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**** CmdVees 1.0.6 <http://www.macworld.com/article/159360/2011/04/cmdvees.html#lsrc.rss_main>
Dan Frakes, Macworld

Today’s Gem, CmdVees, is a multiple-clipboard app, but its developer has taken a unique approach by making the software dirt-cheap and focusing on a specific use: copying several bits of text sequentially and then pasting those items, one after another, elsewhere.

**** Apple's Q2 Profit Soars On Strong iPhone Sales <http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9216001/Apple_s_Q2_profit_soars_on_strong_iPhone_sales?source=rss_operatingsystems&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+computerworld%2Fs%2Ffeed%2Ftopic%2F123+%28Computerworld+Mac+OS+News%29>
IDG News Service

**** iPod Touch Is One-third Of iPod, iOS Sales To Date <http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/04/apple-lawsuit-reveals-60-million-ipod-touches-sold-to-date.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss>
Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Apple has never broken out numbers for individual iPod models when it reports quarterly sales results, making it difficult to determine just how may iPod touches Apple has sold since the device's introduction in late 2007. However, the number was revealed this week after the complaint filed in Apple's lawsuit with Samsung was posted to PACER. According to the filing, Apple has sold "over 60 million" of the iOS-compatible devices in three and a half years.

**** Apple Restricts Employee Time Off In May As Retail's 10th Anniversary Approaches <http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/04/20/apple_restricts_employee_time_off_in_may_as_retails_10th_anniversary_approaches.html>
Neil Hughes, Macworld

Retail employees were told this week via e-mail that they may not request days off between May 20 and May 22, AppleInsider has learned. It was said that store managers are "very excited" about those dates, but no other details are available.

**** Death And iTunes <http://www.macworld.com/article/159358/2011/04/death_itunes.html#lsrc.rss_main>
Christopher Breen, Macworld

"Some day—hopefully not today—I shall shuffle off this mortal coil, and then what happens to my iTunes collection? Is there some way of transferring ownership of media purchased from Apple?"

**** App Store Experiments Gone Wild <http://shiftyjelly.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/app-store-experiments-gone-wild/>
Shifty Jelly's Blog Of Mystery

**** Your iPhone's Watching You. Should You Care? (FAQ) <http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20055885-37.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=News-Apple>
Josh Lowensohn And Elinor Mills, CNET

While acknowledging that there is no need to panic, the researchers noted that if someone gets hold of the device, they can access the unencrypted data. "Your cell operator has this information," they said in the news conference. Anyone who wants it has "to get a court order to get that from a provider. But now, all you have to do is lose your phone in a bar."

**** How To Recover Items In The OS X Trash Using Time Machine <http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20055815-263.html>
Topher Kessler, CNET

**** Disaster In Japan Hasn't Greatly Affected Apple's Supplies, COO Says <http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/04/20/disaster_in_japan_hasnt_greatly_affected_apples_supplies_coo_says.html>

Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook said the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan did not have a material impact on the supply or availability of components for Apple's iPad 2 or other products last quarter, and he also does not expect the situation to affect the company in the near future.

**** Samsung 'Crossed The Line': Apple Executive <http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iDrp7MmHmf6YcVhO9WHnKnTamdpA?docId=CNG.963c3979f30916cb3f479d536df70cc7.161>

Apple filed suit against Samsung last week because it had "crossed the line," a top Apple executive said Wednesday, but hopes to maintain a "strong relationship" with the South Korean company.

**** 3 Major Issues With The Latest iPhone Tracking “Discovery” <https://alexlevinson.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/3-major-issues-with-the-latest-iphone-tracking-discovery/>
Alex Levinson

Apple is not collecting this data. And to suggest otherwise is completely misrepresenting Apple.

Location services have been available to the Apple device for some time. Understand what this file is – a log generated by the various radios and sensors located within the device. This file is utilized by several operations on the device that actually is what makes this device pretty “smart”. This file existed in a different form prior to iOS 4, but not in form it is today.

**** Apple Breaks More Records For Q2 2011 <http://tidbits.com/article/12124?rss>
Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

Looking at the backlog of iPad 2 orders (and the lines that still form at Apple Stores each morning), the numbers of people showing up to coffee shops with MacBook Airs, and the sheer tonnage of iPhones brandished everywhere, it’s clear that Apple is selling a lot of product and reaping fat profits.

But when you dig into the other numbers Apple released, you may be surprised to learn where, exactly, that profit is coming from.

**** How To Record Remote Audio Podcast Interviews <http://www.macworld.com/article/158820/2011/04/how_to_podcast_interviews.html#lsrc.rss_main>
Christopher Breen, Macworld

The Tomorrow Weblog

**** Coming To Your Kindle: Library Books <http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/20/coming-to-your-kindle-library-books/>
Julie Bosman, New York Times

MyAppleMenu Reader

**** Book Review: 'The Silent Land' By Graham Joyce <http://www.latimes.com/features/books/la-et-book-20110421,0,679359.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+features%2Fbooks+%28Los+Angeles+Times+-+Books%29>
Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times

With TV's "Lost" having found its conclusion, and its successor on the pop culture landscape still missing in its own right, fans longing for a mysterious and mystical world to explore might consider visiting "The Silent Land," a tautly rendered new novel by British writer Graham Joyce.

**** Bad Politics, Worse Prose <http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/08/bad_politics_worse_prose?page=full>
Suzanne Merkelson, Foreign Policy

>From suicidal astronauts to bestiality, you can learn a lot about what makes the world's worst tyrants tick from the terrible books they write.


**** NSP Unveils 24-year-old Candidate For Marine Parade GRC Team <http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110421-0000420/NSP-unveils-24-year-old-candidate-for-Marine-Parade-GRC-team>

**** Separating Pearls From Swine <http://singaporedesk.blogspot.com/2011/04/separating-pearls-from-swine.html>
Singapore Notes

**** Sitoh Not Banking On Upgrading Offer To Win Votes In Potong Pasir <http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110421-0000444/Sitoh-not-banking-on-upgrading-offer-to-win-votes-in-Potong-Pasir>
Tan Yo-Hinn, Today

Now, the People's Action Party (PAP) candidate for the single-member constituency believes a different approach, like giving out education bursaries to top-performing students there, may change the tide.

"I want better interaction and to build a closer relationship with the families (here)," he told reporters last night.

**** Three-cornered Fights Still Expected <http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110421-0000438/Three-cornered-fights-still-expected>
Ng Jing Yng, Today

With RP's move, the number of likely three-cornered fights between Opposition parties has been whittled down to three: Punggol East, Sengkang West and Radin Mas.

And the Singapore Democractic Alliance (SDA), which retains an interest in these three single seats, could hold the key to any final resolution.

**** 'We're Not Just Fielding Anyone Who Comes To Us' <http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110421-0000439/Were-not-just-fielding-anyone-who-comes-to-us>
Tanya Fong, Today

Mr Low revealed that the party - which also launched a new official website for the coming GE - had considered a slate of about 50 possible candidates since the previous General Election in 2006. They went through a selection process, which includes interviews with its top leadership, exposure to party activities, feedback from members, and scrutiny into their backgrounds. In the end, 23 of these candidates are expected to be fielded.

Noting that his party did not have the PAP's "institutionalised outreach" and resources, when it comes to recruitment, Mr Low added: "We have asked those hard questions. We are not just fielding anyone who comes to us. Or else there will be many more candidates fielded."

**** Find Right Balance In Housing <http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/OnlineStory/STIStory_659162.html>
Seah Kah Cheng, Straits Times

Such a policy sharpens the divide between those who own a home and those who do not. Future generations of Singaporeans may find it increasingly difficult to afford a home if housing prices continue to escalate as experienced in recent years. This is especially so for those not fortunate enough to inherit a dwelling.

**** His View Of A First World Parliament <http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/OnlineStory/STIStory_659165.html>
Fong Hoe Fang, Straits Times

I would have been happy if these policies had faced gridlock in Parliament until a solution had been ironed out through rigorous civil debate and fair negotiation. Instead, the lack of debate or even early public knowledge of these policies has now become a hot-button issue for the People's Action Party (PAP).

**** NCMP Scheme Has No Precedent Either <http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/OnlineStory/STIStory_659164.html>
Fu Jiat Foon, Straits Times

The lack of a precedent shouldn't be used against the idea of a multi-party democracy. After all, Ms Indranee has also not named any specific country or successful model where the Non-Constituency MP scheme, other than Singapore's, which she promotes, has been known to be effective in improving the governance of a country.

**** Govt Better Placed To Serve Commuters With Nationalisation <http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/OnlineStory/STIStory_659172.html>
Derrick Sim, Straits Times

The reliability and frequency of our bus services have not improved despite all the measures taken in recent years.

**** Singapore On Track To Overtake Vegas As Second-Largest Gaming Center <http://www.cnbc.com/id/42640321?par=yahoo>
Ansuya Harjani, CNBC

The blazing performance of the Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa is also in large part due to the patronage of local Singaporeans, who made up about 60 percent of the casino customers last year, despite a S$100 ($79) entrance fee imposed by the government to act as a deterrent. “I don’t mind the $100 fee because I just go in and win it back,” says 24-year old Singaporean civil servant who frequents the casino once or twice a week.

While the large domestic customer base is seen as positive for the casinos in the short-term, it could pose a threat to the growth potential of the sector in the long-term as the novelty surrounding the gaming complexes wear off. Galaviz says over time, the integrated resorts’ non-casino offerings, for example, Resorts World Sentosa’s Universal Studios theme park and Marina Bay Sand’s Grand Theater will become more important.

**** Why This Elections Won't... <http://thinkformesingapore.blogspot.com/2011/04/why-this-elections-wont.html>
Think For Me, Singapore

The citizens are just too comfortable. They bitch and whine at coffee shops and in the company of friends and family but when it comes time to make a change, put pen to paper and make their one vote count, they think of the comforts they have had and... the rest is history. Literally and figuratively.

**** Why Singapore Needs A Multi-Party Government <http://abdillahzamzuri.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/why-singapore-needs-a-multi-party-system/>
Abdillah Zamzuri

Currently, the ruling government, the PAP monopolises policy making in parliament with very little debate or discussion as much as they’d like us to think otherwise. Party members will always have to toe the party line and that’s a given fact. With the introduction of a multi-party system in Singapore or even to begin with, a dual-party system in Singapore, the PAP is no longer able to take a stroll in the park with its’ policy making process because the opposition will be there to debate and discuss to ensure that the policy will be one that is more inclusive for the bigger society.

**** Singapore's Opposition Fielding Qualified Candidates For General Election <http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsgeneral.php?id=580728>
Tengku Noor Shamsiah Tengku Abdullah, Bernama

Singapore's opposition parties have attracted qualified candidates for the coming General Election, some of whose credentials were similar to those of the ruling People's Action Party's (PAP) candidates, reported Channel NewsAsia.

Observers said the improved slate could increase the opposition's credibility and even give them momentum in the elections and beyond. Some political observers are of the view that this could translate into actual votes for the opposition and lead to closer fights in the general election.

**** Better An Affordable Home, Than Asset Enhancement <http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/OnlineStory/STIStory_659158.html>
Lai Nam Khim, Straits Times

Instead of thinking of increasing prices to enhance the 'asset value' of the home, we should start to recognise that an affordable home is an asset in itself. Keeping home prices low and affordable means Singaporeans, especially young people planning to start families and buy their first home, can rest assured that they will always be able to own a place to call their home.

I think this would provide a more rooted sense of belonging than that of an expensive house. We need to recognise that we are deriving much utility from that house even if its resale price remains stagnant. We need to appreciate that while stagnant prices may mean little capital gain when selling the current house, it also means not having to pay through the nose for the new one.

**** Mother-to-be Ponders On General Election <http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/04/mother-to-be-ponders-on-general-election/>
Julian Lim, The Online Citizen

**** This Election Is About The People Of Singapore <http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/singapore/4745-this-election-is-about-the-people-of-singapore>
James Gomez, Singapore Democratic Party

The Singapore Democratic Party believes that this election is about the voters and the future of Singapore, not about the PAP's renewal process or its internal leadership issues.

We want to hold the PAP and Minister Vivian Balakrishnan accountable for taxpayer`s money to prevent another fiasco like the gross mismanagement of the YOG budget.

**** Letter To ST Forum From Mr Gerald Giam <http://wp.sg/2011/04/letter-to-st-forum-from-mr-gerald-giam/>
Workers' Party

How many democracies have amended their Constitutions as frequently as in Singapore, in ways which fundamentally change the political system and power balance in governance? In fact, having another political party to defend the Constitution against amendments which are not in the national interest is fundamental to safeguarding the rights and interests of the people.

Ms Rajah suggests that the Non-Constituency MP (NCMP) scheme can act as a check on the Government. A Parliament with NCMPs and without elected opposition MPs will be in danger of becoming a national feedback unit and not what it should be—an organ of state with diverse representatives, each carrying a political mandate from the people.

**** GE 2011 : Time For Change.... <http://singaporemind.blogspot.com/2011/04/ge-2011-time-for-change.html>
Diary Of A Singapore Mind

I tell you what is really dangerous. What is really dangerous is the PAP linking our retirement to housing by draining our CPF for the purchase of HDB flats. MM Lee said recently that HDB flat prices will never drop. But we know from housing bubbles around the world governments can never artificially make housing prices go up forever relative to income. The global economy to which the Singapore economy is linked is prone to recessions and when the high price of housing fall, Singaporeans will be severely affected and this is really dangerous...and it is the PAP that endangered us with its unbalanced policies.

Pushing more financial burden onto Singaporeans as healthcare cost rise sharply due in part to govt policies to turn Singapore into a medical hub for the rich, has strained the finances of the lower and middle income groups. We are starting to have a system in which quality and timeliness of care is sharply differentiated based on your ability to pay - further exacerbating the effects of the income gap. Khaw Boon Wan liberalised the use of Medisave for Malaysian hospitals implicitly telling those who are too poor to seek medical care in Malaysia.

**** The Toxic Assets Of Mah Bow Tan <http://singaporedesk.blogspot.com/2011/04/toxic-assets-of-mah-bow-tan.html>
Singapore Notes

What Mah Bow Tan has been flogging to the market is the housing equivalent of the toxic Lehman products, instruments packaging financial risk in esoteric derivatives and complex collateralized debt obligations. Seduced by promises of high returns of a resale market, potential home owners ignored or were ignorant of the risks of housing and credit bubbles. The scam is more pernicious in the Singapore context since the CPF fund which is the lifeline for retirement is depleted by 20 to 25 year loan repayments. Asset rich, cash poor, those caught in the ponzi scheme can either starve to death in the highrise pigeon holes or head for the MRT tracks.

**** Singapore a-Twitter Before May 7 Elections <http://www.pressrun.net/weblog/2011/04/singapore-a-twitter-before-may-7-elections.html>

**** Mah Bow Tan’s Fear-mongering <http://whyliddat.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/mah-bow-tans-fear-mongering/>
Why Liddat?

Mah claims that WP’s aim of making housing more affordable, an duty that the PAP seems to have forgotten over the years, is part of some insidious objective of the WP to raid the reserves to fund irresponsible spending. This presumably rests on Mah’s assertion that the WP’s proposal undermines the role of the Chief Valuer, which in turn undermines the role of the President. Pardon my ignorance, but before today, I have never heard of the position of the Chief Valuer. The question Mah should be asking then, would be whether the system of having a Chief Valuer to price state land remains valid in the wake of increasingly unaffordable housing, instead of simply attacking the WP’s motives.

**** Why Many Have Chosen Nicole Seah Over Tin Pei Ling <http://kentridgecommon.com/?p=11206>
Christopher Ong, The Kent Ridge Common

The young Ms. Seah had cultivated a strongly independent, critical and informed perspective of Singapore’s affairs ever since she was in the University.

Ms. Seah has made the plight of the working middle-class in Singapore who are grappling with rising living cost her key issue this coming elections.

**** Thoughts Before The Elections <http://iantan.org/archives/2915>
Ian Tan, Empty Vessel

What was not obvious to the people or candidates in previous elections, has become suddenly, and painfully obvious: Your rhetoric can be torn apart in mere minutes. Today, the public can analyse, dissect, and deconstruct your rhetoric in mere minutes, and then spread their opinion on the Internet far faster than you can blink.

A few posts ago, I was asking people not to judge the 27-year-old PAP candidate Tin Pei Ling too much until she had more chance to communicate or prove her worth. Unfortunately, the more she speaks or writes, the more her reputation drops. She recently posted a long-winded and ultimately empty piece on care for the elderly. The whole posting goes to pieces the minute she starts off with “Eldercare is destiny.” You know, for all the praise that your senior comrades are piling on you, you ought to learn how to write better.

**** More Good In Workers Party Manifesto <http://abdillahzamzuri.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/understanding-workers-party-manisfesto/>
Abdillah Zamzuri

My thoughts on it is simple, PAP simply doesn’t want to address the rest of the issues that WP has address which will benefit Singaporeans in general but instead prefers to focus on the hot topic issue of public housing by calling bluff on WP’s public housing policy.

**** The Self-pwning Straits Times And TODAY Letters Sections? <http://miyagi.sg/2011/04/the-self-pwning-straits-times-forum>

Update 3 (sigh): So Mr Chua apologizes on the same thread for accusing ST Forum edi­tor of “twisting” his letter. He really wrote two different letters.

**** GE: NSP Releases Election Manifesto <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1124114/1/.html>
Imelda Saad, Channel NewsAsia

The opposition National Solidarity Party (NSP) has unveiled its manifesto for the General Election and said its team for Marine Parade GRC will campaign on the issue of accountability.

Among its proposals, the party said the government should sell new HDB flats to first-time buyers at "cost-plus" instead of pegging prices to market rates. "Cost-plus" means a discount will be given to first-time buyers of new HDB flats so that they pay slightly above the cost of building the flats plus a discounted land price.

**** GE: SDP Introduces 6 Of Its 11 Candidates <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1124135/1/.html>
Channel NewsAsia

SDP secretary-general Dr Chee Soon Juan however would not reveal where the six will be fielded.

But the party confirmed that it will contest Sembawang and Holland-Bukit Timah GRCs as well as single-member constituencies of Bukit Panjang and Yuhua.

**** GE: SPP Loans Three Members To RP <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1124140/1/.html>
Satish Cheney & Wayne Chan, Channel NewsAsia

The Singapore People's Party is loaning three of its members to The Reform Party, after they signed Memorandums of Understanding on the matter. The SPP said it is doing this, "in the spirit of opposition alliance and support" and "looks forward to more such opportunities for greater collaboration amongst opposition parties in Singapore."

**** WP Proposal Reflects Ground Sentiment On Costlier Housing <http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC110421-0001308/WP-proposal-reflects-ground-sentiment-on-costlier-housing>
Maureen Foo, Today

While Mr Mah questioned WP's sense of responsibility and labelled their proposal as an "illegal raid" on Singapore's reserves, using these for "irresponsible spending", I wonder how fighting for the right of every Singaporean to affordable public housing should be "illegal" or "irresponsible". Indeed describing their proposal as a "raid" in the first place is dubious. I am not very economic-minded, but I am certain that the many people who have been unsuccessful in their applications for flats, and those who are unable to fork out the high cash-over-valuation (COV) asked for by more and more "serious" sellers, will agree that the WP's manifesto is spot on.

Mr Mah argued that WP is denying Singaporeans "the fruits of Singapore's progress". Such logic fails me. Increasingly, those with deep pockets are living in HDB flats and pricing others from the middle and lower socio-economic stratas out of the resale market. Despite the various cooling measures to deter investors and property speculators from driving up flat prices sky-high, these are only provisional.

Mr Mah also invoked protecting "the value of Singaporeans' homes" to refute WP's proposal. If what Mr Mah said is an accurate reflection of the average Singaporean today, then it is truly saddening that HDB is encouraging such a materialistic pursuit with our homes. Where is HDB's vision of "providing affordable, quality homes"?

**** Chiam See Tong Laying Out Succession Plans Amid GE Preparations <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1124160/1/.html>
Hoe Yeen Nie/May Wong, Channel NewsAsia

In an interview with Channel NewsAsia, the SPP secretary-general spoke about why he is still in politics and what he looks for in a potential successor.

**** Voters Are Left Wondering About PAP Manifesto <http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/04/voters-are-left-wondering-about-pap-manifesto/>
Andrew Loh, The Online Citizen

It is a shame that the PAP, being the ruling party and one which is calling for Singaporeans to demand the opposition parties reveal the details of their respective programmes, should itself be so stingy in the details of its own programmes.

For example, in its 2006 election manifesto, there were no mentions in the PAP programme of raising the Goods and Services tax to fund “programmes for the needy”, nor were there any revelation that the PAP Government would open the floodgates to foreign labour, nor did it spell out changes to the CPF scheme, or raising the retirement age or raising the CPF withdrawal age.

Could it be that it is precisely because these are unpopular policies that the PAP felt it was not wise to disclose these during an election? If so, how then do Singaporeans make a “wise” and “informed” choice at the polls, the very same thing which the PAP is again asking Singaporeans to do?

**** WP’s New Candidates Want To Work Towards Govt Accountability <http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/04/wps-new-candidates-want-to-work-towards-govt-accountability/>
Ko Siew Huey, The Online Citizen

The Worker’s Party (WP) introduced its second batch of four candidates on Thursday All four reiterated a common vision that motivated them to stand for elections – to build a political system with an effective mechanism of checks and balances that would hold the government accountable to its people.

**** GE: RP Likely To Contest Ang Mo Kio GRC <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1124176/1/.html>
Satish Cheney, Channel NewsAsia

Party Secretary-General Kenneth Jeyaretnam said the Reform Party team for Ang Mo Kio could include - Mr Alex Tan and Mr Jay Ting - both of whom are on loan from the Singapore People's Party.

Meanwhile, Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam added that Socialist Front Chairman Ng Teck Siong is planning to contest Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's team at Tanjong Pagar GRC, together with members from the Singapore Democratic Alliance.

**** Low: What Is Government's Response To High Flat Prices? <http://www.straitstimes.com/GeneralElection/News/Story/STIStory_659593.html>
Straits Times

Workers' Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang accused Mr Mah Bow Tan on Thursday of trying to distract Singaporeans from the issue of keeping new HDB flat prices affordable.

Mr Low said the WP believes its proposal would have minimal impact on the resale market and that its objection to the elected presidency was based on political reasons, not to raid the reserves. 'Therefore, I would advise the minister not to sidetrack the issue of public housing that the WP has raised in its manifesto,' he said. 'The WP is saying that the current flat prices are too high and would be a financial burden for younger generations of Singaporeans. What's the government's response to that?'

**** An Illegal Raid On The Reserves? Mr Mah Should Explain About Ballooning Land Costs <http://de-leviathan.blogspot.com/2011/04/illegal-raid-on-reserves-mr-mah-should.html>
De Leviathan @ Sg

Perhaps, Mr Mah should explained to the Electorate how lands that were cheaply acquired in the early 1970s for the HDB, and in the Govt's land bank; through the Compulsory Land Acquisition Acts, could balloon to its current market value "according to objective market conditions and established valuation principles".

So what HDB paid for a 523,536 sq ft Freehold piece of land in June 1975 @ S$360,000 can only buy you a 5 Rm HDB 99 year Leasehold flat today. And imagine HDB is building higher and higher, 30 to 40 storeys high, at gross plot ratio of "greater than 2.8".

**** Open Letter By NSP To Residents Of Marine Parade <http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20110421-274902.html>
National Solidarity Party, AsiaOne

Voting for us gives you an avenue to debate and articulate your concerns regarding the direction our country is heading towards, bringing your voice into the Parliament.

Vote for us, we will work even harder than the incumbent. As the smaller fish in the sea, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels or promise you any less than our absolute best.

**** PAP Candidates And Msm - Please Grow Up <http://www.raviphilemon.net/2011/04/pap-candidates-and-msm-please-grow-up.html>
Ravi Philemon

The General Election is a contest. Which means that you will be challenged. So, now would you please stop sounding like you are doing the opposition one big favour?

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