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The Real Singapore: Evidence on little understanding on financial planning from stolen article

Recently one of my old article entitled Man lost almost his entire HDB property to siblings due to poor financial planning got “stolen” and was published without my permission on The Real Singapore website and shared on their facebook page. I was going to write to the editor of The Real Singapore for copyright infringement when I got shocked with the reaction of the commentators. The reaction was so comical that I decided to also share to all by copying and pasting the facebook … [Read More...]

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ST forum: Home Protection Scheme – Start coverage once payment is made

Previously I wrote about the case in which a lorry driver Jason Lim Wei Kwan drowned when the lorry he was in slid off a barge and sank into the sea off Pasir Panjang Terminal. As I suspect they had applied for a BTO but now having difficulty paying the remaining balance due to the Home Protection Scheme only taking affect after collection of keys, I decided to write to Straits Times. The following letter was published on 8 October 2014: Home Protection Scheme - Start coverage once payment is … [Read More...]

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