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Daily Archives: 2018-05-13

Tale of 2 Finance Ministers: One abolishes GST while the other increases

Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who became the 7th PM of Malaysia on Thurs (10 May) announced yesterday (12 May) that Lim Guan Eng, also the deputy president of Pakatan, would be the new Finance Minister of Malaysia. The Star reported that Lim's appointment as Finance Minister has been lauded by businessmen and observers. “This news of Lim Guan Eng being the …

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Dr Mahathir and his people: Malaysia Boleh!

By Augustine Low Speaking to some Malaysians over the weekend, it’s interesting that Dr Mahathir Mohamad is taken to heart by them as a changed man, a savior and a unifier. “He cares for us,” one of them said. “He truly loves the country,” said another. Indeed, after his swearing-in as Prime Minister of Malaysia last Thursday night, Mahathir addressed …

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ST editor to PAP: Beware of mini-tsunamis that could add up to one large-tsunami

On Sunday (13 May), ST Opinion Editor Chua Mui Hoong wrote a piece entitled ‘Malaysian General Election: 5 takeaways for Singapore’. In her essay, she attributed the downfall of the Malaysian government to the result of a discontent against the Barisan Nasional (BN). This eventually caused the BN to lose, despite many analysts who earlier predicted that this discontent would …

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The Paper General and two Asian Strongmen

During the 80s and 90s, the relationship between Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad and Mr Anwar Ibrahim was described as having a "father-and-son-like closeness". Some were surprised that a supposed dictator like Mahathir would allow Anwar to manage three different portfolios in a short span of four years, and was even content for Anwar to replace his loyal Lieutenant Abdul Ghafar as Deputy Prime …

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Has Singapore’s political scene changed in any way since 2004?

For those who are overwhelmed with hope for political change in Singapore after seeing what has transpired in Malaysia in the past week, here is something for you to reflect on if Singapore has the possibility of seeing a change in the near future by assessing the current situation at hand. An assessment of Singapore's political climate was supposedly produced …

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Is it worth furthering your education?

by Singsaver.com.sg Is there such a thing as “too much education”? One of the most hotly debated topics is “can you have too much education”? Now it’s clear that, overall, it’s never an advantage to know less. However, an education is expensive – it isn’t always an investment that pays off, and it requires a big commitment in time and money. …

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