Daily Archives: 2011-03-22

Don’t look left or right

Dr Wong Wee Nam/ There is a Chinese saying which goes like this: 王顾左右而言他。Translated it means “The King looked left and right and talked about other things”. It is used in reference to a person who tries to evade an issue in discussion by going off into some other subjects. This saying is derived from a passage in the Teachings …

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Security guards’ stats – something for Desmond Choo to ponder over

Leong Sze Hian/ I refer to the article “’I understand how the poor feel‘” (Today, Mar 22). It states that: “his (MP-hopeful Desmond Choo) father is working as a security officer and would tell him of problems in the industry, such as the difficulties of working a 12-hour shift. Mr Choo, who is also the executive secretary of the Union of Security …

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New candidates, but no principles?

TOC Editorial / The ruling party’s attempt to create some excitement with their new slate of candidates might actually have done the opposite: entrench negative stereotypes of the party as one that encourages uniform thought and economic growth at the expense of principles. Ever obliging, the government friendly Straits Times gave them three full pages (including the front page) of …

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3- cornered fight is a scorched earth policy that will backfire

Ng E-Jay In his hotly debated article “Low Thia Khiang’s job is to lead the Workers’ Party” (20 Mar), Alex Au argues that the Worker’s Party (WP) is justified in challenging the National Solidarity Party (NSP) to a 3 cornered fight at Moulmein-Kallang GRC. Alex’s opinion is that if WP’s long term goal is to become the leading opposition party …

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Answering the question you wish had been asked

The following article was first published on Siew Kum Hong’s blog. Siew Kum Hong/ Former US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara once said: “Never answer the question that is asked of you. Answer the question that you wish had been asked of you.” I was somewhat amused at just how blatantly this rule was used in two recent letters to …

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Ministerial Pay – The Frankenstein’s monster that won’t go away

Joshua Chiang/ When the proposal to benchmark ministers’ salaries to those of the top six highest earning professions was first mooted in Parliament in 1994, then-Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew defended the largely unpopular move by prophesizing proclaiming: “I say it (the ministerial pay increase) is necessary … in five to 10 years, people will acknowledge that it works, and …

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