But remember: you are only a straight-talker when you speak the same way even when you know the whole world is listening. You can't claim to be a straight-talker when your colleague walks out of a cubicle after you bitch about him if you have been acting chummy with him all this while.
But Chan Chun Sing has put himself in this position all of his own doing. He did not think through the consequences of his supposedly straight talking speech. After all, why would a Minister speak in such a way at a closed door event? He was not talking to his close friends in a private event. While it’s true that the panic buying is unnecessary, there is no need for a Minister to resort to such derogatory words when speaking in his capacity as the Minister of Trade and Industry. This does not put Singapore in a good light, especially in terms of bilateral relations.
In fact, the way he spoke was more akin to an Army commander talking down to his lowly ranked men, who has no choice but to listen to his ranting and nod their heads in silence. This was no way a Minister, even in a closed door event, should be carrying himself. Certainly not in a Singlish heavy rant, which not only brings shame upon himself, but to Singapore in general. After all, wasn't his PAP party the one that started the campaign for Singaporeans to speak proper English, and banish Singlish to the dustbins. This would be another failed PAP initiative then, when one of their own top Minister cannot remove himself from his Singlish.
Singapore's economic depression over the past decade is a symptom not the disease. More importantly, Singaporeans must be wide eye to know that the recession in 2020 is not caused by the COVID-19 disease. The COVID-19 disease merely hastened the coming of a recession in Singapore. If and when the COVID-19 disease become pandemic and caused a global recession, Singapore's recession in 2020 will become more severe.
In the message, a netizen who called herself 'Mabelline Goh' compared the instructions of not wearing a mask as similar to a General instructing his men not to wear helmets, as they are going to get killed anyway, with or without a helmet.
In the wake of the announcement made by the Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS) that Jewel Changi has decided to offer a 50% rebate to all its F&B tenants due to to the Covid-19 outbreak in Singapore, industry experts also called on other landlords to follow suit. This, they said, was in expectation that F&B businesses will be hard hit by the virus outbreak.
This from a company that only just recently had a 7% fare hike. Yet they still said they are dogged by the rising costs, especially from their operation of the rail business. Less we forget, the government also pumps in billions of dollars into the company's operation, to ensure a working transportation network in Singapore. And the company has in fact, been making profits every year.
News of Tan's cancer diagnosis was first leaked to the press by the late SAF CFC Dave Lee's mum, who said she has forgiven Captain Tan for his role in her son's death, even saying that she felt sad for Captain Tan and his family. On 5th February, it was reported in the papers that the AGC had given Tan a discharge not amounting to an acquittal, which meant that the charges can be revived again at a later date
Lawrence Wong is also the co-chairman of the multi-Ministry task-force on Covid- 19, thus he will have a direct view of how the virus is affecting Singapore's economy. As China's economy is one of the biggest in the world, the virus has almost ensured that supply chains have been disrupted due to China’s economic slowdown and this has caused a blow in the global economy, which will definitely affect Singapore.
Among its economic policies were a "No To A GST Hike policy, as well as indicating that long term infrastructure projects in Singapore should no come at the expanse of an increase in taxes. PSP has said that they propose against raising any taxes or any other fees for the next five years, as Singapore has a strong financial standing to alleviate any costs to the citizens. PSP also said that long-term infrastructural projects, such as Changi Airport Terminal 5, should be based on the private firms' own financial and commercial merit, and not require tax increases to fund them.