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Politics

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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ESM Goh: Heng himself chose Chan to be his deputy

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 …

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Goh as 2nd Asst Sec-Gen became PM even though Tony Tan was 1st Asst Sec-Gen

The recent news of Heng Swee Kiat assuming the position of 1st Assistant Secretary-General of People's Action Party while Chan Chun Sing assuming 2nd Assistant Secretary-General has Singaporeans talking about how Heng would naturally become the next PM of Singapore. However, going through the history of PAP, this may not necessarily be so. In fact, among the second generation PAP …

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Author of letter condemning MP Seah Kian Peng’s Facebook post, questioned for six hours over “criminal defamation”

"Willy Sum", the author of an article titled “The take away from Seah Kian Ping’s [sic] Facebook post” published on TOC on 4 Sep was called in by the police for questioning over alleged "criminal defamation". Freelance journalist Kirsten Han, in her Facebook post on Monday (26 Nov), revealed that "Willy Sum" (not his real name) was interrogated twice on …

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