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Monthly Archives: May 2011

A good start

Andrew Loh/ The setting up of a committee to review ministerial salaries is a good start-off point of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s promise of change. The move is an acknowledgement that ministers’ salaries have been a sore point for many Singaporeans since its implementation in the 1990s. Over time, it has also raised questions about the government’s moral authority, …

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PM Lee pledges a just and fair society

SPEECH BY PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY HELD IN THE STATE ROOM, ISTANA ON 21 MAY 2011 Mr President Ministers and Members of Parliament Fellow Singaporeans 1. We have just gone through a watershed general election. Almost all the seats were contested, for the first time in decades. Many Singaporeans were voting for the first time. …

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S’poreans and PR job stats – making no sense

Leong Sze Hian / I refer to the reports of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s speech on 21 April on the launch of IM Flash Singapore, a joint venture memory chip facility between US tech giants Intel and Micron. The reports cited PM Lee thus: “In his speech, Mr Lee noted that six in 10 of the employees (in IM …

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Letters from Vui Kong – Me and my life

Yong Vui Kong is a death row inmate in Singapore. He was arrested at age 19 with 47.27g of heroin, convicted of trafficking and sentenced under the Mandatory Death Penalty. His final appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on 4 April 2011. He can now only plead for clemency from the President (acting on the advice of the …

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Temasek Holdings – “not required” to disclose?

Leong Sze Hian I refer to Temasek Holding’s letter “Protection of Temasek’s past reserves” (Today, May 20). It states that “Although not required to do so, Temasek publishes an annual Temasek Review, providing a summary of key financials as well as the relevant investment performance over different time periods from one year to over three decades”. Not required to disclose? …

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Election shocker, now a Cabinet cracker

PN Balji / If the results of the May 7 general elections can be described as a shocker, then the Cabinet changes announced yesterday (Wednesday) must be a cracker. And what a cracker it was. Three minsters who were under severe attack during the campaigning were dropped, a bloated Cabinet of 21 ministers was trimmed down to 17, 11 of …

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21 May 1987

Andrew Loh / On 21 May 1987, a group of social workers was arrested by the authorities under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for allegedly plotting to topple the government through a “Marxist conspiracy”. No charges were ever brought against them and they were never tried in open court. There has been no comments from the government since these arrests …

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Time to go beyond complaining

Andrew Loh / The General Elections have resulted in what PM Lee called “epochal” changes to the Cabinet. We have seen 2 Senior Ministers, the Minister Mentor, and 6 other ministers stepping down from the Cabinet. The GE also saw historic achievements by the opposition parties which collectively brought the PAP’s vote share to its lowest since Independence. The Workers’ …

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Unanswered questions on ministers’ pay

See Leong Kit / ( Writer’s letter to TODAY Voices was rejected for publication ) The letter “Clearing the air on pensions” ( TODAY May 14) from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is just a first step on transparency and accountability expected by our taxpayers and voters. Thinking Singaporeans do not expect our politicians and senior bureaucrats to live on “fresh air and …

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Give domestic helpers their dignity

Justin Tan Maids are a large group of employees who play a vital role in supporting the modern Singaporean. Yet, there is little dignity given to them. Maids are not treated with much respect and often, the relationship between these maids and their employers resemble that of a master-servant. While there are many reasons for the lack of dignity, one …

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