they be modified. Here’s our story on the naked fight.

“I’ve spent the last three weeks or so slowly getting back into the rhythm of competition. To be able to defeat Ding Ning is a huge boost for myself, and gives me greater confidence to carry on.” 

— Feng Tianwei, who was axed from the Singapore table tennis team on beating the Olympic champion in the China Table Tennis Super League. She was playing for her club, Ordos 1980.

Read more on the Feng Tianwei controversy here:

  1. Feng breaks silence on STTA controversy. Here’s her letter – in English

  2. What STTA’s Deputy President said about Feng Tianwei’s sacking

  3. Feng was a “bad egg”, a “disgrace to nation”, says STTA Deputy President

  4. Feng Tianwei’s shock exit and the economy


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