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Daily Archives: 2018-07-17

Grassroots organizations give vouchers, groceries and cash to people without “documentary evidence”

The Auditor-General Office (AGO) released its auditing report on government ministries and statutory boards for the Financial Year 2017/18 today (17 Jul). In its report, AGO heavily censured People's Association (PA) for lapses in the management of welfare assistance schemes meant to help Singaporeans from the lower income group. AGO said it test checked the welfare assistance schemes administered by …

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AGO found groceries meant for distribution to needy residents went missing in grassroots organization

The Auditor-General Office (AGO) released its auditing report on government ministries and statutory boards for the Financial Year 2017/18 today (17 Jul). In its report, AGO pointed out that groceries purchased for needy residents by some grassroots organizations (GROs) were not in accordance with the stipulated contracts and that some of the groceries even went missing. People's Association (PA) is …

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MINDEF’s rejection of Ben Davis’ NS deferment not only halts the youngster’s personal dream, but also the aspirations of the nation

The rejection of rising football star Benjamin Davis's application to defer his National Service (NS) term by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) will not only place the brakes on the youngster's personal dreams, but also the hope of "thousands of Singaporeans" who dream of witnessing Singapore's glory days in football, especially on an international level, said local technopreneur, Hazrul Azhar …

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Since shutting the door to his career, Bilahari has clearly left diplomacy at the door

Ever since his retirement from official diplomacy, former Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kaukisan has become a vocal commentator on just about anything. His latest opus relates to the rejection of teenage footballer Benjamin Davis's application for deferment of his National Service (NS). In the latest airing of his two cents worth, Kaukisan has opined that Davis' signing with Fulham Football Club is …

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Education Minister reiterate importance of “meritocracy” and defend PSLE in light of NMPs calling for it to be scrapped

In response to a Parliamentary motion filed by five Nominated MPs on “Education for our Future”, Minister of Education Mr Ong Ye Kung emphasised that assisting students of underprivileged socioeconomic backgrounds should not come at the expense of principles such as meritocracy that have long become the cornerstone of the Singapore education system. In a speech in the Parliament on 11 …

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Despite repeated claims of engagement with citizens, actions of PAP leadership show that they do not care for the well-being of people

It was reported on Sunday (15 Jun) that Cabinet Ministers will increase their visits to the heartlands to hear people’s views on various issues. This initiative built on Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat’s vision in May, where he said that the Government will be starting a series of discussions to engage different segments of society. Marking a departure from a …

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Where else do generals get to be feted as top dogs who can do no wrong?

by Augustine Low On August 1, former general Neo Kian Hong succeeds former general Desmond Kuek as CEO of SMRT. There was purportedly a “comprehensive global search” by SMRT, ending in the appointment of someone in our own backyard. What a waste of time and resources. They needn’t have bothered. The prevailing notion in Singapore is that generals are top …

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