In both cases, the government entities shifted the blame on something else, MOE on the fact that it was a longstanding practice to collect fees if original PSLE result slips are given. For ICA, they indicated that the $10 fee is payable as this would invoke a stronger sense of pride and ownership in a Singaporean identity. And both made it clear that the government had subsidized most of the other costs, so what we pay is just a minimal sum. They dare say this is not about the money.
A longstanding practise certainly does not make this any right, as they did nothing but humiliate the student who by no choice of her own, got found out by the rest of her school mates that her family cannot afford to pay the 'minimal' school fees. If the MOE dare say that the amount was minimal compared to the amount given by the government to offset costs for Singaporeans, then why are they still hard up on chasing after that amount? MOE said that this was not about the money. So, what is it about then? To humiliate poor students who cannot afford to even pay a minimum sum?
For the second time in 4 days, the Minister of Home Affairs K Shanmugam, has instructed the POFMA office to invoke the fake news law to correct false statements in a post on the FB page States Times Review. This came after the POFMA was unleashed for the first time on Monday on opposition party member Brad Bowyer.
However, it has since came to light that MOE is not the only education administrators who withhold certificates or results slips, just because a student faced real issues in paying their school fees. WP politician Yee Jenn Jong has also revealed that he handled a similar case a few years back, when he was helping out at an MPS in Aljunied. He stated that he was approached by a distressed student who feared that she would not be able to apply for third year courses since her school withheld the original results slip due to outstanding fees.
The Government's poorly executed blanket ban on all PMD use on footpath, no matter whether the PMDs are used for individual needs, delivery needs or business needs, have claimed yet another victim. This time, three weeks after the effective ban date on all PMDs, the small crop of firms providing guided tours using PMDs are next affected badly.
I was informed that SAF will be paying me $35 per day during my whole course of my ICT! I am very unsatisfied of the result of my Make Up Claim and so I called up and even emailed them regarding my displeasure as I am severely underpaid during my ICT, I am not getting what I supposed to get at all, not even close. How am I going to pay all my household bills or even eat with only $35 a day? And this include the rental fees I still have to keep paying even when I was on Reservist!
Residents also indicated that there was one other lift, but that was undergoing upgrading works, so they are left with the one lift that broke down. Calls to the Essential Maintenance Service Unit (EMSU) by the residents resulted in the EMSU telling them they cannot do anything, while the Town Council office did not answer residents' calls, even though it was on a Thursday afternoon, when every salaried employees are supposed to be working.
Of course, we know now these had not happened. Aljunied GRC did not become a slum, in fact, they are thriving under WP's stewardship. No one cannot spread CECA untruths, as the real reason behind CECA was not even made public by the government. Singapore had not fallen to ruins despite falsehoods spread by the incumbent party themselves, falsehoods like HDB flats are cash cows forever, and CPF is your money.
The question was, how did Wong get away with four full years of accepting bribes and awarding contracts to his 'friends'? Did the AMKTC MPs, all of whom should have been privy to his financial dealings, not noticed something was amiss? After all, Wong is just the GM. Surely, the award of contracts should be under the purview of the TC's top echelons, in this case the AMK GRC MPs themselves. Were the leaders of this TC not discharging their fiduciary duties to the best of their abilities?
This clearly showed that the policy was not overly thought through, because if they were, then the funding would have been announced together with the policy. Jose Raymond opined that the realisation from the government that they had created a bigger problem after they banned the PMDs only came after the delivery riders came out and stated their rice bowls were gone overnight.