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Augustine Low

Paranoia breeds secrets and secrets breed speculation in this country

Dr Tan Cheng Bock recently asked, “What’s happening to our reserves? Are our reserves all gone?” He will not get any answers because one of the country’s most closely guarded secrets is the nature and extent of the reserves. Even President Ong Teng Cheong came across a brickwall when he tried to find out about the reserves. It is a …

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The government has shifted gear, now dismissing criticism with two magical words, “I Reject”

Less than a week ago, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat addressed widespread criticism that complacency has set in, leading to lapse after lapse by government agencies. “I reject the suggestion by some that the political leadership has allowed the  whole system to go slack,” he said. His ‘rejection” was headlined by the mainstream media. Yesterday, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, …

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Many Ministers have said “Sorry” but how many have said “I accept responsibility” for the lapse?

The answer is ZERO. It’s a travesty that the buck never stops with the world’s highest paid politicians. Year after year, lapse after lapse, and no Minister has ever accepted responsibility and accountability. Even with the disgraceful escape of Mas Selamat, the Home Affairs Minister never owned up to responsibility. Instead, nine guards and security officers were disciplined and removed. …

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Chan Chun Sing again talks as if Singaporeans are naive and daft

Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing is a dead giveaway. He started calling Halimah Yacob “Madam President” even before she had resigned as Speaker of Parliament to contest the presidency. Over the weekend, Chan gave the surest signal that the general elections are not far away. He kicked off his election talk – well, more like snake oil salesmanship, …

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Today, more than ever, we remember the People’s President, Ong Teng Cheong

This week (8 February) marks the 17th anniversary of the passing of President Ong Teng Cheong. After the presidents we’ve had since his death, we have come to treasure and respect him more than ever. President Ong was a dutiful son of Singapore. Despite having previously served as a minister and deputy minister as a member of the People’s Action …

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