Daily Archives: 2011-03-03

Bonus for ministers, peanuts for most?

by Leong Sze Hian I refer to the report “Budget 2011: Higher pay for civil servants this year” (Channel News Asia, Mar 2).It states that: “Senior officers will also get the maximum GDP Bonus this year, with some getting as much as eight months’ pay”. Does this mean that some ministers, senior ministers-of-state, ministers of state, parliamentary secretaries, etc, may …

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GE 2011: Some GRCs may go uncontested

TOC has confirmed that not all Group Representation Constituencies (GRC) may be contested in the coming General Election. The opposition parties showed little interest in contesting Marine Parade, Sembawang and Tanjong Pagar constituencies at last night’s opposition strategy meeting. TOC also understands that as a result of Mr Chiam See Tong indicating that he intends to run in Bishan-Toa Payoh …

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BREAKING NEWS: Mr Tony Tan and team in talks with SPP

Mr Tony Tan Lay Thiam has confirmed with TOC that his team is in talks with Singapore People’s Party (SPP) about about a possible alliance for the coming elections. If talks are successful, it is expected that Hazel Poa, Jeisilan Sivalingam and Tony Tan who are part of the group which resigned en-masse from Reform Party (RP) recently, may contest …

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PAP MP : Cutting GST does not help the poor….

The following is an excerpt of an article posted by blog Diary of A Singaporean Mind. You know how far down the standard of debate has fallen when an MP stands up and argues that cutting the GST does not help the poor. GST is a regressive tax that penalises the poor the most because they spend most of their …

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I have had ‘more than required’ of this.

The following post is published on March 3, 2011 at Kirsten Han’s blog. I can’t go to sleep until I share this. First – three news articles for your perusal. Budget 2011: Grow & Share ‘gives more than required’ Mr Tharman noted that there will invariably be some families with unique circumstances, for whom the package does not fully cover …

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Growth Dividends for poor – Enough or not enough?

“Show me any family still receiving less than necessary to cope.” Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, defending the amount received by a low-income household from this year’s Budget as being enough to help cope with inflation Levy hike ‘not a push for locals (ST 24 Feb 2011) Mr Tharman stressed that there will invariably be some needy families with unique circumstances, …

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