The murky waters in and around political succession in Singapore seems to have cleared up somewhat. Speculation on whether former army man Mr Chan Chun Sing (Chan) would take top spot has cooled with the announcement by current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (PM Lee) that the 4G political office holders have chosen Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat (Heng) as …Read More »
ESM Goh’s CNA interview reveals rather telling of seemingly prevalent attitude within the ruling establishment
The various answers that Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong (ESM Goh) gave at an interview for Channel News Asia (CNA) are rather telling of the seemingly prevalent attitude within the ruling establishment in Singapore. While ESM Goh was comfortable waxing lyrical on the “negatives” of others in politics, he was rather light on detail for himself. He had opinions …Read More »
Speaking at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Argentina on Fri (30 Nov), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that with technological advances in the world, countries must ease workers’ anxieties by supporting displaced workers and equipping them with the right skills to take on new jobs. “We should work on the basis that technological disruption will create new jobs, even …Read More »
Singapore has to be “aware of its weaknesses and strengths” – Does the government apply this logic on themselves?
Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing (Chan) has called for Singapore be “aware of its weaknesses and strengths, which include its long-term perspectives and strategies, as well as rule of law and predictable business environment where people can thrive“. While I agree broadly with with the sentiments of his words, I wonder what he really means? Surely for Singapore …Read More »
Former GIC Chief-economist questions Chan Chun Sing’s apparent downplaying of Govt’s actual role in alleviating socioeconomic inequality
Former Chief Economist at GIC and former adjunct professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Yeoh Lam Keong has criticised Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing’s statement regarding collective responsibility in easing the effects of social mobility and globalisation. Mr Yeoh, in his Facebook post on Friday (30 Nov), raised the question as to why the …Read More »
If SMS Edwin Tong has difficulty managing household expenses with $935k a year, what does it say of his budgeting skill?
I vehemently disagree with Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong’s broad brush generalisation of equating levels of competence with salary amounts. He asserts that if ministers are not well paid, we would end up with “very very mediocre” ministers in the future. So is he suggesting that lawyers are more competent than social workers or that bankers are cleverer than …Read More »
Chan asks Singaporeans to understand the region better and to take care of others while locals worry about jobs
At The Straits Times’ annual Global Outlook Forum on Wed (28 Nov), Minister Chan Chun Sing advised Singaporeans to understand the region better in order for Singapore to add value as a springboard or gateway when partnering those who want to enter the South-east Asian market. “Many people like to say, use Singapore as a platform to the region, as …Read More »
Government disallows polls over election period but allows sweeping statements in favour of the PAP at all times
The ingredients that create trust are not secret or control. Rather, it is simply transparency and consistency. People relate well to consistency because they know where the boundaries lie. People also appreciate transparency because there will be much less suspicion that they are being lied to. No one likes to be taken for a ride and no one likes to …Read More »
Last Tue (20 Nov), Senior Minister of State for Law Edwin Tong blasted Facebook in Parliament for refusing to remove a post accusing Singapore of corrupt dealings. He denounced Facebook’s refusal to remove a post by sociopolitical site States Times Review, which alleges Singapore is involved in corrupt dealings in the 1MDB scandal. The decision, he said, shows Facebook allows …Read More »
Speaking to Channel NewsAsia on Monday (26 Nov), Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong noted that Heng Swee Kiat “hasn’t quite been exposed to the mobilisation of people, working with the PAP, the NTUC, and working with the PA”. “Chan Chun Sing has that,” He added. He thought both would complement each other. Goh’s comments came days after Heng was …Read More »