Daily Archives: 2014-11-18

Who decides on govt grants?

In order to supplement town councils’ work in the estate, the government provides grants to them. The grants are disbursed through the Ministry of National Development (MND), to the grassroots organisations, in particular to the Citizens Consultative Committees (CCCs), which are at the apex of all grassroots organisations. The committee which oversees the approval of funds is the Community Improvement …

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Did Desmond Lee tell the whole story?

When Minister of State for National Development, Desmond Lee, said that the Workers’ Party Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) had an “operating deficit of S$734,000 in FY12”, was he telling the whole story? Let’s revisit what he said exactly, as reported by the Straits Times on 7 November: “Before merger, Aljunied had an operating surplus of $3.3m. Within two years, …

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Why we need the arts and open dialogue on public issues

By Howard Lee “A movie is different from a book. You write a book, I can write a counter book, the book you can read together with a counter book. You watch the movie, you think it’s a documentary, it may be like Fahrenheit 9/11 – very convincing, but it’s not a documentary. And I think we have to understand …

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