Monthly Archives: May 2007

Report of the Public Accounts Committee

The Public Accounts Committee comprises a group of Members of Parliament and acts like the “Audit Committee” of the Government. It considers the Auditor-General’s Report, and examines the Government Financial Statements and other accounts which are presented to the Parliament. The Auditor-General attends the meetings of the Committee and helps to clarify matters reported in the Auditor-General’s Report. (Auditor General’s …

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Singapore-Indonesian treaties: Is the light at the end of the tunnel a train?

By Gerald Giam Indonesia has been seeking an Extradition Treaty (ET) with Singapore for the past 34 years. However, since the 1997-98 Asian Financial Crisis this issue has risen to the top of Indonesia‘s foreign policy agenda with Singapore. During the crisis, it is believed that many corrupt Indonesian businessmen absconded to Singapore with millions of dollars stolen from banks. …

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Foreign Talent policy: of principle and practice

By Choo Zheng Xi The government’s defense of its foreign talent policy follows a familiar pattern. The government rolls out a policy and frames it within unobjectionable truisms that few can disagree with. In the foreign talent debate, the truisms are ‘cosmopolitanism’ and the need for ‘healthy competition’. When challenged on the specific implementation of its policies policy, the government …

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The Work Holiday Programme: an undergraduate’s concern

By Ned Stark Singapore’s open door policy rolls on. The government’s stated goal is to bring Singapore’s population up to the 6.5 million mark. Unless we drastically increase our birth statistics, it is clear that many of these 6.5 million residents will be made up of foreigners. Minister of Manpower Dr Ng Eng Hen’s recently announced increase in S passes …

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UNSW closure – some tough questions

By Choo Zheng Xi A friend of mine (let’s call him James) made the decision a few months ago to enroll in the University of New South Wales (UNSW) campus in Singapore. He had taken a gamble and given up his place in NUS’ Business faculty for a chance to be part of an internationally renowned University, finding the local …

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The Byzantine oracle on the PAP

By Ned Stark As a fan of history I subscribe to the view that “history repeats itself” (this post is spurred by LCC’s comment on Aaron Ng’s blog.) A prominent American academic (I believe it was Samuel Huntington) had said: “The democratic system implemented by Lee Teng Hui will live on after him, but that built by Lee Kuan Yew …

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Singapore’s healthcare system – uniquely Singapore? (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a 3-part focus on healthcare in Singapore. Part 1 can be viewed here. By Leong Sze Hian F4.April 2007 – FEES COMPETITION: In April 2005, 22 clinics that were willing to charge the same $8 fee as polyclinics were told by the Singapore Medical Association (SMA) that they could not list this information on a …

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JBJ to set up “The Reform Party” (Report)

Video of the press conference is at the end of this article. Recently discharged from bankruptcy, former Workers’ Party chief JB Jeyaretnam announced that he is registering a new political party. Wearing a polo shirt with the words “The Truth Will Set You Free”, Mr Jeyaretnam fired off a list of issues which he wants reformed or corrected. Among them, …

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JBJ’s Return To Politics: Method In The Madness? (Commentary)

By Choo Zheng Xi Before JB Jeyaretnam’s press conference today, there was much speculation in opposition circles about his political future. It was widely rumored that the veteran politician was ready to throw in the towel. At the age of 81, he has contested a total of 8 elections and has established himself as one of Singapore’s most recognizable opposition …

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Singapore’s healthcare system – uniquely Singapore? F1 or F9? (Part 1)

By Leong Sze Hian This is part one of a three-parts chronological treatise on healthcare issues over the last 2 years or so, like means-testing, non-priority for subsidised rates healthcare, wards down-grading, medical fees competition, costs of medicines and alternatives, healthcare spending, MediShield, ElderShield, implications for foreigners, PRs and Singaporeans, etc. What will the future of healthcare be like for …

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