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Thomas Loh

On pay and political sacrifice, Indonesia’s Sri Mulyani Indrawati would put PAP Ministers to shame

Last week, former Prime Minister and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong touched on the sensitive issue of high Ministerial salaries. He was responding to concerns from a 70-year-old resident at Braddell Heights, Abdul Aziz on whether the country would come up with an elderly pension fund, perhaps by cutting the defence budget or by reducing Ministerial salaries. ESM Goh had said …

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Exactly how deluded and disconnected can our 4G leadership get?

The New Paper reported on Monday (30 Jul) that vendors at the new Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre were unhappy over several issues - late payment of cashless transactions (for up to 5 months), non-clearing of tables and damaged cutlery by contractors. What was most shocking from the report is that these stallholders each pay $4000 to $5000 a month for rental. …

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Is Lee Kuan Yew’s prophecy inching closer to its occurrence?

The late Lee Kuan Yew was known for his hard speaking truths. The same statesman who claimed that the army would have to step in two to three years after the fall of the People's Action Party (PAP) is the same man who acknowledged that the PAP will eventually fall. This is not a question of 'if' but a question of 'when'. …

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Since “every school a good school”, would Cabinet Ministers actually send their children to a neighbourhood one?

Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung made a Facebook post on Friday (27 Jul) defining what makes a good school. In his words, a good school is one where the teachers were good, helping their students to learn, and the students enjoyed going to school every morning. The Facebook post was an excerpt from his Keynote speech at the Economic Society of Singapore Dinner two days …

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