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Malaysia and Thailand have blocked a cruise ship carrying around 2,000 passengers, including hundreds of Italians, from docking despite the lack of coronavirus cases on board. 

The Costa Fortuna is now on its way to Singapore, operator Costa Crociere of the cruise line, or Costa Cruises, said in a statement on Saturday.

The ship was first turned away from Phuket's iconic Thai holiday island on Friday, with no reported virus cases being found aboard. Costa Cruises said on Twitter that the Thai authorities had imposed restrictions on "Italians who have transited in Italy in the last 14 days. 

On Saturday, the vessel attempted to dock in the northern Malaysian state of Penang, but also denied entry, Penang politician Phee Boon Poh told AFP. The decision was taken as Malaysia decided to limit the entry of all cruise ships to the ports of the country.

When The New Paper contacted the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore for comment, they were unable to reply by press time. Singaporeans will be watching this closely to see if the PAP government allows a twice rejected cruise ship to dock in Singapore and potentially put further strain on Singapore's COVID-19 diagnostic and medical facilities.

We hope the government will do their best to protect Singaporeans and do the right thing.  

 

There are now 7 confirmed cases in Singapore at the time of writing this article and they have finally decided to ban travelers from Wuhan and Hubei.

A netizen by the name of Gordon Tay, who claimed to have previously worked in one of our hospitals, gave his thoughts on the currently ongoing Wuhan virus crisis. In his Facebook post, Tay questioned why our Government is not banning the flights from Wuhan earlier. He came up with a simple statistic of populations between Wuhan and Singapore. 

"Wuhan population is 13 million, Singapore is 5 million squeezed on a small high density island."

With people coming in to Singapore through straight flights on airlines like Scoot, the chances of the virus coming to our shore and spreading is very high. Many countries took decisive actions by banning travelers from Hubei and Wuhan. So why isn't our Government as decisive when it comes to such matters? Shouldn't our Government be more worried for the lives of Singaporeans?

Tay also mentioned that our Government is asking us not to overreact and to believe in them to do the right thing. However, there are many people taking our public transport everyday. The fear is real for us citizens when we have to squeeze in the various transport systems. 

Perhaps our politicians need to take our public transport to know how scary everything is with people wearing masks everywhere. 

Our Government should be focused on saving us citizens. Stop giving us lip service.

You can read Tay's full post here:

Dr Tan Cheng Bock, leader of the newly formed Progress Singapore Party (PSP), was seen leading over 200 of his party members and volunteers doing door-to-door home visits in West Coast GRC on Sunday Morning.

With this event, some are speculating that Dr Tan will be contesting for the West Coast GRC in the upcoming election. Dr Tan did not directly answer if he the rumors are true. However, he did tell the local 151 media "The reception has been warm. Tell them: I'm coming home."

Dr Tan became the member of parliament-elect for Ayer Rajah Single Member Constituency in 1980. He held the title until he left politics before the 2006 General Elections when the Single Member Constituency was absorbed into the West Coast GRC. Foo Mee Har is now the elect for the Ayer Rajah Division.

Dr Tan has a home ground advantage if he were to fight for the West Coast GRC. But does it really matter which constituency Dr Tan is fighting for? He will definitely have many Singaporean supporters. The white dogs have to watch their backs carefully now and begin looking for new jobs. It's time for a change.

Pritam Singh and Chan Chun Sing had a spar during the latest parliament meeting. In the meeting, Pritam asked for a data breakdown for jobs going to PRs and Singaporeans. Chan, doing what the PAP does best and dodged the question entirely, asking Pritam "What is the point of the question?" 

Evidently, this is a sore spot for the ruling Government. If they were to release the statistics, many will probably not be happy with them. 

After the debate, Chee Hong Tat made a Facebook post on his page, summarizing the parliament debate. He also added his own comments saying:

The PRs in our workforce have made contributions to Singapore, both economically and socially, even though they receive lower subsidies and fewer benefits than citizens. More importantly, many PRs are family members of our fellow Singapore citizens, as Mr Singh would be aware since the Workers’ Party has joined PAP MPs in advocating for foreign spouses and children of Singapore citizens to be given priority for Singapore citizenship.

We must firmly reject all attempts to drive a wedge between different groups within our society and stand resolute against efforts to stir fear and hatred for political gain. Only then can we continue to progress together as Team Singapore.

Tldr; Chee Hong Tat claims that the PRs are making contributions to Singapore and that Pritam is driving a wedge between different groups within our society.

Does this Chee Hong even know how Singaporeans are feeling? Singaporeans have been afraid and angry at losing their jobs to PRs or any other foreigners. There was a wedge since the start of time. Team Singapore is only made up of true blue Singaporeans. Not these people who might go back to their countries after earning their keep. He should start finding out about how the ground is like by talking to true Singaporeans instead of these PRs who sing praises about him and the ruling Government just so they can continue living here.

This really shows how out of touch our ministers are. Yet they still try to make opposition parties look stupid publicly. They are the ones who look stupid when they say and do such things. We really need someone new to take over. These bunch of clowns really got to go.

PM Lee spoke at an Edusave award ceremony in Townsville Primary School yesterday. Pinky claimed that education is vital to Singapore's future and the education system in Singapore has been designed to bring out the best in each student. 

The education system has approved to go through some big changes in the recent months. This includes subject based banding instead of streaming as well as the change in the PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examination) scoring system.

In his speech, pinky also said

"And it is one of the most important things that the Government pays attention to because we believe that through education, we can help our citizens gain skills, learn knowledge, become productive and useful, become good people and make a living for themselves"

With him bragging about how our education can help our citizens gain skills and make a living for themselves, our unemployment rate seems only to be rising. Pinky is once again running his mouth without thinking. Furthermore, with so many pros to our education system, one would expect him and his family members to be studying in Singapore. 

With Pinky as one of the biggest figureheads of the country, he should be quite fit from all the running he does. Running the country to the ground and running his big fat mouth.

 

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