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Minister and top management not to blame – PM Lee

Videos of PM Lee’s speech below. “I am satisfied that the Ministry has taken the correct remedial and disciplinary action, and that the Minister and top management were not to blamed (sic) for what has happened.” “We must admit our mistakes openly and honestly, put them right, and act against those who have been culpable. But the last thing we …

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Breaking News: INTERPOL issues global alert for suspected terror leader

From INTERPOL’s website. An urgent worldwide security alert, or Orange Notice, has been issued by INTERPOL after the escape of an alleged leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist group from a jail in Singapore. Mas Selamat bin Kastari escaped from the Whitley Road Detention Centre on Wednesday 27 February where he was being held following his deportation from Indonesia to …

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“Limping Terorist” escapes – 10 questions for Wong Kan Seng

Channel NewsAsia (CNA): “Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng has cited a lapse in security at the Whitley Detention Centre on Wednesday as the cause for the escape of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) member Mas Selamat Kastari.” 1. Given that Mas Selamat Kastari was considered Singapore’s number one most wanted, how did such a “lapse” occur?

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5 Minutes With… Leong Sze Hian on rising inflation

5 Minutes With… is a new column on theonlinecitizen where we get a more immediate reaction to a news item of the day. In this first installment, TOC chats with Leong Sze Hian, the President of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, about TODAY’s report on rising inflation in Singapore titled: “Growth, not handouts, the answer”.

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The healthcare funding gap

Special blog feature: By Yawning Bread Leong Sze Hian devours numbers like almost no one I know. Recently, he noticed something about healthcare costs and subsidies that begged a lot of questions, and on at least 3 occasions, he tried to interest me in them. I finally paid attention on his third attempt, by which time he had written a …

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Healthcare costs increase the most, but MediFund payouts declining?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Nov inflation hits 4.2%, 25-year high” (ST, Dec 25), and the news report “Singapore‘s Nov consumer prices up 4.2% year-on-year” (CNA, Dec 24). Healthcare registered the highest increase of 6.2 per cent year-on-year, out of all items of expenditure. Transport and Communication was the second highest at 5.6 per cent, and …

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Is the Singaporean population shrinking? – Part 1

By Leong Sze Hian To what extent has our liberal foreign labour and citizenship policies affected Singaporeans’ rights with reference to Article 22 and 25 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights ? Is the Singaporean population shrinking because of our liberal foreign labour and residency policies? The answer is probably nobody knows, or maybe just a few …

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Who really is “not ready” for a non-Chinese PM?

By Gerald Giam The recent announcement of Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s promotion to Finance Minister — in addition to his current Education portfolio — set many tongues wagging as to whether he might be the successor to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong many moons from now. (link) This in turn sparked a debate in the Straits Times as to whether Singaporeans …

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