10 August 2016
by Dr Tan Lip Hong
Singapore's total land area now stands at 71,400 hectares.
According to the Land Use Plan report released on 31 January 2013, the Government plans to increase its land supply by nearly 8 per cent to 76,600 hectares to accommodate its projected population of 6.9 million by 2030.
About 60 per cent will be set aside for housing, industry and community facilities - up from the current 52 per cent.
A large part of the additional land will come from reclamation and freeing up reserve land.
It can be seen from the map that future land reclamation work is largely to increase the size of the main island of Singapore as well as existing off shore islands like Pulau Tekong, Pulau Bukom and Pulau Semakau.
This plan would destroy the existing coastlines around the main island, much the same way as the Marine Parade reclamation off the East Coast in the past has destroyed all the old picturesque coastlines of Tanjong Katong, Telok Kurau, Siglap, Bedok, Tanah Merah with all their natural habitats, heritage, history and memories.
11 March 2016
I read the facebook note by Dr Chee that shared the story about a small independent bookstore appealing for help to stay afloat. It gives a glimpse of what is really happening to many small retailers. While I sympathize with the owner, we should also take note of things from a broader perspective by looking into the challenges faced by small business owners in Singapore.
As a small business owner over the past 10 years, I personally witness that many local retailers (big or small) are suffering because of the economic downturn...
22 February 2016
Tan Lip Hong and Leong Yan Hoi
During the last elections, a few PAP Ministers had made statements about the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) position on defence spending ,, and recently in parliament, Mr Christopher de Souza, an MP from the Holland-Bukit Timah GRC had again brought the matter up .
14 September 2015
The whirlwind hustling of GE2015 is finally over. The applause has mainly been for the candidates, but I believe the appreciation should go to a lot more people. Matthew Tan, who helped me co-helm the Ground Operations Team when Bryan Lim stood up to be a candidate for our party. He is the analytic guy, and helps to disarm tricky situations when tensions are high, and provides alternative solutions when none seemed to be in sight.
30 August 2015
I left Taiwan for the US to study in the 1980s, when Taiwan was still under the rule of KMT's Chiang Ching-Kuo. I was not particularly concerned about politics, as Taiwan was a prosperous society and I didn't really experience any hardships during my growing up years.
When I went home for holidays in-between school terms, I noticed my younger brother's computer monitor was draped with all sorts of head bands he had collected from attending various public protests, be it for "amendment of the Constitutions", "calling for direct Presidential elections", or "anti-nulcear plants".
I was extremely uncomfortable seeing those colourful head bands and asked him, "Is it safe to go for those protests?" My brother laughed and said, "Time has changed! It's no big deal now."
31 July 2015
I cannot recall exactly how long it has been since I was involved in conducting our weekly house visits.
In that time when I have been really busy, my fellow members and volunteers have been tirelessly turning up without fail for months to visit the residents of the constituencies that we intend to contest in.
Coming from all parts of Singapore, with some as far as Pasir Ris, they travel sometimes for more than an hour to the residential blocks in the west that are not always easily accessible by public transport.
Not everyone in this group is young and healthy; I see volunteers who continue to help week in week out despite being in their golden years, when they should be enjoying their retirement. However they still come faithfully and regularly. To these volunteers, I offer my heartfelt gratitude.