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When Heng Swee Keat was ‘confirmed’ as the PM-in-waiting last month, many Singaporeans breathed a sigh of relief.

Some were glad to see an experienced Finance Minister at the helm, whilst others were disappointed that it wasn't Tharman. Most citizens, however,  simply closed their eyes and said a silent prayer of gratitude: “Thank god it’s not Chan Chun Sing.”

Okay, I lied. The prayers were loud and gleeful. Many were overjoyed to learn that Chan Chun Sing, long considered the frontrunner, would not be our  next King. They were so ecstatic that the usual ‘return my CPF’  complaints were temporarily suspended, replaced by expressions of  Schadenfreude at Keechiu’s ‘downfall’.

Personally, I don’t like CCS, but I’m also disturbed by the amount of hate that he has received over the past year. To me, he is just another 4G Minister like his peers OYK and TCJ, neither exceptional in his achievements nor particularly damning in his faults.

So what gives? Why do so many people have such a deep-seated dislike of Keechiu?

The Boy Who Lived

The most obvious answer: people don’t like his face. 

Don’t roll your eyes, because you know it’s true. Some politicians are blessed with an authoritative jawline  (Macron). Others, with a kindly disposition that reminds you of a well-loved uncle (Tharman).

CCS, however, looks like a boy. Specifically, the boy from the cover of MAD magazine.  The large ears, buck teeth, and moon face make him look like a venture scout cosplaying as a Minister, and prevents him from projecting the gravitas that voters expect.

And it gets worse when he’s not smiling for the camera. At rest, his mouth curls naturally into a smirk, twisting his boyish features into a picture of smugness.

The unfortunate geometry of his head is not helped by his manner of speaking, which is neither heartland nor RI.

A Singaporean politician has 2 choices when making a speech: either speak like Low Thia Khiang and sound like a man-of-the-people, or speak like Tan Chuan-Jin and sound like a proper Oxbridge-educated elite.

There are pros and cons to both, but CCS seems incapable of either. If you watch his public speeches closely, there is an odd note of  inauthenticity when he speaks. When he’s talking to ‘the people‘,  the Singlish accent seems exaggerated, and you get the feeling that he’s pandering or being condescending. When he’s speaking to his peers at a conference or in parliament,  the intonation is a little weird, and he sounds like a man struggling to keep the Singlish from creeping into his Queen’s English.

The result is a neither-here-nor-there accent that confuses everyone. He  doesn’t sound like one of us, or one of them. He sounds like … a person  trying to sound like someone else. Not a good look for politics, where sincerity is a valuable currency.

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It’s 10am at Ghim Moh Market and the produce-filled aisles bustle with aunties, uncles and domestic workers bearing bulging bags, some trundling shopping carts laden with groceries. The air is humid with the chatter of stall vendors and bargaining customers. In the thick of it all stands Li Nanxing, grasping a gleaming red snapper at the fishmonger’s stand with his bare hands. He is inspecting it like a seasoned housewife. “You see? This is good, because it’s shiny,” he informs us in endearing, heavily Singlish-accented English. He pulls back the head of the fish to reveal its gills. “Very fresh, ’cos it’s red”. He brings the creature close to his nose and sniffs it. “You don’t want it if it’s dried up or if [the gills are] pink”.

The son of a fisherman father and garment factory worker mother knows what he’s talking about. Especially since, unbenownst to many, he owns a fish farm in Lim Chu Kang. Li Nanxing, veteran actor of 33 years, Ch 8 Ah Ge (“big brother”), is many things to many people. If you’re a baby boomer or a child in the ’80s, you’ll remember him as a scrappy juvenile delinquent in On The Fringe. Safe to say almost everyone knows him as the cool gambling god Yan Fei in the 1993 drama The Unbeatables. He even has millennial fans, thanks to his appearances in recent dramas like C.L.I.F 4 and Dreammakers II. “You’re so lucky,” sighed our 26-year-old cousin when she learned we were meeting LNX.

In real life, though, he’s always been a bit of an enigma. Those who have met him have remarked that he can be quite reticent, with an aura of melancholy that lends gravitas to the brooding heroes he plays on TV. Today, though, we see a new side to Li Nanxing. As someone who has been through it all — acting success barely out of his teens, then a bitter divorce with actress-turned-property agent Yang Libing, crushing debts from a failed business venture, subsequent gambling and drinking addictions — he confirms now that life is indeed good. A calmer, domesticated, fish farm- and kitchen-loving LNX has emerged.

The numerous Instagram posts (put up by his manager, but still!) of him cooking various dishes at his spacious semi-detached home tells us so. There’s LNX presiding over a home-cooked Peranakan feast. Oh, he’s made fish head curry. And there he is, stirring batter for durian cake at his uncle’s durian plantation in Malaysia. He looks even happier in the flesh this morning, relaxed and casually shooting the breeze with stall vendors who clearly adore him. He walks tall and purposefully, cutting a commanding figure even in the market-appropriate T-shirts that the 8 DAYS stylist has picked for him. His hair is lush, his tanned skin glowing and sprinkled with just a few lines around his eyes, his limbs sinewy and strong. He’s 54 but could pass off for 45.

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The would-be customers, who did not know each other, then gave Dore Aesthetics a one-star review on Yelp, a social networking website that lets users post reviews and rate businesses.

Then earlier this month, they received letters of demand sent by Parwani Law acting for Dore Aesthetics. The letters demanded they remove their reviews or face legal proceedings.

................. However, some reviewers noticed that the letters they received were not from Parwani Law but instead bore the letterhead of Dore Aesthetics.

These letters had a virtually identical format as those sent by Parwani Law, but they were signed off by the "legal department" of Dore Aesthetics.

Mr Parwani said his firm had nothing to do with these letters. ===========> FAKE LETTERS HUH???????

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A British tourist has been found dead in his hotel room in Thailand, just hours after arriving.

Luke Ramage, of Consett, County Durham, was reportedly found by a receptionist at his hotel in Bangkok's red light district, lying on a bed with bruises to his shoulders and legs.

It was feared the 31-year-old had been murdered as there were signs of a struggle and marks that indicated he could have been in a fight.

The safe in the father-of-two's room at the Bavana Hotel was left open, no valuables were inside and cigarette packs were left scattered around the floor, The Sun reported.

A friend of Ramage was said to have told hotel workers he was in trouble, then disappeared before the police arrived on December 14.

He had only arrived at the hotel a few hours earlier and his luggage was said to have still been in his suitcase when his body was discovered.

On the day of his death, Ramage posted on Facebook that he was at the Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park - a four-minute walk from his hotel.

Earlier in the day he posted that he had landed in Thailand along with a picture of himself and two friends.

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By hackberry

Let me make myself extremely clear before I begin; the purpose of my writing is to present things in a straightforward, palatable manner for the layman to adequately appreciate.

Firstly, a brief history of the insurance business.

How did the notion of insurance come into existence?

It had its origins in the form of protection money collected by gangsters and the mafia.

The gangsters astutely came to the eventual realization that employing violence to wreak havoc and trash businesses only serve to put folks out of business, which in turn affect their bottom lines.

Instead they chose to cash in on fears, worries and anxieties....their reach is thus extended to not just proprietors, but also to the common man on the street.

Insurance money is simply protection money. It is legalized racketeering. You cough up monthly payments to "shield" yourself from invisible worries.

No decent human being should ever work as an insurance agent.

Those who do so are either willfully ignorant or have malicious hearts. A few even reckon the job is a quick wealth enabler, until the next better deal comes along. Then again let's be brutally honest; those who are knee-deep in the insurance line are never getting out, because the money is too damn good.

Why is it evil?

For one, chargemasters. In every corner of the world, hospitals employ a billing codex known as the chargemaster - in truth it functions implicitly to inflate the cost of healthcare, which in turn appease insurance companies partnering them.

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Taking to Facebook,  Workers’ Party MP for Hougang SMC, Png Eng Huat suggested that there could be foul play involved in the audit of Aljunied-Hougang Town Council’s records during the handover from the PAP to the WP.

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De Costa was charged in court on Thursday (13th Dec) alongside Terry Xu (chief editor of The Online Citizen) for alleged criminal defamation arising from the authoring and publication of an article “The Take Away From Seah Kian Ping’s Facebook Post”.
Unfortunately, said Mr Tan, De Costa is no longer able to follow up and help those in need anymore as all his electronics equipment that can access the internet have been seized by the police and are unlikely to be returned as he has been charged in court.

De Costa is currently using an old primitive mobile phone which has very limited internet capabilities and lacks the necessary software to continue what he has been doing prior to his equipment being seized.


Willy has been on medical leave for 6 months due to slip disc and osteoarthritis.

Hence, I hope we can help raise $3420 to get the gadgets Willy lost in the CID’s operation, in order to continue the good works he’s always been doing.

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