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Opinion

ESM Goh on Chan’s ability: “One swallow does not a summer make”

The Middle East Institute (MEI) at NUS organized its annual conference on Mon (11 Feb). MEI is an autonomous research institute within NUS, set up to advance understanding of the Middle East, and to deepen engagements between the Middle East and Asia. It aims to provide reasoned views to scholars, students, policymakers, businesses and the public through publications, lectures, consultations …

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Clean Up Your Own Backyard Before Pointing the Finger At “Foreign Interference”

Senior Minister of State for Law Edwin Tong (Tong) has said that Singapore will consider new laws to counter foreign interference, as it is “especially vulnerable” to these exploits to stir up distrust and undermine its democratic processes.  It is imperative to remember that as these sentiments are aired by Tong, the Singapore government is in the midst of controversies …

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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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Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

It just seems like “more of the same” as the saying goes. I don’t want to sound jaded but I am. I am not ungrateful for the various financial incentives that are being doled out to citizens ranging from the Merdeka Generation Package to bonuses being handed out to 2.8 million Singaporeans. However in lieu of the rumoured general elections …

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A “Sorry” that has little meaning

by Lim Tean Ng Eng Hen apologised in Parliament today for the deaths of the 4 NS men during training in the last 17 months. This “Sorry” comes too late in the day to mollify the anger of Singaporeans for the loss of our Singapore sons. Where was he, Lee Hsien Loong or Halimah Yacob when Singaporeans grieved over the …

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Comparison of public healthcare financing between Taiwan and Singapore

by Roy Yi Ling Ngerng In an article Channel NewsAsia wrote yesterday, it talked about a Ms Serynn Guay who said that “one of her worries is “unpredictable” healthcare bills”. She said: “We don’t know how much we’ll need when we’re older … Will we be able to retire comfortably? Will our savings be enough?” She added: “It’s likely that …

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