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Daily Archives: 2018-06-06

Pro-PAP fanpage spreads misinformation about GST cuts in Malaysia

"Fabrication about The PAP", a pro-establishment Facebook fanpage is creating much confusion amongst Singaporeans and Malaysians after posting up two receipts from Malaysia, claiming that prices had gone up despite Goods and Services being cut to zero per cent by the new Malaysian Government. The page wrote in its post, "Milo kosong increased by RM0.60 even before GST 0%." The two …

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Netizens support Malaysia replacing the GST with SST, voicing benefit of the latter

Malaysia will implement the sales and services tax (SST) in September 2018 to replace the goods and services tax (GST). Earlier, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told reporters after the country's Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (30 May) that the Finance Ministry will provide more details on the SST on Thursday. Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's administration, …

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“Your Hard Truths isn’t necessary the same as my Hard Truths”

by Chris Kuan As the old football chant goes "here we go, here we go, here we go", good old smack down of former editor who dared suggest the ministers speak plainly. "Plain speech is also about telling hard truths" thundered the Press Secretary Lim Yuin Chien. Well first and foremost, what Hard Truths, whose Hard Truths and which Hard …

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International think-tank says world is less peaceful today than at any time in the last decade

The 12th edition of the annual Global Peace Index (GPI) report, produced by the international think-tank the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), revealed that the world is less peaceful today than at any time in the last decade. The 2018 GPI reveals a world in which the tensions, conflicts, and crises that emerged in the last decade remain unresolved, resulting in a gradual, sustained …

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Chan not ok with social enclaves forming in public housing but ok in private condos?

Speaking at Temasek Holding’s Ecosperity conference yesterday (5 Jun), Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said that Singapore must avoid the formation of any social enclaves here. He added that the Government will "further refine" the design of precincts and HDB flats to "allow greater social mixing between people of different economic backgrounds". "This is especially important as society …

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Chan Chun Sing, the millionaire Parrot Man?

“One day, two speeches, full of fluff and nothing original”. Quite unfortunately – and even shockingly – we are not taking about some mid-level bureaucrat here but someone who could potentially be our next Prime Minister. Yesterday, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing gave an interview with CNBC while also speaking at the Ecosperity conference organized by Temasek Holdings. During the CNBC interview, …

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GIC suffers 60% loss as it invests in Vietnamese taxi company during a time when ride-hailing apps are on the rise

According to an article in the Tiền Phong newspaper, Singapore’s Government Investment Corporation (GIC) had realised a 60% loss over 4 years after it sold 5.4 million shares in Vietnamese taxi operator Vinasun. The taxi operator was operating a fleet of 5,000 taxis and was mainly concentrated in Ho Chi Minh City, where 4 in 5 of its taxis were stationed. In August …

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What would Dr Goh Keng Swee have made of all this?

by Augustine Low Dr Goh Keng Swee is known as a visionary, reformer and economic architect of Singapore. He was also a stickler for plain English, urging civil servants to communicate in no-frills, non-verbose style. In a speech in 1979, then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew shared that Dr Goh used to “give every officer whom he thinks is promising …

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Serve the nation, and not the political appointees, please

by Han Lang Most of us would probably not have heard of one Lim Yuin Chien - until 5 June 2018 when he decided to "speak up" on behalf of the Government who must have felt insulted by The Straits Times' Editor-at-large Han Fook Kwang's hard-hitting commentary titled "Ministers, please speak plainly to the people". Before I share my views …

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