Monthly Archives: February 2015

Eye on politics – pre-CNY walkabouts, and well-wishes to PM

Opposition political parties have been up and about last weekend, presumably visiting residents before the Chinese New Year festivities kick in.       Well-wishes to PM Lee Hsien Loong When Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had to undergo surgery for prostate cancer, a number of political parties also wished him well. “On behalf of the members of the Singapore Democratic …

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AHPETC in Parliament and the politics of stupidity

By Howard Lee Some of us might be bewildered by what happened in Parliament last week, when a motion was tabled to discuss at length about the Accounting General’s investigation into the finances of Aljunied Hougang Punggol East Town Council. Two whole days were spent niggling over the finances of a single town council, with various Ministers taking the stand …

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A whiff of sulphur

By Masked Crusader “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” says Marcellus in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In coffee shops around Singapore and online forums the sentiment is similar even if the phraseology used is somewhat more colloquial. The proceedings in Parliament last week during the motion to discuss the Auditor-General’s findings of lapses in the Workers’ Party-run Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town …

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Document shows different rates from MA rate chart produced by Law Minister

On Friday, 13 February, Law Minister K Shanmugam clarified in parliament about the managing agent fee rates which he provided earlier to show that the fees for Aljunied Hougang Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) are significantly higher. “Ms Lim asked me yesterday if the table which I circulated showing that AHPETC pays FMSS significantly more per unit is correct. I have verified …

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Singapore prime minister diagnosed with prostate cancer

Prime Minister Office has released a statement on Sunday that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and will undergo surgery to remove his prostate gland on Monday 16 February 2015. The statement further states that the the robot-assisted keyhole prostatectomy will be carried out by Prof Christopher Cheng, the lead Urologist at the Singapore General …

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Heng Swee Keat’s allegations – wild claims or fact?

In Parliament on Friday, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat joined in the attacks on the Workers’ Party (WP) over the management of the WP town council, AHPETC. In particular, Mr Heng claimed how WP non-constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP), Yee Jenn Jong, and “a group of party supporters” had “walked away quickly” when the resident allegedly asked the WP “group” …

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50 shades of white, PAP government’s house needs cleaning

By Jentrified Citizen There has been a firestorm in Parliament this past week with the ruling party lashing out at the Workers Party with exceptional venom and shockingly slanderous accusations. I am not going to add to the debate over the AHPETC town council matter as this has been covered in-depth online and it has been reported extensively by the …

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AGO had also found shortcomings in ministries and others: Png

“Over the years, the AGO has found sad instances of over payments, payments without evidence that goods and services were delivered, duplicate payments and in one instance amounting to $18.6 million, and etc in many ministries and organs of states it audited,” said Png Eng Huat, Member of Parliament (MP) for Hougang single-member constituency in Parliament on Thursday. Mr Png, …

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Cutting through the smog to the facts on AHPETC

The debate in Parliament over the Workers’ Party town council, AHPETC, has been fiery with many accusations thrown at the WP. It would thus be good to go beyond the political rhetoric and accusations and look at things factually. In this regard, we will be presenting each main issue here, giving the facts so that Singaporeans can better understand them, …

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