Daily Archives: 2017-03-11

WP chided for questioning impartiality of civil service, but history tells us otherwise

I refer to the article “WP chided for questioning impartiality of civil service” (Straits Times, Mar 11). It states that “But Senior Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee defended the impartiality of the civil service, saying her allegations were serious and unwarranted. He cited three broad reasons. First, public servants understand the need for fairness and will act …

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No closure yet for Father Joseph Ho

By Tan Wah Piow Vincent Cheng has finally managed to locate the resting place of our common friend, Fr Joseph Ho who died in 1992, aged 62. This discovery is important to Vincent, as well as to my wife Beng Lan and I as we shared a common history in the 1970s with Fr Joseph Ho. When Vincent and Beng …

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How is Govt subsidising medication when drugs are priced to recover all costs

No profit margins on drugs sold in public hospitals I refer to the article “No profit margins on drugs sold in public hospitals: Gan” (Straits Times, Mar 10). It states that “Public healthcare institutions do not make a profit on the drugs they prescribe, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in Parliament yesterday. Drug prices include a margin, to offset …

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In-depth discussion on fiscal prudence badly needed for Singapore’s future

By Chris Kuan Our constitutional arrangements in regards to the national finance may not be future ready. Yesterday, I mention that the budget debate should be about the fiscal space provided by the positive impact of the large excluded revenues and their recurrent nature in the reserves. Here is a IMF definition of “Fiscal space – is a multi-dimensional concept …

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