Politics

Chiam See Tong: We have no ill intentions towards the ex-CEC members

the following is a public statement by Mr Chiam See Tong: Some of the claims made in public against members in the SPP and myself have become so warped that I am now compelled to give a personal explanation. The six members of the CEC submitted their resignations to the party on 27 January, asking for that to take place …

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We wish SPP and Mrs Chiam all the best

the following is a media release by the 6 who recently resigned from Singapore People's Party: We are glad to hear that the recent SPP OPC elections was held constitutionally. Such public clarification and accountability bodes well for the SPP's credibility. Our differences in opinion over leadership style have never ever been with Mr Chiam. We hold Mr Chiam in …

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Death penalty has contributed to low rates of drug use? Where's the proof?

~by: Ravi Philemon~ I refer to the Law Ministry's media release refuting Human Rights Watch's (HRW) country report for Singapore. In its media release the Law Ministry said, " HRW also made false assertions. For example, contrary to assertions in its news article1, capital punishment is not prohibited by international law". Although I did not find that particular assertion in HRW's country report, …

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The barren political landscape

~by: Dr Wong Wee Nam~ The ominous forecast is if we don’t continue to attract a stream of good people into political leadership, we are doomed to become a little black dot. This statement is essentially true except that salary, however high, would not be the right solution to alleviate this problem. There are historical reasons why we are starved …

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PAP supporters are the 'silent majority'?

~by: Ghui~ In the article entitled “Silent Majority is truly disturbing” (Yahoo! News, 19 Jan 2012), the differences between the supporters of opposition parties and PAP supporters were pointed out. While the supporters of opposition parties were prepared to make their voices heard, the PAP supporters were dubbed “the silent majority”. Indeed, the article cautioned the PAP to take heed …

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Pay for Performance

~by: Tan Kin Lian~ I wish to add my views to the big debate about the revised salary package for government ministers and other senior political offices. I find the basic salaries to be adequate for the office bearers and acceptable to me, and perhaps many Singaporeans. Although they are still higher than political salaries in other countries, they are …

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40% Discounted Ministers anyone? I'd say, 'No thanks!'

~by: Ravi Philemon~ “If the annual salary of the Minister of Information, Communications and the Arts is only $500,000, it may pose some problems when he discusses policies with media CEOs who earn millions of dollars because they need not listen to the minister’s ideas and proposals, hence a reasonable payout will help to maintain a bit of dignity.” Dr …

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The ministerial pay debate that will never be

~by: Howard Lee~ With the long and extensive debate on ministerial pay – in traditional media, online media, and most recently in Parliament – the last thing I want to do is discuss whether the cuts that will most likely be implemented were suitable. If you examine the arguments thus far, you will realise that there are three camps. The …

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Ministerial Salary – It’s not (just) about the Money

~by: Tan Yin Hoe~ The Ministerial salary issue, says PM Lee, should not be just about the amount of money. That is precisely the point – For as citizens of this nation, how many of us would be concerned about exactly how much our politicians are taking home, if life were all well? Given our politically apathetic nature, how many …

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Salaries that are beyond reach, must still be logical

~by: Ravi Philemon~ Many Singaporeans, I believe, will agree that Ministers should be free from undue financial distractions and so, in general would not begrudge the fact that Ministers need to maintain a reasonable lifestyle, as Siew Kum Hong puts it, to “comfortably cover mortgage payments for a reasonably-priced landed property in a reasonable location; payments for 2 cars for …

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