Diesel tax hike: Not sparing a thought for our cabbies

by Kok Ming Cheang The unhappy response from our cabbies to the 100% hike in diesel tax with immediate effect, underlines the sour feelings of the general public to Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat’s Budget 2019 announcement in Parliament on February 18. The sudden diesel tax hike was like a big bombshell had fallen on the taxi-drivers’ community. For the …

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Chan Chun Sing delights in playing Singaporeans for fools

Not once but twice in one day Chan Chun Sing took the mickey out of Singaporeans. No conflict of interest, declared the Minister-in-Charge of the Civil Service last Thursday, on the appointment of the spouse of a political office holder as Auditor-General. Goh Soon Poh, wife of Senior Minister of State for Defence Heng Chee How, took over as Auditor-General …

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Good laws and bad laws – To obey or disobey?

by Teo Soh Lung What are laws and what is the purpose of having laws? Laws evolve from the people’s desire to have order, peace and prosperity. Disorderly conduct disrupts a functioning society. In today’s world, the task of making laws are entrusted to a group of people. In Singapore, the people entrust this duty to our parliament. Parliamentarians therefore …

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Is the Merdeka Generation package a vote buying bag of benefits or a tribute?

by Khush Chopra We are told the purpose or objective of the MGP is tributary in nature to recognise the contributions of that cohort to the economic and national development of Singapore “to honour them for what they have done for Singapore.” As set out in Channel NewsAsia (CNA) online here: “First announced during Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National …

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Death Penalty – Singapore, What is Going On?

by M Ravi I was at the European Parliament yesterday, and in a rare occasion, felt less pride in adorning my Singapore Badge. A representative from the Council of Europe highlighted Singapore’s leading role in opposing the move by the UN General Assembly to pass a resolution to abolish or impose a moratorium on death penalty. Quite a number (almost …

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