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Australian PM Turnbull draws flak for $534k salary, while PM Lee says $2.4 million pay “fair and realistic”

The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) ran a story on Sunday (27 May) after a Remuneration Tribunal gave Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a 2% pay increment. With a new base annual salary of AUD$527,854 (SGD$534,584) a year, the SMH said that Turnbull is the “highest-paid politician in the OECD earning up to 10 times the average wage – the second-highest disparity with …

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Lee Hsien Loong has yet to identify a clear successor – but what about Ho Ching?

While the lack of an identifiable successor for next Premiership has concerned Singaporeans, another critical entity – Temasek Holdings – also seems to face a lack of a successor. According to the Government, the national investment entity manages $198 billion of our reserves. The weight of this organization was also emphasized by former Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who said in Parliament …

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Wong says that older HDB flats still have value while case studies show such owners are increasingly disadvantaged

Speaking in Parliament on Thursday (17 May), Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said that there is still value in older HDB flats which can be unlocked for retirement. The 4G leader acknowledged that there “are people overly anxious about how much their older flats can fetch in the resale market”. His comments come as Singaporeans are increasingly worried that the value of …

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PM Lee speaks of maintaining trust in government – but International observers say that trust may already been eroded

Speaking at the debate on the President’s address on Wednesday (16 May), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that gaining people’s trust remains an important aspect of successful leadership. The Premier said that a lack of trust would prevent a government from leading the country well as it will not “dare to do painful but necessary things. Politics [then] becomes …

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Minister Ong says, good education important for S’poreans while Ministers cautioned against getting a degree for sake of one

In a parliamentary speech on Tuesday (May 15), Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung identified education as one of the means for upward social mobility. The first-term MP said it was a “national priority” to tackle inequality and this could be done by “[bridging] the gap between the rich and the under privileged through education so that more Singaporeans are able to …

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Minister Chan says that government must embrace diversity even as ex-MP criticises government for being elitist

During a debate on the President’s address on Monday (14 May), Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said that Singapore’s government will aim to find the best people to lead the country across the areas of political leadership, public service and the business community. He added that after identifying these individuals, they would be moulded into the best team possible. …

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