Daily Archives: 2011-03-01

Parliament snippets: Replies but not answers?

by Leong Sze Hian I refer to the report “Health minister replies on 3M queries and drug subsidies” (ST Breaking News, Mar 1). It states that “Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan revealed on Monday that the 3Ms account for 23 per cent of costs incurred by citizens and permanent residents who were warded in both public and private hospitals”. Since …

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Chiam See Tong: Budget 2011 does not address country’s major problems

The following is Mr Chiam See Tong’s response to the Budget 2011. BUDGET STATEMENT 2011 This is an election Budget. The strategy is that of the US use during the pacific war against the Japanese whenever they want to take an island, the Americans will bombard that island with heavy artillery from the sea and dropped bombs from the air …

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Think out of the box to solve social issues as well

The following post is published on February 23, 2011 on Mr Ravi Philemon’s blog. The governments solution for solving social problems is by either throwing money at them or by taking money away from them.  You have a TFR (total fertility rate) problem and what do you do? Throw money at the married people to induce them to have children. …

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Making babies: Statistically flawed thinking?

By Leong Sze Hian In the article, “Our way, not the Nordic way: DPM Wong”, the Deputy Prime Minister dismissed calls for more cash incentives and parental leave to help raise Singapore’s declining birth rate.  (Today, Feb 26) Mr Wong Kan Seng, described as Singapore’s “population czar” in the report, “pointed to studies that show no conclusive link between improved …

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PSD: “Civil servants may volunteer to serve in grassroots organisations”

With reference to a Straits Times  article on Saturday, 26 February that reported on the potential new candidates who may be fielded by the People’s Action Party (PAP), TOC’s Mr Andrew Loh wrote in on 27 February to the Public Service Division. He asked for the PSD to explain to the public its stand regarding civil servants’ involvement in a political …

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