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Only 26% of Singaporeans Trust the PAP Government Leaders

When the government responded to Catherine Lim's open letter to the Prime Minister about a crisis in trust on 13 June 2014, it chose to cite only one major indicator of the 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer , namely the survey result that showed 75% of Singaporeans trust government institutions; this, it claimed, proved that the vast majority trust the government. But a second key indicator gave a different dimension, namely that only 26% of Singaporeans trust their government leaders to tell the truth

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PAP GOVT: IF YOU EARN $1,300 PER MTH, YOU ARE UPPER MIDDLE INCOME

Worse still, the Government has the cheek to classify households with a per capita income of $2,600 as Upper Middle Income. How can Singaporeans earning this sort of money be considered Upper Middle income. Assuming that this "Upper Middle Income" family has 2 working adults contributing to the household income, each working adult would only be earning $1,300 per person per month. Does a $1,300 per month salary look like an UPPER MIDDLE INCOME salary to you? It is far below Singapore's median income of $3,000 per month. How can this be considered Upper middle income?

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Majority of Singaporeans Still Have Trust in the Government

HAVING read author Catherine Lim's open letter to the Prime Minister that Singaporeans no longer trust the Government ("Govt refutes author's claims over public trust"; last Saturday), I found her comments too sweeping and too heavily based on singular incidents that are independent of one another.

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Don’t Take a Good Government for Granted

I AM not sure how Ms Catherine Lim would know how most Singaporeans feel about the Government ("Govt refutes author's claims over public trust"; June 14). It was not too long ago that Ms Lim told the BBC that Singaporeans' lack of emotions was due to "authoritarian" government policies. The following year, Singapore appeared near the top of the list. There was no comment from Ms Lim. It is critical that we do not extrapolate one's own opinion to encompass a wider population. There is the danger of a biased sample reinforced by a confirmation bias.

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Government should foot lion’s share of health-care bill

However, I also hope the Government will play its part to allay the fears of growing old. Most Singaporeans hope to be able to grow old in a comfortable – if not necessarily affluent – and carefree environment. To achieve this, Singaporeans and the Government have to manage their expectations. A citizen’s greatest fears as he nears retirement age are not having access to affordable health care and not having a roof over his head. Previously, I wrote about how the Government should foot the lion’s share of the health-care bill (“Retirement village concept not anti-family”; March 4), but I still do not see this happening.

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Inderjit Singh: Policy makers live in a different society from the average Singaporeans

But the problem is not just about our approach, it is also one of capabilities. As I mentioned earlier, we have spent the last few years trying to solve many problems and correct many wrongs, what we in Singapore commonly refer to as fire-fighting. But why did we even have to do this in the first place? The government in the early days of Singapore was well known for its long term scenario planning. They would plan such that they had considered all potential problems and would ensure that such problems are avoided. And even if these problems do crop up, they would already have thought of viable alternatives, which they could implement immediately. They certainly did not spend years fire-fighting to solve problems. So what happened to all our scenario planners in the government? Why are we fighting fires because of poor planning?

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Shanmugam: Allegations against govt must be backed up with facts

People can criticise the government in Singapore but if any allegations are made, they must be backed up with facts. Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam made that point on Friday, adding that there is no rule preventing people from critiquing national policies. He suggested, however, that a sound approach would be to keep debates honest.

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World Justice Project Poll: Most S’poreans trust govt to deal with corrupt officials

More than seven in 10 Singaporeans believe that corrupt government officials who misuse public funds will not be able to get away with their crime. This is according to a poll of 99 countries by the World Justice Project (WJP), which describes itself as an independent organisation working to advance the rule of law around the world. The survey results showed that a majority of people -- 62 per cent of individuals worldwide -- believe that a high-ranking government officer guilty of using public money for personal benefit will face no punishment for their conduct.

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Older grassroots members should be considered as potential election candidates

I AM happy to note that potential People's Action Party candidates are carefully selected, trained and positioned at the grassroots level as early as possible ("Potential PAP candidates 'already on the ground'"; Monday). It is not easy being an MP these days as it has become "fashionable" for people to disagree with the Government, which is to be expected as people are better educated and more discerning. What is worrying is that more are disagreeing simply for the sake of disagreeing. There is less trust in the Government and some even criticise good policies.

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