Daily Archives: 2012-09-09

Tan Chuan-Jin: alternative voices will be included in National conversation

By Choo Zheng Xi/Consultant Editor – It was a jarringly dissonant quote, presented on page 8 of the Sunday Times by reporter Goh Chin Lian quoting Education Minister Heng Swee Kiat on the “Our Singapore Committee”: “"Asked why "alternative voices" such as bloggers and opposition MPs were not included, he replied: "this is not a partisan exercise"" The quote, in …

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Affordable nursing homes, more Singaporean workers?

By Leong Sze Hian – I refer to the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) reply “Increased subsidies help offset fee hikes: MOH” (Straits Times, Sep 4) to Edwin Lim’s letter “Homes shouldn’t undermine levy” (ST, Aug 30), and the report “'Streamline subsidies’ for patients” (Channel NewsAsia, Sep 3).    Increase subsidy, but fees increase to any amount? The former states that …

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Self Reliance and Social Welfare

By Dr Yuen Chung Kwong Singapore’s official social philosophy has always placed emphasis on self reliance, fearing that that welfare provisions might encourage undesirable patterns of behavior, e.g., unemployment benefit might reduce motivation to work; child endowment might encourage illegitimate births – as well as fostering a sense of entitlement among the population. The CPF (see http://sbr.com.sg/economy/commentary/what-you-need-know-about-singapores-compulsory-saving-scheme,  http://sbr.com.sg/economy/commentary/what-you-need-know-about-singapores-annuity-scheme for my discussion) …

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