Opinion

A critic turned supporter of President Nathan

Jason Lee/ For almost 12 years, I have never been a fan of outgoing President S R Nathan. In view of the legacy left by the late President Ong Teng Cheong, is inevitable that comparisons between Mr Ong and his successor(s) would be made. In this regard, Mr Nathan’s actions, or “inactions”, over the years further alienated me from him. …

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How much of the Reserves has been really used?

by: Leong Sze Hian/ I refer to the article “Past reserves tapped on to fund land reclamation and Sers” (ST, Aug 7). It states that “President S R Nathan’s office has been approving the use of past reserves to fund land reclamation projects since 2001 and land acquisition for the Selective En-Bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers) since 2002”. To the best …

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Transport Minister’s logic

by: Leong Sze Hian/ The Transport Minister said that the opposition National Solidarity Party’s (NSP) proposal to introduce more competition among public bus operators, is not feasible because it would only lead to “cherry-picking” of the profitable routes among transport operators and might not benefit commuters. I fail to understand the Minister’s logic as introducing more transport operators does not …

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Chess politics, or just my imagination?

Howard Lee / It unfolded almost melodramatically. After a period of aspiring candidates indicating their interest to run for the Elected Presidency, the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) decided to give what amounted to a provisional endorsement of Tony Tan, the candidate of choice of the ruling People’s Action Party and the out-going President SR Nathan. The next day, almost …

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Yes, Singapore must remain open to global investments and talent

by: Ravi Philemon/ I agree with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s views that “society has changed, economy has changed, politics has evolved”, but still the Government must continue to take a long-term, rationale perspective and remain open to global investments and talent. Singapore has got no choice but to remain connected to the world for its own survival, because  Singapore …

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Hospitals: ‘Subsidised’ not available?

Leong Sze Hian / I refer to the deposit required for admission to public hospitals. No subsidised ward, how? Since patients needing emergency care and who have financial difficulties with furnishing a deposit (because the estimated hospitalization bill is higher than the Medisave withdrawal limits, or if the funds in the Medisave account are insufficient) will still be admitted if the medical condition …

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CPF: Leave at 55 at your own peril?

Leong Sze Hian / I refer to the article ‘Why do it without my permission?‘ (New Paper, Jul 17). OA transfer to MA? The article states that “(Jerry Low, age 58) a retired bank trader got a surprise when the CPF Board transferred $10,000 into his Medisave Account (MA) without his permission, after he applied to withdraw $37,000 from his …

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Public Transport: Why the PAP and WP positions fall short of commuters’ needs

The following is National Solidarity Party’s media release on the debate over our public transport system. — There has been much debate over our public transport system lately.  Public unhappiness over fare increases stems from dissatisfaction over the level of service in our public transport, primarily over issues of under-capacity and the lack of any alternatives for the bulk of …

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